My Style of Black Friday

What is your Black Friday tradition?  Are you one of those people who camp out in line in the wee hours of the morning to score the best deal? Or do you just watch the news footage of those people from the couch in your jammies?  Well, I spent my Black Friday at one of my favorite places, First Monday Canton Trade Days.


The weather was beautiful, and in my opinion there is no better way to walk off those extra holiday calories than some good junkin’.

I was expecting larger than usual crowds, but it was surprisingly calm at the south’s biggest flea market.  A few of my favorite vendors were missing, but I still found lots of wonderful stuff. Here are a few highlights.

A petite vintage rubber stamp holder . . . I have seen these used as wine glass holders, jewelry displays, or just enjoyed as they are.  They have a great, unique shape.


This stool is quite primitive, with lots of rust and chipping gray/blue paint.  What I really thought was unique though was that once upon a time, someone made part of an old wooden spool into the seat.


I loved this antique paper cutter.  I have seen lots of these around, but never a white one.  It even has hints of turquoise paint showing through the white.

DSC05775One of my favorite finds was a collection of six vintage cardstock punch-outs of Santa in various scenes.  The image is printed on both sides, and on one side Santa’s suit is velvet.  This one of Santa with a reindeer (Prancer, maybe?) was my favorite, so it’s staying with me.


If anyone recognizes them, I would love to know where they originally came from.  A children’s book or magazine . . .? You’ll see Santa some more in an upcoming post.

Continuing the Christmas theme, everyone needs a rocking horse at Christmas.


The detail on this guy is amazing, down to his fluffy white mane.


After getting back home, I did head out with the fam a little later to take advantage of a traditional Black Friday sale at Lowe’s. We came home with a handful of poinsettias, a steal at only $.99 each.


I also grabbed two real fir wreaths.  I usually don’t decorate with real greens because they are pricey and tempermental.  But these little guys were only $5, so I grabbed two.  One is hanging over my Craigslist shutters that sit on the landing in my stairway.


And did you spot our Elf?  He’s perched up high to be able to see all the action.

I think my favorite Lowe’s deal though was two more industrial shelves for our garage.  You all have seen glimpses into my garage before . . . it is a disaster. Now, all of my business stuff is contained in one shelf!


It helps me breath a little easier every time I head out there.

I hope you all found lots of wonderful deals yourselves and have enjoyed your holiday weekend!

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Cubbies & Chairs

A few weeks ago I shared this photo on my Facebook page of this great cubby shelf I found at the Canton First Monday market last month (when it was 104 degrees!).


After getting it back home from Canton, it had to spend a few weeks hanging out on my back porch until a spot in my space at Antique Company Mall opened up.  Today was the day though! With my hubby’s extra set of hands and my neighbor’s truck, the shelf made finally it up to the mall.


It really is HUGE! I honestly can’t believe I managed to fit it into my van when I first brought it home.  It has tons of character with layers of great, chippy paint; and of course, all those cubbies!



My kids were having alot of fun sticking their toys in it while it sat on our porch. So much fun, that my husband suggested we keep it.  I was tempted, but really, it is too big for any space I have.  I can’t wait though to see where it finds its new home and what all its new owner will store or display in all those little spots.

Also, I was able to finish up the two cane side chairs I mentioned in my last post.


They got a couple coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone, then a wash of dark wax to tone down the bright white.  The paint chipped well in spots, doing that special milk-paint thing I love so much.


Here is the before picture of them again, just for a reminder


And one more after . . . they pair up so well with the triangle green side table I have in my space right now.


So it was a productive day at our household today.  How about at yours?

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