Category Archives: Vintage and Antiques

A Vintage Swap

I told you all that Buck bought a house.  It’s a total fixer-upper.  If you missed that blog post, you can see it HERE.

When he bought it the garage was filled with old cabinets and cupboards.  He was going to throw them all in a dumpster but I encouraged him to see if I could sell some.

I ended up contacting The Twisted Sisters to see if they wanted to buy and resell anything.  They are the sisters that put on the vintage sale I always go to.  They ended up offering to buy this kitchen sink and cabinet set.


The set is kind of cool.  It’s totally from the 40s or 50s.  It’s metal with a cast iron top.  I can totally see someone redoing it and then putting it in a cabin.  The top was in good shape.  The bottom under the sink had a piece of stainless steal put in to cover the place where it had rusted but the fix-up job was done very nicely.

Karl took my van to Buck’s one day and delivered a table and chairs set I had found at the thrift store for him.  The set is relatively new.  The top just needed some touch-ups.  It was only $65 for the set.  He’ll probably use the chair as is and then reupholster them once the kids get beyond spilling age.

Anyway, while Karl was at Buck’s they loaded up the metal kitchen counter set and brought it to my house.  I contacted the gals and ended up delivering it to their house.

As they were unloading we were chatting.  One of the gals said, “Remember that cart that I showed pictures of on Facebook?”  I said, “Ya!”  She said, “Well it didn’t sell when we were at the vintage sale in Clear Lake over the weekend.  Are you still interested in it?”  I said “YES!”

Here’s the story… Continue reading

Whatever Wednesday

About a month ago I was driving home from visiting Kayla.  There’s a tiny little town called Lamont that has a little antique shop.  Well Kalissa was with me and we stopped.  I ended up spending $38 for this shelf.  I’ve been needing something for childcare toys.  I’ve not liked what I had.  I wanted something antique/old looking.  This, I thought, would be perfect.


I did have a few things I didn’t love.  She the white smudges on the center of the shelves?

Check out the photo below….Paint drips.

So time to fix it up….I wanted an old worn look so decided a razor blade might do the trick on paint removal.  I didn’t want to lose the finish on the wood so no chemical removers.


After the razor treatment it looked like this… Continue reading

Stash Report

Have you noticed that lots of my stash reports have turned into thrift store reports?  I’ve notice that but then again, most of the fabric I buy comes from thrift stores.

Kalissa and I went on Saturday to check out the thrift stores…She doesn’t mind thrift stores but she’s not SUPER crazy about them like I am-but then again, few people are as crazy as I am about thrift stores.

I did my usual lap at the thrift store…checked the vintage things…then off to the shoes, past the shirts, over to the Carver sized clothes, to the toys and then around to the crafty things where the fabric is.  I found these couple pieces of fabric…

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The leaf and gingham are cotton but the other two you can see aren’t.  Typically I only buy cotton but this time I bought these to pieces to cut down so I can make squares for clothes for my Woodkin dolls that the childcare kids play with.

As I rounded the corner I took a glance towards the crafty things and saw patterns..not just patterns but these patterns…. Continue reading

Kelli’s New Sewing Room

A post from Kelli–

At our old house, I was able to use the “dining room” as my sewing room.  You just had to walk through one small corner to get to the bathroom and there was a closet off of it, so it was perfect for storing my ever growing mass of “things.”  When we moved however, it quickly became apparent that the dining room wasn’t going to be able to be my sewing room.  It ends up with a lot more traffic through the middle of the room and there is a HUGE wonderful window on the one wall, so it leaves very little space for any cupboards or storage of my “things.”  We have however worked it out so that I can have a small sewing table in the dining room so that I can still sew downstairs.  I also have one cupboard to hold office/school supplies and a few projects that I am working on.

Upstairs, however, is another story.  There are 3 decent sized bedrooms with HUGE closets and then one smaller room that is kind of like a large glorified closet.  The only problem is that the ceiling is quite sloped.  Because of this, I don’t know how well we will be able to get shelving installed as there is only about of 4 feet of wall with full ceiling height.

After looking around a bit on our little Galena trip and looking through a lot of our pictures, I think that I am going to try and keep my eye out at auctions this summer and pick up a few of these…

Cupboard 1 (225x400)

Or maybe one of these…

Cupboard 2 (225x400)Or maybe I’ll be able to find a short one like this….

Cupboard 3 (400x225)

I really think that these would end up serving me better because I think I will like them so much more than the prescribed look or finish that I would get with industrial shelving.  The other thing is that if I decide I want to change the look, I can paint them or even move them around or into another room….The possibilities are just endless!  And that is perfect for me because I can’t make a decision to save my soul….So what are your thoughts?  Industrial shelving or primitive, wonderful, yummy, antiquey goodness….(I may be a bit biased….)

I think more than anything, I love to have a reason to go to auctions.  Finding a cupboard is just the goal I need!