hello Monday: treasure hunting

Here in the Northeast, it seems that Mondays have turned into storm days: 
ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain. 

Good times. 

This Monday I'm saying hello to a new coat of ice and a sick kiddo who is my free pass to stay indoors and snuggle up today. And, as usual, I'm linking up with Lisa Leonard's hello Monday series.

Since I've been stuck at home most of the weekend, I thought I'd share some shots of the treasure hunting I did on Friday. I love to hit up flea markets, antique, thrift and consignment shops. I love the mix of random items thrown together, some worthwhile, some not. I love the thought of finding hidden treasure and great bargains, but mostly I love the sense of possibility and history that's always present if you look for it.

I spent a little while browsing and sifting through the wares at my new neighborhood haunt, Long Island Trading Post, a second hand store that raises money to provide home care and housing for elderly, disabled and less fortunate.  

Here's a glimpse at some of the cool and quirky goods I found:
Apropos of last week's post, hello basket full of vintage cabinet hardware
and bench I wanted desperately for my kitchen table but had to pass on. 
I pictured it in black to pull the whole space together, but it was too big. 
Good thing I always travel with a measuring tape!
(I found this a few weeks ago there- no surprise it was snapped up quickly)

How cool is this old paper cutter? I almost scooped it up, but passed. A friend of mine ended up buying it though. It's got so much character!

 This was my favorite find. Talk about traveling in style! I might have to go back for this booze box. Traveling with it could be a little dodgy, but we could put this gorgeous, vintage stuff to great use.

Hello cool mystery box that I couldn't get open to find out what was inside. More barware? Binoculars?? Anyone?? Regardless, it's awesome looking and would be a great accessory for styling some shelves.

These Art Deco nightstands would be a fabulous score for someone as-is, or spruced up.

A pair of leather bar stools that could be great with a little TLC.

Hello gas mask. Yup, a gas mask.

And hello to the only thing I purchased. A sweet little coffee canister, brand new and $3. 
It's little things like this that make me happy. 

When you shop at Long Island Trading Post, not only do the proceeds of your purchases go to a good cause but you can donate nonperishable food for locals in need.

If you're in my neck of the woods and enjoy a good thrift shop, stop by the Long Island Trading Post!

Okay, off to nest with my girl. I hope your Monday is safe and warm.