Friday, October 12, 2012

Chicago Goodies

(Thank you to Jennifer Rizzo for featuring this post!)
Hi, everyone!  I told you that I'd share some of my finds from the FUN trip to Chicago that my hubby and I took a couple of weeks ago, so here goes!  I've always wanted one of these olive buckets, but the ones I've come across have been so pricey.  When I saw a pile of them at the Randolph Flea Market, and they were actually priced less than what I'd ever seen them for, I had to grab some up!  (The lady said she brought them back from Greece.) I had 3 of them shipped to Ohio (them buggers are heavy!) for the shop, and of course I had to keep one.
I love the stamp on this one that I kept...

For now I've filled it with some lavender, and have placed it on the dining room buffet next to a whiskey barrel top that I just got here in Ohio.  This is just a temporary spot for the bucket-not sure yet where it's going to end up.

Just for kicks, here's the whiskey barrel top.  I've been looking for one of these (at a reasonable price) for awhile, too.  It makes such a fun serving/display 'tray', don't you think?

I love the print on it...

On to more Chicago hubby and I were in a quaint suburb perusing some shops, when this open garage in an alley caught our eye.  It was stuffed with junk, and my hubby asked a little old man sitting there if we could go through it and he obliged.  Keith (hubs) came across this old RR sign and asked the man the price...2 bucks!  (I just love that he 'gets' good junk! :) After we pulled our jaws up from the floor, we snatched it up.  We both thought it was very cool (plus easy to pack for the flight home!)  There was a lot of other fun stuff there (and everything we asked about was so cheap!) but everything else was too big to pack.

For now this is hanging in the upstairs hallway.

I spotted this at the Randolph Market and was drawn to the shape and architectural quality.  I think it's a fireplace grate, maybe?  Not sure.  Keith lugged this on the subway, then through the whole airport for me, God love him!  This thing is like 3 1/2 feet tall!  I think we got some strange looks-ha!

I thought it would be a fun magnetic memo board...

Or a great way to store/display my tons of earrings (I love my bling-this is just a small sampling!)...

Many of you know that I have collection of bowling pins...many different sizes, shapes, and colors...I love them!  These 3 larger ones were found at the Randolph Market, also...

I already had the tiny ones (so cute!) and I recently got this red wagon 'thing' at a flea market here, so I grouped the pins all together on the wagon in my office.  This vignette has the whimsy that I love!

So that's most of my Chicago fun finds...can't wait to go back next year!
Have a wonderful day!
I'm linking to these wonderful parties:
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                                           Sunny Simple Life
                                           Boogieboard Cottage 
                                           Jennifer Rizzo
                                           Coastal Charm
                                           Knick of Time
                                           Farmhouse Porch 


  1. You really got some great stuff! That sign is wonderful.

  2. Wow! You found some awesome treasures! Love that railroad sign and that screen is fabulous. Your blink looks great on it. Those olive buckets have so much appeal. I'm going to be watching for ideas from you in using it. I can get them here at a good price but have been holding off because I'm not sure where I would put it. Can you believe that??
    Mary Alice

  3. You sure did score some great treasures at amazing prices. Love all the items:)

  4. LOOOVE that wire screen/memo board! I almost bought one recently but didn't. It wasn't nearly as cute as yours!

  5. How exciting, great finds. Love that wagon. Wondering what it was used for. I think it could be very useful besides just looking cute.

  6. Great hunting and I love how you used some of these wonderful treasures. I would not have known that was an "olive bucket"...learn something everyday~~~


  7. Good Morning Susan
    Wow you scored some wonderful treasures while here in Chicago. Love the railroad sign and the olive bucket.

  8. The olive bucket was a HUGE score! Hi Susan, new fan here! I would love to have you link up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  9. Awesome treasures Susan!! I love the bowling pins!! I have 2 really old ones that I keep thinking of selling, but then at the last minute I change my mind, they are so fabulous!
    Your decor looks beautiful as always!
    Have a lovely night.

  10. Definitely some fun finds and versatile!

  11. Wow Susan great finds! LOVE those olive buckets! I may have to make my way to that market.We are out in the country and a bit far from the city.But it would be worth the trip!That sign is cool too and what a steal!

  12. Great finds! I never knew what an olive bucket was but now I want one! Great that you found them for an awesome price!

  13. WooHoo for fiding the olive buckets! i love those too - $65 is the lowest i've seen them. I want one someday :)

  14. Looks like you found some great goodies & had a little fun:). Love the screen, great size & fun. Thanks for sharing, Jen

  15. Hi Susan! Oh, I love your olive bucket. I don't think I've ever seen one before! Love your other finds too! Thank you so much for becoming a follower and you are as pretty as can be! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. What a haul. The olive bucket is wonderful, happy to hear you found a few at such a great price. Isn't it frustrating to find so many things that are just too big to carry back on a plane? I've been tempted to rent a truck for the trip back home a few times. Love the bowling pin collection too.

  17. I learned something today! I've seen those buckets--and liked them--but had no idea what they were used for. Now, I know! Looks like a wonderful trip to Chicago!

  18. I love all your finds, especially the olive bucket!

  19. Wonderful Haul!!!!!
    Chicago gave up a lot of wonderful goodies!
    Olive bucket a eal find.
    xo, Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings..

    Stop over...your newest "follower"

  20. Hi Susan; you find the BEST junk. What could be better than that Olive Bucket ... or ... yes I could go on. Love your header. I am following you and thank you for following my blog.

  21. I love the bowling pins!

    P.S. I tried several times to become a follower but it says the request cannot be processed.

  22. I love your blog...and you are so pretty! Thanks for following me...trying to get my blog off the ground. Would love it if you would join my Welcome Home Wednesday linky party!!! Thanks Again Debbie

  23. Ok this would mean war I tell ya. My husband loves to thrift with me too. Now I know I said I would love to go with you sometime...but I am rethinking this. You guys go on some serious missions. LOVE IT, we love Chicago too. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Great finds! And Chicago! You couldn't go wrong! Been there once and loved it!
    Stopping by via Debbiedoo's.

  25. Gosh I grew up in olive country and never saw buckets like that. What a great find. I love everything, but that railroad sign is just fabulous!!

  26. AWESOME FINDS! I love the metal board.

    The Joyful Thrifter

  27. What amazing finds! I love that bucket ... it looks so great with the flowers. I'm your newest follower.

  28. You really came home with some unique treasure. Love the bulletin board idea. Cool buckets too.

  29. Love your finds from your trip to Chicago. The olive bucket is so cool and a great conversation piece. Visitng from Cowgirl Up!


  30. Awesome finds Susan! Boy, bowling was tougher in the past, no? Those pins are so thin! They remind me of juggling pins; but without the round tops. That sign is great!

  31. I love your findes, especially the olive bucket and railroad sign.

  32. Well I have to admit I'm kinda jealous of your finds, especially since I live real close to Chicago and never knew about it. Love that RR sign, you sure have to be lucky to spot a garage with door open? What's up with that, do you remember the address? just kidding, and great scores!

  33. You found some wonderful stuff! I love the grate and the olive bucket. Oh, and that railway sign is fabulous too. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following. I'm happy to follow you back!
    Tuula :)

  34. wow! you got some really cool stuff. love that RR sign, and the olive thing? never even heard of it before.

    Fun post. thanks

  35. PS first time here. love your banner

  36. Hi Susan - What a great trip you guys have had, bringing so many beautiful things with you! A lovely blog - I look forward of popping by your ETSY- shop (right away)! I want to keep coming here to be inspired ... So I'm following Must Love Junk (A great name!)

  37. I love how the little pins are next to the big pins. That's super cute.


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