Saturday, January 21, 2012

My, My, My, What Did TSA Think About This?

I made some unusual purchases while in California.
  One for me, two for other people, who will understand why I bought the items for them.
  I hope.
Mr. Tennis sure didn't get it and I am convinced the security scanners were scratching their heads when my suitcase went through the x-rays and they saw images like this. (Or whatever their version of it was - probably a big blob)

The bucket is for me because I like enamelware.
 I bought it at the Melrose Swapmeet and the guy who sold it to me said it was from Russia.  Uh huh.  Not sure about that, but I just knew I liked it and it was old. And a pretty blue. Russian blue? LOL

Now, who wouldn't want an old mattress spring?

I picked this up at Country Road Antiques in Old Towne Orange, CA where my blogging friend Sue hangs her hat.  Please stop by and see all the goodies she has out everyday.  Her place is a one-of-a-kind experience, complete with wonderfully helpful staff.  I can't wait to go back!
For some reason I just felt my friend, Country Mouse would have a use for this.
I gave it to her today and she didn't look at me like I was totally nuts,
 so we will see what use she makes of it.
(CM, I will need photographic evidence that you actually were able to DO something with it - Mr. T won't believe it otherwise.)

Bought this old pencil sharpener for another friend, who will remain unmentioned, since I haven't given it to her yet, but I bet if she's reading she's guessed it's hers.

 Got that at Country Road Antiques too.

Sammy and The Writer were the real adventurers at Sue's store. They bought this fantasticly rusty, rustic, huge chandelier to hang over their dining table.

It normally will hold votives..

I think it looks fabulous with the bare bulb down the middle when they don't want to light all the votives.

Well, the only thing I noticed is that my suitcase straps were
"un"velcroed, so I know those TSA people had to have taken a peek.

Crazy Floridians...


Kit said...

This is great! I love all your items. I bet the TSA folks get mighty bored so you gave them something to investigate....LOL Kit

Chatty Crone said...

Well girl - you sure did buy some unusual but lovely items. Looks like you had some fun shopping too. sandie

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Seriously? How did that bucket fit into your suitcase? ...That's what they were looking at--and they were probably saying

"say what?"..."how did she get that thing in there? "
the other guy, "I don't know,Why'd you open it?
I couldn't believe my eyes ,that's why. Now, I can't get it back the way she had it."
"Oh well, leave it. She'll need something to blog about when she gets home anyway!"
"Yeah, she probably thinks we had her under"



centerofgravity said...

Ann, I'm glad I got the tote bag. I wouldn't have a clue as to what to do with an old bed spring. I can think of a few physics problems that it could be used for but not decorating. Now I'm curious about what CM will do with it. :-)

Sue said...

I absolutely LOVE Sammy and the Writer's place. You are right, the chandelier looks great there. And "thank you" for the mention of my store. It was great to see you and your family!!

Take care,

Olive Cooper said...

Wait til I tell Joe you brought a bucket on a plane-he thinks I am crazy for buying buckets in general.

Erika, Blair and crew said...

What a cute bucket! You could plant flowers or something in it. Rock collection in the bathroom, the blue just goes so well with everything. My bedroom at my Dads is an eggshell blue.

SueBee said...

I can help CM with her treasure for sure! I like that bucket!!!
TSA already saw some of those old springs in my luggage, so they are not surprised. See you soon...

The Country Mouse said...

Thanks for my treasure, Boston Lady! I love it, and will come up with something perfect to do with it. SueBee, please share your ideas! This is my first spring, after all, and you already own some!

The Country Mouse said...

Thanks for my treasure, Boston Lady! I love it, and will come up with something perfect to do with it. SueBee, please share your ideas! This is my first spring, after all, and you already own some!

Orlando Grandma said...

Interesting shopping and the things that you young folks artistic imaginations do with unusal pieces like that. Love the chandeleer at the kid's dinning room.We had a pencil sharpeerner just like that for years. I wish I would have kept it, could have sold it to you. LOL.Stay well

Mr. Connor said...

I still havea pencil sharpener like that. Does anyone still use a pencil on a regular basis ? I know of only one. Might have been worth $$$ to hear the TSA folks talk about what was brought back ! Great finds to include the chandlier.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Some interesting vintage treasures indeed!
I like the light blue enamel bucket, it brings back memories somehow!
Wouldn't it look grand with orange marigolds planted in it? :)
The chandelier IS lovely - I love your son's decor in his home - very gracious!
Nice bench as well in the pictures!
I think the conversation of the people scanning your bag may well have happened like Pat wrote!

The Thuglets said...

Gosh you managed to get all of it in your suitcase!

We think the spring would look good cream painted and sporting a candle!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Anonymous said...

glad you were able to make it to OC and to visit CR. I have brought back some crazy things in my bags, however I bet they kind of wondered with the bed spring???

Sammy said...

I am glad to see your treasures made it back to orlando safe and sound! we are enjoying the new chandelier as well. one-of-a-kind!

eggzachary said...

Thank you, Mullin Avenue Workshop. Credit where credit is due.

Rebecca said...

If you'll take a look at the top picture in the sidebar on my thrifty blog (NOT the Life and Godliness one, you'll see what WE did with some old mattress springs! I absolutely LOVE it!