Treasure Haul

If you know me, you know one of my favorite things to do is treasure hunt. Almost our *entire* home is made up of trashpicked-2nd hand-antiqued-junked-auctioned, treasures that create a one of a kind, eclectic look that is all ours & we love it!! ...At least iii do, and Joshua lets me do whatever I want... Nahh, he likes it too :) I get all giddy after I come home with a nice haul, so figured I'd share the goods in an entry. Woo! 

NAUTICAL | CAPTIAIN'S SHIP | WHEEL MIRROR : bought for $1
one. dollar. ...can you believe it?? :o

VINTAGE | PARAKEET WALLPOCKET : bought for $2
There's a spot on the back to put a plant... i might? But these faux flowers look cute too:)

BIRDCAGE STYLE PLANT HOLDER : found for free
{Featuring: escaping Aloe baby<3}

EMERALD | GLOBE | PERFUME BOTTLE TURNED VASE : found for free

REAL | PRESSED&MOUNTED | BUTTERFLY COLLECTION : $5
I've been looking for butterflies for a while now, and $5?? Take my money. They're totally intact too, and so beautiful. Searching for just the right frame to put them in for our wall!

CERAMIC | BEARS : bought for $1
Too cute to pass up. Perfect for our Denali park/forest adventure themed living room. 

VINTAGE 1976 | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | GLOBE LAMP : bought for $10
I just about died when I saw this thing. Was totally not expecting the lady to part with it for $10. I did some research on it and it's original value is $160. 

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FRAME PIECE : found for fee
Perfect little spot for my jewelry:)

OLD WORN BOOKS : found for free
Scavenged these lil babies for a friend who's collecting decor for her travel/summer camp wedding. 

GARDEN PAINTING  
Thanks Mom. (She snagged it for me just as the auctioneer was holding it up). I'll be re-vamping and selling this beauty if I can convince myself to part with it once it's done... 

All of this for $19. Ask me again why I don't shop at UO or Anthro.
Here is my advice:
-Be smart with your $$$. I guarantee you almost everything you see in stores for $40 can be found for almost free at your local 2nd hand store, yard sale, or community auction. 
-Reuse & recycle what you can. I HATE when I see people throwing out things someone else who can't afford to buy, might love. Take the extra step and drive it to the donation stop off at your local thrift.
-My favorite places to find treasures: Care&Share strip in Souderton, Perkiomenville auction.
-At auctions & yardsales: if you love something you see, don't openly swoon over it or you're bound to get a jacked up price that won't change. Check it out, walk away, act like it's no big deal (inside you can be super giddy & excited :). Come back later and casually offer your price. 
-People always say I'm just "lucky" with my finds and that they can never find anything cool. I'm not "lucky". I take hours and hours of careful pouring over mountains of junk, getting my hands dirty, digging, and haggling, not to mention all the time it takes to clean or refurbish.  If you really want to find the good stuff, you can't be afraid to get your hands a little dirty. It's not just going to hit you right in the face-- you have to actually take time and LOOK.
-I'll be opening an Etsy shop this winter full of eclectic treasures like these, and handmade wall hangings. So be sure to stay tuned for that :)