Treasure Box Wednesday: Vamps, Lamps and Halloween Camp


As leaves turn from green to gold and swirl in the chill air, Route 30 takes on a solemn, almost lonesome tone. Yet the thrifting there this weekend was bright and inviting. It, in fact, marked an unheard of three-lamp Saturday.

Those who have read me for a while know I have Lamp Addiction. I fix them up, sometimes I give them to people. I see a good lamp and it needs to come home with me.

Well, at the Salvation Army near North Versailles, I got my prized lamp of the day. This transfer rose beauty, with handpainted detailing...



You can get a closer look here...


I loved the subtle tones of color-- and also that it absolutely matched my diningroom. I've been moving other lamps around to accommodate it. But that's the beautiful thing about decorating-- nothing is etched in stone.

My other lamp score came in the form of two vintage cherub lamps at just $4 a piece and completely rewired...

Take a look at these funny fellows...


And while we're on the subject, I was thinking I might paint these an antiqued white, instead of this gold-- what do you folks think? Leave them as is, or paint them?

At the Ligonier Fleatique I got this excellent tole cake box. It needs a bit of gentle cleaning, but at $5, it's going to be a nice addition to the kitchen...


At the Goodwill in Irwin, I found these tin deer-printed salt and pepper shakers. I may give them to a family friend. Right now, they need a good cleaning.


And at the Salvation Army in Greensburg, I uncovered this nice green Depression glass juicer...


Last of my thrift finds for the week, are these two vintage-style purses. You might be able to tell I'm already thinking ahead to summer, but it's better to plan ahead than be wishing I had them later...


Here are just a couple of closeups on the beadwork on the one...


And the needlepoint of the other...


And just for a change of pace, I thought I'd tuck in today some pictures of my Halloween decor as it's coming along. As you saw up top, this is in my entry way...


The black candleabra I found at the Goodwill. The raven was a Target find. The moving picture portrait of Dracula was $1 from the Giant Eagle grocery store last year after season. And the Poe book? That's just for readin'.

Here's a pic of my Halloween dining table in progress... You can see where those crystal dishes I'd bought went to...

I saw a set of them in one of the antique malls and they were listed as being candydishes/ice cream bowls. I hadn't thought of them for ice cream, but it would make sense why they would come en masse and in different colors.

And that closes the Treasure Box for today.


And this coming Sunday, why, I'll be here if you will. Happy Wednesday to you!

15 comments:

Da Old Man said...

I'm probably wrong, but isn't the juicer kind of a rare find? I can't remember whether they were rare or overly abundant. Talk about polar opposites. :)

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Da Old Man- Yes, in antique malls the juicers can have some pretty juicy high-ish prices. Finding one at a thrift store for under $2 is really good. Though I'm getting the impression that Depression glass-- even in the greens and pinks-- might not be in demand as it was there for a while.

Shirley said...

I love the lamps! I'm a big fan of Edgar too. :)

Carrie said...

It seems that the lamps would look more authentic with their original gold finish.

Lana Gramlich said...

I love that 1st lamp. So beautiful!

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Shirley- Edgar did know how to tell a good spine-tingling tale, didn't he? :)

Carrie- Thanks for the input-- it isn't as bright a gold as many of these lamps, so it's a real toss-up for me.

Lana- Thanks, I keep going into my livingroom to stare at it! How lame is that?! :)

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Oh I would certainly paint those cherub lamps white with a grayish wash over them. I LOVE them and I love the piece of furniture that is displayed behind them. Very beautiful.

Blessings,

Sher

MizSmoochieLips said...

Great finds!! And I love the way you used your pressed candy dishes! I am soooo going to have to make a mental note of that idea =]

Jenn Thorson said...

Sher- Thanks for the input! The chair, amusingly, was not an antique piece, but it definitely stood out to me in the furniture store as working with vintage things. Depending on trends, that's not always easy to find!

MizSmoochieLips- Since the one vendor had listed them as potentially having been used as ice cream bowls, I don't see why we can't give them extra responsibility on the table. :)

Anonymous said...

Your table decor of carnival glass is reminiscent of autumnal shades and is an enjoyable sight. The best value is your bowls found on your teasure hunt. I found your blog goggling lusterware and was very intrigued by your writing. The bowls could serve a fall fruit salad with nuts sprinked on top.
Pam

Heidi Ann said...

I have that same beaded rosebud purse, and it's actually reversible (inside-out)! Yours may be, too- try it!

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Heidi Ann- Hm! I will certainly have to check it out and see. How cool would that be if it really did reverse, as yours does? :) Thanks for the tip!

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Heidi Ann- I'm back and checked out the purse and... know what? You were absolutely right! It's reversible. All white larger beads in the inside!

Thanks for letting me know! I never would have thought to turn it inside out!

Heidi Ann said...

I just saw this - cool! I'm so glad I saw your post and commented to let you know. You never know when you may have a day where pretty pink rosebuds just don't match your ensemble!

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Heidi Ann- Indeed! I started chuckling as it was reversing so nicely in my hands-- one of those, "Sonofagun, she was right! I might have had that purse for years and not realized that." :)

Ah, the beauty of the internet.