Sunday, December 23, 2012

I must admit, I have been very neglectful of this blog in the past few weeks.  Almost ever since the Christmas Barn sale, I have been busy with family events, then Christmas preparation. We started off on the Tuesday after the barn sale (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving) with company coming in for the wedding of my son, Jason, and his beautiful bride Casey. They were to here to celebrate Thanksgiving with us, then the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we had our first Christmas celebration...dinner with my siblings and our kids (and their spouses) because my sister and brother in law would not still be here when Christmas finally rolled around.

Next big event, the WEDDING!  Jason and Casey were wed on the 1st day of December, and I will let a couple of pictures save me a lot of words...

It was beautiful and sweet and fun all at the same time, and I am happy to say that they have returned safely from their honeymoon, so all is well!

After the wedding, I got busy shopping and decorating.  Throw in a trip with my buddy Renee and daughter Melissa and her neighbor Sarah to Ikea, a mother daughter day in St. Michaels with Melissa, a trip to Ocean City to see the lights with Doug and yes, our dog Marley, a couple of auctions, and there you have it...a BUSY month!

Melissa and Nick got here today with Molly (our grand-dog) and we are getting ready to settle in and really enjoy Christmas.  Jason and Casey will be here tomorrow morning, and then the frenzy begins.  We will have around 20 people here for dinner tomorrow evening before we all head out to remember the real meaning of Christmas. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful December, and I will leave you with a couple more pictures.  What Christmas could be complete without homemade dog treats???  I will try to get back here soon, but if I don't log in again before Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I sure did. My brother has been hosting Thanksgiving for a few  years now, and he does a great job!  He had about 20 people at the table, and he manages to get through it without seeming stressed or overwhelmed at all.  Believe me, I know what it's like to be 20 minutes from dinnertime, and have 5 people asking you questions all at once!He handles it with ease, and the food, as well as the company, was wonderful.
And since we have a load of family in town for the upcoming wedding of my son, Jason, and his lovely fiance Casey, I have already hosted our first Christmas dinner for 2012! We had an Italian FEAST on Saturday, prepared mostly by our west coast brother-in-law, and have been eating yummy leftover lasagna, chicken parm, and lamb ever since! Sure hope I can still fit into my Mother of the Groom dress! I even put up one of the trees, and we opened gifts to the sounds of Christmas music after dinner!
In barn sale news, I must report that I have done NOTHING to start getting ready for the spring sale except take leftover Christmas items to my booths.  And, I must say, as much as you DID buy, you missed a few cool things, too! Sharon helped me do a booth makeover at Goose on the Roof, and we agreed that the TOTAL primitive look that we have going on in there is really pretty.

Already, Sharon has been shopping for the spring barn sale!  She found this awesome corner cabinet this past weekend, and it is up in the barn, waiting for spring decor!

Keep checking back...we will continue to post as we buy, buy, buy for the spring sale!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sharon and I would like to thank ALL of you who ventured out to the Barn Sale this weekend. We had a great time welcoming you to the Toys for Tots sneak peek, and yesterday was just phenomenal.  As always, we are a little sad that it is over, but also happy that we can concentrate a bit more on our families and our jobs for awhile, get ready for the holidays, and after the first of the year, we will be SHOPPING to replace all the furniture you purchased, and gearing up for spring! The spring sale will likely be mid April, and we will announce both here, and on Facebook, the dates as soon as we have them.  Please be sure to check back every now and then as we fill you in on purchases and progress.  Hope you have a lovely, family and friends filled Thanksgiving. See you soon!

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's finally here....barn sale is tonight and tomorrow...spread the word and grab your friends and family and come on over!
The upstairs is just FILLED with different styles of Christmas (traditional, elegant, primitive, etc.). If you've never been to the barn before, the downstairs is still divided into the original stalls (there is concrete on the floor though...not dirt)...the 'room/stall' themes are...A Thanksgiving Gathering, Cabin Fever, Holiday Central, Let It Snow, and A Primitive Christmas.  Can't wait for you to see it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We Barn Sale girls have been working frantically to get ALL the gorgeous merchandise priced and placed for just the right effect...can't wait for you to see all the decorations.  Throw in lots of primitive furniture, and some really nice accent pieces, and a TON of smalls, and that's what you will see....Christmas EVERYWHERE! 
We paired this sweet light green (you know, the color of ALL kitchens in the 40's!) table with two Christmas red chairs and I LOVE the combo!  Add 2 sweet mice, a red and green runner and red square plates, what do you have??? Festive!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hope you are in the mood for CHRISTMAS because we have a TON of it for the Christmas barn sale....we have been working like crazy in the barn and absolutely LOVE decorating for CHRISTMAS!  See you Friday night 5pm until 9pm) or Saturday, 9-6!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Morning, All
Yes, I am TOTALLY GUILTY of ignoring my blogging duties for the past several days (or is that weeks?).  I was caught up in storm preparation, then just sort of got busy with life, you know.
What we haven't ignored is barn sale preparation.  Sharon was busy during the rainy days with pricing a lot of things she got at the cash and carry, and I have been painting and cleaning items for sale.  I am blessed to have a nice dry warm shed in which to work, so I made a plan before the bad weather ever got here to spend some time out there.

Speaking of the storm, I hope you and yours made out okay.  I know there were some who weren't so lucky, and the folks in New Jersey and New York sure did take a hit.

I hope you are planning to attend the sale.  In case you missed the memo, our hours are Friday evening, November 16th from 5 until 9pm, and Saturday the 17th from 9 until 6. For those of you who look for our postcard in the mail, they will be going out later today.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list, send me an email ( or give me a call at 443-521-3110.

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Auction Loot

SWEET tiny ice cream churn

What a great day Sharon and I had at an Amish school benefit auction in Dover, Delaware on Saturday!!! The auction started at 8:30am and we didn't get her car and my truck loaded and our bills paid until 6:30pm! The weather was gorgeous and we were able to snag some unique primitives for our great barn sale customers! We also ate some yummy food from some of the Amish vendors. These sales are soooo much fun, but very tiring, too.
A nice coffee grinder, awesome pewter plates, and a rustic wooden bucket

We took the day to rest on Sunday, and were right back to barn sale preparation on Monday evening, arranging and decorating. Tomorrow we are taking the day off from our real jobs to go to a wholesale show in Oaks, PA. So...tell me...does this hobby/part time job occupy most of our free time?  YES!  do we love it?  YES!

Feed scoops galore!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

 Sharon and I had a great day working in the barn this past Saturday. Alex and Bub worked hard for these two chicks who are getting too old to haul all of that heavy furniture UP and DOWN the stairs...they made a gazillion trips up and down the steps without complaining even once...thanks guys!!! Now we will begin the fun part...arranging the furniture and DECORATING!!! Plus at least 2 more trips to PA as well as shopping at local auctions:-)

Remember those awesome pinecones I ordered last year?  I will have some available for sale...they are just too gorgeous for words!

If I remember correctly, these were sugar pine.
We also just ordered our Christmas barn sale postcards. If you aren't already on our mailing list and wish to receive one, just send me your address. Otherwise, you can just keep up with us on Facebook or here on the blog...we will be keeping you updated with pictures and details. Only 5 more weeks!!! The hours for that weekend (the 16th and 17th of November) are 5 until 9 on Friday night (our sneak peek $5 admission for Toys for Tots evening...buying allowed!) and 9 until 6 on Saturday. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

What a great weekend we had! Doug and I went to PA for an auction and a weekend of shopping for the Barn Sale, and believe me, we were not disappointed! We got on the road at 5am on Saturday for an auction at this lovely home. We arrived about 15 minutes before the auction started (at 9) and had a chance to scout out the things we were interested in (but were pretty sure I wouldn't be able to get because they were JUST TOO COOL and we need to keep our prices down).
This SWEET bench had two drawers and a patina that was BEAUTIFUL

This hanging pie safe was really great and I actually was hoping to get it for my kitchen...but it went waaaayyyy too high for me...even for my own personal use!

A small store counter that would make an awesome bar for someones man cave!

This farm table, well, the price made me think we should raise the prices on the ones we have in the barn (but we won't).  They are waaayyy more valuable than I thought!

They also had a load of enamelware, but apparently it's more valuable than I thought, too!
So, what DID I get?  As it turned out, I didn't get any of the things I really LOVED, but I still made out pretty well.  As I won bids, Doug piled my purchases up, and they are still in the trailer, but my pile looked like :

And this....

And this!
I really love the bench, and the two tables, you can't ever have enough, right?  I got several chairs...I think 4 or 5, to mix and match.

So...the sale was fun even though we didn't get any of the REALLY good stuff.  There were loads of people there looking at the SAME primitive pieces.

After the auction, we stopped into a couple of the antique stores we always hit. I got a few smalls, but really they didn't have any good primitive furniture.

Yesterday morning, we hit Renningers. They were having a Special Sunday Sale, so there were extra vendors outside, but extra buyers, too.

It was a beautiful day, and we just took our time browsing the rows and rows of merchandise...some nice stuff, some really not so nice!

I ended up having Doug take a couple of loads to the trailer (THANK YOU BRIAN AND SHARON!!!) so I could keep going (THANK YOU DOUG for being sooo helpful and patient!).  We finished up there, and went to another antique store and our favorite pizza and sub shop before hitting Shupps Grove for some more shopping.  Doug listened to football on the radio and slept in the parking area on a quilt that I had taken for furniture padding while I shopped. I got quite a few more smalls there, and finally we headed home.  It really was a fun weekend of shopping and I can't wait to get into the trailer and remember all I got!

Hope you all have a good week.  Sharon and I are meeting at the barn tonight to plan the Christmas sale and start working on what goes where!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Beginning To Look

A lot like my shed!  Yes, just as the weather turns a bit cooler, I start looking at the auction for all things Christmas! first purchase specifically for the holidays is a nice box of Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments...YUM!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sharon and I would like to sincerely THANK ALL OF YOU who made it out to the Two Chicks Fall Barn Sale either last weekend or this weekend. We had a wonderful turnout; got to meet a lot of new customers; and hangout and catch up with our faithful regulars:-) THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU...hope you love what you bought! Thanks also to the vendors who took the time to set up as well. Our minds are already churning as we have 2 months to turn the barn into a Christmas wonderland for Nov. 16th and 17th. Have a great evening and check back regularly as we will have pictures and tales of our preparation for the November sale.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Photo: This olde ivory painted cabinet is the perfect size to use as a butcher block or small island;-)
This mustard cabinet would make a perfect kitchen island.  We still have loads of good things for this weekend's sale!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fall barn sale this weekend. We appreciate your support and business and hope you were able to find a cool treasure that just HAD to go home with you! Sharon and I will be re-stocking and redecorating in preparation for the second weekend of the Fri (14th) and Sat (15th) from 9am-5pm so if you weren't able to make it this weekend don't fret...there will be PLENTY of antiques, primitives, furniture, shabby, etc. for your buying pleasure next weekend. If you came this weekend and miss us already...come on back...we LOVE our barn sale friends and family!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

We would like to take a quick moment to THANK YOU so much to those of you who braved the weather to come out and shop around for the Sneak Peek and Purchase Evening for the American Heart Association. If you were flooded in somewhere or it just didn't suit your schedule you still have 4 more opportunities and we still have tons of good stuff...this Fri and Sat and next Fri and Sat from 9am-5pm....hope you can come!

After we rearranged at the end of the"ll never know what you missed!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

TODAY IS THE DAY, Folks! So excited to see you over the next few days.  Please call if you have any questions, need directions, etc. Sharon's number is 410-251-2344. Mine (Patti) is 443-521-3110. SEE YOU SOON!

Photo: One of my favorite items at the fall barn sale...this hanging bucket is an old ice cream freezer bucket with the most awesome patina!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Photo: If you need (or want) any cool primitives for your laundry room, come on over...
Thought I would entice you with a picture from the laundry area....see you SOON!

Sale hours are

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th   5-9pm ($5 admission to benefit American Heart Assoc)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th  9am-5pm
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th 9am-5pm

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Photo: Don't you just love the smell of those fall scented candles and the beautiful and warm colors of autumn?!

I have to admit, Sharon tempts me to write really SHORT blog posts.  It looks so easy from where I sit, to post a quick picture and a few words on Facebook like she does (so well and so often!).  But today, I want to write about a product that I have been trying for the past few weeks, and let me tell you, I am impressed. And when I am impressed, I want to let you know about it!

I follow a few blogs when I am not too busy to sit at my computer and read, and I have been reading a LOT about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It appeared to be so easy (dummy proof as one merchant told me!), and the end results were really fabulous, so I decided to try it. I searched the Eastern Shore far and wide for a retailer, and found none.  I had passed it up on a trip to Northern Virginia this spring because I wasn't convinced I wanted to try it at that point, but got online after my failed search and found a retailer in Southern Maryland so I sucked it up and ordered it online, and paid the shipping that I was hoping to avoid.

I was really excited to receive my package in just a few days, and tried my first piece immediately.  It was the music cabinet I posted a picture of yesterday.  On this piece, I first painted cream, then the second coat was Aubusson Blue.  A little distressing, then a coat of Annie Sloan dark wax completed my project.  It is dummy proof, but it is a long process. And this paint is not cheap, but I think it is worth it. I am really happy with the results.

Since then, I have painted several more pieces, purchased more paint in Walkersville at a sweet store called Wild Rose and Company, and just ordered 3 more cans of wax! I have put 3 pieces of furniture in my booths painted with Annie Sloan and SOLD THEM ALL! So, let me tell you, Annie Sloan is my new BFF! There are 2 pieces in the upcoming barn sale that are painted with Annie Sloan...see if you can tell which ones NEXT WEEK! Thought I'd show you the piece I'm working on now, a waterfall dresser from the 40's, with it's first coat of cream.

These details on the edge will be sanded/distressed...that's something that works really well with this paint. I'll post pics of the end results when I get finished...going to paint the 2nd coat this morning, then waiting on my order of wax to finish!

Hope you all have a great day. The barn is ALMOST ready...just tweaking a few things, and putting on more price tags! See ya.......................

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Photo: We have been doing quite a bit of painting in preparation for the fall sale. Paint can greatly change the look of something and we love the challenge. Check out this cute little cabinet that Patti painted....
This sweet cabinet may have been a music cabinet in it's previous life, but I can see it set up as a bar...holding your wine glasses, etc. The top two doors open down and create  a shelf (sort of!)
Photo: Have you tried mixing primitive and dressy decor?
Sharon and I are both loving the gray area with vivid orange accents
Photo: Hope you like crocks and bowls because we have MANY...
Love these old bowls!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Photo: Check out this 'beyond cool' fruit picking bucket. Patti found this in her antiquing travels recently. I had never seen one of these. It actually has straps on it so you just strap it on and start picking!
Back in the gray/white/orange area you will find this fruit picking bucket with straps...just in case you want a new career!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Photo: Hi friends...OMGOSH...we worked so hard again this weekend putting the final touches on the upstairs area of the barn...but it was FUN!!! Now my dilemma...I took SOOOOOO many pictures today I don't even know which ones to show you first for your preview viewing pleasure...LOL. Bear with me because I may become a nuisance over the next TEN days...yes, only 10 days until opening night of the fall barn sale...SO SO EXCITED:-)
The sign is out, folks!  We are getting really close to Barn Sale day #1...hope it's on your calendar!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Morning, All
Hope you are having a good week.  I am...busy, but getting so much accomplished, and I'm getting SO excited about the sale!  The sneak peek, and very first night of barn sale bliss, is two weeks from last night. We will be open on Thursday evening from 5-9pm, and charging a $5  admission, which will be donated to the American Heart Association.
If you can't make it on Thursday night, you have four other opportunities to attend.  We will be open Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th, plus the next weekend, Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, from 9am until 5pm all four days.
With that business covered this morning, I will fill you in on a little secret. For the first time EVER, my favorite area of the barn is NOT upstairs this time (that may still change after we work up there this weekend, who knows...). It is downstairs.  Not going to tell you which room yet, you'll have to guess!

Sharon picked up this cool Maytag washer in PA a few weeks ago

This washer came from a mud sale two years ago.  I had every intentinon to use it myself but was never able to come up with a good place to put laundry room is space impaired!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I'll post more pics next week!