Sunday, April 11, 2010

Flea Market Finds

This week I actually hit the op-shops with intent! Oh yes indeedy I had a specific goal in mind - you see I was hunting for some of these ...


So that I could make some more of these ...


I made one of these in Susan Lenart Kazmers workshop a few weeks ago and now want to make a few more for a project I am working on. Now, the op-shops are usually full to overflowing with teaspoons right? Huh! Not at the moment apparently - I didn't find ONE - not one! I was severely disappointed, bordering on morose after the third op-shop and no spoons ( not one - nada, nothing, nix!) when my eye fell upon something distinctly cheerful ...


These gorgeous paint tins are so colourful - well I couldn't resist could I? Especially when you consider the pangs of agony I had suffered on my fruitless spoon search! Besides I already have one paint tin - now I have three and I believe that could be construed as a collection and therefore my purchase is completely justified. (oh yeah, I can rationalize ANYTHING!). These two have been made in England and I am guessing they are from the 50's or 60's.

The smaller one is in great nick but the larger one has been "well loved" ...

I must say though that I do feel whoever drew the Gnomes was not necessarily showing them in the best light
The guy with the hammer looks a bit Phycho, his mate in red is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed and as for that last chap - well, he doesn't look very trustworthy - a tad malevolent even?!
And who would trust this bloke with a pick-axe? Pretty sure the illustrator had some kind of subversive realationship with Gnomes - or perhaps this is a feminist version of Snow Whites mob?!

At least this gnome had talent!

Despite (or maybe because of ...) the funny pictures, I am completely enamoured and well over my disappointment at being spoonless. These are little boxes of happiness afterall!
If you were hunting up thrifty treasure this week I hope you had some fun and fantastic finds. To see what everyone has been collecting this week, head over to Sophies and check out her meme, Flea Market Finds.

16 comments:

moose and bird said...

I know how disappointing a nada thrifting trip can be. But the paint tins were a great find. xo

Amanda said...

the colours on the paint tins are gorgeous! but i agree i think those gnomes would have totally freaked me out as a child.

Rustic Tarts said...

I love the charms you have made, do you need anymore teaspoons? You should see the size of a couple of the antique/second hand malls we have been in the last couple of days. Iain and I only got 1/2 of one done and that took us 2 hours!
Love the paint tins too, I have never seen one in a secondhand shop.

Billy Angel said...

Those knomes are a bit scary. But I definetly would have snapped the paint boxes up as you did, scary knomes and all. Shame about no spoons, wouldn't thinkd there would be such a shortage of them.

Knicky Knacks said...

Love the paint boxes. Can't believe you couldn't find spoons! We have so many spoons at our Oppy's. Might have to get you some

Christina said...

Great replacement opshop finds! These are so cute. Have never seen these at my local oppies! :)

Vic said...

The last gnome in the first picture reminds me of Hoggle from The Labyrinth!

Isn't it (usually) always the way - when you go opping with intent you will not find what you're after for love nor money. I LOVE those pendants... wow!

Mogs Designs said...

LOVE the charms, I'm sure there are spoons around here,
Great gnomes!!!
See you soon
M
xxx

Steph said...

Those charms are gorgeous! And the gnomes made me chuckle :) Hope all is well in your little slice of the world.

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Elizabeth said...

I love what you have done with the spoons - very clever....also love the pretty paint tins...

teddybearswednesday said...

the paint tins are totally gorgeous. Love the pictures.

Betty Jo said...

Love the reto paint tins. And your search for spoons will not be in vain...keep trying!
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♥♥♥ w o o l f ♥♥♥ said...

hey, but i love your spoon creations though! and thank you for your visit on my blog.
x, n@

grrl + dog said...

Oh I would go NUTS over finding not one but two paint boxes..'''soooo cute.

And creepy as well.

Thrifted Treasure said...

I LOVE old paint trays, imagine the pictures they've painted, so nostalgic :-)