2.22.2010

Stuff

Hi! It's not snowing today! That's great news. In fact, it was 60 degrees yesterday and I took advantage of the almost Spring like temps and dry conditions to go treasure hunting. I never really experienced the term 'cabin fever' but boy oh boy I know what it means now. That's me in the ponytail.....my usual day to day "get it out of my face" hair style. Behind me is my vision board and it's full of sweet cards from a lot of you and my customers. It's a daily reminder of how lucky I am to get to do what I love. Right there I am working away on one fantastic SALE for the boutique starting March 1st. And you all are invited. A huge array of selected items will be marked down so mark your calenders. Here's a preview of the announcement I made.....I am so proud of myself and how it turned out.


So back to the treasure hunt I did over the weekend. I went hunting for "stuff" in Mr. Blankenship's attics. Unbelievable! First I have to tell you how I ended up in Mr. Blankenship's attics. I would frequently drive by this old red building. It had an antique sign out front BUT it was never, never open. It was the kind of place you just knew was full of treasures aka "stuff", all jumbled up everywhere. And I was dying to get inside.


Well...finally I stopped and knocked at the house next door. It's an old country farm house....you know....the kind with a tin roof and wonderful old out buildings out back. I was greeted by the nicest fellow. He explained to me why the shop was never opened which I won't go into right now. ( Eventually he does plan to open.) He invited me in and I met his sweet wife. He gave me permission to browse through the shop and take my time. I was in heaven. I found fabulous vintage 70's flower power hippie "stuff" and adorable old Valentine "stuff" and Easter "stuff" and the cutest Easter Bunny cupcake picks.



I went back to the house to pay for my "stuff" and we got to talking about all kinds of "stuff". (there's that word again). He's a big Civil War buff. Eventually he told me about all the "stuff" in his attics and asked me if I wanted to climb up and take a look. Did I? ha! Have we had our fair share of snow this winter? You bet I wanted to climb up there!
As I was climbing around in his attic totally stooped over, watching that I did not fall through the floor as he only had boards in certain areas and most of those were piled high with boxes and boxes of "stuff". I also had to watch that I did not knock my fool head off, since there were a lot of low cross beams.....good for holding onto though. Oh....did I say also that there were no rails on the steep narrow steps going up there so when you got to the top I had to sit down on the floor and swing my legs up? LOL...not a pretty sight. But the trepidation was well worth it. Again, I found some real sweet old treasures up there. Wait until you see the vintage Christmas wrapping paper. So cute for wrapped presents but perfect for altered art too. I am working all week in getting all this great "stuff" listed in the boutique. :)

After leaving the Red Store I was hungry and tired and dirty dusty. Traveling on down the road about 40 miles I stopped at this old diner/restaurant. Look at the red tiles on those floors and the old red swivel counter stools at the counter. This is the kind of place that is sure not fancy but has great food and low prices. Prices so low you almost feel guilty.....hence a nice big fat tip.



45 minutes later with a full tummy and clean hands I was off to my next stop. Now I am on a mission because there is something specific I am looking for. This place is called Motley's. Not sure if it is called motley's because it's just a motley of stuff everywhere or that was the owner's name but this place has just a little bit of everything. It's a big building made up of lots of little rooms that just meander all over the place, with no rhyme or reason and it's not heated except for one wood stove in the main room. I have only been there in the winter time so I always hurry through before my toes freeze up. :) Here is a photo of what I was looking for. It was right there on one of those shelves. See it? :) I can't tell you what it is because it's for something special I am making for the boutique but I can tell you it's most decidedly Frenchified. :)

When I am wandering through a place like this I always forget to look up. Always look up....because you never know what is hanging from the ceiling......maybe a fabulous old chandelier and like here.....some wonderful old chairs. And speaking of chairs, I thought this made a great shot. Love the old saddle thrown across the two old white wicker children's rocking chairs. I use an old chair like that in a bath to hold magazines. (light bulb moment) I think the chairs and saddle make a great addition to Kathleen of Faded*Charms White Wednesday blog posts. And I thank her for doing it too. Go right ahead and click here to see more fabulous white "stuff". (after you finish reading this of course) :)



Delighted to find what I was looking for, among some other fabulous old "stuff", I was happy as a clam and decided to call it a day. Heading home I came across this curiosity and had to turn around, go back and take pictures of it. That post was only like 20 feet in the air. These are the kinds of things that make you say: Hmmmmm???



And to end a perfectly wonderful day I came home to find this award waiting for me. Thank you Debra and Nicole of Capers of the Vintage Vixens for adding the last warm rays to a beautiful day. And with that I bid you a sweet week and I will see you Saturday.

P.S. I would love for you to visit Etsy Cottage Style this week. We are having an Alphabet Party and parties are always fun especially blog parties. Here is the link.


21 comments :

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a great day you had. I would have gladly climbed up into the attic too:) I love digging around in dirty messy places. That is where the best 'stuff' is:) Thank you for mentioning us - you deserve that award and I am glad you liked it:)It is still snowing here - no 60 degree weather yet.
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

MH~...you must have had a blast digging through all of that!

I am curious about what you are going to make....with the mystery piece.

How are the chickens....I found out that I am not in the right zone...can't even own 2 hens :(.....Oh,they do allow 200lb pot belly pigs though~go figure.

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds like you had an adventurous day, Lynn!! I would have had a lot of fun if you wanted company. We went junking in Michigan this weekend and I didn't get much but I was happy with what I did! And I hope you were. Love the airmail box!! lol!! Take care! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Amy Kinser said...

Oh how fun! I would have loved to have crawled around in that attic with you and then had a piece of chocolate pie with you at the little restaurant. So glad you found what you were looking for.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Sounds like you had a great adventure. We have people who live down the road who also have an airmail box - although not as high.

Margaret Cloud said...

What a wonderful day you had, I would have climbed up to the attic with you. My first love is to scrounge around in these old antique stores. Sure did like all your finds, especially the old Christmas wrapping paper. Congratulation on your award from Debra. Have a nice week and fun marking all your nice finds.

Christine said...

Lynn, I just love adventures like this but I always forget my camera, as my adventures are always spur of the moment. I find that if I try to plan, then I get hijacked and don't get to go on a treasure hunt. Can't wait to see what you make with your frenchified find.

Kristi said...

WOW What FUN!! I would have loved to dig through his attics too!! Right up my alley!!! :)

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Lynn,

Wow what a lucky woman! Even though I can't, I still would have found a way to get up in the attic, too. I also would have had a 50' U-haul waitin' outside to fill up....LOL.

Hugs,
Meri

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hurray for blog land where stuff lovers unite! Glad you had a good time treasure hunting, Lynn! ♥

Counter Stools said...

Nice blog, very informative. Thanks for sharing...

Julie said...

You have definitely been having SOO much fun...
The thrill of the hunt! woo hoo.

The Homemaker In High Heels said...

Wow!That sounds like a perfect day to me...love the vintage Christmas wrap,btw!

The Muse said...

LOL...well now, whenever a post begins with a lady pulling her back in a pony tail....you just know that the game is afoot! LOL ...
what a glorious jaunt we have had... :)
thank you so, I needed to get out and about!

Tallulah Antiques Closet said...

Looks like you had a good time going through that store and the cupcake was my favorite shot.. I hace a bad habit for sweets, Have a great day... Julian

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

That is SO cool that you got to dig around and climb and scavenge! It sounds just like an episode of American Pickers! :-)

Can't wait to check out your sale...love the announcement you made!

Anne

Angie said...

Oh how I dream of stuff do dig through and a surprise for lunch. Glad you had fun!

Lori said...

Hi Lynn
Now you just described a perfect day to me! Wish we could have shared the fun! I'd give anything to have a friend here who would wander those paths with me! They only get into wandering the boring malls! Have a blissful weekend!! I'll be dreaming of the time you had tonite! Lori

Jennifer said...

Oh how fabulous would it be to spend a day treasure hunting! It sounds as if you had a most wonderful time and found all kinds of delightful treats.

Hopefully we will begin a big thaw out....I am so ready!

Jen

ps- I meant to tell you that our rooster likes to pounce once in a while. Give him a good swift kick and he'll back off. They are very protective of their hens once they start laying eggs. If you don't have a rooster though, one of your hens will quit laying and take the role of protector.

Marie Antionette said...

I think your tractors sexy and I love your pony tail.I keep my hair in one at home also.
I want to shop at the liitle red barn house. The old couple seem like very down home people.I love it.That othe place is awesome too.Love the old chairs hanging from the ceiling.
I think everyone is having cabin fever.Even down here our weather is crapy.I'll be so happy when spring comes.
Going to check out your old finds now.And thank you so much for the sweet comments you left me.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Lisa said...

I think the world is lucky I don't live closer for I'd be right there with you swinging from the rafters for sure! I love the saddle shot of course, now if I just had a place for the one hanging out in my garage.......
That shop would be death to me, I'd want the whole shelf of rolling pins, oh and perhaps that spiffy oil can....sigh

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