October 27, 2014

Grand Opening

A small, quaint thrift store in my area is closing its doors soon while, just a few blocks away, a brand new Goodwill store is having a Grand Opening Sale.  The Goodwill store opened despite quite a bit of neighborhood grumbling.  I'm not sure if the neighborhood had a problem with the concept of a thrift store moving-in or a problem with the traffic it would create, or both!  Anyway, I was delighted to visit this new store over the weekend. 

Other news....I inherited an Iphone 4S from my daughter recently and now I am ADDICTED to Instagram.  Help!  Who will be my sponsor?  My intention was to use the phone/Instagram as a means for selling my vintage treasures, but I find myself spending way too much time gazing at all the photos of other people's vintage treasures.  I even had the audacity to make a purchase!   Thank goodness Facebook and Twitter do not excite me, otherwise, I would never get anything done around here!

Happy Monday.

October 4, 2014

Last Week

My daughter went out to run errands last weekend, spotted an estate sale sign and gave me a ring!  To be truthful, I was very unenthusiastic about attending because it was the last day of the sale and I was positive there would be nothing left for me.  I don't even attend the first day of sales much anymore because of the unbelievably high prices.

Child's Wooden Milk Crate and a Pink Ford Car

Lovely hat, clip earrings and a Norwegian date book from 1950

Kitchen towels


Norwegian Runner/Wall Hanging

The sale was held in a small townhome.  I didn't stay too long because of the  super hot and stuffy conditions, but I'm so glad my daughter convinced me to go.  There were so many lovely vintage treasures to be found at "last day" prices!

Thanks for visiting!

September 14, 2014

A Great Piece

Finding nice pieces of furniture to place in my booth has been a big challenge for me over the years.  My space is short and narrow and includes just one wall.  

Last week I found this bookcase at the thrift store. It is certainly banged-up, but I like the style and details and the dimensions are just perfect for my space.  I do not have a lot of experience in the re-furbishing department, but am going to do my best and freshen it up with some paint.

My snapdragons and petunias are hanging-on, despite the cold snap, and today I bought a few asters, mums and bulbs.  I got angry at the deer and rabbits (and the neighbor's dog) this year for eating everything, yet I must carry on :)

Have a great week.

August 26, 2014


"The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied.  They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before."

                                       ~ Vita Sackville-West

August 25, 2014

Google Doodle

Did you notice the Google Doodle today? 

 Althea Gibson!

I used to play a lot of tennis and, over the years, I have tried, unsuccessfully, to get my kids interested in the sport.  Last week my boys and I were walking home after playing some tennis at the school courts.  We passed a neighbor who used to coach high school tennis and who still plays every Saturday morning.

Here is a bit of our conversation...

Neighbor:  "How was the tennis today?  Are you good enough to play tournaments?"

Boys:  Mumble, Mumble

Me:  "Oh, fine. It was a bit hot and the boys don't really care much for tennis.  We just go out and hit the ball around every once in awhile."

Neighbor:  "Tennis isn't fun.  It is hard.  There is a lot of pressure."

Me: Speechless.  In my mind I'm saying, "Thanks, mister.  Now my kids will never pick-up a racket again!"

Oh, well.  Any tennis fans out there?  Anyone following the U.S. Open?  If so, who are your "picks" to win the championship?

August 11, 2014

Long time...

Well, a month has passed since I last shared my "finds" here on the blog.  I wish I could say I have been busy biking through Europe or relaxing in a hammock in the backyard, sipping a soda, but I have actually been busy with chores, such as, yard work, car repairs, baseball season, searching for treasures, job hunting and helping my girl get ready for dorm life. (Our house is a mess.  We have small piles of vintage treasures and small piles of dorm stuff all over the house and small piles of ANYTHING drive me crazy!)

Anyway.......here are a few items I have recently rescued from garage sales, thrifts and junk markets.

 At the shop where I rent space, customers seem to be searching for home decor items, such as, tables, mirrors, shelves, etc...and don't seem too terribly interested in the small vintage housewares that I gravitate toward.  A few weeks ago, I painted a 3-tier metal plant stand and sold it at the shop, but other than that, I have very little experience re-purposing items, so I was super happy to find these two tables that someone else has already transformed. The table above is a pretty blue color and the table below is cream with black accents on the legs.

 Cute pattern from the '40's

My mom found this charming children's book.  
"Karl's Wooden Horse" by Lois Donaldson. 1934.  

Lots of linens.  Guest towels....

  dresser scarves...

 vintage tablecloths and kitchen towels 

 a crocheted toaster cover 

a vintage sheet featuring pink morning glories in its original packaging

charming apron

beautiful hankies (found by Mom)

cute serving plates

small canister

and, my favorite find...a small child's metal rocker!

Thanks for stopping-by!  

Hope you are having a great summer!

July 10, 2014

A Little Help

This little guy is helping me in the yard.  
While I tackle the weeds, he feasts on the bugs!

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