Tuesday, May 8, 2012


For all of you who are die-hard tag sale and junk store shoppers this little beauty will surely make your heart sing!  This is my latest thrift-store find...


Can you believe it?

  Now...I'm NOT kidding you when I tell you this but last Thursday while out junking around in the great state of Oklahoma I snagged this antique iron bed for $45.  At first I couldn't believe my own eyes.  
A real live antique iron bed at a thrift store for $45?

NO WAY!!!!!

When I saw her propped up in a bin of truly crummy 1980 particle board beds I had to blink a couple of times before I realized I was looking directly at a antique-vintage headboard and footboard.  After looking her over from head to toe (and realizing the rails were missing) I still didn't miss a beat when it came to pulling her out from her hiding place and dragging (literally) her to the front of the store.

This particular junk store (Value Village/Payless Thrift on Penn for all you OKCity peeps!) runs everything half off the price marked (weird, but they do)!!!  So the bed was originally $89.96 but half off was $44.98!!!!
The missing rails were no big deal to me because I see them all the time in antique shops.  The rails can be found...the beds on the other hand are a lot more difficult to locate...
Anyway...as you can see I wasted no time in painting her with a couple of coats of my favorite paint.  The bed had already been painted at least once...  Had she been in her original white condition I wouldn't have repainted her....but the gold and green....um, not for me!
Another great weekend snag was this vintage shelf.
I forgot to snap a picture of it before attaching the applique (this one is metal from Hobby Lobby).  This shelf was $8 (Goodwill) and the metal trim was $2 (half off).  That makes it $10 before paint.  I opted to brush paint this one as spray painting can get very expensive!
 Here's a picture of it up-close.  Love the distressing!  After brush painting her I lightly distressed her edges before applying a light coating of wax....skipped the dark wax on this one.  Loved it just as you see it!
Remember the lamp from last week???
I love how she came out!  Generally I paint roses on lamps such as this, but not this time.  I love the lamp just as you see her here as well! 
After thinking about it and mulling it over in my mind for several months I've finally decided to jump back into the retail world and rent a booth space at a local market here in my town.  I know this will be shocking to some of you because when I gave up my previous space in the summer of 2010 I was pretty sure I wanted to take my business only in the direction of on-line sales.

I think it's amazing how some things can change in the course of eighteen months!

I suppose much of my decision is based on there being so much fabulous, sell-able product crowding up the storage areas in my home and that includes both my Mr. AGPMan's workshop and a sizable storage unit.  Now that our own home is about where we want it to be (save for our kitchen makeover) I'm better able to see what all we have and what we can and cannot use.  Besides that, I LOVE direct selling and always have.  I love the physical displaying of merchandise as well as window dressing so when the opportunity arose for a great space with old wood floors...well I snagged it with my hubby's blessing.  The extra money will come in handy with our kitchen remodel (which is CA-CHING $$$).  My new space is honestly five minutes from my house (or less) and that made the idea of returning to booth-space-selling all the more appealing.

I begin moving in on the 15th of May...

The bed, lamp and shelf will all be a part of my new booth space....   I'm sooooo excited!  I hope those of you who are local will come see me....(more about it's location soon!).
Look how big my Miss K is getting?  She spent the weekend with me and ALWAYS loves helping me transform my junk into junque!  She's my painting QUEEN!

I promise to share more pictures as I go!  Right now the framing of my previous space is being reworked and I hope it will be a killer-looking-display once it's transformed.  

Hope your day is wonderful!   I'm finishing up the last of the special orders for Mother's Day and so happy I can finally breathe again!

Today I'm linking up with Kathleen at Faded Charm for 

Love to you...


Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

What a score in finding that amazine antique metal bed!! And your NOT keeping it? Love the shelf, and yes, perfect just like it is :) Your lamp turned out fab too! As does everything you give your magic touch to!

Come and stop by, as I've posted pics of our bathroom makeover :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

NanaDiana said...

LOVE that bed...You BRAT! You always find THE BEST things! Either you are really blessed or you have a junque angel sitting on your shoulder.

Good for your for the shop/booth. I have been seriously considering doing the same thing. Just have to make up my mind to give it a go. xo Diana

Anne said...

Amazing finds again.LOVE that bed.Congrats on the booth space.I wish I lived closer.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Congratulations Rebecca on returning to your booth space. I bet that fabulous bed is going into your booth!


stefanie said...

wowie!!!!! that is amazing....your soooooo lucky!

pembrokeshire lass said...

Those people who can see how things will turn out and accomplish what they see are incredible as far as I a...m concerned...I just don't know how you do it!! Joan

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh my! Love them all! You need a booth! So much talent!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I so enjoyed this post! I love your bed--that will be gorgeous in your booth! I think I would almost keep it as a prop rather than sell it...I could see it covered in pillows and linens--how lovely! I also love the bookcase and that lamp looks wonderful. I really enjoy your blog. Wishing you luck with your new booth space.

NanaNor's said...

Oh Girl what a find-I love it painted white. I'm excited about your new business, just wish I was close by. Of course if I were close I'd drag you to garage sales. Praying the Lord's blessing on you as you venture forward.
Hugs, Noreen

Miss Gracie's House said...

holy cow!!! $45.00?! It is gorgeous...I would NOT be able to sell it...I would use it in the yard.
GL on your new space...5 min. away? now that sounds wonderful...I have to drive an hour to get to mine...no wonder sales have gone down...just have fun!

Okio B Designs said...

Oh my gosh! What an amazing find! I love it white. Love it, love it, love it!


Anonymous said...

A new challenge for you! How exciting. You will get to interact with lots of people.

Your finds are lovely, Rebecca. I hope this transition will work out well for you!

Rebecca Nelson said...

JUST A NOTE: I am KEEPING THE BED...it will be used for DISPLAY ONLY! Whoot! Whoot! Someday I may sell the one in my guestroom and keep this one! LOVE IT!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful makeovers :) Adore that bed!!
Greetings from Australia♥

Susan said...

Rebecca I love your thrift store finds! Especially the bed! Miss K did a wonderful job painting.

Marilyn said...

I just loved reading your comment-junk into junque!! My Sarah always seems to scold me when I say I've been to the junque store--she prefers 'thrift shop'. It's all junque to me, especially the things I love. Good luck on your "new" venture. Wish I lived close enough to visit!!♥♫

chateau chic said...

Amazing finds! Sounds exciting setting up a booth again.
Mary Alice

EllenaElizabeth said...

Love your two latest acquisitions. Great prices all right!

Theresa said...

You are ONE lucky SHOPPER to find such good deals AND turn them into beauties! Wish I lived close enough to shop in your booth, perhaps someday I will get to visit:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful bed! We sold our similar vintage iron bed for $350.00 last summer at our Antique sale so you really got a deal my friend! Congratulations on your new space..

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

I want to go to your Payless thrift store.. They have great finds. You did good and the remake on them. Awesome!
Blessing to you,

Michele said...

Hi Rebecca ~ How exciting - I so enjoy a good find ~ This weekend I found a free window frame with all the panes but one. It is shabby chic chippy and I posted it on my blog.

Love to have you follow me too.

God Bless You,

Heaven's Walk said...

Score is right, Rebecca! Wow!!! What an amazing price....and transformation! Congrats on your decision to open a booth, sweetie! I know - with your talent - you will be very successful!

xoox laurie

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

You sure are like a magnet to bargain pieces that you can transform into treasures. Not everybody has that gift of looking beyond the present state things are found in.
Follow your heart and you don't even need to explain this to anyone. It is your passion and your life. Go for it!
Love to you,


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

My what a renaissance woman you are! Magic with paint too! Shop keeping seems like a natural for you. So creative. Fun for everybody involved!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How great that you are opening up another booth!! Maybe I'll get up to see you sometime! Miss K is getting so big. She is a doll and I think it is great that she "helps" you. My granddaughter always helped me with my jewelry making and selling when she was younger and I treasure those special memories!

I'm getting ready to have my annual Wedding Blog Party soon and would love for you to join us June 8th! Be thinking of it.....perhaps you'd like to promote some bridal finery?!?

Big Hugs,

Patty Patterson said...

Just beautiful! I love what you've done with it. And you have a beautiful little helper, there, too!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Oh That Bed~ Beautiful & at a unbelievable price ~ SCORE!
Love that little shelf & lamp too ~ I think I would be visiting that shop all the time.... Thanks for sharing, hope you stop on over~

Mosaic Magpie said...

Great find! What a wonderful bed. Miss K has grown up right before our eyes. She is so very pretty and I am sure some welcome help.

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

I love all of you finds. I want to buy them all.


Anonymous said...

Rebecca your "score" is just gorgeous. I just flew home to Nova Scotia from Tulsa today!! We didn't get to OC at all, but loved Tulsa!!

Candy said...

You lucky lady. Gorgeous Bed!!!
Good luck with your new booth space. Like you, I love to display things, arranging and rearranging. I have an antiques store and always say that it is like 'playing'.
Im now following you. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you'll follow back? THANKS.

romance-of-roses said...

Love the antique bed, yes you scored big time, my friend. Miss K is a very pretty girl. Smiles...Lu

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Kim Gillian said...

LOVE your bed! With talent like yours,you need to rent a booth space so everyone have a close look! I'm your newest follower. Have a great day!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

All beautiful finds and I can't believe the price on the bed - what a bargain.
All the best with your new retail outlet.

I'd like to invite you to share this lovely post on Shabbilicious Friday ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/shabbilicious-friday.html

Deanna said...

She loooks beautiful.

You're an inspiration to me,

Unknown said...

Wow! What an amazing find! I need to hone my, 'digging' skills.
I was so floored by the comment you left for me on my painting class post. It was your beautiful, painted train cases that planted the seeds of desire with in me to learn how to paint. Holy Spirit watered those seeds and has guided me ever since.
I will do what I can to share my knowledge with you across the, 'Net'. If that does not work, maybe a trip to OKC is in my future and I can teach a class to you and some of your friends? Let's pray about it and see how the, Lord directs our steps.
I would love to get together with creative ladies who love the, Lord!

Jeannie and Linda said...

What a great find the bed was! And the shelf! Please show us your booth when you have it set up. I wish I lived close enough to visit!

We joined your lovely blog. We would love it if you would visit us.

Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

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