Monthly Archives: June 2012

Basement On Hold; More Thrifty Finds!


Well you know from my last post that we had decided that the basement was the next project.

Life of course sometimes has other plans. Hubby picked up some temporary work (with overtime) so he has had no time to spend down there. AND his truck is in the shop getting major engine work done (to the tune of $2000+) so we are in a holding pattern.  No time and no extra money.

That bump in the road has not stopped me from thrifting though. Here are some finds from the last few weeks.

This pair of metal lawn chairs were $10 at an estate sale. I can see aqua/greenish paint under that red.  Another project?

This plaid stadium blanket is wool and in perfect shape. I snagged it for $2 at a garage sale. It will go in the shop. I can see this with a tartan plaid thermos and picnic basket.

This mid-century plant stand was $3 at a garage sale.  Should I keep it and paint it black or sell it in the shop as is?

This Fiesta colored runner was $3 at a moving sale. It matches anything you put on it and I think it looks pretty good on our blond dining table in the kitchen nook.

This tablecloth was $4 at a consignment shop. I think it would look good for a picnic.

This handy little gold tray/server thingy was $1 at a garage sale. It sits on my buffet in the kitchen. I like the legs.

You know how I am about shelves. These big ones were $10 at a consignment shop. I think I will paint them and use them in the basement. Hubby has lots to display. The little black wire one was $1.

This little tray was $1 at the thrift store. It matches the Copeley pottery sitting on top.  Basement maybe?

This Christmas candy dish trio was $1 at a garage sale. They will go in the shop for the holidays.

This vintage stitchery pillow cover was $1 at the thrift store. The greens matches the basement sectional. Keep or sell?

This pair of groovy drapes look just like a dress on one of the wives in a Mad Men episode I watched last week! They were $3 at the thrift store and are now  for sale in my Etsy shop.

This 50’s honey pot/kitty cookie jar was a church rummage sale find for $5. It is in perfect condition; I will list it on eBay :

This little feed sack table cover will go on eBay too. I love the “salad” scene. It makes me think of Stacy making the Caesar Salad in the movie The Long Long Trailer”  🙂

This week I am having a bit of thrifters withdrawal since I have no vehicle while Hubbys truck is in the shop.

But it does give me more time do this!

The Start of the Basement


Well this past Saturday was a busy one here on Croydon Place, especially in the basement.

Until now this area has just been used as a catch-all, office, work room, storage area and tornado warning destination. The fact that you  have to get to it from the garage is kind of strange (although I guess not so unusual in our area) so we just kind of forget about it. We have planned all along to make it Hubbys domain, but have been so busy upstairs and outside that this project just got moved to the bottom of the list. You know, that list that never gets completed and just keeps getting added to.

Not this day.

It was very hot outside and Hubby gave up wire brushing the rust off of our vintage patio set.  This is the one we picked up last week  (the cool black and white umbrella has been scrubbed clean and is in the garage waiting for its premier).

Instead He decided to head down the basement (where it was cooler) and I went with him.

We moved, pushed, pulled, heaved, turned and shoved our way through an entire wall of Christmas decorations, 2 Christmas trees, a 1950’s sectional, the heaviest coffee table EVER, 2 blond end tables, a green chrome dinette set, a 40’s fringe trimmed chair, the blond china cabinet that matches our dining table, a stereo, television, desk, record cabinet, 2 magazine racks, a microwave and other assorted items that have found their way down there since the big move 18 months ago.

Not to say that we are anywhere near DONE; we have just started. But we have all of the Christmas decor labeled and moved into the storage area. I am so ready to start sewing the curtains.

But first things first.  Since there are only a few outlets in the entire basement, we have to have an electrician come to add more.  (You know how I love lamps).  I am sure we have created a fire hazard with all the extension cords down there. The new outlets will have to be mounted on the surface of the walls since 3 of the walls in this big room are block. We will also shampoo the carpet.

These photos are the beginnings of Hubbys domain: The walls are painted a goldish mustard. Probably not my choice (I would have went lighter for a basement) but it was freshly painted when we moved in and it will do for now.

This area shows the door to the HUGE storage room. My plan is to have a snack area/wet bar on the left. Those Monaco Gran Prix posters will be hung.

This chair came from the lobby of the long gone Woodruff Hotel in Joliet, IL . I have been told that postcards from this hotel showing these chairs exist. So far they have eluded me.

How about this green tartan plaid carpet? I know plaids are shown in lots of mid-century advertising, but not on the floor. When I think mid-century tartan plaid I see a big thermos, coolers and picnic blankets. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it? It will stay for now.

The 2 piece sectional is placed end to end along the long wall. If we find another blond  corner table we may put them in an  “L”.

Which fabric for curtains/pillows? 60’s botanical, atomic boomerangs or the star burst one?  I don’t care if it is only 1 small window in the basement. It must have a cool curtain!

The view up the stairs. Yes that is the garage up there.

The heaviest coffee table on the planet. Note the vintage table tennis set, still in the original box!

This end of the room will be for overflow eating or game/card playing:

The only window in this big room. How exactly am I going to hide that pipe? Long curtains?

No Scarface was not my choice. But that huge wall hanging is hiding the entrance to the crawl space:

So what do you think? Does it have possibilities?

What about the fabrics for curtains/pillows?

What about that carpet? Do we hate it or should I be happy with it?

The Cooking Club Road Trip


This past Saturday my cooking club gals and I headed off bright and early for a road trip. We left Croydon Place at 7am sharp, coffee in hand. We were going to spend the day in another town that was having a Farmers Market/Artisan/Antique Faire.

We arrived shortly after 8am, and the place was already buzzing. We parked a few blocks away in the historic downtown area. The first booth I stopped at was this one loaded with hanging baskets and containers:

Since I tend to gravitate to vintage, I hurriedly got me a cherry turnover from one of the bakery booths (to last me until lunch) and I was off.

This Enid Collins knockoff purse was adorable. But at $35, it was a little steep for me right now:

This booth has lots of re purposed furniture, painted white and very cool. I love how this one has a large map under the glass:

One of my cooking club buddies spotted this little vintage dress. It was a great chartreuse color, simple and belted. The gal let her slip it on and it fit perfect! She went home with a new dress 🙂

This booth had lots of great vintage fabric; you know how I am attracted to the atomic/funky ones 🙂

It was fun to see how all the booths had their items staged. Here are a few:

I thought of American Pickers when I saw this “#2” . You know how Mike and Frank like to buy numbers and letters for art:

Of course I had to purchase some things before we headed back downtown for  lunch. This is what I ended up with:

A little French Cooking cookbook, dated 1954. You know how I love anything 50’s or 60’s France.  I will try to make some of the great food we had while visiting the jet-setting son last year. Tarte Tatin maybe?

This kitchen tablecloth matches the colors on my DIY upholstery on the blond chairs.

This 60’s (?) Waverly fabric is called “Spring Song”. I love all the mid-century colors. See the dragonfly in the middle? Not sure if I will keep this for re use or sell.

These large 1949 Coca Cola cardboard lithographs were from a diner, restaurant or other food venue. They all have little hangers at the top. I love the graphics and plan to sell these.

After the morning got hotter and we got hungrier we marched back to the van to drop off our purchases and headed to a little tea room/vintage shop for lunch.

The decor inside was just fabulous; all of the tables had vintage table clothes, dishes and decor. Even the menus were handmade. And the walls were aqua!

This back wall has a clothesline strung with vintage aprons. Note the barn lights painted in pastels.

The food was wonderful. Most of us had sandwiches, potato salad, fresh fruit  and strawberry soup. I loved how the potato salad was served in little jelly jars and our beverages were in the taller ones.

We spent some time in more antique and gift shops downtown and then headed back to Croydon Place for dessert. I had made Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts and Raspberry Lemonade Tea. They both tasted great on such a hot day!

How about any of you? Any great destinations you have visited recently? Are there any others who like to cook and get fresh ingredients at outdoor markets?