Monday, October 19, 2009

flea market favorite!


someone (i'll never say who!) once told me that she hates antique and vintage furniture because so many other people have touched it. "who wants to sit on an old needlepoint chair that 100's of other butts have been on & farted on?" well... i suppose i do! minus the farting, of course.

i love furniture & architectural pieces that have history and character. when asked about my decorating style, i mostly say "rusty old junk." don't get me wrong- new pieces are also wonderful! sometimes i can more easily afford something new & give it "character" by letting it age in my home. kids & pets & husband help with the aging process nicely! but when i can, i love getting an older piece & learning something about it's history.

and i'm certainly not alone in my love for "old junk!" the creative minds at Flea Market Style (the blog and the magazine) are having an "I'm a Flea-Marketeer" party today, and i decided to join. we have a piece in our home (2 actually) that i think are pretty special, so here they are!

My Favorite Flea Market pieces- do you see them?
yup- these glass front cabinets are among my FAVORITE pieces i've ever purchased... they were part of a big lot a vendor purchased from an old hotel here in town that was being renovated. there were 2 of these built into every room of the hotel. i believe the hotel is now apartments... anyway, we got these for $125 each & i LOVE them!


they are perfect for holding our special books & favorite flea market pieces... just the right depth for my snack tray sets, but shallow enough to fit nicely in a room without taking up too much space!

the sad news is that i don't think they will fit in the living or dining room in our new home. : (
too many curvy walls with the bay windows or low hanging windows that i don't want to block. happily, i may get to use them in the sitting area of our master bedroom!

for those of you reading this blog for pictures of the kiddos and who have no interest in our old furniture, here you go:

caroline dressing up her lamb... i think she was pretending to be wendy from peter pan. the lamb was captain hook- recognize him?

julia just being cute... : )

happy monday everyone!

18 comments:

Deb said...

Your glass front cabinets are gorgeous & a fabulous find! Love all the treasures you have displayed inside too :-)

pk said...

Those cabinets are beautiful. Hope you can find a place for them in your new home...
pk @ Room Remix

Christina said...

The cabinets are amazing!

Claudia said...

Love the cabinets! I am always drawn to cabinets with great glass doors - you got a great deal on these beauties!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Lots of cuteness in your house, for sure!! Those cabinets and not to mention those babies!! Well done on all!!

xo
Jill

Restyled Home said...

I can't even imagine being lucky enough to pick up cabinets like those...they are gorgeous!

Thanks for joining our party!
Linda
http://fleamarketstylemag.blogspot.com

AuroraSuzette said...

$25 bucks, are you kidding! Awesome, and super sweet babies too!

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AuroraSuzette said...

Ooops! I should read more carefully, huh! Still, $125 isn't bad!

Blakelyn said...

Those are beautiful cabinets!!

Lynn said...

Books just seem to multiply at our house...and that's not even counting all the kiddy books! I wish I had some beautiful cabinets like yours!

Robyn said...

I agree, those are FABULOUS finds! I love when I get a piece that has a "memory" attached or history to it. They look gorgeous in your home!

niartist said...

Oh Rachel, you definitely made out like a bandit with those cabinets! They're fabulous!!! I hope you can stop by for a look at my blog, or two ... ;) take care! Fab job! http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com

JenHahn said...

I love those cabinets! But I love that Caroline put heels on Captain Hook even more.

Jill said...

Thanks for visiting me! Love your cabinets!
Cheers, Jill

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your glass front cabinets are fabulous! Love them. Great price too. What a great way to display your lovelies.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

The Decorated House said...

Beautiful! Real wood, perfect.

Lara Harris said...

What a steal on those cabinets!I am so jealous!!I'm sure you will find a place for them, they would look great anywhere!:)