Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Country Living Finds

My head is still spinning from all of the fantastic 'junk' that we saw at the Country Living Fair!  There were SO many things that I would've loved to have!  One of the hardest things for me was deciding what to take home, and what to leave there.  As a bargain hunter by nature, sometimes I have to override that urge to save, and splurge a little if something is extra unique and calling my name. Something like this...
This is my favorite find of the day!  It was sitting across the aisle, filled with potted mums, and was calling, no yelling, my name!  (Remember how I hear voices of things calling me?)  I LOVE locker baskets, and this is what it would look like if a very large locker basket and a stand (which I love stands, too) had a baby-a very cool baby!
 It was so unusual, nothing like I've ever seen, and although I wasn't sure what I was gonna do with it, or where it was gonna go, it had to be mine.
It has this perfect patina (a little bluish green on it), and is a cute size-not too big, not too small.  For now I've tucked it next to my shelving unit in the living room...we'll see if it stays there...?
There were SO many fabulous, industrial stands and display units at different booths (some very similar to this Literature Rack-isn't it great? or this Rotary Magazine Rack which would be such cool storage for my hoards of home decor magazines!)  I have a weakness for these, but most of them at Country Living either weren't for sale, or were WAY over my budget, so I happily settled for this little guy! Any other ideas what I could use it for?
 Here's another one of my fun finds of the day...
Some sort of large metal thing (maybe to do with a farm or chickens or machinery, or does anyone know?)  I just love its rusty crusty goodness, and thought it would make a fun cloche!  Many vendors had cool rustic pieces, made of wood or metal (a lot like these Decorative Accents, which I love!)
I've placed it over a bird that my hubby and I got during a weekend get-away a few years ago in Pittsburgh.  (These birds were at a little specialty home shop there before I started seeing them pop up at some big name stores.)
For now, it's on our cat Bobbi's sleeping spot in the sunroom...who knows where it will end up or what will eventually be under it...?
So there's a taste of my weekend finds, starting with these 2 goodies...what do you think? More to come soon!  :)
I'm linking to these wonderful blogs:
                                            Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
                                            Rooted in Thyme
                                            The Brambleberry Cottage 
                                            Katherine's Corner
                                            The Ironstone Nest 

35 comments:

  1. oh!!! lovint that huge locker basket!!!!

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  2. I don't know what your cloche thingy is either, but I have one that is almost like it. Check out my post (http://sallyssalmagundi.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-es-bueno.html) where I tried to make it a cloche, but failed. Yours is much more charming. Sally

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  3. I love your locker basket on a stand. I need one just like it now, you know.

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  4. Oh my I love your finds all of them.. Love the pillows you put inside the basket as well.. Have a great day!

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  5. The locker basket on a stand is really cool. You can use that for just about anything...throws, magazines, pillows.
    Nice touch!

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  6. very cool. it's great when things call your name, isnt' it? lol
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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  7. The locker basket is simple amazing! nice finds!

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  8. oh i'm swooning over this piece - just love love love it & we might have come to fisticuffs if we saw it at the same time!! xo

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  9. Great finds!! I would have grabbed that one too!
    xx
    Anne

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  10. Susan, these are great! I love the locker basket stand. This would be great holding towels in the bath...so many possibilities! Jean

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  11. I LOVE your finds, Susan. Especially the locker basket on a stand...fabulous!!
    Mary Alice

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  12. This is a wonderful storage basket--looks great!

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  13. Yep, I'd be a sucker for that BASKET too! LOVE the patina on it and the fact its got legs~~even better! Thats a KEEPER! Your CAGE is too CUTE!! I'm glad you had lots of FUN! Was at SPRINGFIELD and I think Hubby had enough FUN in one day! LOL! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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  14. Oh Susan that basket on legs is adorable. Wow what a great find. It looks so cute just the way you have it. Maybe a cute Christmas tree at the holidays in that cute little chippy!!!!! If I had been at the show I would have had to tackle you for that cutie!!!! Ha Ha!!! It really is a great find. Love it.
    Kris

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  15. Susan
    The locker basket on legs is having me swooning across the miles! Everything is fabulous really is. Love the displays they are so charming.

    Have a great weekend
    Kate
    xoxo

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  16. I love how wonderfully unique your items are, you can really tell that thinking outside of the box pays off here. Glad to have found your blog.

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  17. uh...the BASKET !!! some things make me -green with envy. luv.luv it

    jh

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  18. Love your new finds! I love that locker basket you found. It's so great!!

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  19. Wow, I just love your new wire treasures! I wish we had fairs like this in our area. I want to thank you so much for stopping to visit me and for following. I'm your newest follower too. Have a great weekend.

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  20. I wish a locker basket would call my name! I love yours and also the wire thingy. Your green bird has great legs.

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  21. Good morning
    I too love locker baskets. They have a way of calling to me too.
    Yours is really unique and it will bring you many years of fun ways to use it.
    You would love what is happening just fourteen miles from my house for the next two weeks the famous Round Top/Warrenton Antique Fair is happening now.
    I have spent the last 30 years filling up my home from this show. It has grown now so huge over the last years that its hard to image. Thousands of vendors from all over the world come and sell their goodies.
    I will be out there tomorrow and now every time I see a basket I will think of you. Wish you were going with me
    Love
    Maggie

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  22. Great finds!! And there is more...can't wait!

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  23. Love the wire cloche (or whatever it really is?) The bird underneath is the cutest thing! So whimsical! I so wish that I could go to the Country Living Fair. Maybe one day. . . Life to the full, Melissa

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  24. I went to Country Living Fair in Columbus for the first time last year and loved it. I'm glad to see you wonderful finds the year. Both pieces are unique scores. Love them!

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  25. Susan I am a sucker for anything wire and rustic. The stand is absolutely darling. Good thing I wasn't there. You may have seen us in the aisle fighting over it. lol! No, I seriously I would never fight, but I would be full of envy. Love the cloche also! I am so glad that I am not the only one that hears things call her name. And that you are like me as far as I buy things if I love it even if I don't know where or what I will do with it. I always manage to find a place. I have a friend that won't buy unless she knows exactly what she's going to do with it. I don't have that kind of will power. Thanks for sharing your Fab Finds with SYC.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Susan, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful country living find on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love your new treasures!

    Jody

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  27. SO NEAT!! funny...(whisper)*I hear those voices too!*

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  28. Hi Susan, just wanted to hop back and say thanks for sharing your finds with SYC.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  29. Love that locker basket on the stand~I'm a sucker for baskets of any kind! You found some great stuff!

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  30. Just saw your comment on my blog and visiting :) I love it all, I want that wire basket! Amazing :)

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  31. Oh my!!...I was at the Country Living Fair too!!!...Went with a large group of bloggers......on Saturday...We all gathered at the large pumpkin topiary..Great finds!....I

    Also, your posts are appearing now in my email again...they stopped for a long while!...

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