Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekend Treasure Hunt

It was a busy weekend for the Sea Witch.  Took Friday off to  be with my sista as she had trigger finger surgery for three of her fingers.  Both hands were bandaged thick like bear paws and by the time I got her back home, she was feeling no pain and flying high!  She recupes fast and already she is back on facebook typing away with her bandaged hands. On Saturday, I made a run to one of my favorite places to seek out treasure.  What a hot day.  The heat was in the 90s before 10:00 am and items on the rows of tables were already too hot to pick up.  I needed to make a quick run through these tables to see if there was anything that I wanted before the sun was really high in the sky.

An adorable little souvenir Indian doll.  Circa 1960s.

Nice Navajo rug.  Soft wool weft and warp and still has its certificate of authenticity attached.

Pretty butter yellow corner shelf that I filled with tobacciana.  Lucked into a grouping of walnut pipe racks and humidors from the 1960-70s.  They all smelled like fresh tobacco, it was a neat scent.

The amber humidor was filled with loose tobacco and smoked stogies.  LOL.

A buggy whip is always fun so I paired it up with the Hefner like smoking jacket.  Hey, love hurts.

Lovely find.  David Davidson, signed hand colored photograph.  Student of Wallace Nutting, signed by David Davidson and titled "Hearts Desire".  Original frame and bubbled glass.

A better  closeup photo. 

Turn of the century riding hat.  Brown velvet.

A terrific find.  Turn of the century carriage lamp.  These were also used with early automobiles in the 1900s.

Lovely, hand tinted photograph of Burgess shipyard in Marblehead, MA.  Dated 1881. Original frame and bubbled glass.

Pretty, cut and etched crystal compote and an ice cream parlor penny lick on top.  A penny lick is a small ice cream dish that the customer paid a penny for a little taste at local ice cream parlours.

And finally, this spectacular hand tinted, etching from 1784.  Bubbled glass and original gilt frame is from the mid 1800s.  This was a marvelous find with a value of $600-800.  With a professional cleaning it will realize that insurance value.

 Love Miz Sophie in her sassy Edwardian hat.  I adore these big, over feathered hats from the Titanic era.

Redid a few of my displays so the booth looks fresh.

Main booth is packed with lots of treasure.  Everytime I would refluff a space, a customer would come in and take something out.  NOt complaining, this is always a good problem to have.  

I was busy making necklaces out of the porcelain hands and really pleased with the way they turned out.  I was selling them as quickly as I displayed them.  Wish I had another hundred of them.

Pretty beads, brass embellishments and porcelain hands. 

It was a fun weekend of treasure hunting, jewelry making and taking care of sis.  Wish I had three more days for this kind of fun.  It's back to the corporate race tomorrow...but in 5 days, it will be the weekend again. Whoo hoo.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch


Seawashed said...

Well I am glad your sista is healing fast. What on earth is trigger finger? Your finds are treasures indeed. That indian doll brings back childhood memories of the Indian stores(more like shacks) out in the middle of nowhere that we would visit while driving through the desert on our way to some far off lake(like Lake Powell) for my Dad's bass fishing tournament. We would stop at these little shops to buy turquoise. I still have a ring my parents bought me when I was around 10 yrs old.

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Love and best wishes to the sis! I LOVE those necklaces and what an original and fun idea! No wonder they were selling so fast.
You just seem to be a magnet for the most wonderful finds at flea markets! If I ever get the chance to go to Paris to shop I am taking you with me...:)
Have a great day Dari!
Tina xo

Robin Larkspur said...

So many treasures to look at, love the butter yellow corner shelf, and all of the paintings! You are a great finder/shopper. Your booth is amazing. Blessings to your sister and continued quick healing. Stay cool!

Garter Mademoiselle said...

Hey, just getting caught up with everyone after being away from blogging and visiting for a while. No good excuses for it, just busy days of summer with the family. And a bit of laziness thrown in for good measure! :-) Looks like I have been missing out on some great posts. Love your weekend of treasure hunting and selling. I have always loved being part of shows and the selling aspect of it. What fun! Your porcelain hand and beads necklaces are a hoot! I have been seeing a lot of mixed media creations using parts of dolls. Your sis reminds me of my oldest, healing quickly and getting right back into the daily routine. Mine is several years older then me and never fails to leave me behind in the dust!! Have a great week. ~Debby

Ana said...

Wow, you sure did have a full weekend. Hope your sister is doing well, how could she not under your swee and loving care :-) Awesome treasure finds. Your booth looks great. Wishing you a great week and may it go by super fast for you ;-)

Hugs and Kisses,

Ana said...

Oops! I meant to type "sweet". I guess I need my cup of coffee :-) Hee, hee, hee.

Hugs and Kisses,

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing all your fun finds. And for your nice comments on our blog. Hope your sister is feeling better. xo said...

All of the dangling hands makes a really cool picture!