Saturday, June 11, 2016


Our Hob Nobber Spring sale came and went just as fast! We had a blast! Though it was a lot of work we have allowed ourselves to pay others to do things that will help us keep on doing what we love. We have hired two guys to help move us in and then help move us out! That has saved our backs from a lot of wear and tear and possibly joint replacements in the future!

Next I'll probably hire someone to set up and decorate. While this is the fun part for me it is getting to be a LOT to get done in one day!

We only have ONE day in which to set up 7 rooms packed full of treasures. Our children and grandchildren help but it is still a lot!
Not sure why these photos are so fuzzy but after the first shot my camera ran out of "juice" ( gotta check that ahead of time ) and my granddaughter took over. She e-mailed the photos from her camera-phone to me, I downloaded them and then added them here. Something in that process did not work so well...

                                      Anyway, we had a LOT of stuff and sold a LOT!

The rack above is an old vintage shoe rack that is mine but not for sale. But many people TRIED to buy it from me!

                                                    Lots of gorgeous  transferware!!!

                                            We had the winner of our Give-Away arrive early and with her gift certificate in hand was able to shop early before the RUSH of people got in!

                                      The winners turned out to be neighbors of ours!!! I was happy for them!

                                         Stories to tell later of sales  happenings...

                               And we're already gearing up and buying for the next sale!

Friday, May 27, 2016


So today was the day for choosing the winner of our Hob Nobber Spring Sale Give-Away! And while I should have announced this sooner, I DID let the winner know earlier in the day. So now I'm sharing it with you all, or ya'll. And the winner is...

                                              Kathy Cook

So Kathy will receive a $30 gift certificate to shop our sale and will get in 20 minutes early to shop like mad before anyone else gets in.

Thanks for entering everyone! We appreciate each and every one of you! We wish everyone could win!

Today we were able to start setting up. This allows us TWO days to set up rather than one! And after today we were so exhausted we were wondering how we've always done it in ONE day! I even had to take several breaks to come home and sit on my back massaging chair! Oh, my goodness this is back breaking work, people! We even hired a couple of guys to haul things in and just setting things up is pooping us out! We. are. getting. OLD!

If I have the energy, tomorrow I'll share some photos of things set up before we open. We have so many interesting things! It's amazing how much stuff we can find!

Well, I've got to get to bed and rest up for another day of set-up!

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Had an adventure "picking" with my oldest granddaughter, Ashley, the other day. She had just finished her first year of college and wanted to come with me the next time I went. So with the nearby 100 Mile Garage Sale in progress, we headed out!

My favorite place outside of Florida on the beach is Lake City, Mn! It's on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. And since Lake City was right on the 100 Mile Sale we hit that town first. Well, the truth is that we ended up never leaving Lake City because we filled the car before we got out of town! But that's OK! We found some great stuff and had a great time!

Ashley was the photographer because, as true to form, I forgot my camera. And of course Ashley, being of the younger generation had her iphone handy. I didn't even have to tell her what to take photos of as she was snapping like crazy. She even took photos of some beautiful flowers we passed. But she knows the drill because she's on Instagram, Facebook, has her own blog and she Tweets...or is it Twitters. I forget.

As we were walking up to someone's garage, I noticed some small fast fuzzy movement out of the corner of my eye. In the big old house we live in, that only means one thing... a mouse. So it startled me and I jumped back and well, maybe, I can't remember for sure, but I might have let out a little "AAaakkkk"! I looked down to see 11 baby ducklings huddled in between some bed side rails. The owner of the house, still in the garage wondered what I was yelling about and I said I was just startled by the movement of her baby ducks! She came out to see and yelled, "WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?" She was just as surprised to see them as I was!

They started to run about and all 11 scattered, probably afraid of all the noise we were making over them. So the lady owner of the house got a box and some gloves and began scooping them up to get them out of the driveway. They were so adorable! The lady said she had seen a duck hanging around two doors away but didn't know she had a nest. So she took them to the neighbors and hoped they would find their way back to the nest. Ashley took a video of her running after them trying to scoop them up. It was hilarious!

We stopped at the home of a couple, Ron and Billee Hunt, that I knew of from my home town. Ron was an artist and Billee had been a librarian. They used to live in our home town and moved to Lake City to retire. They didn't know me but Ron Hunt was kind of a local celebrity and I knew who Billee was from my many trips to the library. Billee was also a photographer and sold her photos which she made into postcards. In fact she took a lot of photos of the historical home we live in, The Plummer House.

As we entered her garage, Billee said, "Let's play store! You buy something and then I'll be the cashier!" She said this to everyone who entered so you HAD to buy SOMETHING! I bought a funny book and a tiny shelf made out of rulers. 

I then told her that years ago we had purchased an original painting of Ron's of an old rusty truck out in a snowy field entitled, "One Payment Left". She thought her husband who was getting elderly would love to hear that. So he came out and we talked. My granddaughter was surprised to discover that he looked exactly  like the artist you might expect. He always wore a beret tilted just so on his head and had white curly hair with a white mustache that curled up at each end. I asked if we could take a photo of them and Ron wanted to have a little "antique" trike that he adored in the photo. Billee said it was just a planter not an antique but it still got in the photo with them. Aren't they a cute couple?

These days Ron goes out and gives humorous talks dressed as Mark Twain. But he also looks like Einstein so his business cards, which he handed out to us, were of him ( front ) and Einstein in the back.
                                                     Isn't this a remarkable resemblance?

By lunchtime we were starving so we went to our favorite restaurant, Chickadee Cottage, a quaint little seasonal restaurant that has wonderful homemade delicious food.

Of course Ashley had to take a photo of her food as she always does. I heard a joke about the Milennials that when they have grandchildren, they will be showing them old photos of their past and it will be like, "And here's my lunch at the Chickadee Cottage. Then here's my breakfast that I made myself"... and on and on for each meal.

So here's our lunch of their famous chicken salad ( including grapes, almonds, and ring noodles ) with fruit. Ash had a hard roll with hers and I had nut bread with mine.

We took a photo of some of our purchases...

...including a perfectly shabby yellow garden bench, yellow coke box, vintage basket just like my Grandma had, an old board which used to be used under antique stoves so as not to burn the wood floors. The company name of these boards is "Wabash" and the logo is printed on one side with beautiful antique wood. I have sold two in the past and people have used them for making coffee tables or other repurposing projects. I also bought the beautiful wood box you see in the foreground which has a wood handle. Also an old bell, a set of glasses in a carrier, two pretty bowls that look like Quimper but they are not, an antique wood hanger, paper cutter, and some old wood tools. Also a cane with a fish head on it for my husband who collects canes. There are a few more smalls in there and this was not all of it.

          It was a great day of surprises, beauty, great finds, interesting people, and great food! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016


If you've never been to a Tea House/Tea Room you absolutely must go! It's a fun little outing for "girls of any age". A few weeks ago my Mom and I went to one called, Lady Elegant's Tea Room and Shoppe. Billed as " An English Cottage Tea Room With A Victorian Touch", it has all the fancy little details that you would expect in a Tea Room.

When we arrived we were greeted warmly and led to a linen covered table. There were fresh flowers on the table as you might expect. Our cozy corner table had a little Victorian lamp. It brightened and warmed our little corner beautifully.

There were two large pretty trivet-like glass candles on the table...

 ...which we found out were for warming the tea pots! Yes, we DID NOT  know what they were for until they placed the tea pots on them! Another "new thing" for me was the little sponge just under the spout held on by a jeweled string that caught the drips from the tea. And I can't believe I didn't get a picture of that! I thought it was genious!

 We each received our own teapot with our own choice of tea. We both choose Ginger Peach to start out our meal. Later we decided we should have each chosen something different so we could have tasted each others. But with our meal we were each allowed two pots of tea and could order a second one of a different flavor so it worked out.

                                    Each spoon for your tea had a little teapot on top. Little details can make a statement.
 And we were then handed a menu for the April Parlor Tea Luncheon which started out with a "Carrot Ginger Soup With Dill Cream". It was delicious!

The second course was open faced tea sandwiches..."Curried Chicken On Pumpernickel " and Cucumber &Sun-dried Tomato on Wheat Bread. These were yummy also!

Each course was on a tier of this tray beginning at the bottom and working our way up. After the sandwiches we had Apricot Vanilla Chip Scones with Devon Cream and Strawberry Preserves. These, I think, were my favorite! There were four different little desserts but we were too full to finish them. They had a nice little box in which to take them home with us.

And I can't forget the hats! You can choose among a variety of vintage hats to wear...Which is another fun part of the tea room experience. Sorry, no photos of us in the hats! Yes, everyone should have an elegant experience like this!

Monday, May 16, 2016


Our BIG SPRING HOB NOBBER SALE is coming soon! See the bathing beauties on the right sidebar for more information!

We've once again found some amazing treasures! As I've mentioned often, I always wonder if I'll find items as good as the ones I found previously! But I still keep finding them! It is so much FUN! The fun for me is in the hunt as I scour Estate Sales, Auctions, and yes even Yard Sales to find items I think you will love!

We save you the time and effort of going out and finding stuff and then we bring back all the BEST that we have discovered! We try hard to find the best deals so we can pass them onto YOU! We also pick up things you might not see often so we can offer you unique and interesting treasures! Some of the photos below I have posted on my blog previously. I just wanted to refresh your memory of what will be at the sale! And some are NEW items.

Enamel pot with lid


More treasures...

Vintage sugar mold/candle holder with stands

Vintage tool box

Railroad lantern

Antique caned American round-about chair

Antique candy lantern jar

Antique phone desk and chair

Vintage Rolling Ladder
This chair is now painted white as it had some issues with it
Bread Paddle

Antique casters with porcelain wheels

I  have the antique FRENCH LAUNDRY BASKET...not the rest

And I can't forget my favorite find of all...            

                                             ...This giant dough bowl on a stand!!!
 I purchased this from a long time collector who was downsizing. She had kept this at the end of their bed and had stored extra blankets in it. But there could be hundreds of other uses for this fun find!

And these are just a FEW of the hundreds of fun treasures you'll find at our Spring Sale! Renee has a lot of transferware she'll be bringing and Karen has her usual stash of linens, antique toys, and "pretties". There will also be some Mantiques and Industrial finds as well as Farmhouse style items!

Oh yes, and we will again be serving FREE Starbucks coffee!!

So don't miss the fun! Tell your friends and family! We have treasures for all ages and all interests!!

OH, and don't forget to sign up to enter our GIVE-AWAY... a $30 gift certificate to shop our sale! That could buy you a lot of fun stuff!! But you must come to the sale in order to get your prize! Just go to the link here and leave a comment. But HURRY! There is a limited time to enter!

Friday, May 6, 2016

A New Day (Ernesto Cortazar)

Happy Friday!

Enjoy the video and then enter our Give-Away by clicking on the bathing beauties on the right sidebar.

Friday, April 29, 2016


                             HOB NOBBER SPRING GIVE-AWAY

                 So our BIG SPRING SALE is coming up and we are having another GIVE-AWAY! 

  And we are giving awaaaaayyyy.... a $30 gift certificate to shop our sale and the opportunity to come in and shop before we open. So are you ready? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post that you want to be "in" on the give-away. Leave a first name with your comment. Simple! May 26th is the last day to enter and we will draw a name via the online random generator on May 27th. Please leave a way for us to contact you.

You have to be able to come to our sale and shop in order to enter. So there it is! And good luck!

My daughter, Elissa, and I went to Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, Minnesota! You really can't get through that place in a day! There is so much to see! I was hoping to take some photos but I got so caught up in shopping that I kept forgetting. But I DID manage to get a FEW...

We were really drawn to the many light fixtures made from rustic vintage items...

This one was from a vintage car headlight.

 And I fell in love with this 1940's French laundry basket

Which I ended up buying! But not the thing underneath it. Because the basket was too big to carry along with us I left it at the booth with a sold sign on it. When we were ready to leave with it I felt like I was going to be mugged for the basket. I heard so many people say, "There goes that basket I wanted but it was sold!" And, "There goes that lady who got the basket!" I was waiting with my treasures for my daughter to get the car as people passed and commented. I wanted to pick up our stuff and run but I had too much stuff! When my daughter arrived I said, "Whew! Glad you got here when you did! Everybody wanted my basket!" Really though everybody was friendly and maybe just a bit jealous that I got there first.  I also got a great deal on two authentic grain sacks from France and a colorful vintage tablecloth. Elissa bought a big galvanized can and a rustic six cubby shelf.

We spent a lot of time at the vendors booth where I got the basket and grain sacks and Elissa bought the can. The poor guy was working alone and was overwhelmed selling things so fast he could hardly keep up! He didn't have anything priced so we finally were able to get his attention to get all the prices of everything in his booth. So then because he was so busy taking people's money, people started asking us if we knew the price of things so we told them. When others heard us telling prices they thought we worked there and people kept asking US questions! Funny thing is we had the answers because we were lucky enough to get the answers before he got TOO busy!

This guy was from LA and takes trips to France and Europe every month to pick up stuff. I told Elissa, who loves to travel, that I'm going to send her to France to get us some more neat stuff!

                            These benches with wood drawers were his hottest sellers! I think the drawers were the French purchase and the benches were made to fit!

My two grain sacks. These are really big and some people make big bolster pillows with them but I have one and I cut the sides of the sack, doubling the length and made a table runner. I LOVE mine!

 Elissa and I went for his other stuff...But the good news for YOU is that the grain sacks are for sale and are listed  in my Etsy store, Gwen And Alma's here.   And the much desired 1940's French Laundry Basket will be for sale at our Hob Nobbers Spring Sale!

So crazy as it is these were the only pictures I took as we got too busy shopping! But we had a great time!
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