Friday, October 12, 2007

Yard Sale 2007

We had a huge yard sale today. We got there before daylight and started setting up our tables. I thought I would die before we got all the boxes and totes unpacked! But when we were finished and ready for customers we had one nice looking sale. I used thrifted vintage sheets and a shabby chic table cloth for the table covers and it added a nice touch. Really only one "dealer" type and she didn't haggle over prices so all in all it was a wonderful day.

I really hated to let go of these lamps but I didn't have anywhere to put them and I was scared they would be broken if I just kept storing them. The "dealer" bought these....

We only really had two early birds (a senior citizen couple). They were not pushy so it was ok. I was a little worried because we were not overrun with customers from the beginning. But, we had a steady stream all day and the ones that stopped were in the mood to buy!

My back is a different story. I think it fell off and is lying on the ground somewhere. We had the sale at our church because it's on a main road and always has good traffic flow.

Today was the first day of a two day sale. I'm a little nervous because most of our "good" stuff sold today. So it may make for a long day tomorrow but we shall see.....

Here is my Mister affirming the old "boys will be boys" thing. He's playing with a Crossfire game. It later sold for $1.00 to a little boy who was thrilled to be the new owner!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Somtimes our wants too

I decided to dedicate this post to one of my very favorite prints! I love old romantic prints, especially ones that involve pianos or other musical instruments. I have loved this print since the first time I saw it which was probably about 20 years ago in the big town of Pine Hill, Alabama. Pine Hill is about 2 hours north of Mobile. Since I was a little girl, at least twice a year, I would be hauled to Pine Hill by my Mama and my Maw Maw to see my Grandpaw's Cousin's wife Barnette. Barnette's house was so cute and quaint and loaded with 40's-50's charm! One day I discovered this print in her house and knew I had to have one just like it. So, I started my quest. I searched eBay until I thought my fingers would fall off. No luck. I looked everywhere that I knew to look. Still no print. I had no information. I didn't know the artist's name, the title of the print or ANYTHING! I had a feeling that it was probably a mass produced print but just really had no clue... well, fast forward until about 2 years ago. I was at a dumpy little auction in a neighboring town. The kind of place where the cigarette smoke is so thick you could cut it with a knife. So I'm previewing all the items and OH MY GOODNESS my heart starts to race. The closer I get to the print my heart is pounding! It was the print that I had searched for! Of course it was one of the very last things they auctioned that night so it was after midnite before it came up. There was an antique dealer that started bidding against me but I was prepared to go the distance. I had decided that print was coming home with me REGARDLESS! Thankfully I only had to bid $38 and it was mine! I was one happy, sleepy, smokey girl! Where is this print you say?

It has so much character. Of course I love the piano but I also love the curved staircase, the gargoyle looking angels on the clock in the background, I could go on and on. And the frame! Oh my gosh. My frame is prettier than Barnette's. Hers was a simple, cherry wooden frame. I knew that it would one day hang proudly in one of our guest rooms. We are finally about to paint the walls in this room and I will be able to hang this beautiful print. God is so mindful of us. Most certainly for what we need but sometimes our wants too.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart...Psalms 37:4 KJV

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Happy Birthday Daddy

Tomorrow is my Daddy's 65th birthday. We celebrated this past Sunday with a cake, presents and the whole deal! The cake was made in a thrifted Wilton horseshoe cake pan. I think I paid a whopping $1.48 for the pan that still had the original J C Penney price tag on the side. He loves horses so this was the perfect cake for him. Off-the-chain Jacob did the baking honors. As he said, he wanted to go old school with the "number candles". Resistance was futile so we got old school candles! I guess that was better than 65 little candles that could have set off the fire alarm!

Here's daddy with the cake: and doing what he loves....

His horses are named Bonnie & Clyde. Cute, huh? My dad is a good man and has always been a wonderful provider for his family. He's retired now and I hope he is able to enjoy retirement for many years to come.

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

Proverbs 20: 7 KJV