Sunday, January 15, 2012

one man's trash is another man's treasure

Second to a Babysitter who wouldn't play games with us or raisins given out as Halloween candy - when I was little, there was no venture more hellish than going antiquing. As soon as my Parents let on that the agenda included this task, my Sister and I would collapse to the ground in a fit of tears and brattiness BEGGING to either be allowed to stay home alone or for them to change their plans. Because it... was... the WORST. Antiquing as a child always meant holding hands with my Dad who maintained a death-grip for fear of me knocking anything over. We were unable to touch anything and I couldn't even buy myself a souvenir given that the prices were a little out of my usual kid-friendly $3 budget. Not to mention, the entire trip took soooo long due to the inherent nature of Antique shopping where my Parents pored over every single hidden treasure hoping to find "the one".

It was Hell.

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But now, in a funny turn of events, I find antiquing to be a bit closer to Heaven. Though I can't ever see myself denouncing mass-produced home decor showrooms with their cheap prices and ease of functionality, there is something truly special in finding new life in an old item.

Last Saturday, The Boy and I mustered out of bed and began my quest: The Quest for a Bar Cart. Since I've had this idea in my head (and since I've realized that new bar carts cost hundreds of dollars), I have been obsessed with finding the perfect in-need-of-love bar cart for our new place.

First we hit up Antique Alley over in the Hollywood district. There was no bar cart to be had but I did manage to get away with these snazzy Chinese Guardian Lion gold book ends for $18.00.

I am pretty in love with these statues and can't wait to use them as accent pieces in our living room. Plus, they are supposed to provide protection- so I got that going for me, which is nice. ;)

{Chinese Guardian Lion males have one paw on the world and their corresponding female partner has her paw on a cub. However, these book ends are two males -as evidenced by the 2 globes- rather than the traditional male/female pairing.}

Following that, we searched through Vintage Pink in the trendy Hawthorne District and Stars on Antique Row in the Sellwood neighborhood. At the latter, I found my little diamond in the rough:

I don't want to show the whole thing as it's deserving of its own Before & After post (not to mention, it needs some attention before it's camera-ready) but I am sooo excited. Remember HERE when I said I was hoping to find one for about $50 bucks? Well my cart was $35. Couple that with the $15 in spray paint I purchased to improve it- we're looking at a $50 total venture. Could not be happier and can't wait to show you all the end result in a couple weeks!

And because it's Monday, here's the Winner of my "Present the Best You" Giveaway- winning an eyeshadow kit and a professional business card holder!
 Winner is: Jaime of La Vie... J'aime!
Yay!!! I will get in touch with you this evening via email Jaime!

Have a wonderful Monday!



| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Never been antiquing, or thrifting...I have issues with clothes, however home decor stuff, I am down for that. The book ends are lovely, I want a pair. & you have lion once, that's pretty awesome! I am Leo, & you are too. & yay about the bar cart! I can't wait to see your before & after.

Congrats to the winner!


Tina said...

OOooh yay!! a successful trip "antiqueing". i luckily never had to deal with that as a kid cos it does sound boring as a kid... though i did have to go to craft shows. those were dreadful! but you got some cute stuff!!! i LOVE the gold chinese lions!! are you keeping those gold?? and the bar cart!! cant believe you grabbed one for such a steal of a price. can not wait to see it! :)

Johanna said...

Wow...awesome finds. I love the bookends. I have them in blue. They always make me smile. Can't wait to see that bar cart!

erika sorocco said...

Gorgeous statues + the bar cart of your dreams? Hello, you hit antiquing gold! Love love! :)

Congratulations to Jaime! :)

ff said...

Ahhh I'm so glad you found one! I love antiquing. I can never quite afford what I want, but it's fun to look. That shop looks so awesome!

Congrats, Jaime!

JW | PEONY said...

you described a child's feeling towards antiquing perfectly! Those bookends are unreal!

Bonnie said...

My parents always kept the death grip on me, too, because I was constantly getting into trouble. I'm a bit of a klutz, you know ... :)
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Unknown said...

Love those bookends! very chic!
Excited to see what you're doing with the bar cart!

The Urban Umbrella

Ashleigh said...

Lucky! I've been searching for an 'in need of love' bar cart for ages. Can't wait to see the before & after. And those bookends are the bomb!

Jax said...

Isn't it crazy how when you were little you hated doing the things that you love to do now!!??

My mom loved antiquing and shopping for art. One day, Brother & I woke up and my dad told us the big plans for the day. We were going to visit his good friend Art and he was going to show us all these old pictures. Needless to say, we bought my dad's story and were very disappointed when we pulled up at an art gallery lol

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Yay, that's so awesome that you found your bar cart and for even less than you hoped!! Can't wait to see the before and after shots :)))

And congrats to Jaime!

Charlotte said...

Yay! So so glad you found one, can't wait to see what you do with it. Also a little in love with those book ends x

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

me!?!?!?! haha awesome thank you!! made my Monday!! and i like your chinese dragon find!

Anonymous said...

How funny! I used to feel the same way about going to "arts and crap" shows with my mom. Now, I love going. By myself though!

I love your finds! It's so neat about the lions - male and female. Verrrry cool. Can't wait to see your bar cart.

Hubby and I love going antiqing. It's amazing what you can find for not a lot of money. My best advice to anyone is to buy what you love. It doesn't matter if it was only $5.

Unknown said...

Ohhhhh i can't wait to see the before and after post, i was so impressed last time you did one of those posts with the painted drawers :)

Harriet said...

LOVE the bookends... I hope to find my own someday. :) And I'm so excited you found a bar cart!! I can't wait to see the "After" pics!

danielle said...

those book ends are awesome. i love stuff like that.

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Slamdunk said...

Nice find with the lion, and great mental image of you as a little one with a frowning face antiquing.

Our older kid thinks he stars on one of those antique shows on tv. Our garage currently holds several of his antique restoration projects.

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Dirt On The Rocks said...

fantastic I can't wait to see what you've done with the cart. i'm sure it looks awesome.

Panty Buns said...

The Chinese lion statue bookends are great. I wonder how old they are? Do they have the six chinese symbols underneath?

naghmeh said...

those book ends will add some serious cool to your new place and I cannot wait to see what you've done with the bar cart!

Kim Axani said...

I wish we had cool vintage shops like this where I live! I LOVE those book ends! Can't wait to see how the bar cart turns out!

Kara said...

I luuuurve the bookends you found!! They have the perfect blend of vintage and modern going on...I bet they'll look so fab in your new place! I am literally dying to see how the bar cart turns out!!

Love your use of storytelling in this post :)