Monday, November 10, 2014

Using my Estate Sale Finds

Some of the things I buy at Estate sales get repurposed, some get sold in my Etsy shop and some I
re-use at home.  Three items that I bought this year were reused in my kitchen.

When I found the Lance glass jar here it was missing its glass lid.  I offered them $ 2.00 for the jar and they took it so I brought it home and now it holds the cups for our Keurig coffee maker.  Not having the lid isn't an issue at all and I love the jar.


Louie bought me this vintage wooden crayon box here and I used it to hold vintage creamer and sugar jars....


I fell in love with the colors and graphics of this old Handy Andy Tool box that I found here.   It sat in my office for about 2 weeks before I had a brain storm on what to do with it.  All I did was wash it good and I left it in its rusty, antique state.  When Louie comes home he always throws his wallet, gas receipts, change and cell phone onto my kitchen counter, which drives.... me ....  nuts.  I put the tool box on the counter, plugged his cell phone charger into the outlet above it and now everything gets tossed into the tool box instead of spread out on the counter where I am making a gourmet meal  attempting to cook something that will resemble dinner.


It's a good compromise because everything is still plopped where he likes it, but everything is contained in one spot which is how I like it.  LOL.  But the best part is when he actually said to me, "I really like using that tool box to hold all my stuff."  Win!!


I really like finding old goodies at estate sales and figuring out ways to re-use them, don't you?

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  1. I like using vintage finds around my house, too. I like the ways you used those 3 things. The Handy Andy tool box is genius for the 2 of you.

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    1. I was pretty happy with that too and it really works. :-)

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  2. What a great compromise for you two! Love your blog :D xo

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  3. I like everything you found and what you've done with them. That Lance Jar was a steal girl I love those! They sell pretty high here in the South. My grandmother had a country store and had one of those left over...The vintage crayon box and tool box are adorable! Love those things!

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    1. Thanks Dolly. I get so excited when I can actually re-use something. xo

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  4. It seems the lids from the Lance jar are always missing. Some had wooden round disks, some glass. If you find the wooden round disks they are most always cracked...Heck, I'm like you the jar is a real treasure lid or not.

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  5. I love the little coffee station you have set up. The crayon box is one of my favorite things you have! I love old treasures and the tool box is a cute idea, too. Have a good day and a good week. Lots and lots of hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane - I sure appreciate that! xo

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  6. Love the way you repurposed your treasures! Everything looks like a score to me!

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    1. Thanks Sandy - that's high praise coming from you. :-)

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  7. That jar is really neat, and you've found the perfect use for it. Nice idea with the toolbox too. (Good way to train your hubby! :) )

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  8. I love that you re-purpose and re-use! Love the lance jar!

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    1. I was excited to get that Lance jar for such a great price too. Thanks for coming by!

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  9. You're like those guys on American Pickers!

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    1. LOL - I actually watch that show and have been to both of their stores.

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  10. Great job Kim, you find uses for your treasures so quickly! and a Win Win with the tool box, great compromise!

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    1. Thanks Cheri - sometimes I can picture what I'll do with something before I buy it and other times I buy it because I have to have it and worry about what I'll do with it later. LOL

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  11. Oh, I love the crayon box!
    Magoo would never put his things in that tool box. No matter how many receptacles I put around, he scatters stuff all over and can never find a thing.
    I love how you used all your finds.

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    1. Thanks Tina. Well, my husband has a bad habit of leaving his money laying around and when I started taking it and KEEPING it, he started putting it in the box. LOL.

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  12. Love how you think outside the box re. Keurig cups' storage. I mean, anyone can buy one of those storage drawers or the twirl-y cup holders ... but yours looks like 'home.' :)

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    1. Oh Myra, you always say the nicest things to me. xo

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    1. Thank you and thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!

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  14. Love that he liked the tool box. Great idea!

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    1. Yeah, that was a real win, wasn't' it? Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!

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  15. I love estate sales. You did a great job finding modern solutions with vintage items.

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    1. I love being able to incorporate my finds into useful items around the house. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!

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  16. Love the tool box and creative way you're putting it to work. I'm the same way..don't like clutter and things scattered all over my counters. What a fun way to keep everything together! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  17. HI Kim! I love your little finds and how you're using them. Yes, I love finding old treasures too! Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks Shelia - repurposing them is the best part for me. xo

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  18. Yes, I do like finding uses for my vintage finds, Kim. LOVE the Andy's Tool Box and it makes me smile that your husband likes it as much as you do :)

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    1. That was such a total win-win situation for me, wasn't it? LOL.

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  19. I like both of these! The Lances jar would definitely have to come home with me and the Handy Andy tools...though I've not seen, is a great use!
    I try to use my vintage finds instead of just having them sit around like museum pieces. If they're usable... I USE THEM!

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    1. I'm wondering if Handy Andy was local to the Chicago area or if that was a national chain? Now I have to go look that up. :-)

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  20. Great finds! I really like the finish on the old crayon box. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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    1. I just wish the graphics were a little easier to read, but it was still a great find. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!

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  21. Great ideas for your estate sale finds, Kim! I'm glad you found such a fun way to use the old tool box. Now you can show it off! Plus get some use of out if, as well.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. I love the colors and the graphics on it so I'm thrilled I was able to actually use it. xo

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  22. I use a lot of the yard sale and thrift store finds I get too, if fact sometimes it's a struggle if any of it makes it to my Etsy shop! lol! I love that old toolbox and it was a great compromise!

    Tania

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  23. I really adore your use of the old jar for your k-cups. I don't like any of those store bought organizers for them so our just stay in the box. I've been looking for a creative way to store them and love this! And the tool box. . .oh, I totally need something like that for my hubby's (ahem) 'collection'. Right now he has stuff spread out over the whole top of our piano. It just keeps expanding. I'm going to have to be creative on this one too. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Hope. I really like that Lance jar and I'm glad I figured out a way to keep it and use it.

      You're pretty crafty. How about taking a large tin and modge podging it with some music paper and then put it on top of the piano for hubby's treasures?

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