Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salvage Yard and Antique Show Junk

Even though we've been having beautiful weather here in California, the yard sales around town are still in hibernation mode.  I've noticed a few ads here and there, but nothing interesting enough to get my motor running that early in the morning.  Antique show and salvage yards to the rescue!!  I posted about some of the little treasures I found at the Alameda Antique Faire a couple of weeks ago here.  This is the rest of the rusty and chippy junk I found along with some goodies from a trip to the salvage yards in Berkeley this past weekend.

Love the ornate cast iron handles on these large drawers planter boxes and the rust on the green metal box.  

A large tarnished silver platter, chippy basket, and three decorative architectural pieces.
  After cleaning up the architectural pieces I added a hook to the back of each one.  

These rusty metal card catalog drawers are 2 feet long and will be perfect for holding small potted plants.

Wide chippy molding is always on my list, and I love the yellow wheels on the old skates.

I've been looking for a headboard for one of my guest rooms for months now, but just haven't been able to find anything that makes me happy.  When I saw these 24" x 24" framed ceiling tiles at Alameda, I ditched the headboard idea and went with these instead.  

The one other thing I bought just for myself is the old galvanized hardware store drawer.  The little stool is perfect just the way it is, and the tackle box will probably get planted just like everything else.

I'm not sure if I'll hang it or sit it on a table, but it definitely will not be planted!

This sign at Ohmega Salvage got my attention right away.  I expected the bin to be empty,
but there it was...

an old plaster ceiling medallion staring up at me.  After I give it a good bath, I think I'll put a strip of muslin, burlap, or ribbon through it and hang it like a wreath.


Sharing my salvage yard and antique show junk with:
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

46 comments:

Donna said...

Oh, I'd love to find an old stool like that! Really like your "headboard" solution too!

Karen L. Bates said...

OMGosh, I love all these finds...I adore old boxes and you found some real beauts! My fav of all time...your new headboard!!! The colors the textures...OMG...over the top.

Maureen said...

Wow! Amazing finds Betsy! Those old wooden drawers with cast iron handles make my heart skip a beat.... Love it all!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Betsy,
So many wonderful treasures you have here...it's really hard to pick a fav. Gotta say...I love the wreath idea.

Blessings,
Linda

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

So much stuff...so many projects. My favorite is the the tin panels as a headboard, very cool. I also like the galvanized and wood drawer...lots of possibilities there. The medallion as a wreath...way clever.

Art and Sand said...

Your new headboard is wonderful.

As usual, you brought home some amazing things.

I have recently discovered a weekly flea market right here in Ventura at our fairgrounds. I forgot last week and today we are rushing around for vacation tomorrow. But next week I will be there and try to use "Betsy" eyes to find things.

Keith@ Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

You always find the best things! Love that headboard idea!

Fishtail Cottage said...

oooh. I love it all! I was a darling little restaurant last night and they used drawers like yours to put their silverware and napkins in ~ it looked so cute! xoxo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Score!
I never made it to the flea or bead show last weekend.:/

Michelle L. said...

Ooh ooh ooh! The mixed-tile headboard is just gorgeous! And what a find in the freebies!

Peggy said...

I think one of the main reasons I'm wanting warmer weather is so I can get out and find some "stuff". It's been way too long since I've been out and about to look! You definitely found some cool stuff and I love how that "headboard" came together...beautiful!

Pamela said...

Betsy what wonderful treasures! You scored big time. I love how your headboard turned out. Thanx for sharing at THT!

Donna Wilkes said...

Be still my beating heart. I crave your treasures. I have a passion for old drawers. YES! A wreath of the ceiling medallion.

Laurie said...

It's like a breath of fresh air, just to see stuff outdoors right now! (We are not having a warm January, LOL!) What is it about the drawers that make me drool?!

Pam said...

I love the headboard idea. It looks wonderful. Hope you post your completed wreath. You found lots of treasures without a garage sale. Congratulations.

White Lace and Promises said...

I'm so ready for a yard sale! Ughhhh... Spring come one. My business is falling apart! Too cold and damp to paint outside and my pieces are too large to bring in. The booth is empty. Love your finds! The headboard idea is perfect! I'm looking for something that feels right too!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Ok, I wanna live where you live! My kids have off of school tomorrow (again) because of 20-30 degrees below zero temps expected tomorrow! Talk about a dearth of yard sales around here lol! I love the wire bin and the ceiling tins, great score and repurpose! Much nicer than any old headboard! I have a few vintage ceiling tins that were framed (I used them as wall art) but they're much smaller than yours.

From the Old InkWell said...

Betsy, I'd love to go shopping with you. You have a great eye for using old things in new ways. Loved this post. I'm a new blogger and will be following you!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Love your treasures, Betsy. Yard sales are slim pick'ns here as well. Can't wait for spring.

Iprefervintage said...

The bedroom display is beautiful. Good choice.

And how cool. A salvage yard. We don't have anything like that around here.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the headboard!! Love the pillow too...it is sort of like the one I made.
hugs,
Cindy

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Betsy, I love all your finds. The drawers make me swoon and the ceiling tiles look just gorgeous above your guest bed.
Have a great day!
Hugs,
Julia

Connie Mercer said...

Again such great finds. Love all the drawers you found. Such a great look on any table.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Wow Betsy those are some awesome finds! LOVE the drawer and the ceiling tiles!!!! Makes me want it get out and do some junking!

Xo

Laura said...

Love it all! The wooden drawers are great, and I can't tell you how much I adore the card catalog drawers! You've inspired me to see if I can find any salvage yards around here. . .

Jane said...

You have a great eye!! Love the pieces you found.
Jane

Stacey said...

Wonderful finds! I'd love to find some old ceiling tins like those.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I LOVE all your new treasures! Especially the ceiling tiles. How fabulous they look as a "headboard"! Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Oh!! I am drooling here!!! I am absolutely in love with the headboard tiles and the galvanized drawer!! You are SO talented at finding fabulous items. And you must be patient too, too keep looking. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What great 'junk' you found. Love the new headboard and the handles on those first drawers are awesome!!

hugs, Linda

Jen @ committed said...

I love the ceiling tile headboard: what a great idea! I found your post through http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/ Your blog speaks to me as a fellow thrifter!
~Jen

Jen Vickers said...

I love the ceiling tile headboard: what a great idea! I found your post through http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/ Your blog speaks to me as a fellow thrifter!
~Jen

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like you found some great stuff, Betsy! I had to smile when I saw those skates. I had a pair very much like those when I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn. I remember there was a key you had to use too. : )

Kathy said...

Free? Seriously? It is true what they say about one man's junk!

Well Worn said...

Well it's confirmed. We have the same taste, I bought all of the REST of those hardware drawers at Alameda. I asked the seller if she had any others and she told me that she only had one other and it had just sold....Good thing you got there first, I love those things! :)
Well Worn

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

GREAT finds!! I am so very jealous...it's so cold here I barely leave my house :)

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh love all of it! What fabulous finds!! I don't know if I could pick a favorite, but I'm loving those old drawers with the handles still on! Have a great weekend!! xo Holly

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Wow, such great vintage finds! Yard sales and salvage yard sales in January, I'm so jealous. New York weather has not been kind. And those skates, they take me back to my early days.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Love your newly envisioned head board! All your finds are great...the wreath idea is fabulous...and I covet the wire basket!!! Great haul!

Nancy's Notes said...

What sensational finds! Oh my, those skates are something else! Bring back memories~ Happy I found your blog, I'll be back!

Marigene said...

What great treasures you have found. I like the idea of using the ceiling medallion as a wreath. Love those old roller skates!

Jann Olson said...

Betsy, what treasures! Can't believe that medallion was free. I would have snagged everything you did. Love, love the tin used as a headboard! I love any type of container and architectural pieces. I too plant a lot of mine. I have a tackle box filled with sedums. Thanks so much for sharing at SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Cardinham | Killgrew said...

Head board ceiling tiles - LOVE IT!!!

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Jann Olson said...

Hi Betsy, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
hugs,
Jann

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Amazing finds, Betsy! I'm in love with the ceiling tiles as headboard!

Jeanette

Revi said...

Yes...those ceiling tiles as headboard caught my eye! Love your treasures.
-Revi