Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Early Christmas Gift For Me

 
 
Have you ever bought your own Christmas gift? 
 
Well, a few weeks ago I went to the Extravaganza Market held in Mount Dora, Fl.
This is a HUGE flea market held a couple of times a year.  When I say HUGE,  I mean no
 way you can see everything in one day.  My dad was an antique dealer there many years
ago but I have not been to the market since moving from the area.
 
I was there just as they opened and the very first dealer I stopped at had the
perfect Christmas gift for me.  Without a moment of hesitation I whipped out
 my wallet and paid the dealer every penny I had.  Thank goodness the market had
 an ATM machine or I would have been finished for the day!  
 
So what did I find that just had to come home with me? 
 
 
 
It is too way to big to wrap and won't come close to fitting under the tree. 



 

 

 
Yes,  It is a GIANT clam shell measuring 33" across, the largest one I have ever seen.  I have
coveted these really large natural shells but priced at $700 and up they were a distant
dream.  Well, no more dreaming and happily I paid an obscenely low price for it.
 
I think I must have skipped through the rest of the market!
 
On the way home I called Steve and left a voice mail telling him Thank You
for my Christmas gift.  I also mentioned what I bought was very heavy and
would have to stay in my SUV until his next visit to Dads.  He was such a
good sport (but he always is) and unloaded the shell a few days later
after flying in from Virginia.  The shell has found a temporary
home in front of the window at dads.

Here are some of my favorite pictures that show decorating with
 giant clam shells.




Christopher James

 
unknown


Cote de Texas


No Minimalist Here

The final picture is my own clam shell which was a gift last year from dad.
 
Every time I walk past the new shell I sing
 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you at the Open House Party
starting Wednesday evening.

xoxo,
Sherry

This holiday season I will be partying at :

Common Ground
At The Picket Fence
Coastal Charm
French Country Cottage
Cedar Hill Ranch
Savvy Southern Style
Elizabeth And Co.
 
 


40 comments:

Tami Von Zalez said...

Give it up! What was the obscenely low price? It is GORGEOUS!

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Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

OH YAY!

You are going to have a lifetime of decorating joy with that awesome treasure.

Well done, and give Steve a high five for me!

Ron said...

You are right! I LOVE it and am envious. There is one just like it at DOP (I blogged about them earlier). I think it is $500. Ugh! I find it a lil high. I want one but I spotted an antique secretary that I asked for (well? It is on my list). I cannot see what you do with it. I LOVE my smaller ones. You are a lucky gal:) xo

AntiqueChase said...

I am sooo envious!!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lucky lucky YOU!!!! Oh yes...I found my early Christmas gift back in Oct. at the Country Living show...it's all decked out for holidays on my kitchen island. I would love to run across one of these for myself...just so many ways to use them.

Blessings,
Linda

Divine Theatre said...

That IS a very special gift!
I would have wrapped it and exclaimed, "just what I always wanted!" when I opened it! LOL!

xo

Andie

jenclair said...

OMG - Beautiful! You are one of those people who really knows how to choose a gift!

And, yes, I often buy Christmas gifts for myself and wrap them "from" him!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Oh happy day!! It's beautiful Sherry!! And yes I have bought my own Christmas gift; I do it often. Is that wrong???

Kim said...

Gorgeous!!! I think I must have one! Love the decorating pics too!

Claire @ The Rustic Pig said...

WOW!! Now that wasn't quite what I was expecting to be your Christmas gift!! I have never seen anyone decorate with a HUGE shell before, but now I'm slightly jealous that I don't have one too. I can't wait to see how you're going to decorate with it once you get home!!! Hugs!!

sissie said...

I'm glad that you got your big pretty shell. It's going to be lovely in your home.
I have one on my coffee table in the family room and it's my favorite.

hugs
Sissie

Cyndia said...

Wow! What a find! I'd have done the same, despite the fact that I've never once even thought about owning a large clam shell! Now I'm looking for my own!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

It's beautiful Sherry! I love how you added the greenery and presents to it!

hula-la said...

WOW! I'm lovin' it!

srpprcrftr said...

Oh that shell is so incredible, awesome. You have alot of folks out here drooling and being envious.
One of those special things only
comes around at right price at the right time. As my hubs would say, "I'd use the grocery money for craft supplies or something I desperately wanted for the house".Glad you had enuf cash on you, would have been a shame to have to pass it up. Great you have an understanding hubby.
Hope your Dad will be ok, that his stroke wasn't terribly serious. My hubs had one little over two years ago, he's doing pretty good, his left arm isn't as good or strong and he's left handed. His problem solving skills aren't what they were either but all in all he's doing well. Just very glad to still have my hubs, been married 44 yrs. as of 11/30. Happy week

Anne said...

Sherry that is a beautiful clam shell! How lucky to find it at such a great price too!
xx
Anne

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Well, Sherry, "Merry Christmas to you!" Lol!! The shell is gorgeous!! I've seen them in the magazines and admired their beauty. So glad you found one; and I can't wait to see all the ways you use it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my goodness, Sherry! I didn't even think clams came that big! Any ideas where you will put it in your home? And yes, I buy my own Christmas gifts every year {plus one or two surprises that hubby manages}. I haven't returned a Christmas gift from my husband in 27 years!

Miss Char said...

I was at that sale last year Sherry and had to have somethings shipped home to say nothing of what I had stashed in my suitcase. Glad to hear you found your perfect Christmas gift and I know you'll be smiling every time you walk past it.

Kelly said...

Wow! It must've been meant to be. I love it! It is always great when you stumble on something you've been wanting for a long time and the price is right! Congrats on your new find.

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French Basketeer.com said...

Sherry, I LOVE it!! What a great find, especially when they are anything normal in price....I did mine up this year with paper whites, but usually they just hold kugels at Christmas. You will enjoy this shell SO much!! Merry Christmas to you!

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Barbara from MA said...

Lucky you! I've been wanting one for ages now-but so far haven't been fortunate enough to come across one!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

That is one big shell, Sherry. 33" across, wow. It will be perfect with your decor.

Kathryn J Cain said...

lucky you ...falls under it was meant to be...

Blue Creek Home said...

You lucky girl!!! Good things come to those who wait. I am still waiting for one!!!
Rhonda

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

What a perfect gift Sherry! I love it!

Have a great day.
Pam

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Maureen Wyatt said...

That is one honkin' huge shell! In my house it would have cats curled up in it!

Sunny C said...

Hey Sherry;
SIGH. I wish that I had your Clam Shell.
I think that you could sell it to one of us here for double what you paid!!! LOL! It is absolutely Beautiful.
Thank-You for posting the pictures of the other sites of the giant Clam Shells.
Take Care.

JP said...

Oh, Sherry...you lucky girl! That is one amazing shell. It is perfect in your gorgeous bathroom. Happy Holiday's!

Deserae said...

Merry Christmas to YOU! It is just gorgeous :o)
~Des

Donna Heber said...

Hi Sherry,

Enjoy your new giant clam shell! This beauty can be decorated in so many ways. Congrats on finding one.

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Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Love the giant clam shell. You definitely hit the mother load. The largest one I have is only about 21" wide. Of course, I buy myself Christmas presents. You go girl!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Oh my gosh! I'm waiting for the day to find a deal for a giant clam!!

michele said...

i want that shell!!!!

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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh how cool Sherry! I just love it!

Designs By Pinky said...

LOOOVE your giant clam shell!!!!!!!!!! I have a large FAUX one that I got several years ago and I LOVE it!!! I fill it with shells and keep it on my coffee table in the summer. XO, Pinky