I ended up buying a couple of items just because I liked them...now I'd love your help figuring out how to use them.
Here's mystery item #1. I bought it (actually DH picked it out) because it met most of my flea market criteria: 1) great old chipped paint, 2) rusty, 3) handmade, and 4) the guy only wanted $1.00 for it.
At this point I have a feeling you're wondering what the heck it is...so was I. So I'm going to turn it this way for you...now you can see that it was made to hang vertically. See the little screw holes on the top?
If you look closely, it appears to be a little water wheel. I was thinking about hanging it outside on my porch...maybe above a plant to give the impression that water may have once actually eminated from it? I'd love to hear some of your ideas for creative uses for this strange little piece of folk art. Would you have even bought it? How would you display it if you had?
I also bought this hinged tin box for $5.00 after haggling it down from $9.50. I think it may have been used for fishing tackle before someone got a little too ambitious repainting it...a little sanding and beating with chains should take care of that.
I love anything red and the inside of the box has six cute little compartments that I can't wait to fill and display...but with what? I'd like to use something less obvious that dried flowers or kitchen utensils...any ideas?
I picked up this salt & pepper set for $2.00...they were marked $5. I collect peach McCoy pottery and these are definitely the right age and color but are unmarked. The dealer said he thought they were Franciscan...I'm thinking they might be Hull or McCoy...do you happen to know?
Signs seem to be getting really expensive in our area...even at flea markets and even when they are not particularly well painted. I wonder if that's why so many of us have taken to painting or stenciling our own?
This "Berries" sign, for example, was marked $65.00. For that much, I'd expect the dealer to at least offer to throw in a few quarts of berries!
This was my favorite sign of the day though. We passed it on the road heading home from the flea market. It's been hot here all month (but who's complaining?) and we live on the coast so this one gave us a good laugh...for free!
I'm looking forward to hearing some of your creative "new uses for weird old items" ideas.
Meantime, I'll be compulsively carrying these latest "finds" around the house trying to think up a few original ones of my own. Ahhh...the dilemmas of a junker!
I'm linking up to these amazing blogs parties:
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Rednesday at It's A Very Cherry World
Would You Buy It Wednesday at Junker Newbie
Terrific Under Ten Tuesday at At Home With K
Transformations & Treasures at The Pink Postcard
Twice Owned Tuesday at The House of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Transformaton Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Home Sweet Home Party at The Charm of Home