Before I share about the old schoolhouse/music hall I visited during Gold Rush, I wanted to let everyone know I listed a bunch of paintings for sale on Daily Paint Works. This latest sale includes eight 5 x 7s from my “Out the Window” series, a calf, a country church, and I finally felt like I could let go of one of my sepia-toned rabbits.
These paintings are sold auction-style, so I don’t have to set the prices and so everyone has time to place a bid if they are interested in owning an original painting. You can bid on the animals HERE and the landscapes (including the church) HERE.
Thanks to everyone who bids and buys! It means a lot to me that you support this new venture into the world of fine art.
As Cheri and I were making our way around the town of Oronoco to check out vendors set up in lawns and along the streets for Gold Rush, we noticed what looked like a small sale set up outside of an old schoolhouse. It caught my eye because I’ve admired the building since we moved to the area. I could see it had amazing potential for restoration, but it sat quietly in disrepair. Many times, I mentioned to Jeff that it would make an awesome house if it were fixed up.
There were only a few items on the steps, so initially we questioned if it was even worth the walk over. During the debate with ourselves, I noticed that the door was open, indicating the sale continued inside. Well, that got my heart pumping. Not only could we shop in this old building, but we would get to tour it!
Not long after entering, we got the scoop on the building and the sale of its contents. It had been bought by a local family who wanted to restore it for years and they finally have the opportunity. They are planning to fix it up and rent it out as an event venue. The gentleman who owned the building before them repaired and tuned pianos, so he had amassed a collection of instruments and parts.
The contents were a mixed bag. There were some lovely antiques and vintage pieces, but there was also a ton of junk…old sofas, 1970’s kitchen gadgets, stacks of boxes and books. I’m guessing the building became somewhat of a storage unit at some point.
The bones of the place are incredible, but it is definitely going to need a lot of work. I hope the new owners are able to retain all of the beadboard and trim. I even love the combination of the green and bluish-gray paint on the walls in the foyer. And those stairs… I bet a lot of brides are going to pose on those stairs once this place is spruced up.
I would love to know the story behind all of the old writing on the walls upstairs. Was it simply graffiti or was there a purpose to it?
This room is going to be magnificent when it’s restored. Those high ceilings and tall windows…
I don’t know if there was a harp in this case, but the case itself was pretty amazing.
I loved this old oil painting and imagined trying to find a wall in my house that would even be big enough for it! There was a note taped to the corner of the frame that read “make an offer.” Tempting, but I doubted any offer I would make would even be reasonable and it wouldn’t fit in Cheri’s van to get it home, so I just admired it.
I ended up buying a few things. The first one was this piece of an organ for $40. I think it will make a unique piece of wall art. (It’s not a huge antique oil painting, but it will actually fit in my house.)
And I bought this mid-1800’s antique travel piano case (a melodeon) for $80…
They actually had a print with a melodeon just like the one I bought hanging above it…
I bought one more thing that’s small, but actually one of my favorite finds. I’ll share it in my next Gold Rush post…
PS – Thank you for all of the blog birthday wishes. You sure know how to make a girl feel loved.