Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Treasures abound, Treasures found

Arizona in the summer time can be summed up in one word..HOT.
And HOT it was this past weekend.
Sweetie and I wanted to beat the heat so we got up early Saturday morning and headed out.

Our first 2 stops were Estate Sales. There are wonderful old homes and ranches in the area, always a treat when the sale is in a particularly lovely or interesting home.
Both of our stops did not disappoint.
The first was a big Ranch house, big wood beams on the ceiling and rustic touches everywhere.
The second home was not as grand but the sale pickens were excellent!

Sweetie and I left the second sale with our arms loaded and spirits lifted.

Here are some of our goodies!

A CDV (carte de visite) album from about the 1870s.

CDVs originated in France in 1854 and came to the US in 1860.
According to Wikipedia, A CDV was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a carte de visite is 2⅛ × 3½ inches mounted on a card sized 2½ × 4 inches.

And I have a whole album full!

They are all pictures of men too..I always seem to have plenty of old photos of women, so now the men can be represented as well!

I am also loving my sword pin!
I think its a scimitar.
Whatever it is I love it!

I got lots of jewelry pieces for new Blossom Shop work too!
woohooo! new stuff on the horizon.
I really love the charms I found.
The heart on the right says "Bert", I just love that...not sure why.

Sweetie got himself a Civil War calvary sword too, he has been wanting new sword for this collection for so long. Nice to see him treat himself to something like that.
After the sales it was time to bug out of town!

North!, we cried, North!
Off we headed to Prescott.

Its a great little town about an hour and half north of Phoenix...and about 20 degrees cooler.
And we got a few rain drops :)
Ahhhh, much better!

We had lunch at The Palace...we love it there.
You really get the Old West feeling there, its cool.
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday used to hang out there...how cool is that?

After many hours of popping in and out of the many antique shops we were exhausted!

We stopped into a another very cool restaurant for a little pick me up, The Raven Cafe.
A great beer list, lots of wine, and food too.
But they also have art and music there too!
I can't wait to hang out there again, great place.

What a fabulous day with my Sweetie!
how was your weekend?