Welcome!. I live in Oviedo, Florida with my handsome husband, two great kids and a pair of silly basset hounds. Oviedo is a little town where you can get a Barney’s coffee on one corner and have to wait for the chickens to cross on the next. I love to shop for vintage treasures to use in my home and artwork. Come along with me!
Here we are out for a night at our favorite local (I'm talking 5 minutes from home) antique store, Hidden Treasures. Not to be confused with "Hidden Treasures" which is what we call all the stuff in the back of my van right now. How ironic? lol From the left - Kelley, Jodi, Kim and me. All of these ladies are very talented and treasured friends. Our strategy for this open house was to hit our two favorite booths and score some of our favorite primitive and rustic handmade holiday ornaments. Mission accomplished. I'll have to do a post on the purchases for you this weekend. You see, I was too busy fighting the crowds to get my ornaments to snap pictures. They sell out fast. So, we made our purchases first then ate and enjoyed taking pics. Here is one thing that I managed to take a photo of before I purchased -
I'd been admiring this green (hard to tell with the florescent lighting) chippy scale for some time. Even half way through the open house she was still sitting there...calling me. The price was right and I pulled the trigger. The prices here in this small town store are always very, very reasonable. We have larger antique stores that are better staged in downtown Orlando, but you'll pay the price. The "holiday" open house tonight was not filled with breathtaking vignettes like I see in blog land, but there were some great bargains to be found. After all, it is the hunt I like the most! I do wish there were more vintage Christmas items. There were plenty of handmade primitive items but I was hoping for beautiful trees filled with Christmas past. Not tonight. Here are a few highlights though...
I love the altered mason jar. It is now a votive holder. One of these came home with me too! This adorable tractor and trailer were so cute. I had so many ideas for it but decided to pass. Super nice vintage sled!
I have a thing for wooden rocking horses. I have a small one that sits by my front door. I really liked this one. These stacked trunks looked great together and were all very reasonable. No space at my house for these though. How about yours? Here is one of the handmade ornaments I didn't buy but thought it was cute enough to share! There were way too many to choose from.
The girls wanted to buy me this rooster coffee service. I do love what it says, "Coffee maketh bright the spirit." I don't know if "bright" is what you would call me after the six cups of Starbucks I brew for myself each morning. Does that help explain some of my chipper comments on your blogs at 6:00 in the morning?
Finally, this was one of the fun finds of the evening. Jodi loves small vintage kitchen tools. She displays them in cheese boxes in her kitchen. Her husband is Italian and the cook in the family. She bought this for Jeff to make ravioli and for her to display when not in use. It's a cutie.
So, no vintage Christmas treasures but lots of fun handmade ornaments. I will take some photos of mine this week. I also bought some pine drying racks to use in my kitchen as wall art. So, I had a good night, with good friends, at a great local place!