Wednesday, November 5, 2008

. . . showed auction swag




Yesterday I had a chance to unload the stuff I bought at the auction Sunday. I had a few surprises. . .

Clockwise from top left: What I thought was a rustic Matelasse tablecloth turned out to be a bed cover, as evidenced by the deep cutouts on one end where the bedposts should be. It definitely needs to be for a small bed, but I will probably still use it as a tablecloth, for the kids table. It's cotton and washable so I won't be too concerned about stains. There was a tag in the bag that indicated the price for the "bedspread" was $100. If that's so, I got a bargain for sure. Because in the same bag, which I didn't realize until I unpacked it, was the cut lace tablecloth and 12 napkins, shown in the next picture. It is in excellent condition, although I don't think either of these items are particularly old. Maybe I'll use this set in the dining room for Thanksgiving, but it will need to be laundered and starched and ironed. . . yuck.


The mirror I found is pretty cute if you like that sort of fancy decoration. Actually, I could see it in a contemporary setting, hanging on a dark colored wall, in contrast to the modern furnishings. Although I was going to give it to my mom for her birthday, I just now had the idea of using it as the base for a centerpiece in the middle of the dining table, filled with candles and flowers. Oh, who am I kidding?. . . nobody in my family would notice. I could have Thanksgiving in a barn with the meal served on haybales and we would probably have more fun. But I don't have a barn.


And the last picture is of all the tinware I purchased. These are going to be fun to experiment with. . . and the extras I'll give to the little ones to play with. I guess I was emulating Eddie Ross (http://www.eddieross.typepad.com/) this weekend, except I was a scrounger before scrounging was cool.

4 comments:

Catherine said...

nice haul, Mary! Especially those tins...lots of possibility

Mary Buek said...

Catherine, I've already used a couple of the mark-making tins. And the kids will love to play with these, since they like to pretend they are cooking. Or we could actually make Jello in them.

Martha Marshall said...

Nice stuff! And . . . am I the only one who didn't know Eddie Ross? I love his blog!

I don't do auctions, but when I do go to garage sales and flea markets, I'm always looking for things to dress up a table. The more candle holders the better!

Mary Buek said...

Martha: I just found Eddie Ross a few weeks ago. He's so cute and clever. I usually don't do auctions, either, but I couldn't resist this one. The lace tablecloth that I found in my stash turns out to be Belgian lace actually from Belgium, according to a tag I found on it.