Monday, March 29, 2010

Treasure Hunt Stench

The other day, when I was on my way home from work, I spotted a place out in the boondocks with lots of rusty junk piled all around the outside of the building.  Feeling like the guys from American Pickers, I immediately pulled in to see if I could score anything good.  It didn't matter to me that it was muddy out and I was rocking some three and a half inch heels and a business suit.   

It turns out that this place was actually an auction, but the owner lets people root through the junk during the weekdays and offer him prices.

When I first entered, I thought about turning back and leaving because of the overwhelming smell of cat urine.  There were four cats visible, but from the overpowering smell, I suspected more were lurking behind old treasures.  As I eyed all the piles of stuff, I decided I could bare with the smell just for a few minutes until I scoped the place out.   

Have you ever had something in mind that you were determined to get and then you actually found that perfect item?  I knew I wanted a new mirror to hang in the guest room for our redesign.  It had to be hung vertically and had to have feminine lines.

Here, among the putrid smell, I found it.  Can  you believe I actually picked it up and smelled it just to make sure one of those cute little fuzz balls didn't decide to use it as a litterbox?

We're not sure if we are going to keep the wood or paint it white. 

I also found this tray:

And this old iron. 

I'm so glad I dealt with the smell.  Ahhh the things we will do in our treasure-hunting adventures!

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  1. Great mirror Stephenie. I'd love to see it painted white...I've just done something similar and it turned out really well. Love the silver tray too...ditto! And I used to have an old iron like that and stupidly gave it away...what was I thinking! Look forward to seeing what you do. x

  2. i adore that mirror! I have been looking for one like that for my daughter's room! great score! I am jealous.

  3. Beautiful guest room!! I love the way it looks. and I loooovvveee the chandelier you posted. Just love that on the ceiling. New mirror is gorgeous. I admire your dedication to the cause. You are a true junker. Wish I could have gone with you. :-)

  4. Love the mirror! Ah, the thrill of the hunt. If only I didn't have such a crazy week ahead, I would get out there myself. Maybe next week. ;)


    P.S. I really like your new profile pic. You look beautiful.

  5. What a neat iron and the mirror is gorgeous! Great finds!

  6. I've been searching for a long time for an old iron - lucky you!!

  7. Wow, great finds! Love the tray!

  8. svinch@twcny.rr.comMarch 29, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    I love the mirror, it looks like the one that my aunt had attached to her dresser. I think you should paint the frame white to match the room and maybe the lines could be brought out with the blue you trimed the night stand with....just a suggestion. I am not the designer.LOL

  9. I like the iron. But I really like the chair it's sitting on.

  10. Fabulous mirror, and I love the tray! You have a really lovely blog.. new follower! xo

  11. Great story...I'm seeing soooooo much curbside treasures...I think I need to go out looking:) Luv that mirror and the old iron is a real keeper! Thanks for coming to my NTT party:)
    Happy Easter!


  12. I like it all but that mirror stole my heart! Be blessed. Cindy

  13. Great Finds!! And you sound like me, I am FOREVER traipsing through somewhere on my lunch hour or right after work, in heels! Love the mirror and tray!!! Can't wait to see what you do with it! I just found your blog and I am a follower!

    Lou Cinda :)

  14. Great finds! Yep that smell would have turned me off from buying anything with fabric but wood, dishes, that stuff can be painted or washed! Some of the most junky places are where I find my best deals! Love that mirror!



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