Our antiquing all started a couple years ago. First it was the epic garage sales we held. Then it was the antique booth in Harmony, Minnesota.
Kramer and Kalissa were the ones who really wanted to do it. This was their first day coming to the booth.
Here’s the booth all set up. He was so crabby about getting his picture taken that day. I’m so glad he did.
I got roped into doing the antiques with them.
I didn’t mind…it was actually a lot of fun. WAY better than playing lottery…although much of the same kind of risks. Can I buy something cheap and hit the jackpot was a game we were always playing.
Kalissa tried the show route along with the booth in Harmony. Here I was with her at one of the shows….ugh. We quickly decided the show life was not for us. On this day it blew so hard, I had to anchor the tent down! What a day!!
We all had lots of fun with it. Here was a super garage sale day for us. That’s Kalissa being all fancy and elegant in the back of the pickup on her sette…..
We had LOTS of great memories….Kalissa sewing pillows….
I’m still impressed my non-sew-er girl made them…and MORE!
We learned so much about fixing and repurposing. Everyone in the family got roped into helping.
The last Sunday in July was the last day for us. It was really very bittersweet. We aren’t the same people we were when we started. We will likely never buy anything at an antique shop. We know how high the markup is.
It took us one pickup to set up the booth…it took two to take everything down. Kalissa and Kramer outgrew their booths so they both ended up having one in the end. Here’s Kalissa’s truck ready to load….
…and here’s mine.
Here is Kalissa with an empty booth cleaning out the last things.
We both didn’t know if we should laugh, smile or cry. To be truthful, we did a little of it all. We so missed Kramer. He was so good at knowing how to load furniture. He was so good with ratchet straps. We both knew if he was still here we likely wouldn’t have quit the booth. For me, it’s just too much to keep the booth. I can’t do it all myself. For Kalissa, it just wasn’t the same without her Dad. Who knows…maybe we’ll do it again someday but for now…it wasn’t right.
So will you see us at auctions…likely. We still like old stuff. We still like repurposing. We still like the hunt. I’m a little excited though as now when I do to auctions, I can focus on the “one piece” I really want for myself. I can pay the higher price because I won’t be trying to fill an antique booth with pieces to sell. I’ll just be finding something for me. That will be great!!
Let’s just hope I can resist the temptation of not buying things just because they are going for a “steal”. I have a bad habit of that…I guess we could always do another epic garage sale. If I end up doing that, I’ll be circling right around back to what started this all…that EPIC garage sale.