Archive for ‘Finds’

May 17, 2012

Antique Weekend in Round Top

Remember the metal letters my sister got for me last fall while at Antique Weekend in Round Top, TX (see here). Well, in April, I was able to drive down to Round Top (Warrenton, actually) and spend the day shopping with one of my other sisters. It was exhausting but a lot of fun. We were only able to go for one day, and we hardly covered any ground at all. It’s such a huge event. Even though I’m sure I missed out on a lot of amazing items, I did manage to snag a few small pieces for the house.

I happened upon this chair that was tucked away between a few enormous pieces of furniture. We have been wanting a chair next to the fireplace, a great spot to slip your shoes off after walking into the house. We plan to recover the seat with some sort of fun fabric but leave the weathered look on the wood. I paid $15 for it. (The duck pillow was a purchase off of Fab.com)
 

 
I came across this camera (Kodak Brownie from the 1950s) about half way through our day. At the end of the day, I was still thinking about it and somehow managed to refind the little booth that was selling it. Alex and I have talked about collecting old cameras and displaying them around the house, so I decided to start our collection with this one. Original asking price was $45, but I managed to get it for $30.
 

 
I found a pile of old bowling pins outside of one of the very first booths we stopped at after parking the car that morning. On the way back to the car that evening, we stopped by again and they were all still there. I asked if I could buy just one, and the lady responded with “Sure, how much will you give me for it.” I had no idea how much bowling pins were selling for and neither did she, so I offered $5. SOLD!
 

 
 

July 25, 2011

Fab Find: Map

If you haven’t joined Fab.com yet, I highly recommend it. And not just because I get credit if you use my personal invite and then make a purchase – that’s just a bonus. But because it introduces you to so many new designs and ideas that you haven’t seen before (or at least that I haven’t see before), and you can really catch some great deals. I visit the site everyday to see what’s new. I’ve wanted to buy much of what I’ve seen. I’m constantly yelling, “Alex, come look at this!” from across the house. But, I’ve managed to maintain self-control and just do a little cyber-browsing. However, last week I came across this map and just had to have it.

I’ve been wanting a map for the walls, but just haven’t found one that I thought was quite right for us or our budget. This one is from The Future Mapping Company. I love the bright colors, and the size is great (about 4 ft x 2 ft). It was reduced to $29 on Fab.com. And with my $10 of credits, it was only $19 + shipping. Not too shabby for wall art that will cover a huge space. I’m hoping to hang it above the couch in the living room, but if it doesn’t work there, we have plenty of empty walls to fill. We are on a roll with wall art. I mean, we haven’t actually hung anything yet, but we’re getting there.
 

May 23, 2011

Mom Find: Foxpaws

After each of my sons was born, one of the first things I did was unswaddle them to look at their feet. Not because I wanted to ensure that they were born with 10 toes, but because I wanted to catch a glimpse of those adorable little things. I’m not even a fan of feet. Seriously. They gross me out most of the time. But baby feet, I just love! Unfortunately, it’s not very realistic to keep your baby barefoot all the time, especially when they start walking. So if you have to cover up those squishy tootsies, you should do it with something equally as cute.

Check out this precious brand of shoes made for newborns up to 24 months. The company is called Foxpaws, and I am in love. I’m just sad that at only 17 months old, Oscar’s feet are almost too big for these. Good thing I know plenty of other babies!
 

Not only are they completely adorable, Foxpaws sends private donations to Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO) upon each order to help sponsor children and orphanages in need.

How did I find this brand? Zulily, of course! And here’s another Zulily find that I think is uberfun — a 3-D moose puzzle to display on your wall! This, along with a lot of other unique family games and activities, is made by Discovery Bay Games.
 

 

March 13, 2011

Thinking outside the (mail)box

Recently, I noticed that our slightly wobbly mailbox has become even more wobbly. In our neighborhood everyone has curbside mailboxes, and our wooden post has been looking pretty ragged. Knowing we might need to replace it somewhat soon, I’ve been on the lookout for various types of mailboxes to see what’s out there and what we might like since I’ve never had to purchase one before.

The other day, as I was pulling out of the driveway, I realized that our wooden post had given way, and our mailbox was lying in the street. Apparently, replacing the old one needs to happen much sooner than originally expected. Luckily, my ever so handy hubby was able to work some magic and put our post back together…for now.

There are some really nice mailbox designs out there if you are willing to fork over some major cash. We won’t be doing that, but I can still look, can’t I? Here our some of my favorites:
 

Here’s a teak mailbox from Semigood Design. You can get this baby for a measly $1,800.

 

Here’s another teak option that is almost just as pricey ($1,664) from Unica Home.

 

I love this modern design by Hector Perez that I found at Apartment Therapy. This one is much more affordable at $199.

 

I stumbled upon this simple yet sleek design at Real Simple. It’s even more affordable at $167.50.

 

Last, but not least, is the Bobi Classic I found here for $259.

 

February 28, 2011

Etsy Finds

I know I’m not alone when I say that I love Etsy. I could spend all day browsing through the various Etsy shops. This week, I’ve gathered a few items I think are pretty darn cool.
 

Here is a dresser made of salvaged wood from an 1800’s barn. I love the use of old wood in a modern design. Unfortunately this shop doesn’t currently have anything for sale, but have no fear, you can also buy the same items here.
 
 

I just love these hanging vases from wendyjung. With so many different items that could be placed in them, it’s an easy way to change up a room from season to season.
 
 

I want one of these very badly!!! When I look at this not only do I see a gorgeous piece of furniture I see the best possible solution for junk drawer organization. Think about it, paper clips in one drawer, pens in another, rubber bands in yet another. I could go on and on. I’d have the most organized office ever!! This shop has plenty of other apothecary cupboard size options as well.
 
 

Isn’t this adorable? What a cute idea from Ruff House Art.

If anyone has recommendations for Etsy shops that I just have to check out, let me know. I love a good Etsy find!
 

January 19, 2011

Mom Find: Polarn O. Pyret

A friend of mine just introduced me to this Swedish-based fashion company, Polarn O. Pyret. The clothes are adorable and they are having a huge sale right now, with some items up to 70% off. You can’t beat that! They are all over Europe, and only have one store in the USA, located in Greenwich, CT. Hooray for online shopping :)

Here’s just a glimpse of some of the cuteness I saw on their website.
 

 
{Reversible Lumber Jack Button Down – $17.50 (orig. $35); Two Pocket Button Tunic – $14 (orig. $28); Color Block Track Jacket – $10.50 (orig. $35)}

I have to thank my friend Amanda, at shrimpsandwich.wordpress.com, for adding another Swedish-based company to my list of things to love.
 

January 12, 2011

Mom Find: Zulily

If you are a mother (or soon will be) and you haven’t heard of Zulily, join now! It’s a great online store that offers daily sales on baby/kid apparel and gear. It even features goodies for moms. As a member you can save up to 70%, and you get introduced to new brands all the time. Plus, membership is completely free.

 

 

Today, I’m in love with this cool rain gear from Kidorable. They even have knit hats & scarves, backpacks, hooded towels, umbrellas and more. {1. Space Boots – $19.99 (orig. $29); 2. Fire Fighter Boots – $19.99 (orig. $29); 3. Fire Fighter Knit Gloves – $7.99 (orig. $11.50)}

 

 

Also, I love, love, love these socks from Baby Loopies. Anyone with an infant knows that keeping socks on a baby is no easy task. But these stay on so well (at least in my experience), and they are adorable. They also have toys made of organic cotton and soybean fabric that work for babies or dogs – they squeak! {1. Pretty Bitty Bright Black Socks – 6 pairs: $9.99 (orig. $26); 2. Organic Alfonzo Flat Katz – Medium: $7.99 (orig. $12); 3. Sneaker Brights Organic Socks – 7 pairs: $14.99 (orig. $26)}

But remember, to get the good deals you have to sign up at Zulily. Happy shopping!