Wednesday, September 2, 2015


                    "We need to be the change we wish to see in the world."  Gandhi

The winner of our 2015 Hob Nobber Fall Sale Give-Away is....


CONGRATULATIONS, Catherine!  OK, Catherine, I don't have your last name or e-mail to contact you so please message me on my Hob Nobber Facebook page...or my e-mail address if you have it. You have won a $30 gift certificate to shop our upcoming sale and the honor of getting in 20 minutes before the doors open in order to shop and get first choice! You may bring one guest with you.

Photo from our 2015 Spring Sale

Photo from our 2015 Spring Sale

Spring Sale 2015

                                         So what NEW TREASURES  await this weekend? You'll have to come and see!
Thanks to all of you who entered! But no one is a "loser" when you come to our sale because there are so many unique treasures and great deals to be found!


Saturday, August 29, 2015


 Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand.         Henry David Thoreau

 I'm sharing a four part series on simplifying your life and this is post #3 in the series. To see post #1 go here and to see post #2 go here. In order to understand this post you will have to work on steps one and two first. This step is where you take action. After clarifying what you would want the simpler version of your life to look like, you now need to take steps to put your new life plan into action. This is going to take some time. You will need patience. Hopefully you are following the steps in your clarifying section and have made a list of things you are going to do to simplify.

1) Decluttering your stuff and spaces     What did you envision your living spaces to look like? Are you going to have to declutter and get rid of some of your possessions? If so, begin there. Start by tackling the easiest or smallest space first to give yourself a good feeling with the smallest amount of effort. That will give you an incentive to move to the next space. Just cleaning out a drawer will help you feel better and let you know you are on the way.

If cleaning out one space isn't reward enough, give yourself another reward. "If I clean out this drawer, I will reward myself by giving myself a break to read a magazine." OK maybe that doesn't sound like enough "reward" for you, but you get the idea. Give yourself a high five, pat on the back, whatever works to make you feel like you did it!

Probably everybody has taken some steps to declutter so I am not going to spend a lot of time on this step. Many of my Boomer Baby friends have already down-sized into smaller spaces like condos and townhomes, and selling off many possessions in order to simplify their lives. If you are at this stage of life and are ready for this, then this could be one of the biggest steps for you.

2) Discontinuing activities     Did you make a list of things you want to be doing in your life? Those activities that you value and want to have in your life? Then you are ready to stop those activities that do not fit into your simplified life. It's hard for some people to say "no" to good things but you can't do it all. Choose those activities that fit into the lifestyle that you want. As the quote above says, " let your affairs be one or two". I realize there is much need in the world and much to do but if we are to do things and do them well, we have to choose. Also, there are different seasons in our lives. In some seasons we have time to do things that in other seasons, we do not. Keep your values in mind as you choose.

For example, when we didn't have children I had time to do some things like taking a painting class, taking college classes, and volunteering more. After we had children I had to give up some activities because my priorities had changed and I was spending time with the kids activities. Later when they were both grown and out of the home, I worked full time. Now that we have grandchildren we spend time with them, my Mother, and extended family members. I always tried to find time to volunteer in places that fit into our other important activities. I always tried to build "margin" into my life for unexpected things. But relationships were always my most important values.

One thing I experienced when working, however, was that everybody was so proud of being "busy". That still seems to be the way our culture sometimes feels to me....that "busyness" is something to strive for. But I refuse to participate!

So in this part of the series, work on "doing the work" of editing your life in regards to spaces, "stuff", and activities. Take your time in doing this if necessary. The end result will be worth it! It is important to follow the plan you should have mapped out in the first two steps....even giving yourself a timeline in which to accomplish it.  

Friday, August 28, 2015


Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Plummer House Fountain, one of two in the lower gardens
  So here I am again creating myself anew. Well, creating my blog anew, anyway! If you have been a reader here for any length of time you will have noticed that I have changed thoughts on where this blog is going many times  over. I have gone down many paths with this blog, changed my mind umpteen times,  have had a hard time finding my "voice" here, and wondering where I wanted to take this blogging journey. If you are a blogger, can you relate? And if so, how did you finally decide the direction of your blog? Once and for all?

 This blog began as a way to keep our Hob Nobber ( vintage occasional sales ) customers informed about our sales events and let them see the unique and fun treasures we would bring to our next sale! And while that goal will surely remain, I will now be bringing  more topics to the table...the kitchen table...over a cup of coffee...and maybe a cranberry croissant. Yeah, right now my thoughts keep moving towards "sweets", which I am trying to stay away from to rid myself of my sugar addiction and maybe lose a little weight.

OK, so to get back on topic... I am now hoping to share about creating yourself, as the quote above says. And creating a life that you'll love! Who doesn't want that?  I'll talk about simplifying, home decor, mind-body connection, the entrepreneurial life, organizing, and more. I'll continue to share FREE WORKSHOPS as shown in the "page" section above.

In the past I had tried to offer separate blogs about these topics but I could not keep up with more than one blog! Some of you can manage more than one blog but I couldn't do it and have a life outside of the internet. So now I will attempt to offer these topics in one blog...a sort of blogazine, if you will.

I hope you will follow along and bring your friends to my "kitchen table" for a chat. Right now I am in the middle of a workshop on " 7 Steps To Simplifying Your Life". You can find session one here, and session two here.The next session will be post #3 of 4 posts.

Occasionally I'll post about our adventures in living in an historical 49 room mansion where we work as Resident Directors in a home called the Plummer House. You can see information about it on my "Plummer House" page.
Plummer House

And I'll also give updates on my soon-to-be-opening Etsy shop, Gwen and Alma's. Updates will be shared on the Gwen and Alma page.

For those of you who are coming to our Hob Nobber Fall Sale, you can find the information about it on the right sidebar. You still have time to enter the Give-Away here.

Previous sale

Oh, and since I love quotes, I will be sharing a quote with every post to motivate, inspire, encourage, or just to spread a bit of sunshine.

Are you with me? To be sure you don't miss a post, you can subscribe to have them come to your inbox on the right  sidebar.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Always do your best, what you plant now you will harvest later.   Og Mandino

                                Hob Nobber Fall Give-Away

 We're having a GIVE-AWAY! One lucky person will receive a gift certificate to shop our sale and the opportunity to get in 20 minutes early to our sale. So if you plan on coming, you will want to sign up for this one! 

Getting in early might not SEEM like a big deal but people line up over an hour ahead of time to get into our sale so being the only shopper for 20 minutes is BIG!

So here's how to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post saying you want to enter for one entry
2) Follow us on Facebook for 2nd entry. Then leave a second comment telling me you did this.

That's it!! So get crackin' and sign up! We have LOTS of fun and unique items as always! 

The Give-Away will be open until Sept. 1st. Winner will be announced Sept 2nd. Shopping will begin Sept. 6th! Good Luck to All!



Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.  Confucius

                                               HOB NOBBER FALL SALE

                                SUNDAY, SEPT. 6th  12-5
                  MONDAY, SEPT. 7th   9-5 ( new items added )

Held in the historic 100 year old Plummer House, Rochester, Mn,  we fill 7 rooms packed full of vintage treasures! Come and find a treasure for yourself and one-of-a-kind gifts for friends...Christmas is just around the corner!

                                          Farmhouse Wares
                                          Industrial Finds
                                         Vintage Furniture
                                         Vintage Linens
                                         Rustic Decor
                                         Christmas Room

Come and join us in the fun and enjoy a cup of Starbucks coffee while you shop!

Sandy, Karen, and Renee


Monday, August 17, 2015


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We just finished Gold Rush, one of Minnesota's largest Antique Show and Flea Markets! Les ( with granddaughter, Brianna's help ) really took on this project because he enjoys working alongside some guys he knows. They have a lot of fun! He also learned some new lingo, like the "Be Backers" ( people who say they will be back, but don't come back ), and the "Looky Lou's" ( people who are just looking ). Personally, I have been BOTH of these kinds of people. ; )

Helper, Brianna

We sold some stuff but it was a lot of work! First of all, it was HOT and HUMID. At least we were in a building where the sun didn't beat down on us. Some poor folks had to bear the sweltering heat all day under the sun. It was in the upper 90's with high humidity. Ugh! There were also fans in our building and we had plenty of water so it was somewhat bearable.

In the short time that I helped out, I was mistaken for Bri's "Mother" instead of her "Grandmother" so that made my day!

Some young lady bought this old wedding photo and said, "This is going to be my new family".

I wish I had taken more photos but I was busy running back and forth between the antique show, helping my Mom who had just had a knee replacement, and taking time to celebrate family birthdays with a dinner. It was a busy but fun weekend!

In the short time I was at the show I found a nice library table that I thought would be a good fit for our upcoming Hob Nobber sale. But instead of buying it, I traded it for the vintage horse above. I was kind of sad to see the horse go because I really liked it. I kept it in our living room between sales but since it didn't sell at our last Hob Nobber sale I decided I could let it go in this trade. I know I'm going to miss it but I can't keep everything! I think we both got a good deal in the trade!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Living in the moment makes the world look brighter...

On the lake with the grandkids

If you are a regular reader here, you may have noticed something... I've been MIA for a while. Yup I've been off the internet and spending time with people in REAL LIFE! Don't get me wrong. I LOVE blogging and keeping everyone informed of what's going on with us Hob Nobbers and what we are buying now for our next big event! And our Fall Sale is coming soon!! More on that later! I also have missed visiting other blogs and keeping in touch with my blogging friends.

But this has been one of our busiest summers yet with graduation parties including our oldest granddaughter's high school graduation just to name ONE event. There were also "graduation ceremonies" for two other grandkids. One "graduating" from kindergarden and one graduating from 8th grade to enter high school. Also many retirement parties, weddings,  funerals ; (, Gramma Camp, family Birthdays, and many many more special events! It has been a summer of SPECIAL EVENTS  to be sure!

Another highlight was our daughter, her husband, and their three year old daughter moving back to the states after living in China for almost 7 years! They lived with us for a while this summer while searching for a home and a car. It was almost like starting over for them. We were blessed to be able to spend so much time with them while they stayed with us! They are now settled in a town just a little over an hour away! Yeah!!
Our adorable granddaughter, Gili

And then we made a purchase. A Pontoon! So we also take time to go boating on Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River! In addition to fun times with family, taking in the beauty of this area is breathtaking!

We bought a used boat to make sure we actually use it! I think we're ready to upgrade!

Wisconsin on one side of the River and Minnesota on the other.

And somewhere in there I managed to find time to collect fun stuff for our Hob Nobber sale. Here are a couple of new items:

Ignore the mess around the chair. I'm still working out a nice place for photos.

Primitive Armoire

I was smitten by the fenders on this cutie. You could use this as a planter.

Lots of fun wood boxes!!

Cheese box turned sleigh

 Moral of my summer story: Remember to take time to disconnect, live in the moment, and spend time with the people you love. I just wish I knew how full time bloggers do it all!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


The grass is always greener where you water it.    Author Unknown

If you've followed my blog at all you'll know that blue is my favorite color. Well, just look at my header...there you go!
So it is no surprise to see all the blue treasures that I've found. My keen eyes see blue and white the first thing... every where I go. It is going to be hard not to keep some of these favorite finds. But here they are...

Something I have been wanting to find....

                                                 This antique salt glazed pitcher 

 Two pretty blue and white plates...

Small blue and white ironstone platter...

Pot with blueberries "bumping" out. I have a pitcher with a design like this so maybe I should keep it?...

This unique "penny rug" like quilt with denim background. It's small but very nice! I'm liking it right now sitting on the back of my entry chair...

Very cute blue and white creamer...

And finally this small white pitcher...

GOLD RUSH      I will be bringing some things to Gold Rush this year. There are hundreds of vendors there and people travel from all over the U. S. to attend. It is in Rochester, Mn.

HOB NOBBER FALL SALE    Over Labor Day weekend we will have our last sale of the year. More info. coming soon!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.  Christina Scalise

Ouch! That quote above stings a bit! Unmade decisions and procrastination?  I have to admit it describes me at times. I do things by habit ( unmade decisions ) and I procrastinate. And "WALA!" as my 6 year old grandson would say...the clutter happens! Am I the only one this happens to? If not, then this series is for you.
Today is the second session of the workshop to simplify your life. Read about the first session here.

In the first session, I listed the 7 steps that you would be following to achieve the simple life you desire. Today we are focusing on the first two steps.  The first two steps consist of  the process of CLARIFYING what you value and what you want your simplified life to look like. Each person will have a different idea of what that looks like. Depending on your situation, the time frame will be different as well. Some may want to move quickly. Some may want to take this simplification process in baby steps. Even small steps in the process bring a sense of calmness as you move towards a simpler life. This is the easy and dare I say "fun" part? Just the process of dreaming about and writing down what you want your life to look like will begin to bring you a sense of serenity and lightness as you think about "unloading" unnecessary parts of your life.

So let's consider your beginning steps:

1) What is important to you? What do you value? A simple lifestyle involves more than decluttering the spaces in your home. It also involves your time, activities, relationships, possessions etc. It may mean cutting out some activities that you no longer are interested in but just continue to do out of habit. It may mean considering how you spend your time and money.
       So step one is to make a list of what you consider to be important in your life, what you value. ie. more time with family, being wise with resources, etc. This will be a sort of "WHY" list as well as you come back to it to remind yourself of why you are downsizing in the first place.

2) Describe in a page what your simple dream life would look like. Visualize a day in your new streamlined life. After you have written out a description, use this as a guide to write out your  action plan. Maybe it would look something like this:

A) Sell one car and take the bus to work.

B) Declutter closets ( one a week ) and take to Good Will items not wanted.

C) Get off the board of ___________.

D) Have a garage sale and sell items not needed.

E) Take some items to Salvation Army.

F) Schedule time to allow time for "margin" in  my life.

Are you feeling better, lighter, calmer, yet? To be clear I realize that life itself can get complicated. And we are not always in control of all circumstances in our lives. And yet, there are things we can control and work at having time for those things that are most important to us. 

I'd love to hear if you are working this out in your life and how it is working for you. If you have more ideas I would love to hear them!

Until Next Time, Sandy


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.  Author unknown.

 This weekend I went to an Estate sale and picked up some nice things for upcoming sales. I am now shopping for three sales! We have our Fall Sale over the Labor Day weekend but this year I'm also going to take some things to Gold Rush, an antiques and flea market show that brings in people all over the U.S. I will have a vendor space there. The other Hob Nobbers will not be involved in this sale. It's just my husband and I. I am also collecting for my Etsy store which will be opening sometime this month. So I'm stocking up!

Here are a few of the little things I picked up.  But there is a lot more! Now to decide what venue to take each item to...

I always pick up any ironstone I find. I love this sweet little pitcher!

There were a lot of flower frogs at this sale. These are two that were different from the usual that I find. One is in its original box.

 Next is this set of vintage measuring cups shaped like a beehive.

I also pick up vintage children's hangers when I see them. If you can see the ticket behind the hanger it is the new "tag" I'm using. I'm actually pricing and tagging items as I get them for the first. time. ever! I usually procrastinate and have hundreds of items to mark and tag the week before our sale!

I'm not exactly sure what this little guy is. He is porcelain with two slots on either side of the bottom. He is a cook carrying a spoon in front. Does anyone know what the slots are for?

Flow blue is my favorite! Maybe I should keep this. ; )

Prisms for your "chandy", anyone? I have 15 of them!

How about this wonderful set of printing stamps? There are actually two levels to this set and it is in great condition as is the wooden case it is in!

A large primitive wood bowl! I love the coloring on this!

A pretty Nippon antique hat pin holder...

A "Mother's Poem" picture in a lovely frame. Every Mother should have one!

This cute little creamer...

And last but not least, this grouping of ephemera...

I also found some great larger pieces but I'll show those in another post. The lady who owned these items seems to have the same tastes that I have. Happily this was a "live estate" in that the lady who owned these treasures is still alive but is downsizing due to moving. 

And while I had my camera in hand, I snapped this shot of two of my husbands hats he had tossed on the post of the stair railing! Hah!

Have a wonderful day! Remember to add beauty to your home! And notice the "whimsie" in it as well!

NEW BLOG...I've started a new blog about how to live a happily balanced life. It's titled, well, "HAPPILY BALANCED". I'd love to have you follow along and share your ideas! Go here to see it.

Till Next Time...Sandy

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