Monday, August 29, 2011

Sally & Me

Hello Salvation Army Family Store!

As planned, I ventured to the grand opening of the new Salvation Army store in Porsmouth on Saturday.  It was a mob scene. That didn't stop me.

Oh the things I found. Right off the bat, as soon as I walked through the door and got myself to the back corner where all the housewares were........viola, Royal Mail, my Grandmother's china (which is now mine).

I'd been looking for this so I could add some plates to what I already have. At 1.49 each, there was no threat of sticker shock.  I'll be able to serve an entire dinner party on the same plates. How novel.

Do you fondue?

I do too. Well, not actually because I listed this item for sale in our shop this morning. It's it groovey, in an awesome sort of way?

How's about some Shabby Sweet Chic?

I could just picture this bowl sitting on the counter of a farmhouse holding some strawberries.

A very cool, Landers, Fray & Clark citrus press/reamer.  I haven't listed this in the shop yet, but soon!

Wonderfully aged and worn from years of use.

I went a little crazy at the Salvation Army store, but crazy in a good way.  I have more items to add to our store, but there is one I'm keeping. 

Just look at this bas relief............such a beautiful wood carving.

The details are amazing.

The colors, vibrant.

Now the task to find out more. I've been searching for info on line about bas relief artists. Can't say I'm making very good progress. There is the possibility that this wasn't a known artist, perhaps a folk artist of sorts. Whatever the case, it is a wonderful piece.

Not even sure I can read the artist's name.........first I thought O. Woltz, now I think it might be O.Totlz.  I do think the castle looks european, but haven't found a picture of one that is situated between mountains like this. Then again, who's to say the artist didn't make this scene up.  Wherever it is, it sure looks heavenly.

If you have any thoughts to share on how to identify this piece I'd appreciate your input. I'd like to know if my huge investment of 99cents has paid dividends.

Yup, you read it right. 99cents. Can you take it?


Luckily, we didn't get the brunt of Irene. In fact during the day, it was big deal. Didn't lose power until last night, and there really wasn't much going on when we did. Then all hell broke lose with the wind. It was wicked most of the night. I can happily report, and I'm not sure how, but I only see one bigger branch down next to my car and a few smaller branches. I thought for sure we'd lose a tree the wind was so strong.

Have a wonderful Monday wherever you are. It's a glorious day after the storm here. Will be hanging out some laundry on the line shortly. Perfect drying day.

What did you do this weekend?


  1. OMG - You found the best stuff! I am completely and utterly jealous. I have been trying to find a thrift shop I like in our new city and am not having much luck. In VA we had CHKD and I felt good knowing I was supporting the hospital when I shopped. The only helpful thrift I've seen in MO is the DAV. I'm thinking of checking it out this weekend.

  2. that was just the proverbial tip of the iceberg!!! check out the shoes i listed today......i can see you 'dropping it like it's hot' in these babies!

    i am seriously in love with that bas relief.......must do more research!

  3. Wow, those are some great finds! I love shopping for vintage and antique goodies! :)

  4. wait til you see more in today's post.......i'm telling you, i was a mad woman putting things in my cart!

    Amanda, your profile just gave me my laugh for the day..........whittling a swan out of soap in the shower with your mom's razor? Too damn funny!

    Thanks for stopping by the Muse


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