Thursday, June 21, 2007

~ The Daisy Cottage Effect, Sanford Treasure Hunting

My friend Kim, Ms. Daisy Cottage herself, is one of the sweetest persons I know. Of course most of you know her and love her styling ways as well. Usually I complain to Ms. Kim that I can't believe the things she finds while out thrifting. But she sweetly tells me to just keep on looking.

Last Saturday, Sweet Hubby asked if I wanted to go on a short road trip treasure hunting. I chose to go to Sanford instead of Mt. Dora. We went a few months back and had a good time and one or two of the stores were worth a second look. This time we also found the best little restaurant. And food is high on my list of things to enjoy!
Many years ago when I was a kid, we used to go over to Sanford to visit their zoo. It's been a very long time. The zoo has moved and the town has changed, but a lot of it is the same or better.
They have totally redone their main street downtown area. Not to make it new, but to refresh the old historic area. So charming. The whole place is like Mayberry.

So where to go, where to go.....oh yeah, let's check out a small town Good Will like Kim has! We found the Good Will. It was like the ones around here. Not a thing I wanted or needed. Kim has the best, and that's that. Once a year might be enough for me. was 2 blocks away from the restored downtown area. Lower rent area.
And two blocks down the street was a consignment store. We missed it last time because you have to know it's there to find it! this is better!

There were no shelves, things were still stuffed in boxes. Somethings had no prices, and there was a ton of junk. Just plain modern junk.
Aaah, but in between, there were treasures. Here are some of the goodies I found in all the stores. I've wanted a large carved rosary for years. This one is not wood, but it is beautiful, vintage, but I can't find any on line to match it for information.

Look at the Madiera handkerchiefs....they were in the original boxes with the paper lace doilies. They were wedding gifts long ago. The handkerchiefs are so pretty, but it was the paper lace they were wrapped in that I loved as well. The one under the "D" in the first picture is Austrian, not Mediera. The work on it is lovely.
The three better pins below, came from an older French lady who was selling some of her jewelry. They were still in a bag and I got first pick! The D rhinestone is old, but cheap. Perfect. I don't wear crown pins but collect them for using in my art.

I bought 2 bags of things, and then went down to the spendy area and found a few more bags of goodies. Right now I have no idea what I got. However, I found a few of the items to show you pictures.
Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Well what great finds! Sometimes I have good luck, sometimes I don't. I think you're just have to keep looking.
    God bless :)

  2. Great finds...that lace is gorgeous!

  3. Great finds! The rhinestone "D" is perfect for you. Are those lace napkins? So gorgeous

  4. Just wonderful finds! You are so right about Kim and her fabulous deals! Andrea at Southern Heart is like that as well! Now you find these treasures and have a wonderful day to boot! Can you see my enviously green face? *laugh*

    Enjoy your Thursday dear Donna!


  5. All I can say is WOW!!!
    You hit the jackpot. Was your heart pounding??
    I bet is was.
    Yay for you,

  6. NICE !!! Good for the big "D"

    Sounds like you had a wicked good time !!!

    Kathy =)

  7. Oooo, Donna! You got some really pretty things. I love all those beautiful old linens (although I don't use them all that much), but the older ones sure are soft & oh, so nice. And the vintage jewelry is so fun. Love the D & the dragonfly pin. Sanford, huh?? I remember that from years ago. That little downtown are is too cute now.


  8. Just Beautiful! I love looking
    at pictures of blogers found treasures.


  9. So pretty! I love that "D" and the hankies are lovely!

  10. Donna, your day was my kind of day!

    You found some wonderful things, just beautiful!

    I love seeing these older areas of towns, all spruced up and renewed!


  11. Donna, these are so delightful and so YOU! I love the "D"!! All of these finds are beautiful! The rosary is really special. I went to Sanford once a long time ago - will add this to my "must visit" list! I'm so glad you had fun and found treasures - and YOU are so sweet, dear friend! Just keep looking at your Goodwill - today could be the day! ;-)

  12. Donna, what a neat place! I'm so glad that you had such a good day with your finds, too....that crown is wonderful, and will be a great addition to one of your beautiful pieces. I also love those vintage linens...very lovely treasures!

    I don't have much luck at our Goodwill, either...but my older son has found the "Goodwill Boutique" in West Palm, and loves it. He gets golf shirts there just about every week (he has a "shirt problem" like I have a "fabric problem" ;)

    Have a great weekend!


  13. wonderful finds...oh, the idea of going through undiscovered boxes, yum!!

  14. What lovely treasures...great to find a new place where you can hunt.....

  15. what beautiful photos of your finds.

  16. What gorgeous finds!
    Have a great week.

  17. Hello! I'm a new reader and just love your ideas and thoughts!

    I used to live not too far from Mt. Dora and would go antique-ing there quite a bit as well as Sanford. There is a great place that I would go to more often and that was call The Community Thrift - I'm not sure if that is still called by that name but if you continue down 434 until it ends, past 436 and the Maitland Interchange over ramp, on the right side corner is the thrift store.

    In Sanford there was a place called The Red Barn, I believe, that a co-worker of my husbands would go to and her house was decorated so cute with her little finds.

    If you like old antique pieces there is a gentlemen that travels up to Buffalo, NY and picks up pieces that you can get for a great price. He is located on 17-92 close to the airport.

    I am assuming that you live close to the area and you may already know of these places. :O)

    Thank you so much for your wonderful site. You have been a great source of inspiration to me.


  18. Donna,
    Your "finds" are wonderful! I must remember Sanford next time I'm down that way. I've been visiting friends in T'ville and Melbourne, so will have to make a sidebar trip!
    Keep searching - you always seem to find a beautiful piece or tow.

  19. Thank you ladies!
    Mrs. Catherine, you told me about places I've never heard of. Thanks!

  20. Hi Donna, I just found your blog and all I can say is WOW WOW WOWWWW!
    It is amazing... and beautiful!
    I am in awwww.
    I will be adding you to my favorites! And be back often!!!

    I love all those pretty laces.... I am a lace nut!

    I do want to let you know....if you would like to sell the letter D rhinestone I'd be interested!
    It made my heart go pitter patter!

    Hugz, Dolly ~ From my CHERRY heart

  21. Greetings! I would also like to add, that if you have two of those rhinestone D's, I would love to buy the second one! I don't have a blog (just a lurker) so you can email me at:

    Thanks - Diane C


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