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Summer Treasure Hunting, South Florida Style

I recently came across a post on Invaluable, called the  ”Guide to Summer Antiquing in the U.S.“and inspired me to share some of my favorite places to thrift here in South Florida with you.

South Florida is such an eclectic mix of culture which also means a vast array of vintage, antique and unique finds! More of us have the time over the summer to skate away on little vacations whether it be for an extended stay or just a weekend getaway. So what better time to check out what the local areas have to offer. My favorite go to when I am in any area is Craigslist. Seriously once I know the area I will be traveling to I am already on Craigslist searching the area for new finds, garage and estate sales and local community craft bazaars, etc. Depending on the area (ours always has a large selection) I always browse the “free” section first, “one man’s trash” kinda thing, right. cloth and patina island boho decor8a

My absolute favorite Craigslist find! I came across this piece while browsing the sections of Craigslist and think I fell instantly in love. No it’s not something you normally would search for as a treasure to bring home from a vacation but a piece I just had to have. Found this one about an hour or so south of me and for $80, yep eighty dollars. A piece that used to be teak in color ( I know some of you may have gasped at the fact that I painted this…but it had to be done) More details on this beauty here.


Next on my hunt would be any local salvage yard, architectural or nautical. A favorite of mine that I had frequented for years here was “Adam & Eve”, no longer in business, but fortunately many pieces have made their way to my studio before their closing. I have always had a thing for the chippy and rusty especially when it’s a piece I can repurpose and use in the garden or inside my home.

Rusty, chippy antique iron work.:

Look at all that chippy goodness! You could get lost here for hours and hours.

Endless weathered windows.:

Old arched glass window insert.:

So many possibilities with an old window…

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Odds and ends picked up over the years at local garage sales and flea markets. If in the Stuart, Florida area check out B & A Flea Market for a great mix of finds. Like all flea markets, it gets pretty busy and always recommend getting there early.



Visiting Florida and want to bring back a little maritime salvage, then you have to add Culpepper & Co. to your must have places to visit. It is right down the street from where Adam & Eve used to be (was a double whammy of fun when they were both here) and located east in downtown West Palm Beach. Another place you could spend a lot of time in swooning through all of the unique pieces they have. You literally would leave in awe of the gorgeous pieces that were salvaged from big beautiful ships.

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While you are in the West Palm area you have to take some time to visit “West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District” It’s a very charming district filled with over 40 shops of varying styles and price ranges of wares. Definitely a place you could spend the entire day browsing and eating at the local cafes.

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Looking for the more frugal side of thrifting or antiquing? Then you always have the local Goodwill,  thrift stores and Habitat for Humanity to each town. Frames are one of the items that I always look for every time I am in any type of a thrift store. They usually are super inexpensive and plentiful.

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One of my favorite thrift store finds! Two ever so charming chairs found at a local Goodwill. Two vintage french chairs for $4 a piece…can’t beat that!

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A steal of a find at a local Habitat for Humanity at $20! Found it sitting at the end of an isle and new right away it was headed to my garden.

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We have many coastal communities and gorgeous beaches and if your up to strolling along our beautiful waters you can bring home some of natures pretties as well. One of my favorite things to do with my son is walk along the beach especially in the early or later hours and collect beautiful pieces from the sea. There are endless options for what you can create with these or display them as they are in glass containers. Perfect and nice way to display some of your vacation memories.

If you can think outside the box a bit, I think you can find some truly beautiful pieces. Every city has such a wide range of places to shop or browse for vintage, unique or antique pieces, just have to get a little creative. Well here’s to your summer treasure hunting! As always, feel free to stop in with any questions or just to share some of your favorite hunting spots.


Weathered Patina & My Craigslist Find

romantic country magazine clothandpatinaWell it seems like centuries since I’ve done a blog post (hangs head in shame) but am so happy to being sharing this one with you today. My most favorite find made its way into “Romantic Country Magazine“! I was so excited to have my favorite find featured! There magazines are my most favorite! I read and browse their beautiful pages as often as I can. You can always count on gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration!

I remember when I first laid eyes on this beauty while browsing Craigslist and knew right away I had to have this one. “You can see a before photo in the upper right hand corner”. It looked large and wasn’t quite sure if it would fit in my tiny space but was certainly going to try. A girl who was in the process of moving had to have this gone asap which worked just great for me. Grabbed a truck, a little man strength and was on my way down south to take a look. I couldn’t tell from the photo but to me looked to be carved teak with an Indonesian flair which I just love! But of course you never know until you actually see it up close! I think I fell in love before I even got out of my car! It was gorgeous! I was a little taken aback to see it sitting outside in the elements but was in great shape and had to have it.

Have to say this thing ways a ton! I alone could not even budge it let alone pick this thing up and put it in a truck. So happy to have had someone on hand that was happy to help! I met up with its previous owner to pay for this beauty as I was anxiously awaiting to get this home and call it mine. I was so ready to negotiate a price on this one since I had already fallen in love but thank goodness she was oh so willing to part with it and sold it to me for $80! Can you believe it!?!

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I was super excited to get it back in my place and even happier to see that it was going to fit on the wall between the living and dining areas. I hopped online right away to do some research in hopes to find a little more info on my new gorgeous piece. I wasn’t able to find this exact piece but was happy to find that these can sell into the thousands!

Knowing a little of its history I honestly tried keeping it in its original state. I stared at this every day from every angle trying to be comfortable with the teak color, but just couldn’t do it. I knew I would love it even more {if that’s at all possible} having it painted in a grey color to blend better with the rest of my home. So the painting began. I knew I may get some flack from some of you but am so happy I painted it. I used mostly “Paris Grey” chalk paint by Annie Sloan with bold brushing of “Pure White” to keep in with the rustic feel. I sanded it here and there so I would be able to see the teak through the grey and have to say I just love the blend of these three colors! I love that it still feels rustic but has an elegant Indonesian Country feel to it. I happen to think the details are more prominent after painting it. And it’s just paint right? Worse case scenario you could remove the paint and go back to its original state or start over. I admit I had a brief moment of “what did I do”, did I actually just paint over hand carved teak! But that moment passed quickly as I was watching it’s true beauty “to me” unfold. 

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I have for now left the original hardware which is black only because I haven’t decided if I want to paint them in a warm bronze color or replace them with something different all together? What do you all think, love them, leave them?

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And my little character there “Bob” always finds a way to sneak himself in my photos! Total ham that one. So he gets his 15 minutes of fame as he graces the pages of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Look at this cover! So, so pretty! Doesn’t it make you want to pretty up your space? This is a porch you could spend hours on sipping your favorite summer drink, reading a good book, relaxing on a beautiful summers day. But, with a pretty porch like this it would be a place that I would want my friends and family to gather along with me. Hoping you get a chance to grab a copy of this beautiful magazine. The inside is just as beautiful and inspiring as its cover!

I’m a huge fan of browsing Craigslist in search of pieces like this one. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Especially if you have the foresight to see it’s true potential!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in!