Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vintage Barn Pulley Bookends

I found a pair of matching vintage barn pulleys at my all time favorite junk/antique store a couple of weeks ago.
 These cast iron and wood pulleys show their age with weathered wood and just the right amount of rust.
I thought they were a good price at $7.50 apiece (and then realized what a great price they were after I checked the internet when I got home).

The cast iron gives them some weight, making them perfect to use as a set of bookends.
 I didn't do anything with the pulleys except give them a little cleaning.
 I love a simple repurposing project.
I'm linking with Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Have a great weekend.

Jane

40 comments:

  1. I think that was a great price. I really would love to have one working in my kitchen...I have always thought they were neat!!

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  2. Some things are perfect the way they are!!! Great price!!!

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  3. These look great as bookends! You see things I don't, and then I do!! ;-D

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. Fantastic find! I never thought of using these as bookends, the search is on!

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  5. Jane they look great as bookends. I would never have thought to use them that way! And great price too!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love them Jane (shocking) ... I found one myself and I'm using it to hang a candelier from the ceiling... it's an upcoming post! Love it!
    Susan

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  7. They make great bookends! In the previous post, I have the same obsession. I find myself weekly changing them out! Talk about compulsive. Ha, Ha!
    xxx Liz

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  8. Jane, you SO scored on those! I would of snatched those up too if I saw them. Love how you used them for bookends. Love them!

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  9. love the bookends.. you must have terrific store around you. i never find old pieces like this.
    lauren

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  10. You have a great eye and imagination for what to do with those unusual items you find!

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  11. OHHH I just knew that was going to be your post as soon as I saw the photo over at Debras! I have one of these in the barn, now I just need to find another... and get some bookshelves! t.xoxoo

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  12. Just plain COOL! What a great idea. I have a small black pulley I hung on a wall with chain in it and it's one of my favorite things! They are fun objects!

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  13. Once again, a great re-purpose of an item that I thought there was nothing new to do with. Love it,
    margo

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  14. $15 for the pair is an AWESOME price especially for the great shape that yours is in. The wood looks really good. They make great bookends, love the look with the old books!

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  15. I love those as bookends. I would never have thought of that.
    Barb

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  16. they are perfect on your bookshelf, I would have had no idea what to do with them!!

    Carol

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  17. Love them and love what you used them for too

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  18. Looking good with those books, and the price, good job.
    Lisa

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  19. What a fantastic idea. And these have great character. I see these at the flea markets all time but certainly not at that price. I've seen them for $35 a piece and up. Yupe, you sure did get a great deal.
    Cherish Life *Lisa*

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  20. You sure have the Eye... I always know your creative mind will have something New & Exciting~ Thanks for always sharing.
    Cheryl

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  21. These are perfect as bookends...and I love the old patina!

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  22. A great way to use those just as they are! They look so wonderful surrounded by your other vintage items on the shelf.

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  23. cooool Jane!!

    Have a super weekend

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  24. They are way cool. I would have bought those in a heartbeat...I love the cast iron design and they look perfect in your home.

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  25. Way cool.......I think I have a couple buried in a box somewhere in the garage that I better dig out! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Cheryl

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  26. I am just crazy about your displays on your shelves. I want to see more! You really have a knack for putting the details together.

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  27. Could not have put them to better use....they look great!

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  28. They look great! I love the price too.

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  29. S.C.O.R.E.! Love what you did with them too!

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  30. I think that was the deal of the century. Love them used as bookends. And love your phones on the shelf.

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  31. son of a gun if that ain't an excellent use for those old things. Remarkably good looking display too.
    Carol

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  32. Really great find! LOVE! I am local here in KC--can you pls tell us what your favorite thrift store is? :) You always find the best things!

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  33. I have a HEAPING pile of these- I think I bought every last one at a flea market in Ohio a couple of years ago. I sure never thought of using them for bookends, but how COOL do they look with vintage books?!! I will probably have extras left over after my project gets complete, if that really ever happens.... ;^)

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  34. Love this idea! I have 2 I just got from an antique show and they've been hanging around waiting for me to find a purpose for them. This would be perfect. Hope you don't mind if I borrow your idea?
    Your creativity amazes me.

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  35. These are so cool, love'em! I don't know how you think of all these great things. I think you need to work for "Junk Market" magazine, Girl!! xoxo

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