Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Friday, March 20, 2009

Treasures Lost & Found!

I mentioned in a previous post that I had gone to a church yard sale and found some great treasures and now I'm going to show you 'em! You are going to be sooooo jealous! I parked in front of the church and had to walk all the way around the back to the yard sale that was being held in the gym! All along the way people were coming out with their arms full of goodies! I thought there's nothing good left but I'll just go look while I'm here! When I walked in it was so crowded and stuff was sort of haphazardly piled up on round tables all over the gym. So I took a deep breath and started wading thru. I'm not big on fighting crowds...I'd never make it up north at a Macy's basement sale! Anway, I had gone all the way around the gym before I spotted something I liked..a plate, but it wasn't enough to make me break out the cash. So I turned to the next table and people were grabbing up stuff and I looked down and there it was! In like new, never used condition! A Wedgewood serving piece! And you know how much I paid for it! $5.00! It just sold on Ebay without the lid for $41.00!!! Take a look!








It's such a pretty cream color! And the details are so pretty!


And now, for my favorite! I have a small collection of transferware plates. Most of them bought on ebay. I have blue and white plates, a brown and white piece and a purple and white showcased in my blog's title picture! And now this piece! I just looked down next to my Wedgewood dish and there was a stack of plates and I saw this wonderful purple and white sticking out! It couldn't be! But it was! Oh JOY! It's mine! I grabbed it as quick as I could without arousing any suspicion! Didn't want anybody to know what a great find I had! They might try to get it from me! (Yes, paranoia had set in by this time!)





Isn't she just beautiful! Below is a closeup of the center!




And a closeup of the beautiful scalloped edges and the intricate rosettes!



Guess how much! One Dollar! It's selling on ebay for $58.00 buy it now! According to the seller this is an unmarked Staffordshire plate from about 1835! Just imagine this piece being made in England and where it's been to end up in a presbyterian church yard sale 174 years later!!!

And my good buys didn't stop there! I got 2 other things that I'm going to post another time! Got to keep my peeps in suspense so you'll come back! I'll give you a hint: I spent a total of $24...you do the math!

33 comments:

  1. Oh I am jealous. Your finds are just wonderful. The serving dish is just gorgeous and the transferware plate is also beautiful. I can hardly wait to see what else you found. Great job. Such wonderful treasures. Hugs, Marty

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  2. OOOOH Lucky you! Great finds!

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  3. Girl you done hit the MOTHERLODE can't wait to see what else you got...hope you have a great Weekend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  4. That is fantastic!!! I am looking for another tureen, but that buy is amazing! And your plate - woohoo! Way to go! Linda

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  5. girl you hit the MOTHERLOAD!!!! good for you!

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  6. Oh wow! You hit a jackpot, or should I say jackpots! The plate is gorgeous and the servng dish is fabulous! How can they sell them so cheap? I can't wait to see the others....Christine

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  7. Wooohooo Girl, you go!!! Can't wait to see your next post. ~Athella

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  8. You bought some excellent stuff! Love the transfer ware plate! Can't wait to see what else you bought!

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  9. Hello Dearheart...

    Girl...I am jealous!!! Hehe!!! Seriously!!!

    You hit the jackpot at that Church sale...how glorious! I love your new little Staffordshire plate in all of its soft purple glory!!! Girl, I've been looking for a creamy white soup tureen...eeks! I'm sick that you sold it already! If you find another...talk to me first...okee-dokie? hehe!!!

    Well my friend, can't wait to see what other treasures you have...you're such a tease! Hehe!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sweetie!
    Love ya,
    Chari

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  10. Whoo hoo! Great treasure hunting.. I love these, I like to flatter myself and think we have the same taste.. I sure do love your style. Love, Cindy

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  11. GLORIOUS treasures! Glad I inspired you with my pillows...
    Happy Pink Saturday,
    Monica.

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  12. You did fantastic! The purple and white is one of the rarest colors of the transferware. I love the pattern on your plate. Pat yourself on the back for your wonderful finds.
    Jean in virginia

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  13. What wonderful treasures. Unfortunately, on the prairie, such treasures are not found at such sales! But we do have other sources.

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  14. I just love everything you bought. What a bargain you can across. Not to mention that these pieces are so beautiful.

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  15. Lauralu, I loved that you told me a similar story on my blog about how your niceness was so noticed by another person. It is so true. We just never know when we are really going to build someone's self esteem.

    Man alive, did you ever hit the jackpot! I love everything you showed us...truly I do! One thing I don't own is any purple transferware. That is just a stunning plate!

    Good job! I hit some similar great deals at my mom's church auction last summer. I was pretty much the only one bidding and got oodles of greatness for $20 or so! I was THRILLED!

    Donna

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  16. had to come and admire that plate again! I just love your comments...you blow my ego way up...my greenhouse is 12x20 feet...this is the second year for this one...my last one was 8x8...and I still had just as much going on in there! lol....have a great weekend

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  17. How wonderful for you! Such lovely treasures and great deals! Lucky you! I got to get out more. lol

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  18. Hello Dearheart...

    So glad that you stopped by for your morning coffee today! You know that I just love your visits!!! Hehe...yes, I've been playing around a bit with all of the graphics on my blog! I have as much fun doing that as I do the interior decorating! Just fun to play!!!

    So what's on the agenda for today, Girlfriend? I'm enjoying a quiet, slow-paced day! The weather is beautiful here in colorful Colorado...I have my windows open and a fresh breeze is filling the house...ahhh...simply divine!!!

    Hope that you're having a super Sunday!
    Love ya,
    Chari
    PS...Glad you enjoyed the scriptures today! Have you heard that praise chorus..."Create in me a clean heart"? It's one of my favorites and my daily prayer!!!

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  19. I am coming to your house and bringing a BIG purse.These are awesome.And i am also looking for a tureen.I your finds.awesome..Can't wait to see what else you found/But HOW did you carry them around by yourself???Ann

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  20. Lauralu, you did find some wonderful treasures! That tureen is absolutely spectacular. Of course, nothing is better than transferware, especially at that price. My internet connection at my house is down, so I'm running late visiting my blogland friends. (don't tell my boss, but I had to go to Blogland at work today!) laurie

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  21. Oh I love those church rummage sales Lauralu! There was an annual one where I used to live in NM and I never missed it and always came home with a ton of goodies!! That Wedgewood dish is so gorgeous and wow what a deal on your plate!!!

    Just got back home from 10 days being gone and will leave Sat again!! THat breakfast nook is not coming along quickly!!!

    blessings
    mary

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  22. WOW Lauralu, what an amazing find and sooooo beautiful both pieces, cannot wait to see what else you got, enjoy. Kathy.

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  23. Ohhhhh! Miss Laura Lu!!! Amazing!! Isn't stuff even better when it was almost a steal??? lol Can't wait to see your other goodies...hugs...Debbie

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  24. Hi Laura,

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  25. Oh Laura, I cried when she tried the dress on--there is no hope for me :)

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  26. WOW what INCREDIBLE deals you found!!!! I am happy for you!!! Now why don't I find things like that??????

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  27. Lauralu, you certainly did luck up on your finds! They are both great! Thanks for the visit to my LR, I think I can leave this message, we'll see. Hugs, Connie

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  28. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed my "Brume de Rose" tablscape...you always say the nicest things and just light up my day!!! How are you doing today, Sweetie? Do you have plans for the weekend? Russell has a car show that he's taking his 53 Ford to...guess that's what I'll be doing...hehe!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  29. Yep, you're right, I'm jealous!!! Love that tureen...girl, you were in the right place at the right time! And Wedgwood, no less...whooo, hooo! :-) Susan

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  30. OMG, that plate is gorgeous!!!

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  31. Hello Girlfriend...

    Just wanted to stop in for a little visit before I get busy with Easter. Do you and your family have any special plans? We will be traveling up to where my step-children live...not to far, only about 120 mls. for Easter Sunday. They are both getting baptized on Easter Sunday...we're just so happy in their decision to do this!!! Russell has tomorrow off but we have plans to get over to his Dad's place to work. Not a fun way to spend Good Friday or Saturday but it has to be done!

    Well Sweetie, just wanted to come by and say hello and to tell you that I'm sending my very best wishes and blessings to you and your family for Easter!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  32. I am a crazy insomniac stuffing wedding invitations and STILL painting. I think the room grew! LOVE your Phantom music!

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  33. Oh girl I am sooo feeling the envy bug at this moment!! OH you SCORED!!!! BIG TIME!! I have that same exact wedgwood tureen with the rams heads...and I sure paid a TON more than $5! And that plate took my breath away! For $1???!!! I'm sobbing girl..can you hear me? Lol! Vanna

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Hello and God Bless! Thank you for visiting "Hidden Promise"! It's wonderful to get comments from you all! I think they are a great way to show our love, care and support of each other! Have a wonderful day! Lauralu :)