Saturday, April 30, 2011

Country Roads - - you gotta love 'em

Sometimes 'the road less traveled' can bring you to some of the most beautiful and rewarding places. Our most enjoyable antiquing is usually on a winding country road where houses are far apart and even when they're not, there are no fences between them. The people we meet are always warm and welcoming.

Down another gorgeous one-lane country road to another barn . . . ho-hum.

We saw a small sign for a "Porch Sale" along the way and had to stop for a look. . . . . .

. . . it only led to pretty slim pickens but I did find a great ironstone bowl and pitcher for Susan, some oil cans for Donna's classes, a nice green wool blanket, a spool for those "Crazy at Home" projects and a cute little vintage sewing box. We're still looking for other special requests : dough bowls for Susan & Susan, a victorian oak easel for Laurie and a fabulous farm table for Tammy. If anyone else has something you would like us to put on our search list, just send us an e-mail and we'll do our best!

Another winding country road where even a run down, weathered old barn has a certain kind of beauty.

On the way to our next stop we saw a genuine Missouri mule! You all know how much I love puppies, well farm animals are next on my list of favorites! Joe had to restrain me from jumping out of the car for this one . . . . .doesn't he look so cuddly!

This one looks interesting.
Maybe the mule brought us luck.

Some places can be a little bit overwhelming . . .

. . . and it's hard to find the treasures among the junk.

But, with a lot of digging and snooping . . .

. . . and persistence . . .

. . . sometimes you can find 'the good stuff'!

A nice plank-top farm table (sorry Tammy not big enough for you) and some great little cabinets,boxes, etc. Wrapped in the apple baskets are some of those great blue ball jars we all love for our flowers, buttons, or whatever. We are also finding some wonderful old ladders this time. If you haven't discovered how great they are in your home for hanging quilts, you might want to try one out!

I think this is our last stop for the day . . . .Whew! With all the packing up, it was a good 8 hour day!

Friday, April 29, 2011

On the road again . . .

Hi Everyone . . . . . .Here we go. Our first antique buying trip with you along for the ride!

It's flat, it's full of farms . . . It HAS to be Kansas!

I am certain that every red barn in the midwest is loaded with antiques.

Signs in the country aren't flashy.


I'll bet there's lots of 'good stuff' in there!

Look who was waiting to greet us! I hope they didn't have to give up their sleeping quarters just for this sale!

This is the first of the stuff we were able to get our hands on.

And, 4 hours later, here are the rest of our finds at this stop. There at lots of great boxes, wonderful ladders, and all sorts of fun and beautifully restored items for your sewing rooms, homes, patios, etc.!

Oh My Gosh! I said no more big furniture, but I couldn't resist this one! Can't you just see it stuffed with wool or fabric. I know just where it is going in the store. It would look really great in someone's sewing room!

And this piece is so unique and so beautifully restored! Those are pull out bins in front, not doors! What a great piece for easy access storage and a wonderful work surface.

Of course, all of these treasures won't get home by themselves. So, here's Joe packing it all snugly and tieing it securely for the long drive home. We still have lots of room left for more goodies!

Check out our next post to see what else we've found!