Ok, I've kept you waiting long enough... I'm finally gonna show you the goodies that I brought back from my vacation in Arizona!
(To see the shops we visited go here and here.)
Like many of you pointed out, ideally I would've had a huge truck to haul back all of the fantastic finds that I WISH I could have bought. However, I was limited to the space of 1 empty suitcase. That sure cramped my style a little!
I tried to be really selective this year. I have a basement jam packed with so many goods that you can barely walk down there. NOT even exaggerating! That's one of my goals for 2014, to clean out my 'hoarders paradise'. So with that in mind, I didn't bring back a ton, but what I did buy I really love.
Here we go...
I haven't jumped on the 'owl' bandwagon, but this little guy struck me as especially cute.
He's actually a ceramic salt shaker, but I figured if I put him high enough on a shelf, you wouldn't notice. (Well, YOU might, but I won't since I'm a shorty! ;)
I really have a thing for clock faces lately.
I thought that these were a fun size. They'll probably end up hung on a wall, but who knows?
Not to discriminate against the small, I bought these tiny faces too.
I also got the flower frog. I have quite a collection already, but I like this unusual shape.
(Sorry for the blurry pic)
I have a soft spot for anything wire, and also for cloches so this grabbed my attention at the Sweet Salvage sale right away!
This baby is super tall, so it makes it different enough from the ones that I own to justify buying it.
(See how I do that? Works for me!)
Luckily it fit into the suitcase-barely-so I didn't have to carry it through the airport!
I'm still playing around with where to put it.
This little cutie won my heart the second that I spotted him! (Also at Sweet Salvage.)
Adorable farm animal? Check. White? Check. Heck of a bargain? Check. Sold!
For now he's on a little table in our entryway.
I was really excited to find this small, unusual tray! I was immediately drawn to the faded vintage fabric under glass, and the dark wicker 'rim'.
I paired it with a tiny wicker bottle that I found at a different shop. I have a couple of other small wicker bottles, but I've never seen one this shape this small.
I think that it's a match made in heaven, don't you?
I added 2 more Dundee Marmalade jars to my growing collection. I really prefer the older style (on the right) but the other one was such a deal, I couldn't pass it up! These seem to be getting more and more expensive.
I'm not sure what this is, but I thought it was fun and funky. And you know I love me some numbers!
This little enamel sign is a quirky find, too. Not sure yet if I'm keeping it or listing it in my Etsy shop.
I couldn't leave Arizona without at least one number 3 (my favorite) and this little metal tag fit the bill.
I'd never seen any magnets with hooks like these before, so I bought 3. I love the industrial mixed with a bit of bling!
This is how the store had them displayed. (I'm sorry, I didn't get the name of this store in Phoenix.)
Such a cute idea! There are so many possibilities for these magnets!
And last but not least, I picked up these fun paint-spattered brushes.
Not sure what I'm gonna do with them yet, but I have some ideas.
So there you have it! Like I said, it was so hard not to buy a million fabulous items that I saw, but I'm happy with the limited number of treasures that I chose to bring home with me.
I sure hope that you enjoyed my 'show and tell'!
Have a fantastic day! (Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day :)