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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Concrete Love



Immediately upon entering the long curving drive of an older ranch house I noticed these concrete flower/fruit arrangements flanking the stairs.

My first thought was are they already sold?
It was an estate sale and it was late, late, late in the morning.
I went inside and asked the price for the pair. It was a little high but I went back outside and noticed one of them was cracked badly and the seller said I could have both for twenty five dollars.


Sold.


A lady came right after me and wanted them!


The chippy shabby patina is, perhaps, ten out of ten for me. The soft colors are perfect. The colors have not been edited. I think they would look great on a massive buffet {provided I had one}.


They weigh at least fifty pounds each.


At the rear of the parking pad is where they are now because I was not asking Joe to move one more thing. Can we say non-steriodal anti-inflammatory agents and a massage?

We also bought, what we hope is, a vintage concrete birdbath.

Without hesitation they are my favorite finds of the spring so far.

I am partying here:



grace surrounds us
Olive

45 comments:

  1. Olive,
    What terrific finds! Sooo cool. The concrete arrangements are something you see at other people's homes, but never your own.
    Congratulations!
    Carol

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  2. SCORE!!!!! Those are AWESOME!

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  3. Oh, they are just too gorgeous, and they look splendid where you have placed them. I am SO envious of your Estate Sales (I know, I know, I've said that before, but it's just that you come back with such beautiful things!!).

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  4. magnificent! can you spell SCORE! wow- around here those would be hundreds each. And the colors lucious.
    fab photos too...

    Karen

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  5. oh my goodness...these are gorgeous! I would be jumping for joy!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. They are a wonderful find, Olive.

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  7. Tom-I am thrilled you find them wonderful. Thanks for visiting.

    Karen-I think they might go for hundreds of dollars here too in an antiques shop. There were several very good estate sales going that day and that helped dilute the pool of customers.

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  8. Olive, I absolutely LOVE your concrete floral urn! It's perfect in every way. It was definitely your lucky day.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  9. Olive they're lovely - lifting them looks like a two man or one man/one woman job though - take care! I have a new blog site address - someothermountain.blogspot.com would love you to visit if you have time

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  10. Oh...these are exactly like the three I have on the front of my house. I have them setting a top the brick pedestals that are part of the porch design. I special ordered them at a garden center. They cost me $80 each. Thank goodness I didn't have to pay shipping...they just came with their regular order. It took everything Mom and I had to lift them and get them up on their pedestals. I have a friend that threatens to come over and paint the flowers and fruit and I tell her I'll kill her if she does. She paints everything wild colors at her house. But these are very nice with the subtle paint colors. What a great find and at a great price.

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  11. OK - now we are talking, you just racked up. The concrete design is very detailed. They will look in your garden. Have fun.
    Kathy

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  12. They are fabulous - what a great find! I would be floating on air if I had found them. Congratulations!

    xo
    Claudia

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  13. WOW! What a great find! LOVE them!

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  14. P.S. - I have a feeling that the originals were carved in Vicenza, just outside Venice on the mainland of Italy, then cast as reproductions. Someone seems to have painted them at a later date, and the fading and lovely colours that they used really make them better than the originals I think. Very nice, Olive.

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  15. Tom-an Italian origin of sorts is never bad. I knew the faded colors were very special. If only you could join us for estate sales.

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  16. I love these bad boys...I have concrete love too, for the first time. I've always loved birdbaths and SOME garden angels..I am funny about those, tho. Some are precious..others about half scare me. :)
    These are FABULOUS.!!

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  17. Oh my, they are just fabulous!
    xxx Liz

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  18. What a great find...good price too!

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  19. Wow, Olive you lucked up getting those. What a great deal.

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  20. Found you at Julie Marie's ..... so pretty here. I love the urns .... they did look like they weighed a ton. LOL LOL

    xo

    Jo

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  21. These are absolutely wonderful! Great colors, patina and PRICE and a pair of them ta boot! Pairs are hard come by! This certainly was your lucky day!

    Sherri:)

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  22. Aw, man! I could so easily have been that lady right behind you. If I'd been there, I'd have wanted them, too. They're great! Score!

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  23. I love , love it! Wish I had been there before you...The find of the season!

    Carol

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  24. Find of the century there. They are awesome!

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  25. I love, love, it! The find of the season

    Carol

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  26. These are absolutely gorgeous!! The colors are so soft and beautiful. I've never seen that before. Now you get to hunt for the massive buffet!!!! xoxo D

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  27. WOW, you Lucky Lucky Lady!!! ""LOVE"" them! They definitely would have followed me home too. It's amazing they weren't sold sooner.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  28. I believe those may be your all time best find. I want to come to estate sales in the South if you find that kind of stuff down there. I found a concrete goose with clothes on it at the last estate sale I went to (I left it there) - not quite as classy as your find.

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  29. OMG OLIVE!*!*! Did YOU ever score or what!!! Beyond FaB Perfectly ChiPPy Find!!! Good for YOU!!! **And** Your placement is Just PeRfeCt... Can't wait to SEE the Bird Bath... I want to "shop" where you do!!!
    Hugs - Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

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  30. Oh great snag. They are AWESOME. You are making me want to hit some estate sales badly. I have found great things at them before.

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  31. Major SCORE!! So glad you got these -- so many possibilities!

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  32. Those are really nice, Olive, great buy too. They look really good there and you don't even have to put flowers nor water them anymore.....Christine

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  33. U N B E L I E V A B L E.... That truly is the Score of the season! Beautiful ~

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  34. What fantastic pieces!! What a terrific find! Congrats!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  35. You always find such awesome items, I need to send you hunting for treasures for us :)

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  36. OMG!! Olive they're gorgeous!!! What an insane score!! I can't wait to see the birdbath! *winks* They'd be my favorite find of the year! Vanna

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  37. Party on, Garth...er,
    um, I mean Olive! Um, T!
    GRRREAT score, my friend.
    I'd be dancing, too!
    xx Suzanne

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  38. Oh Olive, these are wonderful! What a great deal too!
    I wish I could find something like that...
    Enjoy.
    Debbie

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  39. Those are beautiful and so unusual. Great buy! Linda

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  40. Hi Olive! I'm your newest follower; found you through Kim's blog.

    What fabulous finds the urns are!!! I've never seen anything like them, aged to such perfection!

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I adore your comments. They are like finding unexpected chocolates. olive