Sometimes it's fun to hear the history behind old relics from the past. I make a point of asking about things I buy at auctions, flea markets and even garage sales. I may get a good story; or more than likely, I just have to use my imagination and make one up on my own.
I found a big box of keys at an estate auction I went to awhile back. I was told they came from an automotive garage that had closed down. There's lots of different kinds here, so I guess they had a cutting machine. Still...how did they end up with so many? Most likely, they just accumulated over the years.
I love old hardware and can find multiple uses for it in my artwork. I get most of it from an old timer who runs a salvage yard. He deconstructs houses and salvages everything he can out of them. He has piles of wood and some cool architectural elements at his business. He is getting older, though, and he is on his own, so I don't know how much longer he will continue to do it. His kids aren't interested in the business and have moved away for better opportunities. I can imagine it's very hard work and really admire him for making a living this way.
I got these old rusted metal hooks from him as well. These are super sturdy and just have a cool shape and patina. I can't imagine why anyone would buy a hook at Lowes when you could get one like this! I kept a few that I attached out by my deck. When it warms up, I'm going to get some pretty flower baskets to hang on them.
I just love these gorgeous purple bottles. I have a connection to someone who digs them up from a landfill in Georgia. He usually gives me a call when he has a group of them cleaned and ready to go. All I can say is, they sure did drink a lot of whiskey back in the day! These bottles were clear to begin with. The manganese in the glass turns them purple over time. I have quite a few of these available in my etsy shop, but I know the day will come when he tells me he can't find anymore.
Old spools like these come from the mills that were shut down all over the South. All the industry has been sent overseas and now these factories sit empty and decaying....it's so sad and has really destroyed our economy.
These tokens were given out to tourists during the 60's and 70's to use in the one dollar slot machines in Las Vegas. I love the idea of putting a token in and pulling down the arm on the side of the machine. Last time I was at a casino, it was all digital. They've taken all the fun out of it!
Old rusty chain? Are you kidding, you sell that? That's what I heard lately from someone who doesn't understand how useful it really can be. You know those gorgeous old stained glass windows you can find from churches? You really don't want to be hanging those from shiny silver colored chain from the hardware store. How about a repurposed lighting fixture in your kitchen? You sure can find some cool ones made out of old farm implements, etc. You may need sturdy chain to like this to hold them up securely.
This is just a smattering of the things I have available in my etsy shop. Stop on by and have a look around....it's a lot easier to shop online right now with the weather being so cold. I know I've been guilty of doing that lately!