Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend Stuff

GR&DF I wanted to start off the week with a warm thanks to everyone for your kind comments!! They were so nice to read this morning. It is a bit chilly here in the Bay Area and it is supposed to start raining again, but like I always a say "believe it when you see it!!" I never buy into the weather "forecaster" prediction - as the forecasters are little more than guessing at best - and I can see the weather myself moving in on radar over the Internet. I really like Weather Underground - as I can see what is happening here and where others I love are. It was a beautiful weekend here - bright and sunny and a little breezy both days so what have I got to complain about!!

The three of us - Dale, Rico and I - did the usual running around to the estate and house sales - and there was a pile of them out there. I scored pretty well on some little things....

Starting from the left - a giant restaurant pizza wheel - to replace the crappy plastic piece of mess we have now - a repro pop-up children's book - a large two piece flower frog another pop book of Robert Sabuda's and three little icons - the little square one in enamelled bronze - all of this cool stuff for less than $9!!

Pop-up books are a crazy something I have collected for a while - but the really nice ones are totally expensive - these two I got for .50 a piece and they are in perfect condition!! I especially like Robert Sabuda. Go check out his site.....

For our lunch break we stopped at a new place - for us at least -

Rico had seen it reviewed on Check Please and so we stopped off for a super lunch!! Here is a snap of mine...

I had the Italian combo and it was a toasty delicious sub - and chips they make as you order. All washed down with a cream soda - which makes Rico gag, but I do love a good cream soda.

I think the deal of the day was a bookcase I found. We where zooming through the Haight and on the sidewalk was a sort of yard sale - so of course we stopped. I spied this beautiful bookcase and immediately went over to it expecting it to be $100+ dollars - and the piece of tape with the price was only $5 - I said "who do I give my fiver to??" and it was mine. We loaded it into Dale's jeep (we had the roof off it was so nice) and ran it home. So now in the second bedroom a pile of books...

... went from this ..... to....

.... this. I have been looking for a bookcase for months and months and knew I would find one. I have passed on so many way overpriced ones and cheap crappy ones and now to get this solid oak c. 1890-1910 - beauty, I couldn't be happier - and for $5 I am simply ecstatic!!! That piece of walnut is the foot board to my G-G-grandmothers bedroom set I have in the second bedroom - the prettiest part is on the headboard....

I didn't realize how dusty it was up there - but you get the idea.

Rico worked on the balcony plants and now there is some colour out there -


and I will leave off today with a snap of the tiny bit of stitching I did over the last couple of days....


Pretty pathetic - but on Friday evening I spent starting to make a list of every piece of stash I have and it is a much bigger job than I thought. Then on Saturday evening I just couldn't focus on it and last night I felt pretty crappity so not much again!! Oh well. there is no deadline for Alpha Sampler.

There you go sports fans!! Thank you for stopping by!! Do come again!! Tomorrow I am talking weekend flicks.

Take care,
edgar

27 comments:

Lee said...

Seriously?? $5...
That's a great find!

Evelyn said...

Edgar,
I too love Robert Sabuda and collect his books. Can't say I have ever found one anywhere for 50 cents! I have given some of his books as gifts and they are always big hits. The bookcase is a steal! Amazing the bargains you find. You're right to hold off - there's nothing like the thrill of the hunt.

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

Wow what a great deal you got on the bookshelf. sounds likeyou had a great weekend!

Sharlotte said...

I totally in love with this post! I love all the little finds you got, especially that bookcase for $5! I would have tied that sucker on top of the car if I had to, to keep from passing on it! The only thing I was able to get to was a yard sale where I was able to get some really nice Old Navy t-shirts and muscle shirts, as many as I could fit into the bag for the boy.The balcony flowers are wonderfull!! Cream soda is a fav at our house, (sorry Rico!:)).Stitching is lovely as is your great-grandma's headboard.

Sharlotte said...

Oh , BTW... thanks for the link to weather underground. :)

Sherry said...

I agree with Lee - seriously?! Love your find for $5...boy I could use that one too as I have stacks of books in many rooms.

Love the frog too - looking for one of those for my studio so I can display my scissors collection with the cool fobs I have on them.

Have a grand day! Sherry H.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Awesome YS finds and the bookcase -whoa! How great is that?

Have a great week, Edgar!

Myriam said...

De bonnes affaires ces achats!

Kay said...

What a deal, for only $5! Isn't it a great feeling when you finally find just the right piece?

Peg said...

The bookcase was a real steal wasn't it? It is really beautiful and looks so nice with the bed. A list of all your stash! I did that a while back but all I did was the ones that I had chart, fabric and floss kitted up....it shocked me and I have not had the heart to buy more knowing I may never get just those kitted projects all stitched in this lifetime, not to count charts or fabrics not kitted yet. I think this truely is an addiction this stitching! Enjoy that cream soda it is a favorite of mine too.

Catherine said...

Wow! You certainly did make out well with all your finds from the weekend! That bookcase is beautiful!

Your stitching looks great.

We have a local soda company that makes their cream soda red!

valerie said...

That bookcase is the deal of the year! It's a great find. Isn't Yellow Submarine a great little sandwich shop?! I haven't been there in a couple of years now...

DonnaTN said...

You find the coolest stuff at the best prices on your jaunts! Congratulations on the bookcase! Wow, I didn't know you could even find such luscious looking hand made chips! I have never met a potato that I did not like!

Anonymous said...

I have to say that bookcase supersedes any sale I have ever run across!!! What a great buy!

I also collect popup books particulary the old ones that were not so machine made although I have both kinds.

Mary in TN

Loraine said...

I'm so jealous! You did great with that $5.00 find. You really deserve it too! Woohoo, a great day indeed.
Your really brave to make a list of your stash...that would give me anxiety!
Have a good week.

Deb said...

Wow, what a score with that $5 bookcase. I would have been giddy with excitement I think. It's really beautiful. And being the flower frog lover that I am, just love your score with the frog!!!

Margaret said...

Great finds!! Flower frog -- I can never find one! And Robert Sabuda!! I love him so much! Back when my son was young enough I bought his books. Now I have no excuse to buy them. I guess you're telling me it's ok to be a grownup fan. Yay!! Congrats on the bookcase find -- what a great deal! And that bed is gorgeous! I'd love an antique bedstead, but no such thing in my family, sadly. Ah well! Your Alpha stitching is looking great!

Jules said...

Very beautiful bookcase! Solid wood one's are the best. I received one as a gift back in 1992/3 from my then-hubby. I still have it and it is a cherished piece of furniture in my home.

ariadne said...

What an amazing collection of estate finds!That bookcase for 5 dollars?Unbelieveable!
I am amazed that you like pop up books!So do I !I love them! I was also excited to see the oval Greek Orthodox icon of the Merciful Mother of God!Ariadne from Greece!

Marian said...

You have all the luck. Great antique finds. Great estate buys. Beautiful needlework. And you can eat anything and not gain weight. Damn,you're good.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great bookcase...and for $5?! That's amazing.I love seeing all your weekend finds. I'm searching for a flower frog but no luck yet. What a successful weekend. Your heirloom headboard is gorgeous too! Nancy in NY

Kathy A. said...

Wow, that was some great score this past weekend. Your scissor frog is wonderful!
That bookcase is so special - old and now well loved.
The headboard - the detailing is spectacular.

Tracey said...

What great finds!! That bookcase is so lovely- I am so jealous! I have been looking for a good deal on a bookshelf- I guess I need to look in the thrift stores here, and the antique stores, yard sales.. lol

Leila Jo said...

I've been wanting to go the Yellow Submarine ever since it aired on "Check Please". I love that show! Was it as good as they said?

Kajsa said...

That book shelf is fantastic! I love furniture from that time period, and what a deal!

The pots look great. How is it, can you keep pansies and violets all summer where you are? Here they do good during spring then I have to replace them with something that can take the heat.

Jessica said...

Robert Sabuda and a BEAUTIFUL bookcase...It warms this bookseller/ antique lover's heart!

Tessa said...

That bookcase had your name on it - what a great bargain :)