Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Finds

thrift store, vintage finds, suitcases, doors, primitives
It was the perfect trifecta - sidewalk shopping, thrift store discount day, and Habitat sale day.

A pair of lovely turquoise French doors that remind of Joanna Gaines.

They came quite a roundabout way from Olive Out.

A pair of old screen doors.

As you can see the doors are in Booth W-10.

Thanks, Liz, for this primitive beauty.

Handmade shoeshine box.

Came with real dirt!

One tweed suitcase.

Two large brown suitcases.

One blue train case.

A large green and yellow cupboard door.

Come back Sunday for its makeover.

Two flambeaux.

Look, Fonda, a globe and dictionary stand!

I've finished this makeover also.

I've been a painting fool.

I found a box of reference books.

Harold loved his dictionary so much, he engraved his name on it! 

I love red levels to display bottle brush trees - this one just level enough to show my poor brick barrow no longer even pretends to be level! 

A leather briefcase.

These make great magazine storage.

I have polished all the cases.

I have fluffed some stuff.

I am on a painting spree.

Be prepared to be wowed! 

See y'all!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

South Main Superette

painting signsI am busy, busy, busy finishing projects for the farm sale and keeping the booths stocked.

Lately I have been in a painting signs kind of mood.

I started with two boards from Horror Monster, my beloved stash.

Dug out the Bermuda Sand paint.

(Really if anyone walked into my house the first thing she would say is "How much?" There is that much stuff in the living room!)

These two boards have had many reincarnations.

Yes, the colors are rather fab, but I going white.

You can see I relented and let some of the other layers of paint show through.

Just brushed on a thin coat.

There's Willie hanging his head - he despises having his photo taken, but insists on being in the background.

Growing up I used to love going to the superette - loved the name of the tiny grocery store.

So I made up South Main Superette for my sign.

I did not have the right size stencils for the lettering.

Printed out the letters.

Taped them to the boards.

Used old fashion carbon paper.

I pick up every box I can find at estate sales.

The top board shows the letters in black and red.

The bottom shows after highlighting and shadowing the letters.

A close up.

Then off they went (after a couple of coats of varnish) to Booth W-10.

Yesterday I spent several hours with a new group of signs.

Will show you on Sunday.

Painted some items for the Gathering, tagged some items for the Gathering, and waxed some items for the Gathering.

It seems to be all about the Gathering - I have two weeks left to prepare.


People are still enjoying the blog hop from last Friday.

Long lists are being made - what will you be looking for?


You can go HERE for the list of bloggers who participated with links to their posts.

Or you can go see Eddie of Eddie-torial Comments - he is on a roll with list after list.

See y'all!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Booth Update

arranging a resell booth
What a wretched mess of a booth!

My small Booth C-23 at Riverfront Antique Mall was quite the sight.

Last Tuesday I spent seven hours pulling everything out, dusting, and sweeping.

Smalls had been piled haphazardly. 

Time for a new look.

Every item was rearranged.

I even had room to add the Everlasting and Vintage bookshelf (now sold) and the matching cabinet.

The white dot on the floor is the limit for outside space.

Much more attractive.

I rolled up a huge canvas hanging and replaced it with a wall of smalls.

The leaves are down on the round table adding feet of space.

Neat stacks!

My favorite vignette.

Drapery pleater hooks are great for hanging items on the chicken wire.

Did it stay this neat?

Well, no, I had to straighten it on Sunday.

Did you have a chance to come over to the blog hop on Friday?

It was mega-fun to see all the lists and have readers chime in with great things to add to our lists.

You can go HERE to find a complete list of all the bloggers who participated.

The countdown to the farm sale is here.  I am busy tagging items and sorting through Horror Monster, my beloved stash, to find interesting items to take with me.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Top 5 Things To Look For At Yard Sales This Year

house parts, wire baskets, books, tools, tool boxes, vintage

This is the time of the year when yard sales start popping up all around you.

What should you be looking for?

This is my list.

Slightly rusty.

Slightly crusty.

And mostly distressed.


When I drive up to a sale, I am constantly searching around the yard, in the burn piles, in the sheds. 

Wherever the sellers will let me look.

Found this old green shutter leaning against the side of a house waiting to be taken to the dump.

Makes an excellent trellis.

This screen door guard was for sale - new house owners did not need the "W" initial.

I did!

Screen door guards come in many decorative shapes.

Windows are perfect for filling wall space.

They are often cheap if you agree to haul them off.

I love to go to a yard sale advertised as a remodeling sale.

Tons of house parts and odd lumber pieces for projects.

I did have to pay real money for this old church window.

However it was near the end of the sale, the sellers had not sold any of the stained glass, and I offered to buy all six windows at a bundle price.

One stayed with me and the rest went off to the store to sell.

Found in a shed just waiting for me.

No one had asked to explore the items in the shed.

Always ask if you can investigate.

You never know what treasure you can find.

Another favorite of mine is finding old roofing tin tiles.


I buy most wire baskets if the price is right.

Whether they are old or not, it really does not matter.

They have been popular in every decor as long as I can remember.

Wire baskets are useful for storing craft items.

You can line them with screen or landscape cloth and plant in them.

If you find any old locker baskets for less than $10, you are stealing!

Years ago I paid $1 each for them and bought them by the hundreds.

They have disappeared around here.

Unless you wish to pay $30 or more for one!


I never met a book I did not like.

Most of the time I am after old textbooks especially reading books.

But stacks of old books can be great for book page crafts.

I keep my reading books.

I keep my tiny books.

A TIP: If you walk up on a sale ending with boxes of books left, make an offer for the entire lot.  You can always donate what you cannot use.

Besides the obvious of reading the books, they make excellent risers to display items in your home.


Another favorite sale of mine is the old man sale where he is allowing people to go into his man shed.

Great place to find tools and other odds and ends.

Recently I bought four hospital pink bins of tools.

Some to use.

Some to sell.

And some to frame!

Yes, some tools are very decorative.

Look at that mole torture device at the top of the photo.

Imagine it mounted on a block of wood all cleaned and waxed.


Well, if you gonna buy the tools, you might as well buy the tool boxes or even tackle boxes.

This stack hangs out on my front porch holding garden tools.

I have another stack in the craft room.

I do not bother with getting rid of the rust.

I keep them waxed.

This beauty once held electronic equipment.

It now holds plant food.

So whatever your design style is, you can find items at yard sales this summer. 

Just keep an open mind.

                                      IT'S A BLOG HOP!

Please take a look at what everyone else is hunting for. 


See y'all!


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