Monday, June 6, 2011

Weekend Treasures

I spent the weekend in Canberra as Mum is in hospital down there recovering from a much needed hip replacement on Friday afternoon. I left my husband minding the kids and drove down on Saturday morning and back last night. Despite the reason for my trip, I had a great weekend. Amazing to be away by myself. Everything is so much easier without 2 small kids in tow.

Mum is doing well after her operation, already taking a small walk with a walking frame. She is fiercely independent and is adamant that she will recuperate in her own home rather than in ours (8 hours drive from my sister and me). My aunt has offered to go down and be with her for the first couple of weeks when she's discharged. It's very tough when your ageing parents live so far away.

I stayed at a hotel near the hospital and the best thing was that on Sunday morning in the carpark right next to the hotel were some markets. With an empty car to fill, I went to town.

Vintage carved wooden toys, 3 whiskey bottles, a sailing boat tin, a mason glass jar, oil lantern, cathedral birdcage and carved white mirror; and the gorgeous coffee table which has already been sanded and primed this morning ready for painting.

I had some great chats with the stall holders, especially one old guy who had a little fire burning (it was a freezing morning). A lot of these treasures came from him and he was all interested in my booth and what I was doing with everything. One of the things I love most about this vintage furniture business is the people I get to meet and the stories behind all the items.

I'm looking forward to taking them up to my booth tomorrow.

Anybody else find some treasures this weekend?



  1. Oh what wonderful treasures you found Lucky you there was markets and lucky no kids and lucky lots of room in the car lol xx

  2. Fiona glad your mum is doing well and by the sound of things she is determined to be up and about in no time. Great score on the finds. Love the table those turned legs are fab and I also love the bird cage Oh I would have been pleased with that score.
    Did manage some beautiful finds on the weekend myself I got the most gorgeous vase for $1.50 and can you believe that my mum broke it last night, I was devastated. It definetly wasnt the fact that it cost the earth it was just so beautiful. Lucky I took some photos of it and will now do my best to find another one, although I'm not hopeful that I ever will.
    Hope you had a good drive home, would have been very quiet without the kids. Have a good week. Sandy x

  3. Love that table, Hope your mum gets well soon xx

  4. Thanks Ava – (you're set up as a no reply blogger so i'm rpelying here) I think mum will go home soon. She says she’s walking quite well now. (with a stick).
    I’ve painted and distressed the table and will post photos soon. Check back and see. I really love the details of it.
    Have a good week
    Cheers Fiona

  5. Great finds, hope your mum gets well soon.


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