Hello! Things look good on the computer and Blogger fronts now! I'll update at the end of this post. This summer my friend Elle [L] and I have been making a point of getting out for some fun shopping [okay, "just looking" every week. It isn't all that hot here but a ride in L's air-conditioned SUV is a bit of a treat for me.
I love the new little church flea on alternate Fridays, often I go alone before doing my weekend grocery shopping. I have to look hard to find good stuff sometimes---and then there is the one that got away. Big 30% off furniture last week; as I dragged L back to the tables area for her opinion of the beautiful but repro farm table I've been eyeing all spring---painted chubby turned legs, scrubbed pine top, drawer,---two guys with a big moving truck carted it away right before our eyes!
Other fun finds. L collects Wedgwood. Only the matte blue iconic Etruscanware also called Jasperware. here Remember how she wouldn't buy the rare antique yellow teapot, $3.oo!? Very focused collector. A few weeks ago I found these pieces, plus a teeny tiny blue with white cherubs teapot, less than 2" high.
I bought the square dish and the teapot for L for a gift to thank her for helping me get Mo to the vet for his annual check up--and well, just because she's a wonderful friend.
I was very amazed to get the pieces home and, with a strong magnifier, see that they are really Wedgwood/ England! NOT cheap repro. Modern, souvenir pieces, but still. 5 bucks and fifty cents!
This past week we found these two heart dishes. L passed on them, I never did find out why. Maybe because they're probably parts of card sets?
Good color, chocolate.
I was a little annoyed that the church ladies put on an adhesive price tag and damaged the image on that side. Really too bad. It's 50-70 years old!
More finds we left behind.
Sweetest bisque cherubs, perfect condition. Love. I'd use them for a white Christmas display with variegated holly and snow dusted pine, white ribbons....
Cow creamer with roses, so sweet. English, 1800s.
Deco? cobalt cocktail glasses ~ [friends said No!].
I do like these weird old flower frogs. Too $$ as a set.
Another day we popped into the new Costco in the marsh behind the little village where the church sale is. The tubs of Spanish bumblebee lavender were gorgeous. 14.99. Costco is NO bargain.
And the field roses were 13.99 a bunch.
Here we are setting off for our twice a year trip to The Christmas Tree Shop /CTS.
CTS has nothing to do with Christmas or trees, though I think it began years ago in Cape Cod selling seashell Christmas ornaments.
It is a long drive, made longer by L's desire to go the way her GPS said, instead of by my back route through the sandbar beaches and the marshes. In Cape Cod there's a CTS or two or three in every town; I wish there was one closer to us. They sell fun seasonal items, always useful and must have-y, at awesome prices.
What I found:
And a useful serving tray $1.25.
Long candle matches and a cool monkey puzzle/ monkey fist nautical rope doorstop.
It must weigh 10 pounds! It was the most expensive item at 7.99 but I did wish I'd bought two or even three because the doors in my cottage blow shut with loud bangs all the time.
Pretty smallish box for quilt blocks:
Outdoor plant pot lights, 3 for $5.oo.
Tie backs and nice shabby chic curtain rods, no curtain rings though.
New, useful size Nantucket repro basket.
Boxes of cards for thank you notes which yes I do write!, and for friends and rels who live in the stone age and do not email or text.
Even a box of coastal Christ,mas cards! Yay.
I always look for totes there. This is a great find, sturdy and well made--a new beach bag!
I love that it is nautical but with tangerine orange stripes and navy trim, it's perkier than classic r/w/blue. And an embroidered pineapple, so cute.
I did not get a stroller or bed steps for Mo, or deck gates; no curtain rings. No outdoor deck rug so Mo's little feet don't burn. [Waverly, 59.99!@@]. Deck umbrellas were also too expensive, have to manage with just the one for awhile longer. Everything here cost under 70.oo.
This week? Maybe Joann's for quilt backings; Old Navy for on-sale "perfect" tees and tanks. Trader Joe's for reasonably priced flowers. Sound fun!
PS My BBQ contribution salads were delish! This one is from the summer issue of Bon Appetit magazine:
gone to the beach.....
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