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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Finished Project---Solar Chandelier!

I just realized that I never got around to showing pics of the finished solar chandelier! The lights are a little crooked because I didn't want to glue them down so they could be replaced when the burn out. I'm o.k. with crooked. I've come a long way! Crooked used to drive me crazy, but now, it just gives something more character (IMO).




Hanging on a shepherd's hook, outside my kitchen window and my sun room window, so I can see it from a couple of different rooms-love the smile on my face when I see it all lit up at night!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Few Sprinkles, a surprise package and a Few Treasures!

Today is really chilly! Hasn't even hit sixty degrees, and it's been sprinkling on and off all day. This morning started off with a very early Fedex delivery. I was expecting to go to the front porch and find a box from Amazon with text books for one of my guys. Instead, I found this...

I saw that it was addressed to my youngest, so I sent him a text right away. I was assuming he'd decided to get back into raising chickens and expected the box to have chicken eggs inside. Since he was at school, it took him a while to get back to me. During that time, I left the house to shop some driveways. I left the package on the porch.

About a half an hour later, I got a text from him, asking me to take the box in the house because it contained his new "pets". Since I was gone, he said he was sure they were packed well, and they'd be fine. When I asked what his new "pets" were, he said..."scorpions, how cool is that!?! Don't worry, they aren't deadly." Included with the text is a whistling smiley face with raised eyebrows!! I cracked up! You gotta love this kid, he keeps us on our toes-never a dull moment and lots of laughs!!

There are three of them. They are not nice to look at (IMO). Lucy thinks they are new toys, and sits on his bed barking at the aquarium, trying to get them. He's been warned about what will happen if they ever get loose!

I went to a few garage sales today, despite the on and off sprinkles. Some people were wearing winter coats! I was fine in a tshirt and capris-I like cooler weather though. I was reminded that you can't really tell from the road what you might find on a table in a garage. Underneath a smaller oval plate, I found two vintage red Fiesta oval platters! They both have some gray utensil marks, but I'm hoping a good cleaning with BKF will take care of that!

I stopped at a small local antique shop and there was a barn sale behind it. They guy having the sale does estate clean-outs (that's what one of his workers told me), and there was a HUGE hodge-podge of stuff. I got a Hazel Atlas striped coffee mug. I've never seen it in yellow before, so I was pretty excited!

My next stop was at a garage sale that happens every year, a couple of times a year. Usually I find a couple little things, but most of the time things are too pricey for me. Today was different, they had a big section that was half off!! I know I don't need another quilt...but I couldn't walk away!!! The price was really great! It's hand stitched...some of the material is disintegrating, so that's a bummer, but it really is a pretty quilt-even with the damage.

Then I decided to visit the antique mall where I used to have my booth. today is the start of their annual back to school sale, and it's been about 6 months since I've been there. LOTS of changes since I've been gone!! I was happy to see my favorite worker was still there! She's so sweet, and always has s smile for everyone! Lots of new dealers too! Some booths still look the same and still have the same things in the same places, but for the most part, it was almost like visiting a new mall!

The sales are great! A lot of dealers are participating. It's fun to look for the sale signs as you walk into the booth, and then do the math in your head when you find something you can't live without! I got lucky with a 40% discount in one booth and a 25% discount in another and I picked up a vintage yellow Fiesta carafe (missing the lid, but the price was great), and a giant pickle jar.





Here are some pics of the quilts I got last weekend...all spread out.




So much hard work to end up at an estate sale for $1...someone had to rescue them, even if they aren't in great shape. The first one wasn't $1, but it was very cheap. It almost looks like it could be a rug, but it's a quilt top. It needs to be finished...one of these days I'm going to surprise everyone and myself and start sewing...when I have time (smile).

Tomorrow's another busy day, I'm sure I'll have LOTS to post. Until then, I'm off to see what you've been doing. Hope you have a great weekend!!!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Weekend Filled with Fleas

I've been looking forward to this weekend for a long time, so when I started not feeling well on Wednesday, I was starting to worry that I wasn't going to be able to get out and about. This weekend I had five different flea markets mapped out, with plans to visit them all. I skipped the one that was the furthest away, but did make it to 4 out of the five.

Four of the fleas were scheduled for Saturday, and one was scheduled for today. We had a really bad storm roll through on Friday, and we lost power around 7:30 pm. Mr left around 5:30 for a weekend in Ohio for 1812 reenactment stuff with his brother-in-law, so it was just my two guys and I. Within a half an hour, they were getting the generator out and ready to go. It's a good thing, too, because our power ended up being out for 25 hours.

I found it interesting how much we take for granted electricity and wifi...until it's gone! The main road by our house is still closed while they clean up downed trees and wires, but our power has been restored. That's why yesterday was a perfect day to take in three flea markets.

I visited the Maple Street Mall Flea Market in Mason, as well as the antique mall because they are having great sales inside through the 12th. I found an awesome light purple chenille bedspread, but I talked myself out of it. How many chenille bedspreads can one person have?? I also visited the Columbia Street Mall & Bargain Barn, but didn't find anything I couldn't live without.

I checked out the Thrifter Sisters Flea at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. They charged a $5 admission for this flea market, which was very small. I got there just as it was opening, and was surprised to see very few cars in the parking lot, and was very disappointed to see so few vendors. I just looked at their facebook page and see that it looks like more vendors came after I left, because some of the things they have pictured weren't there by the time I left.

I wonder if the storm the night before kept people from bringing their stuff to sell...I was done visiting all the booths within about 10-15 minutes. I hope they can build their vendor base for this flea market because it would be great to have a big vintage flea so close to home.

I also visited a Trunk Sale at a local church. They rent two car spaces that are end to end (lengthwise) for $10 (with all proceeds going to their food bank) and sellers park their car in one end and spread out their stuff in the other space. Some people had tables, some people just put out tarps and sold their stuff from there.

It was a lot bigger than I expected. It was free to get in to shop, and there was a really good mix of fun things to look through. I hope to visit this sale again next year...maybe I'll even see about renting some space and try selling some stuff. Even though I only bought two things, I am thrilled with them and I'm glad I went.

I stopped at an estate sale that I totally missed on Thursday and Friday, and I'm so bummed I missed it in the earlier days, because looking at the online pictures, I found some things I would have loved to have bought. They were of course, gone when I went Saturday morning. Saturday was the last day of the sale, and everything except furniture was $1.

I've never been to a sale where everything left was $1. Have you? There were TONS of things left, but I only found two things that I couldn't leave behind. When I first got there, there was only one other guy and his little boy shopping the sale, but when I left the road in front of the house was lined on both sides with car after car.

This morning I had to work. It is our annual fall kick-off day, and it was also the last of two Greenmead Flea Markets of the year. By the time I was done with work, the flea market had been going on for a little over two hours. I started for home, but talked myself into turning around and going to the sale. Admission is only $2, and it's only about 25 minutes away, and I knew I'd be going home to an empty house, so I decided to go for it!

I didn't get much, but it's ALWAYS fun to look! I really enjoyed people watching as I walked around to all the booths. I'm still smiling at a group of young people, late teens to early twenties who found an old "leather" jacket at one of the booths, and it fit one of the guys. Just to watch their faces, and see how excited they got over the jacket was so much fun! I think the vendor and her husband were getting a good chuckle out of it too, especially when the guys found out the jacket was only $5!!

A little further down the line, a woman walked up and found some Smurf glasses, and it was fun to hear her squeal with delight when she found them. Her husband was quickly behind her saying shhhh! She found the ones she needed for her collection and was very happy. I love seeing people find just what they were looking for! I know how fun that is and how good it feels so it always makes me smile when I see others experiencing that kind of joy.

It seemed like there were a lot more vendors this time, compared to other years. There was a really good mix of things to look at and buy, and even though it was only 73 degrees, it sure felt a LOT hotter in the sun!! I felt bad for the sellers who didn't have tents to block the sun-they must have been melting!

Here is what my weekend looked like...
 Borrowed his nephew's clothes to go off on a new adventure. 


 This was the Thrifter Sisters flea...I'd guess there were between 7-10 vendors while I was there.




Greenmead...a gorgeous day and LOTS to see!




These are my treasures from the weekend. The dress form has the base, but no pole. The quilt next to it and the one directly in front of it are in pretty rough shape, but they were only $1 each. The giant hatpin and the quilt top in the front were from Greenmead, and the wire basket was a great deal at the trunk sale for fifty cents!

The Pyrex bowl is for my trade pile...hoping to trade it for a piece I need. I have a couple of trade pieces now, so hopefully I will find someone to trade with soon. If you're a trader and you're looking for this Golden Scroll, send me an email!

I'm going to soak in the sunshine and the quiet house for the rest of the day until the guys all start coming back home...hope you have a great rest of the weekend! Next weekend is the Run for Their Lives 5C walk, and I'm thinking of going to the Renaissance Festival...I'm not sure though. Have you been to it? Do you have to dress up? How out of place will I be if I don't dress up??


Monday, September 1, 2014

One month ends,and another begins...

What's the best thing to do on a long weekend?? Treasure hunting!!! On Saturday, Mr. and I went to a couple of local sales. He wanted to re-visit a local "guy" sale that he checked-out earlier in the week, and then we just followed a few signs for a couple of other sales. The "guy" sale was pretty picked over, it was the last day. Mr. didn't find anything, but I found a couple of things.

The next sale was also an estate sale. It ended up being a really high-end sale, that we probably wouldn't have gone to if we'd known, but since we were just following a sign, and the other houses in the sub didn't reflect anywhere near how upscale this house turned out to be. I picked up a couple of cookbooks and a hiking book for Mr.

The next sale, was a perpetual local barn sale. I honestly don't know why I continue to stop at this sale year after year. The prices are really high, and they aren't willing to deal. They had an estate sale at the house earlier this year for a few weekends, and all the estate left-overs were moved to the barn. I did get a couple of cookbooks, but almost put them back because the price listed on the sign and the price when I got to the check-out table weren't the same. When I said no thanks, and headed to put them back, the seller talked herself into the lower price after all.

Then we came home and worked on some projects. We turned a Menard's pendant light into a Mason jar light over the table in the sun room. I think it turned out awesome!! I LOVE it!! Sunday was a quiet day, with a nice family visit, and today was another day of, wandering and treasure hunting for me and my youngest.

We went to Livonia to the Town & Country Antique Mall. It was the weirdest shopping experience I've ever had.Weird in a good way, not bad...I'm still trying to figure it out. When we were turning to go into a second room/area, an older man came toward us quickly, with a HUGE grin on his face. He had his arms up, and his hands were about shoulder high waggling back and forth. He looked so happy and excited to see us!

We just smiled and kept walking, but as we walked past, he said "I told my wife that today would be a good day for volleyball." We both chuckled a little and stepped into the booth where an older woman was looking at some glassware. I zeroed in on a Friendship casserole dish and as I picked it up, he followed us in and said, "Whenever I lose my wife in this place, it's always in this booth.". I laughed and said it was a good booth to get lost in-with so many fun things to look at. Then he and his wife moved on.

Both Eric and I were laughing to ourselves at how funny that was, and then we both realized, that neither of us were wearing anything volleyball related (since we play so much, usually one of us has a vball shirt on). How in the world did he know to say that? He seemed to think he knew us, and someone who does know us, knows about our love of volleyball...but we didn't know him!! How weird!!

We visited Town Peddler after that then on to Hobby Lobby and a trip through the parking lot at Ikea. There weren't any parking spots, so we decided to skip trying to fight the crowds. After that, we worked our way home stopping here and there, just hanging out, enjoying each other's company. I know these days are going to end soon. They are getting fewer and farther between, as the should, but I'm going to jump on it every time either he or his brother are willing to hang out with mom.

This is what my weekend looked like...



 Each metal basket was a quarter!! Each custard cup was thirty cents.


 Getting ready to spray the insides.

 All sprayed and hanging in the dining room. I'm looking for a small mirror to glue in the middle.




 New lights in the sun room!! Still need to paint the rings black, but that's going to be a project for another day.

 Today's only vintage treasure...the Friendship casserole on the bottom.

 A non-vintage treasure...that looks vintage!

I've been wanting a vintage one of these for a long, long time. I doubt I'll ever find one in my cheap-o price range,so when I found this one at Home Goods, I couldn't get it in the cart fast enough!!

Hope you all had a great weekend!! Next weekend I've got 4 different flea markets on my list...I wonder if I can make it to all of them... :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Last few summer sales...

This morning I talked my youngest into another day of treasure hunting with mom...and lunch at a new to us restaurant-Chipotle. I didn't have to talk too much, or try to hard, even though it was 8am, hearing the words free food, was what sealed the deal.

We went to a few garage sales, and a couple of estate sales. The first few sales didn't have anything like what their ads promised, or if they did, the items were way too expensive, or way too nasty and worn out, and in one case, things were nasty, worn out and ridiculously expensive!

One of the estate sales was a digger sale in a tiny little house. We got to the sale an hour after it started and there was still a line on the sidewalk. As we were standing in line, I saw a couple of Jadeite bowls on a table in the front window. I told Eric that I was going to check those out first thing. As soon as I told him, I saw a woman pick them up and walk away with them, but just as quickly, she brought them back, so that made me think they were either damaged or way too expensive.

As soon as we got in, I went over and grabbed them. They were priced really low, and the price was for the pair. They weren't damaged-just very dirty. It looked like baked-on grease and pancake batter. I took off in search of tablecloths, and got stuck in the basement looking through piles and piles of junk. By the time I got upstairs to the bedrooms, someone else had picked up a pile of great-looking tablecloths, boy was I bummed!!!

We made a quick stop at Trader Joe's, and then lunch at Chipotle. The food was awesome, but the staff working the counter must have all been new. It was really disorganized, and no one (except the guy running the cash register) seemed to know what was going on. There wasn't very many people when we arrived, but when we left, the line was out the door!!

After I brought Eric home, so he could go to work, I remembered about the sale I went to yesterday and the awesome vintage bread box that I was hoping to get at half-price today. Unfortunately, I remembered it about half an hour before they were scheduled to close! I still went, but I'm sure you already know, I missed it. It just gives me something else to look for!

I spent the rest of the day spraying old things to give them new life. I also sprayed the rest of the solar lights, and got a good start on the bowling ball lady bugs. I think that was a good start to the last weekend of summer!

Side note---The roasting pan from yesterday seems to be vintage. I found a couple online and their descriptions said it was from the 1950's. I'm glad I picked it up-the price I got it for seems to be a fantastic price!

This is what we saw/did/picked up today, and what I've been working on since I've been home. I'm not sure if I'm going to go to any sales tomorrow, are you??












Finally!! My Rose of Sharon bushes are blooming!!! Everyone else's have been blooming for over a month already!! Mine are always the last to bloom.


Hope you have a great weekend and a great end to the summer!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Too Good to Leave Behind!

After work today, I stopped at home and picked up my youngest and we took off to a couple of sales. One was an estate sale, that we ran into people that we know from church-no time for chit-chat, we were both on a mission to find treasures! I found a vintage nut chopper on a built-in shelf in the living room next to a fireplace. Odd place, but great price! It was filled with wooden BINGO chips-odd for a nut chopper-but the price was even better!



We wandered through the rest of the main floor and then the basement. There wasn't an over abundance of things in the house, and the basement was actually pretty sparse. It didn't look like too much was sold, it looked more like a small sale.

As we rounded the corner, my eyes riveted on a turquoise and black beauty! I quickly reached for my phone, but it wasn't in my pocket! I was charging it in the car while we were driving and I forgot to grab it. I tried to have my son email Auntie to see if she wanted it, but other people were starting to come down the stairs, so I grabbed it!

Very near mint-doesn't look to have ever been used!!

Then we went upstairs to the second floor and while we were up there, we came out on a little balcony of sorts and I looked down in the living room and saw something I totally walked passed on my earlier trip around the living room. We flew down the stairs, and when I got to it, I loved it, but not the price...the guy running the sale said he'd be making deals tomorrow since it was the last day. I'm not sure if I'm going back tomorrow or not. We'll see how I feel about it tomorrow.

By the time we got back to the car I was able to send the picture from my phone to Auntie's phone and she wants both things I picked up!! I felt like a picker!! I LOVED it! The prices were too good to leave them behind, and I knew if she didn't want them, that I'd have no problem selling them for more than I paid for them.

So, I got to go on the hunt, my favorite part, and find some fun treasures, and I don't have to worry about displaying and selling them.

I saw this on the way home from my cousin's house tonight...

It was a great night for it-very calm and great temperatures. I'd love to take a balloon ride sometime. My dad bought my mom and her friend a ride when I was a kid, and the balloon took off from our front yard!

I see there is a big Antique Spectacular in Louisville, Ky this weekend...are you going?? I'd LOVE to go, but I can't justify a 6 hour drive there and back just for treasure hunting-especially with Midland coming up soon. If you go, please take lots of pictures and post them-I'd love to see them!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Side Trip

I didn't go to work today. I had a doctor's appointment and some tests scheduled and I wasn't sure how long they would take. They were very quick, except I have to go back next week for another test and another one on the 18th. Oh, the joys of getting older, I guess!

After I got home from my appointment, I decided I didn't want to sit around the house for the rest of the day, and I didn't feel like laundry, dusting or mopping (the never ending trio at my house). I searched for some Wednesday garage and estate sales. I found a few, Mr actually went to one that was very close to our house, but it was all tools and guy stuff. None of the others seemed like anything worth getting in the car for though.

While I was searching, hoping to find something worth while,  Mr got the mail and found a flyer from Harbor Freight, so he suggested I look for something near one of those stores. We ended up visiting Collette's, Menards, The Treasure Shack, and Sonic on the way to Harbor Freight.

Mr. even bought something for himself at Collette's! I got some great treasures there too. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should seriously consider a trip. It's a really big place, with lots to see, and buy-a big mix of all kinds of things.

We got some more mulch at Menard's to finish up the last flowerbed, and I picked up some super cheap solar lights to put on my hot pink, outdoor chandelier. I also picked up a pendant light fixture to make a mason jar, hanging light fixture for over the table in our sun room. I can't wait for the weekend so I can get busy painting the solar lights and putting together the jar light ---pictures coming soon!!

I was happy to sit in the car, read, and sip my diet cherry limeade while he wandered around his store. I was kind of disappointed that he was done as soon as he was-it was a great day to be out and about, blue skies, puffy clouds and lots of sun-with just the right amount of breeze.


These are my treasures from Collette's...


These are the solar lights...

They come apart very easily, so I couldn't resist a quick trip outside to spray a little pink-I think they are going to look great!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Auction Box Lot

Last week, Mr. got an email from a local auction business. We've attended a couple of auctions over the years from this company. He has attended more than I have, because they seem to specialize in tools, farm equipment and guy stuff-stuff that I have no interest in at all!

While he was looking through the pictures, he noticed some Fiesta and some glassware, so he emailed the link to me. It was for an online auction where bidding was open for 4 days. After the auction closed, they would automatically charge your credit card for the items you purchased/won, and they gave you one day from 9am-6pm  to go to the location to pick up your items.

Since it was local, I bid on 15 items. Not all of the items were for me, Mr. picked out a few things and my youngest picked out a couple of things. During the last day, I got email after email telling me I was outbid. I was fine with it, because I bid my highest bid on everything-which wasn't very high because I didn't "need" any of what I was bidding on. It just would have been nice to have won some of the Fiesta.

I was surprised that I won the box lot that I did win. I didn't bid very high at all. I kept waiting for the email telling me I was outbid, but it never came. I won. I paid less than a dollar each for everything in the box lot. It was a box full of criss cross items-refrigerator dishes, mixing bowls, cereal size bowls, a relish tray a cobalt small refrigerator dish and a couple of extra lids and a one pound butter dish lid.

Today was the one day to pick everything up. It was also the day that a major storm rolled through as I was leaving work. The pick up location was only 11 miles from my work. I thought it was going to be further away because the address was Holly-so I was expecting a really long drive in a serious downpour. I was beyond thrilled when my GPS showed it was only 11 miles away!!

This is what I got...(sorry about the super dark, super grainy cell phone photo)

I hope they do more of these online auctions!! It was great fun and I didn't have to give up a whole day for only one thing (or nothing).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The week without thrifting or sales...

Thanks everyone for the encouragement and kind comments and emails regarding my last post! Even if we don't have the same beliefs, or convictions, it's nice to be able to agree to disagree, yet still remain friendly!

This past week has been a busy one. Although, I really can't remember a time when we had a week that wasn't a busy one. Here it is Sunday evening, and the eve of a new week, with new adventures. There wasn't any time last week for treasure hunting, just a bunch of appointments, the worlds worst pedi on Thursday, and a wedding yesterday.

Today, after church, was catch-up day. Grocery shopping, a little yard work, a little housework, and a little float around the pool. I can't believe it's almost time to close it up for the winter!! Between the rain and the cool weather, we haven't used it much this year.

I also did a little rearranging to try to fit some lonely Pyrex pieces onto the shelves, and to give a repurposed lamp a new home. Were you able to do any thrifting this week? What kind of treasures did you bring home??

There was a local auction company hosting a online estate auction this week. Mr is on their email list, so he sent the link to me. I bid on 15 items, and every day I was getting outbid emails. I only had one lot that I was winning going into today, the last day. I thought for sure I'd be outbid because my bid was ridiculously low. I just found out I won! Now I have to drive to Holly on Tuesday after work to pick up my box lot!! I'll have pictures later this week.

We're hoping this week to be able to have outdoor sand volleyball at our house again, Tuesday evening. It has rained the past 4 Tuesdays, so it's been a while since we've seen everyone or played.

 A $1 garage sale lamp with a vintage cake dome for the shade.


 These pics are for Anny...here are some more shots of the yellow bowl with the lid from a few posts back...it is Pyrex.


 This is my HUGE Pyrex collection and vintage kitchenware collection. Most of this was originally bought to sell in my booth, but after cleaning it up, I wasn't able to part with it. For now, it's all in my vintage kitchenware foster care system. Some day, if I don't have daughters-in-law that like it, I will sell it, so someone else can enjoy it. For right now though, I love looking at it every day. Dusting it is not fun though! All of my fellow Pyrex collectors will "get" this picture and enjoy it too, everyone else, usually just raises their eyebrows and makes a small grimace because they can't understand the fascination with it. I can't really understand it myself-I just know what I like!

 I need to learn to "just say no" to Fiesta sauce boats! There is one more shelf of them in the five vintage colors. I do use them, at Thanksgiving and Christmas-just not all of them.

 This was the table decoration from the wedding yesterday.

These were sandwiched between two mailing labels, printed with our names and our table number, and they were waiting on the table in the entrance, when we arrived at the reception. Then...my phone battery died, and I couldn't get any more pics. Everything was very pretty, and it was a really fun reception.