Monday, July 31, 2017

Fantastic Finds at the Yankee Barn Sale, Dublin, NH

Recently we attended, for the umpteenth time, the amazing annual Yankee Barn Sale, New Hampshire's flea market extravaganza in Dublin.
Now in its 36th year, the sale features new, used, antique and vintage items from over 80 local residents and employees of Yankee Publishing, Inc. (publishers of  the renowned Yankee Magazine, founded in 1935). It's definitely the primary Do-Not-Miss treasure hunt on our calendar.

And this year was a great one, at least for acquiring loads of new finds for my Etsy shop.

The whole scene is held in a huge field near Yankee headquarters. You pay a dollar to park (hopefully not too far from the sellers, as you don't want to spend too much time walking back and forth to your car with all the stuff you've found), 

Sellers park their cars and vans in their pre-paid-for slots and then set their ware out on the grass or under a tent, if they've brought one. There's absolutely everything for sale from furniture to clothing to all kinds of vintage and antique household items.

I always bring along two large bags to carry over my shoulder, although a lot of what I bought this year was too heavy and had to be transported to our car via my patient and helpful husband.

There are food vendors here for breakfast and lunch, although I'm too busy buying to stop and eat. I pack peanut butter toast and smoothies for our half hour ride over, and we leave home at 7 a.m. for the sale, which, strictly speaking, begins at 8 a.m.  However, there are always people there when we arrive. I suppose we really should get there earlier, but...sleep and a leisurely wake-up with coffee are simply higher priorities.

The whole scene is so colorful and a real New England dose of high Americana.

But then, within about an hour and a half of intensive looking, bartering, and buying, we're suddenly exhausted--kind of like when you're going through a fantastic art museum (the Met, say) and, going from one visual stimulation to the next, you find your knees getting weak and your eyes beginning to blur....

So then home we go, our car loaded with fantastic finds. All of which then need hours of research and determining prices, and then photographing, and listing...lots of work. 

But ah the hunt: therein lies the never-ending joy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fabulous Finds & A New Friend at the St. James Fair, Woodstock VT

My daughter, who lives in Woodstock, Vermont, said I absolutely had to come. The St. James Fair there, now in its 92nd year, was something not to miss.

We live about an hour and a half away in New Hampshire, so it's not a long drive. And since it was a great excuse to spend the weekend with the family, we drove over Friday night for dinner.

But on Saturday morning, at 9 a.m., my daughter and I were there, scouting out what we wanted to make a mad dash for once the ribbons encircling the tents were cut precisely at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Decorating my home for Christmas with vintage

Last week, after sharing some holiday decorating with vintage ideas that I found on the internet and put on one of my pinterest boards called "Decorating for Christmas with Vintage," I promised that I'd show you around my house and some of the ways I decorate with vintage.

First of all, I'll take you to my kitchen. Our house is just barely vintage, as in 1990 we purchased a high, wooded parcel of land in New Hampshire and in 1992, after clearing some of the trees, we built a one-room cottage (my husband purchased a book called "Building Thoreau's Cabin" and began building) which, once finished, served as our living room, dining room, and bedroom (that ladder leads up to a sleeping loft, which we now use for storage; on the ceiling is part of our extensive basket collection).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Decorating for Christmas with Vintage

I love Pinterest!

Whenever you find something you like on the internet, there's always a place to save it there--just put it on one of your boards or create a new one.

Recently I was searching for ways to decorate for Christmas using vintage items. And I found some great new ideas. So all I had to do was hit the round red P button and save them to my new board: Decorating for Christmas with Vintage.

Below are some of the ideas I especially liked....

Using vintage glass jars as candle holders, setting them into an old box, and filling with greens and pinecones:

Friday, November 4, 2016

My Etsy Studio

Okay, first off, I often dream of having the perfect studio: white walls, tall windows with great natural light, lots of room to store all my items and pack them up when purchased,,,,,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Browsing Brimfield


Our first trip to Brimfield can be summed up in just that one word.
We went the last day, Sunday, September 11. I'd heard comments online that great bargains were to be had the last day. I was hoping that was true....