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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Latest Vintage Listings

I added two new listings to my new Etsy shop, Prized Possessions Take 2. More finds from the thrift shop. First, this cute jam jar. Jam Jar
And second, this pair of purple cabbage dishes from Portugal. Purple Cabbage Plates
Tomorrow I'll be heading for Tampa to go watch my Northwestern Wildcats play in the Outback Bowl on Friday, so let me wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best in 2010! Talk to you all again next year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My New Etsy Shop

I've been showing you photos of some of my estate sale finds and relating how much I've enjoyed shopping for my vintage ornaments and, well, one thing led to another and now I am announcing my second Etsy shop!

Prized Possessions Take 2 is officially open! I still have a lot of work to do, but as of this blog post, I have four items in my shop. The first items in my shop are thrift store finds that I am now selling. I have other items, such as the 29-cent wall shelf I bought, that I would like to refinish and sell. And I'm hoping this might be an outlet for some of my vintage ornament wreaths eventually, also.

A little about the name. My Etsy jewelry shop is Prized Possessions. Prized Possessions Take 2 has a double meaning. It's my second effort at opening an Etsy shop. Plus it's the chance to offer vintage items a new second life - take two! I've been thinking about this a while and just had to find out for myself if I could make a go of a vintage shop. Please check it out here!

Here are the first items I have for sale in my shop.

I love this little Los Angeles trinket box.
Los Angeles Trinket Box
And I was very tempted to keep this cute green vase. I have a perfect place for it in my craft room. But I'll see if it finds another home.Green Glass Vase
This Delft dish really caught my attention. I love the heart-shaped cutouts.Delft Red Tulip Dish
And, finally, this last dish has a bit of an Oriental look to it. I think the floral design is very pretty.
Blue and Pink Floral Dish
Click on any of the photos for a more complete description of the item. Please visit my new shop when you have a chance. And if you have any suggestions for the types of items I should sell in my shop, please leave a comment and let me know your ideas!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vintage Ornament Wreath Number 8

Here is the last wreath I made before Christmas. This one went to a friend for her Christmas gift. Vintage ornament wreath #8

In a previous post, I wrote about the Saturday in November when I came home with a trunkful of ornaments that I got from a couple sources found on Craigslist. Here is a picture of the 300+ ornaments that I came home with that day. Some of them went into wreaths number 7 and 8. In the foreground are also the beaded garland and foil garland that I got along with the ornaments. Vintage ornaments I found through Craigslist

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Estate Sale Finds

Merry Christmas, a little late! I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas and got to spend time with family and friends. I did and I enjoyed every minute of it!

I haven't been a very good blogger lately. Too much overtime at work caused me to extend my cookie baking and gift wrapping to the last minute. I took Christmas Eve off from work, and just haven't had or made the time to post much to my blog lately. But here's a post concerning my latest interest.

I've made eight vintage ornament wreaths now and have ornaments for more. I've had a great time looking for ornaments, at flea markets and estate sales. While looking at these sales, I have really taken an interest in some of the vintage items I have seen. Here are a few of my recent finds.

I've started looking at Craigslist a lot lately and found a cool free application for my Android phone that will alert me when certain types of items are listed, such as vintage Christmas ornaments. I've also started looking for estate sales. I went to one sale in early December because it said they had a lot of beads. Well, I had to go to that one, didn't I? As it turned out, they were wooden beads, which don't interest me, but I found some other items that I ended up buying. One of them was this cute wooden cabinet for ten dollars. My husband hung it on my craft room wall today for me. Someday I might paint it, but it's in great shape as it is. Cabinet with heart cutout on door - now in my craft room
I also got these two cute snowmen at this same sale, made from fence posts. Both of these were only one dollar! The eye of one of them had come off. They had the button eye to give to me. All I had to do was use my glue gun to put it back on. I offered to pay more for these, but they only wanted a dollar. I have them in the basement next to my fireplace. I think they are quite cute!
Fence post snowmen

A long time ago, I made some cute Christmas counted cross stitch designs and thought they would look cute in little frames. Well, that was years ago and they have never been framed yet! I found a bag of little metal frames for a dollar. I'm hoping some of my cross stitch will fit in these. Metal frames

I've always been fascinated by cigar boxes, just because they don't make them any more. I remember covering cigar boxes with contact paper in grade school to hold pencils and things. When I found this one at the same sale, I couldn't resist. I'll find something to store in it in my craft room.Cigar box
These cute little Avon bottles also found their way home with me.
Avon bottles
I found this broken bracelet at an estate sale very close to my house. Since I like to make pink bracelets and donate a portion of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen, my plans for this bracelet are to take it apart and use the pieces in other bracelets.Broken breast cancer awareness bracelet
And my last item to show you tonight is this washboard I got for five dollars when I bought my trunkful of ornaments a few weeks ago from the lady who was closing her shop. My plans for this are to string wire across the front and use it as an earring display. I just love finding things to turn into jewelry displays!Washboard
Unfortunately, I've gotten kind of hooked on estate sales. I've enjoyed giving a second life to old ornaments that I have been using in my wreaths, and I'm now seeing so many other items at these sales that can also get a new life. I've been thinking about trying to sell my wreaths, either locally or on Etsy, and those thoughts have been spreading a little wider than just wreaths lately. Who knows what I'll end up doing with some of this stuff!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

More on Giveaway Winner

When I notified Michelle, the winner of my giveaway, on the 9th, not only did she reply to the email I sent to her right away, but she also selected the earrings she wanted as her prize. Michelle chose my Nature's Own earrings, shown here. The earrings are on their way to Michelle. Nature's Own Earrings

Take a look at Michelle's blog and some of the great photographs she has taken! They're very nice! Congratulations again, Michelle, on being the winner of my earring giveaway!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Earring Giveaway Winner!

I didn't do a very good job of publicizing my giveaway this time around, so I didn't have a lot of entries, only eight. But that made the odds for each person who entered that much better! I numbered the comments from top to bottom of the comment list and used a random number generator at random.org to select the winner. And the winner is...

lucky number 8! Michelle is the winner! She can select any pair of earrings from my Etsy shop, Prized Possessions. Hopefully she will see this blog post, but I will also notify her by email to let her know she is the winner. If she doesn't get back to me within seven days, I will select a different winner.

Thank you to all who entered! I always enjoy learning more about the kinds of jewelry gifts that people give. And if you didn't win this time, please keep watching my blog. I will probably be doing another giveaway sometime in the spring, or maybe for Valentine's Day like I did last year.