Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Junk For Sale

Good evening! The picture above is how the pond across the road looks almost every morning. The steam rising off the water is absolutely beautiful. I need to try to take a better picture. It is even more breathtaking when you see the sun peaking up over the trees.

I came home this evening to the sound of a tractor mowing our grass. We have several acres of grass, but only mow the yard (probably about 2 acres). I worried when we moved here what we would do since we don't own a tractor. Well, everything works out. A farmer down the road mows and bales our grass. He has hay for his livestock and we have a cleared yard. No money is exchanged, but he is happy and we are happy!

My first month at the antique store was great! I deposited my first check yesterday and it was more than I expected when I started this whole thing. I really enjoy doing this - shopping for treasures, turning "junk" into something new, and then displaying it in my booth just so. I found out that there is one lady in town (and her daughter) who have bought A LOT from my booth. They'll come in or call and ask if I have been there to add anything new. And then they SHOP! Works for me!

Last week was a good junking week. Between thrift stores, garage sales and one estate "tag" sale I came home with lots of new things. Most will end up in my booth, although I am hanging on to a few things (for now anyway).

This isn't everything I bought last week, but it gives you an idea. The back of my van got pretty full on Saturday morning. I am so thankful that my hubby allows me to go junking on Saturday mornings while he watches the kiddos. I don't go out every week, but it sure is nice when I do.

It is a little hard to see the table that everything is sitting on. It appears to be pretty old and "primitive" and was a bargain for $3. It is on my front porch. I'm working on a fall display set up on it that I will try to show you later.

I have a confession. I like men's pajamas. Only vintage ones. Strange, I know. But have you every looked at them? There are some great prints. The ones I found last weekend are probably my favorites. It is a beautiful winter scene fabric. Not sure if I will put them in my booth around Christmas time or if I will keep them and wear them. Yes, I even wear men's pajamas. Now you know.

I love this old refrigerator drawer. And of course I can't pass up trim, lace and rick rack.

There is a lady in town who does estate "tag" sales. Sometimes I think things are pricey and other times I am excited at the bargains I find. This breakfast tray was $2. Definitely worth it! The cherry plate came from a garage sale. Isn't it sweet?

More treasures....a serenity prayer sampler and a Homer Laughlin mixing bowl. I like how they look together.

More old magazines, turkey salt and pepper shakers, a vintage thermos, a McCoy planter....The mirror (which you can see better in a previous picture) is an old window frame. It came from the tag sale. I have been looking for a mirror for our back bathroom and I think this one is perfect.

I'm not sure if I will do much fall decorating inside this year, but like I said before, I am working on the porch. I wish I could find some of those fun pumpkins like are available in some places - white, green, etc. All that is available here is the typical orange ones from the grocery store. Have any of you every grown pumpkins or gourds? I'm thinking about trying it next year.

Time to get off the computer. The house is not going to clean itself and the laundry fairy did not make an appearance here today. I guess it is up to me.....

{Two rows of bronze gourds were around the outer edge of the bowl, ten gourds to every eighteen inches. I Kings 7:24}

10 comments:

Julie said...

HI Vanessa,
We tried growing big pumpkins and little ornamental gourds this year. It was a total flop. The garden spot where the tomatoes, peppers and herbs thrived was not good for gourds. The vines got big and looked good at first, then they shriveled up and died. Ethan was so excited to have a pumpkin booth this fall, but we ended up buying pumpkins instead.
I am enjoying your blog. Glad to see that things are going well for you all.
Julie

Julie said...

HI Vanessa,
We tried growing big pumpkins and little ornamental gourds this year. It was a total flop. The garden spot where the tomatoes, peppers and herbs thrived was not good for gourds. The vines got big and looked good at first, then they shriveled up and died. Ethan was so excited to have a pumpkin booth this fall, but we ended up buying pumpkins instead.
I am enjoying your blog. Glad to see that things are going well for you all.
Julie

Robin said...

The serenity prayer in frame looks very familiar. I think my mom had one just like it--is it cross stitch?

Beth Leintz said...

Men's pajamas- sounds like a great idea- I'm going to look for some the next time I'm junkin'

Molly said...

I'll look for the green and white pumpkins if I have time before Mon.
Woo hoo, you in men's pj's! And I thought I knew you pretty well. Cute fabric design in those pj's.
Love the blue/white bowl. Can't wait to see you and your porch treasures.

Debbie said...

Wow! You got a lot of neat stuff! I hope to be as lucky in the next couple of days.

Debbie in Florida

Jean Tuthill said...

I'm glad your sales are going so well. It must be so much fun setting up your displays. I love hunting for bargains and thrift store goodies.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love all your bargains...I wish I could shop your booth...I know I would be in 7th heaven. LOVE that cherry plate. Your wagon wheel on the front door is one of the coolest ideas I have seen. cherry

cindy said...

Love that cherry plate and that tray for two bux...definetly the deal of the day! You found some great finds...funny how it gets in your blood...its the thrill of the hunt! Glad you are enjoying your booth.

c

Don and Dixie said...

Looks like you had a great week last week. Glad your sales are going well in your booth.