I adore a treasure hunt. Before we had children, Scott and I could spend hours digging through scummy flea markets - riffling through milk crates full of records, tunneling through mountains of books, searching-searching-searching for something extra special that we probably couldn't afford but really really loved.
But what if you could find those treasures right where you lived? Without kids hanging off your leg wailing that they're bored and 'can't we just go look at the toys???!!!'
The thing about buying a house with outbuildings means that you're very likely to get stuck with things that are left behind.
Sometimes (most of the time) those things are junk.
But sometimes those things turn out to be treasure. Not in the traditional worth-a-fortune-like-a-pirates-spoils but in a 'I've got a perfect spot to enjoy this little thing I happened upon while digging in the barn' kind of way.
Here is a small sampling of some of my favorite finds from right here where I live.
The Rusty Scale: I'm pretty sure this was used once upon a time to weigh rabbits before butchering (ew!) but now it sits it's pretty little self on my kitchen counter. It doesn't work properly but I love it for it's colour and patina.
The Beat Up Sign: There used to be a Farmers Garden Market where our neighbors live and this hung at the end of their lane way. How it came to live in our barn I will never know but now, it too resides in the kitchen.
The Old Window: You've seen this before but I haven't stopped loving this window that I found in a pile at the back of the barn.
The Carpenter's Square: At least, I think that's what it is. I love it's rusty finish and it sits quite nicely on our craft table.
The Ketchup Can: Now a functional utensil holder that matches the kitchen walls.
The Old Glass Pop Bottle: Actually, there's a whole case of these. I'm using this one as a vase but waiting for inspiration to strike for creative ways to use the others.
The Vintage Camera: This beauty was inside an old kettle and packed behind a collection of jars and bottles - I LOVE old cameras!
[NaBloPoMo Day 15 - half way there!!]