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.
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.
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.
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!
My BIG, but not GIANT, clam shell is filled with vintage christmas ornaments, one of my top three collections.
See here a glimpse of the vintage frog collection, (that could be another blog all by itself!).