Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fleamarket Finds



Hi thrillseekers...are you having a happy weekend? Have I shown you this little box/shelf before? I bought it years ago for six dollars at Camberwell Market. It sits in the bathroom at the end of the bath and I just love it.





Talking of loving things I picked up this little sweetie at the Trash & Treasure last week, isn't it cute?






I love the colours and images and the dinky beads. I'm not sure where to put it yet but it will find a good home somewhere in our crazy house.



Now..did I mention I found something super special last week at the Creswick Anglican Church Garage Sale???? Yep, just as we were leaving we walked past a horsetrailer outside the hall and inside was something big & shiny....



..yep, a piano! After telling the old blokes, who were standing around in the frosty morning air having a chat, that it was a funny looking kind of horse (ha ha) I had a closer look. It was hard to see it properly as the horse trailer was narrow but the piano looked beautiful (even sitting on top of some fragrant manure) and in pretty good condition so I asked the million dollar question, 'how much is it?'



The fella who seemed in charge shook his head a couple of times and said questioningly...fifty dollars? I've always wanted a piano and at that price it was a done deal. Excitement! Joy! I only had a handful of gold coins to leave as a deposit and as I handed them over it was all I had to restrain myself from doing a little happy dance! woo hoo! Don't you love a world where you can still buy a piano for a few bob, out of a horse trailer from a nice bloke on a cold old winters day?


Rosie couldn't work out why we couldn't take our new baby home straight away but lovely Mr Ainley kindly dropped it off at our house for an extra fifty a couple of days later.


I love the sound it makes, the daffodils , the gold, the history that I will never know, oh what a gorgeous creature. What a special new part of our family. Ballet & dance concerts at home have a new musical flavour, the kids are loving it and Mark & I are too. And it makes a handy spot for special friends, like Teddy.
Hope you found some extra special treasures this week too,
see you over at Sophies xo

25 comments:

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh My Goodness!!! What an absolutely incredible deal & what a supurb find - joy, that would be an understatement! It is going to be such a treasured part of family life, just think of all those birthdays & christmas days...wow, enjoy!

Selina said...

WOW! Awesome find!! What a fabulous story your kids will have to tell about that piano when it's handed down to them and they have kids of their own.

hester said...

Wow! What a treasure! And I love the way you bought it - the horse trailer and the kindly bloke. You seem to attract the very best from the universe, Beck.

Sonia Skegg said...

What a gorgeous piano and how fantastic you got it at such a great price!

Heidi said...

What a lucky duck love the toy but the piano!!!! WOW

Catherine said...

So glad that piano had the chance to regain its dignity after doing time in a smelly horse trailer!

Kylie said...

lucky lucky you what a great story, strange looking horse hehe good one! Just spent a very lovely day in Daylesford yesterday actually one of my fave spots in the world, pics on my blog!

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh your piano is beautiful! What a deal!!! YOu will love having that!!! I really like the little preschoolmath teaching tool as well. Very sweet. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jennie said...

What a deal that was!
We've just sold an upright like that - but I must say - it didn't look as good as that one!
Love the detail on it!xx

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

the box shelf looks grand, and the wonderful piano story... is gold in itself really. well done and enjoy that new member of the family!

Swirlyarts said...

Wow - I've never wanted a piano myself but that one is amazing!!

Knicky Knacks said...

I think you've just pulled off the biggest Flea Market Find of all time! What a beauty. Plenty of chop sticks will be heard from those ivories I'm sure.

Copper Patch said...

Nice! I look forward to hearing musical stories from Dandelion land....

teddybearswednesday said...

OMG. $50 for a piano!! Cor what a steal.
I adore the clock too, and that little shelf is gorgeous too.
Hope you've had a gorgeous weekend. co

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Oh so jealous am I...That is just awesome Beck, I am excited for you - not that you are in need of excitement for your new piano. So ace. Well done. Peta

Bronny said...

So Wonderful a find - and a lovely story to go with it. I'm sure you've googled the piano already - certainly the latest it could be dated is 1942, but I would suspect it's more likely to be turn of century - a brilliant find (love the dandelions too!)
Congratulations!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Love love love the story and all your lovely finds- particularly love the vintage abacus thingy...

spectacularfairywren said...

WOW! I love ALL of it, but I think your piano is the bargain of the season!

The box at the end of the bath is gorgeous - am always looking for these type of old rough gems. There must be loads in grandpas' sheds just waiting for us!

Cherie said...

OH Good Grief, How sensational, what a find, Congratulations, It is so Beautiful, Hellelujah, if I could I'd jump for joy for YOU ... I'm so ecstatic for you ALL ... but as we all know, good things happen to good people ;-) Yayyyy ;-)

Susan L (lily40au) said...

what a glorious day ... the piano is wonderful.
My Flea Market Find

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What lovely treasures Beck. Love love the piano. I've got one on my Wish List...
Hope your week is off to a great start! xx

Maggie May said...

i love your bathroom storage. that is just wonderful to look at.

mylittlebirdie said...

such gorgeous finds, love the little storage box and that piano oh wow! its beautiful am sure you will all get so much pleasure from it! i'm also hoping to add one to my life one day : )
thanks for the thoughts and advice beck! xo

knitting sprouts said...

no way! how excited you must have been! it is so beautiful

Allana said...

Wow - fantastic finds and then the piano!! How delightful. Lucky you :)