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!

Thursday, April 21, 2016


We arrived home last Monday from three weeks vacation in Marco island, Florida! Of course, while on the way down and while in Florida, I had to check out some antique shops and Craigslist," just in case there was something too good to pass up". And I managed to find some things that actually fit in the van after getting all our luggage, Grandkids'  boogy boards, Grandkids' shell collections, Grandkids' extra sleeping bags, air mattresses and other various items of the Grandkids' that somehow fit into their luggage in the airplane on the way down, but there was no room for them on the way home. Still can't figure out how that happened.

And yet we managed with some creative organizing to get it all in along with a 6' rolling ladder, two vintage chairs, and some other little items I snagged along the way.

This is my favorite! A vintage rolling ladder with sturdy steps on both sides. Mostly used in libraries back in the day. It can collapse and actually rolls on the wheels while folded up! It's in great condition and the wood is beautiful! This will go into our Hob Nobber sale this Spring!

Next up is this vintage American Roundabout or Corner Chair that I purchased at an Estate sale company.  I'm thinking of putting this in my Gwen And Alma's Etsy store after we check out a furniture pack and ship company. I haven't tried to sell anything big on Etsy yet so this might be the first piece.

                   I also purchased this other little chair that needs a refinishing or paint job.

And this little collapsible stool that I would probably use sitting on a table with a plant on it or something. I'm going to put this in my Etsy store.

Also this metal tool box which would be great for storing craft items or other little items that need a "home". Also an Etsy store find.

                                                        A vintage bread paddle...Not sure where I will sell this one yet.

And a stoneware bowl which I would love to keep but I already have two just like this one! This will go into my Etsy store also!

                                               So what is YOUR favorite thing here?

 I bought a few more little things but they are still packed up. And of course lots lots more will be at our BIG SPRING SALE!!

Next week I'll be announcing the Give-Away!! So keep watching for it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Yes, Spring BREATHS NEW LIFE! I can see the beautiful Spring buds in bloom, the grass turning green, I smell the fresh Spring air, and I can see a new "spring" in the steps of people out walking! If you live up North where you've experienced the winter's snow and cold, Spring feels even sweeter!

We just returned from three weeks in Marco Island, Florida! The weather was beautiful (80 degrees plus)  the whole time and no rain! We cheered when we saw that the weather back home was cold with more snow! Apologies to those left back in the cold. But that vacation was rejuvenating! And then to come home to Spring ( as opposed to more snow ) was an added treat!

Marco Island, Florida

I took a "vacation" from blogging and staying in touch on the internet as well. Sometimes you just have to unplug to enjoy "the moment". I had to focus on the ocean, the beach and fun family memories. I admit to reading on the ipad and computer however. In fact, it was comical how we all had reading material on our devices so as to save space while traveling. I used to have a big bag of books and magazines I carted along on vacation. But now I have it all on the computer. Don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing. But our main focus was enjoying the beach and ocean together and making many fun family memories. We took no devices on the beach however! But there were many people who were texting, talking on cell phones ( actually doing business ), and missing the whole beach experience!

And of course, I took a couple of side trips to buy a few great items to sell at our Hob Nobber Spring sale coming up over the Memorial Day weekend! I'll share those photos later. But one great find was a very big beautiful wood library ladder with wheels. Yup, we made room for it in the van! It is SO cool! if it doesn't sell at our Hob Nobber sale it will go into Gwen And Alma's, my Etsy store. Then those of you who can't come to our sale can get a shot at buying it! You can check out my Etsy 
 "Like" a treasure or two while you're there! ; )

This summer I am having a Gwen And Alma's GiveAway so keep watching for that! And next week I will be posting a Give Away for Hob Nobbers!! Stay tuned! Although the Hob Nobber Give-Away will be a gift certificate for our sale so you must be coming to enter!

Speaking of Gwen And Alma's... I sold five treasures while I was on vacation! I couldn't believe it! I had a message that stated when we would be on vacation and that I wouldn't  be able to ship until we got back but they could still purchase. Everyone who purchased was so kind and sent a note saying to enjoy my vacation! I LOVE Etsy customers!

I need to list many more items so people have more to choose from, but my Etsy experience has been wonderful! Thanks to those of you who encouraged me to give it a try as I was a bit reluctant to do so. Well, I'm off to ship 5 treasures to some lucky customers! They have been waiting patiently!

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