Thursday, April 26, 2018

April Thrift Polish Share

Recycling Treasures

This week's sign (last section of this post) is framed by the cherry blossoms  in my back yard (wanted to pick a few branches and put them in a vase but the bees are buzzing so LOUDLY that I decided to keep my distance) and framed the sign with pink tulle made transparent using Photo Collage

In May 2013 I wrote a post On Being A Reseller in an Antiques Mall. I still agree with what I wrote then.

Once a month I post some of my favorite finds

Polished (cleaned, repaired, refurbished)

The first is an almost folk art Woodpecker painting framed with twigs beside a cracked Medalta yellow ware bowl, a piece of stoneware (maybe a mustard container) and a mid-century kitchen salt and pepper and  a hand made crib board.

I always look for mid-century and earlier  vintage kitchenware - always useful and ready to be part of a modern kitchen. The Russian dolls are salt shakers.

Love finding anything a carpenter has used. Wooden handed files, blue clamp and a well used and repaired vintage tool box make another grouping of found items recycled and not discarded. I treated all the wood and metal with a clean and polish using hemp oil.

Below the Dinosaurs are taking over the toy shelf - climbing a wooden Chinese checkers game and getting ready for a big takedown near a San Francisco toy street car and a sign that shares a bit about letting go and carrying on.

Vintage globe (maybe Chad), a ceramic Lincoln Penny Bank, a small Liberty Bell replica, a brass creamer and a gift date of 1910 Bible were finds from last weekend.

Stencil Project

This week - Paris with a Bee framed by a Laural wreath with No. 1 (Muddaritaville stencils).

Started with a not re-sellable sign (it had a family's last name). Painted the front and trim, 3 coats of ASCP Pure White.

Taped the stencil in place - measured carefully, blue masking tape on the bottom and sides.

Put a small amount of CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal on a plate, dabbed and dabbed almost dry before stencilling using a sponge (very dry) to add black to the stencil. Changed sponge size twice to avoid the outside edge of sponge paint marking the stencilled area.


• recycled board
• Annie Sloan Pure White for the base
• CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal for the image
• Muddaritaville Stencil - Bee/Paris/Laurel     
  Wreath/No. 1
• Martha Stewart Sponges
• my favorite paint brush
• blue tape
• sanding sponge
• ASCP Clear Wax
• waxing brush
• clean rag for polishing
• hook for the back
• paper to protect surfaces

I loved trying out this new stencil - always wanted to make a bee sign. Waxed, polished, hook attached.

A collage (below) from January, February, March and April Thrifted Finds.


You may want to visit earlier 
2018 Thrifted posts.

January Thrift Polish Share
March Thrift Polish Share

You may also want to visit two bloggers who also recycle collectibles.

Martin, a blogger from Quebec writes Things I Find in the Garbage - his work is keeping treasures from being dumped in landfills, visit to find out this works for him.

Granny Sue is a story teller, writer and a re-seller who shares her finds as she and her husband repair/cleaning/paint and put their stock in their booths. Granny Sue shares how and what - in her blog Granny Sue's News and Reviews

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  1. You do amazing things turning your finds into true treasures! I like seeing what you collect! I’m going to go visit your other friends and see what they do! Thanks for the links!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Joy! I've learned a lot from your blog over the years we've been blog friends. You keep me inspired.

  3. What great finds! I am in love with the Russian doll salt and pepper shakers. Are they for sale? So cute! You make the best signs and it would be so fun to visit your store!

  4. I just love the French bee sign! My first My Favorite Things Party had a French Queen Bee theme and so far I have post how I made the invites with vintage images, and three wreaths as party decorations. As DebBEE with French heritage the sign would bee perfectly at home here. I'm gonna find that stencil and make a sign for my house. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your bee sign is so cute & I love the sifter! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  6. I have the identical sifter. And, the pink glass/tumbler looks like my Tupperware.

  7. The Bible is an awesome find. I always enjoy seeing what if anything that people wrote in them. You can find some wonderful family histories in those. Looks like you have a great variety this time. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

  8. It's so nice to visit you again. It's been a while since I was last able to stop at your actual shop - something I always do when I am on my way to Abbotsford. I like the Bee sign and can imagine trying something similar.

  9. It's such fun to see what people find and what they do with it. I can find tons of things here in Florida...lots of really OLD stuff! lol But I don't really change things up and I don't resell anything. So I have to be careful what I buy...if I have a place for it. I love those little wooden dolls. And the pretty stencils you use! Hugs!

  10. French bees always make me smile. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. I'm a fan of French-themed signs, and this one is great.

  12. I've said it before Joy but you really do find the best stuff! The bee sign is wonderful and so is the first image of it. The mosaic of your first quarter 2018 finds is great.

  13. Always fun to see your latest stencil project and your fun finds. Have a great week.

  14. I love this, my daughter's nick name is B and our family just went on a trip to Paris last summer. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go! Pinned

  15. It's all adorable. I love stencil project.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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