There is a boxful of vintage photos in my studio... a large box.
Every single photo has been purchased with the intent of using in a project of some sort. They all tell a story... whether it's a lovely lady gazing into the horizon, a new bride looking "not so in love," children with their mothers.
(I am especially fond of pretty and/or interesting hairstyles, hats, outfits)
I once had the idea of taking some of the photos and writing a story around them; wouldn't that be fun?
I haven't pursued that idea yet, but it's on my "to do someday" list.
Needless to say, I cannot pass up the opportunity to dig through hundreds of photos at antiques shops, sometimes estate sales... looking for those "special" ones. Of course, the price has to be right as well (I won't pay more than $1 apiece, not matter how pretty the image!).
I recently purchased these two beauties at Junk Bonanza.
Junk Bonanza is always a fun event. There is something for everyone...whether it is a large furniture piece you are looking for, garden art, true antiques, "junk" antiques, repurposed junk, handmade OOAK jewelry pieces... you name it, it's there!
For me, JB is all about the little things. I love to dig for diamonds...so to speak. I never come home with big pieces; my biggest purchase (size-wise) this year was a very unique birdhouse (photos later).
Some of my other finds this year:
I was instantly attracted to this box... loved the cameo-like image on the cover. Its color is a soft, faded peachy-cream.
The price tag read "scarf in a box, $2" and I was sold before even seeing the scarf.
It turns out, the scarf is okay, but it could have been the ugliest scarf on Earth and I would have still purchased the box.
I think I offended the dealer a tiny bit, when I mentioned this (my love of the box, not so much of the scarf).
I also found lots of pretty buttons for reasonable prices.
One of my favorite shops of all-time, Rose Mille in Stillwater, was there. Michelle has the prettiest booth ever~ with tons of millinery, ribbons, trim~ many of which she gets directly from France. They closed their bricks-n-mortar shop a few months back, but all of her merchandise is still available online and soon, via occasional sales.
Her "new" millinery looks and feels vintage, and I always end up purchasing a few sprigs to use for those special projects.
Another little find was this dainty berry bowl... I need another dainty bowl as much as I need a hole in my head, but I couldn't put it down!
What is it with me and little pink, delicate, flowery bowls?!?
Another sweet purchase was this little lady...
she stands all of 3 inches tall.
Isn't she sweet?
The hat, the dress, the dark hair...reminded me of "Gone with the Wind" ~ which is my all-time favorite movie. Of course I had to bring her home!