Friday, May 18, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Sweet Retreats

So here we are once again my Friends, the pilgrimage to the Monthly Themed Event at SWEET SALVAGE.   This Month's Theme is 'Sweet Retreats' and the Vibe and Styling are some that I particularly was drawn to and mirrored many of my own personal preferences and Eclectic Tastes.

So of coarse that meant there were numerous Treasures I would have liked to have brought Home with me and even with restraint I tapped the budget more than I anticipated doing.  But it happens... and the few Treasures I couldn't resist were well worth the splurge for Spring Decorating.  Though I hadda leave numerous fab Loving Cup Trophies behind since alas, they were not within paltry budget.  *Le Sigh*

I already have a considerable Collection from Years of Sourcing Loving Cup Trophies so now I have to discern which would enhance the Collection best.  Most of mine are Copper and Bronze, tho' I do have some Antique Sterling... most of the gorgeous specimens at the Event were Silver and of better quality than I could outlay for right now.  But it was nice to see so many in groupings and vignettes... I Love Decorating with mine.

And if you were lacking in Vintage Dress Forms, with or without Stands and Cages, there was an abundance of those too!  I'm in the process of upgrading all of mine to the most coveted Antique specimens and Selling off the rest to fund the Goal.   I'd rather have less of the best than an abundance of ones that I'm quite willing to part with to fund an upgrade.   I Love Vintage and Antique Dress Forms though, they have gone up in price and gained in Value since I began Collecting them many years ago.  In hindsight, I should have bought the coveted ones way back then.

But tastes change you know, I think as well as every Cell in your Body being replaced every seven years, I find that in about a similar amount of time I'm ready to replace many things in the Home too!  Since my tastes goes thru a metamorphosis as well, don't  yours?   Things I was Passionate about a decade ago, in some cases, the Honeymoon Phase of J'Adoration is over and I can more easily Let Go.  Or even desperately want to purge them and replace with something fresh and different!

I don't particularly want our Home to look like one of those Time Capsule properties that froze in Time.   And so, I find myself in a Phase of J'Adoring some different Styles and things right now.  To go with that Desired Look which will be fresh to our Home, I bought two of those Numbered Vintage Industrial Black mini Metal Storage Boxes with faux Greenery.

I am extremely deep into The Process of purging from the Hoarded Garages at Home, in fact I have numerous Banana Boxes filled with fresh Inventory for the Showroom and Booth #317 as soon as I have enough room for any of it.  With just shutting down Booth #502 for the Summer, my remaining two spaces are rather filled to the rafters right now.  It's a good problem to have Inventory awaiting a rotations into my spaces tho', I won't need to Source anything all Summer long until I've depleted what I'm purging and culling from Home.

This was one of my favorite Vignettes at the Event since it's very similar to the Style I'm transforming some of my personal spaces to resemble.  It's a Look I'm drawn to on a visceral level and that's how I always prefer to Style our Home.   Relying upon Deep inward Feelings rather than Intellect or thinking too hard about Styling or Creating always works best for me, otherwise it just ends up too contrived for my liking.

I never have an actual Plan when I'm Decorating or Re-Decorating anyway, I have a loose Idea based on Objects and a Look that resonates with me.   Then just putting it all together for a Style of Decor that just Feels Right when it's finished and is not only Visually appealing, but Comfortable, is my end Goal.  I've done much of the parameter of the Hoarded Double Car Garage against the Walls, so now only the Center Hoard remains to tackle.  I'd like one more Cooler Morning to drag everything outside from the Center and have more room to work.

What I had waffled on just days ago I've been able to go back in and Cull later on and decide to part with.  So I'm not agonizing too much about making a firm decision immediately anymore.  It's working out much better to revisit the Objects a few days later and see how I now Feel about whether they should individually Stay or Go?!   I'm falling out of Love with a lot that previously I had thought I was Attached to, the main catalyst being, Selling it gleans resources to purchase the Dream pieces instead.

At the moment, while outlaying for Dental bills and Home repairs there is no budget for Dream pieces.   So during this pilgrimage I concentrated on finding Modest and inexpensive pieces, picking up five 1970's Equestrian Show Ribbons in faded Pink and tea stained Cream from my Friend Shelly's Vignettes.   When I can find Old Show Ribbons at a bargain I always buy them since I like Decorating with them and using them for Creative Projects.

So here's my cache' of Show Ribbons along with a good Book I also bought at the Event, they always carry Trendy Decor Books that you just can't find in the Big Box Bookstores.   I find that the Bookstores don't concentrate much on Decorating Books and I usually have a better selection in my own Library than they offer at a Barnes & Noble or such places that specialize in Books.  *LOL*  This Book is really good and has page after page of Inspiration for Decorating.

Here's a little sneak peek for you of some of the luscious Imagery in the Book of a Room of a Home to Die for!   Of coarse, when Decorating, if you happen to have the good fortune of a lovely Home's backdrop it makes all the difference.  But even if you don't much like your Home or it's Architectural elements, or lack thereof, you can Create an incredible Illusion with good Decor and a sense of Style.  To camouflage almost any structure's flaws or boring mass built cookie cutter design is a Talent you can perfect.

Here's my most extravagant purchase from the Event, this unique Business Card Holder, Trophy Style, Antique Statuary of a Woman on top of a Lion.  It's spelter with a bronze wash.  I've never seen anything like it and you know what they say about that... if you've never seen it before and Love it, buy it!  *Winks*  You can also see my Metal Boxes with the faux Greenery.

A few other things I bought, but not at the Event, were some cement Planters with faux Succulent Greenery 50% Off, some ornate Wire Trim on Sale 50% Off... and tho' full price, I couldn't resist that Test Tube Vase inside of a faux Petrified Wood Tree Ring which I put some faux Greenery in also.  The Meditation Room is Upstairs and since I don't go Upstairs daily I don't want to utilize real plants that I'd have to Care for, but I want Greenery for the space so am finding realistic looking faux Greenery.

One other Big Box Craft Store buy was this lovely Freshwater Pearl Pendant encased in Bling for only seven bucks!!!   But I digress... Sorry my ADHD is showing, LOL... now back to the Event... *Winks*

It was a lovely Sunny day tho' quite Hot, so tho' I got a good place in line and great parking since I arrived plenty early, I didn't luck out with the early VIP entry drawing so it was quite sweltering waiting for the doors to open.  Summertime at Events can be brutal if there is line standing outside so I'll have to rethink my strategy about how badly I want to get in early over the Summer when it's even hotter... or arrive later, but not overheat!?  *LOL*

Now I know my reasons for early arrival aren't typical, I don't come earlier to get the best stuff... there isn't another thing in this World that I really NEED so that sense of Urgency is long gone!  *LMAO*   I don't Care if you get to it first, no matter how Awesome it was, I can Celebrate you procuring it before the rest of us without Envy or resentment that I didn't get to it first.   I arrive early primarily to get decent Parking since Diabetic issues with my feet make walking or standing quite painful sometimes.  And secondary is to get the best possible Coverage of any Event before it gets ravaged by the eager Crowds.

I am fully aware of how much long, hard Work goes into the Presentation of these Events and what a Talent it is to be able to Merchandise it exceptionally in these gorgeous Vignettes and Displays.   Preserving that Visually thru the Eye of my lens for endless Inspiration before it's dismantled as it's Sold off, is important to me.  I know how much my peeps here in The Land Of Blog appreciate it too, since not everyone can attend every Event and yet want to experience it Virtually.

I too thoroughly enjoy visually experiencing Events, Shops and Shows that have been Shared here in The Land Of Blog by other Bloggers.  It has greatly expanded my Bucket List of places and Events I want to eventually experience in Real Life.   It's endless Inspiration to see how the Masters do it when they're Decorating, Styling and Merchandising their Wares.  Here's my Statue as I first laid Eyes upon her, on the most AMAZING Antique Fireplace Mantle I ever saw!  Had budget permit, that's a Statement Piece I would have liked to have owned lemme tell ya!

The Antique Fireplace Mantle that I will be utilizing in my Meditation Room is one I've owned for decades but which I do eventually plan to upgrade.  I'll be Selling it off to justify the upgrade to something more grandiose like that one the Statue was on.   But for the time being I do not have room in my Showroom for the flip of mine and it would take some additional Savings to come up with the balance towards the upgrade as well to get what I want as a Dream piece Antique Mantle.  So that upgrade will have to wait a while longer.

So, we've covered my Desire to upgrade some of my Vintage Dress Forms... and one of my Antique Fireplace Mantles... and frankly I've been upgrading a lot of items slowly and methodically over Time.   My Vintage Suitcase Collection is a prime example of a successful upgrade.  I'd Sold Off a Hoard of Old Suitcases I didn't have attachments to in order to purchase my absolute favorite ones to Collect and store items in.  It took time, it didn't happen all at once, successful upgrades seldom do, it's not an instant gratification kind of thing to upgrade possessions or properties, it takes patience and resolve. 

Another Dream piece item I would have liked to have sprung on was the headless Antique Mannequin.  I have numerous lesser Mannequins I could flip to fund such a purchase, I just haven't done it yet.  Well, I have several Mannequins up for Sale, but mostly my Customers have been buying the Clothing off of them rather than the Vintage Mannequins... what can I say!?  It's a running joke in the Family, since I never intended to Sell Boho Clothing, but didn't want a bunch of naked Mannequins in the room seeming creepy or perverse since many Families come to our Mall.  *LOL*

So I began dressing them for modesty sake with Clothing Styles I'd wear myself... but in smaller sizes of coarse since most of my Mannequins are not BMW Real Women sizes.  *Winks*   So, apparently many of the Young people who shop my spaces are diggin' the Wardrobes of said Mannequins and so every time I go into the Mall most are naked again!!!  And so it continues... constantly... that I have to Source Wardrobe until a Mannequin Sells and the Family think that is hilarious!  *Bwahahahahaha!*

Even tho' I do have a Fabulous Master Bathroom with a Spa Tub, I do so miss our Antique Slipper Cast Iron Tub that was at the Old Homestead and I Sold to my Friends Brett and Myko when I moved.   Soaking in an Antique Slipper Tub, well, there's nothing quite like it my Friends.  I've seriously thought about putting one in my Inner Courtyard eventually to bathe under the Stars again... after we install a Pergola of coarse.  *Winks*   We are in the flight path of Jet Pilots in Training and I don't wanna be responsible for a sight that causes a Young Pilot to crash his Jet!?!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*

So here's the Vignette on the other side of the Fabulous Mantle I couldn't buy... a bunch of the perfect Color Metal Vintage Loving Cup Trophies, alas, no budget for any of them.  *Pouting Petulantly!*  I actually liked the Silver one best, I have a preference for Loving Cups that have Engraving and Dates.

But as you can plainly see, the majority of the Loving Cups were of the better quality and not entry level Collector prices.   I have been Collecting mine for years but the budget to Score them is still at entry level I'm afraid!  *Le Sigh*  The big ticket Dream piece ones are way over my price point to snag and it's getting harder to just find them at a bargain if they are of good quality now that people do Decorate with them.  In the Old Days nobody wanted someone else's Trophies and therefore you could get them for a Song... which I did... and it spoiled me.

I got spoiled with Architectural Salvage in much the same way since back in da day you could get it Free!  Or those razing Historic Homes would actually offer to pay me to haul it away and take it off their hands {Gasp... I know... booyah!}!   Because back then they thought you were a Nut Job for even Collecting such things as Architectural Salvage and couldn't imagine what you'd even be doing with it?!?  *LOL*  Truth be told, my own Family and Friends thought me a Nut Job for Collecting and Styling with it way back then... now they're not laughing anymore given the prices and demand for such things and the Hoard I had procured to make Bank with now it's Trended!  *Winks*

So here's to Celebrating us Junk Queens and Junk Kings who everyone used to mock back in da day and who now Wish and Dream they had some of the shit we got for virtually nothing... or got paid to haul away and Rescue from the Landfills!  It still exists Today because of all of our hard work way back when... when few Valued any such things!  Give yourselves a hand all you Junquers, Preservationist Minded and Salvage Dawgs!  You've Preserved pieces of History... one piece at a time!


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. Picture after picture I was like, "I want that and that and that!" My style evolves every decade or two as well. I've been selling things I never thought I would get rid of and catch myself dreaming of things that surprise me, so I know what you mean. My style has returned to the bohemian style I grew up with. I am so upset that I sold my "peacock" chair. I would love to have it back. I enjoy buying saris from India because the fabric is so awesome. Your taste in decorating is so perfect. You have a great eye for the good stuff and you know how to decorate with it. Keep up the posts, I look forward to every one of them!

    1. Oh thank you Robyn for the sweet words. I too collect Sari Wraps because there's so much you can do with them and the fabrics of coarse are Divine and so much hand-work! I too gave away my Peacock Chair in the 1980's and wish I still had it, tho' it went to a nice young Girl who admired it and was a 1980's Boho Gal.

  2. I have a hard time ignoring anything that is old and silver, along with any pendant I find marked down in one of those Big Box stores. You are not alone!


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