Monday, October 31, 2011

Okay, forget about tidbits...I couldn't resist showing you this cabinet in it's entirety because it is so beautiful. It will be filled with vintage quilts at the sale, but I have a feeling it won't last long, either. And, if it does happen to still be around when we close the doors on Saturday, I think I know a certain chick who will just take it home for her own house!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Okay, one of the Two Chicks Roosters has suggested that it is time to start being mysterious. To just give you tidbits of what is in store for you on the 17th (or 18th or 19th). So I am giving you a close up, today, of the top of that work table I was telling you about a couple weeks ago. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Better come Thursday night, though, if you want to see it. I have heard from quite a few of you who say you want to be there for the opening night excitement!

We got quite a bit of work done Saturday, even though the weather was really NOT cooperative! The cold rain and wind probably did make us work faster, though, since we spent most of the day sorting through boxes in the trailers. Had to get the little one cleaned out so we can finish getting our treasures from the "pick" last weekend.

I will try to post later in the week, with another tidbit. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just call us PICKER CHICKS!

Sharon got a call earlier this week asking us if we would like to come check out the contents of a farmhouse that contained 67 years of collecting. OMGOSH!!! We arrived before 10am and didn't leave until after 2pm...tired, dirty, hungry, HAPPY, and with a TOTALLY full truckload of wonderful antiques! AND...we still have to make 1 or 2 more trips BACK to bring home the rest of what we bought!!! IT WAS A FUN DAY AND WE MADE A LIFETIME MEMORY:-) AND...don't you just love these cute little buildings? I really WANT one (or two). A farm really should have little outbuildings, don't ya think?

Have a great day...looks like it is going to be beautiful!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Let the fun begin!!! Sharon and I spent a good part of today with these fabulous young men (my nephew and two of his friends), unloading the storage trailers. We got ALOT of work done, and we are really revved up to start moving furniture around and start decorating. AND...we have an appointment tomorrow morning to meet a friend of Sharon's to check out some things for sale at her elderly family member's house and shed. Stay tuned...we'll post pics if we get cool stuff!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Fall, Y'all!

I finally got around to decorating the mantle (shelf, really) in my kitchen yesterday. With the cooler temperatures, I am really getting in the mood to do some housecleaning and decorating. You know, nesting. If you are anything like me, the Christmas decorating books are now but a fingertip away, and you are planning where you'll put your tree (s!) and other Christmas finery. That's where the Barn Sale comes in! Be sure to plan spending quite a bit of time with us, as we will have the upstairs AND the downstairs dressed and ready for the season. We have quite a bit of primitive furniture, plus all the usual... painted, Briwaxed, refinished, chippy, you name it!

The sale days and hours are as follows:

Santa's sneak peek...Thursday evening, Nov. 17th from 5-9 There will be a $5 entry fee for the privilege of being among the first to get a glimpse of the new (to us) barn. All proceeds will be donated to Toys For Tots. Don't worry, you WILL be able to make purchases that evening, too...would we let you see and not buy? NO!

Friday the 18th, we will be open from 9 am until 9pm. There is no admission charge on Friday.

Saturday the 19th we will be open from 9am until 5 pm. No charge then, either.

Stay tuned for more pictures...we WILL make progress this weekend!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Good Morning, All! Hope you had a wonderful Monday. The weather certainly cooperated, if that plays a part in your equation!

Just wanted to send a couple of pictures your way. Sharon and I were super excited to get some work started at the barn Saturday, so we cleaned out the downstairs rooms in preparation for the electrician. We were hoping the upstairs would be finished, but that wasn't to be. So...this is what things look like upstairs now...think we have some work to do??? I'll be posting pictures of our progress in the coming weeks...hard to believe it's less than a month from day one in our new location! Hope your day is good!

Friday, October 14, 2011

So... what do you think of this ugly table? I can't wait for you to see it all gussied up at the barn sale!

And don't you just love these brown glass jars? They have quite a history...and hopefully a future, as well! I went to an estate sale (my favorite kind...right there on the farm where all of the cool stuff had a home...and a job!)the beginning of September. I was able to get a decent amount of winning bids in before I had to leave. As I was paying, I heard the auctioneer talking about selling the contents of an old chicken house that had been used for storage. It was to be sold as is, and winning bidder would get contents doors, windows, or the awesome trolley cart that had been used to move feed from one end of the house to the other. I went in there and looked around, there was a decent amount of stuff in there, but most of it was JUNK. And a lot of...trash. These people obviously were very frugal, because they saved EVERYTHING! But, I was able to see a couple of old work tables, some buckets, lots of clay pots (they had at one time owned a greenhouse and sold flowers) and a mint green dresser or buffet. There were piles of wood, and some scrap metal, so I thought it was worth leaving a bid, just so it wouldn't go for NOTHING and make me sorry I hadn't been there! So I left a bid, and went on home to get cleaned up.

The next morning during church, the auctioneers wife left a message on my cell phone saying I had the winning bid! Although I was really excited, I also felt kind of apprehensive, since we were in the middle of corn harvest. I knew it would take time to get through all of those piles. But, I just put it on the back burner, and concentrated on the job at hand. One morning before we started work, I was able to get my son, Jason, to help me pick up the things that I thought might be attractive for someone to steal, and figured I would deal with the rest after harvest.

Well, I got a phone call one Wednesday morning from the auctioneer saying that the new owners of the property (it was sold at auction too)would be going to settlement the next weekend and I needed to be finished up by then. With the generous help of Doug and Jason, I did get through most of what looked to be worth something.

And...after that LONG story... that's where I got these cool brown jars! They were on a shelf in the chicken house...dirty but awesome!

As for the tables? I am working on one of them now. It was used, I believe, for cutting and salting meat. There are knife marks everywhere, and some of the wood is really soft from all the salt.

I scrubbed the heck out of it...years and years of dirt, not to mention a lot of animal grease, plus salt!

I am working at getting all of this soft wood sanded off...a slow process, but I have my eye on the prize. I think it is going to turn out really pretty when I get the sanding done and get it all shined up with BriWax.. I WILL have it finished and priced right at the Barn Sale next month...remember...Nov. 17th at 5pm is your first opportunity to check it out!

Oh...and here's that cabinet I gave you a glimpse of the other day. For the life of me, I couldn't get it rotated and posted that day, but for some reason it worked fine today! Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 10, 2011

As I have said before, Sharon and I have met some wonderful people in our travels for this business. This weekend was no exception. We decided at the last minute (when I finished picking corn...yeah!!!) to go over to Gambrills, MD for the fall sale of The Barn Show ( We had met Gail a couple of times before, but never attended this show. She is a dedicated auction attendee at Crumpton, is involved in a sale in the Frederick area ( we attended in the summer, and has a booth in an antique mall. We also met one of the other Barn Show partners, Pam, who is a decorator by trade. These girls have got it going on, let me tell you.
Their sale is really great...totally different from ours, but great! The beautiful horse barn was decorated to the hilt for fall...mums and pumpkins everywhere, and a real feel for the season. (Didn't hurt that the weather was BEAUTIFUL, either!) They had a wonderful selection of furniture and accessories really READY to put in your work required. The style is a bit different from ours...lots of muted colors, with a French feel, even. Just lovely. We had a great time and plan to get together with these girls soon to trade ideas and share a meal networking with other barn sale gals!

Friday, October 7, 2011

OOOPPPSSS...forgot to give you a tiny peek inside an AWESOME green cabinet that will be at the sale. As soon as I figure out how to rotate pics on my computer, there will be more...I'm really NOT TOO SMART when it comes to this darn computer stuff!!!
Good Morning! Sharon and I had our first REAL planning meeting last night for the fall barn sale, and boy, are we excited! We checked out the progress in the barn, talked to the electrician (who was there to wire and put up the new lights and fans), dug through ALL our storage areas, and then went to dinner with notebooks in hand to start hammering out the details.
When we got back to Sharon's house, we worked on postcard design, then we mapped out where we are going to put approximately 47 pieces of furniture, two permanent cupboards, and 2 counters for checkout. We are going to be FULL!!! Upstairs and down!
We decided on the hours, and are planning to host a "Santa's Sneak Peek" on Thursday the 17th of November from 5pm until 9pm. We will be charging a $5. admission fee...this is a first for us...and all proceeds from admission will be donated to the Salisbury Toys For Tots program. In 2010, the local Toys for Tots program distributed over 11,000 toys to 5,000 children on the lower eastern shore. Since Christmas is right around the corner, we thought this was a good idea, and it will give eager shoppers a head start at the sale, and you will be the first to view the new old barn in all it's Christmas splendor.
We will be open from 9am until 9pm on Friday the 18th, and from 9am until 5pm on Saturday. There will be no admission charge on those days.
I will be posting often in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back. We are only 6 weeks out, with alot of work to do, but it is so exciting and fun, we are already thinking about the sale ALL THE TIME, and we call or text each other several times a day to bounce ideas off each other. Can you tell we really LOVE this "job"?!?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hi barn sale friends ~ Let's join forces and get our lil' old eastern shore on the barn sale map. It is soooooo easy to do...Flea Market Style magazine is asking people to nominate their favorite place for antique/vintage finds. That's where you come in...check it out at would GREATLY appreciate it if you would nominate us. The ones with the most votes will be in the 2012 spring issue:-)
It is really easy to cast your vote:
1) Send an email to 2) In the subject box ~ Favorite vintage sales 3) Name of sale ~ Two Chicks Barn Sale 4) Delmar, DE. 5) and facebook 6) Your full name and contact info (email or phone number) 7) ONLY 1 or 2 sentences as to what you like (LOVE) about Two Chicks Barn Sales 8) Feel our appreciation and thanks:-) We would LOVE to be included in this awesome magazine. And if you haven't picked up a copy, you should! It has sooo many decorating ideas, and great ideas to repurpose the most common objects!
Hope you have a great day and thanks in advance for your VOTE!!!