Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Destined for Greatness

Throughout the late spring, summer and early fall, I focus on treasure hunting at garage sales. Then, when garage sales give way to frigid temps, ice and snow, I move my hunt indoors to thrift stores. Estate sales are a year-round gig for me.

I haven't hit as many sales in the past couple of weeks as I would like, but I did pick up a few fun items that will assume new identities in the future.

Before I move on to my newest finds, though, I have to finish a great little project I'm working on for my son's birthday. What do you get a 24-year-old graduate student who's taken up cooking and repurposing vintage furniture? Well, you'll see after Sam's birthday in October. Don't want to spoil his surprise.

So, here are a very few of my recent finds. And, while my vision for each isn't yet fully formed, I'm certain each is destined for makeover greatness.

These rusty, vintage industrial pulleys are, in a word, SWEET!  Kinda steampunk-y. Sam has dibs on the two on the right. He has his own ideas for repurposing those bad boys. Because he lives two states away, he'll have to come pick them up. I'm not mailing these heavy suckers. 

I think I know what I want to do with the vintage brass mailbox that is now a perfectly aged verdigre and the newer, but charming, hinged fireplace matchbox.

 What would you do with these beauties? Send a comment to share your ideas.

The fact that both boxes sport lion heads was purely coincidental. I really wasn't going for a theme. The lion head on the mailbox is particularly nice. And I love that the mailbox has the hooks underneath for holding a newspaper. Those will be fun to incorporate into the redo!

 Stay tuned for the transformations.

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  1. These old pulleys are very neat...I think I would just display them in at my nest along with some new to mix and match. Come by and join my party...I think you will like.


  2. I agree with Linda those pulley's look great just as they are

    and i like your lion heads also


  3. Ann, if you didn't already have the hinged box I would have suggested kindling and a round box of matches for underneath, the other mail box. But what is really sweet is your son, just the kind of guy I'd like my daughter to meet, well educated, likes cooking and antiques. Thanks so much for stopping by our blog, I became a follower. Laura

  4. Love the pulleys - especially the one on the far right. Can't wait to see what you do with them, and all your finds!

  5. The pully are so neat! It will be so exciting to see what you do with your new found treasure. I can't wait!

    I'm stopping back by to say Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week! I'll be looking forward to seeing you!

  6. I love how you think! Great stuff--those pulleys are so neat looking.

  7. Great finds! Thanks for linking up

  8. Those pulleys are very cool! thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--hope you'll be back this week!

  9. I just love the pullies and mailboxes of characture are so hard to find. Nice score.

  10. Those pulleys are fabulous! They are definitely something my Yankee and I would have nabbed for repurposing. ;)

    Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week. Be sure to come by tonight to see yourself featured.

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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