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Patina, character and a charming vintage treasure

Sometimes you find something that makes your heart skip a beat.
And that you instantly have a vision for where and what you will do with it.

And if it means walking 2 miles in the pouring rain to snag it- you do it.
Because you are on a mission.... and that treasure is calling to you.

When we wrapped up the tour at High Point Market,
there were several of us on a mission to go shopping at some of the vintage markets that are intermixed with the furniture showrooms.

But it was pouring rain and wind and basically- a crazy amount of stormy weather.
 And there were no cars available to give us a ride- because it was storming
 and everyone needed a ride.
But we were on a vintage mission and decided that the 2 or so miles
to get to the vintage market showroom was a go with our coats on.
(okay it might have been less than a full 2 miles... but in the rain it FELT like 5 miles)
But before starting our trek- I had to change out of my pretty shoes and into my flip flops.

I learned several markets ago that I have ruined my feet enough that I cannot 
walk the average of 10 miles a day I do at Market in heels for more than 2 days.
More than one day really if I was to be honest but I can usually manage by ignoring those achy feet a bit longer... 
but after day two in a different pair of pretty shoes... 
well, then I am changing to flip flops or tennies in between each showroom.
No joke. And I have no shame.

So we walked in the rain on a mission to to get to those vintage shops
and see if we could find a treasure.
It was their first time shopping- but I have a confession.
I had already brought several things back with me the day before.
And I knew what was on my list for this stop.

It was wood. It was crusty.
It had great patina and great character.
And I knew exactly what I would do with it.
Any idea what it was?

A wood bucket / container / I don't know exactly what it is but I loved it

And any ideas what I planned to do with it?

Put flowers inside of it. 
Not sure why I thought that... 
I am SO not obsessed with flowers or anything...

Seriously though... this is such a charming patina covered little piece
and I absolutely loved it. 
I lucked out and found just this one last large one that was available at the store 
and grabbed it to bring home with me. 

But I don't know exactly what it is even now...
other than a great vessel for flowers.

Anyone have any ideas?

I am thinking it must have had a top at some point... the bottom that looks like a hat box lid
is actually attached.

I am loving it and it was definitely worth walking
in that crazy weather to get it. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Happy Monday.


  1. Is it a cheese box? I have a similar but much bigger, about 24" across that is a cheese box

    1. Several people have suggested that it might be so you might be correct! :)

  2. Ha! I've forged ahead in wind and rain many a time! Weather can't keep a good shopper down! Love your container. Wishing I had a huge bouquet of peonies. They are $6-$8 a stem here, so I've resisted.

    1. Right?! So true!! And we definitely do luck out on peonies here- they are much less expensive.

  3. I'd say it's a butter firkin. As you suspected, it's missing its top.

  4. Wow! That is pretty sweet! I would have walked the distance in the rain myself.

  5. I think it use to hold tobacco. My dad had something similar.
    I LOL when I read you walked 2 miles in the wind & rain. So glad it was worth it.
    Have a great day
    Much love,

  6. I have no idea what it is, but it has great details! Okay, just getting from one casino to the next in Las Vegas is a pretty good walk. I can't imagine doing 2 miles in flip flops - and in the rain! I have to say though, if there was a piece I really wanted, I'd have done the same:)

    1. Haha!! Vegas is like an illusion! It doesn't look that far but it takes soooo long to go from one end of the strip to the other! :)

  7. What a great, unique piece! Worth wistanding the inclement weather. But I'm pretty sure I would have struck out my thumb to hitch a ride, despite it being a dangerous way to get there. A girl's gotta do what she's gotta do. Just sayin'.

    1. We were hoping to catch the shuttle to go there- but they were backlogged with all the weather so the wait was too long. So... we walked! :)

  8. Love your container, I would have done the same walk in the rain.

  9. It's gorgeous! I would've walked 2 miles for it, too. May not be, but it reminds me of a Shaker box.

  10. Hi Courtney! It might be a type of grain measure. Not sure since my eyes were dilated today and I had to really blow up my phone screen to even read your post. It looks wonderful ~ what I can see! 😊 I have a really large I've had for thirty years and it has variously held dried flowers, yarn, fabric, magazines. They are sooo multi-functional!

    Anyway, enjoy yours!
    Barb 🤗

  11. No matter what it may be, it's wonderful and it makes you happy!! Worth the walk. It seems like it has been raining the past few Spring Markets.