My Recent Vintage Finds

Are you guys as shocked as I am about the fact that today is September 1st? Or is it just me? I’m sitting here shaking my head in disbelief because I really can’t wrap my mind around the idea that summer is over. I mean, HOW?! I do love September, but sheesh. That was without a doubt the fastest summer of my life. Was it that way for you guys or am I just living in some kind of weird time-warp where the days fly by at lightning speed? I don’t know what it is, but I honesty wish time would slow the heck down. If I had superpowers right now I’d hit the rewind button to May and do the whole shebang over again. Especially July. That whole month just feels like a blur with the arrival of little Ava Pearl. I really wish I could go back and re-live those first few days. She’s already getting so big. And believe it or not, she’ll be 8 weeks old this Sunday. EIGHT WEEKS. It honesty makes me a bit sad to think about how quickly the time has gone with her. And with all my kiddos, really. You know what they say–the days are long, but the years are short. That is so, so true. I just wish I could put time in slow-motion so I could soak in every moment with them even more. Life goes way too fast, doesn’t it? Anyway, I should stop rambling because now I’m getting off on a rabbit trail and probably boring you to death. Let’s move on with today’s Friday Favorites, which is all about my recent vintage finds. These are just a few random things that I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks.

Grain Scoop + Old Books

Vintage grain scoop used to hold old books

I came across this grain scoop at one of my favorite local shops recently and had to bring it home. It’s not a real vintage grain scoop, it’s clearly a reproduction, but sometimes that’s just as good, right? I love this little guy and it makes the perfect container for a few old books.

My Recent Vintage Finds. Vintage farmhouse decor idea with grain scoop

Antique Picnic Basket

My Recent Vintage Finds. Farmhouse style decor with an antique picnic basket.

I found this antique picnic basket at Goodwill for five bucks a few weeks ago. I brought it home and painted it white, of course. I plan to use this in my fall decor, but it sure looks purdy now with these happy yellow daisies.

My Recent Vintage Finds. Farmhouse style decor with an antique picnic basket.

Vintage Scissors

My Recent Vintage Finds.

Does anyone else have an obsession with old scissors? Especially the teeny tiny ones? I know it’s probably an odd thing to be obsessed with, but I’d love to have a whole collection of antique scissors. And these little ones here are giving me all the feels. I adore the details on the front.

My Recent Vintage Finds.

Repurposed Chicken Feeder

My Recent Vintage Finds. Vintage farmhouse decor idea with old chicken feeder

Did you guys ever see that episode of Fixer Upper where Joanna Gaines repurposed an old chicken feeder into a planter? I have that image seared into my brain because I loved it so darn much. Well when we were visiting my parents a few weeks ago I found this giant chicken feeder and I just had to bring it home to do something Joanna Gaines-ish with it.

My Recent Vintage Finds. Vintage farmhouse decor idea with chicken feeder

I love sharing my big projects with you guys, but I also enjoy sharing my little finds too and these Friday posts are the perfect spot to do it. What have you guys found lately? I’d love to hear it! Now go have yourself a happpppppy Labor Day Weekend. Make sure to soak in each and every moment with your favorite people.

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  1. 9.1.17

    Hi Sarah, love that post…those scissors are fab and I’ve got an old chicken feeder of my own and I NEVER would have thought to do that with it!! Guess what I’ll be up to this weekend πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ve just painted the legs of our pine family table. We’ve had the table for so long, lovely memories with family and friends around but it needed a little change, loving it’s new look! Have a great weekend x

    • 9.1.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s so awesome Helen! Isn’t it great to paint something old like that and then find a whole new love for it?! Have a great weekend friend.

  2. 9.1.17
    Jen said:

    Love the grain scoop with the old books! Great idea!!

  3. 9.1.17
    Samantha said:

    I loved that Fixer Upper idea!! πŸ™‚ Did you find the chicken feeder like that? I was looking all summer for one with no top…but every one I found had a top.

    • 9.1.17
      Sarah said:

      Yep, I found it just like that. No top! Good luck finding one Samantha!

  4. 9.1.17
    jessica said:

    Love the picnic basket idea! I have one that is unfinished and sitting in my closet. Off to go paint and fill with fall flowers!

    • 9.1.17
      Sarah said:

      Yay go give it some love Jessica!

  5. 9.1.17
    Faith said:

    Adorable!! Inspired…I have several chicken feeders, did you sponge color on it? I have old stained picnic basket I might just have to hunt down now…have a blessed weekend!

    • 9.1.17
      Sarah said:

      Nope I didn’t paint the chicken feeder or do anything other than clean it up. And for the picnic basket I just painted it with a regular paint brush.

  6. 9.1.17

    Loving these cute vintage finds! That grain scoop looks adorable with the books in it. They fit perfectly, almost like it was made for them!! πŸ™‚

    • 9.1.17
      Sarah said:

      Exactly, they were made to be together! πŸ™‚

  7. 9.1.17
    Kellie said:

    Love your adorable vintage finds <3 You have an amazing talent and ability to put a few simple things together and just make them look classic and effortless. I actually nabbed a chicken feeder this morning at one of my favorite antique stores!!! Thanks to your post for the inspiration πŸ™‚ I just have to say that thanks to your ideas and blog I have been able to transition to a farmhouse/vintage style and I've honestly never felt more comfortable in my home than I do now; it's so classic and calming. The two biggest changes came from changing to all drop cloth curtains and painting basically all of my furniture. It's such a difference that's also budget friendly. Thanks for all you do and God bless you and your sweet family. πŸ™‚

    • 9.1.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s so awesome you were able to find a chicken feeder this morning Kellie! High five to that. And thank you so much for your kind words about my blog, I am so glad you enjoy it and it’s been helpful to you. And I love what you said about your home having a classic and calming feel now that you’ve transitioned to farmhouse style. That’s exactly how I feel about my home!

  8. 9.1.17
    Pam said:

    I love all of your ideas and that chicken feeder is awesome! You always have that “what can I do with this” running through your brain…..and I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing all your adorable ideas!

  9. 9.1.17
    Michele said:

    I have just discovered you, so glad I did !!!! I have so many old things that I have been collecting over the years, now I get to get some paint and get get started. Thank you for getting me excited, have been living in boxes for 2 months and when I unpack each will be looked at with fresh eyes!!!!

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      Oh yay Michele!! I’m so glad you have found my blog and it’s inspired you to look at things with fresh eyes. Go get all those goodies out of boxes and put them to use! Have a great weekend–xoxo

  10. 9.1.17
    Kimberly said:

    love all your finds!

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Kimberly!

  11. 9.1.17
    Chris said:

    Oh Sarah! I love your meandering thoughts! You’re not just a doer, but a deep thinker as well. It’s so true about time passing quickly! It was always like that with my own 4 kiddos and I just wanted to slow it down, keep them little… But alas!! It just kept speeding up, and before I knew it, my “baby” was 36!! Just relish the moments, even the mundane. You have a great attitude and obviously a big heart. πŸ’•

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      I’m so glad you enjoy my ramblings Chris! I tend to get on a roll sometimes, then I have to remember to pull back the reins a bit so I don’t bore you guys! Have a great weekend my friend. xoxo

  12. 9.1.17
    Mamie said:

    I have a neat old grain scoop and I have used it with a battery powered
    Candle. I loaned it recently to our daughter so can’t take a picture right now. She and I trade things from time to time.

  13. 9.1.17
    Mamie said:

    I have a neat old grain scoop and I have used it with a battery powered
    Candle. I loaned it recently to our daughter so can’t take a picture right now. She and I trade things from time to time.

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      Mamie, your and your daughter sound like me and my mom.We are always trading goodies like that!

  14. 9.1.17
    Lorri Rauscher said:

    You make everything so lovely. You gave me an idea. I am going to paint this old wicker basket which now holds rags.I am going to make it lovely just like yours. I just love yr of the first I read..

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw thank you so much Lorri, I can’t tell you how much that means to me!

  15. 9.2.17
    Denise said:

    I found an old picnic basket at a thrift store recently, too!!!! Right now it’s outside on the porch as a perch for some potted flowers, but now after your post, I’m painting it white and bringing it in (cuz I think the potted flowers are dead anyway… something about needing water, weird, right?!)

    At the last visit to my grandma’s attic barn, I didn’t find any chicken feeders, but I did find an old rusted oil can! It looks great, cleaned up and now holding fresh fake flowers!

    Love your posts, favorites and blog… and do hold on to those moments cuz it is true they grow quickly…. the days are long, the years go fast.

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      Ha! You sound like me. Who knew potted plants actually NEED water on a fairly regular basis?! Thanks so much for stoping by Denise! xoxo

  16. 9.2.17
    Mary Kaiser said:

    I love this post! Do you remember where you purchased the flowers you have in them? You also have flowers in the vase in a different color. Can you let me know where you bought them, they look so real. I LOVE your blog, thank you.

    • 9.2.17
      Sarah said:

      Good morning Mary, I purchase all my faux flowers at either Michael’s or Hobby Lobby!

  17. 9.2.17
    Becky said:

    Love your finds. Everything fits beautifully with your decor. And, yes, I too love old scissors! I have a small collection. I also love old paintbrushes or brushes of any kind. I think it’s bc the handles on these items are now mostly plastic so I love the old patina of the metal or wood.

  18. 9.4.17
    Susan said:

    Yes, Sarah it seems like time is flying past me too quickly! I love little scissors too! I use a small pair of replica scissors for my embroidery and cross-stitch that I found at Hobby Lobby! I wonder if I might be able to find some real antique ones in Savannah in a couple of weeks from now?! Have a wonderful day with family!

  19. 9.4.17
    Bea Christianson said:

    So happy to find you

  20. 9.9.17

    My hubby found a scoop like that in the trash at work (it had the little wooden handle piece missing, but the metal strap part still intact) so he snuck it home for me! He’s so sweet like that! Since the handle piece is missing, it makes it work out nicely for a little Winter vignette I’m working on with it. But the book display is a REALLY super cute idea! Maybe I can find another one to do that with.

    I’ve been noticing picnic baskets becoming very popular painted up white, so I guess I should hurry up & jump on the bandwagon with at least a couple that I have & do that too. I do love how they look!