Finders Keepers: Best of 2016

Here’s a look back at some of the best things I found in 2016 and decided to keep for myself. I spend so much time out sourcing that most of the things in my house came from yards sales and estate auctions. I’m constantly surprised by the unique and interesting things I’m able to buy because someone else no longer needed them.

1) This antique woven coverlet has to be the best find of 2016. I saw one sell at auction early in the year and knew just how much they were worth because of that. I never dreamed I’d find one in the wild. A few weeks later at a rummage sale I came across one thrown in with other linens and blankets! I thought for sure it was a reproduction when I bought it but only realized it was antique when I unfolded it at home and looked it over. It looks great on my bed and matches the bedroom but I’m afraid to really use it. Someday I’m going to find a good way to display it that also keeps it in good shape.

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2) Another great blanket score happened over the summer when I went to an estate sale and found FOUR big fluffy chenille blankets. I kept this one for myself, sold two and still have one set aside. It makes my bed look like a birthday cake with ample icing and compliments my cat quite well.

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vintage chenille blanket and cat

3) This vintage Polaroid land camera was another great yard sale find. The people I bought it from didn’t know what it was and neither did I. All folded up it just looked like a chrome and leather box. I bought it out of curiosity and only after doing some research realized what it did. I wanted badly to get it up and going but ended up letting my SO sell it after I couldn’t get it to work.

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4) This vintage Nagel print (featuring the kitschy vintage nursery wallpaper in my office) was an estate sale find. His aesthetic is so iconic and reminds me a lot of what was in style when I was growing up. I knew for sure I needed a print for my office to go with my other multi decade decor.

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5) Two might be my limit for old CRT TVs, but I gladly reached that limit this year. I found one early in the year at an estate sale that was the same age as me. I took it home and hooked my NES emulator to it to play games. When I found the cute red portable one at a yard sale and realized it was the same age as my SO I had to buy it too. I haven’t quite found a use for the second one but it’s small and looks cool on my bookshelf.

 

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Finders Keepers: another living room lamp

One of the few frustrations I have with my house is its lack of light. A few rooms have gone 100+ years without ever having had overhead lights installed. I know there’s a ideal number of floor, table and swag lamps that will create a warm glow and fill the space with light. I haven’t hit that ideal number yet, but am up to 5 lamps in my living room and may need to stop soon.

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Today I stopped at a little antique shop that almost always has good lamps. I found this adorable vintage lamp with original fiberglass shade that looks a bit like an old oil lamp. It’s just the perfect blend of faux antique and mid century modest to complement my house’s eclectic mix of styles.

 

vintage lamp with fiberglass shade turned on vintage wall paper

 

Finders Keepers: oddball finds

I always have a hard time going to a large sale and not buying a few things for myself. This weekend I found this amazing vintage cat paint by numbers. I have no idea what’s going on in the background but the cat looks like a total boss. I just need to find a frame for it and it’ll be going on my office wall with all the other odd art I’ve found.

I also found these 80’s style glass mugs with jets on the sides. Two of them have 22kt gold printing. There’s a FA-18, an AV-8B and a F-15E. I just loved their totally badass 80’s aesthetic.

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