Trashy Treasures

Last Sunday it rained all night and into the morning. I was bummed. Once a month the Sandwich Antique Market tempts me with it's treasures and this was MY month. I was on the lookout for things. I felt a little birthday luck on my side and I felt like I would score BIG!

I needed a few tables for my living room since I had moved things around and I was also looking for more unique storage pieces. What I found was LOVE. When I saw a break in the clouds, I packed up my 2 1/2 year old daughter, cleared out the multi-purpose mini van, blew threw the ATM, and hit the gas to Sandwich, IL.

We found so many treasures! So many deals. So much fun! Bocce Balls that once entertained people for hours. Old stove pipe covers that could be used as frames. Street signs that would make fun wall art. Old chicken coops that could serve so many purposes. My daughter's pre-school design dreams formulated right before my eyes. She was so animated when we found THE tables (see metal tables below). It was magical. These tables came from an estate in Michigan. Their industrial edge was just what I wanted. The stories people told us made me swoon.

I am in love with uniqueness in people and in things. I am also in love with deals. Perhaps it's all for show, but haggling down the tagged price with the "exhausted" vendor puts a big smile on my face when I walk away with something I won't find in a catalog. Yet.

I overheard a woman say she saw similar lockers (like these above) pulled out of Indiana University in one of her newer catalogs. For $1200! These were less than $500.

Is your last name Horton or Helm? You should buy this.

I agonized over this chicken coop for an hour. The vendor was so sweet and her stories were fantastic. I actually loved her whole booth but settled on another old wooden coop that dates back to the early 1900's. The metal one needed lots of work but it was so awesome.

It's a great time. Let me know if you want to go. I love sharing this treasure.


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