antiques


An Artistic Eye…….

I generally don’t go to auctions, I don’t have the patience to sit thru til the end. Invariably, the item I covet, is not auctioned off til the end of the day!

My parents used to frequent auctions in the midwest all the time. They got some great deals. I went to one with them, in Illinois, more than 30 years ago. I bid for the first time on some vintage duck decoys, and got one. I still have him!!!

Yesterday’s auction was for the estate of the elderly man, Willard, who used to own our property. My husband had become attached to the old guy, and used to stop in on his way home from work to visit and check up on him.  Willard died a few months ago, and his family has been working thru his vast accumulation of stuff, to get the house ready for sale.

His sister and her children are the last of the family, and it was hard on her to watch people going thru her brother’s things and tromping thru his house. But she stuck it out til the end.

It is sad when our lives, and all we were, end up on the auction block. But we all accumulate so much STUFF over the years, and ya’ can’t take it with you! So, I guess there are 3 sure things in life – death, taxes, and auctions!! Remember George Carlin’s diatribe about “Stuff”?

My husband was going to bid on the square baler, but it went too high. All the farm equipment went really well and high!!! There was a lively bidding war between a farmer and a woman over a popular piece of New Holland farm equipment (I have no idea what it was used for!) The woman won out- paying $1,850 for it!!! After she won, she turned to her dad – and said, “I hope you’re happy – we got it!!!”

The auction started promptly at 9am, as promised, the farm equipment went at 10:30am, and we left before the house went up for bids at noon. One of the local churches served food- the apple pie was delicious!!

Auctions are kind of a social event for the local folk. Everyone knows everyone else in a small town, and some just come for the cameraderie, not the bidding. And of course, there is always a smattering of dealers, who drive the prices of the antiques up with their bidding.

I did bid on a quilt on the first wagon of items. I have no patience – there were other nicer quilts in with the furniture, but I knew those prices would be higher, and the bidding wouldn’t be until later in the day. And, it was getting hot!!!

Willard’s wife had quite a nice selection of quilts, starched linens, and stitcheries. According to the neighbors, she had done quite a bit of quilting, til she got diabetes, and lost her vision. Kind of a sad story. But I hope her family kept some of her handiwork.

The quilt I won, was not the prettiest there – but sturdily made and very simply machine quilted. It is feed sack, which is what attracted me to it, and the backing is  all bleached feed sack- some of the printing is still legible.

Here are some pictures of the day – and some of the treasures I DIDN’T get- altho’ I would have loved some of the mixing bowls, the 1860’s leather bound Bible, and the 30 gallon copper pot that was discovered in the attic!


Auctioneer Charlie Whetzel starts the auction

Auctioneer Charlie Whetzel starts the auction

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Pieces of a life......

Pieces of a life......

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The square baler we didn't get

The square baler we didn't get

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Oh, I wanted that milk crock and the set of mixing bowls!!!

Oh, I wanted that milk crock and the set of mixing bowls!!!

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30 gallon copper lined pot that was squirreled away in the attic!

30 gallon copper lined pot that was squirreled away in the attic!

1860's leather bound family Bible that was purchased from an antiques dealer in 1975 for $37.50! I wonder what it sold for!

1860's leather bound family Bible that was purchased from an antiques dealer in 1975 for $37.50! I wonder what it sold for!

My purchase - the feed sack quilt

My purchase - the feed sack quilt

close up of some of the blocks

close up of some of the blocks

Some of the lettering from the bleached sacks is still legible

Some of the lettering from the bleached sacks is still legible

(see my other blog for quilt details)

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All is well, and sunny, at Mountain Meadows this fine Sunday morn……..


Well, I am late as usual this morning- it’s a rainy Saturday- and cold!

I was hoping to get up at the crack of early and get to the community yard sale. It started at 7am, and is indoors at the Community Center. The days of being an early bird at a yard sale are pretty much over for me!! Too lazy!!!

I plan to have one of my own in two weeks – after swearing last year that I would NEVER do it again!!! But I have got to seriously purge the garage!! After living here for two years, and still having boxes stacked high, it’s time to purge!!!!

So, that is part of my reluctance to get out to a yard sale early – I don’t NEED anything!!!

But part of yard saling is the thrill of the hunt – not actually searching for things you need!

I am always on the lookout for things to refurbish and put in the shop. But with the economy in the state that it’s in, sales in the shop, both land and online, are down considerably.

People are shopping for bargains and necessities, and keeping their cash close.

The other reason to go to town is to see if the small Farmers’ Market has started up yet. Last year, it consisted of 3 farmers (we live in a small town!)I need to find out how to get in on that. Last year was the first real year of my garden, and we canned and put up tons of veggies. I found we had more that we actually needed over the winter. So, I would like to grow more, can what we need and sell the rest. I thought about putting a little booth down at the end of the drive, but maybe I’ll test the waters in town first, and think about a booth next year!I would like the booth at the end of the drive to have a section that is “take what you need, pay what you can” for those who can’t afford much or anything.

Herbs, cut flowers, veggies as they come into season, blackberries, homemade scones and cakes, with a couple of handmade aprons and grocery tote bags thrown in the mix!! I think it might be fun, and the little money made could be invested into next year’s garden.

Well, while I am sitting here talkin’ about it – the days’ awastin’!!!

Here are some pix of my booth in the antique shop in town. This shop is by no means a fancy place, but alot of the nicest people work and go there. A fun place to display and hopefully sell some of those fabulous finds!!!

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hand crocheted baby and child size hats

hand crocheted baby and child size hats

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kitchenalia!

kitchenalia!

Cookie jars and Longaberger anyone?

Cookie jars and Longaberger anyone?

Thanks for visiting!!! If you see something you just HAVE to have, let me know!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~All is well at Mountain Meadows this Saturday morning…………………


It was such a beautiful day today! We started out early in the morning to run errands. The PO, the bank, the feed store, the tack store, and a few other places to search for a new rototiller were on the errand list.

I love living in a small town – we stopped in the bank to take care of some business and the assistant manager was there. It was her day off, she was in her bright yellow garden clogs and  tee shirt, and she sat right down at her desk to take care of our paperwork – on her day off!!!!!

I bought a breast plate/collar for my horse yesterday – we are switching over to western tack, and when I got it home, it didn’t fit. A certain horse needs a little exercise!!! I took it back this morning and the owner of the shop is going to lengthen the straps so it fits. I got to meet their baby horses, and found out that they sell horse feed for less than what I have been paying elsewhere. I do love a bargain and supporting local, family run businesses!!!

The search for a rototiller was enlightening – and we decided rather than spend money we don’t have to right now, we’ll get the neighbor to come over and rototill my garden for a fraction of what a new machine would cost. The new one will be on our list of must haves later on, when we actually have extra discretionary income!  :>)

Couldn’t resist getting some lettuce plants and brussel sprouts at the co-op. I’m going to make a cold frame of sorts out of the 2 screen doors we salvaged from the old house on the property. It’s warm this week, but winter is not over yet- even tho I saw a whole flock of robins on my front field yesterday!!!!

We passed a herd of Texas Longhorns that I have always wanted to stop and see, so today we did!! The owner was there – these cattle are just a hobby!! She was telling me about her favorite, “Baby Gurl”, who loves to eat potato chips out of her hand!!!! I would love to have one, but can imagine my horse’s reaction at the sight of those horns!!!!

We stopped at the local diner for a quick bite to eat – our favorite place in town – and it was a buzz of activity on a Saturday. Good food, good folks, cheap prices can’t be beat! And, I even ran into someone I knew – my network is expanding after living here for 2 years. Kinda makes me feel like I belong, when I can see someone I know around town.

On the way home, we passed by the river on our neighbor’s property, so the husband could show me the huge flat rocks the neighbors are allowing him to get out of the water to make a wall outside my basement studio window.

On the drive home, the car windows were open, the warm breeze blowing thru carrying the lovely scent of chicken manure that has just been spread all over our hay fields. That, and the flies that have awakened with the warm weather, are two of  my least favorite country things!! But you have to have some bad with the good!!!

While I was tending to the horses, and cleaning their water trough, the husband had the tractor at the edge of the field. I had mentioned,  while searching for deer antlers yesterday, I had come across an old farm plow, that I wanted moved to the front of the house. It needed to be rescued before the thorny vines gripping it came into full bloom.

Next thing I know, the husband is coming across the field in his big orange tractor with his prize held aloft with heavy chains!

He uprooted the bush that held the equipment captive, and was bringing it back to the barn to clean it up! If you check the last picture in my previous post, you’ll see how overgrown  it was!  It now sits proudly in my front field, a testament to the hard work of farmers who have gone before.

Muck the stalls, feed the feral cat, feed the deer, collapse on the couch!!! The day is over before I realize it!!!

Tonite is daylight savings, so we will spring ahead – and have more daylight hours to enjoy tomorrow!

And, if all goes as planned, tomorrow we will be checking out the two tiny rescue ponies. Fingers crossed that they are all they were advertised to be – and friendly!!!

Texas Longhorns - in Virginia!

Texas Longhorns - in Virginia!

Baby Gurl

Baby Gurl

Baby pigs near the river - we do NOT ride the horses near here!

Baby pigs near the river - we do NOT ride the horses near here!

Tiny signs of spring!

Tiny signs of spring!

The prize!

The prize!

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My "new" lawn ornament

My "new" lawn ornament

All is well , and full of anticipation, at Mountain Meadows tonite…………..

I volunteer at a local thrift store 2 days a week for a couple of hours. It’s great fun, for a good cause, and helps support my ‘junque-ing’ habit!!! Volunteers get a  25% discount- and I get to see all the goodies as I help sort and price.

The bad thing about it is, because of my backround in antiques and collectibles, sometimes when I find something I like- the store figures  it must be something good – if  I like it – and occasionally it ends up in the shop’s silent auction!!

I don’t mind – their silent auction brings in alot of money for their cause- and if it is really something I MUST have , I can always bid on it!!

There are more times that I find some real bargains and goodies, that are already priced and out on the floor. I have really built up my pottery collection from shopping at thrift shops!

My favorite finds, of course, are items I can clean up and resell in my shop, or on eBay or Etsy. But sometimes there are just cool little doodads for 35 cents (minus my 25% discount!) – someone else’s trash can be my treasure!!!

Today was a bonanza – because from time to time, things are deemed not worthy for sale in the store and are tossed in the trash. There are some days when we will look in the trash and wonder what were “they” thinking- and the treasure comes home!!

That’s part of the fun of junque-ing – you never know what you will find!!! And, working behind the scenes at a thrift store has its perks!!!

Here’s a pic of todays’ ‘haul’!  The little speckled plate was cute – price was right at 50 cents- it is enamelled copper – and I have few similar pieces. I love copper!  When I got it home and examined it more closely – with my glasses on- I found a signature. Looked it up on the internet- it turned out to be a piece made by artist Jade Snow Wong, a well known San Francisco artist and author, who created a large body of work in enamel and copper. Her pieces were shown over the years in different museums. The highest price I found for a single similar plate was over $200!! Woohoo – pretty good for less than 50 cents!!

The needlepoint purse was tossed out – it’s beautiful! That will end up in my shop or online. The Wallace silverplate coffee/chocolate pot  was also a discard. Polished, it will look great in the spring with cut flowers! 3 sets of embroidered pillowcases (one of my weaknesses) were tossed in the rag pile, since they had some minor stains (they are now stain free!). The pail was a toss out – and will be useful in the barn. The bag of yarn was $1- and will be put to good use!

The most expensive item was the brand new glass Primula teapot  for $1.75 (minus my 25%!)- one can never have too many teapots, I say!!!

This little pile was mostly discards – and the items I paid for came to $3.00 total!

A pretty good day at the thrift store!!!!

Woohoo!!

Woohoo!!

All is well at Mountain Meadows tonite, dreamin’ of the next treasure hunt…….!!

Today was definitely a day to remain indoors. But, as life would have it, going outside is a necessity!

I made an early evening visit to the barn- to change the horses’ blankets to  heavier weight ones. I know, my horses ARE spoiled- but they are getting on in years, and I want them to remain around for alot longer!!! Even tho’  the ‘old man’ is as shaggy as an Icelandic pony, a little extra blanket warmth never hurts!!!

The temperature was about 19 degrees at 4:30 – the husband had just come in from letting the dogs run – and his fingers and nose were a little numb!

I needed to bundle up, and ran to my closet for some extra layers.

On the first hanger in my closet, hangs an old woolen jacket. This jacket belonged to my grandfather. I can still see him wearing it, in the winter at home in Valley Stream, NY, and on the cooler days of spring working around the Rhinebeck  country house in upstate NY.

The tag on the jacket says “Maine Guide”, Saks Fifth Avenue, 100% virgin wool.  It is probably about 70 years old now, with only a couple of microscopic  moth holes. Still with all the original buttons, it was made with the kind of care that is not often found in garments today. The inner seams are all covered – french seams, maybe- coming from Saks, I guess it was good quality!

I think my grandmother gave this to me – I don’t remember how I came to have it – but it has hung in my closets – always on the first hanger – for as long as I can remember. Maybe once a year, I take it out, try it on, and maybe wear it for a short while.

Each time I try it on, I am reminded that my grandfather was not a very big man. When I was a kid, he was larger than life – but when I try on his jacket – it fits me perfectly.

Well, today was the day to wear Poppy’s jacket! I put it on over my turtleneck, put the down vest over that, topped by the down jacket and lined leather barn gloves. Kind of like the proverbial little kid in a snowsuit!!!!

I was ready to brave the elements!!!

I know it was the many layers that kept me warm – but I prefer to think that Poppy knew I was wearing his jacket, and his warmth radiated thru out it.

The husband was outside with me – and with all his clothes, gloves, and even an attractive (!) flap earred hat – he was not as warm as I!!!

We re-blanketed the horses , fed them, pulled down more hay, mucked the stalls, closed up the barn, threw down corn for the deer, and brought in wood for the woodstoves!

The jacket is back in its place of honor – 1st hanger in the closet- who knows – I might even wear it again tomorrow!!!!!

The daughter's dogs getting a little to close to the jacket!!!

The daughter's dogs getting a little to close to the jacket!!!

As you can see, we were watching Ellen, and still haven’t gotten to painting the walls in the house!!!!!

Poppy, Jos. S. Caldwell, in his bicycle racing days! Think early Lance Armstrong!

Poppy, Jos. S. Caldwell, in his bicycle racing days! Think early Lance Armstrong!

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All is well, and smoke coming from every chimney around, on this cold, cold evening at Mountain Meadows tonite………………


For those of you who had inquired about my church pews- they were a fabulous freebie from the old church that borders the front of our property.

It is a lovely 100 year old Mennonite church, whose congregation scrimped and saved and just built a modern brick edifice right next to it.

Altho’  I prefer the old building, I am not a member of the congregation, so have no say. Anyway, the old pews, that had been used in the church, and then later outside, under cover in the picnic pavilion, were stacked by the side of the building.

My husband inquired for me – and turns out they were free for the taking!! Of course, the husband did not get right back to me with this info – because he really did not want me to have them. When I found out, I made him take the tractor over to bring one back. I got two – I would have taken them all – except for the obstacle that is the husband!!! I also got some very cool metal poles – the kind that hold the velvet ropes -haven’t figured out what I will do with those – but give me time…..!!!

I wanted one pew for my garden and the other out by the barn. They sat by the driveway for a month or so – giving the horses the shakes, every time they had to pass by them!!

Finally, I got to set them at the edge of the field – still working on the husband agreeing to put one near my garden!!!

Unfortunately, the winds have been roaring thru the fields lately. Not too long ago, we had almost 50mph winds that lifted the two pews and tossed them! One landed about 4 feet away from it’s  original spot!!

Those pews are heavy old wood, and I was shocked that the wind could do that!! Well, last night the wind picked up again – and picked up my pews and relocated them!!!

I left them turned over – and later this week, will have to move them again. The husband has started to see that in the garden – surrounded on almost 4 sides by a windbreak of trees- might be the best location for the pew!  The other one was to be set by the barn – still affording me my “view”, but sitting safely out of the wind.

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I have better pix of this wonderful little church – but of course can’t find where they are hidden on the computer!!!

Love this view!

Love this view!

Upended pews need a new view!

Upended pews need a new view!

While the winds are whistling and the snowflakes are falling outside – now is the perfect time for staying inside!! The pews will stay where they are- so the wind doesn’t attack them again!! I’ll check on them later when I make my last trip out into the cold to say goodnight to the horses!

Right now, happiness is a good book, a hot cuppa tea (Peggy Krantz’s Chapped Chick Alfalfa Tea), and a warm dog!!!I’ll repeat that scene tonite after visiting the horses – but we’ll add a blankie and a hot fire to the picture!!!

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All is well at Mountain Meadows on this last day of 2008….Happy New Year to all – and if the sky is clear tonite – watch out for the meteor shower- it’s supposed to be visible thru  January 4th! What a way to bring in the New Year!!!

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