wow. i’m seriously speechless.

for some reason my little blog was ‘flooded’ with people this weekend. i honestly can’t thank you enough for all your amazing comments … a big welcome to all my new followers. you all really made my weekend. seriously. thank you.

if you hadn’t realized yet, one of my favorite hobbies is antiquing! luckily there are couple great shops within twenty minutes of my house. which, i suppose could be a bad thing. but then again who needs to eat when when you have a new antique to play with. am i right!?

anyway, on saturday i was lucky enough to score two amazing finds. i’ve learned that when i go antiquing it’s best that i don’t go looking for something specific. that way i’m open for things to find me. sounds crazy. but it works.

my first find was this antique ladder from a men’s store some where in new york state.

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love it! my favorite part is how it narrows towards the top. i knew i had to have it for my gift shoppe. it measured eleven feet, so i had to cut off about a foot and a half to get it to fit. but it’s perfect.

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and so well built too. i have some new linens coming in soon so i think i’ll use it to display them. but who knows. 

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 love the exposed nails and weathered wood.

and then i found another globe! which was perfect because i have a super cool project in mind for it. i was busy working on it last night.  i hope to share the finished piece tomorrow or wednesday at the latest.

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have you found any great things antiquing or thrifting lately? i love a good story!

that’s it for today. kind of a busy monday around here.

thanks again to everyone. you guys are seriously the best!

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  • Kelsee at

    If I lived closer to you I would high jack that ladder! I have been looking for an old ladder like that for about a year to put up against our wall to hold all of our blankets. Your’s would be perfect, so when you’re done with it, just let me know, it would have a lovely home here… where my monkey children would probably climb on it. But when they fell they would learn not to do that again. Lol -Kelsee

  • The Boston Lady at

    Michael, I love your ladder! I can’t believe it was eleven feet high. I was not thrifting or antiquing this weekend, but will next weekend with a friend. I agree with you, I don’t go with anything specific in mind, then I am more open to possibilities. Have a great week! Ann

  • maureencracknell at

    I LOVE that ladder!!! What a great find. And, I agree that you can’t go looking for something specific — it’s never as fun as just going.

    Congrats on all your new fans!

  • Ali Richardson at

    I am definitely a thrift-a-holic! I’m trying to be good and resist my strong urges (the holidays took a toll on the budget for sure), but I’m sure by Feb I’ll get back in the swing. LOVE the ladder, and I’m a collector of globes too 🙂

  • Tammy at

    Oh my gosh! I love the ladder!!!!! Looks awesome in the house too!

  • judi at

    very cool ladder! i found one a few years ago from an apple orchard.

    i had to run upstairs to see if my globe was still there…i have one just like that!

    just found some great things at the local restore…love some good junk!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    The ladder is lovely. Perfect for your shop. Although you have the gift to make anything look amazing.

  • Camille at

    Your post made me realize that you are so right about not have a purpose when you shop for thrift and antique!

    Goodness, I’d love to go with you. Next time you’re in SF…

  • Taija at

    I’m with you, I love seeing what unforseen treasures cross my path. Beautiful ladder, I love it!

  • Tania at

    The ladder is a great find! I found an amazing french armoire over the weekend – that I cannot afford – does that count? 😉

  • Jessica at

    Just saw your table on Before&After and thought to myself…hmm…that looks like something I’ve seen! HA!

    Congrats on being featured! Aren’t you glad you were confident enough to post it? 🙂

  • Robyn at

    GREAT finds! Can’t wait to see the next cool project for a globe! …have a giveaway, stop on by if you have a moment!

  • {northern cottage} at

    I’m one of the floodees I guess! So glad I found your blog…your finds are awesome! Looking forward to checking out your archives when I have a few spare moments!

  • poindextr at

    hi Michael, I am such a fan! I was hoping to catch a bit more of a glimpse of the light-bulb chandelier, is that in your house? i saw something like it recently on Joni Webb’s blog. Very very nice. Wanted to let you know that I reblogged one of your old posts and used your original image. I included your name, your blog’s name and a link to the original post. I hope this is ok, it has long been one of my favorite creations (the oars). But if it is not ok, please let me know and I’ll take it down. Thanks so much 🙂 Diane

  • Julie Smith at

    That ladder was an amazing find and I love the window display you set up. So, so pretty!

  • Amanda @ Little House on the Corner at

    That ladder is so simple and beautiful! I think it’s so fun going to antique stores (I never would have said that a few years ago, before I was a homeowner and realized all the thrifty treasures out there).

  • Jasey at

    I would love to have one of those ladders – Unfortunately, there just aren’t very many in my little corner of Wyoming!

  • Honey at 2805 at

    Ther “used to br” an old ladder hanging around in our storage room, but I can’t find it and have been “on the hunt”. Maybe like you, I’ll find one when not looking. Sure like the way you have it displayed!

    Would be happy for you to drop by and enter my $30 Gift Card Giveway!

    Have a great weekend!

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