Well apparently it's been a month since my last post. I don't have an excuse really, just the usual combination of laziness and busy-ness. I have found lots of goodies at yard sales that past few weekends, though.When I got this plate I almost ran out of the yard sale screaming "start the car!" like in that IKEA commercial. The plate is hand painted in a sort of Mackintosh style and the back is signed and dated.Not only is it hand painted, but it's Limoges as well. The guy was only asking a dollar for it (surprisingly since most of his other stuff was expensive) and he told me that the plate hanger (one of those cheap fake brass ones) was worth at least that. I happily paid him then left before he had a chance to realize what just happened. I tried contacting the Art Institute to see if they have any idea who M.E.Murphy was, but haven't heard back from them. Hey, even if they never painted another thing, I think I still got a good deal.
I did get some other goodies as well like these handmade (they seem to be at least) gardenia candle holders and this Portuguese lace tablecloth. It helps lighten up the dining room which was looking a bit dreary for the summer. I also managed to score a kitchen aid mixer for $20 (yes $20!). It's missing the regular mixing paddle, but I looked online and it looks like you can get a new one for $12 or so. No pictures because it's currently living in a pile of clutter on my kitchen counter. Once I've tidied up, I'll show pictures. That's all for now. I've noticed that I have a bunch of unfinished posts that never went up. Maybe I'll do a condensed posting of them tomorrow.