Thursday, September 12, 2013

Unbelievable Luck!



My Dala herd has tripled in size!


What started out as two has grown to six. 
I found three Dalas at a local vintage/gift shop and one more in an antique store.

I did not actually dance,  but I was pretty excited  
when I discovered they were priced at just a few dollars each.
Unbelievable luck! 
I had to bring them home with me! 


What wonderful treasures have you found recently?




41 comments:

  1. These are a nice collection. I wondered if they were made of wood and tried to look them up but couldn't find anything on them. Good finds!

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    1. Michaele, Yes, they are hand carved and painted in Sweden. Take a look at my previous post about Dala Horses http://patchofzinnias.blogspot.com/2013/01/dala-horses.html

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  2. That's wonderful, Gayle. Thrift shop finds are the best!

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    1. I knew I would add to the collection eventually, so saving money was a huge treat!

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  3. They are wonderful! When you find something that you collect....you can't help but do a little happy dance! I found the most beautiful small framed art today. It's just what I want for my bedroom so I was happy! Enjoy your afternoon!

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  4. Great deal! Love the black ones. My daughter spied a red one at an estate sale last year. She just likes horses (she was 7 at the time). We got it for 50 cents!

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    1. Your daughter found an even better deal than I did! I love all the colors the horses come in.

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  5. Congratulations! They are beautiful! Great collection! This last weekend I found another Enid Collins purse to add to my collection, that makes 6! Twyla

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    1. Enids are all so fun! I've seen some wonderful ones with daisy designs that I LOVE!

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  6. Oh, how exciting!! They are so pretty!! xo Heather

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  7. They are beautiful! It's so exciting to find a good deal, but to find something you are collecting is even better! I've been shopping the last 2 days and only bought an old wooden cheese box filled with bittersweet. Haha! Not what I was looking for, but it was so cheap, I couldn't pass it up.

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    1. Bittersweet is so beautiful and perfect for fall decorating!

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  8. Lucky you! I've never seen these in any shops around here.
    they are so pretty.

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    1. I had never seen them in the shops around here, prior to this, either.

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  9. What a great find. Love your collection.

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  10. What fun for you!

    Not really a "find" but I happened to mention to my blogging friend Penny, At Home In English Valley that, I used to cut out the paper dolls in Mary Englebriet's magazine Home Companion. I had given some of the uncut inserts away and Penny sent me a stack of them. I was thrilled. I hope to make some cards . . . like I used to.

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    1. What a sweet thing for your friend to share with you. I hope you will post pictures of some of the cards you make. You know I love paperdolls!

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  11. I love these horses. Can you give me some background on them and why they are called Dala horses? I too like a good deal. t is usually a good deal on books which I do not need more of but keep buying (Because i can't pass up on the good deal!)

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    1. Aren't they cute, Darlene? Dalahast (Dala horses) have been carved and painted in the Dalarna province for several hundred years. This folk art horse has now become one of the most recognizable symbols of Sweden.

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    2. Thanks for the information on these adorable horses.

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  12. How fun that they were just waiting for you to rescue them and love them up! They are perfect for your collection.

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  13. What wonderful luck - they are lovely!!! I've come upon some pretty teacups that weren't priced over the moon. I always wonder what makes people think that they can get 35.00 for something that others are selling for 2.50. And that is not antique store pricing - it is yard sales and thrift shops.

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    1. I love finding pretty teacups at good prices, too! It is a well known fact that garage/yard sales are for bargains, and people will not pay what the item is worth. So it really is not the place to sell things that have much value. Ebay is better for that.

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  14. What a great display they make together..think they look happy!

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  15. Oh, how lovely!
    Don't worry! Colorado will be beautiful in October!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying such nice things!

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  16. Clearly, you don't live in Minnesota where we have plenty of Swedes and Norwegians and Dala horses are quite common at thrift stores! Smile...I'm the Norwegian who got all excited about a Krumkaake iron set at the thrift to use for handles on basement cabinets!

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    1. No, I don't. We do have a Swedish town near us, but they sell the Dala Horses new, not at thrift store prices. It sounds like I might need to make a drive up to MN to see what sorts of treasures are available in that region! :-) I love the way you are repurposing the Krumkaake irons.

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  17. Beautiful horses. You certainly have an eye for picking out the cutest things.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. That is a sweet thing to say.

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  18. They are so pretty, I would definitely have done a little dance if I had found them! I’ve found lots of lovely bookish treasures lately and a couple of sweet vintage postcards. They don’t have to cost a lot (or be worth a lot) to feel like treasure.

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  19. So cute and colourful Gayle, what a great find.
    Cant help but smile when you look at them.

    Claire x

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