Sunday, July 24, 2016

SUMMER!

I've been "busy" this summer just fitting in rest and relaxation and family fun! Hah! That is what our summer has been so far! Yeah, retirement is great! We even eat in front of the TV, much to the annoyance of our kids! We never allowed that when they were growing up! But hey, we can now do whatever we want! Right? We're retired!

                       My husband, Les, received a cocoon-like hammock for Father's Day. Now we take turns resting and relaxing in there. Or sometimes get in together...one at each end!



It's nice just to lay there and look up at the trees and sky....


And we also spend time on our pontoon, sometimes cruising alone and enjoying the scenery...


And sometimes having a BLAST with the kids and grandkids...


We attend local parades with the family...


And have sleep-overs with our granddaughter who now likes to POSE for photos...


With all the summer relaxation and fun, I've had a hard time fitting in shopping for our upcoming sale over Labor Day weekend! YIKES!

And YET in just one trip I managed  to get some VERY FUN FINDS. I took a road trip with friends to an Estate Sale in a neighboring state. We had a great time and filled the back of the van with treasures! While waiting for the sale to begin, a kind gentleman dressed in bib-overalls and plaid shirt told us all about the history of the family holding the sale. This was a husband and wife, long time residents of this little town. They were now both deceased and had been long time antique collectors. The husband had two brothers who never married but farmed and "back in the day" apparently acted unofficially as the "local bank". Residents would go to them for a loan and they would give it to them with nothing more than a handshake. They always got their money back with interest and became quite wealthy. He had a lot of interesting stories of local folk!...And he was also kind enough to take our photo!


So that has been my summer so far...rest, relaxation, boating, grandkids, and Road Trips for treasures. Next up is a little Get-Away for us, Gramma Camp, and LOTS OF SHOPPING for the sale!

And I've kind of been dreaming about getting one of those little vintage trailers to decorate. You know, GLAMPING! We'll see if Les goes for it. His idea of "camping" is more like a Hampton Inn! If you have one of those little things, I'd love to hear about it! Pros, Cons, etc.

Check out our Etsy shop, Gwen And Alma's! I've listed lots more treasures! And be sure to "Favorite" our shop in order to receive updates! I'll be having a Give-Away soon with a Gift Certificate for our shop! You can buy from there and you don't even have to wait for our Hob Nobber sale! But you'll still want to come to our FUN LABOR DAY event for sure!

That's it for now! Be sure and get in lots of family fun and relaxation this summer! We still have 1/3 of the way to go!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

1935 VINTAGE MAGAZINE

Have you ever read an old vintage magazine? They are actually quite hilarious but also tell you a lot about life back when...

I have a 1935 Pictorial Review Magazine that has some surprising ( at least to ME )  and some maybe "not so surprising" ads and articles in it. This magazine was a popular women's magazine from 1899 to 1939.

One of things that surprised me was that apparently it was popular to gain weight as opposed to wanting to LOSE weight. Here is an ad I found:






The first line says, " Thousands have gained attractive flesh this new easy way...in just a few weeks!" And, "... you can put on pounds of flesh, enticing curves" "Watch skinny limbs round out attractively." "No matter how weak and skinny you may be this marvelous  (product)  ...should build you up in a few short weeks."

Did you know that cigarette use was considered to have health benefits in the past? Even doctors prescribed  them.

And apparently in the 1930's it was popular to want to be like other women.  So in this ad for Camels they listed the many distinguished women who smoke  the more expensive Camels...



Here's a quote in the ad from a Camel smoker, "When I'm a bit tired from a round of gaieties, I find that smoking a Camel really rests me and gives me a new sense of energy."

There were also Cigarette ads for Lucky Strikes and Chesterfields. The cigarette ads were the biggest taking up whole pages.

There were also many ads for constipation, apparently a very common ailment, which seemed to produce crabby women who then affected their family in a negative way.

And there was this ad for Campbells Soup...



...a man calling home telling his wife he is bringing someone home for a "good HOME COOKED dinner"  of Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

So many interesting articles in this magazine giving a glimpse of the hearts and minds of women in the 1930's. Or at least what the media THOUGHT should be important to women...

FYI...This magazine is for sale in my Etsy shop, Gwen And Alma's.






Wednesday, June 29, 2016

QUIRKY HAPPENINGS

We often have some quirky things happen at our Hob Nobber sales. I think it's because we're a bit quirky ourselves...

So a guy at our sale comes up to me and says, "There's a chicken coop in someone's driveway  in the neighborhood with a FREE sign on it! I thought you might be interested in it." My first thought was that this was not the kind of neighborhood that usually had chicken coops but then again they are becoming popular everywhere! I told him to talk to Renee about it as she lives in the country, on a farm ( now a non working one ) and it's kind of up her alley.

Renee was all over it! So the guy says, "If you want, I'll take you up there so you can see it." Renee said, "Let's GO!" Now Renee is just getting over  knee replacement surgery and is still hobbling around on a cane. And  no one even KNOWS this guy. But hey, Renee thought, It's a FREE chicken coop! So she hops in his car and off they go!

After a while, when they're not back, we begin to wonder... Should we have just let her go off with some stranger? Was there really a FREE chicken coop in the neighborhood? Why was it taking so long to see this thing?

I was just texting her the message, "R U OK?" when the car appears at the front door and we see Renee and this guy hauling out a giant chicken coop which had been hanging out the back of his car! Whew! She's OK! And this guy DID look pretty safe....plus he SEEMED like a nice guy...but you never know!



This was a wonderful chicken coop that was built to look like a red barn. So cute! One end had wheels so you could move it around. It was in perfect condition!


A customer offered to buy it but Renee  wanted to keep it. Then one of our group wanted to buy it so she let it go. It went to a good home where it will keep quail.

After our event, and before we began the clean-up process, we had a pot luck in the courtyard of the Plummer House where we held the event. If you are new here and don't know what the Plummer House is look at the "Plummer House Page" listed above.


                                     Here is a photo of some of us at our courtyard picnic.

              We always have great family fun with this event! And make a little money to boot!

UPDATE: Check out the new listings in our Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! After we get 100 items listed, we will have a GRAND OPENING including a Give-Away! I say, "we" because my husband and daughter have joined in the fun! Love having a business with the FAM!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

SPRING SALES PHOTOS

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

AND THE WINNER IS...

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

A PICKING ADVENTURE

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

LADY ELEGANT'S TEA ROOM AND SHOPPE

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

SPRING SALE AND GIVE-AWAY REMINDER

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

Treasures

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!
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