a vintage treasure hunt for cottage charm

Salutations! We’re still on break from the bathroom remodel and I’m still really enjoying that at the moment. The bad thing about a break is that it’s hard to get going again, if you know what I mean. It’s like when I come in for a drink while working in the garden on a hot summer day and then forget to go back out. I sit down with the ipad and a cold lemonade just for a moment and then that’s that.Cottage Fix blog - vintage blue Ball jarEven though we aren’t working on the bathroom these days, and really there are only a couple of details left to go anyway, I did squeeze in a day of vintage treasure hunting with my good luck charm. When I say good luck charm what I’m meaning is my honey talking me in to just going ahead and buying things up. You see, when I’m by myself I’ll hum and haw over a two dollar item and wonder if it’s exactly what I want and then wonder exactly how I’ll use it. He says, “just get it!” I think it’s mostly because he’s ready to go. Anyways, I always come home with more vintage treasure when honey’s by my side. And this trip was no exception.

Cottage Fix blog - kitchen coffee station with rustic crate basket storageOne of my favorite local vintage shops got in, oh I’d say, somewhere between 50 and 100 of these super cool crate bucket-type things a few months back. I knew right away I wanted one to add a bit of rustic beauty to our kitchen, but every time I went in I told myself the next time I’d get a couple. Well, when I went in this time there were only four left. Can you believe I almost let these vintage charmers slip by? They were only five dollars each, what was I waiting for? See what I mean about the humming and the hawing.

Cottage Fix blog - blue Ball jars on a chippy white chestI plan on using these blue vintage Ball jars to add some color to the upstairs bathroom. They’ll go atop of the cabinet that we still need to work on. I’m having some fun with them in the meantime though.Cottage Fix blog - vintage forksThese vintage forks are the start of a collection of mismatch flatware. It’s fun to collect things that our family can actually use, and we’re in dire need of more flatware so I have zero guilt about buying it.Cottage Fix blog - vintage Ball jars for cottage charmAnd here in the bathroom is the row of hooks made out of the crusty old barn board we bought that day. This is actually what we went for. I wanted honey to look at it first and make sure it would work before I bought it. It was a whole five dollars after all. More humming and hawing. Grin.Cottage Fix blog - barn board row of hooksxoxo SallyCottage Fix blog - barn board row of hooksSharing with Something To Talk About, Share Your Style, Feathered Nest Friday, Shabbilicious Friday, and WOW


12 thoughts on “a vintage treasure hunt for cottage charm

  1. JoAnne

    I do the same thing. I think it’s partially because I don’t want more stuff that I end up not using. I like things like your jars and baskets because they’re so versatile as well as charming. The hooks in your bathroom are perfect!

    1. sally Post author

      Thanks Lorraine! I wasn’t intendinding on the yellowy colored barn board, but I like it too.

    1. sally Post author

      Thanks so much! The yellow is a little out of my comfort zone, I usually go for blues. But I’m very happy with how it turned out.

  2. kelly

    I love all of your new finds! I wish my husband would tell me to just go ahead and get it! Ha Ha! He usually says the opposite. I love your new “old” bushel baskets. Good thing you went back before they were all gone. I love the blue Ball jars too. I have a couple myself that I use every now and then. mine don’t have the zinc lids though (unfortunately).

  3. Dorรฉ @ BurlapLuxe

    Hi Sally your finds are great, the baskets make such an impact to your home designs and the jars? Well, I think you can never have to many jars for one thing or another.
    Your home shows the love you have for it, the coat hook is fabulous in the bathroom adding so much charm to a bathroom that really did not need any charm, it’s so charming and feels just like the bathroom I would love to take a soaping bath in.

    See you soon dear.


  4. Kathy

    You have the best vintage finds Sally!
    We need a few pieces of flatware also. Spoons. Not positive, but I think my son might be accidentally throwing them away with the yogurt cups. Can’t prove it though. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. sally Post author

      Oh no, that’s to funny! I always wonder if the spoons that go with the kiddos to school make there way back home again.

  5. karen

    Sally, the touches you add to your home are so lovely and right up my Alley! And Virginia is my love too!
    Thank you so much for joining me for Something to Talk About!

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