Secondhand Finds: Staycation Edition

It’s been a slow secondhand shopping summer for me. As I browse through pictures in estate sale listings, I just haven’t been feeling it.

That’s okay. Secondhand/vintage/antique shopping is like that. Sometimes you’re into it and finding stuff and other times, not so much.

But Tom and I did do some antiquing in the West Bottoms of KC during our staycation and he claims he enjoyed it. I think I even believe him.

I came home with three small purchases, all from the same booth in the Bottoms Up Antique Market.

This little framed postcard of a ship was the first thing to catch my eye.

Antique framed ship postcard

I liked it for the frame as much as for the postcard.

Antique frame detail

I haven’t found a permanent spot for it yet, so for now it’s on a brass easel on the family room mantel.

Framed postcard garden statue books on mantle

I also took a liking to this little plant mister.

Glass plant mister

I love clear glass anything and this was so charming and even practical. I mean I don’t actually mist plants, but I could, right?

Antique glass plant mister

And finally this little white creamer.

Small white creamer holding knives

I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, but these little spreading knives fit perfectly in it.

Small white creamer

And when I put it in the hutch with the white soup tureens, it looked like it was meant to be there.

White ironstone in pine hutch

So that’s the sum total of my summer’s secondhand finds. Three little pieces, but they all make me happy.

How’s your secondhand mojo been?


  1. Great finds–the ship card especially!–and congrats on the 1-year anniversary! My recent second-hand find was an ornate wooden frame that I happened to see peeking out from behind where my Grandfather’s ooooooooooold overalls were hanging in a shed–both of them long forgotten. Just brought it home today and it’s pretty filthy and a bit damaged but has amazing potential, I’m excited!

    1. Therese, that sounds like an amazing frame. I ran across a similar one in my mom’s basement and had a mirror cut for the frame. Enjoy yours!!

  2. Lovely arrangement of “white”!! I love it too.
    FYI, the little creamer is Adams “Empress” in case you want to look for more :^)

    1. Thank you, Jaybird. Good to know. 🙂

  3. Hi Julie, I am in the same “frame” of mind. Sorry , but I couldn’t resist! Your little ship picture is so sweet and I think it looks perfect in the easle. Sometimes things I set in a place” just until I find the right place”ends up making me happy right where it’s at. Many of the listings for estate-sales that I’ve been looking at in my area,haven’t been sending me running for the car keys either. I think it’s because I have been trying so hard to be good and edit some of my own things. It’s time to start following my new “less is more” montra, even though there are some very beautiful items out there for the pickin’. Perhaps by next Spring our slump will have passed? Until then, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and I don’t have to dust it!

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