Friday, December 3, 2010

Old wooden sleds and chairs

Good Morning. I thought today I would show you a few shots from outside my little shop. I love the use of wooden pieces, barrels, sleds and chairs with greens for Christmas decorating. My front porch always showcases a worn wooden sled adorned with green boughs, pinecones and berries from my backyard woods. Something about the colors and textures says "Welcome to my home."

For my shop's doorway display, I have used 2 wooden sleds alongside wooden chairs, baskets and tree.

This wooden sled is quite old. It has wooden runners with a thin piece of metal nailed to the underside. This sled was found in the cellar of the 1850's building that houses my shop and the landlord thought I would like it. This would look great on a coffee table with a wooden bowl of pinecones on top or else hung on the wall, inside or outside, for some instant rustic charm. Any guesses on its age?

I have so many individual little wooden chairs. I just love their patina and size. This chair was a summer lawnsale find for $4.00.

On my "flying arrow" wooden sled, I have hung a wreath using a pair of vintage ice skates (found at a church sale for $.50 cents).

This wooden Flying Arrow" sled was produced in the 1920's by Sears & Roebuck. I found it on the side of the road with some other stuff marked "free." This was after a long morning of doing yard sales with an already overloaded car. It took me 15 minutes on the side of the road to unload, rearrange and repack, to make sure that this sled made it home. Boy do I need a truck.

Here is a close-up of the skates. They are engraved with the name Dr Lewis in the most elegant script. The manufacturer's mark is an outline of a Maple Leaf, with the words Maple Leaf.

On the other side of the doorway is this gray wooden chair, a Goodwill find for $4.99. I couldn't resist. It would be a crime to paint over this wonderful patina. The barrel was also a roadside find.

Today I am joining Linda @ A La Carte for this week's Junkin Finds Friday
I hope that you will have a chance to visit Linda, she has a real nice blog. Hope you all have a great weekend. It is back to the shop for me.

Got it at Goodwill


Betty said...

You sure have great roadside finds. The pictures of your shop are wonderful. You've done a great job. I hope it puts inspires everyone who visits to take something home.

~~Carol~~ said...

It all looks so welcoming Sherrie! I have my childhood sled that always goes by the back door. One year I thought it would be a great idea to spraypaint and glitter a pair of skates that our daughter had outgrown, and hang them on the sled. Do you know that it took 2 years for them to dry?!! And they still feel a little tacky to the touch. Lesson learned: don't use spraypaint on skates!
Happy Weekend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sherrie I love the sled! How cute with the ice skates and greenery! Gosh every thing looks great. I love old chairs also. The little one is so cute!!! Thanks for joining JFF!! hugs, Linda

Tiff said...

Yes, tea soon, I promise!! Let me know when you have the car and a spare moment.

If you still have the sled with the wood runners, set it aside for me!

I'm heading to the church sale in the morning, I'm sure I will see you there:)


Mimi said...

Wow, that sled with the wooden runners is a real treasure, Sherrie.
I will be in Vermont over close, but yet so far. Never know what the weather will be like this time of year and I sure don't want to be stranded in Maine during the winter!

Linda said...

What wonderful goodies...I love your sleds! Hopped over from Junkin Finds Friday...

Angela said...

Wooden furniture of your shop are wonderful. your shop's all stuff looks good and everyone likes to take something. I liked your chairs. Thanks for sharing such stuff of your shop in this post... nice one!

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Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Everything is darling but those vintage skates are to die for!! I have my childhood sleigh decorated with skates ( not vintage though) outside my front door on my Front porch! I have used it in my Christmas decorations for years because I loved the sleigh and could not part with it!!

Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Pam said...

I love the sled, chairs vignette you have set up. I may have to go decorate my black chair now. Great find on the skates!