What a weekend.

It’s so strange — I moved to Arkansas from Chicago and have no full-time job. You would think life would move a little slower for me now. You would THINK. Lately, things have been CRAZY around here. On Friday, I practiced my camera skills by taking family photos for one of my favorite cousins and his adorable family. I’m going to make you look at a few of them because I’m kind of proud of them even though, as my granny used to say, “Self brag stinks.” (Such a weird saying.)

I made that sign for them and it just so happened that it blended with their clothing color palette perfectly! Hooray! I was so scared that I was going to get them out there and take pictures of them for two hours and not end up with a single good photo — but I got a few good ones for them to choose from, thank goodness. It was such good practice for me, because I’m not experienced at taking large group shots at all.

After the photo shoot, I had to run home and pull, price, and load the stuff I wanted to sell at the yard sale my friend Barb was hosting on Saturday morning. She had decided to wait until 9 to open up because there was an estate sale she didn’t want to miss — which, of course, was okay with me! We were supposed to meet at 7:45 Saturday morning at the estate sale and then hustle on over to Barb’s house to pull the yard sale stuff out. I knew something was up when 7:45 came and went and Barb hadn’t shown up yet — she is NEVER late. I got into the estate sale a little early, shopped as fast as I could (it was a GREAT sale — I could have dug all day) and then dashed over to her house — where she had already pulled everything out and was in middle of a flash mob scene with motivated shoppers. When we finally got a breather she told me she had awakened too stressed out that morning to try to make the estate sale AND have the yard sale. I felt terrible because she had to pull my stuff out herself. I probably should have left the estate sale as soon as I realized she wasn’t coming, but as evidenced by what I’m about to show you, that is not what I did — I kept frantically shopping.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the new love in my life.

Isn’t she MAJESTIC? Don’t those legs just make you want to SWOON? She was TEN DOLLARS. The only reason I got her is because I was the second person to enter the basement after the sale opened, and that is where all the good stuff was. Now. I need help. She was spray painted silver sometime long ago. If it were the original metal I wouldn’t consider painting her but now she looks kind of fake metal. Should I paint her or leave her all rustic and industrial? Β Can you imagine how cool she was when she still had her glass door? I just love her so much.

Here are some of my other treasures from that sale.

I just need to go ahead and change the name of this blog to The Vintage Mixing Bowl Blog. I can’t say no to a mixing bowl. This one is tiny — maybe four inches in diameter?– and I paid $5 for it, which is a lot for me. But the color!

This is a wee little pitcher, maybe three inches high. He is stamped Japan and was a quarter!

This is a bad picture of some cute sewing boxes. 75 cents for both of them.

This purchase reminds me of Miss Shara Stacks!Β Because it’s pink. But not gingham.

Gorgeous chippy garden tools. I’m putting these away to pull out for the booth in the spring.


These were all either a buck or two bucks.

A JFK bust? You betcha!

This plant stand was $5.

These giant windows were $10 for the pair.

There were wooden crates and boxes everywhere. I would have bought so much more if I wasn’t in such a hurry to get to the sale. I am a wooden box fiend lately.

It was a real digger’s sale, which I haven’t been to since moving to Arkansas. My favorite sales are the one where all the good stuff is in the basement and you have to poke and prod boxes to find all the treasures. This one was like that. Next week they’re having another sale with stuff the found in the attic. The only thing better than basement stuff is ATTIC STUFF.

I also got these sweet little girl’s shoes at an estate sale on Friday.

Here are a few pictures of some things I got last weekend…I never got around to doing a post on last weekend because I didn’t have a ton of luck. But my favorite finds included this doll dresser, from my friend Laurie’s awesome yard sale:

She sold this to me for only $5. I’m going to paint it and try to get it out in time for Christmas.

This vase isn’t old, but it LOOKS old, and it’s GIGANTIC — about two-and-a-half feet high. I think it’s just gorgeous.

Next on the docket: family photos for another cousin, helping my friends Kristie and Bailey with their estate sale, and the Holiday Bazaar Shara and I are selling at on Saturday. I don’t see a lot of free time in my future. But it’s all fun stuff, at least!

November 11, 2013 - 11:37 am

Shara Miss Shara Stacks was just sitting there staring at that PINK Therm-a-Jug when she scrolled down and saw her name. It is awesome and what an awesome price – and those PINK garden tools are fabulous. I’ve never seen a 20 pane window either – that thing is great!

Just think after Saturday we can relax. Oh wait, the BOOTH! Thanksgiving! Christmas decorating! Christmas shopping! Christmas Baking! Maybe we can relax in January? (And start plotting for the Spring Farm Fresh Market!?!)

November 11, 2013 - 11:54 am

Laurie I knew I was missing something Saturday – your sale!!! πŸ˜› If you’re game this Saturday I’d love to go to the attic sale with you… send me a note. πŸ™‚

LOVE your finds!!

November 11, 2013 - 11:56 am

Laurie Oh, and THAT CABINET!!?? Wow! I’d repaint – I agree the silver paint is kind of weird. Or, try taking some sand paper to her maybe, to see what kind of finish you’d get with a little distressing? But I think a bright red or orange or just about any bright color would look awesome. πŸ™‚

November 11, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage That cabinet is so cool! IKEA has a repro one kinda like it right now that I have absolutely nowhere to put in my house but it make me drool. Having the real thing would be better, though! I wonder about taking it somewhere to have it powder coated? I have a local friend who did that to a couple of old metal porch chairs and it was really pretty reasonable. You’d get a beautiful smooth finish that way but you are limited to the colors they have on hand.

I have a pink jug just like that one that I bought with birthday money at an antique show. I can assure you it cost more than 75Β’ so you got a STEAL on that one! LOL

Awesome finds all around!

November 11, 2013 - 7:09 pm

jenny Oh that lovely metal cabinet!!! Too bad the door is gone, but at that price, I would have gotten it too!! Those garden tools are great!! I had a set once, that I sold at the booth, and I’m still kinda sorry I did. Great finds, can’t wait to see what you get out of the attic!!

November 11, 2013 - 7:14 pm

jenny Oh, that lovely metal cabinet!!! Too bad the door is gone but at that price I would have gotten it too!! Those garden tools are great!! I had a set once that I sold at the booth and I’m still kinda sorry I did. Great finds, can’t wait to see what you get out of the attic!!

November 12, 2013 - 8:11 am

Sarah Getting six kids to smile at once is quite the accomplishment, Brag on with your bad self. (We couldnt get all three of mine to do it a few weekends ago. Grrr.)

November 15, 2013 - 12:58 am

Into Vintage Ha! I think we would be falling all over each other at an estate sale while going for exactly the same things although I have no doubt we would be all super-polite and generous about it too. πŸ™‚

November 15, 2013 - 8:33 am

Melissa That cabinet is awesome!!! I wonder if you could get it sandblasted to see the original metal and then maybe just clear coat that…
That would look cool but could be super risky. Good luck with whatever you try to do!!!
Oh, and your pictures came out great!!!

November 22, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Becky Hartman O, what a beautiful family picture. Thank you so much for sharing. Love, Aunt Becky

December 5, 2013 - 10:30 am

Amy Ok…. I am seriously jealous. Completely green!! Love the cabinet, the tools, the jug, the boxes…. Anyway, good for you and I hope to see you & Shara at the Spring Sale. We have slowly began making plans and hope to have a date & location soon!!

December 5, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Lara Jo I think sand-blasting is a GREAT idea. You are a genius.

December 5, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lara Jo HA! Amy, we would have to work out a system, I guess, and maybe we each take turns — if you get one thing, I get the other? I shop right now with a friend who has the EXACT SAME TASTE that I do and we have so far avoided any fights, so I know it can be done!