Gold Rush: What We Bought….

So I told you about our trip to Gold Rush in Rochester.  Well here’s the rest of the story….

Hubby wanted to look at the out door things when we first got to the fair grounds where the flea market/antique show was taking place.  The gravel was more than I could do with my scooter so I went to one of my favorite spots and looked.  They had a tent and happily there was enough room for me to scooter around.  There was a box inside that was wood in a folk art style.  I liked it and had plans to possibly purchase it but 1-did I really need it and 2-it was early in the day, I hated to spend my money so soon.

I ended up waiting outside the tent for Hubby.  As I waited I started talking to the lady who owned the booth.  It was fun. She talked to me about my scooter.  She was planning foot surgery in the upcoming month.  We chatted on…she was from a town about a half hour from me.  She said she was having a bad sale.  The rain was chasing customers away.  Part of her item were outside and she couldn’t show them properly.

We chatted and chatted.  She was saying she had a shop and storage units full of flea market things.  I told her if she had children they might appreciate her liquidating.  We both laughed.  She went on to tell a story that her cousin passed away a bit ago.  She didn’t have kids.  She ended up donating a half million to her town, a condo to her boyfriend and her personal things to her cousins.  The cousins had to go through, clean everything, and liquidate in all.  In the end there was $42,000 worth of things….several cousins had to split that money.  She laughed about it….

We continued talking..we likely talked for 20 minutes.  She was so sweet and really made my day enjoyable.

Hubby finally found me.  I told him that I wanted him to go into the tent and check out the box.  I told him that I planned to come back and get it if nothing else caught my eye…after all, it was the first booth I really looked at.  The lady said that the box was her’s and she’d happily give me a deal on it.

I laughed and just bought the box.

Hubby and talked later over lunch about the lady and the box.  I told him the whole story and how sweet she was.  Had I not stopped and chatted with her, I might not have bought the box.  I really like the “things” I have to have a story too.  This piece now has a story….I love that.

So do want to see the box?  Here it is….I haven’t cleaned it up yet….

I haven’t found a spot for it yet either.  I know it’s not much.  I love folk art pieces.  This one was made by someone.  It almost looks like a log cabin.


The bottom two drawers open.


The top lifts up.


I’m not sure where it’s going to go…I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it.  Right now it’s hanging out on the dining room table until I am more mobile and can try it out in a few places.

I bought something else too.

It was at about the last booth I stopped at.

Two framed pieces.  Both of them I LOVE.  I love that they have a farming theme.  These are my two favorite pieces of art ever.   They are done by  by French painter Jean-François Millet.

I already had the farmer and his’s small.  It’s entitled The Angelus.  I’ve been looking for the three ladies gleaning wheat.  It’s entitled The Gleaners.  These are about 18″ x 24″.   I am thrilled to have found them.

I debated for awhile as I already have the man and wife…but these matched.

I ended up with them both and in the end I’m happy I did.  Again, I’m not positive where I’m hanging them and again, I want to be more mobile to test out some spots before I decide for sure.

Hubby bought nothing until we hit a garage sale on the way home.  Then he bought an ax for our son Buck.

We also stopped at a location where an auction was going to be held the next day….yep, not enough junking for Hubby.  He wanted to preview the auction to see if it would be worth his time to go.  It was too muddy for my scooter so I sat in the truck and stitched.  I’m so happy I have stitching and can entertain myself.

The verdict…yep.  He was planning to go to the auction the next day…ME, I was staying home.  Stay tuned…yep, the saga continues.  I’ll have to tell you about the auction next.

11 thoughts on “Gold Rush: What We Bought….”

  1. Not sure how big the box is but it looks perfect for storing thread in the 2 drawers and sewing tools/notions in the top part. You could keep it downstairs so all your stuff is together and out of sight when company comes.

    Best wishes for continued healing and for your first grandson.

  2. Do you know why the picture is called The Angelus? if not, you might want to Google it. I think you might find it interesting.

  3. Do you know why the picture is called The Angelus? if not, you might want to Google it. I think you might find it interesting.

  4. Great purchases, Jo! I too think that the box would be great for storing sewing/quilting necessities & little projects downstairs & the pictures are truly lovely!

  5. OH I LOVE the box!!! I know you will find the PERFECT spot for it. Storing sewing treasures for And the pictures have been a favorite of mine too. Barb has piqued my curiosity.. I have to google the pictures and read the story behind them!!!

  6. Oh, yes. Millet. The Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts had a show of Millet in 1999. Those paintings are stunning in person. We are so lucky to live near a world class museum here in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Look up a Millet painting called The Knitting Lesson. Quite lovely. It is in St Louis, MO. If you are ever around St Louis. Just sayin’.

  7. I am really enjoying reading of your antiquing/auction adventures! And your show and tell from those adventures. I am in love with vintage things and I remember seeing those old prints at a lot of my parent’s friends houses. Good memories.

  8. It will be nice to have the pictures with matching frames. From the picture, the box looks like a good thread storage box. Or maybe a secret stash place for chocolate!

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