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Treasure Hunting Report: Green and Turquoise Galore

I haven’t been documenting most of the goodies I’ve been buying up for the Etsy shop because I’ve been washing, cataloging and boxing up the stuff as quick as I can to keep house clutter at a minimum. Remember: our nutty plan was to list a bunch of the stuff we have, give it a whirl for the summer and then evaluate.  Happily, it’s been such a success we’ll definitely re-open in 2013!  And I promise to share the reason for the weird, four month hiatus soon.  Just know there’s a ton of goodies waiting.  All neat and tidy so they don’t drive me insane.  Here’s a peek at a couple shop-bound items, and also a few I’m keeping.

I was super excited to find (what I think are) stone coasters, after drooling over ones I couldn’t afford.  Except the other day I accidentally smashed one.  Sigh.  It was my favorite one, too.

The coasters (minus one) are sitting beside a sweet wood frame I bought for a photo I keep of Hubby in the office.  The design is so smart: instead of taking up cumbersome space with the usual flip out stand, the thick frame supports itself and the photo slides in on the bottom.  Great for balancing on a skinny stack of books, too. 

These moss green, bakelite earrings are shop-bound because I know someone will love them.  At the very least, they are so cute for a retro Halloween costume!

Never before have I found jadeite while thrifting, until spotting this egg cup holder.  Meant to keep an egg warm under the cup (when it’s flipped over) I think it works this way as a sweet vase.  I’m all about flipping things over.

I found this pretty green vintage Haeger vase with the label still attached.

A teeny tiny little enamel dish is perfect for keeping jewellery organized in a jewellery box or drawer.  I really like the forest green with the teal and gold.

This is a weird purchase for me, but I couldn’t resist.  I want to live on a beach so badly, but this little shell dish is the closest I’m going to get in the foreseeable future:

It has little glass half-spheres glued on as “feet,” making this a cute DIY idea for any shells you might have collected on travels.

I keep it on the re-furbished tray by the garage door.  That’s also where I store my “painting glasses,” so now there’s a handy place to toss any jewellery I might have left on.  Once I accidentally spray painted wearing pearl studs, so now I need this reminder to doff my jewels before heading out to the garage for some DIY fun.

I think this is my favorite: a large turquoise bowl that adds another much welcomed dose of turquoise to the living room, balancing the McCoy planter.  Stamped “Calif USA C607”.

Oy.  There’s oodles more.  I need to get busy snapping more photos!

How about you: any cute finds recently?  Ever find yourself buying things in all one colour, all on one day (I noticed a really green theme editing this post)?



  1. Ashley
    August 1, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    That turquoise bowl! Gorgeous.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 2, 2012 / 3:50 am

      I was pretty giddy when I found it!

  2. Amy
    August 1, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    Love your findings!

  3. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    August 1, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Love your finds! Sorry to hear about your coaster. I hate when favorite somethings get broken!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 2, 2012 / 3:51 am

      Awww, I know, it was so disappointing because it was really shortly after I bought them that one went crash. I barely got to enjoy it!

  4. Hannah
    August 1, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    Where are the paintings in your living room from?Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 2, 2012 / 3:52 am

      Hi Hannah, Hubby's grandpa is an artist and painted the pair of paintings above the sofa in the 1980s. We scooped them when he gave us a choice of artwork as a wedding present.He still sells his art and you can find out more here:

  5. muchadored
    August 1, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    "Painting glasses?" Why did I not think of this?! I can barely read this post because my specs are covered in aqua, grey, and white splashes right now.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 2, 2012 / 3:53 am

      Ha ha! Oh yes, I have a spare pair (of the wrong prescription – probably doesn't help) that I try to remember to wear for messy projects. Hmmm, but seeing the world through specks of turquoise would actually be pretty swell 😉

  6. Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design
    August 2, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    You found the best goodies!! I love all of it, especially those coasters!

  7. erica | wicked bride
    August 2, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    Great finds! I LOVE the turquoise dish!

  8. Kathleen
    August 6, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    Love the little shell bowl. Also love the idea of painting glasses. I've never thought of that and routinely get a light coating of spray paint over spray on my glasses. I've been finding pieces of Asian blue and white porcelain at the thrift stores recently. I really think they have a big stash in the back and put out one piece at a time as I purchase them. The store is close by and I stop every other day or so and am finding new pieces. I'm up to 5 right now having just picked up a cute planter. They are currently on my credenza and kind of clash in my turquoise living room. I think they will look wonderful in my sour apple green dining room on the table though.

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