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Shopping & Grain Sacks


I’ve been working on some rewrites for my book for the past week, but I’ve also turned my attention to getting ready for the Lucketts Antique Market.  That means lots of shopping.  I’m always afraid I won’t find enough.  Given that I sold almost everything on the first day last year, I am even more stressed about it this year.  I want to have a lot of great stuff and I want to keep the prices reasonable.

This is what I managed to come home with today…


I’m really excited about some of the stuff I found.  I have a crazy idea for some antique 5 x 7 film frames I found.

Some other things in the haul are four alarm clocks, two type writers, two fans, two wooden totes, some ironstone, a display from an old church, a wooden vent from a 100 year old barn, a cool brass lamp, a hanging scale, a small card catalog, a camera, and a bunch of other things.


I love this large glass water bottle in a wooden crate.

I also hit a bunch of yard sales on Saturday.  It looked like it was was going to be a dud of a day, but then we hit an awesome yard sale where I bought this chandelier, a wooden crate, a topiary form…



…and this HUGE box of sign letters.  It was an incredible bargain for probably about 50-75 letters.  I started getting paranoid that everyone in the place wanted that box of letters and I irrationally shuffled it around with me.


I’m going to paint them, so they’re a little prettier.  The shape of them is great, though.  I’ve also recently purchased three dressers and a small wing chair.  I’ll try to get some better pictures of everything to share.  I really need to get working on some of these pieces, too!  I know the May fair will be here before I know it.  Thankfully, my parents are coming up an entire week early to help me prepare.    This is always a crazy time of year!

Several readers asked questions about where to find grain sacks and if they’re good for upholstery.  I wrote a post that should answer all of those questions a few months ago.  You can check it out HERE.

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  1. Awesome finds!

  2. Terrific Saturday loot!! Love love love the letters!

  3. I really like the polka dotted ball! :-)

  4. How fun.. I recently have discovered the treasures of thrift shops. My husband and I found a bag of vintage 60 kitchen utensils. What a find!
    Even our 20 year son loves using them.
    I would have love to have found the box of letters.

  5. Tell me. . . is there a ‘b’ in that box? Please, tell me there is a ‘b’ in that box.
    b is for breida
    b is for ROAD-TRIP!! (wait. . .no,it’s not)
    b is for BIRTHDAY!! (did i mention that i will be making the road-trip ON my birthday?)
    oh, i hope there is a ‘b’ in that box!

    -breida with a b. (?)

  6. Great finds. I love the aqua water bottle! My first flea market is coming up in a month and I’m hoping to have enough for it, but my furniturekeeps selling in the local FB swap shop. Gotta get my fingers to moving faster!

  7. That box of letters would have set my heart to racing. You lucky girl!

    BTW the new chair is so terrific. I love how she even worked some red stripes into the piping. Now that is attention to detail.

  8. love it,I am working on the upstairs,or Moore and Garrent in Belton Tx. A building that is from 1881 and thus old old.Upstairs rock walls. But I was ill and the whole floor a mess. I have things to work on too.

    Love what you found. That big green bottle would make a really cool lamp! Will love what you do with these and the grain sack chair simply awsome.

  9. Oh, how fun!!! What neat letters! And HOW did you find 4, FOUR alarm clocks!!! I have been looking everywhere for some “vintage” looking alarm clocks. I finally gave up and used duck egg chalk paint and painted my plastic one. It looks pretty good, but I know it isn’t the real deal. :)

  10. I am laughing so hard that you carried the letters around with you out of paranoia that others wanted them…I would have done the SAME thing! hehehe I guess we know a prize when we see it! I have the same exact type of letter in an E and my lucky number 9.

  11. Oooooo!! Love your finds….I love that large bottle in the crate as well. So cool! And the typewriters…fabulous.

  12. I’m looking for bottles like that everywhere! Lucky find!

  13. I am looking forward to getting out there this spring! I sooo love flee markets. I really hope When we are traveling this summer we get to see a lot of them. I love to go to different towns for antiquing!

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  15. MARY EGUIA says:

    Love the bottle in the crate.I would make a lamp out of it.

  16. Kristen says:

    What. A. Haul! Totally jealous over here:) I’ll be shopping in your booth for sure! I’m scared that I don’t have enough stuff for the show too and it will be here before we know it. Thanks so much for the upholstery advice!


  17. Woohoo!!! You found awesome stuff!! Junkin is so much fun!

  18. Amazing finds! What a fun job – I need to start junking a lil more

  19. Can’t wait to see what you do with all this stuff.

  20. Junk “a” riffic……..I love your sense of style, can’t wait to see what you do with it, you’re very inspiring

  21. Isn’t the water bottle great?
    We inherited 2 with crates as yes wedding gifts many years ago. One is our loose change holder, the other is still waiting for a use. These bottles are HEAVY just as they are I cannot imagine hoisting a water-filled jug on to a water cooler but someone had to :O

  22. Okay, I can’t wait to see what you do with that water bottle in a crate. I have one in the basement that we have had for over 23 years! I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it (besides throw in our change) in a decorating scheme! Help!!

  23. Someday I’m coming out and going shopping with you!!! :) You find the best stuff!

  24. FUN! It’s so hard to find great ‘junk’ out west these days, I need to come out your way! :)

  25. indeed those letters are amazing! love the green glass bottle too. simply yum! and typewriters too? you are to picking, what a green thumb is to gardening! I want to shop with you :)

  26. Great finds… so much eye candy. :)


  27. Angela says:

    I want that “S”!

  28. Nice finds!

  29. Great finds I wish we had places like that around here but we have nothing and I mean nothing so I rely on Home Goods, Etsy and Ebay.

  30. Love the letters—what a find!!! I have so been wanting to find some. Good thing you snatched them up! I lost a few sweet finds this week because I didn’t carry them around. Pining away for my rusted metal sea horse sign and the sail boat weathervane!

  31. How I wish you were in SW Michigan. There is a chair in the nearby up-scale thrift shop of that style which looks good as it is in rusty orange burlap, but would look fabulous in the seed sacks with the wood trip whitewashed.

  32. Starla says:

    What a great haul!
    Oh…would you please tell me if the church display sign is an attendance sign? If it is, could you please tell me your asking price? Thanks so much!

  33. Those are really great letters. I can see why you were afraid they would get swooped up! Thank you so much for the information regarding grain sacks. I feel like I have a little more knowlege about then.

    Good luck with all your work in getting ready for Luckett’s.!

  34. haha I would have held on tight to that box of letters too! Plus smalls are great to tuck in your space…..


  35. What a loot! I have a few sales to go to tomorrow…if I only get half of your cool stuff I’d be thrilled! The letters are the best…we’re always keeping our eye for them…you hit the jack pot!

  36. Interesting to see all the comments on the water bottle. I’m wondering what you would do with it too. I have one sitting in my garden tilted on it’s side. It’s next to a birdbath and I consider it garden art. I’ve seen them made into lamps too.

  37. My favorite is the toolbox…..I found a similar one a while back except mine has a metal bar across the top…I’m told it was a plumbers vs a carpenters toolbox. Anyway, I painted it a beachy turquoise, then white over that, then distressed it so some of the turquoise came through. I filled it with fake grasses and lean a coral colored starfish at the end. There’s a small section inside I use to store coasters for my dining room table, which is where this fabulous piece graces my home. I just love it!

  38. Collectors refer to large bottles like this for bulk storage of liquids as “demijohns” or, less often, “carboys”

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