I love a good garage sale, tag sale, estate sale, auction, or thrift shop.......my only problem is I have a lot of treasures already. The Silver Fox and I were involved in helping to clean out several family member's homes a few years back and that brought my inventory around here to a new high! Need I say more! So lately I haven't done much thrift shopping.....but on Facebook several weeks back I got an announcement for a family/estate sale from one of my 2nd cousins.....very tempting because I knew her mother, Mary Lou, who is my first cousin once removed to be technical. She LOVES garage sales and had bought for many years...... which makes for an awesome sale.
|Don & Mary Lou Ellis Wedding Picture|
So off I went to Cedar Rapids with my Garmin.....can I just say I love that thing! I would never have gone without it. I am not that brave, but that crazy thing makes me brave! I pulled up as I saw the cars parked and picked a place I could drive right into, because I don't parallel park either. I went on Day 2, as I was busy the day before. Which is OK, I knew it would have been crazy and it was! And I am of the mindset, if I am to have something it will be there.....
My cousin, Judy had worked so hard to pull this off. I can't describe the amount to things that were there.....humongous amounts & it didn't include the furniture because that had been sent off to an auction house....her aunts and brothers also pitched in and it took the whole tribe to handle this! It was so good to sit and visit with them in between customers, which I would not have been able to do on the first day. It was pretty nutty, not surprising! I went through the house I think 3 times because there was so much to see and I was trying to be pretty selective......remember the lady that doesn't NEED anything! But I must say it was sooo much fun cause I hadn't done this in a very long time! And throw a little cousin love on top of it.....a really delightful day!
|Some of the Schmidt girl cousins......Linda, me & Judy|
So this is what I brought home with me......a beautiful crochet lace table cloth. I am a sucker for them, it had a few stains, but I washed it and it cleaned up beautifully!
My mother's family has a thing for Amana made furniture.....it is usually solid walnut or cherry. Although they did make some things in oak too, but mostly walnut. We got most of our furniture at Krauss's which is no longer in business....which makes me sad. But we also got a few pieces from Schanz Furniture, if you want to check it out. I don't know where this started, any of you cousins know?
But several of us have pieces from there and they are beautiful, solid, heavy, well-made and timeless. So I was looking and this piece I actually missed, but my cousin Gary thought I would like it and put it on my pile.....so glad he did....so sweet, small tray.....did I say I like trays too?
Now she is all decked out with a few Halloween and fall embellishments.....so very fun!
Then I ran across these wonderful milk glass vases, my daughter, Sally has a beautiful black hutch that my dad made for her and she is collecting milk glass to go in the top of it, so I sent her a picture of these two.....so these made a brief stop at my house before taking a trip to Chattanooga, where they live at her house now.
I also picked up a candle lamp, can't have too many of them either. I turn it on most nights, great night light!
My heart did a little pitter-patter when I saw this Amana foot stool.....like foot stools too! Imagine that! And it lives very nicely with the Amana Lincoln rocker. And the walnut quilt stand my dad made me many years ago.
The patchwork pumpkin looks wonderful on it's little stool.....I never had a great place for it, because it is BIG! I had no idea when I did this project how big it would be......now it has a spot to be and it looks wonderful!
I picked up this old Charles Denby cigar box and the geode too....I like old advertised and ephemera. This lives for now on my book case with some books that fit right inside! Judy had a whole tote of geodes, I wished I would have gotten a few more of them after the fact. Can you believe it? I like pretty rocks too. That was one of the first things I collected when I was a girl! Got it all scrubbed and it looks beautiful!
I wished I could have taken you all along that like old things, it was so much fun.....thanks Judy for a great summer day outing!