Sunday, August 2, 2009

Not in Kansas anymore

Are you reasonably sure you know the area where you live? Most of the nearby towns? Most of the roads that take you to said towns?
You know, the area you've traveled for (ahem), 40 some years?

Yeah, we thought so too.

Dh and I started out bright and early Saturday morning (aka yard sale day), hit a few sales, and stopped at our favorite restaurant for breakfast. This usually concludes the yard sale segment of our weekend.
But since the pickings were slim this week, we decided to hit a few more a little further out.

And we did.

And it was good.

Then on the way back we spotted a small sign..."yard sale this way" and a cute little arrow. Alright, maybe one more. It might be a good one. So we followed the arrow, then at the next intersection we followed that arrow, then a few miles later at another intersection we followed that arrow too......Geez, this must be a great sale. The people having the sale were bringing in customers from miles around!
Finally we found the sale!

Baby clothes, an exercise bike, and old tupperware.

Oh, goodie, this was so worth it.
At this point we should've packed it in. But wait! Another cute arrow! And off we went again.
Anyway, we DID find some good sales. So, we were happy, tired, and out of money when we decided it was time to head home.......

Wow, turns out we live in a beautiful area full of woods, mountains, windy country roads that lead to other woods, mountains and country roads, and an occasional small town with intersections leading off in 3 different directions. What are the odds of us 'always' choosing the wrong one, and what are the odds of loaning your GPS to DD this particular weekend? Aaargh!

Yes, eventually, after apparently driving in circles, we came to a welcome, familiar, sign, welcoming us to a town we'd heard of. At that point I wouldn't have been surprised to read "welcome to Kansas".

We live in Pennsylvania.

Anyway, thanks for reading my saga. Without further ado, my treasures....

Grabbed this big, beautiful shelf for hanging in the bathroom. This baby is heavy, and built by the Amish. "Look ma, real beadboard!" Not sure what color it will be painted. Stay tuned!

Every week seems to have a theme, something you run into at every sale that week. This week's theme is "Hooks on Wood"

The first ones are pine, the second ones, teak.(I think)

Another birdcage! Dh found this one, and he's very proud of himself!

Love this collection of old bottles. $2.00 for all.

Rose Candle thingie country themed, bill organizer with clock that I have turned into my country themed, kitchen plan meals ahead and stick recipe in appropriate slot, organizer with clock.

Thus concludes my participation in this weeks' Thrifty Treasures hosted by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. Click Here to check out everyone else's great finds.

Thanks for visiting and leaving such sweet, funny, and "helpful" comments. I'm having such a good time!



  1. Your organizer is fabulous and I hope you have enough things to hang on all those hooks!

    I always get lost garage saling. Its one of the reasons I finally broke down and bought a GPS *lol* It still sounds like a fun morning :)

  2. It really pays to venture off the beaten path, you found some great treasures. I especially like the birdcage.

  3. Great finds!!! Really like the birdcage. The tall bottle in the back was probably a drink bottle. The reason I am guessing that, my Father was a wholesale distributor and when old stock, etc. was cleaned out after he passed away. There were a lot of these old drink bottles like that, which had a drink in them that smelled like old kool aid. I suspect they dated back to the late 40's or extremely early 50's. Let me explain - My Father thru NOTHING away. He knew they were not sellable, but he just pushed them to the back - guess he figured they would be good for something someday. I ended up with several of them - tried to sell some in a yardsale during a time that many were decorating with "old general store" & "country" decor.. A woman asked if she could drink it and I told her "NO" that they should be used for decor. only. I put them away and dumped the contents out later - it was obvious that they were vintage. :)

  4. You just described the perfect day to me! That happens to us every summer when we go to Wisconsin! We follow every little sign, down every dirt road, and I love it!
    That Amish shelf is gorgeous! You gotta love the beadboard. Love those black hooks too. They look old nice and old. Great finds, and glad you made it back home!

  5. That should be "threw" not thru. :-)

  6. I LOVE that beautiful Amish shelf and all of those hooks on You found a lot of wonderful goodies on your venture!

  7. Great finds Bonnie...especially the amish shelf and the birdcage!! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  8. You are too funny Bonnie ! Kansas - LOL !
    I love your shelf and those hooks on boards - hooks by themselves are very expensive - in fact I was going to replace the ones on my new hall tree but, they were like $8 a piece..I will keep my eyes open for some great ones for cheap on wood, LOL !
    Hugs ~ Kammy
    p.s. a recipe a day ?? You go girl !

  9. The shelf is really nice - you could leave it natural if you chose to, and it wouldn't hurt the appearance at all.

  10. Oh my oh my look at all these great bargains you found!! Well done...

  11. Hi Bonnie, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment at my blog. You had quite the adventure, your story made me laugh. :) And I loved the finds, especially those old bottles (love em!) and the country organizer (cute!). Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love the old bottles the best... every time I see old bottles in antique malls, they are so outrageously priced.

    Great finds!

  13. Great shelves, and love the bottle collection!! Jackie

  14. Love the hooks and the big shelf thing. Great finds. Marla

  15. I love the second set of hooks. Rustic looking. Oh goodness, you hit the treasure cove for old glass bottles. Lucky you!

  16. great finds!! i love the purse hooks!

  17. I love that bill organizer! Hmmm, I wonder if I had one if I'd be organized??

  18. Bonnie,
    The shelf has great potential and will be nice in your bathroom. You are lucky your DH enjoys going with you so he can lift the heavy items!!!

  19. What wonderful finds! Your trek was worth it!

  20. You found some cute treasures. Thanks for stopping by.