Sunday, October 21, 2012

My journey to Syroco....

I'm not sure if I mentioned it or not, but last weekend, Ripon (which is a nice little town just south of me), was hosting it's citywide yard sale. When my husband asked me if I wanted to go, do you think I said no??? 
So, we stopped off at the Ace Hardware store in Ripon and picked up this really hard to read little map that listed all the homes with sales that day. 
We started in the downtown area, and saw quite a bit of junk and ugly particle board furniture, so of course I was getting a little discouraged and frustrated, especially when I saw a pick-up truck go by loaded down with the cutest wicker porch furniture! 

You know that terrible feeling you get when you just know everyone else is getting all the good stuff!! Ack!!!

So we drove around a bit more and I did find this cute little chicken timer, not really the kind of stuff I was searching for, but cute nonetheless!
We finally gave up on the old part of town and drove a 
little further north to the newer subdivisions. My husband was getting a little hot and cranky at that point........

oh wait, maybe that was me??...........

anyway, we passed by numerous homes with mostly junk (no offense anyone!) until I spied these lovely orange creations perched on a table......Aren't they the cutest? And only $1 each!! I only bought three, but of course later I was thinking I should have bought them all!! 
I always feel slightly guilty shopping with my husband though, he doesn't quite 'get' my urge to nest and decorate, he is much more practical, although he never makes comments, I feel like I can read his mind..."what in the world are you going to do with all of those??"
They are filled with down!! I adore them!!
She also had this lovely vintage silver tray that she topped with an old cake dome!! 
Three people picked this up and looked for a price before I snapped it up!! I could hear one husband telling his wife "This is great, you should get it! You know your Mom is always bringing goodies over" and I'm thinking...."Noooooo" Thankfully, they put it down and walked away, that's when I made my move, grabbed it and walked around with it until I found the owner...

$12?  SOLD!

She also had this cute vintage jar with a wooden lid that has 'PARIS' etched on it!! Too cute, and I knew it was perfect to fill with the pound of lavender I just bought!!!

We were getting hungry by then and I had to pee, so we started heading back when I saw what appeared to be a syroco mirror!!! Me: Oh, just what I've been looking for!!!  Him: Do you want to stop? Me: Yes Please!! Him: slight groan and rolls eyes....
I feigned interest in some nearby objects, all the while my eyes were glued to the mirror...I circled it, looking for major defects, oh it's in perfect condition! She had it marked at $28, but I figured I could get her down a bit, my husband said offer her $25, I thought no, I'll just ask what she would take, and it worked! She said she would take $20!!! WOW!! Ok lady, thank you!! 

I've seen these listed on ebay and etsy for much much more, plus there is shipping on top of that!! 

I was thrilled with my find!! After a little painting, sanding and glazing it turned out just as I had envisioned!!!

Love the rosettes!!

What do you think? Did I get a good deal??

Have a happy day everyone!
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  1. OH I love your mirror. It turned out great! What type of paint did you use?

    ....Now aren't you glad you didn't give up and turn back?!

  2. You found some awesome goodies. Love those sweet pumpkins and the cloche. You did a great job transforming that mirror. Good thing I couldn't make it over to Ripon that weekend because of a show I had the next day. We would have been fighting over the same things.

  3. Sounds like a fun day of yard sales! And your miiror is awesome!

  4. Oh those pumpkins are too cute. And A DOLLAR!! I would have done the same thing. Bought only 2 or 3 and regreted not buying more later. We are so funny, aren't we?! I have a mirror in the rectangle version of yours just waiting for me to do that same magic on. What kind of glaze did you use? It turned out FANTASTIC!!

  5. Love that big mirror! Perfect for my eastwood condominium. Hope I can find like that too in my place.

  6. Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  7. Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments! Yes, I believe in the More is more philospohy and not Less is More!!
    Love your skirted book shelves and love your syrocco mirror. I just painted one white but I am not going to tell you how little I paid for mine...


  8. I have the sconces that go with that mirror. I even painted mine white with a glaze on it just like yours! Oh, how I would love to find that mirror somewhere! What a great deal. It looks so much like the much more expensive one from Ikea.

    It's beautiful!

    Visiting from Stuff and Nonsense.


  9. Wow, what a successful shopping trip and the mirror...I'm sighing! Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday.

  10. I too love me some syroco mirrors, plaques, candle holders. Yours turned out great. Newest follower.

  11. WOW...AWESOME FINDS!!!!! LOVE lOVE LOVE the mirror!!!! Thank you for sharing over at Junkin Joe...we are back today...a girl named Sandy crashed our party for a few weeks but we are back! Hope to see you again : )hugs...

  12. You have to be careful though. Yard sales can get very addicting.


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