Weekend Finds.

I didn’t have a GREAT weekend this past weekend, but I didn’t have a TERRIBLE weekend. It was…asi asi, as my Spanish-speaking students taught me to say (They would get tickled when I would try and speak with them in Spanish. The extent of my knowledge: Como Esta? Bien, et tu? and then one day I was having a not-so-bien day and I asked them for the word for “eh” and “asi asi” was added to my small roster of Spanish words. I do miss my students.). Saturday was Justin’s birthday and I really should be taken behind the barn and shot for not staying home and letting him sleep in, but I’m so paranoid about getting enough stock for both the booth and the Barn Sale…I talked myself into it not being so bad to go out that morning. And then I was punished by a very asi asi morning.

I went to one yard sale on Friday, a rare occurrence since I really don’t like taking the kids to the sales with me. They’re at a very bad age for this, where they really don’t like being confined to the stroller and they want me to buy any and all toys they spot. But I had done some lawn work on Wednesday and Thursday and woke up Friday morning with, no lie, about fifty mosquito bites and/or chigger bites all over my body and if I didn’t DO SOMETHING to take my mind of the infernal itching I would have gone crazy. So I threw them in the car and set off for a yard sale in Springdale that advertised lots of vintage stuff. They had a ton of great stuff, and, inevitably, the kids started pitching a fit after I had been there around seven minutes. But I just kept going through the boxes. I’m sure the people running the thing thought I was awful. Here’s what I got:


Lots of pottery.

That little blueish-green base in the background is the same size of the little pink vase I got the weekend before last. These vases aren’t full-sized, but aren’t as tiny as the miniature vases I’ve been collecting. One more vase this size and I will have a new Accidental Collection!

This blue thingy isn’t really my style — a little too ornate — but it’s in perfect shape and has a “Made in Japan” stamp on it so I thought, what the hell.

I LOVE these plaster frames. They’re pretty chipped up, which is a shame, because I would love to leave them this perfect shade of blue. I am so tired of the spray paint colors that are available. Everyone sports the same color frames in all the flea market booths in town, including me! I saw that Amazon has some different Krylon colors online but they’re expensive — like, over $7 a can. Don’t know if it would be worth it or not.

I paid too much for this teapot. I just liked the green color and the art deco design.

These little jadeite planters sell pretty well on eBay. I’ve got this one listed along with another vase I’ve been meaning to list for a while, so we’ll see how it does.

So that turned out to be a pretty good trip on Friday, if you don’t count how many times I screamed at the kids to stop screaming in the back seat. No one was in a very good mood that day.

As I mentioned, on Saturday fate conspired to punish me for leaving my husband to take care of the kids on his birthday. While I was pulling out of the driveway, I realized that my iPad, which I use for GPS, had not charged that night and had about 15% of power left. Not good, since a lot of the sales were pretty far out in areas I wasn’t familiar with. True to my nature, I decide that it’s going to be fine anyway and set off; I get about twenty miles out in the wilderness and lose the iPad. I did find the sale but had a hell of a time finding my way back to civilization. I got this cute little black cabinet, so it wasn’t a huge loss.

I really don’t think I got much of anything else on Saturday. On Sunday, I hustled the kids out of the house as early as possible to try and give Justin a chance to sleep late without the chaos that a Sunday morning usually brings, and ended up at a sale where I got a ton of art supplies for them and these chairs:

Thoughts? Cool? Not cool? I kind of can’t decide, now that I’ve got them home. Having all six in the booth is going to be a little tricky so I’m thinking these will be a barn sale item.


June 29, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Shara Love all that pretty pastel pottery. That was a good find! I think the chairs are cute plus they will make good display pieces with pillows, pottery and such.

Tomorrow we are setting mu my gazebo and tables to start getting an idea for my set up at the Barn Sale. I hope it’s easy, because I am NOT in the mood for difficulties. I have a bit of a summer cold and I am kinda cranky. Ok, REALLY cranky. And, guess what? Not only did I NOT go to any sales today – there was a sale TWO DOORS DOWN and I didn’t even go to IT. Somebody better check my fever!

June 30, 2013 - 8:56 am

Lorri Try apple cider vinegar on mosquito bites. And Pine Sol for chiggers.

June 30, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Lara Jo Lorri — thanks for the tip — I am definitely going to give that a try!!

July 5, 2013 - 8:29 am

Melissa I like the chairs. They have a great rustic appeal to them, but not so much that people don’t want to sit on them for fear of getting a splinter to the butt cheek. : )
When is this barn sale?

July 8, 2013 - 10:06 am

Amy Love the cabinet, the vases, and the wooden chairs. Please please please bring these to the sale!! Also, on the frames you might be able to sand more areas down to the white and then apply a finishing wax or something. It would allow you to save the paint color that you like and make them look roughed-up-chic!! Just some thoughts.

July 8, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Lara Jo Good tip, Amy — I may try that! Thanks!

February 8, 2015 - 6:18 pm

DarlaSue I just found 2 chairs just like these love them. They are vintage wooden folding chairs. I am gonna give them a light sanding job and than paint white and than turqoise and antique them and place in my beach room. Wooden fold up chairs seem to sell fast..very beachy..place a beach ball by them and a small raft they will sell like hot cakes…well I do live in Florida lol. DarlaSue