Wednesday, May 16, 2018


                        Don't GO through life, GROW through life.  Eric Butterworth

We've finally recovered from Gold Rush! It was a whirlwind week of cleaning our treasures, tagging them, packing them, and then unloading them in our booth. That was followed by three days of selling and of course, more buying! The first day was raining and COLD! Fortunately we were inside. The people who had planned on being outside didn't set up until the following day. I was surprised  that we actually sold some things! The true diehard collectors and shoppers still came! We did have to have our winter jackets, boots, and even mittens. It was THAT cold, even inside! But still, as always, we had FUN!

I managed to remember to take a few photos of our booth.  Some of the items in the photos have sold and others are being listed in our Etsy Shop.  We sold a lot of the furniture on the first day. A large green cart was sold to a lady who was going to use it for an outdoor wedding and then giving it to a friend who had a floral and garden shop. I love it when someone finds something that is just perfect for their needs. Some of our items go to photographers to be used as photo props. Others, of course, are happy to find a treasure for themselves. There were even shoppers for Mother's Day gifts and I happened to have just the right items! So all in all it was a success for everyone!

                                     And these were  just SOME of the treasures we had.  Be sure and check out my Etsy Shop, here, to see more!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


                        In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.  Margaret Atwood

 Are you getting ready to get out there into the dirt? The gardeners here are out working hard already. Ben has planted Pansies in the big pots by the door but now is using his blower to blow leaves, dirt, and other junk off the driveway and sidewalks.

For my part I've just purchased indoor plants as mentioned in a previous post. I don't smell like dirt, yet, but I'm working on it!

I've listed a few more things in my Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! I'll post some of them here but go check out our shop to see more. I'm trying to get up to 300 things for sale on our shop but things keep selling! Not complaining though! I love to hear those Cha Chings! In case you don't know what I mean by that.... Etsy's site is set up so that whenever you make a sale, your ipad makes a loud CHA CHING noise! If I'm on the ipad, engrossed in reading something when it cha chings, it scares the bejeemers out of me! But it's so FUN to hear!

So here are some latest listings:

Tomorrow I head out to the 100 mile garage sale around Lake Pepin! Hope to pick up some great stuff! I'll be listing some and taking some to Gold Rush this month! See last post for info on  Gold Rush.
Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Click the  link to go to our  Etsy Shop

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Saturday, April 28, 2018


                   Gwen and Alma's will be at Gold Rush this coming May 11th! We'd love to see you there!                      

                                           GOLD RUSH 
                        ANTIQUE SHOW AND FLEA MARKET
                      OLMSTED COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
                                      ROCHESTER, MN 

                                          MAY 11 - 13

Now in its 46th year, Rochester Gold Rush is known to be one of the top antique destinations in the nation!

Covering the entire 52 acres of the grounds with vendors from across the U.S.  Including 10 buildings, 3 arenas, and the grounds outdoors!

                                 You won't want to miss this! 



                    No Winter lasts forever; no Spring skips its turn.  Hal  Borland

Hah! Actually I WAS beginning to think that Spring was skipping its turn this year. Winter went on forever it seemed...But now I can feel Spring in the air!

And so with Spring in the air...

                     ....We're getting ready for Gold Rush, an Antique Show and Flea Market!

                             ...I'm buying new plants!

I bought a new hanging plant. I've tried several times to keep plants alive but have failed. Now I'm trying to turn over a new leaf in this area and treat plants like pets ( so to speak ).  I even began naming them. I've purchased a few smaller plants and so far so good. I started naming them after my Grandmother's sisters and so far we have Sigra, Emma, and Vera. The Spider Plant above is new and named Francis and my new hanging plant I named Madie. She's a fern.

Say "hello" to Madie!
                             ...the gardener's here at the Plummer House are planting flowers in pots! Love pansies!

                 ...The first outdoor wedding here at the Plummer House ( see Plummer House page ) is taking place as I write! I can hear the music from here.
                 ...Les golfed for the first time this year.
                 ...The snow is finally melted.
                 ...We went for our first outdoor walk today.
                 ...And we're working on de-cluttering and simplifying our lives.
                 ...OH! And one more thing..."Baby" is sporting one of Les' baseball caps. And some glasses.


YUP! Spring is here! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


  My business is not to remake myself, but to make the absolute best of what God made. Einstein

Spring is in the air and that means...Another snowstorm for those of us who live in the Midwest! We left Minnesota for a Florida vacation the day we had 8 inches of snow begin falling. The weather went from in the "teens" to the 80's when we hit Florida! In two days we head back home and right into another snowstorm! My 6 year old granddaughter went from saying "April showers bring May flowers" to "April showers bring snow plowers"!

But I'm just going to ignore the weather and move on like it's Spring, which, technically it IS! And then I'll bring some flowers into the house, new plants, and pretty Spring things. And we have lots of great treasures for Mother's Day which is coming up next month!

 Of course we have plenty of rustic goodness as well as the "pretties" for those who like Farmhouse Decor.

And there's LOTS LOTS MORE! Go to our shop to get more ideas for Mother's Day and other occasions...

The Plummer House is getting ready for Spring also and preparing for all the Summer Weddings. We are booked EVERY WEEKEND this Summer for weddings! Yesterday, we had a small party show up on the grounds having an "Impromptu Wedding", as they said. Right at the front door of the house. It was rather chilly but that didn't stop them. We have a few of those every year.

We are also working on getting the hardwood floors cleaned and refinished, and tightening up the dining room chairs that tend to get squeeky and wobbly after repeated use. Well, to be clear, we hire people to do those things. But we DID make the "Spring To Do List" and followed up on all the work. The Spring window washers will be coming soon also! There are so many more projects waiting to get done! We're really running a small business here but it's a sweet gig!

Just have to say that we have the most amazing workers here at the House! Just as we were leaving for Florida, the Garden crew came and shoveled out the driveway and as we were picking up the mail at the very large mailbox, one of the guys came over saying, "Let me get that snow for you" as he swept a big pile of snow off the mailbox! After thanking them, and driving away, I looked at Les "We can't ever leave here".

And yeah, I'm writing this while on vacation in Florida! I'm also keeping our Etsy shop open with the notice that we can't ship until after we get home. And people are buying! It's really fun making money while we're on vacation!

Monday, March 5, 2018


Another day, another Flea Market! Just sharing today a few more finds that Les and I purchased at a Flea Market. Here's the small haul...

                                                                RUSTIC GOODNESS

                                       This wonderful old Antique Scale from the turn of the century! Notice the design around the face of the scale.

                                                        Cast Iron Turtle String Holder.

                                                          Vintage Soap Saver

                                                A Vintage Small Nutmeg Grater.

                                                    A Vintage Metal Cup Holder.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


You're blessed when you get your inside world---your mind and heart---put right. The you can see God in the outside world.   Matthew 5:8  ( The Message )

This past weekend Les and I went to a Winter Cabin Fever Flea Market in a little nearby town. It's nice having something like this to go to in the Winter as we usually have to wait to Spring to do most of our buying. It is truly an antidote for Cabin Fever! I only purchased four things but I like what I DID buy! In fact everything I bought is something that I always buy when I see them as they are popular sellers in my Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! I never think twice about buying these items. They are no-brainers!

                                                      First up...An antique metal soap dish... I had not seen any like this one before. Kind of rusty but it adds to the charm.

                   I always pick up lanterns when I see them also. I love the look of old lanterns! This is a Dietz Little Wizard.

And I always pick up galvanized watering cans if they have the sprinkler head on them, especially. Spring is not far off and these are great decor pieces!

And last but not least, this vintage Tennis Racket. These have been popular in my Shop as well. They are nice for wall decor for a Sporty Vintage look! They can be repurposed for other things as well.

And if you like the color green or want to buy a gift for St Patrick's Day, I have a few treasures to consider below...

The little barrel in the front has shot glasses in it, and the folk art bird on the right is handmade using  old wood pieces. The rest of the treasures are self explanatory. Go to my Etsy Shop, Gwen and Alma's here.

Friday, February 16, 2018


So I'm finding that I like Folk Art. The Museum Of National Folk Art describes Folk Art as "Art of the every day. It is rooted in the traditions that come from Community and Culture."

To me, there are two types of Folk Art.  One type of Folk Art is labeled "naive" in that it usually is created by someone with no art training but is created from someone's imagination and using just the materials one has on hand.

But I also think there are other kinds of Folk Art in which the Artist HAS had training. I found that many artists can't even agree as to a simple definition of the term "Folk Art".  It's kind of confusing, really.

These are two "Folk Art" dolls I have that I'm loving right now. 

 This funny lady held cleaning rags ( clean ones! ) for me but is now for sale in my Etsy Shop.

                                       This Folk Art Dog is also for sale. He has wheels and you can take him for a walk using his leash. You can also take the top off and put the dog's treats or toys in there. He's rather quirky, I know.

I have a lot of other fun Folk Art pieces, some of which I'm keeping and some that are for sale or WILL be!

Check out my Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's here.

Does anyone else collect Folk Art?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 8, 2018


                  This is a beautiful day! I've never seen this one before!      Maya Angelou

It's a beautiful sunny winter day today! What a nice quote by Maya ( above ) for EVERY DAY!

I have one more thing to do to wrap up Christmas. Pack up the Carolers! I miss them during the year so they "carol" until about mid February. I'm not a big collector of things. This is my one big collection which only comes out at Christmas so I like to keep them around a little longer. Do you have anything you keep out long after Christmas?

I have 37 Carolers! I have three generations of families, a dog, and a deer. My grandchildren gave each one a name. And their names are rather creative, I think. We have a Melosh, a Miscoti,  a Mina, and a Zoey, just to name a few!

To be honest, I guess I DO have another collection. I like vintage and antique cream or white ironstone/stoneware with blue stripes which I keep in a glassed in "bookcase" of sorts. I'll show them in another post.

While I'm downsizing my "stuff" right now, I'm going to have to decide if any of my collection pieces has to go. And when you are collecting items for resale, it is REALLY hard to simplify things but that's what I'm trying to do! I'll let you know how THAT works out! 

Right now I'm working at simplifying our bedroom and also cleaning it at the same time. It is really feeling bigger, cleaner ( well, that's because I cleaned also ), neater, and well, "Simpler"! That "feeling" is what will keep me moving ahead with downsizing other rooms and closets. It feels GREAT!

Are you ready to simplify YOUR life and home? As I said previously, I'm working on an ebook to share my thoughts on "living simply". If you have any tips you'd be willing to share, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018


                 February is the border between Winter and Spring.  Terri Guillemets

So I'm back from a long break from blogging. We have discontinued our bi-annual Hob Nobber Sales so we could spend those two weekends at the Lake with family on the pontoon. Some things are just too important to put off! And our family time on the Lake over the two long weekends is important to us.

I'm still selling on Etsy and will keep going to Gold Rush in Rochester. While this event takes place on a weekend, it's not on one of the long weekends ( Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends) where our kids get off work for a three day weekend. Those are the two biggest weekends to be at the lake! It's great family time!

We have a lot of nice things in our online shop so check us out at 
I say "we" because my daughter, Elissa, and husband, Les, work with me in the business. 

As I might have mentioned in the past, I'm also working on an ebook about "simplifying your life". It has kind of taken a backseat to the collecting and selling but little by little I'm getting there. In fact, the decision to not have the Hob Nobbers any more was to try and simplify our lives. It was all getting to be too much. I'm also working on simplifying our own lives as I write the book and share my OWN experiences. So I'm downsizing our "stuff", cleaning out closets, and trying to find more creative ways to make life less complicated. Life is complicated already so why add to it with "too much stuff" and "too many activities"? It gives us more time to do the things we REALLY want to do. The ebook will also help you clarify the things that are important to YOU!

So here are a couple of things we're selling on Etsy at the moment. We have about 180 items for sale and we add more items to that weekly. If you'd like occasional updates on what's for sale, go to our shop, Gwen And Alma's, and click on "Favorites". 
Great vintage pot! Add big bouquet of flowers or display just the way it is!

Found this in Panama City Beach, Florida. I kept it for a while but really don't have a place for beachy decor.

Primitive Farmhouse Paddle

I have one of these that I use as a candy dish. I like the Farmhouse look. Valentine Candy would look cute in this!


                                         To see more, go to

Also if anyone locally is interested, I have listed two chairs on Craigslist ( not vintage ) that are in great condition. $250 for both / OBO. Just leave a comment if you are interested. They are good quality chairs I purchased from Drury's Furniture, but they say on the tag, "made for Daytons". It was kind of confusing but....oh well.

                                  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more updates.

Friday, November 10, 2017


Lately I've been drawn to purchasing copper items. I love the old rustic look, the patina, and the quaintness of these pieces. So I have a few pieces of copper being sold in our Etsy Shop right now. But I'm bringing this up because as I mentioned in another post I would share the items I purchased at the last Auction. The first two are the ones I purchased at the auction and the others were purchased at an Estate Sale earlier.

                 This last one is kind of rustic but I could see some cute plants growing in there.

                            I also have this wonderful copper tea kettle with a wooden handle.

And this sweet pitcher.

And my personal favorite, this antique primitive copper ladle in the front of this photo. You can see more photos of this and all the others in our Etsy Shop at

                    The wooden bowl, the lantern, and the stool have already been sold.
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