Thursday, November 6, 2014

A gentle reminder....the barn sale is only TWO WEEKS away!  We are moving the remainder of the furniture into place today. Will post pictures as soon as I get the rest of the pieces in place.  Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Okay, I actually wrote a post earlier today, and apparently when I hit publish, my post AND PICTURES went to never-never land...or, maybe the cloud....wherever that is!!! So... here I go again.  It's hard to make myself post more than once a month, and here I an repeating myself...ugh!

We are steadily restocking for our Christmas sale.  We have both been to our regular auctions, and we went on a weekend hunt in Pennsylvania that was oh so fun!  Sharon found an awesome sale for us on Saturday, and we visited several of our favorite wholesalers on Sunday...went to the flea market at Renningers, and visited some of our favorite (secret) spots.  We bought a lot of great stuff, and got a lead on a picker that we hope turns out to be a continued source of goodies!  We will be visiting a cash and carry later in the month, and will visit a warehouse that promises to be an adventure.  We'll keep you posted on our progress!

In the meantime, I wanted to whet your appetite with a few pictures of what we have so far!

Hope you have a good week...

Monday, September 15, 2014

We can just establish right now that I'm the worst blogger ever, I see that I haven't posted in FOREVER!  And, I really don't have time for a proper post now, either.  But, I do want to remind you that our fall sale starts this Thursday at 5pm, and continues both Friday and Saturday from 9am until 5pm both days. We have loads of cool stuff, too!  Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014


We just want to take a minute to say thank you to all of you who support our sale, time and time again.  What started out as an experimental little fun event has turned into more than we could ever have hoped for. We really love the hunt for unique, fun items for you, and your support (by buying them!) is so very appreciated!
Hopefully, you made it out to visit with our 40 vendors on Saturday.  We like to offer a wide variety of items, and feel like we definitely had that covered at this sale!  From Pampered Chef to primitive furniture to handmade baby items, the vendors really do run the gambit, and if you were one of our vendors, THANK YOU too! Many of you expressed an interest in returning, and we do plan to host vendors for one day at the fall sale, as well. 

Sharon and I will take a little bit of time to rest, then we will be out there again, shopping and picking.  If you know of someone who has an old barn full, or just a few pieces, please call us or email us.  We are always looking for unique pieces, as well as everyday pieces we can paint or otherwise reinvent!

I will try to keep you all posted when we get a date pinned down for the fall sale, and as always, will try to post pictures of cool finds!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Not going to bore you with a lot of blah, blah, blah today, because frankly, I'm kinda short on time. Just wanted to let you know that Sharon and I are SO EXCITED for you to see the fruits of our labors.  We have worked hard....really hard.... to bring you a beautiful feast for your eyes at the spring sale. I hope you love the furniture and accessories as much as we do.  We have a ton of spring d├ęcor, furniture, and yes, primitives, too. 

The sale starts this Thursday at 5pm with our Sneak Peek and Purchase evening.  We will be charging $5 admission, with all of the proceeds of admission being donated to the American Cancer Society.  We'll be offering sweet treats and lemonade to all, plus a reuseable shopping bag for the first 50 customers to check out.  Those of you that come on Thursday evening will get to be the first to see (and buy!) what we've been so excited about. A lot of inventory goes out the door on that first evening, and we think it's worth making the trip out on our first day.

If you can't make it on Thursday, or you prefer a shopping experience with less crowds and less wait at the checkout, rest assured that we have a load of inventory.  We'll do some rearranging, and you won't know what you missed!  We are open from 9am until 5pm both Friday and Saturday.  We have 40 - that's right, 40 vendors lined up for Saturday.  If you've ever been at the sale when we have vendors, you know what a party it is!!!

I really, really hope you can come for a visit this weekend.  We feel blessed to have so many wonderful members of our barn sale family, and we love what we do!  It's loads of work, but loads of fun, too!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We have been working diligently preparing the stalls in the barn for the sale, coming up in 10 short days, and we CAN'T WAIT for you to see what we've been up to. Since Sharon and I both LOVE primitives, I thought I would start off with a taste of what we have to offer in our primitive area, which is downstairs.  I know it doesn't look very much like spring, but it's been a LONG winter!  And I think this area is coming along splendidly,  just needs some smalls added in to brighten things up.

If bright and springy is what you are looking for, never fear!  We have loads of bright spring colors, as well as plenty of pastels for those of you that prefer the softer shades.  We've been painting up a storm, and also had help from our sweet friend, Jessica, getting things ready to go. 

Sharon went to the fabric store and has been recovering seats with the best of them....

The wedding area, which is usually all burlap and rustic, has a central focus that's far from burlap...Imagine this dressy little loveseat as a prop for your pictures!

Speaking of dressy, we have not one, not two, but three (and maybe a fourth if the painting gets done!) beautiful servers, sideboards, buffets... whatever you prefer to call them.  We have a white one, a cream one, and a blue one.  Not even going to show you pictures because you NEED to see them in person!!!  A style for every taste, from Victorian to country.

I know I have been absent from the blog world for quite a while....welcomed a second grandchild, beautiful (looks just like her Momma) Sloane Elizabeth is all fresh and new, just 9 days old today.  Really hoping I can interest one of my grandchildren in being a part of the barn sale happiness at some point....maybe Sloane or Asher will like to paint!  Sharon already has Logan attending sales with her at a little over a year old!

Will try to get back to you before the sale.  Don't forget, the dates are next Thursday, the 24th of April from 5-9 pm where we will offer a sneak peek (and purchase, too!) for $5 per person, and all of the proceeds from admission will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  Then on Friday, admission is free, and we will be open from 9am until 5pm.  Saturday will be a special day, with 25 plus vendors set up in and around the open farm shed in addition to our offerings inside the barn.  Admission is free on Saturday, too, and the hours are form 9am until 5pm.

Hope you have a great day!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Score...House 1, Humans 0

It's a very rare occasion that I am inspired to write a post about a fail.  But, I'm hoping this fail is not permanent, only a temporary glitch in my otherwise charmed "career" as a "salvager of stuff".  Doug and I went on an adventure yesterday (with permission of the owner, of course) in a house that is ready for demolition.  We planned to salvage the floorboards of the attic, in hopes of installing them in our living room. 

When we remodeled our house 16 years ago, we were able to use floorboards from a granary we were tearing down on my family farm as the dining room floor. We also salvaged some awesome beams we used in the upstairs family room. We had hoped to install the random width heart pine boards in the living room too, but didn't have enough. So, we have been searching for quite some time now for just the right boards to install in the living room over the narrow pine flooring original to the house.

We had been over to check out this house a few weeks ago, and were ready to get the job done.  There was a built in cupboard in there too, and we were hopeful that it would be easy to just pop it off the wall while we were there.  It was unique in that it actually had a back and side separate from the actual wall of the house, so we thought it might be a pretty easy task.

We could not have been more wrong!  First, we had to remove the molding from the top and the ceiling, because the cabinet had been attached before the ceiling was installed.  Apparently there had been at least one renovation, and the once plaster walls had been replaced by wallboard.

See how the cabinet actually stands higher than the ceiling?  Well, Doug removed the ceiling in that part of the room, and then realized the side was also attached under the drywall. 

So after a few blows to the walls, he removed the wallboard on the side and the back...

And he pried...and tugged...and pulled...and cut nails with a saw...and even separated the wall between the kitchen and this room enough that we were afraid the whole house might fall down, and STILL

The cabinet remains strong.  Maybe even stronger than the rest of the house.  So, we removed the floorboards from the attic, which was actually easier than we thought it might be (but we were both beat, and sore last night...are we getting too old for this kind of work???), and vowed to return when the demolition date gets close.  We're thinking now the answer might be to cut the wall from the outside, pull the cabinet out, then RUN LIKE HE** before the house falls down!!!  Yes, it is in that bad a condition.  BUT...look at the cabinet!!!  Isn't it awesome?  So if you think the price on this baby seems steep at the barn sale, you'll know why!  Wish us luck!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Notice how I said in my last post "once a week  or so "? Well, this time it was the or so, rather than the once a week.  Sharon and I did have two fun picks the Saturday after that post.

We got some really nice stuff, including those two white rockers you see in the second picture, a server, a sweet little vanity, and some great smalls.  Sharon has been to her favorite auction a number of times.

AND... we have had a few surprises in the barn...dry fluffy snow covering a good portion of the right half of the upstairs...

We have cared for sick grandchildren,

And welcomed a new one!

One of us did get to go to the cash and carry, while the other stayed back and had to WORK her real job.  Drove through this...

For awesome stuff like this...

So, as you can see, we have been busy with life, but are keeping the Barn Sale preparation going too.  Patti is going to a retailer paint class in northern NJ on Monday and hoping to come back with some new techniques and lots of inspiration to paint, paint, paint.  Have you tried American Paint Company mineral based paints yet?  If not, now is the time to give it a try.  Check out the website and especially the blog for great pictures and inspiration.  It's

Hope you have a great weekend, and the snowy dreary weather doesn't get you down!  Think SPRING BARN SALE!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hi, Barn Sale friends!  And, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  The Two Chicks have had a glorious break, enjoying time with family over the holidays, hosting a baby shower, reading and relaxing, frolicking in the mountains in Virginia, and one of us even got to enjoy a week in WONDERFUL Punta Cana soaking up the sun and 80* temperatures! I think the other chick is booking a nice vacation soon! Can you imagine a more beautiful, inspiring break than this?


The colors in the islands do a great job inspiring us, and we are soon going to be getting geared up, painting and picking and decorating! I really don't have any pictures to show you of what we've bought, because it's slim pickin's at the moment.  But we're planning a pick for later this week.  We'll soon start posting pictures of all the great stuff we are accumulating, and then when we get down to arranging, you know we usually bombard you with pictures on our Facebook page.  For the moment, I am going to share a couple of pictures that inspire me right now...these are both featuring items we normally have for sale at our barn sale, used in wonderful unique ways.

I've sold these old rake handles for use in a bathroom for towels, and they have been in the paint room a few times for brush storage.  Why not bring them into the kitchen?

And, I think this hanging light is fabulous!  Looks easy to make, too!  What do you think?

Stay tuned, I'm going to try to post once a week or so. Hasta luego!