She Sells Seashells

She sells seashells by the seashore, she buys seashells by the seashore, she collects seashells by the seashore!    Cheryl at Stash Studios is having a giveaway and she is seeking comments about what inspires you.  Since moving back to the Virginia coast I can’t get enough of seashells.  I collect on the beach, I collect while kyaking, I hunt for them at the thrift stores, yard sales and estate sales.  Living on the coast ensures that every estate and yard sale is good hunting ground for shells. 

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I found this crusty handmade basket from driftwood filled with shells at an estate sale out in Grafton.  The house was a 70’s modern design, right on the water.

Susan over at T-Party  wrote about her collection of McCoy and USA planters and how she doesn’t "plant" them but uses them for all sorts of other purposes.  I love that!  I like to plant mine sometimes, but I also like to fill them with seashells.

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Another of my collectibles that is always on my radar is old silverplate.  I love that patina of tarnished silver.  Goes quite well with seashells and seaglass. 

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I love BIG shells, I never pass up a giant conch shell.  In fact found one at the thrift today for $3!

ONE DAY I hope to find a GIANT clam shell!  You know, the size of a sink!  I recently found one at a consignment store in Salem, VA on one of my business travels.  It is quite large, about 13 inches across and it was a steal at $20.  Of course the women minding the store had to tell me the story about the GIANT one, (she held out her arms like she was holding a pig) that came into the store and it wouldn’t sell.  They finally sold it for $50!!  Now why, why did she have to share that with me!

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My BIG, but not GIANT, clam shell is filled with vintage christmas ornaments, one of my top three collections.

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See here a glimpse of the vintage frog collection, (that could be another blog all by itself!).

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6 thoughts on “She Sells Seashells

  1. Hi Suzy,
    I couldn’t believe it! I just finished writing a blog about collecting, and thought I would check and see what you were thinking and, well, we were thinking about the same thing. AND, I forgot that I also love and collect sea shells and sea glass.
    Too funny. Loved the pictures of the shells.xxoo, Susan

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  2. Oooh – I just started collecting antique frogs too. I have 6 of the spikey ones – really old ones. Two are long rectangular ones which I especially like. I use them to hold cards and other bits of things that I want to look at for a while.
    How do you decide about the glass ones with the holes? I can never decide which ones are old or whether I really like them? what makes them special to you?
    Love the vintage Christmas stuff – another of my collections. I like the really faded pink and aqua ones best. Shells – well, my house is always full of shells. I’ve lived in Florida almost all my life, so I’m sure some of them I’ve had for decades.
    Susan

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  3. What a wonderful shell collection…I especially like them in those pretty green planters! (Your new banner photo is so beautiful. Was that taken in your backyard?)

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  4. You know I love the shells! Looks great! Check out the female bust on my blog! She is encrusted in shells! I sell shells at my little space down by the beach in San Diego! If you ever need a shell let me know!Have a Great Week!

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