What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sales, Bronchitis and Zombies

This weekend brought a couple emails and texts asking if I was okay - where was I - what had happened.  I love it that you guys actually MISS me and come looking for me.  I won't say that same old thing about not having much to blog about (even though it's true!). So, I'll just ramble and talk and see where we go.  Buckle up, my friends!

The week before last one of my favorite LOL ( Little Old Lady) thrifts had an ad on Criagslist (Lord knows who posted it because I am sure that none of the people that volunteer there know how to use a computer) that the ENTIRE store was half off all week.  Of course, I had to go.  Twice!  

On the first trip, I got this sweet Paint by Number.  I never buy paintings, but I keep finding ones that speak to me.  They'll all go to the Junk Ranch.

On the second trip, I sent the Breadman up to the courthouse to pay our taxes while I shopped.  It's a small thrift and I usually only buy a few things.  When he came back to pick me up, he commented that he had trouble getting in the front door because "someone" had put a pile of stuff in the way. That someone was me.  I had spotted a small red suit case and I was carrying it around, Then I spotted a big old hard suitcase under a table, so I grabbed that.  When the ladies behind the counter saw what I was carrying, they asked me if I wanted to see any more "old stuff".  Uh, yes please.  They brought out a very old and heavy medicine cabinet with glass shelves and a big old washboard.

I didn't get photos of any of that, except here is the washboard and the giant suitcase is under it.  I paid $9 for everything after it was half off.  I want to re-purpose the washboard as a memo board with milkcap magnets and a little bread pan notepad holder.  

The Salvation Army is across the street, so I had to stop.  They rarely have anything of interest to me so I never go.  But, if you are across the street - why not stop?  

I found this lovely painting and another one of a cabin with a fisherman on the lake.  All that lodge-y, cabin-y stuff is hot now.  I think?

I also found this fabulous vintage tablecloth.  Now, I haven't found a vintage tablecloth in forever and I have NEVER found one at the Salvation Army.  So, that was a double whammy of goodness.  It was $4 and I had to think a minute if I should buy it or not.  I'm pretty cheap, but heck, that's a good price for a little happiness.

I saw an ad for a Sunday Sale a few weeks ago.  It was further than I usually ever go to a sale and it meant I had to take the Interstate.  Which I DO NOT DO.  But, for some reason, I really felt like I needed to go to this sale.  There were pictures showing things that looked right up my alley and I could see some prices, so I decided I would be brave and go.  When I got there, the lady having the sale was very sweet - talked to me and told me little stories about each thing I picked up.  Not in an annoying "THAT'S OLD AND AN ANTIQUE" way, but in an "I picked that up at an old house" sort of way.  I gathered up an assortment of things and went to pay.

I bought the old cutlery tray, small pixie, an assortment of old Valentines, a sweet deer pin, the baby cup and a couple handfuls of old millinery flowers.   (The cups came from Goodwill on the way home).  

I must interject with a story here.  Last Spring I went to the Neosho City Wide sales in Missouri.  I was all hyped and ready to shop when I ran over a broken street sign post and slashed my tire.  I spent the rest of the day sitting in front of a tire display at Walmart and my junking mood died out.  When we were all repaired, I headed on out to a few sales, but my mind wasn't quite in it.  We stopped at one sale at a house on a steep hill with a curved driveway. I visited with the nice men there and they asked if I was having a fun day and I told them about my tire woes.  As we talked, I spotted the tiniest pair of antique crutches sitting on a table.  They were only about 2.5 feet tall and made of one split piece of wood.  I commented on them, but for some reason I put them down.  I have remembered them since then and I fully intended to stop at that sale next spring and see if by some miracle they still had them.  Why I wanted them, I don't really know. But, they were just one of those things that I will always remember.  (In Junior High, I learned that this is called FORESHADOWING).  Duhn-Duhn-Duhn!

As I was leaving the Sunday Sale, I saw a tiny pair of crutches leaning on the table leg.  They were just like the ones that I had remembered!  I grabbed them and went to pay without even asking how much.  As I paid her the $3 (a steal!), I told her the story I just told you about seeing a pair in Neosho and having remorse about not buying them.  She looked at me for a long time.  And then she said, "I bought those in Neosho.  At a house on a steep hill with a circular driveway."  WHAT THE WHAT? Not only did I get A tiny pair of crutches - I got THE tiny pair of crutches.  Wild, right?  Now, the story would be more fun to tell people if the actual item wan't a tiny pair of crutches, because I realize that's a weird thing.  But, those of us that love junk will get it.  

Do I know what I will do with them?  No.  But, they're mine!  

I have been sick for over a week.  My chest is full, my head is clogged.  I am a notoriously bad medicine taker.  Most medicine makes me groggy if it's for daytime and the nightime stuff keeps me awake.  Plus I sometimes get hives and itchy skin and my hair crawls, so I just don't take much.  I do pound back the Muscinex which has saved me more than a few times.  It just takes a long time to get through stuff.   I stayed home for five days straight before I decided I could venture out.  I sat in the backseat and the Breadman drove us to Sam's.  I stuck out my bottom lip and asked to go to a thrift along the way.

I didn't find much, but he dug in the record box and pulled out this gem.  Rootie Tootie Tootie The Kewpie Bear Song by the Honey Dreamers.  I mean, it makes your teeth hurt to just look at it!

My big day out made me stay home on Thursday but I felt like I could hit a sale on Friday.  It was a digger sale - lots of boxes lined up and piles of junk to dig in.  It was a sad little house in such disrepair.  The house should have been condemned which is sad for the tenant, not to mention the landlord is 93, so that is another family in for a rude awakening soon.  I found a pile of old tins, some Bucilla kits for ebay, some old books and a few other things.  Halfway through my digging, I had a huge horrible hacking coughing attack and when when I stood up, I got vertigo  The lady having the sale offered to get me a chair so I wouldn't pass out on her.  I think I better stay home a few more days.

My best find there was a big sack full of old Stereoscope cards.  I have a ton from my Grandparents and I found a Steroviewer last year, so they are fun to look through.  There are some good ones in there, like this one.  

I stayed home on Saturday, but today I went to another sale.  (Have I mentioned that is has been nearly 80 lately so people are having sales?)  I got some crafty type stuff and these guys.  

They are old bisque.  A sweet old bride and groom with a tulle veil and millinery flowers.  Super sweet.  But, then tonight, I was watching the Walking Dead and I picked them up and realized.....ZOMBIES.    Holy crapola.  I hope they don't come after me in my sleep!  They actually do have a hint of the cuteness that they once had and a bit of old creepiness.  It's borderline.  

After the sale I hit Goodwill and picked up a good Le Creuset for ebay.

And this silly old Japan pig planter for me.  

And now I must go to bed and rest up from another day out.  

Thanks for checking on me.  I'll be back sooner than later, I promise!

Until then......


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Valentine's Day Decorations

In my funk and the process of "pulling my head out (Thank you for all the nice comments.  I see that I am not alone in this funk.  We'll get through it together!) - I decided to put out the Valentine's Day decorations.  I usually only put minor holiday stuff out for two weeks.  But, I needed some happy. So, I happy-ed up the joint.  I live with two guys, so I am always in fear that I will overdo it and they won't be happy.  But, you know what?  IF MAMA AIN'T HAPPY, AIN'T NOBODY HAPPY. Besides, The Breadman literally would not notice anything new in the house.  Ever.  Like, he missed noticing the Christmas tree was up for TWO DAYS. All my seasonal decorations go up on the walls or on shelves, so nothing is in the way. Football viewing and XBox playing are still able to go on uninterrupted.  

I think I have told this story before, but here it comes again.  When we were newly married, we lived in a tiny house in another town.  I was a department manager at a grocery store.  When I was clocking out, I noticed that the guys were taking down all the Valentines Day decorations in the store.  (Do you remember when grocery stores decorated the aisles with big signs, streamers and honeycomb balls and hearts?)  Anyway, they were pulling down these huge 6 foot long signs that said I LOVE YOU. (They were made at the sign shop and matched the window signs that read Eggs 38¢.)  I asked if I could have one and they gave it to me.  (I wish I still had it.  It was awesome). I took it home and hung it in the doorway between the living room and the dining room.  The husband came in the front door, walked through the living room, pushed the I LOVE YOU sign aside and kept on walking. "Hey!"  I said. "Did you even read that?"  "Yeah, I saw it." That was the day I knew that I had married a guy that did not like for care about the holidays.  It was also the day I realized that I could do virtually anything in the house and he wouldn't really give a crap.  BRING ON THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS!!!!!

Years ago I bought this ugly little painted hutch.  I slapped some white paint on it, and wa-lah, it's one of my favorite little decorating spots.

For years I participated in a handmade swap for Valentines Day.  I have over 150 handmade Valentines from crafters all over the internet.  I love displaying the smaller ones here.  

I love making things of out felt, but I don't do it as often as I would like since it's just for me to keep and not something I can sell.  So, I generally concentrate on listing, pricing or making for profit.  But, making things for me is fun too! 

Display over the couch.  Lots more handmade Valentines.  The red love bug is from my gal Chanelle (AmberRose in the comments).  The chalkboard LOVE sign is from Dollar Tree.  It bothers me that you can buy a knock off sign for $1.00 when people are making them and selling them at the booths.  But, I usually have a dollar and not always $20 to buy local and handmade.  The honeycomb heart is new this year.

Candy tins and some other cute stuff.  I still think getting a box of chocolates is such a fun gift.  But, to get one in a TIN would have been such an elegant gift!  

More handmade Valentines and the obligatory vintage truck and a rubber squeak.  

One of my favorites.  

LOVE letter banner.  I sell a lot of these in the booths and at The Junk Ranch.  It's time to make a new batch.

Huge oversize flash card.  I had the whole A-Z set and sold all but the H for Halloween, W for Witch and V for Valentine.  The C for Camel is in my booth and it will NOT sell.  What the heck?  I thought Hump Day would make it a seller for sure.  

Why, yes.  I do live in a cave.  Bad lamp placement makes this shelf a bugger to photograph.  All my super cute favorites are on this shelf including my Chocolate covered Cherry boxes which is one of my favorite collections.   My grandmother loved them, my husband loves them.  I do not love them.  But the old boxes make me swoon.  They are hard to find, so when I do come across one (or my buddy Chanelle sends me one.....) I am very happy!  

More cherry boxes.  Love that lovebird planet in the middle.  Vintage Valentines stuff is hard to find, other than cards.  

More cherry boxes, handmade Valentines and some vintage hankies.  

The whole enchilada.  

Another photo from the cave.  I want a nice collection of old heart shaped candy boxes, but they elude me.  The ones on either side were from The Bean and my Mom last year.  The other two are older ones that I gussied up with old millinery flowers.  Throw in some cuteness and old Marquee letters and that's all folks!

Do you decorate for Valentines Day?

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Pulling My Head Out

I have had a really bad case of down in the dumps, midlife crisis, fuckitall.  I haven't been sleeping well. My brain is full of what could have been's and what will be's. Things I could have changed in the past and things I certainly cannot prevent from happening in the future. Things have seemed overwhelming to me.  Projects, plans.  All of it.  Just overwhelming. I get so down when I read Facebook posts from friends and family saying awful things about politics and fighting with family and friends.  Life is too short for that stuff. Instead of surfing Facebook at night, I have fallen into the YouTube pit.  Oh, it's a hard one to crawl out of - I have always avoided the time suck of You Tube. But, it has been just what the doctor ordered lately.  I have watched people dumpster diving, people thrifting, little girls dancing, soldiers coming home to their kids and their dogs, road rage, good deeds and on and on.  Oh, such a time suck.  But, such a mental holiday.   

But, today a cloud lifted for no apparent reason and I am feeling like ME again.  Woot!  Someone is sure to say it is Winter Blues, but we have had little to no winter at all this year.  It was 76 degrees yesterday!  Today it was only in the 40's and seemed much more like Winter.  Winter is my JAM. Who knows if this will stay or my fuckitall will kick back in. Hopefully I will get some stuff done and start on my new booth prep and the upcoming Junk Ranch stuff soon.  I ordered a ton of new jewelry making supplies.  I have ideas for new stuff to make.  I think I am coming out of my funk.

Today I snuck out all by myself and hit up a few thrift stores.  I saw on Craigslist that one of my old standby thrifts was 1/2 off all week.  That just does not happen around here.  So, off I went.  I prowled around that thrift for almost an hour.  I spent $13, which means I bought $26 worth of things. I never find that much there, so I am happy that I went.  I found a couple baby afghans, some old beer steins and mugs, a sweet Paint By Number, a cool lucite display rack and a few other things.  All to sell, thank heavens.  

When I left there, I went to the Salvation Army across the road.  They have an "Antiques Corner" where they put all the older stuff, but it isn't priced any higher than the regular stuff.  In fact, it's usually pretty cheap.  Today I found a game called Snap Bowling from the 1970's.  The box was almost as tall as me! It was only $2.00 so I thought it might be missing something.  But it wasn't! Yay!  As I carried it around the store, this guy that was looking at all the games and puzzles spotted that huge box I was carrying.  He read the box and his eyes got big and HE WANTED IT.  But, it was mine.  He followed me all around the store just hoping that I would put it down.  I have done that to people (in a far less creepy way. I hope.) but have never had anyone stalk me in the thrift store. After I paid, I hightailed it to the car and got out of there!  I would hate to get mugged for a $2.00 game.  

*You'll notice there aren't any photos in this post. I can't remember my icloud password and I will be DAMNED if I am going to change it again.  It'll come to me soon. I hope!  :)

Oh, that new booth? It is actually the booth that Lara and I share.  She closed her big booth out at Daisies and Olives and wants her own booth at the store we share.  Which is sort of crazy because I want booth at Daisies and Olives and I'm not over excited about the store where we share the booth. Don't get me wrong, I sell quite a bit there and make decent money.  But, it's not the sort of place where I feel like I can set up a lovely booth with lovely things.  It's more about selling stuff  - household stuff, decor, ugly Christmas sweaters, funny mugs, silly hats and cute things that the college kids can use for a year and re-donate.  It's not about a cohesive look and a theme.  Now, Lara will be able to set up a lovely booth with her pretty and quirky theme and it will look great.  But for what I sell there, I just don't want to make it all my style.  I want to do that in a different store.  I will put some personality into it, but I won't go all out. My stepdad has a big inventory of old military surplus like coats and bags.  I was at the Mall the other day and saw that thin cheaply made look a like Military items are in now.  So, he is going to bring me a bunch of that sort of ting to put in the booth.  The college kids will freak.  Plus, we still have a storage unit full of my Grandmother's things that really needs to go.  So, there will be room for that now too.

Here's to a new month and less fuckitall and more doitall!  Can I get a hellzya?

Friday, January 20, 2017


Anyone still out there?

*tap *tap *tap

Every day I try my BEST to think of something to blog about.  Oh, it needs to be interesting and fun and not political or topical (I found that out last week when I wrote a post and the anonymous comments started getting snarky).  Hmmmmm.  What to write?  The junking is pathetic right now.  I have found a few things here and there.  But it's the here and there that is depressing.  I want to go dig in a old house and pull out boxes of vintage goodies and pay $5.00 for it all.  Hey - it's happened before.  And I really need a good old fashioned junk fix!

Here are my latest finds.

We went to the casino over the OK line a couple weeks ago.  I lost what I took, so I needed some thrift therapy to heal my soul.  (I only lost $40.00)  I found this old suitcase, the sweet deer planter and the little Patriot drummer.  It's been so long since I found anything good, that I am afraid many of these finds have wound up being keepers.  For a bit, anyway.  I'll use the suitcase for Junk Ranch display.  I paid less than $3.00 for all three things.  

Yes, it's Pyrex.  I bought Pyrex.  I really never do that much and when I do, it goes straight to the booth.  I went to an Estate Sale (In January!  On a Monday!) .  I started out in the garage and found this bowl sitting on a shelf with random Wal-Marty pots and pans.  I decided to ask how much, because why not?  When I got inside, I saw that the prices were steeper than I wanted to pay and they were looking things up on ebay to determine their prices.  It's fine to look things up, but not in front of the customer.  I found an old Irmi baby mobile and asked the price.  The lady clutched her heart and told me that was from her son's room and it was from "NINETEEN SIXTY EIGHT"!  That is "VERY OLD", she said.  "Can you imagine that it is SO VERY OLD?"  Well, since I am from NINETEEN SIXTY SIX I took umbrage at that little comment.  Although, I guess maybe she didn't think I was VERY OLD or she wouldn't have said it to me.  Anyway, they whipped out their phone to look it up on ebay before they would quote me a price.  I told them never mind, (I knew that I wasn't going to pay ebay prices for it since I wanted to use if for crafts anyway) and then I asked about the Pyrex bowl (did you remember that was what I was even talking about?  Me either.).  They both shrugged their shoulders and said, "Eh, a buck?"  Weirdness.  I bought the bowl and it's the first piece of Pyrex I have ever considered keeping.  But not to set on a shelf and admire- but to USE.  

This is a duck.  :D  It is a blowmold duck!  My MIL had those hideous plastic duck and swan planters all over her house and yard, so I have a real aversion to those things.  Plus I have not quite recovered from the 1990's Country Duck motif.  Yes, I had them in my house.  No, I m not proud.  But, a full size light up blowmold duck - that is a horse of another color!  It will be Spring Junk Ranch fodder. 

I found this plaque at Goodwill earlier this week.  I couldn't find anymore but I just know there must be!  Do you know this Nursery Rhyme?  There was a little girl and she had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead.  And when she was good, she was very good.  And when she was bad.....she was horrid.  Cracks me up.  I'd love to find the horrid plaque.  This one will hang in my "cutie pie office" after it transforms from the "store all the crap" room.  It will happen.  I swear.

We went for a ride yesterday.  Just a random drive around town ride.  But, I was driving, so SURPRISE, we drove by two thrift stores.  Funny how that happens.  :D  I found the old reader at one thrift and the baby crib toy and the pottery at another. Pottery is kind of forbidden, but PINK trumps forbidden, so there is sits.  

Besides, I didn't have a pink one.  I needed it!!!

I don't do Disney things either, but it was marked JAPAN, so I knew it was older.  Thinking the booth or Junk Ranch.  

I just thought this looked interesting and the price was right, so I bought it.  I thought it was Mexican or Italian pottery, but it is actually a French apothecary jar.  I can find similar on ebay, but not exactly. I'll list it tonight and see what happens.  The similar has good ending prices, but also had interesting contents like COCAINE.  Yikes!  There were some other not so out there ones listed too.  We'll see. 

No, I didn't buy this.  I held it out at The Bean but he was looking the wrong direction, When he did turn around, he had the BEST look on his face.  Like WTF and holy crap rolled into one.  This doll made me ask so many questions.  Why did anyone mark it with lipstick?  Why did anyone even bother to donate it?  Why did the thrift put it on the sales floor? How did they determine that $2.00 was an acceptable price for a lipstick covered doll?  How did I not notice that I had lipstick all over my arms and shirt until we had gone FIVE other places?  How do you get lipstick out of cotton?  So many questions.  

Hope you have all been well!  I missed you!

Monday, January 09, 2017

The Week as It is

Happy New Year!

I mean, Happy January 9th!  


*Insert party horn noise.  

I hope the New Year has been good to you.  Or at least not totally sucked yet.  I finally got all the Christmas put into tubs and the regular stuff in the garage ready to come in to the house when the weather man called for COLD and SNOW.  I'm okay to work outside in those conditions (it would have taken an hour tops), and The Bean is willing to help.  But, The Breadman is not.  He hates cold more than anything.  (We had a dead battery during a cold spurt around Christmas.  He had to come outside and jump my car in our own driveway.  It was cold, but it was a quick fix.  But, he was so cold and so impatient that he SLAMMED the hood of my car down while metal "holder upper" was still in place.  It was a wild wiggly mess and the hood wouldn't shut.  He said he would fix it when it warmed up.  When it WARMED UP.  Like, when? Spring?  I am supposed to not go anywhere for three months?  Of course, The Bean fixed it and we were good to go.  But, geez,  you can't spaz out and damage things just because you are uncomfortable for a minute or two.  I told him that his concern and love for ME should outweigh his hatred of the cold by just thismuch.  He said, "But I hate the cold."  So, there's that.) Anyway, back to the Christmas stuff - we hurried around and got it all done just in the nick of time.  

Because.....It snowed!  And, it got COLD.  
Four degrees!

It wasn't a lot like some places are getting.  But it's the first snow we've seen in a couple of years.  My Mom had about three inches at her house, we had about an inch and my Dad had none at his house and they both live within thrifty (ha, I typed thrifty.  How about thirty?) minutes of me in different directions.  It's supposed to be almost 70 on Tuesday and Wednesday, then talk of "ice" on the weekend.  I don't want to hear those words.

After I took the tree down, Smokey wanted to look out the window.

And then Pity wanted to look out the window. 
(She has bald spots because she is OCD and takes a bath about 17 hours a day).

Dory actually did the exact same thing, but he was too quick for my camera skills.  

Yesterday we were looking for something to do as a family, so we went to the casino.  That sounds bad, doesn't it?  But, for the same amount as a movie and dinner, we were able to go have some fun together.  We lost this time, but we've won in the past.  The Bean likes video games, so he ventures towards those new huge machines with all the lights and screens.  I like the old school ones with the pull levers and cherries.  Actually, Mr. Money Bags is my machine.  (I only go a couple times a year.  I sound like a regular, don't I?)

After we left the casino, I spotted a thrift store!  Okay, I knew it was there and I drove straight to it.  Ha.  I found a few treasures to make me feel better about losing a little money.

That's a neat old suitcase in the back with leather handles.  The little Patriot/George Washington is just waaaay off the cute spectrum and the deer vase is just lovely.  Three fun finds in a long dry thrifting spell.  

I also picked up this Paint By Number which is newer and I think maybe a Thomas Kincaide.  I've seen crafts made out of them, so I might sacrifice it for that. 

Today we popped into Goodwill just as the carts were coming out. The Bean hit the book cart and scored a complete Game of Thrones Book set  - all 1st editions.  I have been looking for these books for him forever!  Marking something off the wishlist is always a good thing!

I'll be back with something fun soon.  

As soon as I think of something fun.  


Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Thrift Review

I went back through my IG feed last week, looking for my best thrifted finds of the year.  I bought a lot this year, although it was less than in the past, I think.  But, most of it went to either the Spring or Fall The Junk Ranch, my booth, our shared booth, Lara's booth, Instagram or ebay.  I tried really, really, REALLY hard not to add many things to the house and to my collections.  But, somethings were just meant to stay.  Here are my top nine finds of the year.  (If you don't follow me on IG, I need to explain the car shots.  If I find something and I am SUPER stoked about it, I take a photo on the dashboard or in the seat next to me and post it PRONTO.  As you can see, most of these photos are in the car, so I was HAPPY about them!)

1.  Set of six Boopie Glasses I found at Goodwill for $1.00 each.  My Mom always set the holiday table with glasses like these and I have been on the hunt for some for years.  I have seen them at auctions and antique stores, but they were waaaay out of my price range.  So, finding six for $6.00 was really exciting!  Now that I had them to use at MY holiday table - guess who forgot to use the damn things?  Doh! Remind me next year to use them, okay?

2.  Sweet little JAPAN pose bunny doll.  Found on the Pickin' Time on 59 Yard Sale Crawl.  She wasn't priced, but when asked I was told 10¢.  Uh, yes please.  I already had her twin at home, so she was meant to come home with me.

3.  Three little salesman sample telephones from my beloved Super Cheap Thrift.  The three of us were headed somewhere and I stopped in for a quick look.  A huge rainstorm came out of nowhere so we were there for a lot longer than I had originally intended.  As we watched out the window, The Breadman rooted through the toys and found the tan telephone.  I spotted the 25¢ sticker and I clutched it to my chest.  Then he pulled out the blue one and then the green one.  Isn't that just the way it would work that HE would find the best thing ever?  I sold the tan and blue ones for $24.00 each and kept the little green one.  It is just the CUTEST.

4.  One hot day this summer the yard sales were few and far between, but I managed to find one sale at an older couple's house.  I spotted those deer bookends and swooped them up lickety-split.  They were $3.00 and I actually debated about getting them at that price.  (Yard Sale math - $3.00 sounds like a lot, but then I take a second look and realize it is a STEAL).  I bought them for the Junk Ranch. I really did.  But I worried about them breaking or getting chipped, so I sat them on my shelf and there they still sit.  

5.  A Ruth Newton squeaker.  I found her late in the day at the Neosho City Wide Yard Sale after we had spent three hours sealing with a split tire courtesy of a broken street sign post in Neosho.  There was an older man with a scary amount of old moldy dolls, but some old moldy dolls are worth money, so I took a look in the pile.  I squealed when I saw that sweet little face peering up at me.  She was $2.00 and she almost. almost, made up for an otherwise craptastic day. :)

6.  Tonka Winnebago.  I was out thrifting with my Dad when I spotted it locked up in the glass case at a thrift store.  I almost didn't ask the price.  Things locked up in glass cases are generally really overpriced.  But, on a whim, I asked if I could see it anyway.  The lady said, "Isn't that cute?  It's marked a dollar."  S-O-L-D!  

7.  Light Up Globe.  I tried to not collect globes.  I mean, I had a couple including another light up one, a tin one, a miniature one and one that The Bean had in his room all well before they were THE THING to collect.  I almost gave them up when everyone else started collecting them.  But, sanity hit and I saved them.  This light up globe is the prettiest blue with it is on.  I paid $7 for this one.  A bargain I realize now, but another one of those items I had to really think about spending that much on. (I'm crazy.)  

8.  A collection of old Rosbro and Irwin hard plastic toys and candy containers.  I found these at a backyard sale on the Bargains Galore on 64 Yard Sale Crawl.  This sale was the best one of the day and I bought a ton there.  I had never found any of these old plastic toys before, so I scooped them all up.  I think I paid about $8.00 total for all of them.  

9.  A gorgeous feedsack quilt.  Each block is just the most delicious feedsack material surrounded by the loveliest Jadeite green fabric.  I found a sale in a tiny spot in the road out in the middle of nowhere.  It was an older lady and she just had a few things for sale.  She was in the business, she knew what she had, but she still had decent prices.  The quilt was $20.00 and I knew that was a deal. It is perfect and very unusual with it's coloring and edges.  I'm proud to own it.  

I usually do a big recap of what happened this year.  But, honestly, the year just flew by and the same old stuff happened just like last year.  I went to the same places, saw the same things, hit a lot of thrift stores and yard sales, decorated for the holidays, sold at The Junk Ranch twice and all the other usual things.  I did have a BIG birthday and The Bean turned 21.  The Breadman worked the same crappy job while looking for a new crappy job and went to all the Razorback games.  I lost a dear Uncle in August that I am still so very sad over.  But, other than that, nothing terrible happened to me or my immediate family, so I am thankful for that.   I had big plans for 2016 and I don't think I accomplished a damn thing except to just keep swimming.  That is all I could do - just get through one day until the next one.  And now, they are almost gone.  Maybe I'll keep swimming in 2017 and get something DONE.  From my lips to God's ears.

Happy New Year, my friends.  Stay safe, stay happy and stay near.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

My 15 Minutes

Here's that Sneak Peek I teased you with on the last post.  My friend, Laurie, writes a small column in the paper where local people share their favorite space in their homes.  She asked me if I had a favorite space and I said I love it all during Christmas.  So, BOOM, I was the Christmas Eve story. And by story, I mean 250 words below the fold on Section E.  But, still.....it was fun.  

I talked about all my vintage, but there's not really that much vintage in this photo besides the Annalee's, the runner face Santa's and the tree ornaments.  I really should have said the front porch and been out there with the Blowmolds.  

It would have been more vintage'y, but I wasn't sure how it would look during the day.  


Here's the article.

My favorite space is: during the holidays, it's my living room.
Why? As a vintage seller and maker specializing in vintage Christmas decor and accessories, a lot of wonderful antique items pass through my hands through the year. I often think, "Why am I selling this?" But in December I start pulling out the things I've found and kept, and admiring all the wonderful things that are mine! When I see all my totes full of my Christmas decorations I am reminded why I can't keep it all.
My totes hold a variety of collections: old Shiny Brite Christmas tree ornaments, Santas, kitschy old dime store packaging, vintage "knee-huggers," a forest of vintage bottle brush trees and much more.
Creating festive vignettes and sharing photos with my followers on Instagram makes me happy. It's not uncommon to find my family watching TV while I'm facing the other direction, admiring each Shiny Brite indented ornament hanging on our tree.
Christmas brings out the kid in everyone and I'm no exception. I love rearranging things after they're on display and adding a thing or two each year. My living room may be a little over the top for some, but for me it's the perfect amount!
If I could make one change to improve this space, I would: Make it bigger so I could collect more things.

So, it's official - I'm THAT lady.  The Crazy Christmas Lady!

I hope you are having, or had, or be be having a lovely Christmas.  
To all of you, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fa la la la la lala la laaaaaaaaaah!

One week from today and Christmas is over.  SAD FACE.  I love the holidays - all month of December is just so fun.  My decorations in the house and outside, the parades, the decorations in town, the music on the radio and everything is just so much fun.  I love it.  I am truly working on me and my house and my life and trying to make the other eleven months as joyful.  Make the house happier, make me happier, make my life happier.  But where do you start on something that monumental????  

Geez, I came here to show my decorations and I went all deep.  Stop that!  

Oh, and thanks for all the love on that last post.  I appreciate all of you that come here to read whatever silly things I have come to post.  You guys are me tribe.  Okay, I must admit.  I loathe that saying.  I really only said it as a joke.  But you guys are MY friends.  My, Boo, if you will (Right, Ree Cee?)

Okay, let's look at my crap-ola.  

I took out the tablecloths before the Fall Junk Ranch and culled out a few to sell.  A couple did, but one did not so I put it on ebay.  It sold but they never paid.  So, I relisted and THEY never paid.  So, back into the pile it went.  I can take a hint.  Don't sell tablecloths......

The Santa's.  Right after I took this photo, out dingbat cat jumped right up on the bottom shelf, but only managed to knock off the little one in the brick chimney.  How that is all that fell is beyond me. He hasn't gone near it since, thankfully.  

I added two squeaks and a Liddle Kiddle Santa this year.  I pulled a few to donate too.  

This tiny hutch is one of my favorite things to decorate.  It's so silly, but I have such a love of tiny things.  So, this is the perfect place to display them all.  Oddly enough, one of the other cats jumps on the cabinet where this sits to get to his perch in front of the window, but he has never knocked one thing off the hutch.  Miracles of miracles!

Let's go outside for a minute.  I've always wanted to hang the big Santa head on the door, but couldn't figure it out.  This year, I configured the lights around the door so the cord looped back up to the side and then I shoved a 20 count set of lights into the Santa head and plugged it in to the end cord on the lights.  It works perfectly.  I would rather no cord, but I knew those battery operated lights would cost a fortune to run all month.  I snagged that Santa head of the MIL's porch when we cleaned out her house.  It hung there 365 days a year for years.  I grabbed it as a joke as this was before my vintage loving days.  Whodathunk it would be one of my favorite things one day?  

Oh, how I love my porch.  All my Santa blowmolds lined up like soldiers.  I want to find one more HUGE one to stand on the other side.  I will someday, I know it.  *fingers crossed.  I found that light up Merry Christmas sign after Christmas last year, so I was happy to be able to add it to the spectacle.  
Let;s go back inside - it is 9 degrees tonight!  Brrrrrr!

Kneehugger Central.  I had a lot of kneehuggers and my girl Carol sent me some more and then my friend Paula gave me even more!  So, I have quite the collection now.  I was collecting these long before the Elf on a Shelf made them so popular.  I found all the ones on the tree in an old Whitman's Sampler box at a sale years ago.  Those are the sort of finds we all always remember.

The Dime Store Decor.  Another favorite area of mine.  I hardly find anything to add to this collection anymore now that vintage is so hot and I tend to sell a lot of what I find now.  I did find something since I made this display, but it will have to wait until next year to be added in to the display.  

I found these four packages of LEAD tinsel at the thrift last week.  It's heavy and thick.  I have never seen it before.  Apparently, Ist Das Beste!  The packages aren't really old, but they aren't new either. But, I love the German graphics, so they will look great in there somehow.  If there is a will, there is a way!

Annalee Mice.  And Santa boots.  They go together in my world.  The shelf isn't wonky, the photo is wonky.  I love those old boots, but my requirement for buying them is that they have to have a name written on the bottom.  Or a date.  My favorite is from Mommie.  1949.

Annalee Santa's and Mrs. Claus with an occasional elf thrown in for good measure.  The big glittery Merry Christmas is just from the Dollar Tree, but it looks like it cost a lot more to me.

Par of the village.  Top shelf is all glittery churches, bottom is my dream house located between Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme.  I can dream, right?

Hazel got a new Christmas dress this year.  My self imposed $1.00 or less an outfit rule for her almost got broken when I saw the $1.50 price tag on this dress.  Luckily, it was half price day, so new duds it was!  Whew. That was close.  I'm pretty strict on myself.  :D *Note that she is wearing a 24Kt gold baby bracelet and a 14K gold child's watch all bought within the price limits.  

Gurley Candles.  I never find these, so they are all contained in this old clock cabinet.  In the back you will see The Bean's Kindergaren TP roll candle.  A keeper, for sure!

Friday I found TWO Gurley candles.  Still in the original plastic.  
Now I will have to work them into the clock cabinet.  

Are you tired yet?  Need a potty break>  A snack?  

I'll wait.

I never really appreciated or even liked these old plastic candy containers in the past.  But this year they are my NEW FAVORITE.  Why?  Who knows.  But I can't get enough for them so my radar is on point right now.  I haven't found any - but I am LOOKING!

Okay, now that you're back.  We're almost through.  This is where I usually put all my glass garland. I had a good year of finding glass garland.  So much, in fact, that I sold q lot of it at the Junk Ranch and at the booth.  So, I carefully place all my garlands on here  going this way and that and to and fro and stepped back for the big reveal and it was AWFUL.  Too much, too tacky and just not good at all. So, I took a lot of it down and just left the multi colored strands and a couple silver strands.  I added in the few elves that looked like they had been nipping on the eggnog and called it good.  But, it needed something at the top.  

Friday night I had a fitful night of sleep (We had a town emergency of a fatal car accident, gas main eruption, 100 foot high flames in a fire, all utilities cut and mandatory evacuations.  The fire burned for nine hours, taking out a duplex and everything in it.  It was a scary day and night - all of this was less than a half a mile from me.  The whole sky was glowing orange and the noise was so loud.  It was really a scary night.)  Anyway, as I was trying to think HAPPY THOUGHTS and try to go to sleep, I devised and made this wreath in my head.  Today, I actually made it.  My friend Paula had given me some kneehuggers that were not perfect - missing legs and hats or stained.  I hid their imperfections in the bottle brush trees and Shiny Brites.  I think it's kind of AWESOME.

Well, that's it. That's a lot, isn't it?  And, every single item is in my living room!  I like the WOW factor so I put it all in one room.    

Here's one last photo, but I will save that story for another day.  


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