37 In Life

Adventures in Antiquing


Hello Rovers!!

**First, t-shirts are in transit to me, should have the shop fully re-stocked by next week, I promise to keep you posted! I have SERIOUS email debt that I’m trying to get out of… if you’ve emailed me about t-shirts or other things, it’s likely that I won’t be able to respond to each individual email… I will try to keep you posted via the blog! Thank you all for all your orders, I may have to get a helper over 3 feet tall to help me stay on top of this little endeavor!**

I had intentions of getting back on here earlier this week and dumping my brain but the kids have come first and the blog has come second last, thank goodness. Maybe I’ll get to that in the next few days! For now, I thought I’d share my recent adventures in antiquing {which is likely my favorite thing to do}. When we were at the farm in August mom and I hired a babysitter one day and took off with her sweet friend Beth {who happens to be my age} for a flea market and then off to Beth’s shop for more eye candy! We had so much fun, despite only walking away with a few treasures!

I couldn’t resist a few Scarry books that we don’t have! JM loves The Funniest Storybook Ever… and says “uhhhhhhh ohhhh” about 100x while looking at it!


We also left with a few old Ball jars…

blue ball jars

Here’s more of what I saw and loved…






Some how I managed to walk away without these little gems… tiny Ball jar salt and pepper shakers, they both fit in the palm of my hand.

ball_ s & p shakers


And I LOVED these… they don’t really go in my kitchen but I thought the stripes were really fun!




I did happen to buy this little green fence box for $1, I was going to put paper and pens in it by the phone but it’s much more fun filled with flowers…


Beth was a big spender too and dropped $1 for this…


I also bought two really fun yellow school chairs {2 for $5}…


From the flea market we headed into Evansville {Indiana} to Beth’s shop ,The Barefoot Cottage… which is above Busy Beads on Lincoln Ave {is that right, Beth?}. The upstairs is filled with really AWESOME stuff! The first picture in this post {of vases in window sill} is also from her shop! Last week my mom brought me a K. Hall candle from Beth, it’s called Milk {a mixture of coconut, vanilla and milk} and it makes my whole house smell unbelievable… she carries them in her shop so if you’re in the area stop by for a whiff!!!!




This week {post beach} I convinced Mom and Mimi to stick around for a few extra days so we could hit a few local hot spots. For a small town we have a plethora of antique malls! These were all iPhone shots so my apologies for poorer quality!

I managed to snatch up a pair of vintage Humpty Dumpty lamps… 2 for $14. Now, I just need to find the perfect shades for them and fix Humpty #1’s bow tie!


I also got this old spice rack {sans spices}, it’s a really cool blue color and I can’t wait to get it cleaned up and filled with my spices!


The rest I saw and loved, but practiced self-control…



There were three of these vintage prints, each a little different, and so fun and colorful!



I LOVED these little leaf plates with tomato bowls! So perfect for soup and sandwiches! There were four of them.




It’s really good that I couldn’t figure out where I would put these old bulkhead lights because I really wanted them! 🙂



I should mention that the Rover was along in our antiquing adventures! His Mimi treated him to a $7 bag filled with Matchbox cars and it was just what the doctor ordered for a little boy, especially if you’d like the little boy to sit still in a stroller for hours! By the way, his head is up to the bag, not in it! That would not be what the doctor would order.



These guys weren’t old but they were really cute…



string_yarn holderedit



Mom left with this fabulous old scientific chart of apples… the picture doesn’t do it justice!


Ok, that wraps up my recent antiquing adventures… hopefully there will be more in my future! See you Rovers soon!


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  • Jen
    September 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I love antiquing. I prefer something old to new any day of the week! I have also been collecting Blue Ball Jars and if you get sellers talking about them they really have stories about them. They are at such different price points and it all has to do with the number on the bottom of the jar I am learning. I am going to have my son a ‘little boy blue’ first birthday party and use the blue ball jars as our cups!

    Some paper striped straws also!

    Love your shopping trip. Happy weekend to you and your family too!

  • Beth
    September 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Oh wow my mom would have loved the red and white dishes!!! Loved antiquing through your pics! LOL

  • Erin
    September 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Can’t believe you were in Evansville! That is my hometown…hope you had some Hoosier Hospitality!

  • julia
    September 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Did you get the green stool??? I love it.

    You have found some great places to go to – I only get to do this sort of thing when I go to TX.

  • Jacci
    September 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I love to fleatique, too 🙂 I’m kind of a big weirdo about lead paint, though. Don’t you wonder about some of those older painted items?

  • Gayle
    September 18, 2010 at 6:39 am

    ‘Looks like a fun day. I like the old toys.

  • Tara
    September 18, 2010 at 7:18 am

    such yummy’ness’ in one single post….
    love all of it…..
    the humpty dumpty lamps are almost too much to handle…can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  • Whitney @ How Sweet It Is
    September 18, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Love this!! I would looove to take and antiquing adventure myself. Looks like you found some great stuff!! As always, enjoy your posts!

  • Adriana
    September 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I never appreciated antiques until I got a little older {I’m only 22, but I mean about a year ago}. Now I love a good buy and they can make a room so unique! Some items these days can seem so much like they were mass made that it’s great to have touches that make people ask “where did she get that?” I LOVE that question 🙂

  • Amy
    September 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Hey Darby!
    How much fun! I love antiqueing too. It makes me feel so connected to those who went before us. I love marveling at how things use to be and ponder ways in which I can incorporate my finds into modern life.
    I love those Humpty Dumpty lamps. Too Cute! Here is a link to a make it yourself lampshade site. https://interiordec.about.com/od/howtodothings/ht/coverlampshade.htm
    There are lots of cute shades out there, but you may be able to craft your own shades for these two little beauties. I have also seen some great Humpty Dumpty fabric out there that could possible coordinate with the lamp bases, but that may be too match. Gingham or searsucker covered shades would be darling too.
    Good luck with your shade hunt. I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  • Ashley
    September 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Love all the treasures!!! Can’t wait to see where you display everything you found 🙂

  • shelly lambert
    September 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Darby.. you’re killing me… Indiana antiquing is my passion!!! I can’t take it anymore… no more photos!!! Ha. I know you had a great time. We so scored this summer on great old treasure!

  • Tessa
    September 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Antiquing – one of my very favorite ways to spend the day too! 🙂 I would not have been able to pass up that vintage children’s ice cream stand. I think I would have enoyed it as much as my children.

  • Melanie
    September 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Very cute! I love the yellow chairs that you snagged.

  • Tiffany
    September 18, 2010 at 11:21 am

    That was fun. I felt like I just went antiquing without leaving the sofa. Loved all the striped bowls and such as well as that fabulous apple chart!

  • Melanie
    September 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    My son went to church camp this summer with Beth’s son. I can’t wait to get back home and then to Evansville and check out her shop. I’ve heard lots of great things about it!!

  • kayce hughes
    September 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    That is some good antiquing! Next time I want to go too.

  • Courtney at Scattering Lupines
    September 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I would be all over those Richard Scarry books! What a find!

    I always smell the insides of old books to make sure they’re REALLY old and used– some might call the scent “musty”… I call it “cozy” or “nostalgic.”

    I think Glade should recreate it into a plug-in.
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Kelly
    September 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Girl- I am cracking up at “that would not be what the doctor ordered!” I’m so glad you had a fun day with your mom!

  • kat
    September 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I would have found it VERY hard to practice self financial control in that wonderful place! Wow, I love all those super fun vintagey finds!

  • Joy
    September 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    We love Richard and Patsy Scarry books at our house! Every time I see old children’s books I have to look through them for any titles we don’t have!

  • Meredith
    September 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Love it!!! My mom and I want to go and stay at your parents’ farm. Do you think they would take in boarders?

  • Isabel
    September 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Dear Darb’s

    Our beautiful Susannah from PETUNIA FACE blog, (https://petuniafacedgirl.blogspot.com) is in desperate NEED of your expertise, pretty little birds are just dropping dead from the sky in Marin County CA,
    Please help her out with these CSI of RIP fleet of birds, you pretty know much about everything, but I know you are an expert in birds.

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Melissa Wagner
    September 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Darby: You won’t believe it. What a coincidence… Junior League of Evansville is hosting our Idea Home this week. The Barefoot Cottage was asked to design a bedroom. I had never heard of that store before, but loved their room and planned to go into the store this week. Now I can ask for Beth and tell her I’m Connie’s cousin!!! I’m sorry we couldn’t watch the kids for you that day. We had a morning and evening of soccer!!! I would have loved to see them though. Be sure and give us a call to babysit the next time you are back!


  • Sara Jane
    September 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Wow! Looks like I need to come antiquing in your town! I love antiquing – I get such a high from it – and I think I’ve tapped out all of our stores. My appetite for fun, old things is insatiable!

  • Amanda Smith
    September 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Just an FYI- We are having a fabulous Antique Auction in Calera, AL on the 26th @ 1PM. CADLE AUCTIONS (205) 668-0204 IN DOWNTOWN CALERA, HWY 31

  • abi
    September 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Oooo…i loved the pictures! And that’s neat that you mentioned Beth…I think it was her husband Jeremy that I used to work with at the hospital in Mt. Carmel. That is one awesome looking shop!

  • Jessica
    September 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    How cute!!! I’d have bought everything in sight! 😉
    You could make a matching bow for Humpty #1 with polymer clay!

  • MLE
    September 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    This looks like so much fun and inspired me to google antique shops in my area. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but, I always look forward to seeing your posts in my reader 🙂

  • Michele
    September 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I had a Humpty Dumpty toothbrush holder exactly like your lamps when I was a little girl!!

  • elizabeth
    September 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I have one of the humpty dumpty lamps in blue. Its in my office, I love it so much. The bow on mine is in need of repair too.

  • Page
    September 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Oh how I would love to go shopping with you! You are a treasure finder!!! Those Humpty Dumpty lamps are crazy cute!! And you might be interested in an idea a friend of mine had to make lamps out of those blue ball jars. Her “craft” site is http://www.lemontreecreations.com, and here’s where it was in her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/34531404

  • andrea
    September 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    The Richard Scarry books are such a find! Yay! My son (a tad bit older than yours) loves his books. Thanks for sharing. I love antiques and I have had to stop myself from any more shopping lest I open up my own shop! Hey… now THAT’s an idea! Thank you for sharing your life with us Darby. It’s fun to read about!

    **** I’d like to thank your kind blog readers for the prayers they have sent my way. I’m on the upswing, altho still in a little bit up muck. ****

  • the domestic fringe
    September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I so wish I had money in my wallet. Love the photos. You got some great deals and used much self-control.

  • Kristen {a little ditty}
    September 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    The antiquing looks like lots of fun! I see many things that could get me into trouble 🙂 Is the place in Illinois? Wondering if it was close to Chicago and I could go check it out!

  • Emily
    September 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    How I would love those striped bowls!!!

  • Leni
    September 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    We have the Humpty lamp in my daughter’s room just like that! It was my husbands when he was growing up (in the late 1960’s). It also has the original lampshade that he refuses to let me change. It is adorable.