Wednesday, July 23, 2014


                      HOB NOBBER LABOR DAY SALE!!!

Here are a few photos from previous sales...

                             DON'T MISS THIS SALE!!!
We will have:
                  Vintage and Antique Treasures
                  Farmhouse and Industrial Finds
                  Lovely Furniture Pieces
                  Rustic and Repurposed Goodies
                  Vintage Toys
                  Vintage Christmas Room
                  China, including fine teacups and saucers
                  And more vintage goodness in one place than you have ever seen!

To see some of the treasures we will have this year see previous posts on this blog and go to our Facebook page.


WHEN:  SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st, 12-5
                MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 9-5 ( new items added )

WHERE:  Plummer House ( 49 room historical mansion )
                  1091 Plummer Lane S.W.
                  Rochester, Mn 

Note: If you have been on our e-mail list, you will not receive a notice about this as Google has disabled that account and I've lost all the e-mail address' along with it.   ; (

For more information, you may contact me  ( Sandy ) at



Sunday, July 20, 2014


It has been awhile since I've shared Plummer House photos and happenings. It is such a beautiful day that I thought I'd go out and take some photos. If you don't know about the Plummer House, go to my "Plummer House" page for more information. Warning: lots of photos ahead...And yup, we live here...well, in the "west wing" of the house to be more accurate.

                                   THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE...THREE BLOCKS LONG!

This stone wall formerly housed the greenhouse.

Path leading to the former greenhouse. Planning on rebuilding this to its former glory.

                                                SOME FLOWERS ON THE GROUNDS
Across from our driveway

                                         PORTIONS OF THE BACK OF THE HOUSE
The three windows on the top right are in our living room

Our living quarters extend from the end of the house to the left to the third window dormer above.

The view as we look out our living room windows...lots of birdies show up to bathe


This one is made from wood...

Our daughter came down these stairs on her wedding day as do many others. This is a popular wedding destination.

Backdoor leads to the lowest level of the five story home. This part is underground in the front of the house.


                                             AND SOME INTERESTING DETAILS...
Door under the greenhouse... once housed the swimming pool's dressing room. But I love the neat architecture...

Three story repunzel-like tower. Formerly the family's water tower. Our daughter and her husband had a romantic outdoor wedding dinner here with caterers cooking beef and chicken kabobs huge grills.
Stairway next to the tower...leading to a path through the woods

Stone archway beside our garage... a favorite place for photographers

Looking towards the house from the tower...

A lot of unique antique fixtures but the city required the ugly new lightbulbs!

The old drive way that winds through the woods is now not in use. Our kids, grandkids, and neighborhood kids enjoy sledding down this long trail in winter. The surrounding woods bring out many deer, fox, turkey, and other interesting wildlife that we find walking the grounds often.

One of two ponds with fountains on the property. Every year our grandson, Charlie, finds tadpoles in the water and shortly thereafter, tiny little frogs hopping about. A few make it to adulthood and find their way to the top of the hill where Charlie is thrilled with the big Daddy frogs jumping around. Our daughter had her wedding ceremony in front of one of the ponds several years ago. And our son as well a few years before that. Many family memories made here.

We feel immensely blessed being able to live here. We have been here 24 years now as Resident Directors. There are 11 acres of property here but we get to just enjoy it without all the work as there is a grounds crew that takes care of everything, including plowing us out in winter.  We also have a cleaning staff and a maintenance man. We DO have to oversee what goes on with everything, however.
We have made many family memories here! But it DOES keep us busy as it is rented over 200 days a year, we have Open House on Wednesdays during the summer, and we also give group tours. We help "oversee" these events but oftentimes give the Group Tours ourselves. And now we are working with consultants to get the house back to its 1920's heydays, which is a very fun project! I also started a little gift shop during Open House days where Plummer House related treasures are sold.

Living here has increased our interest in our community's history. Les has now joined a group of like-minded people who meet and share local historical new tidbits they've learned about. They call the group,The  Fossils. Or is it that THEY are the fossils. I'm not sure. Two of the men have written books of local historical interest and one gives walking tours of historical areas in the city. We have both learned much about history in general and have enjoyed our many years of living here. We are richly blessed!

Sunday, July 13, 2014


I've been going to Estate Sales a lot recently. Also some auctions! So once again I've found some exciting things to offer for sale at our next sales event coming up in September!

                              Vintage toaster holder but could be repurposed as a fun letter holder . Did I already show you this? I can't remember...And I don't want to take the time to check back right now.

                                       Vintage clothes brush from France with a monogram

                                                                 Lots of old photos!

                                                            Vintage locker pin and tag.


                                              Royal Crownford Ironstone soap dish

                                                     Great patina on this vintage stool

                                                                 Old vintage box with lid

                                                          Three burlap coffee bags

                                 Two framed prints by the Swedish artist, Carl Larson

           Very cool old chair that I thought I might keep for myself as a desk chair...Still thinking about this one.

                                           Easter egg made in Western Germany

                                         Old wood shelf with drawers. This is only half of it.

                                                         Vintage tall wooden basket.
               AND FOR ME ....

                                 This vintage blue enamel Danish soap container. The word says "soap". I paid more for this than I usually do, but I loved it so...

                                    And this large stoneware crock for a reasonably priced $3

And there is lots more!!!  Tomorrow night Les and I are going out of town for an auction! I hope we can find some great stuff to bring home for all you who come to our sales!

Would love it if you would go and like us on Facebook!! Since our e-mail list is gone ( read previous post ) I will communicate about our sales on Facebook!

One more little funny thing... I read in the newspaper about a lady who went into the local jails to help women with writing music for a therapeutic class. She was telling about one incarcerated woman who was having problems with her male relationships. She said she was a very nice lady, but that her "guy-picker was broken". Anyone else have a  "broken guy-picker"?  Hahaha, I'm going to have to use that one!!
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