Treasure Hunting

I had so many things to do yesterday, but the hubby insisted I get out of the house for a couple of hours to get a break.  My original thought was to treat myself to a mani/pedi, but the place I usually go to was closed.  Major bummer!  So I headed to a local coffee shop and bought myself a latte and a farmhouse muffin (double chocolate muffin with cream cheese in the middle ~ yum!).  Everything’s better with coffee and chocolate, wouldn’t you agree?  Since the hubby said he wanted me to relax for a couple of hours, and my first choice for relaxation was closed, I decided to do the next best thing:  head up to my favorite antique mall for some good ole’ fashioned treasure hunting!

Minutes into the drive, I had pretty much talked myself out of going.  But I have too much to do, I thought.  I could be at home getting A, B, and C done.  Well, I said to myself, I won’t stay long and I rarely have the chance to get out of the house for a couple of hours alone.  I told myself I should just go and anything that needed to be done at home would have to wait.

I am so glad I went.  I scored big time on this trip!!  I went to sections of the mall I rarely tread and was so pleased with what I found there:

An Alfred Meakin ironstone platter, bowl and plate; two Shenango china soap dishes (because who doesn’t need more of those?); a small Coors mortar; three Buffalo china fruit cups; a large bag of vintage wooden spools; a small bag of milk caps; and a beautiful wafer tin.

I plan on making more magnets with these milk caps to go with the chalkboard trays in my Etsy shop.

I also have plans for these spools, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out what I plan on doing with them.

My friends over at A La Crate have a tin just like this and I wasn’t hunting for it, but when I stumbled upon this one, I had to have one for myself.  This tin is in really great shape for its age.  Apparently, this tin style was only used by the company from the 1930′s until 1974.  Read more about the history of their tins here

Ironstone, ironstone and more ironstone.  Woo hoo!  This is The Ironstone Nest after all.
So I guess I have the nail place to thank for being closed and the hubby to thank for making me leave the house for a couple of hours, ey?
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  1. Love all your ironstone and that green tin. You had a great time.

  2. Great finds! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

  3. I can’t wait to see what you do with the spools! Love the ironstone!

  4. Oh I love the dishes! My weakness! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Wow, great finds! I think the tin is my favorite, but the ironstone and china pieces are also amazing.

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