Over the holiday and weekend we hit up all the great antique shows going on in our Valley. Here are some of the highlights. It was super hot this year so we kept it short and simple, but I'm still kicking myself for not snatching up some cool treasures... 

These bird feeders were the coolest DIY thing I found this year. They are made from old lamp parts and plates. Would be so fun to make.

This guy had so many antlers that he was basically giving them away. I had to restrain myself because I have been wanting to dip paint some gold for a while now.

I thought these chairs were fun.

This settee was $800.00 it had been reupholstered in a heavy white linen and the wood had been striped and didn't have a new finish. I kept thinking for $800 you could have made this a lot more fun! 

I had my eye on those old wooden crates, this vendor also had some great vintage dresses and aprons.

We get the sun motif around here a lot, but I was sort of in love with these hand painted tiles, I think theywould make great trivets, or a tray in the bathroom (which is what my mom got one for) 

Don't you love that they left some of the original metal unpainted on these bed frames?

I thought these wire trays were cool, but they were so big I couldn't figure out where I would use them in my home.

I am still mad at myself for not buying these great old suitcases.

This was one of my favorite booths, these gals were from Salt Lake and they had so many DIYed pieces, and great salvaged items.

This glass was all a great purple color and the guy at this booth told me it was exposed to UV light and because it had a specific chemical in it, it turns the glass purple. (I don't remember what chemical, all you scientists out there help a girl out)

This booth was full of great ski memorabilia and fun rustic finds. The guy was from Colorado and he made this table himself. I loved how he paired it with these great red metal chairs. It was so hot though, I didn't dare sit in them!

I thought this cart would have made a great coffee table, and it had so much more character than the ones at Restoration Hardware. I don't know what these buckets are used for- my best guess was picking fruit or smashing grapes.

This booth had so many awesome Eastern textiles and art pieces. I was a little obsessed with this massive horse, they had two of them!


CKck said...

I have the most darling red iron bedframe as seen in your post. It's too small for our bed but I adore it. Any thoughts of what else could be done w/ it? Just found your blog tonight and it made my day! :)

Anonymous said...

I purchased several items from the man selling UV exposed glass in Bishop, CA. and have been trying to track down his contact information so I can obtain additional items. I was fortunate enough to purchase items such as historic UV exposed Mason Jars which are beautiful in sunlight. Any suggestions on how to contact him?

Anonymous said...

The purple color comes from prolonged UV light hitting the manganese dioxide iron impurity in the glass's sand composition.

You can read more about it here:


One will also find purple or amethyst tinted milk bottles. These milk bottles were not intended to be that color. Glass is naturally an aqua color with a blue-green tint. This was mainly due to iron impurities in the sand. If a milk bottle had a green tint in the glass it made the milk look skimmed or missing some of the cream. In order to make the glass clear, glass makers bleached the glass with various chemicals. In the early 1900's manganese dioxide was the chemical used to bleach the glass. What the glass makers at that time did not know was that exposure to the UV light from the sun would cause the glass to turn a purple color. The main source of manganese was in Europe and when WWI broke out in 1914 glass manufacturers were unable to maintain a supply of manganese. Other chemicals had to be used to bleach the glass. Selenium was a common alternative but it will not cause the glass to turn purple. Thus the latest one will find purple colored bottles will be shortly after the start of WWI depending when a glass manufacturer's supply of manganese was depleted. We have bottles dated 1916 that have a strong purple color and it may be possible that some glass makers might have had manganese available for a year or two after that.

Occasionally one will see very deep purple milk bottles (picture). These have been altered to get the purple color that dark. They have either been irradiated or placed under strong UV lights. Exposure to natural sun light will not change the color of the bottle to a deep purple. Often this is done to plain milk bottles in an attempt to increase their value.