Monday, March 1, 2010

~LET THE HUNT BEGIN - Oklahoma Tag Sale Finds

~TOO DARK FOR MY HOME~
(But Still Lovely As Ever)

With warmer weather on the horizon I'm antsy about the return of Tag Sale Shopping. Although really great garage and estate sales can be found in Oklahoma all year long, there is just nothing quite like those spring and summertime jaunts around our city that, more often than not, unearth fabulous treasures.

I'm already weak in the knees thinking about finding snippets of old laces and ribbons, aging pieces of rose china and maybe even a lovely sampling of vintage barkcloth...

A few days ago I made my way to a grand old sale and snagged this pretty tiered shelf for only a few bucks...

Well...it was MORE than a few bucks if you want to know the truth. Not everything I find is a bargain, you know? :( But I did manage to winkle out of the seller a better than quoted price. Besides...I was looking for this exact kind of shelf for my formal dinning room! I'd have even have paid him his asking price if he'd stuck to his guns!

If he only knew!


~JUST PERFECT NOW~
(Brush Painting Rules!)

And so the ritual began.

I cleared away the painting table in my hubby's shop, cleaned the shelf up and then primed it with my favorite ZINSSER Primer. A couple coats of soft and creamy cottage white paint later and my lovely little shelf was almost good to go!

I love GENTLE distressing because it adds a hint of dimension to aging woodwork. After two LONG days of curing, my Mr. AGPMan hung my new little pretty in place.

DRESSED TO THE NINES
(Sorry for the Gray-Day Photo)

Here she is dressed and ready for her close-up!

~A BIG LARGER VIEW~

Now, even though I'd much rather play decorator, I'm off to do some real work which in turn will allow me to purchase the things like I've just shared with you.

~I BUY, I BUY! SO...OFF TO CREATE SAYS I~

Blessings to you as you enjoy the first beautiful week of March...

36 comments:

Kelly Howard said...

Gor-G-ous! Makes my heart pitter-patter!

Nancy said...

Oh, Rebecca...what a find! You made her so pretty and I love how you arrange your treasures. It looks so nice!

xoxo,
Nancy

Deanna said...

Rebecca,
Ahhhhhhhhhhh, so pretty!
It's always a pleasure to see the pretties you create and share with us in blogsville!!!
This project is sweeeeet.
A treat to see.

Your new header looks great.

Thought of you as I drove through Oklahoma City this past wk-end to be with family and celebrate a grandson's birthday.
The weather sure was nice!
God Bless,
d

Thmini2 said...

Oh the shelf turned out beautiful! It looks so pretty with all the china on it.

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh Rebecca...what a fabulous makeover and oh my goodness, your display is stunning! You are so clever and creative!

Have a fabulous week!

Hugs,
Karyn

Tanza said...

Hi My sweet friend ~
I'm on my way to work girlie, BUT, this popped up, and I JUST had to visit you first !! This girlie is GGGORGEOUS !!! It looks perfect and goes just wonderful with the whole room !! This makes me so excited to see your creations, I'm off and running on a happy note !! LOVE IT and LOVE YOU !!! Sooo happy you shared this on a Monday morning .. Lovely as always ~
Big cottagey hugs
~tea~xo

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Happy Monday to you Rebecca :) This shelf turned out just wonderful, as does everything you make over! I have a shelf very much like this one; a bit narrower than yours, though, and it too was an ugly brown but I painted it a nice shade of white, and have it in my Living Room filled with some of my pretty rose china pieces. Don't you just love this style of shelving!! I'd like to have 1 or 2 more to display in my home (if I can make room for them).

Hope you have a wonderful creative week! warmest, Brenda

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

That shelf is just beautiful, great job on the painting!

And you've got it decked out just perfectly, too. :-)

Thank you SO much for your prayers. :-)

Have a wonderful week!
Anne

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Rebecca~ that little cutie is drop dead gorgeous!!! You did GOOD GIRL. And the way you set it up is delicious. I think interior decorator could have been your calling too. Great find.
Hope you have a marvelous day.
Hugs, Pat

Dolores said...

Well, sweet Rebecca, you've done it again, you've made something from almost trash to absolute treasure. Beautiful!

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog!
Hugs,
dolores

Kim said...

SO let me get this straight Rebecca. You just found this pretty shelf this weekend, AND you already painted it, AND hung it, AND gussied her all up? You are my idol.

Penny said...

Rebecca, your new shelf is really a cutie; especially now that you've repainted it.

Hugs,
Penny

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Rebecca, what a great find and yes I see you are a good haggler too! Isn't it fun to be able to save a couple of bucks! I love how it turned out and you definately have a gift for making pretty arangements!! I just LOVE how you set it all up! I bought a shelf not long ago and WAS going to put my sewing things on it but might have to reconsider! lol!
Your new header looks fantastic too, I'd love to change my header... one day.! take care, Maryann

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh Rebecca, your shelf is so pretty. I love everything you chose to put on it. My home has so many windows...which is nice in AZ, but doesn't leave much wall space. I would love something like that though if I could. But I will just enjoy yours from afar. Looks like you had a wonderfully productive weekend!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Purty, purty, purty! You have the touch Rebecca!
"You're the reason God made Oklahoma" Remember that song? ☺ ♥

mariondee-designs said...

Hi again Rebecca, thanks so much for popping by and your comment did make me giggle..but just had to tell you why my chandy was in storage...... I never had a room for it. I was waiting for my extension to be built as I added on a 'formal' lounge and had bought this chandy just for this room. Have a lovely productive week, take care, Maryann

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Rebecca what a gorgeous shelf! You did a great job!

Rita said...

Rebecca, I love your gorgeous shelf and the way you have decorated it. Your home always looks great!

jojo said...

you've got the touch..;p

Lori @ Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Oh, your shelf is beautiful! And just look at all the pretties it holds! I can't wait until my neck of the woods is warm enough for tag sale season!

Ginger said...

How beautiful it is now in all its glory. Love what you have done to the shelf and the beauties you have on it. Loooooove it so much.

We lucked out on the snow didn't we?

Hugs
Ginger

Cottage Rose said...

Oh Wow Rebecca your shelf is just gorgeous.. she turned out so perfect, and I so love how you dressed her up... looks great... have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Oh Rebecca, you do have a way of decorating shelves.... your right she's all dressed up.... Puurrttty

Hugs*

Marydon Ford said...

Good night Gertie!!!, Rebecca! You turn everything into elegance & beauty! You shall never cease to amaze me ... you have an eye for beauty & turn the darkest into gorgeous ... AWESOME, sweet friend.

Love that sewing drawer, is that a soft shade of pink you used on it?

Was so wonderful hearing from you yesterday ... made my day.
Hugs of love, Marydon

GWENDOLYN said...

Rebecca,
You have such a good eye for decorating. Love what you did with the shelf and the after where you have filled it with beauties is breath taking. ...Love your new header!
Blessings!
Gwen

myletterstoemily said...

just lovely and you placed the perfectly
beautiful pretties in gorgeous array!

thanks for sharing.

blessings,
lea

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rebecca,
Oh I agree with you so much on the longing for Spring treasure hunting. I did go for my birthday last Sunday, but did not find much! Timing is everything I guess.

Love the shelf you found and love the transformation.
Everything is perfect with your treasures adorning her. Gorgeous my friend.
My redesigned bathroom is coming to an end soon. I am so behind in the studio, but my right arm needed a rest and so that may be good too.
I am happiest swinging that paint brush. Like you said, "really helps when you love to shop" LOL

Love you sweets,
Celestina Marie

myletterstoemily said...

that's very sweet, rebecca.

of course, link away. i would, except
i don't know how. :(

on my list to learn!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog a couple of weeks ago. And the comment on the tribute to my sister. I love her so much. She lives two hours away and I do not get to see her very much.
Thannks for visinting. Come back soon. Sheila

Jessica said...

I love the shelf! :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lovely! Just BEAUTIFUL! :-)

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Sweet find and you made it fabulous. I hope to enjoy an auction this coming weekend for my own sweet finds.
Cindy at Lakewood

Sares said...

Even if it was a gray day. you could never tell from the pictures inside your house, it is all so beautiful, serene and loveleigh! The shelf turned out gorgeous, but then i never had any doubts it would. I can't wait to hit the garage sales either, bring them on!

Anonymous said...

COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES WHEN I SAW YOUR BLOG WITH THE PICTURE OF THE OLD SHELF YOU FOUND, AND THEN PAINTED AND HUNG IN YOUR LIVING ROOM....IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND ALL OF YOUR PRETTY THINGS LOOK WONDERFUL ON IT.......I HAD A SHELF JUST LIKE THAT FOR AGES, SITTING IN MY ATTIC, AND I FINALLY GAVE IT TO GOODWILL BECAUSE I WAS TIRED OF LOOKING AT IT....WHAT A GOOF THAT WAS!! WHEN I SAW YOUR REPAINTED ONE, I NEARLY CRIED!!! LOL
YOU CAN TAKE UGLINESS ITSELF AND MAKE GORGEOUS!!!!

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

Absolutely love your blog, so relaxing so charming.

Lynn said...

You always make things look soooooo beautiful :)

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