Wednesday, March 14, 2012

First Friday Finds

Hey all! We've been super duper busy here in the Shields' household doing very exciting things. I will do a longer blog later but wanted to share with you some great finds for the nursery. We love love love going to First Fridays downtown off of the 12th Street bridge. We've been going for about a year now. It all started with searching for wedding stuff last year but now this year it was all about searching for nursery/baby stuff. So fun! If you have not yet been downtown to the Antique First Fridays you MUST go. I'm addicted. I love going to get ideas I usually do not purchase a ton of stuff because I'm a DIY kinda girl. I enjoy doing projects myself and lets get honest I like saving money. Some of the prices are pricey at First Fridays. However, here is how I determine if I will pay the price. I usually make a list before I go of items I'm searching for. I then think about what color/colors it needs to be. If the item is priced okay, if it's on my list and if it's the RIGHT color I will buy it! So that is how I bought a few great items in March! Here they are! I only have a picture of a few things. The rest you will have to wait to see the Nursery Sneak Peak to see the rest of the items.

Also if you LOVE vintage/flea markets as much as me and our fam. You've gotta check out Fleeting Flea at the end of March! It''s a must. This is where I have bought the MOST items for the wedding and our house! Not to mention all the items I bought for our wedding are now new decor in our house. Bonus! That was another thing I wanted to do was buy items for the wedding that will serve multi-uses!

Here we go:
These 2 finds just put a HUGE smile on my face! ;) Okay they were a little bit more expensive then I had wished but they were on my list and the PERFECT color for the nursery: Coral! As I mentioned before coral is a new trend color that is becoming rather popular but guess what it's freakin H-A-R-D to find the perfect coral. But I did, I found it! This is a 1955 Coronada Radio. The price tag said $22.00 doesn't work, as is! I was beyond thrilled to find this. I didn't care that it didn't work. Around the corner was an old Budweiser crate painted coral, $25.00. HOW COULD THIS BE SO? Too good to be true. I snatched up these 2 items so quick. I then called Brian to tell him about the radio and he couldn't believe I paid so much money for a non working radio. However, the research guy he is he started looking up these radios. This radio was from 1955 and only came in two colors: Rosewood & Coral. AMAZING! He came home the next day wanting to see if he could get it to work. Sure enough he worked his magic and got the radio to work. Some how we were listening to XM radio. It picked up an XM wave length. Crazy. How cool is this! Now I feel like I got this radio for a steal! As you can imagine both these items are goin in the Nursery! Yippee! 

My new obsession Pallets. My daddio gets tons of pallets from all his coffee that gets shipped to him. So you can imagine I have some great pallets waiting in our garage for me to get creative with. Which I will be doing a project soon for the nursery with a pallet, stay tuned. This is an adorable pallet shelf that will go in our Master Bedroom. I have seen different signs that say You & Me on it and wanted something like that for our bedroom. Well I found it. This guy I found at my new favorite Antique shop at First Fridays, called Re. Anyways this shelf was on my list, and the perfect color. I will put old milk jars in it with flowers, vintage books and some pictures in it. Adorable! It cost me around $25 I believe. In the picture it doesn't look big but it's rather huge. I think it's taller than me, which doesn't say much but an almost 5 ft shelf was a sweet deal!
How adorable? This little gal is an old antique piggy bank. It's in the nursery and Brian already put money in it for our little one. Only $7, so sweet!

Love our new mantle! AWW so in love. Okay soooo the First Friday Find is the & sign. I've been searching for an old beat up sign like this, I found it. I think it was $20 or something like that? Still a little much for me, but hey it completes this mantle. Once you found out how much I spent on all this decor you will agree that it was okay to splurge on a $20 sign. As for the mason jars with twigs they were from our wedding, sooo count those as free. I found this HUGE 22 x 28 beat up black vintage frame at Hobby lobby on 90% clearance in the summer for $6, yes can you believe $6! Frames are freaking expensive especially a huge one like this. It was originally $70.00. As for our wedding picture. I found this idea on pinterest. I took our picture to Office Max they blew it up to an Engineer Print, that only comes in Black and White. I was a little nervous how it would turn out and if it would be fuzzy. It's not it's clear as day and looks completely worth a ton of money! For a 22 x 28 this picture cost me a fat $3.00! UM YES! Soooo this whole mantle cost me around $29.00 not too shabby eh? I absolutely love the way it turned out! 
The last huge piece is this antique door with shelves. So fun! It was $49.00. I had to come back the next day to pick it up which was quite the ordeal with my sweet husband who was not too happy with me being that I didn't measure it. Well with a lot of frustration we got this puppy home. I had full intentions on putting it in the nursery however I don't think it will fit. The nursery seems full to me. I will be putting this in our loft area. Which I can't wait to get started on decorating that! 

That's a wrap for my First Friday Finds. More to come in the pictures of the nursery! Adios!

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