Monday, August 24, 2009

Yard Sale Success, Plate Hanging Fail

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.

(Apologies for the crappy photo)
I made a wire plate hanger for the plate and decided to try to hang it in the dining room. since I thought it would look lost all by itself, I decided to hang it with the wild rose cross stitch that I found at another sale. Since I have picture hanging rails in most of our house and since I hate putting holes into plaster walls, I went the route of hanging them from a bit of cable. Now, I'm pretty sure I've seen pictures stacked two or three high hanging from cords before. When I try, the poor little plate keeps leaning to the right because the cable is stopping it from laying against the wall. It looks stupider (if that's a word) in real life than in this picture. I don't know what to do with it. I could hang it by itself and have it look pretty lonely and if I try to switch them and put the plate at the bottom, the picture will tilt to the side the same way. Grrr.
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.

4 comments:

Bromeliad said...

Always fun to find a good deal. And always neat to get something signed - whether the person was famous or not.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

That plate is so pretty and unique and what a total steal! I really love the colors. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and taking time to comment!

Renovation Therapy said...

You scored a Kitechenaid too!?!? Awesome! I'm going through a scandelous amount of butter now that I have one...

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