Friday, July 29, 2011

It’s Barn House Time, Baby!

Just got back home a bit ago from setting up my booth at Barn House.  I have to tell you that this show is going to be better than ever! More vendors, more parking, music, food, great vintage goods!  What more could you ask for?  I completely forgot to take a picture of my booth which needs just a bit more tweeking before it’s ready for the public. But here is a picture of just some of the goodies I had last year. You can see all my Barn House booth pictures from last year here.


This year  I have lots of my favorite things like a bunch of vintage frames and mirrors, lovely ticking pillows, cute little cabinets, a beautiful velvet settee, a gorgeous iron garden cart, lots and lots of vintage bling and so many things I can’t even remember! Here’s a little sneak peak of something new I made especially for my Barn House customers.


I made these adorable little coin purse necklaces after I saw the one Gail got when she was in Texas.  I fell in love with it and since I had a few coin purses lying around and lots of bling, I decided to give it a try. Love how they turned out!

If you’re at all able to come out and check out the Barn House Vintage Market, I hope you will! I’d love to see you!  This will probably be my last post for awhile, but I’ll be back with pictures from both the Market and my trip to England. TTFN and Cheerio!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

White Wednesday on Thursday~Barn House Sneak Peek

I see that I have been absent on this here blog.  The days are getting away from me and some days  I can’t even remember what day it is. As you already know, I’m knee deep in getting my goodies together for the big Barn House sale coming up on the 30th.  Can’t tell you how excited I am.  Got lots done, but as usual, there are a million little things that need finishing up.

What I haven’t mentioned here before is this.  I’m going on a trip the day after the Barn House sale.  A big trip to jolly ol’ England.  Quite awhile ago, Isabel mentioned to me that her youngest daughter was going to soccer camp in England and did I want to go along to keep her company while her daughter was at camp?  Silly question, of course I did! So, flights are booked and our London accommodations are booked too, but we haven’t really decided where exactly we will be for the rest of our visit.  Flying into Manchester and hope to check out some lovely English villages and maybe even stumble upon a car boot sale or some other fun junking adventure.  It’s kind of nice not having everything planned.

With all that said, we would love any recommendations you might have for places to stay, must not miss places to visit, etc. This is my first visit to England and I am super excited as you can imagine.

Okay, enough of that.  You probably want to see some pictures, right? Okay, here are a few White Wednesday on Thursday photos for your viewing pleasure.

Found two extra large funeral baskets at Goodwill on two different occasions.  I find these from time to time, but never this big.


A sweet little white tattered baby dress. So much cuter in person.


And finally, a little before and after makeover. Found this cute vintage buffet at a thrift store awhile ago. It’s a nice size for a smaller space.


Here’s the after.


I gave it a little shabby look.  Love the arched piece on the back and the original pulls.  Had to add the sparkly glass knobs to the long drawer as there was one missing and the other was messed up.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

Well, better get busy on those one million things I still need to do.  I’ll be back with some more sneak peaks of Barn House goodies. TTNF!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A New Collection, or Two

It all started with this cute purse I found at the White Corner Store in St. Paul, Oregon.


I had seen these Victorian metal purses in glass cases at antique shops for very high prices, so you can imagine how excited I was to find this one for $12.00.  It’s in great condition too.

Then I found this one in Joyce’s booth at Monticello. If you know anything about me, you know that I love me some vintage rhinestones.


A few weeks ago, while out shopping with my daughter, I found this one at the Buffalo Exchange in Portland.


I love how it shimmers in the light, and the rhinestone clasp, forget about it! I had to have it.

I didn’t really set out to collect vintage purses.  In fact, I have sold quite a few adorable vintage purses and currently have a few for sale in my mall booths.  Here are a couple more pictures of the cute purses I found at Expo last weekend.016

The one made in France. Love the clasp and the chain is so sweet and delicate.


This one also has a cute chain and I love the fabric.  How cute would this be with a little black dress for a dinner out?


The clasp balls even have rhinestones in them.  Love this detail for sure!


A lovely beaded one.

I don’t really know much about vintage purses or even the ages of these cuties I have found. I just know I love them.  Now I’m trying to figure out how to best display them. This is what I have for now until I can come up with something better.


As for the other collection I accidentally started.


Tarnished silver coffee/tea pots. I found the genie looking one at a garage sale for $2.00. The rest I’ve just picked up here and there. The more unusual and tarnished, the better.  I love how they look with the leaded glass piece behind them on top of my china cabinet.

So, two new collections added to my home. What new things have you been collecting lately?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Weekend Haul

On Friday I headed over to Stars with the dresser I mentioned on my last post I was going to take.  Took out the white dresser and replaced it with the brown dresser including the mirror.  My booth was pretty messy (always a good sign) so I spent a couple hours cleaning up. By the time I finished I was too tired to take any pictures so I just headed home.  Didn’t hit any garage sales on Friday or Saturday for that matter.  I did, however, make a last minute decision to go to the Portland Antique Expo Saturday morning.  So glad I did as it was a beautiful day and I always love shopping the summer show.  A few years ago Isabel and I sold at the summer show, but this time it was so nice to be able to just take my time, wander the isles, chat up the vendors and other shoppers and of course, hunt for great vintage stuff. 

My goal was to find stuff to resell as I didn’t really need to buy anything for myself right now.  But, as always, I found several things that are going to be just for me.  At least for now.  Hey, my birthday is coming up soon.  A girl’s gotta treat herself to some pretties once in awhile, right.  Okay, onto the stuff.


One of my first buys was this jewelry Christmas tree.  I have bought one of these before, for the jewelry.  This one had lots of pretty bling I can use in my projects.

003  Three adorable vintage purses. The one in front says “Made in France” inside.  Oo la la!


Miscellaneous blingy bits, vintage watch, three glass drawer pulls, a bunch of old skeleton keys and just peaking in the upper right corner is a metal tie rack that I think will be great for a necklace display.  Thanks Joy for that great idea.


Love this cute, unusual white cabinet, and this old tool/hardware cabinet.  Behind both is a table I scored at the Goodwill outlet.


Here’s a better picture of the tool/hardware cabinet.  Found this late in the day on Saturday.  I was surprised that it was still there.


Another little wood cabinet with three drawers.  So hard to resist these.


Adorable sweet vintage 70’s pink top with lace.  This one is for me.  Really, so much cuter in person. 

I got this super yummy and fluffy chenille spread from Christa. Bought a little vintage wallpaper from her too.028

Couldn’t pass up this sweet etched mirror.  Bought it from my friend, Mitzi’s booth at Stars.029

And finally, my favorite find of the day and my birthday present to myself


This gorgeous barbola mirror was my very first buy of the day.  I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. I have wanted one of these for years, but they were always way over my budget.  Love this one and it works perfectly in my bedroom on the corner shelf.

So, as you can see, some to sell, some for me.  It was such a great weekend, but now I need to get back to projects.  Only three more weeks until this awesome show.


Can’t wait! I’m getting so excited.  Head on over to Barn House to get more info.  I hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

One little, two little, three little, dressers

The other night I was reading in bed and I got a text on my phone from my friend, Mitzi. She said, “my sister-in-law is buying your white dresser at Stars.” So of course I had to call her and squeal, I mean, get the scoop. Don’t remember if I even posted about this dresser, but it’s a cutie.

Here it is.


I love this dresser. Can’t find the before picture, but trust me, this is a great improvement. Mitzi’s sis-in-law is furnishing a condo nearby and I’m hoping she will love this dresser as much as I do.


This pink dresser, which you can barely see, recently sold at Monticello. So, with the sale of the white dresser above, I was all out of dressers. None even in the before makeover stage. Dressers are good sellers for me. For one thing, I love dressers so I tend to buy them when I see them and I really try to only buy the cute older ones with lots of character. So, the next day after Mitzi’s text, I did what any good junker would do. I checked out craigslist for dressers and was lucky enough to find one that looked interesting. Unfortunately it was in Vancouver which is not exactly in close proximity to where I live, but it had been awhile since I had been up that way so I decided to go for it and fortunately the seller responded quickly and we set up a time to view the dresser. I grabbed my number one girl with the promise of thrift stores stops in Vancouver since we were going to be up there anyway. So, without further ado, here is the craigslist dresser.


I toyed with the idea of painting it, but the wood was so nice (after a little sanding and some Briwax, even better) that I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. I put the glass knobs on it. It had some mis-matched wood ones when I got it, but I like these better. What you can’t see is that this dresser has some adorable brackets and a cute oval mirror. It will be heading over to my Stars booth tomorrow.

After picking up the dresser, we then ventured out to find some thrift stores. Here’s what I found at the first one we stopped at.


Cute, right? Ignore the folded up car seat. I ran out of time yesterday and had to shove it into my garage which is getting pretty full with some great stuff that I’ll share some other day. This dresser needs a little attention. Some paint and new knobs and it will be adorable.

So, my car was getting kind of full with the two dresser’s in it. I picked up a few miscellaneous smalls at another thrift store and then we stopped at the Goodwill Outlet in Vancouver/Battleground and I found this.


Aint she sweet? She has a few issues, but nothing I can’t work out. Look at these great appliques.



It was love at first sight. My daughter couldn’t believe I found three dressers in a matter of a couple hours. I wasn’t surprised as I have a tendency of finding like items all on the same day. I do however, feel so lucky to have found these three dressers. It was definitely worth the trip. I was so excited I sent a text to Mitzi that said something like, “I just found three awesome dressers and one is so cute it hurts.” My daughter thought I was nuts, but I knew Mitzi would get it.

It’s going to be another lovely day here in the PNW. I’ll be painting later, but now I promised my #1 boy I would take him to practice driving. Have a great one wherever you are!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Recent Finds

I have been a busy girl hunting and gathering for my next show, Barn House, July 30th.  Hitting the garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets and even had a picking day with my hubby.  Here are just some of the goodies I have found recently.











What would you have picked?

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend with your loved ones! I’ll be back soon with more vintage goodies.