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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Early Morning Estate Sale...Part 2!

So after my last post, I was super surprised to hear from a lot of you that sign up sheets for estate sales are not the norm.  You just line up?  What if it's raining?  Or two hours prior to the sale opening?  I guess we all do what we have to do to get the good junk but I think I will just stick to the sign up sheets.  That way, I can get caught up on my reading in my nice, warm car!

Now, on to the rest of my finds from that early sale I hit a couple of weeks ago...

Finally! I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have gone to look at the tag on these old laundry baskets only to find the frustrating NFS marking.  I've also lost out on them quite a few times at estate sales.  This one was waiting for me way out in the back of the property in an old shed.  All of the linens were scattered throughout the house.  We are going to be seeing 70+ degree weather later this week and through the weekend so I will be getting these beauties soaked and hung.  I actually really love this chore!

Lots of bed linens!  I have such an addiction to vintage sheets, pillowcases and blankets.
Another peanut butter jar, this one full of buttons.  Love the turquoise scraper and luckily the Sharpie came right off.  And I never pass up cheap Swanky Swigs!

The sweet bird planter will be up for sale in my IG shop soon since it's a duplicate.  And I can't ever leave an estate sale without at least a couple old greeting cards.

I have started picking up cute hankies here and there for a project.  I'm thinking of making a curtain for my kitchen window with them.  Or I'll make Hanna do it!

Lots of cheap Pyrex at this sale. More duplicate pieces will be headed to IG and Etsy!

These shakers are the first thing I spotted in the online photos and what prompted me to get to the sale so early!

I cannot get enough of vintage enamelware.  The first piece I ever found was actually at my grandparents house.  My grandpa was using it as a water dish for the dogs!  I freaked out and traded out a real dog dish for it.  That was several years ago and guess what my dogs drink out of now?  I guess grandpa had the right idea!

I absolutely love finding little personalized notes on things I find at estate sales.

Old picnic baskets make the best storage!

Loving the jadeite color art deco trim on this old mirror.  I wish that I could capture the color better for you.

Old advertising is just something that I am drawn to.  If I don't sell these, I'll put them with my 4th of July decorations.

So that's it for this particular haul.  Early morning made for a long day but so worth it! 

Oh, and no baby Norah yet.  Once she is here, and Hanna gives me the thumbs up, I will share her arrival with all of you!

Have a wonderful week...


Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Raining.....Junk!

Last Thursday I woke up to an amazing looking ad on Craigslist.  60+ years accumulation in an old farmhouse about 40 minutes from where I live.  Well, I only had to look at a few of the photos to know that I needed to get to that sale.  Fast.  So with barely one cup of coffee in my system, minimal makeup, and a baseball cap, I was out the door, leaving Brian to deal with Maddie and the dogs. 

I got to the sale at 6:00 and was #1 on the list.  The sale was to start at 9:00 am.  You guys must think I'm crazy to get there that early!  But in this area, it is absolutely cutthroat at the estate sales.  You have to get there early if you have any hope of getting anything good.  These sales can get completely picked over in about the first 30 minutes.  And just in case you still aren't convinced that I haven't completely lost my marbles, #2 on the list showed up about 5 minutes later and by 7:00, the whole street was lined with cars. 

Want to hear a crazy story that has nothing to do with the junk at the sale but everything to do with estate sale etiquette?  When #2 got to the sale, she got out of her van and I assumed she was going to put her name on the list.  WRONG.  When the sale started and I had to line everybody up (the task of #1), she wasn't on the list.  She said she didn't know that she had to put her name on a sign up sheet and why the heck wasn't that posted in the ad?!  Someone told her that it was a common practice to have a sign up sheets at estate sales, even family run ones.  And that if the people giving the sale didn't have one up, then the #1 person on the list needed to start one (hence the reason I always have a notebook in my car).  So after waiting 3 hours in her car for the sale to start, she lost her #2 spot and had to go to the back of the line (#63).  She said she had been going to sales for years and had never seen a sale where the sign up list wasn't posted about in the ad.  Wonder where she has been going to sales? 

Anyway....on to the junk!  It was a jam packed sale and I spent about 2 hours going around and around it, always seeing something I hadn't seen before.  I even wondered if they were adding things as the sale went on!

Just in time for Summer!  This Raffiaware Thermo-Temp set colors had my name written all over them!

What I first thought was Lustro Ware actually turned out to be made by Burroughs.  So similar!

Two old freezer baskets waiting to be painted and repurposed.

A stack of Pyrex, including two authentic unmarked Opal's!

Like I have asked so many times before...who gets rid of amazing family heirlooms like recipe tins full of handwritten recipes?!

The top two binders are also filled with newspaper cut outs of recipes along with more handwritten index cards.  I picked up the orange book with the black polka dots to put with my Halloween decorations this year.

These people had so many cookbooks!  Before I checked out, I planted my behind on the floor and sifted through all of the boxes.  If the sale wasn't so far away, I would have gone back for more!

I spotted the big metal scoop in the pictures online.  I has happy to grab it.  It will be perfect for our giant commercial ice machine that we have in the garage.  What can I say...we like ice!  I bought the jar because I always can find uses for old jars but the lid is what really drew me in.

Isn't this lid great?  I promptly filled the jar up with drink packets and put it in my pantry.  See, I actually do use the junk I drag home!

I am going to foster these cute children's shoeboxes, complete with shoes, for a while.  Then they will head off to Magpie Ethel!  Surprise, Laurie!

I've had some pretty good luck selling these old souvenir trays and the match safe was one I didn't already have!

I picked up the sweetest children's dish that spins in the original packaging along with a super cute plastic bib for Miss Norah.  The bib is reminiscent of Hanna's "Spaghetti Coat" that she had to wear when she at spaghetti when she was little.  She was quite the little hog.

Look at the bunnies!!

And there is more!  Lots more!  I'll post Part 2 next time.  I've got tons to do today and I'm in a mad rush to get caught up around here before I get the phone call that Miss Norah is on her way.

Until next time...


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Busy Bee & From The Flea

It has been crazy busy around here.  Brian swears that I make messes so that I can clean them up.  He says I always have some sort of project going and he doesn't understand why I just can't relax.  Well let me tell you....relaxing is not in my nature.  I am a busy bee and am happiest when I have a task.  Plus I love seeing progress going on around me.  Recently, my major project has included tackling the upstairs closets.  Isn't it amazing the things you can find that you have no recollection of how you acquired them?  I've been listing away on Etsy and Instagram and luckily have been selling lots of stuff!  I just told Hanna that it's not so much about the money as it is the getting rid of things.  After all, I need to make room for more!

The Sunday before Hanna's shower, I was up bright and early for the flea market.  Since sales are starting to pick up around here, the sellers at the flea have a lot more good junk to pick through. 

I've been gathering lots of fun vintage toys for when Miss Norah comes to stay with me.  Plus I never pass up a Pepsi crate that is in my price range.  I love to stack them on my back patio.

I Love old pillowcases!

Especially ones with sweet deer embroidered on them.

Old tins are perfect for storage.

This one was filled with cute cookie cutters.

This apron is so funny!  Who do you think the Tranquilizers are for?  Grandma or the kids?


More aprons from the same seller.  And before you ask, yes I do wear them!  More for fun than function though.

I was totally suckered in with the cute graphics on this sewing kit.

Bonus was that the original doll was included!

I've become obsessed with Texas Ware.  Brian loves it too.  He absolutely hates using Pyrex.  He is always afraid he is going to break it and also that it has to be hand washed.

I must find more of these plates!  Sadly the seller only had the one.

I have seen this sweet measuring spoon holder on a few blogs and have had it on my mental wish list.  Super happy to find my own!  The seller threw in the party picks for free.

3 of these lucky deer are headed up to live with Magpie Ethel!  I'm kind of jealous.

It's supposed to be super nice this weekend.  Hopefully that means more sales!

Have a great week...


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Miss Ellanorah's Wonderland

Good morning! 

Last Sunday, family and friends honored Hanna and Miss Ellanorah with an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower.  Let me tell you, it was a labor of love!  I worked tirelessly for weeks to prepare for this big event.  After all, Norah is the first child that will make me an aunt so a big celebration was in order!  A few times I had to remind myself that this wasn't a party for me, but for Hanna and the baby:-)  Obviously I wasn't just going to buy a bunch of stuff from Party City and throw it together.  Oh no.  This party had to have a vintage vibe.  And I am happy to say it all went off without a hitch.

Lots of photos.  Hope you all enjoy!

 The shower was held at The Campbell House, a historic boutique hotel.
The theme was a surprise so when Hanna got there, I gave her a copy of the invitation.

Sisters!  In case you are confused, the pregnant one is on the left.

I promise you there is a baby in that tiny belly of hers.

Alex's girlfriend, Maddy (yep, another one), drew this amazing welcome sign that we had a the front door.  I am on the hunt for another chalkboard so that Maddy can recreate this for Norah's nursery.  This one is mine!

I had the best time searching for vintage teacups and saucers for the party favors.  Each one contained a tiny jar of honey, a honey dipper, teabags, and a sweet Alice themed charm.

Lots of colorful decorations. 

Since she did all the flower arrangements for Matt & Hanna's wedding reception, it is now a given that my best friend Rachel does the flowers for all of the events that we do!

What is a Mad Hatter tea party without clocks and lots of random decorations?

The cupcakes were a major team effort.  Maddie spent hours creating the toppers.  Brian made the actual cupcakes and Maddie and Maddy decorated them.  I even put Brian to work making cake stands!

Maddie's candy buffet!  See all those colorful chocolates on the tiered trays?  She made all of those from scratch.

More from the sweets table.  My mother in law made those wonky looking petit fours.  Don't they fit in with the theme perfect?

The Campbell House did an amazing job catering this event.  The food was perfect for an afternoon tea party!

The tables settings were perfect, each with it's own teapot.  There were also Mimosa's (of course!).

Hanna spent a lot of time opening gifts.  Miss Norah is already so spoiled!

I love this photo.  My sister is so pretty :-)  Pregnancy definitely agrees with her.  But just don't ask her what her opinion is on that!

Magpie Ethel just couldn't keep her hands off of the colorful tissue paper and put herself to work organizing it.  I joked that she was going to thrown together some tissue paper flowers :-)  Thanks again, Laurie!

And then the party was over.  Now we wait.  Oh please Norah, don't be late!  Especially because your loving aunt has a concert and Plucky Maiden's to attend right around your due date!

Thank you so much to everybody that helped put this wonderful event together.  I couldn't have done it without you guys!

Until next time....