White, natural & sandy toned shells

A New Treasure filled with Seashells

Like every other Memorial Day Weekend we hit the garage sales and we found some truly phenomenal finds.  I have to admit that I’ve been keeping these treasures to myself, but promise to share them with you as I clean, display, fix and/or paint them.

My first new treasure is a fabulous porcelain bowl in blue and white. The cobalt blue design against the white porcelain is what first caught my attention.  I knew immediately that the unique shape and beautiful color would look perfect on our dining room table.  The second thing that caught my attention was the $2.00 price tag! That’s right this beautiful bowl in perfect condition was priced at only two bucks – SOLD!  What an easy decision that was to make.

I wanted a very soft tone for the display so dug through my shell collections to find white, off-white, natural and sandy hues. Since the bowl is so deep I filled the bottom with some extra rocks I had and then topped them with mainly oyster shells, clams, murex and five finger starfish.  The seashells filled this enormous bowl perfectly.  If I ever have a big beach cottage party this would be perfect for serving a huge fruit salad but for now it is “the” perfect seashell bowl…I love it!


White, natural & sandy toned shells


Seashells & Starfish


Seashells at the Beach Cottage


Beach Cottage Seashells in Bowl


Starfish and seashells


Seashells for the cottage dining table


Have you found any great garage sale finds this year?

Hopping with these lovely bloggers this week…

Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff & Nonsense
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground

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32 thoughts on “A New Treasure filled with Seashells

  1. Marnie

    Love your bowl but I especially love the way you displayed it. The shells look wonderful! Great find!!

  2. Eileen

    Gorgeous piece. I am loving it! Isn’t it fun when you find such a treasure? PS Your pictures of it are fantabulous.

  3. Sam

    LOVE LOVE the blue bowl with shells, what a find!!! You’ve inspired me to go out and have a peek around at my local thrift shop. I also love traditional chinese blue and white plant bowls, great tropical look.

  4. Faye

    What a fantastic find! I love the shells in that pretty blue and white bowl. Thank s for stopping by my blog today.

  5. Diane@InMyOwnStyle

    I love finding seashells by the seashore or even buying them. I can never have enough. I love how you displayed them in the blue and white bowl. – beautiful. I saw the thumbnail in Kim’s link party and had to click over.

    My best- Diane

  6. DogsMom

    I have to agree with the others. You have a good eye. The bowl is beautiful and a great deal but what you have done with it is what makes it grand.

  7. Betsy

    I love this pretty bowl…what a wonderful bargain find. Great idea to fill the bottom with stones and then top it off with the beautiful shells.

  8. Poppy

    Such a pretty find and I love the fleur-de-lis motif on it. Blue and white pottery is always my favorite and at such a great price it’s a must-have! I love how you displayed your shell collection in it… looks beautiful! Great idea to put rocks at the bottom. Dropping in from Masterpiece Monday. Have a lovely week!~Poppy


  9. Michelle

    What a beautiful find Marie and I love the sea shells in it, just perfect! I have not been to any garage sales yet this year but hopefully soon. :)
    Enjoy your week my friend!

  10. Emily

    Beautiful bowl Sally, what a great find. First of all I love the color and the french pattern is awesome. Your shells make make a perfect piece for a beach cottage. I love it. Always love to see what your up to………

    The French Hutch

  11. JudyBug

    Love it! The shells are the perfect contrast to the striking bowl. I’ve been hooked on shells since OnlySon married in FL several years ago.

  12. My Carolina Kitchen

    That bowl is quite a find and at $2 I would have snapped it up too. Love how you’ve filled it with pretty shells. We also have a collection of shells that we found through the years when we lived in the islands.

  13. shelia

    I love your pretty bowl and the shells just finish it! You have some lovely snaps!! Thank you for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. tami

    First off, Wow! Your blog’s looking amazing! And second, I happen to be a Sea Shell Sophisticate hehe I made that up. But seriously, a great collection needs a great bowl, and yours is beyond fantastic! I have such similar taste in my shells, love starfish, and all the other gifts from the Sea. Wonderful post, tami

  15. Els

    I found a clear glass bowl… WITH sea shells… real pretty ones similar like yours. Love it. Do love your white and blue bowl better! Ha ha… but so excited to even be “yard saling” again. We had snow up to last weekend… (Utah ) and seeing sun… is sooo nice!
    And i do have a thing for sea shells… Love them!

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