~SWEET OLD FINDS~
A few weeks ago I visited one of my local antique malls and it was there I found an amazing old find that I was absolutely convinced needed to come home with me. It was an antique hotel key/mail sorter and it was made of solid oak. It had the majority of the embossed metal room numbers on the front and to be well over 100 years old the aging cabinet was in fabulous condition. I'd been looking for SOMETHING for over a year to hold my huge collection of vintage ribbons and laces but to no avail. I don't have much room left in my sewing studio and so I knew immediately the cabinet would be perfect...
~LOVE THE VINTAGE JARS~
So...did I purchase it? Nope!
Why you ask? Well...because it was over $500 and that was WAAAAAAAY over my budget. My heart was sick. As much as I loved it I couldn't imagine myself painting out such a piece of history (you know my LOVE for cottage white paint) even though I desperately wanted to. Besides...my hubbs would have said a big fat "NO!" and that would have been the END of the conversation. He's as big a wheeler-dealer as I am and that price was NEV-VAH gonna fly with him.
~GREAT MAKEOVER PROJECT~
Fast-forward to yesterday.
On Wednesday morning my Mr. AGPMan and I took a break from our 2nd bath remodel project and decided to make our way to Enid, Oklahoma via a small town called Kingfisher for a day of junk-store-shoppin'. As you probably know by now it IS one of our favorite things to do together. After lunching on Oklahoma's famous Okarche Chicken :), we drove on into Kingfisher and stopped at a little dive I honestly hadn't been to in over eight years.
~VINTAGE RHINESTONE BUTTONS & PINS~
My guy and walked inside the steely blue building and due to it's junky-looking appearance I found myself eager to make my way through the maze of stuff that lined the many aisles. The place had more nooks and crannies than I have words to describe!
Looks can truly be deceiving!
Why had I waited so long to return to this dump???
~VINTAGE SEWING DRAWERS~
~CHARMING VINTAGE PLATE~
~FABULOUS PINK HAT FOR $1.00~
All the neat old things you see pictured above we found under the roof of that forlorn looking
After checking out and spending less than $30 (don't hate me) we drove up through Waukomis (I thought of you Ginger!) and on into Enid. I haven't shopped too much in this town and truly had no idea what I would find. Our trusty GPS would help us navigate our way to several wonderful places...
I love shopping in the great state of Oklahoma!
You really should come visit us! We ROCK!
Anyway...we found more neat old things (I'll share soon!) before pulling into the last stop of the day! It was there I found something that caused me to lose my breath...
~WHAT A FIND!~
Around the corner of a very crowded booth (love that) I found this fabulous vintage hotel key/mail cabinet! I couldn't believe my eyes...
Hanging on the wall right in front of my face was this fabulous antique cubby that was very, very similar to the one I had passed on buying a few weeks before. Although it wasn't quite as old as the local one and the room markers had been removed (which would have been neat but not a must-have!) I was mesmerized. I just stood there staring at the old thing...
Now...I had to hunt for a few seconds for the price which to be honest with you always makes me a bit nervous! When I finally found the hang tag it was turned backwards...
~BE STILL MY HEART~
I reached for the yellowed ticket and carefully flipped it around...
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS
Whhhaaaat? WaaHHHT? WHAAAAAAAT?
I immediately began
running like a crazy woman calling out for my guy to help me get it off the wall for me because I was near faint! I knew beforehand he was NOT going to say NO this time!
After paying the nice man at the counter we loaded up our 2die4 purchase and began to make our way back home!
Now...after I paint out my latest treasure (spray-gun here!) my Mr. AGPMan is going to add a permanent back to the cabinet to square the sides. I can hardly wait to hang it in place and fill 'er up!!! I'll be sure to post pictures soon!
Today I'm feeling like I'm pretty much "BAD TO THE BONE!"...:)
Thank you God for finding a way to give me another 'little desire' of my heart!
Love to you all this AWESOME Summer Day~