Monday, March 25, 2013

A Shameless Facebook Plug

Happy Monday, followers! Since I am having a hard time loading pictures today, I hope you will click on the Facebook page in my menu bar and check out what Sharon has been up to. She has been painting everything in sight, and taking pictures to share the results with you!

In case you were not aware, Sharon takes care of the Facebook page (in fact, I don't even have a personal Facebook page...I just don't enjoy the computer that much, and don't feel like I need something else to keep up with).  She does a great job taking pictures and posting a sentence or two about what we are up to.  It is obvious by the number of "likes" she gets on a regular basis that you all like to keep current with what's going on.

I try to keep up with the blog, but sometimes life gets in the way...so if you crave Two Chicks info and I am not keeping up, try out the Facebook link... You don't have to even have a Facebook account yourself to spy on us!!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wedding Cake Table...A Real Beauty


This Victorian buffet...which has been sitting all lonely in my shed literally for YEARS because I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it...just made it's way to the work area of my shed.  I have finally decided that I will indeed part with it, as it really doesn't fit in with my decorating style.  I am going to clean it up, and paint it off white.  It will get a coat of wax, and it will have a place of honor in the wedding area.  Can't you just see it all decked out as a cake table???  Or a dessert station? Or, it would make a great welcome table for with all of the table numbers on it!

Gotta get moving on it...the barn sale is only three weeks away and most of the other furniture is already in place!  Hope you have a great day.  I'll be back soon!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Auction Downer

Good Morning, barn sale followers!

Thought I'd fill you in on a little auction secret you may or may not know.  You don't always come out smiling.  It's not always a great experience.  And, if you ever want to make it in this crazy business, you just have to keep your chin up and hope for the best next time.

I talked Doug into hooking up the trailer this past weekend and heading to the mud sale with me in Manheim, Pa.  We haven't had the trailer long, and aside from a trip to the barn, it's only been used for storage of items that have been cleaned or painted or packed in crates ready to go to the barn.  I was excited to go to a sale 3 1/2 hours away and not have to pass up a good bargain because I wasn't sure if it would fit in my truck.  And surely you remember the trip to Gettysburg that Sharon and I took where we had to make THREE trips to collect all of the items we bought...if you don't, check it out here

Well, we got on the road at 4:30am Saturday, not wanting to miss a minute of the sale.  We had even set up the coffee pot the night before, and I made breakfast sandwiches before we left that morning so we wouldn't have to stop.  We drove the 3 1/2 hours (well, actually Doug drove and I was able to sleep for a little while!) and got to the sale right before it opened.  We were disappointed to find out that you are not able to park ANYWHERE on the grounds of the auction, and had to take a shuttle from a school a few miles away. This is a problem because 1.we had Marley, our dog with us (we swore we wouldn't be those people who took their dog with them when they traveled but it was going to be cold and rainy and he'd have to stay outside alllll  day if we left him home!!!) and I didn't figure they'd want a dog on the shuttle, and  2.I usually buy enough that I like to take some of my purchases to the truck as I buy them. It saves time at the end of the day, and I don't have to worry about a big pile of items at my feet or in some random spot where someone might walk off with something.

So...we finally got there (they did let Marley ride the shuttle, and he was such a good boy!). It was cold, but we were prepared with plenty of layers.   I walked around the grounds, and spotted a few things I wanted Doug to try to to buy, as they have several auctioneers selling at the same time.  I finally settled in the antiques tent, ready to go.  The first few items sold fairly reasonably, but I think that was because they started selling in that tent a few minutes before the designated 9am start time.  They usually stagger start times at these sales, so if you want something on one of the wagons or in one of the other tents, there's a chance (ever so slight!) that you can actually buy things from both (or several) places.  Anyway...I wasn't interested in the first few lots, and by the time they got to things that I did want, prices were getting high.  Remember, we like to buy cheap, so we can sell to you, our dedicated customers, at least reasonably!

I did finally get a couple of things, (6 to be exact), but was really disappointed.  The weather certainly was a factor.  It started snowing like crazy, and while at some sales this might make people leave, not so at this sale.  They just crowded into the tents. So there were hoards of bored people in the tents, and when you are bored at a sale (been there) you sometimes buy things you'd normally just think are to expensive 'cause you gotta do something (done that)!  What I did get, I was able to carry on the bus...not a good thing...I like a BIG pile!!!

Sipping jug, nice wooden box, enamel pitcher, wash board, and 2 chocolate molds
So, we moved on from the sale before noon.  I just didn't want to waste any more time there if I wasn't going to be able to buy anything.  That tiny pile you see there?  Not exactly enough to make it worthwhile to have dragged the trailer 3 1/2 hours.  It pulls my already not great gas mileage down to around 10mpg!  We drove to Adamstown to visit a couple of our favorite spots, and were at least able to scratch out a few good buys.  I got the cream colored trunk you see in the background, a cute gray and green tall dresser, and a few more smalls. And, best of all, I got to spend the day with my tolerant husband and our sweet boy Marley!

Hope you have a great week!  I'll post barn pics as soon as we have less mess!!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

BY THE WAY...


We are listed in this lovely spring magazine as a place to shop for great flea market deals for your home!  We LOVE the press, and all the attention this magazine has gotten for us makes us so happy!  We love our old friends, but look forward to meeting new ones, too!  And, we have both been fans of this magazine since it first came out.  It is FULL of ideas how to incorporate flea market finds into your home in the most gorgeous way!  Try to pick up a copy when you get a chance.  You will love it!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Primitive Annies

A couple of weeks ago, Sharon and I made a return visit to one of our past vendors, Susan, who is an energetic little lady who collected Primitive Annies for a LONG time.  Susan has moved to a smaller house (it's lovely, by the way) and wanted to sell off a large portion of her extensive collection. She still loves primitives, and her house shows it...in a wonderful, orderly way.  Her talent and love for decorating is evident in every nook and corner of her home.

Sharon and I were able to score a bunch of dolls and accessories at a great price, and they will be showing their cute faces at the sale in April (only 4 weeks from this weekend, by the way!).  Sharon already showcased quite a few of the dolls she bought on Facebook.  If you haven't checked out our Facebook page and you are into the whole Facebook world, please be sure you do.  Sharon posts often.



This little girl is definitely my favorite of the bunch...I love her pigtails!!!


So...if you are a collector of Primitive Annies...or you want to begin your very own collection...be sure you arrive at the sale early.  We had a few of these at the Christmas sale, and they sold out quickly.  They are priced very reasonably.

Sharon and I are working in the barn tonight, arranging furniture, so I will try to remember my camera to give you a few hints of what you will be seeing at the sale. Hope you have a great day!

Monday, March 4, 2013

So the fun begins....




That's right, on a COLD Sunday afternoon (yesterday), we got started moving things up that were down, and things down that were up! Crazy as this seems, we have our themes all figured out, and if it doesn't fit, out it goes!

We started the day at 12:15 with two full trailers, a few leftover pieces from the Christmas barn sale still upstairs, the downstairs full of new and exciting auction finds, and two energetic boys. By 5:15, we had every piece of furniture (I'm sure we will add more with the coming auctions, but...) in the area it goes in...

The wedding area is full:


Can't tell all our secrets, but the area that will be a vintage ice cream parlor will soon take shape:
 
And at the end of the day we also had two WORN OUT boys...
 
The two CHICKS were pretty tired too!  So...the next step is to arrange all the furniture, with the help of furniture sliders and blankets.  The boys are way to busy to make this a full time gig, but the help we get from them one day before every sale is sooooo appreciated!

We are so excited for you to see what we have collected over the past few months!  In case you have forgotten, the sale will be held on the 11th of April from 5-9pm (that's the American Cancer Society sneak peak but you will be able to buy that evening, too). Admission is $5 on Thursday night, then we're open Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th from 9am until 5pm each day, with free admission. Hope you can come!!!