Monday, February 28, 2011

Well hello, lovely blog friends! I am back today with the fruits of my labor from an auction Doug and I attended on Saturday. First I must express my appreciation for his willingness to drive (at 5 am no less) all the way to Strasburg PA on short notice to indulge my hobby/business whims and help me out with the packing of the truck...we came home filled to the brim as always...and all of the heavy lifting that is a part of this crazy business! I was really apprehensive about heading up to the FIRST mud sale of the year, figuring there would be sooo many people out and about that there would be NO bargains. And while they certainly weren't GIVING things away, I do feel like we came away from there with some really nice things at reasonable prices. I will be back later in the week with more pictures, but for now I will leave you with... Two more sweet pictures...

A really awesome old wooden washing machine with original red paint and hardware store advertising on the side...

A cool old enamel topped desk with a sweet attached stool that swings out!

Really love this minty green washstand!

Hope you have a great week! Don't forget to check back later in the week for more pics!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Since my camera ran out of battery last week IN THE MIDDLE of my writing a blog post and adding pictures (and I could not for the life of me find the charger that I later realized I had lent to my son), I bring you this...the full pic of the items I got at the sale last Wednesday. Happy Monday!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Good morning, all. I thought you might like to see a few pictures of my haul at the auction this week. As always, I had a fun day. It was a little colder than I expected, but the sun was shining. The crowd there was huge...I think everyone was so happy to have nicer weather, they came out of the woodwork! So, the bargains were a little harder to come by...I walked away from things that I planned on getting more than once simply because the prices went too high. The good news is, I did come away with quite a few things.
I am really starting to get a nice little pile in my shed of things that need to be loaded up and taken over to the barn. They have already been painted/refinished/repaired and are just sitting there under blankets waiting. Sharon and Brian have a trip to PA planned for one of the fabulous mud sales in the near future, plus Sharon has been accumulating smalls at her local haunts.
Once again, the dates of the sale are April 15th and 16th. If you are on our mailing list, you will be receiving a card about ten days before the sale. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be added, or if you have any specific questions, you can email me at Hope you have a great weekend and I'll be back soon with more pictures!

Monday, February 14, 2011

And, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Hope you have a day filled with LOVE and JOY!!!

Okay, I am back AGAIN...I'm really on a roll, huh? I just wanted to relate a quick little story that seems so amazing to me! You see this lovely saddle stand? Well, I picked it up in one of my favorite stores in Adamstown, PA a while ago. I was excited to get it all cleaned up for an upcoming Barn Sale when I saw it, and was not surprised AT ALL when it sold within the first few minutes of the sale. My friend Terri from Goose on the Roof Antiques saw it as soon as she came in and fell in love with it right away. She purchased it and took it immediately to the store, to use as a display piece until someone else just had to have it.
But the story doesn't end there. So many of my antique dealer friends comment that we all just seem to trade our pieces around...the same awesome piece of furniture will just keep turning up, until finally some homeowner, some final owner, falls in love, too.
The story continues...I was in Ocean View, Delaware a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to stop by to see the girls at Hudson's General Store. Except, they were still closed for their much needed winter break. Imagine my surprise when not only did they answer the knock on their back door (they were there getting ready for the spring season...unpacking boxes of awesome new stuff), but invited us to come in for a look! And, low and behold, that saddle stand was right there, on display for spring! It looks lovely, still, and I wonder what dealer will get it next!
Hudson's is re-opening this weekend, the 18th, and I encourage you to stop by. The shop will be filled to the brim, I'm sure, and they always have something I love! Check them out at They are really sweet gals!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm back again as promised, with a few pictures from my haul at the auction yesterday. I'm sorry, my photography skills leave ALOT to be desired. You'd never know my daughter is a professional photographer, would you. I can attribute my skills to my late grandmother, who was known for throwing a camera out the front door with a few choice words after many failed attempts one Christmas morning. She was also widely known for chopping the subjects heads off on many occasions. No, not literally, just in the picture. She blamed it on her short stature.

Anyway...I did have a good day at Crumpton. Nothing big, but quite a few smalls. A pretty nice set of outdoor furniture, still can't decide if I should paint it. Your comments are welcome! What would you think about lime green?

I was also happy to get those quilts. They are not in perfect condition, but pretty nonetheless.

I will leave you with this picture of a desk (or is it a vanity?) that I painted last week. I thought it turned out really nicely and can't wait to find the perfect chair to complement it. Check back soon for more cool finds!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Well hello, spring! No, not really. That's just wishful thinking. But let me tell you...when I spotted this cute silverplate coffee pot at Goodwill the other day, I just KNEW I would find a bunch of tulips in the grocery is that time of year when you can spot them in the stores, even if they are still way below the surface in my yard. I am especially looking forward to tulip time this year as I planted 100 new RED bulbs in a rather small area, hopefully for a big wow when you walk out the back door.

I went to Crumpton today, and as soon as I get the truck unloaded, I promise to post a few pictures. I was so cold when I got home I just wanted to be inside for awhile. The thermometer inside the truck read 31 degrees in the middle of the day when I got in to come home. At least the wind died down from yesterday.

So...please check back tomorrow, I hope to be thawed out by then. See you soon!