You all might remember that I left you in the middle of my story about the barn I bought at the vintage store in Sumner, Iowa.
I know lots of you were upset that I didn’t show pictures of the barn. There’s a reason I didn’t do that. You see when I bought the barn…I bought it straight out of the window. I saw what the outside was like but I didn’t really see it up close. I really didn’t get to touch it and feel it so the next day when I went back to get it, it was so fun seeing it all over again.
So..here is the barn…
The top folds down for… inside the barn access.
Actually, both sides fold down. It’s super easy for little hands to get inside.
On the side, along one of the sides are stalls for the animals to stand in. It is really well built as the barn has a floor in it.
It came with some awesome fences that I am in love with. They are long and perfect for the barn.
Here it is all with the fences set up. I love the side ramp for animals to get in the barn…or tractors.
There are three doors to the barn. One on each end like this…and one at the side. The paint colors are PERFECT for a real barn. Oh, I just love it.
I know it’s a little weird that I’m loving this barn so much as it’s worn and in good shape for a vintage toy but not perfect. There is a hint of blue paint on the one side of the roof but it’s all part of the history.
I think the barn speaks to my life as a farmer’s daughter and a farmer’s wife. I have so many good memories that came from living on a farm. All of my grandparents were farmers. Farming is in my blood.
As our family has grown and farm life has changed, my grandchildren are slowly moving away from the agricultural lifestyle. It’s a little sad to me. Enough about that…
I have a huge collection of animals that the kids can use with the barn. Over the years I have collected animals from thrift stores. I started many years ago. This brand, Schleich, makes expensive ones but they really do stand up to the wear and tear of many. They have them at the farm store but at Amazon too. All of mine are this brand and they have gone through MANY kids.
I’ve not had a kiddo come to play with it yet. I am really excited as I know the kiddos will love it…and even if they wouldn’t, I’m fine with that because I love it.
So what else came home with me from the vintage store…this long wooden box. I’ve been wanting something different here on the table. This is exactly what I had in mind.
I will change it out for the seasons. I’ll take the Christmasy things out after Christmas and add more snowman-type things…and then Valentines.
The piece is old. I think it must have been toolbox maybe?? You can see the handle holes cut in each end.
I also bought this mini cupboard. I have a vintage toy collection. I added it to the toys and am using it to display some of them. This piece was cheap…just $15.
The good news is that buying the shelf encouraged me to rearrange and dust all the toys!! Buying the piece was good motivation for me to get the dusting done.
I also bought this little drawer with the compartments. In the shop, she was using it as a stand to prop picture frames. I think I will be stitching some cross-stitch-covered buttons that Lori Hold makes and putting them in here…we’ll see.
I love this style of a piece so I’m certain to find something for it if I don’t use it for the covered buttons.
The last thing I bought…the little red chair. I’m a gal that loves all things red. I love chairs and stools. When I’m in vintage stores I’m always looking at them. The kids tease me about it all of the time.
For now, the chair is here…I’m not sure if it will stay here. We’ll see. All I know is that I really like the chair. It’s red and, if you don’t know by now, red is my favorite color. So, it will always have a home here.
That was the little buying I’ve done as of late. I’m so happy with the things I bought and the little table toppers I made. They are just the things that have perked me up and made me smile as I’m hanging out here at the house.