Weekend on the Farmette

I just get giddy with excitement every single time I hit the road for a treasure hunting trip or yard sales. You would think after all these years the enthusiasm would wane but NOT. With the mild winter and early Spring warm weather the yard sales are popping up earlier this year and I'm not complaining. I hit the road early Saturday morning with two sales in mind and I was not disappointed. I scored some pretty sweet things.

The sweetest mid-century pink wire birdcage complete with feeders and perch.  How cute would this be on a summer porch for a singing canary or filled with candles or (gasp) at Christmas time, filled with white bottle brush mini trees and silver ornaments?

Now, I don't know the first thing about cowboys, although I like to look at the Marlboro Man :), but this worn white western hat really appealed to me. It has lots of character and it's even signed by some rodeo guy.  I will put this one in the booth, unless you want it.   Will make a great decor item I think.

Check this out!  A vintage diner pastry stand.   It must stand a foot tall and the original price tag on the bottom: 69¢   I didn't know anything ever only cost that little bit.  This one is a keeper for me. :)

The coup de grâce of the day!  Do you know what this is? Back in the 1920's, ladies of grace, had the most beautiful items on their dressing table.  Among them, powder puff wands.  The wands made it easier to dust behind the knees and other hard to reach places and besides, it just looked so ooh la la to use a wand (in my humble opinion). They were made of silk, with gorgeous ribbon flowers, or rosettes, and pretty laces and the wands were wrapped also.  I found not one, not two, but three of these delightful pieces of yesteryear.  I rarely use eBay, preferring to put all my items in the boutique, but I did put two of these up for auction and the other on my website

Now that charming piece of rusty tin at the base of the chair is an old match safe, with a mirror!  Now how cute would this be, next to one of those great ornate vintage framed chalkboards being made all over blog land, holding the chalk and eraser.  Perfect!  The old wood folding table and the bistro chair were not furniture finds on this trip but earlier trips.  They reside on the lower patio and make a great spot to sip a cool drink after working in the garden. And speaking of the garden.

See the twig bird cage hanging from the tree branch?  How cute is that?  This yard sale find is a keeper for me too and I haven't decided where it will end up but for now it looks so sweet where it is.  And besides I had to figure out a way to show you our pretty flowering ornamental fruit tree in the front yard.  Gorgeous huh? It's blooming about 2 weeks earlier than normal.   I wonder ????  what if a little bird decides that's a great place for her nest.  Maybe I better not leave it up too long.

What else did I do this weekend?  I worked on my booth some, getting it all Springy and Eastery for an upcoming Sale next week.  Don't you just love that vintage safety pin bowl?  It's made with pink and clear beads and it's large.  How charming would that be as an Easter basket for someone special?

My mannequin, also known as flat chested Ava, wears a vintage pansy apron and a necklace......a vintage book bundle topped off with a sepia photo of a sailor girl.  Would she be a sailorette?  The vintage duck is made of papier mâché and would be charming as part of an Easter table top vignette. 

Look at that old bunny riding toy.  Too too cute and again, if you had a large table, would be so sweet in a vignette or on the front porch.  The seed sign I found last Fall and saved for the Spring time.  A local green nursery went out of business and it was the sign hanging on their shed which served as an office. It's loaded with worn weathered character and has a real trowel on it.  How can I give that up you ask?  Don't worry...I'm not.  There was two signs. And one now resides on my small potting shed.  I have to show you that soon. 

 If you are in the neighborhood, have lunch in the village and stop by for the sale.  Midlothian Antiques Center, Midlothian, Va. 3/31/2012.  I think our dealers have great prices and on SALE, they're even better. 
Along with the early Spring flowers, the weeds are rampant.  You could barely see my poor mini jonquils for the chick weed and hen bit so we worked on pulling that out and then I picked every last flower.  This particular variety has such a sweet scent.  You can catch their fragrance in the entire family room. And that's what I did this past weekend....how about you?  Now I am off to email a mid-western blogger to get the specifics on her upcoming big Spring event.  I just may be taking to the friendly skies for a trip...woot!  P.S. If you see anything in the booth you like, ....let's talk and thank you following and if you're not, I would love it if you would. ♥

It's always a pleasure to join these wonderful parties.....charming hostess and full of inspiration.  I know they will love it if you give them a visit.  
 Potpourri Friday at  2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,  
Kathy at Delightsome Life, Joy of Savvy City Farmer,  White Wednesday at Faded Charm, 
Furniture Friday at Miss Mustard Seed, 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  and sweet Beverly at Pink Saturday. Table Top Thursday at BNOTP

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Jen said...

Spring yard sales! I can't wait to learn my way around our new area so that I can find some to check out! =) It looks like you found a few great deals yourself. I love the birdcage.
Hope you are loving this beautiful spring weather!

NanaDiana said...

Holy cow- You are the garage sale bonanza queen! WOW! That wand reminds me of one my Aunt had for her talcum powder. Hers was lavender! Lovely post/great finds!- xo Diana

Maureen Wyatt said...

Great finds! Your flowering tree is pure fantasy! ~ Maureen

Sandi McBride said...

I'd crawl my butt on a plane to get there to go with you to a yard sale crawl!!! When do we leave?

Le Style said...

Lovely post with lovely items.
And the tree with the bird cage is so beautiful!
I enjoyed the pictures.

Warm greetings,

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,
Wow, look at all those goodies! The weather sure has us all enjoying the day's much sooner. I like that. I adore your twig bird cage. It is so shabby..I dont blame you for hanging on to it!
Looks like spring has hit your booth! Enjoy all your day's treasure hunting..

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

You got some great treasures!!! The powder puff wand is so neat! I have to get out there and start looking!

Sue said...

So I wanna hear where you think you might be traveling here in the midwest! We've got some great barn sales coming up soon. hint, hint....
wow- I'd sure like to be shopping your little shop! hugs, Sue

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I just love that twig bird house in the tree and the photos is great!!

Happy yard saleing!!

Whimsicalnotions said...

Its a long walk from Australia but i wish i were there,I too get the fast beating heart when i go on a treasure hunt.
Love looking at your things and had to laugh at flat chested Ava I have a mannequin named Cynthia who is a bit of a floozy.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

The potting shed sign is the best! That's a gorgeous blooming tree too! Fun finds!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great finds, Lynn. Your blooming tree is so pretty and I love the twig bird cage. Thanks for joining my party. xo, Sherry

Sueann said...

Some great finds for sure. Love love love that matchbox holder with mirror. Sigh

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Lynne, it's been way too long since I've visited your blog. Love all of your fabulous finds. I just got out my Easter decor and used two of the precious bunny tags that I bought from you a couple of years ago. laurie

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

can't wait for the yard sales to commence!!!! : ) i have to tell you i just love this blog! i am so glad you visited!!!! : ) sending hugs and i am going to go look around now! your newest follower!

Justine said...

Stopping by from the Open House Linky Party! http://queenofsavings.com

thistlewoodfarm said...


I just put on twitter that my favorite signs of spring all said "yard sale this way." LOL

Great finds and have a wonderful weekend.


Anne said...

Fun garage sales.I need to get to more of those.I hate all the driving and stopping.But look at what I am missing.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful finds!
... Visiting from Potpourri Friday. I'm #95

Greetings from Australia♥

Heirloom treasures said...

Great finds,can't decide which I like best, I think the seed sign.
:) jeanetteann

chateau chic said...

You found some terrific things! That pink bird cage is so sweet.
Mary Alice

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

Gorgeous bouquet of daffodils superbes jonquilles ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Marti McClure said...

Hi Lynne, All of your finds are lovely but my favorite is the twig birdcage hanging from your tree. So cute! Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

Kai Rui said...

Hi Ms. Lynn, I've already featured you on my PS post...If you have time you can check it out

Chubskulit Rose said...

Sweet and gorgeous pink!

My Pink, have a great weekend.

Zinnia said...

Great with a bulett daffodils in white pitcher. Spring flowers are lovely! I wish you a wonderful weekend! Zinnia

Anonymous said...

All so very pretty!
I haven't got a clue how I ever missed finding your gorgeous blog before, but I'll be following you via my sidebar & looking forward to seeing/reading more!
~ Zuzu

Unknown said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn, great finds you made, how fun that is! The powder wands are fab! Hugs my friend, Marilou

NanE said...

Oh my gosh Lynn, my eyes are burning from staring at all this cute goodness! I love all of it but I think the powder puff and the bunny riding toy are my fav! I remember having Tinkerbell powder puffs as a little girl. I love powder and wonder why places like Bath and Boy works don't make it! Have a great weekend, Nan

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Love all your finds! The birdcage is so cool. I have the one that my pet bird Pedie lived in when I was a wee one, a fav thing of mine. The sign is too fabulous! It should go really fast. Please show us your garden shed sometime... I bet it's adorable.

Have a grand week - Hugs, Sherry

Kathy said...

Hello! Fabulous finds! I agree - there is definitely a thrill to the hunt. Just love your finds and that tree is amazing LOVE the twig birdcage looks perfect there! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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