Very few things would make me write the title to my post in ALL CAPS, a BARN SALE being one of them. I had planned to skip all thrifting this weekend because I have enough stuff and my studio is not finished and I'm getting ready to put 3 kids in 3 different schools. Oh and you know putting food up for winter, cleaning up for fall, gathering wood for our smoker and hanging out with my family.
I just needed to be here. But then my mom called and and said "did you know there is going to be a barn sale?" Pish I thought "barn sale in Alaska, silly"! Not that we don't have barns but that who could possibly have enough cool old stuff to have a barn sale? Certainly no one around here. I decided to check it out with my mom and I am so glad I did.
Most of the sales I go to are full of cheap crap from China with a few old pieces "of junk-that no one would ever want" direct quote from a garage sale proprietor. Except me. And a few other folks. We seem to fill our homes and live with cheap crap we don't want anymore or didn't ever need in the first place-sorry won't go there today this is a happy post!
So the BARN SALE was located in two mini barns joined together in someones business lot. I was disappointed when I pulled up but while waiting for my mom I started to get excited. The first thing we found was an industrial sized tricycle for my 4 year old. Homemade, beautifully welded and the best part is the trailer hitch on the back end! 10 bucks! Of course I don't have a picture yet because the 4 year old is riding all the time but soon I will!
Then we went inside I had to restrain my self from grabbing everything I found, this far and away the best sale of any kind I had ever been to. The treasures were thick. I picked out two hand knit 60 year old sweaters. The woman they were made for was there selling them. I can't tell you how little I paid, it's embarrassing.
I moved on to the quilts. I don't have a great love for the modern quilt movement. I don't hate it, I don't love it, it's just there. But her quilts were nice but I wasn't moved to buy them. I looked over the glassware, meh. The Wedgwood serving bowl, glass canisters and found myself oddly not in need of any of it. I headed back to the kids section and found a fantastic pile of baby dresses and slips. I picked them all up and added them to my pile, I didn't even look through them. I wanted them. My mom commented that they were like her dresses from when she was little, in Iowa, in 1943. Wah! 10 dollars for 7 vintage baby dresses, embroidered, some with slips attached. They are not homemade but rather made in Manila, I don't really care I LOVE THEM.
I ambled upstairs but found it filled with things I didn't need too. Odd for me usually they leap in to my arms without to much persuasion. As I went back down the stairs I spotted a pile of fabric I hadn't seen before. Turns out it was a pile of unfinished quilts by the lady hosting the sale. Hunh. 10 bucks each for 100 of hours of someones time. They are not finished but I can do that. And the are very old looking in design and fabric. There is the Sunbonnet Sue:
Then this beautiful hexagon flower design, anybody know the name?
I plan to finish this once my studio is done and use it on my bed. This fits perfectly with our 1935 Colony House.
Then there is this one:
The lady selling it told me she made it from old flour sacks from the 20s. Her mothers flour sacks saved for dresses then made it to a quilt instead. And sold for 10 dollars! 10 dollars. It's a bit small for our bed but I think I will finish it and lay it across the end of my bed. I'm truly NOT in to quilts but these three are different.
Have you been out thrifting? Why not link up to Southern Hospitality or at least go and see what everybody else around the world is finding. I could spend hours over there, ok I have spent hours over there browsing and dreaming. It's also a great way to learn what's what in the thrifting world and find great decorating and craft tips.
And if you visiting from Southern Hospitality why not come back Monday for my Just Another Meatless Monday vegetarian link up party. I post a recipe and my friends and bloggers link up their vegetarian recipes as well. LOTS of great ideas to go meatless for one day or everyday.
Peace and Love--