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Decorating on a Dime

These are a few of my favourite things.
Flea Market Style 
Who says you have to spend a fortune on decor?  Sometimes it's the bargain find that adds the most character to your space. 
 Read my blog called "The Thrill is in the Hunt" to get my take on character pieces.
Run your mouse over the picture to read about each treasure.
My all time favorite find is this antique sign that I purchased right off a wall of an antique store in Vernon.  I had admired it for years and was fortunate enough to convince the store owner to sell it to me for $100.00.  IT NEVER HURTS TO ASK!  The chairs were $40.00 from a castanet ad, even my rubber boots become decorative.  The red handled tools to the right, $1.00 a piece at a yard sale. Table in the middle, My son made it for me when he was 8.
Character bike : Flea market styleBarn Wood. : Build any number of beautiful things.  Tables, waineskoting, headboards. The sky is the limit!Gumball Machine : Auction find for $35.00.  Vintage Robin Hood Flower poster $5.00, hung with a wooden hanger for pants.Butcher Block : Free find, Tin of paint and a tin of varnish, I already had on hand.  Oh and a little bit of elbow grease.  This piece houses spices and potatoes.
Kitchen Herb Garden : Wooden tool box: found at a garage sale for $5.00.  Filled with $8.00 worth of herbs.
Glass Candy Jars with metal lids were a garage sale find for $ 5.00 for all.
Freshly picked bouquet of flowers: free.

Vintage and Character Suitcases : All free from different sources.Fileing cabinet come phone desk. : Castanet ad.  $50.00Romantic White on White Bedroom Suite : Farm house windows and an old door from  a yard sale and castanet ad, become a headboard. Total cost for both $20.00
Chandilier, an heirloom.
Distressed white washed dresser. : Was free from a friend.  A paint technique applied makes it look 100 years old.  It's a Sign : No, really it is, or they are.  Found at different fruit stands. Paid $5.00 for each.  Love to hunt for these!
China Hutch $35.00 at auction. Lick of paint and voilla!Bathroom Medicine Cabinet : Cabinet itself came from an old auto wreckers. Vintage glass knob added for $10.00.  Leaded glass custom made for $30.00.
Total cost $40.00Antique Wash Board : Western Star Auctions for $10.00
Magazine Stack : Makes a graphic visual statement.
Vintage scates hanging above.  Found at an antique store for $12.00Whimsical Light Fixture : $45.00 at auction.  Casts beautiful shadows.Storage via Tin Buckets.   : These beauties were $3.00 each at the dollar store.  Pull up a Chair : Auction find $5.00. Solid wood, sturdy and full of character.
Basket of extra towels, garage sale $2.00
Mason Jars : Make excellent storage containers for CHEAP!  Here they house cotton balls and the like, but you could use them for collections such as buttons or marbles etc. Use your imagination.Wash Basin and Stool : $15.00 for both at auction.
The wash basin has been used as an ice bucket at BBQ's Latrines : Add a touch of humor.  Sign from an antique store.  came from a military base. : Cluster like objects with like color schemes. Lantern, and tool box were my fathers.  Gasoline can was $5.00 at a yard sale.
Aged to Perfection : Auction purchases.  $10.00 each.Licence plate : Found for $10.00 at a second hand store.Vintage Cameras : Auction and Antique store
Dining Alfresco : Sanctified, solid wood, church phew, $20.00 at a yard sale.  Seats up to 6. The table is a Duncan Fife antique table that extends to 8 feet with leafs.  Paid $20.00 at auction.  Antique light fixture come candlelabra was priced at $65.00 I got it for $45.00.  Red chairs to the right were free.  Sprayed them red, and recovered the seats in a red floral fabric I got from Hawaii.  Added a few throw pillows in the same fabric.
Painted and reuphoulstered chair : Flea Market StyleWhite on White Dining for Two : The table and the legs were purchased separately for a total of $20.00.  Chairs were found objects. I Paid nothing for them.  I love wooden crates of any kind!  there are endless purposes for them. : One of the above farm house windows, sits above the fire place after being given a makeover with red paint and tin for this doctors home.
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4 Comments to Decorating on a Dime:

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Dick Woolston on November 10, 2012 2:40 AM
Wow, that's huge dime decorating treasure! I'm very impressed to check such characteristic pieces. Thanks
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Anonymous on January 16, 2013 3:01 AM
Informative content! I want to decorate my room by new furniture. I think you can help me. Would you tell me your phone number please? Thanks for inspiring me.
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Anonymous on January 16, 2013 3:04 AM
Informative content! I want to decorate my room by new furniture. I think you can help me. Would you tell me your phone number please? Thanks for inspiring me.
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art & antique dealer in new York on September 13, 2013 1:54 AM
These antiques are looking wonderful and i really appreciate your creativity,keep up the good work..
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