I decided since this is a conversational item and it has BLUE on it (also my favorite color, which I am wearing in the photos- HA) that I would participate in Sally's Blue Monday carnival for the first time! Hopefully all my fellow junk hunters and the blue gals will enjoy one of my finds at the market ~
Saturday greeting me and my antique shopping gal, Kelli with a misty rain and cooler temps. It did not dampen my excitement about visiting Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta for the first time! Kelli cooked us up a wonderful breakfast and then we headed out to the market. It was already crowded when we arrived around 11:00 am. I had a list of items I hoped to find.
Forgive the blurry not so great photos shot with my hand-me-down digital camera. My daughter has the 'better' of the camera's and of course, wanted to take hers for Valentine photos with her boyfriend!
I dressed for a long day and to shop! Tennis shoes ~ check! A smaller purse that left my hands free to look and dig ~ check! Pen and paper for notes ~ check! Most important in my book; a cash only budget in my pocket.
I did find three items. The first I purchased were three old keys. The dealer even cut me a 'deal' from his listed price. I spotted a small table in the North building, but just jotted down the info on the back of the dealer's business card. We headed over to the South building by shuttle bus.
I found some items on my list, but none at the deal I had hoped. Kelli stopped to admire some old pottery and I sauntered on down to the next set up. I spotted this neat looking wood piece thinking it would make an awesome headboard. I was pointing it out to her when the dealer started chatting he had another one like it. He pulled it out and set them side by side. I stood and looked....and stood ....and stood there! I really liked the unique nature and was tossing around the possibilities. It was WAY more than I wanted to spend. So I asked the dealer....did he know where it originated. Yes, it was paneling from an old house in Brazil. They had made some furniture out of it and these two pieces were 'extras', put together. The wood is thick and heavy, not like paneling at all! But what do I know about 'paneling' in Brazil? Nadda!
He finally said to make him an offer. Oh geez, I hate when they do that! Finally I settled on an offer, which was just slightly more than HALF of his asking price. He took it! And I carried this honking huge heavy wood around!
See the lighter pieces? I plan to put something in there, as they are not part of the original 'paneling'. Paint them? Tile them? Any suggestions? Would look nice on a wall with photos in them?
Oh and remember we rode the bus over! So I hauled this back over to the North building on the bus.
I did go back to the booth with the table, it was still there ~ so it came home with me. It is a small, unique and interesting find. Hopefully tomorrow I can get my daughter to make photos to share of it with her camera.
I am still deciding where I want to use this wood 'art'. On a wall? As a headboard? Finally I cleaned out a 'clutter' corner in my living room between the couch and my entertainment center. This is where I have placed it. I am thrilled that this one item has so much potential to be moved around the house and used in different forms.
So give me your ideas, suggestions! I'd love to hear them!