Friday, November 20, 2009

shopping for old



The day started off rainy but cleared up before lunch. I went to a spot I don't go to frequently (rte. 4 in northwood nh) for vintage because it requires a good amount of driving from one shop to another and I don't always have luck but today was an ok day. I was really looking for fabric and that was a bit of a bust. I did however, get a huge lot of old burlap bags. I will need to put some time and effort into cleaning and inspecting but I have a little idea in my head for them. I'm wanting to combine unlikely materials like burlap, velvet, lace trim. We'll see...
I also got a few things for my house. I like the contrast of the white hobnail milk glass with the dark calico shade, the hand-braided rug was a steal and I like the subdued colors. The little tea-strainers I got because I liked the designs and I was thinking that might be a fun thing to collect and hang in a group on the wall. Last, the money bags need a good washing but I think they will make awesome lavender or balsam pillows. The patches? I love patches. Bring 'em on.



9 comments:

Lobster and swan said...

I love to go on a fabric hunting/shopping trip with you. : )

Lobster and swan said...

think you may like Melissa White's work, the pieces in the fresco secco section of her portfolio remind me of your delicate faded fabrics

http://www.fairlyte.co.uk/

susan said...

oh the glorious route 4! it's a fun ride, isn't it?
check barkcloth on nh craigslist - saw a pair of very reasonable curtains that had your name on them...

Melissa de la Fuente said...

oh. my. how do you make everything seem to absolutely right? Huh? I love, love , love all that you found! AND please let me know as soon( and I mean pronto) when you have your burlap and velvet cushions made and in the shop. YUM. :)
xo
Melis

infusionfibers said...

the unlikely pairing idea sounds like a cool idea. I look forward to seeing your trials. And that hobnail lamp is such an unlikely thing for me to like, but I love it. The contrast of base and shade is perfect.

I wish you could see the thrift stores here. You would fall in love with all of yours again.

6p00e398281b058833 said...

I drove past Henniker earlier today, on my way to visit my sister and wanted so badly to be able to call you up and go antiquing! We'll have to make some plans some time. There are many shops I pass on rt 9 every trip to and from Western Mass that I always wanna stop in and then never do. Maybe you know the good ones? You must! Your findings today are so beautiful! I need to find myself the perfect hand braided rug... yours is lovely!

Simple Dreams said...

I too squeezed in two thrift store in my short lunch today. Found some vintage fabrics for my quilts (stash). Be careful how you was the burlap bags, I washed one that my mother gave me to get the dusty smell out of it and the dye is NOT colorfast. I too found 20+ burlap bags on a recent thrift store run and plan to hang them outside to air them out so as not to remove the beautiful print and make them into porch swing pillows. Let me know how you launder/freshen yours.
Lisa

Liane said...

lobster and swan- oh, i DO love the work on that site. Thank you for linking.

susan- i looked for them but couldn't find them:(

melis- xo. that's all.

abby- the lamp is a little old lady-ish but it is the contrast that makes it.

ash- i will go with you anytime!! email me and we can plan.

lisa- thank you for telling me about the laundering issue. i have them on the line overnight but they do need cleaning so i will have to think about this...

Simple Dreams said...

I haven't done anything with mine yet, especially after totally removing the print from a bag my MOM gave me, hope she doesn't ask what I did with it. Just thinking about it is still upsetting to me. The prints on yours are awesome. I know just hanging on the line will not freshen up mine enough to use for pillows. In the meantime they are still piled in the box I brought them home in. Please post what you do to clean yours. Thanks, Lisa