Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Friday, September 24, 2010

Junk Bonanza Kansas Style!

Here we are on our way
to an Arts and Crafts sale that we 
just missed by one week last year.

We vowed not to let this happen again,
and marked our calendars
for the 3rd Saturday in September.

We are excited for a fun day together
in search of some treasures
and junk.
Emphasis on junk.

Hillsboro here we come!

Boy did we ever find some fun junk!
Before the main event, 
(the arts and crafts fair)
we headed to a small town  nearby

where we had heard of a fabulous
Barn Sale.

Those were the magic words for us
being the junky gals that we are...

Imagine our excitement
as we spotted these lovely barns,
brimming full of treasures
and this is only half of the buildings!

As far as the eye could see,
a bountiful field ...

row upon row of
crops just for the picking....

We had to be very careful.

This was just the outdoor loot,
and we still had 4 barns to peruse,
plus the craft fair in another town!
Oh my!

My mama used one of these except it wasn't this cool green.

Somehow Lisa managed to look glamorous
in the hot sun
and I just look like old lady picking through rubble.
It was very hot and dirty work

but these two are not easily deterred!

Just look at it!

I wish I had taken some pictures of the inside of the barns,
but I was busy,
trying to take it all in
and keep my pile of loot manageable.
I promised myself I would only spend the cash I had with me...

Note to self: Next year take more cash!

Fast forward to the end of one very hot but fun day:

We did manage to cram a lot of junk into the back of my car...

Isn't that a fun little cabinet that Kimberly found in one of the antique stores?
Lisa has a new cart that she is going to spray paint a fun color and use as an end table.

At least they have plans for the stuff they bought!
I just have to keep my husband from throwing my stuff away!
Here's what I scored...

two pretty blue jars...
one dolla each!

a rusty thing- a- ma- bob.

A chippy old ceiling tin.
I think I want to paint it a color,
but I don't want to spoil it..
any recommendations?

An old board
sprinkled with the prettiest
aqua paint chips.
(Probably lead based, but pretty all the same)

plus a nice, heavy, large, round mirror that I forgot to take a picture of!
6 bucks!

My hubs just asked me if I would like him to take this board downstairs
and sand off that old paint.....

funny guy.

I don't regret not buying one of these big fellas,

but I have been wishing I had snatched up that
pretty little sewing machine base...

oh well,

I did learn a few important things to remember for next year's trip...

1. Take cash and lots of it!
2. Take hand wipes, water and soap.
3. Take sunscreen.
4. Take more pictures
5. Take a picnic lunch and save money for yummy drinks and funnel cakes
6. Remember to buy funnel cakes
7. Take husband's truck.

I can't wait to do this again, girls!
Hilsboro Kansas, here we come!


  1. dad is funny! the cabinet has taken up semi-permanent residence in my trunk. i need help unloading it!

  2. Looked like a fun day. I would love to find a barn sale around here. That board would make a great sign.

  3. i am sad i did not know about this. i want in.

  4. Oh my, does that look like some fun shopping! Thanks for stopping by. You were asking about places in B'ham to shop. There are several antique malls:

    Hoover Antiques
    Chelsea Antique Mall
    Bama Antique Mall in Leeds

    So tell her about those if she wants to shop for a day. There's also Consigning INteriors in Pelham and across the street Encore, a thrifty type store. Have fun!

  5. oh Rhoda, thanks so much for the store names! this is going to be my birthday trip and i am soooo excited! mom, can't believe i missed all of this fun. oh the agony! but i'll make up for it shopping on my bday at all these great places that rhoda told us about!

  6. Looks like you had a good time. That cabinet is awesome! I get so excited at big old barn sales that I wnat EVERYTHING and then I have to reign myself in. But if you take your husband's truck next time you should have plenty of room.

  7. What a fun day!! We are headed to Round Top in Texas on Thursday and can't wait!! As for painting metal... anything can be painted with the right primer! I am working on a Primer post now so please stay tuned... Thanks for stopping by and taking thyme to leave a comment!! I hope you will check back often as I have some great projects in store!!

    Happy Painting and until next Thyme..


  8. That looks like some fun junking! I see a few things I would love to have had, but I am trying to steer clear right now. You are right when we were moving every so many years, the accumulation stayed under control, but this is the longest that we have been in one house, and it has accumulated quicker than I would like. I will be back at it tomorrow. Jackie

  9. Amazing!! All that stuff to go through...I would still be there looking! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. What fun! I've never been to a sale like this and would love to! Looks like you all had a great day! Thank you for your kind note about my Fall decor! *Becca*

  11. Just like the American Pickers! Our favorite show, well, one of the them. We're also fans of Swamp People, but I don't imagine you'll be wrestling any alligators anytime soon!

    I had to dig back to find this post. Loved catching up on all the progress with your lovely home. I know you're having a ball, especially when grand-daugther comes for a visit. How many more would you like? I have four ready to ship and send your way.

    Blessed Christmas walk and peace~elaine


"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

About Me

My photo
Welcome to my happy place. A place where I can share ideas, projects, and dreams. I am a nester, a crafter, a creator and a dreamer I hope you will find inspiration and encouragement for the journey you are on. I am a Jesus follower, wife, mother and nana. Blessed beyond measure, just trying to live my life gracefully and make a difference in my small world. Join me!