Monday, December 5, 2011

I was so excited I could hardly breathe!

The day started out pretty ordinary, we locked ourselves out of the house. It went something like this; the Mr went through the back door, stopping to admire his pizza oven (yay, its finally built, pictures soon) and I went the front way to look at my newly weeded garden, meeting at the car.

"Do you have the keys?" he said,
“No, don’t you?” I asked.
“God damn it we will have to break in!”

It was surprisingly easy….shhh don’t tell. We lifted India through a window that was not locked luckily. She was very excited and is going to tell the story for news on Wednesday.

Anyway, it turned out to be a blessing because as we were running late, I had to drop the Mr at work so I took a trip to the tip shop at lunchtime.

On my first round (only half way through the shop) I found the table below which I was excited about, a few picture frames, water colour painting, the small suitcase and bits and bobs which I paid for ($30) and took to the car. After returning the trolley I had a nosey out the back and a new trolley load had just arrived inside the door. Mostly full of rubbish, the handle of the bat* took my eye, and a little rummage later, I found the mirror!

At first I thought it was rubbish until I turned it over and gave it a second look; it had beautiful hand painted flowers and little butterflies and sweet shelves with old hinges. It is made from Papier-Mache that is lacquered , or Japanned, and is late Victorian.

I could not believe my eyes. I quickly went to pay. On the outside I was being all cool, calm and collected, while inside jumping with joy. What? This old thing? Its just a mirror. $10 later (purchase of mirror, bat and CD) I was on my way. I raced to the car, called the Mr straight away and said that I found my Christmas present and sent a photo through.

I listened to the CD, best of the 80's, on the drive back to work (2 ½ songs)…today could not have turned out to be a happier day!

* The bat is a Rich Rollins Little League baseball bat (Canada) that I need to investigate a little further, circa 1960's I think.

Sorry for the grainy photos, my camera needs charging so I used the phone, oh, and the mirror and table need a good clean. Thanks for stopping in, Tam x


Kylie said...

Gorgeous bat, gorgeous table (my fave colour) and GORGEOUS mirror Tam... a top day at the tip shop! Your day couldn't have turned out better x

polkadotpeticoat said...

poor things locked out, I love the shelf and table....jealous!

Unknown said...

Isn't it great when things work out like this? Congratulations on your poker-faced purchase.

rebecca said...

what a sweet little side table. I love the color!

vintageandart said...

Isn't it funny how things work out sometimes. l can't believe someone would throw out that mirror... what an absolute joy to find, your heart must have skipped a beat or two. l too love the little green table and the watercolour looks expertly painted. You did great Tam!!

Hello Vintage said...

Really like the table and I noticed the plate in the background with the frame around it. Hope you don't mind if I steal that idea. Fantastic!

Unknown said...

Fabulous mirror, and super sweet table...I am drooling over the cute mint green color!!! Wonderful treasures at a great price!!!
Chris :o)

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Who would of thought being locked out was a good thing? You totally scored that table is gorgeous and that mirror is so sweet!

Hesta Nesta said...

Lovely finds Tam, well done you. Love the fabulous mirror.
Jo xx

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

You lucky lady Tam! Never ceases to amaze me what treasures people throw out! xo

Zara said...

Lucky you were able to get back into your house.
Oh wow you sure found some great treasures. Love the table. x

simmone said...

Sounds like a wonderful day,love your new treasures.The mirror is gorgeous!