The Wagon Wheel I had to leave behind and other thrift store finds

Old slide projectors, campaign chests and some really great sideboards. Not to mention a pair of red skis that I should have put up on my wall.

Here’s what I ran across this month.

Let me tell you. Out of everything in that entire batch of things I had to leave behind, that Massey Harris wagon wheel killed me. It was $199. I stood by it for almost 30 minutes debating taking it home. I have this upper stair landing in our home with a giant empty square wall that I have wanted to fill. This would have been perfect as it was huge – at least 42 – 44″ in diameter. The problem is I in no way, shape or form had the money to be able to spend on it.

From the research I did on Massey Harris (the brand stamped on the wheel) it looked like it could have been made anywhere between 1915 – 1928. Then I googled it and happily discovered that one was for sale for much less than this asking price. Then I emailed it to my mom who lives in Mennonite meets Antique farm country central and she was like “What’s the matter with you? Do you know how cheap I can get you a wagon wheel for?”

Still. I loved it. And I cannot believe someone gave it away. Just goes to show you how one man’s trash is another man’s trea…no wait, what’s it going as now Macklemore . My apologies. One man’s come up.

Anything catch your eye?

24 Comments

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    Jolene
    March 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Great finds! Cute fondue set 😉

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      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      I am always coming across them. I don’t know if it’s our area but people are giving them away like crazy. It makes me sad to leave them in the stores all the time but I don’t have the room at home to keep them here.

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    Stacey
    March 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Every time I see a wagon wheel I think if the movie “When Harry met Sally”. Their friends move in together and fight about keeping the Roy Rogers wagon wheel table. Hilarious. Love that movie!! Fun finds, Alex. So do you now have a wagon wheel coffe table in front of your Ikea sofa? (Blahhh)

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      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      I can’t believe I am about to put this in print but I have never seen When Harry Met Sally. I know. Don’t shoot me. Alas no wagon wheel table. No room! I wish. Our living room is teeny tiny.

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    Green Door Hospitality
    March 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I’m loving that wagon wheel too! I hate that feeling when we go to antique and thrift stores. There is a tall wine barrel that is sitting in a shop that would be perfect for a table in the ‘tavern’ room that we are creating. But money is just not there. So I totally understand! Hopefully your mom will be able to get you a wagon wheel from her neck of the woods. 🙂
    Kenley

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      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Wine barrels are amazing!! If I could find one anywhere at this point that didn’t run a pretty penny I’d be dragging it home. Even the flower pot imitation ones are SO expensive.
      It’s terrible when you see an item that has character and the charm you want but is completely out of your decorating budget.

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    K Lewis
    March 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I love going treasure hunting, but I have to ask . . . where do you live as some of your pictures look like the Goodwill store in Akron, OH. There are many, many stores in my area, NE Ohio, that I love to hunt. It is so much fun to remake some of these treasures and it is especially fun to find another person that enjoys it as much as I do.

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      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Alas nope! I am north of the border in Ontario but a lot of the stores have chains under different names in the US & Canada (i.e. Savers known as Value Village here). Goodwill and the Salvation Army are a completely separate entity. I always go to the ones in the middle of nowhere where half the time you don’t even realize there is a store there. Nice to meet another fellow thrift store addict!

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        K Lewis
        March 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

        I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but we were invited out to California a few years ago for the golf tournament at Pebble Beach. (Eldest son is Ortho Surgeon and was on call that year so he invited us to tag along.) Well, not having been in that area, I wanted to go “shopping”. I was so excited to find a Goodwill store in Monterey. You would not believe the great stuff they had there and the low prices. Too bad we flew out or otherwise I would have had the car loaded!

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    Danielle
    March 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Love the wagon wheel! We have some large wall spaces that are hard to fill too; I totally get your excitement for finding the perfect thing for a big wall. And how great is that retro side table buffet? Amazing detail in the glass.

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      Alex
      March 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      That buffet was amazing!! I hate when I have to look back on these pics b/c sometimes it’ll be months or a year later and I’ll go we could use a _____ in this room. And it never fails I’d have already found it but just never bought it b/c it never occurred to me that I’d need it. The nesting tables from a long time ago I am STILL thinking about.

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    March 22, 2013 at 2:32 am

    You have such a great eye to pull out these amazing pieces, Alex. The blue trunk and green vintage pyrex bowl really caught my eye. Guess I’m a sucker for bright colors. We’re on the lookout for an old wooden ladder to repurpose into a bookshelf. I’m hoping for that day when I find one “for free” on Craigslist or on the side of the road. Let me know if you come across one in any of your thrifting. It just might make for an excuse to visit you in Canadia! 😉

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      Alex
      March 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Lauren do not get me started on ladders. I don’t know what it is in our neck of the woods, but old wooden ladders are so hard to find. We have tons of aluminium but not the classic wood ones. HA! Come on north of the border anytime! Our ‘winter’ these days matches FL very well.

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    Kate
    March 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I wish our thrift stores were as good as yours; those finds are amazing, Alex! I’m with the rest of the jury and loving that wheel… There’s a divine garden-centre near us that obviously has an awesome shop floor stylist, as they’ve hung an enormous wheel from the ceiling almost like a chandelier and then strung a load of vintage teapots and cups from it he spokes. It sounds very bizarre and Mad Hatter-esque but looks stunning. It’s left me wanting one of my own, if only I could find one for a few bucks!

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      Alex
      March 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Ok see Kate, that is why I want a wagon wheel. What you just described sounds heavenly in terms of some mystical antique store type of decor.

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    now at home mom
    March 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    You always find great things! 🙂 I have to look for a thrift store around here in Montreal and then convince hubby to come with me! Like the wagon wheel too! 🙂

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      Alex
      March 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Oh MTL is FULL of goodness! You are in a mecca of history over there. I’d be driving to as many as I could get my hands on in your province.

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        now at home mom
        March 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

        Hey Alex! 🙂 I just googled them and they aren’t that far from where I live, I will need to go but hubby needs more convincing. Guess, I will have to go by myself or best friend when weather gets warmer! Hope I would find something! Would be fun if you would come and go back with so many things! 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    March 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The blue trunk. Drool! And I love me some campaign dressers, too!

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      Alex
      March 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Can I tell you they $25 each? Oh yes there was a matching set!!

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    Amanda | naturalmommie.com
    March 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Oooooh girl I would have ran with that wagon wheel and never looked back! Well, not entirely true. I’d have spent about an hour trying to come up with a hundred reasons to justify the price then walk away…sadly. Very sadly.

    Great finds!!

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      Alex
      April 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I personally think it would look amazing with the mason jars you featured! In any room in my house.

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    Taria Lorehand
    June 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I got a set of those vintage Pyrex bowls. the large one is white, then green (which you have pictured), then white again and the very small one is green. but it’s cool that you found one. I use them all the time. 🙂 The only thing I really liked was that glass jug since you can’t find them made of glass to much these days. (at least not around here)

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