Latest Finds from the Treasure Trail

Last week, I shared our experience treasuring hunting at the Renninger’s Extravaganza in January and February so I figured this week, I would share all the fun finds that made it home with us.

As I’ve shared in previous posts, we really weren’t looking for anything in particular.  In fact, my Mom and I are both extremely dedicated to simplifying and organizing our homes this year which made us very careful about what we actually bought.

There are a few things we look for no matter what though because we know we can always use those items in our homes. Things like ironstone, transferware horse trophies, tarnished silver, monogrammed table linens, French linen bed sheets, breadboards, photographs, art and pieces that have texture be it concrete, burlap, hemp or baskets.

That said, we don’t always find those things so keeping an open mind about all the many possibilities is essential. Truly you never know what you’re going to find when you go to one of these outdoor events which makes treasure hunting even more fun.

With those things in mind, here’s a look at what we brought home from the Renninger’s Extravaganza in January and February…

My Mom really wanted to finish out her collection of French linen bedsheets and monogrammed pillowcases, so we were really excited to find pillowcases that have her monogram on them.

And for the first time ever, we also found a stack of lapkins! I mean, can you even with this double monogram?

Speaking of monograms, this tablecloth (which is big enough to use as a bedsheet) and matching napkins came home with me.  My Mom and I have the same first initial which is also my Granny’s middle initial, so it seemed fitting to find this piece.  I normally let my Mom take all the M’s and I take all the C’s.

Not everything we find is in perfect shape.  Sometimes, there are dealers in the fields with loads of items from estate sales they want to get rid of like these napkins.  They had such pretty details and we rarely find 12 napkins at once, so we took a chance on being able to rehab these because the price was too good to pass up.

The same dealer had these beautiful French blue napkins as well.  That little crochet edge gets me every time!

A week later I was at a thrift store and I found these for my Mom.  The color is the same and I figured she could put the white ones on the ends of the table and the blue ones at all the place settings in the middle.

Back at Renningers we were walking the rows in the field when we came across this ironstone platter. This vendor had mostly jewelry and little knick knacks so I knew we would probably get a good price on the platter because it was definitely out of place in her booth.

This platter is crazy heavy and was less than $20 which was a steal. It’s stamped on the bottom and everything!

A few rows down from the ironstone platter, I spotted this gorgeous ironstone tureen.  It was also in a booth where it looked like it didn’t belong because the vendor was selling old guitars, vintage posters and metal pieces.

It was truly the steal of the day at $10 which NEVER happens anymore.

I’m so glad we found these pieces because they didn’t have any deals like that on ironstone at the January show.  Most of the pieces were priced at fair market value.  I did come home with this ironstone topper though.  It probably went to a tea or coffee service, but I thought it would look cute in a vignette with some books and other random finds.

Speaking of random finds, I also came home with thrifted vintage paper doilies…

cow tags…

these watch faces which I used on our Valentine’s Day Tablescape

and these copper industrial printing plates.

We always look for vintage and antique portrait paintings, equestrian photographs and black and white photographs too.  Next to a box of random papers, I found this diploma which has the name of my Granny and my Mom.

The calligraphy was just too pretty to pass up anyway.

I bought the diploma in January and picked up this cement covered bucket in February from the same vendor.  He’s in the back field where the steals are usually bananas.

He also let me have this cute bee skep for $3, I believe.

This cutting board stand came from a completely different vendor, but it was also a great deal for $10.

The steal of the day in February, came at the end of the day.  We were taking one last stroll up the main aisle when I spotted this trophy bowl on the $1 table.  I thought it was a mistake because these items can be very expensive depending on the topic, but the vendor said he was tired of hauling it around.  Needless to say, I don’t think I’ve ever pulled out a dollar so fast ?

My Mom’s steal of the day came when she found this set of brown and white transferware dinner plates for less than $20…

and one of these breadboards also for $10.

While you really have to hunt for these kinds of deals sometimes, I can honestly say going to an outdoor event like Renninger’s is tons of fun. If you get a chance, you should definitely go!

I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow.  Several years ago, we tried our hand at a DIY European farmhouse style dining room table, so I’ll share how it’s holding up.  Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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6 Comments

    1. Thank you, Linda! It’s always a fun show. My only complaint is that it only happens 3 times a year but that’s also what makes it special, you know? I was shocked to find that platter too. We don’t always find affordable ironstone any more so when we do, we scoop it up immediately. Hugs, CoCo

  1. Great finds Coco. It looks like you and your Mom found the booths with the best prices. I cant get over how cheap they were. I love Renningers.

    1. We did have a really great time there Bonnie! I can’t say all the booths are like that as far as prices goes but it’s definitely fun to treasure hunt through all the different vendors in the fields. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Wow CoCo! Y’all found some awesome stuff!! I mean an ironstone tureen for ten bucks??!! That NEVER happens! And all those beautiful linens were gorgeous! I’m like you, those little crochet edges get me every time. So precious. You really got some great stuff, how fun! Have a nice day! ?

  3. Loooooving all of it Coco! You always find the best things! Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time <3

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