Thursday, July 2, 2009

Retail therapy.

So I was in a deep dark depression the day after the concert. OK, it wasn't deep dark but it was like a shallow grey depression. I know. I know. I've already heard enough slack from my Hubby. I know.

It's just all the build up for months, looking forward to it, had a fantastic time...then it's done. Kaput. Sayonara. Kabosh. Buh bye. So on Tuesday, I took the Bub to daycare and decided to treat myself to a few hours in one of my favorite places to search for treasures.

Midland Arts and Antiques Market in downtown Indianapolis is absolutely amazing -- a massive warehouse, two huge floors chock full of all kinds of dreamy items you can spend hours and hours drooling over. I walked away with a few goodies that I'll show you at the end of this post, but I had to share some of what I found:
Isn't that fantastic? It was labeled a wine jug. I don't care what it is, I loved it.

I've seen these spritzer bottles all over lately, and this one was just loverly:
You like a bird cage, eh? Reheeeaally like them? Check this one out:
Wow. Just wow. It's like the Taj Mahal of bird cages.
Check out the handmade island it was sitting on. Ooooo la la!!:Those corbels and molding are killing me. I could die. Just. Die. (Die! Die! Die! Name that show!)
One shop had these huge letters from an old store sign:
Be still my heart:This pitcher and bowl were only $26 for the set. It killed me to walk away from them. Just beautiful. I had to pass them up, especially not knowing exactly where I would put them.
I loved this X bookcase. Looks like it belongs in the Ballard Designs catalog:
(It had a price to match though.)
Another massive bird cage:
I lurve the iron work on the base of this table!:

And on the front of this wine cabinet:
It was one of my favorites. I'm a sucker for any scrolly and old combo.
I thought this grape cluster light fixture was absolutely adorable!:
This old dress form was so cool. And look what the generic size for women's clothes used to be:
Funny how things change.
The place was overflowing with beautiful cake plates:
These glass orbs were another one of my faves. I was thisclose to getting a few for the guest room, but I'm still not sure on the color I'm going with. I hope they will be around for another week or so just in case:
This apothecary was breathtaking. It was $8600 and I can't even imagine how old it is:And finally, the biggest bird cage I've ever seen:
I find you have to spend a good amount of time in an antique store -- you'll find a lot of (way overpriced) junk. You'll find many items you could find at Goodwill, (overpriced again.) And you'll find a few odds an ends thrown in you could get just about anywhere. There's also real antiques that are completely out of your price range, but if you take your time, you'll find some really great deals as well.

My routine is to case the whole joint, find a few items I love, then go back to find my favorites. (If they are not there anymore, I cry a little and then move on -- my mantra is if I was meant to have it, it will be there for me when I get back.)

So what did I get? Squeal!! I love them! Check out the milkman bottles and carrier I found for $26:
It even had flowers in it, but I added some wildflowers from the preserve in our neighborhood and some lillies from our yard:
GORG! I thought about spray painting it for a split second (quit yelling at me! I don't know what I was thinking!) but really love the rusty parts of it now:
It is antique, after all. I love that I'll have to be good at keeping fresh flowers in the house with this baby in the kitchen.

I had to get a big metal "S" from the old sign -- the front was missing, but I have a few ideas in mind:

I soooo wish the front looked like the back:

I love how chunky it is! And it was only $5!

And finally, you've seen them all over blogland and I couldn't resist these:

I don't even know if I like the whole fork and spoon thing coming back. I mean, I like it in all the other houses I've seen on blogs, but I don't know if they are me. Aren't they adorable though? I figured if anything, I'll sell them on Ebay. :)

Hope you enjoyed the tour! If you ever get a chance, get over to Midland. (And call me if you do!) You won't regret it!

Have a GREAT Fourth of July!! I'll be back later this weekend to either share our basement transformation or the start of the deck transformation -- we'll see what I get done first. ;)

55 comments:

  1. The milk jug flower vase thing is gorgeous. You did a great job with that.

    I love the wine cabinet. It is beautiful, I want it. :)

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  2. Love your milk carrier and bottles and the S is just fabulous. I would love one of those gorgeous etched cake stands. So pretty. You did really good. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Great tour! You were smart to drop the bubs off...my two would destroy that place! I adore your milkman caddy thing and "vases." ;) Too cute!!! The apothecary was beautiful, and I've never seen such big bid cages. (Maybe I could stick my kids in one) ;)

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  4. What fun things you saw! Love the milk jars and carrier!

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  5. Oh Sarah, my fellow thrifting friend. I was right there with you, girl! My little one turned 1 yesterday. My birthday was today, and my mom just left after a visit with us. The build-up for the 1st bday celebration, my own birthday blues and missing my mom....emotional overload!

    I, too, have done some retail therapy! I hit THREE different thrift stores in the last two days and have scored tremendously!! I'll be sharing my revamped treasures soon, but just wanted to pop in and say hello :)

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  6. The giant birdcage kinda scared me...The fork & spoon thing is sort of cute, but all I can think of when I see them is that episode of Everybody Loved Raymond where his mom describes a newlywed fight she had with his father about the fork & spoon gift. They finally took them off the wall, but the wallpaper was too clean underneath them compared to the rest of the wall that they had to hang them back up. If you haven't seen it, you should.

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  7. I really like the wine cabinet. I just recently took a sewing class at the local community college and there were those dress dummies hanging all over the classroom. Kind of freaky, huh?

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  8. Great finds! That looks like a fun place. I haven't been to antique store for years.

    I love the milk bottles and holder set you got!

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  9. AMAAAAAAAZZZZZZZIIIIIINNNNGGG!!!!!!!!

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  10. I didn't realize you were in the Indianapolis area until I saw your NKOTB post! I'm on the west side and used to live just a few blocks away from Midland! I LOVE that place. I secretly (well not anymore) want to get married in the entry room!!!

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  11. I am so envious of that huge metal "s". I want one bad! Can't wait to see what you do with the front.

    ~Amanda

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  12. Wow! Great stuff! I'd love to shop with you. And the tv quote was from none other than Mr. Jack McFarland from Will and Grace. Still miss that show!

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  13. Great buys!!!!! I laughed when you made that Taj Mahal comment...cuz I wuz thinkin' it...hee hee!

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  14. what a great place and such amazing finds!! love the milk bottles and carrier!

    (A Bug's Life??)

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  15. That "S" is super cute... you know, you could scan the backside of that "S" and then print a mirror image of it.... then you could glue it to some illustration board then mount it to the front of the "S" :-) just a thought~

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  16. I wish you wouldn't make me laugh so hard when it's after midnight! Grins, Pamm

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  17. Love the milk bottles and the S too. I have been looking for a cute N everywhere. I figure it will jump out and smack me soon enough.

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  18. my fave is the old timey soda bottle!!!!

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  19. Thanks! I love antique store tours! Your milk bottle flowers are beautiful. What a find.

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  20. LOL! I have the giant spoon and fork, as well! I don't care if they are in fashion or not, they make me smile. I'm glad someone else has them. Does that make it a fad? I hope so!

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  21. I love what you ddi with the milk case... I hate when there's a let down like that... I hope you have a great 4th! Jen

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  22. Love, love all your finds! That bottle carrier is fabulous as a floral centerpiece! And I like your "S" - I'm looking for one like that but a "M" or a "W" - hard to find around here. Thank you for sharing such great photos!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  23. Oh my gosh! I wanna go! BAD! That place rocks!

    Great finds too!

    Happy 4th!

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  24. You did well. Love the jugs. The flowers look beautiful in them. I have been looking for the big fork and spoon, no such luck yet. I think if they are painted black, they look updated and "in". ;)

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  25. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the milk bottles. I want them. What fabulous finds and fabulous treasures.

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  26. Thanks so much for this shopping tip...Even though I live so close to Indy (Bloomington)I just never seem to get up there. This store sounds fabulous and I NEED to have a shopping day in the big city!!

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  27. Hmmm...I'm only 2 hours from Indianapolis...I could come there...
    Great stuff!

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  28. What an awesome place, I wish we had a spot like that where I live!

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  29. Sounds like your retail therapy was just what the doctor ordered. And I know what you mean. . . after all that buildup, the aftermath of a special event can leave you feeling a little blue.

    Now I must say that I L-O-V-E your milk bottles. Did you put this on your kitchen table? Don't have to worry about too much fruit in the kitchen if you have this to liven things up.

    And your "S"? That's just adorable! Can you turn it upside down so that the back will be the front? I couldn't tell from the photos whether the proportions are the same either way.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  30. Kim @ The Pottery ShedJuly 3, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Thanks so much for the tour, there were some beautiful things there. I loved your milkman bottles with the flowers, a nice touch!

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  31. What fabulous finds! That birdcage is absolutely gorgeous :)

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  32. Sarah! This the first comment that I have been able to make on your blog, but I've been following it for a few months. I LOVE your insights, tips and humor. Thanks so much for providing a blog that inspires my mind and brings a smile to my face.
    Also, I had no idea that you lived in Indiana. Thanks for the Midland tip. A friend and I are already planning a trip.

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  33. i linked your blog in this post:
    http://jobandbrittany.blogspot.com/2009/07/gumball-machine.html

    hope thats okay. i just loved your idea. i love to read your blog!!

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  34. This was such a great tour. Ahhh I love it!

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  35. What a great store. Those little orbs are great. Everything is just so cool!
    I love your big ol' chunky S. At first I was thinking "Well why doesn't she just turn it up side down...?"

    Oh.... yeah. How helpful am I? I'll just go now.

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  36. I wish I had a bigger house just so I could spend up in the consignment stores that are down the road from me.

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  37. I just love it when people take their cameras to shop for junk and show us. Thank you!

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  38. I am becoming addicted to your blog! I spray paint almost everything I buy from thrift stores and I'm a thrift-aholic!! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. I read your blog all the time and have never commented, but I HAD to answer your question about the tv show. Jack says it in Will & Grace and I could totally tell you what was going on and why he says it, but I would like to keep a little self respect!

    Thanks for sharing all your fun finds. I always love visiting your blog!

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  40. Ooooh! Great stuff. That's my kind of retail therapy.

    I'm sorry about the post concert letdown...hate that. I tried to post the other day, but I'm not sure if it worked or not (internet problems). Your description of everything gave me goosebumps. It sounded like soooo much fun.

    Oh...and yes...I'm still going to send you spray paint. Enjoy your 4th!

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  41. I love your finds! Swoon over the apothecary!!!!!!!

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  42. Isn't Midland the best. When I go visit my daughter in Lexington that is the half way stop and you can bet I always do. It has been fun to see it evolve over the years and such a nice restored area around it now.

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  43. Very nice things Sarah!
    I always adore initials of any kind. I can't wait to see what you do with it. :)

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  44. I just saw some of those glass balls covered in a rope netting-yesterday-LOVED them and thought before we move I need to go pick some up.

    Have you thought about turning the "S" on it's side and just have a cool funky, chunky design instead of a letter, then you would see the cool part of the metal????
    Cheri

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  45. I've been wanting to go thrifting all weekend. Thanks for scratching my itch a little. :)

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  46. My GIVE AWAY will be posted by tomorrow morning-there's a peak preview of one of the items-go check it out and send everyone over to get their names in Monday morning.
    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

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  47. FINALLY getting around to commenting. I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have spent that time reading all your earlier posts! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I use the word "cute" a lot too although I think more in terms of cuuuuuuuuuuute like Rudolph exclaims after Clarisse tells him he's cute :) LOL Looking forward to reading about all your future endeavors!

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  48. Looks like an awesome place...and I'm just 45 minutes north of Indy!! I am also wondering why you couldn't just turn the "S" upside down and and around so the metal is in front??

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  49. I like the Taj Mahal of bird cages. It is interesting and unique

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  50. GREAT Blog!!! I LOVE to DECORATE!!!
    I am a new follower! ; )

    Kim

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  51. I really like the bottles with flowers! Good find!

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  52. Yep, really enjoyed the tour! Saw lots of things I would have liked!

    Manuela

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  53. For the S, just turn it upside down and have the back as the front...

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  54. I'd love a big J. They are always the first to go. I'd make a succulent planter out of it, since I think those grow sideways pretty well. Or fill it with corks... or...so many possibilities

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