Thursday, December 5, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013


The red and green is stacked up and ready for lots of smalls!

I've gotta tell you, we are loving the way things are shaping up in the barn!  Too tired to write much now, but wanted to share a couple of pictures!  Have a good night!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

No, the Two Chicks did not fall off the face of the earth!  I've had a few inquiries, and thank you for your concern!  We HAVE been shopping, and even got started bringing in furniture this past weekend.

Employed these two good looking young men to help, and boy, as I've said before, they make the job SOOOOOOO  much easier!  They are planning to come back another day, because 6 hours just wasn't enough time!  Does that give you an idea how much stuff we have?

We have both shopped our respective auctions, plus a few picks, and Sharon and Brian went to PA for a long weekend.  She picked up some real treasures there!

We are super excited to begin the DECORATING FUN, and hope to get it started soon!  Today, the barn sale opening is just 3 short weeks away!  We will start the sale, as we have for the past several, with a SNEAK PEEK AND PURCHASE EVENING on the 21st of November, from 5 until 9pm.  The $5 admission fee will go to Toys for Tots.  Then on Friday the 22nd, we will be open for TWELVE HOURS.......from 9am until 9pm.  Saturday the hours are from 9 am until 5pm.  Hopefully that will give all our shoppers time to visit us and snag a few treasures, either for your own decorating pleasure, or for a gift for that someone special.  Come check out the furniture on Thursday night, and if you want to take a chance on it still being here, whisper your wish list to Santa! 

Speaking of Santa, the jolly gentleman will be here himself on Saturday!  Bring the kids or grandkids and a camera for a memorable photo opportunity!

That's all for now, until later, enjoy your week!   MUAH!

Monday, September 30, 2013


Cabinets, cabinets!  Sharon has been shopping up a storm!!!

Not sure what on EARTH I have been doing with  my time, but I know I need to get myself in gear!  The Christmas Barn Sale is coming up the weekend before Thanksgiving, and tomorrow is October!  I am going to TRY to make it to Crumpton this week, and I am spending the day tomorrow painting away with a sweet friend Jessica LeCates from Aforetime.  Jessica does a beautiful job, and hopefully we will get through a bunch of furniture that has been in my shed for a while, just waiting for time and talent!  Wish me luck!

Hope you all have a great week. I'm planning a busy you are too.  Need to take advantage of this BEAUTIFUL weather!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Photo: Could you ask for a more beautiful fall day?!!!!!! Check out the cars lined up down the road for the barn sale ;-)  Feeling very blessed today!

There are no words to express our gratitude and overwhelming appreciation to our barn sale customer friends for the amazing support you showed us this past weekend!!! THANK YOU to all of you who hung in there Thursday night and withstood the crowds and crowds and crowds and heat and rain and storms to hunt for treasures to take home with you....soooooo thankful for you. Friday and Saturday were wonderful, too.  All of our 27 vendors seemed to go home happy, happy, happy, and these two exhausted chicks are beyond thrilled!
We are trying to relax and take a week or so off from barn sale chores, but our excitement keeps us calling and bouncing ideas off each other!  We have some awesome things in store for you, including additional local charities to which we would like to make donations, so stay tuned! We love you all!!!!

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Two more vendors!!!  Jana Maddox makes adorable primitive, one of a kind seasonal home décor!  You'll love her!

And...Brenda Malone also makes seasonal décor I promise hers will be different than what Jana has...that's the beauty of hand made!!!

Our Vendors

Okay, I've put you off long enough.  We waited and waited to consider our vendor list complete, because people kept calling...but I think we have a good solid list, so here goes!

Norita Ball will be selling wreaths, linens and pillows.  She tells me that her wreaths sell out everywhere she goes, so be prepared to love them!

Grace Dolch has shared her jellies with us before, and since she asked for an outlet in her booth, I bet she is making meatballs or some other yummy treat to sample!

If you have been at one of our sales with vendors before, you might have met Sandy Foster before.  Sandy sells antiques, but has added wreaths and decorated pumpkins to the mix, too.

Victoria Renehan will have her Avon available, so bring your list!

Another repeat vendor is Sue Ockels.  She sells antiques, and specializes in primitives.  We always buy from Sue, and she always buys from some point in the sale!

You all remember Skippy, right?  Officially known as John Chandler, he will be selling Pampered Chef.  We love John, he's a hoot!!!

Patricia Eggers and Tricia Krim will be selling 31 together, but they also each have another product as well...Patricia has Tastefully Simple, and Tricia has Origami Owl.

The men love to visit Karen Suhorsky at her booth because she always has a lot of tools for sale, but the ladies love her architectural salvage and boxes and crates for decorations, too.

Richard Yobst has never been a vendor before, but is a long time customer.  He sells antiques, and we're anxious to see if he is reselling anything he bought from us...we antique dealers trade around merchandise all the time!

You have probably all met Kenny Robinson before with his antiques...we went to a fun "pick" at a house he was working on at one time.

Stephanie Moses will have two for her "Undercover Blankets", the other for Mary Kay.

I had never heard of "Initials, Inc." before, but I got on their website and found all sorts of pretty monogramed items when I found out that Sherri Coverdale will be joining us.

CUPCAKES...need I say more?  Kristi Lewis will bring her wonderful sweet treats for our snacking pleasure.

Like Scentsy?  I have never been to a party, but lots of folks LOVE these products. Amanda Yeadt will be joining us with an assortment.

Coolie Lee jewelry will be represented by Savannah Brimer.  Need jewelry?  Sure...we all do!

I love Angie Twilley's have made growth boards and signs.  Gonna get a growth board for my grandbaby, who will be here in February!

Heather Marasco and Jessica LeCates both paint, restore and revive old furniture, but I bet their offerings will be oh so unique!

Mallory Symonds makes ADORABLE hair bows and bands and such!

Sharon Harcum, who has just opened a very successful eatery and farm market called "The Farmers Wife" will be bringing (or sending...she's a busy lady!) pumpkins, gourds and mums.

And...last but certainly NOT least...some will think she is of UTMOST importance...Marie Gordy, who will be bringing her hand painted signs (they are very popular!) will also be our food vendor for the day.  If you would like, you can plan on Marie's yummy BREAKFAST and LUNCH!!!

UGH....I don't think I've done that much typing in, like, forever...but there you have it!  The big old open shed will be FULL....but don't forget to come up and visit the TWO CHICKS while you are there on Saturday!!!  And be sure to visit on Friday or Thursday night, as well!!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Fun Part

Patti Scott, left, and her friend, Sharon Cooper, bring out a vintage wicker chair, one of the many pieces being offered in their tri-annual barn sale. The event is set for Sept. 12, 13 and 14. Staff photo by BRICE STUMP

We have absolutely positively gotten to the FUN part of barn sale preparation now.  All of the furniture has settled into a spot, all of the painting is done (except the 2nd coat on a little bit of a corner cupboard) and we are getting super excited for you to see what we have created.

We had the extreme pleasure of meeting with Brice Stump for a wonderful article in The Daily Times, and we were beyond pleased with the outcome.  We love this paragraph from Brice's  Daily Times article ..."The barn is deep in the countryside, blending well with corn and soybean fields and the look and feel of the rural Eastern Shore. It is their hobby, but also a chance to share the excitement of the hunt, the exhilaration of the perfect find at the perfect price and the fun of decorating a barn in anticipation of an eager and curious throng of anxious shoppers."  Well, we are in the midst of the decorating fun!  We plan to finish up most of the smalls this coming weekend, and put on the finishing touches a couple of evenings next week. 

If you would like to read Brice's entire article (and check our the pics!), you can find it at   We even donned our cowboy boots for the pictures!

Please check back later in the week.  I will post a complete list of vendors, and even let you know what yummy treats Marie will have available of Saturday!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I have LOST the picture I saved for TWO WEEKS that I wanted to show you all!!!  It was a picture of a beautiful oak desk that had been painted and started out much like this...

and they had painted and distressed the drawer section, only leaving the top a beautiful natural wood.  I was going to try to talk you into the desk, and encourage you to "Play With Paint"...but forget'll never know how pretty that desk was, unless I find that picture again!

So...instead, I'll talk about the upcoming Barn Sale.  You know the dates already, but if you have forgotten, they are listed at the top left of our blog home will always be able to find them there, since sometimes it's not easy to find them when you need them.

We are both VERY excited about this sale.  We are expecting record crowds, since we have LOADS of vendors coming on Saturday the 14th, and we seem to getting more followers all the time.  So, we do have a little bit of backup furniture to replace the pieces that get sold early.  If you are looking for something in particular, please ask.  We have some pieces stashed that may or may not be painted the first time you see them.  If they end up in this sale, they will likely be in the state in which we found them.  If they make it all the way to the Christmas sale, they will be spiffed up...maybe painted, maybe just cleaned up and waxed.  The good news is, the less time we put into them, the better the price!

We have been keeping the Facebook page updated, so please check in there every now and then.  In the meantime, here's a taste!

Photo: The hubster has been working hard to make the yard pretty....filled driveway with fresh dirt, cut grass, wacked weeds, and put lights on the old advertising truck! THANK YOU BRIAN:-)

Photo: Ok....I couldn't wait for the barn sale to show this to you....finished the painting today!!!! Two shades of cream colored paint....the inserts are lighter than the rest of it if you can't tell.

Hope you have a great day, and I will be back with a list of our vendors for Saturday.  See you soon!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy Monday!

Photo: It's the big day!!!! That's right.....the day when the chicks hire Patti's nephews, Brandon and Bub, to do all the heavy furniture moving!!! Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day :-)

And could we ask for a more beautiful August day?  It feels like October with the low humidity and nice cooler temperatures!  Yesterday was wonderful, too, and a PERFECT day to start moving furniture around in the barn!  We had our two great helpers, Bub and Brandon, and got just about all the furniture that was upstairs and needing to come down/downstairs and needing to go up moved into the designated room.  It's great having helpers, and well worth the money we pay...these two chicks aren't getting any younger!

We have done a lot of painting this time, and we are really excited for you to see the pumpkin color Sharon chose.  So far she's painted a music cabinet, a big star, a cute little side table, and a mantle with that gorgeous color.  There's also a great mustard color that you will be seeing a lot of.  Blended in, we have a nice cream, and lots of natural wood because it looks SOOO nice for fall decorating.  I think there will be enough great furniture to go around, and just in case there isn't, we have a few pieces in storage already for backup!  We are still looking for a couple of special pieces, going to our favorite sales and keeping our eyes peeled!

I can't stand to be at this computer for too long today...don't want to waste any of my outside time.  Never know how long this gorgeous weather will hold up!  Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Good Morning, All!
I really, really, really am loving these American Paint Company products!  The paint glides on easily, dries fast, and is oh so easy to distress!  My goal for the barn sale (don't forget...September 12, 13 and 14) is to have at least one piece painted in each of the 32 glorious colors. It might be as small as a picture frame, might be a piece of furniture. I'm calling this little painting project PROJECT 32.  I've been working at it for awhile now, and the pieces are starting to accumulate!  First though, I wanted to share a color chart.  I will have quarts as well as samples of each of these colors available for sale.

This chart is missing two new colors that the company has just added, Uncle Sam, which is a pure white, and a wonderful deep, dark blue, Born on the 4th.  I can't wait to get my hands on the blue....I'm a blue fan!  And, APC has a lot of blue to choose from!

I just wanted to show you a little preview of some of the pieces we will offer for sale...I've even got chick Sharon on the painting bandwagon now!

This little smoking stand was painted in Rushmore, then waxed with several coats of dark wax to give the appearance of a long ago painted piece.

This nightstand has a Blue Jean base, topped with Wild Horses.

Love the way this dresser is turning out. I'm patiently waiting for Doug to make two shelves for me, since I tossed the larger drawers and thought I'd display quilts or blankets on the shelves.

One more piece...this little dresser came from our "Cambridge pick". It's a really small size, but I thought it would be a nice piece for a bathroom or nursery.  It's got Amber Waves of Grain under, you got it, Rushmore!  Think I'm overdoing the Rushmore?

Okay, I'm done showing off!  Make sure you stop into the PLAY WITH PAINT room, it will be in one of the downstairs stalls.  We will have paint available, as well as inexpensive furniture just waiting for your imagination and your paintbrush!!!

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Good Monday morning to you all!!!  I was just deleting a few pics from my camera and realized I didn't post a pic of this beautiful barn door.  We have a few barn sale customers that scramble to get the barn doors when we have them, and for the September sale, I think we will have enough for all of them to be happy.  I went to an on premises estate auction recently and scored a bunch of cool primitive farm stuff.  These accessories always complement a primitive decorating scheme, but ESPECIALLY complement fall decorating schemes.

I can picture this door in a breezeway or on a porch, with a bittersweet wreath, and pumpkins and mums all around. Such a pretty fall addition!
A lot of people use barn doors inside the home, too.  I've seen them in a corner as a backdrop for a nice vignette, turned on the side used as a headboard, and topped with glass used as a table top.
I have one nice lady who always makes the trip from her store in Lewis, De who uses them in her store to showcase a cute outfit or dress...what a great idea!
Anyway...we will have plenty of barn doors...if you are interested in one, make sure to get there early for the best selection!
Have a great to ya later!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hey, Barn Sale Buddies!

Hope you are having a great summer.  Sharon and I have been sweating away, trying on a regular basis to work toward the BEST SALE YET.  We have been on quite a few "picks" and really gotten some great stuff.  We both are trying to attend our regular sales, though I have been less than faithful to Crumpton until this past Wednesday.  But, good ole Crumpton sale didn't disappoint this week. I was able to snag a couple of real nice pieces that I just had to show you!

I asked our Facebook friends if I should paint the little white cabinet and they offered a resounding NO with a load of comments.  Glad I asked!

I think this work bench would make a great serving area for your holiday parties.  In fact, I like it so much, I think I will clean it up, seal it with satin poly, and use it next weekend for a family gathering outside!  I'll try to remember to take pics...and I promise, I will part with it by September  : )  !!!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sharon has been painting, painting, painting!  You may remember this pie safe from before...too bad she didn't take a picture.  It has been in the sale a couple of times, and she decided to perk it up with a coat of paint.  I think it turned out great, don't you?  I love this ivory color and it will be paired with a gorgeous pumpkin color front and center upstairs.

This little music cabinet is new this sale, I bet it won't last long!

She also lined up all of these old sewing machine drawers.....

And spiced them up with some color.  It's been hot outside, but that's not keeping us from working to make this next barn sale the best yet!  Hope you have a great day.  We are planning to take the trailer to Cambridge to pick up a BUNCH of stuff we "picked" last week.  Stay tuned for pics!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Do you love pulleys?  Check out this pile! Some will be cleaned up and Briwaxed, some will just be cleaned, and some just might be repurposed...can you think of uses for them?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Okay, not sure what's wrong with the pictures from the last post (thanks Chip for alerting me there was a problem) but I am going to add pictures to this post differently, so maybe they will work.  For all of you that are curious about the pics in the last post, you'll just have to attend the fall sale to see what I was talking about!
Just two days after Sharon and I returned from an awesome two days in PA (first at Renningers and a couple of our other favorite haunts in Adamstown, then to the Cash and Carry in Oaks) we went on an awesome "pick" in the Snow Hill area.  We had a message from Valerie that she wanted to sell a few things and reorganize her shop, so we headed down there with TWO TRUCKS this many times have we had to return after the first load to pick up more great stuff at a pick?!? 

Well, Valerie didn't disappoint.  After we lessened the load at her shop, she wanted us to meet her lovely parents.  Mr. & Mrs. Phillips had been in the antique business for quite a long time, and most of the items Valerie sold us were from them, but they had other things they wanted to sell, so we bought from them too!
We got really nice things, too.  Love these trunks...

And this blanket chest has beautiful handmade hinges, and a candle box...

Also got this nice carpenters tool carrier.  Not sure if it was originally in a tool chest or not, but I can't wait to Briwax it!!!
Anyway, we had a great time, filled two trucks, and met some very nice people...what more could we ask?!?
Hope you all have a great week.  Hopefully we will be able to work in the barn later in the week, but it looks like it might be a HOT week.  We also plan to get into the trailer that was filled when we moved to the new barn soon.  We haven't ventured in there for a while, who knows what goodies might be in there!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013


Check out this guy!!! I attended an auction about 10 days ago, and I am finally getting around to going through all the cool stuff I bought, cleaning and pricing everything.  One of my favorite deals was this home-made horse with a real pony saddle. I thought this was so clever...and I'm not sure if the older gentleman was kidding or not when he called him his Chincoteague pony.  He implied that the grandchildren (or great-grandchildren) actually spent some time "riding" this cute saddle stand.

I also got all the items along the side of this barn.  What I was mainly interested in was the set of
doors that the auctioneer referred to as the original jelly cupboard doors from the house (which was gone, darn-it).  I believe this cupboard was a built in, and I have NO IDEA what I will do with these.  Think I could EVER talk Doug into building a cabinet box to attach these to?  If not, they will just be removed from the framing and sold as a set to someone who can take advantage of their uniqueness!

I love this feeder, and I can just picture it now all cleaned up and waxed, sitting on a desk in a farm office.  You can also see in the background there, I got SEVERAL nice barn doors.  For all of you who scramble to get the barn door or two that I usually have at sales, there will actually be choices this time!

And yes, also in the background, you can see a nice console table I have painted with American Paint Company Amber Waves of Grain.  It is still waiting for a coat of wax, and it will be ready to go!  So many projects, so little time!

Have a great day!  P

Monday, June 17, 2013

Good Monday Morning, All!
Sharon and I have had a great couple of weeks gathering items for the FALL BARN SALE.  I mentioned our Rehoboth Beach, DE trip earlier, and wanted to elaborate a little bit.  April had sent us a message before the spring sale, asking if we would come "pick" at her house.  We were very busy at the time, so we asked her if she could wait until after the sale, and she agreed that that would be fine.  Several weeks passed after the sale, both of us catching up on all the things we put off when a sale gets close, and April was in touch again, so we figured we'd better get with it if we wanted a chance at this!

We were not really very hopeful when we were driving down, since most people pay retail for things, and want to get at least that out of them.  But Sharon and I agreed...we should AT LEAST buy one item each, since this lady seemed excited about our visit, and it would just be RUDE to not buy anything.  We went in my truck, thinking the trailer was a waste of time and gas.

Sorry about how close this looks, but my phone camera plays tricks on me every now and then.  This box is a hardware store display for Eagle Locks.
Well, when we got there, we couldn't have been more surprised.  April walked with us from room to room, offering up one deal after another.  She said she wanted to just pare down a little bit, and that she did!  We spent four plus hours picking and choosing items we thought you would like, and ended up having to make a second trip down there to pick up more stuff after my truck was filled!

One of our favorite items, a lovely aqua rocker with just the right amount of chippiness!
All in all, we had a load of fun, and got TWO truckloads of great stuff.  Look at this HAPPY CHICK!!!

I'll be back soon to tell you of our adventures in PA last weekend, and then we went pickin' again Wednesday, in the Snow Hill some great stuff, too!  Have a good week!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Told you I would be back soon!  I wanted to share today some pictures of painting projects I have been working on since my AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY products arrived.  I have been spending all my spare time (not all that abundant this time of year) testing out this paint, and I have to tell you, I am really impressed.  I am a rookie when it comes to these type of techniques, and this paint is dummy-proof!  Now, there are a lot of techniques I haven't even tried yet, and I am hoping to take a class from my distributor in New Jersey soon.  I hope to even teach some classes eventually, but in the mean time, I have been having fun!!!

Blue jean is my favorite color so far, and I painted this piece with Blue Jean then applied dark wax to the whole piece.  I love working with the wax, especially the dark, as it gives the paint a "depth" that no paint alone can give.

I do need to say, the pieces that I am posting today are of pieces that are for sale in the stores I have space in.  They may, or may not end up at the barn sale.  But, I will have all colors of the paint, plus wax and top coat, at the sale.

This small dresser is Beach Glass, heavily sanded them brushed with top coat.  I like top coat because it is really easy, AND fast...and, you know, I can be impatient sometimes!

I have used Coral Reef quite a bit, as it is selling at the stores...probably to beach house owners, as it is a really happy, bright summery color.

And then, there is the Plymouth Rock...I dry brushed Smoke Signal over it, and turned an old, tired maple piece into the sweetest server!

Sorry, I don't have a picture of the full piece, but it's still for sale at Peddlers Cottage in St. Micheals, so if you are interested.....  : )

I am currently working on a couple of other pieces, and will post pictures when I am finished.  I'll try not to post a ton of stuff that won't be at the Barn Sale, and pretty soon, I will be painting just FOR the sale, but I wanted to get a few pieces in the stores for people to see examples of the paint.  And, the samples keep selling!  Not that I mind that....

Hope you have a great weekend!