Thursday, March 3, 2011

Blessings Abound...A Great Start to the Month of March!


I ran into the antique shop today with my doll beds and a few other items I'd worked on over the past several days.  I spent some time arranging my display just so...and felt good about it as I walked away.  When I stopped by the counter to see how I did in sales last month, I was bummed.  Apparently February was a bleak month for a lot of folks in the antiques business, myself included.  I left feeling a bit discouraged but headed off to my favorite thrift shop in hopes of finding a few treasures...determined to turn my day around.

As I walked slowly through the store, I took everything in visually, trying to imagine the potential in cast-off pieces of furniture and home decor.  I picked up a few children's books, baskets and other smalls then made my way to the counter...satisfied, but not overjoyed with my finds.  As I walked to the register, I glanced in the glass case.  There, on the bottom shelf tucked behind a crystal water pitcher and an old camera was a lovely old curvy piece of pastel pottery.  I knew it at first sight...a 1940's Hull vase in the Wildflower pattern!  It was the perfect piece to add to my small collection.  It did have a chip on the rim, and was covered in a layer of ancient dirt but at $10 it was coming home with me and suddenly my day was looking much brighter!

Isn't she pretty?
I shared my corner cabinet and pottery collection with you not long ago, but since I had to do some re-arranging today to find the perfect spot for my new treasure, I thought we could do a brief revisit!  I am anxious to get my "spring" box down from the attic and do some real decorating for Easter, but for now I thought I would add a few small things I had on hand...just for fun!


I've discovered some charming Easter scrapbooking paper and look at how sweet it is in this pink frame?  The colors compliment the pottery and the bunnies add a touch of spring and whimsy to the collection.

I am fortunate enough to have both a mother and mother-in-law who raises chickens.  We are never in short supply of pretty green eggs at our house!
Not long after I came home I had a call from the antique store.  The sweet gal that had been working today and witnessed my discouraged look when I discovered how pathetic my sales had been, called in hopes of brightening my day with some good news.  One of my doll beds had sold along with a nightstand and several other items...just in the last couple of hours!  Wow!  Blessings!  I am no longer discouraged...things are definitely looking up!  Now I need to get busy and figure out how to fill in the new holes in my display!


Thank you so very much for your sweet visit!  Best Wishes and Blessings to You!
Amanda


I will be linking up with the following fun parties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

14 comments:

  1. A beautiful piece of Hull for that price?!!! It WAS your lucky day - hope the weekend plays out as well! Congrats on the sale...now that tax refunds should start showing up in mialboxes, hopefully sales will start picking up as well. Happy Friday, Amanda - Tanya

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  2. Amanda you have some lovely pieces of Hull and you got a great deal on your latest piece!! I would love to collect this pretty pottery but I have yet to find a piece I can afford!

    Your corner cupboard looks so charming all dressed up for Easter!

    So glad the day turned out well for you. I know how it can be as I have a little booth too. I never make a killing but look at it as a creative outlet and way to meet people as we work 2 days a month for part of the rent. I love the working in the mall part as we have so many interesting and charming people come through the doors!

    Amanda I do a Saturday segment, Discovering Beauty, and would love to share your blog the Sat if that is ok- I don't have a huge following but it might sent a few new followers over.

    bee blessed
    mary

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  3. I have some of my mother's Hull and Roseville pieces. Very sentimental for me. Amazing price for this piece!

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  4. Very pretty display in your cabinet. The pieces compliment each other beautifully. I'm not surprised your doll bed sold so quickly. They were all so fab!
    Have a great weekend!
    Roselle

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  5. Glad business turned around for you! I love your Hull piece and it looks wonderful where you chose to display it!!

    HPS!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  6. The antique biz never stops amazing me. Just when you think it's not going well...something changes for the better. We too experience the ups and downs but for some reason the 'antique bug" just doesn't go away! Love your HULL pottery!

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  7. Hello sweet friend. Oh my, I know you were so excited to find that piece of pottery! My sales every year in Feb barely pay my rent. Soooooo, I totally understand. I have been offered a front space with a window at one of my flea markets but it is double the rent. I have two booths right now. If I took the larger space I would move out of my smaller one and take the larger one up front with the window...but it is double the rent so it would be like having three. I am super nervous about it, not sure I want the pressure especially with my four year old tagging along with me everywhere I go. Anyway, what do you think? How many booths do you have? I am so excited you sold some stuff, I know that always makes me feel so much better!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  8. Love your blog! I am your newest follower, thanks for visiting mine and leaving a sweet comment!

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  9. Loved all your photos. The sweet little hull piece is gorgeous. $10-great find! Have a beautiful day and weekend. Love your beautiful blog.

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  10. You have a wonderful blog and I'm pleased follow you!

    -barb-

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  11. I also have a few pieces of hall had allot more but sold them.Your blog is so soft and pretty Laura

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  12. Happy Pink Saturday!


    Great finds!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  13. What a great find-I know how it feels to spot that great item to well-!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. What a treasure! I love your perfect palette of pink.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving such a supportive comment.

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