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Round Top Fall Antique Festival Fall 2013

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (7213)
We had a great show at the Lone Star Gallery in Warrenton Tx. this last week.  The weather was hot and so were the sales!  Next show will be in Bellville the first weekend in November.  More details soon.

Houston Glass and Antique Show 2013

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (101)
We just finished 3 days of the Houston Glass and Antique Show at the Fort Bend County Fair Grounds.  What fun!  We were in the 'antique' building and the folks with the elegant and depression glass were in the glass building.  People were finding treasures!  It is so much fun to see someone find something that they grew up with or that their grandparents had.  And what a treat to find a replacement for that chipped china plate you love so much.  
In photo number 1, you'll see a chalkware statue of Jesus, OLD brass candlesticks and some jade grapes.  Do you know what those white things are in photo 2?  They are vintage food 'cloches'!  What a great way to keep the bugs off of your picnic.  They just don't make 'em like that anymore. 

Finally, have you ever seen a 'boudoir' or bed doll?  She is all dressed up but never leaves the bed!  This  little tart has a taffeta dress, beauty mark, ruby red lips and fingernails and high heels painted on her feet.  She is probably dated pre-deco era. She is a composite sawdust doll.  Very cool!

We will be giveing and estate sale in West Houston in late August (more later) and at the Cat Springs Antique show in September.  That is always a good show.  We'll have lots of new things.  See you there!

Demo Estate Sale

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM Comments comments (3)
Have you ever been to a 'demo' estate sale?  Demo is short for demolition.  That means the house is either being renovated or taken down.  All fixtures, doorknobs, shutters, and such can be sold.  Depending on what the owner is going to do, even the hardwood floors can go.  Usually, taking down light fixtures, doors and interiors that keep a home safe and secure are done after the sale is over.  Don't forget to bring a screwdriver and help!

Getting ready for estate sales is WORK! And FUN!

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM Comments comments (2)
Schwinn 'Twinn' bicycle
After a couple of weeks throwing out and cleaning, we are starting to see great progress.  This house has been empty for years so you can imagine the chore of getting it ready for the public!  We have run into some wonderful treasures and finding more everyday.  Here are a few photos of some things that can live at YOUR house!  The sale will be the August 22-24 here in Houston.  I will post address and times closer to the date.
Remember the Schwinn 'Twinn'?  This one needs some TLC, but what a great bike!

Great vintage luggage set.  ROAD TRIP!
Ready for  a road trip?  Don't forget your cool luggage! These are wonderful to use for displaying your linens,  And now you have a great place to put all those travel stickers you are going to start collecting.  Just a thought.

Football season is HERE!  Sports memorabilia is fun to collect.  Old signed baseballs and game programs bring  back good memories of good times.  

Making an old beauty useful again!

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (4)
This is a photo of the 'bones' of a gorgeous chair given to me.  Now, time to fix her up!

This chair has an 'insert' that I had never seen the like before.  It comes out so I was able to tell my the old nail holes that all of the fabric application was done on the insert.  I started with the webbing and then proceeded to 'hog nose' attach the springs to the webbing.  Then I tied down the springs.  
Now time to cut the foam, add a bumper around the insert to cut down on fabric wear and use a spray adhesive to attach the foam to the burlap.  OK.  what fabric to use?  Hmmm...  

Ready to start putting it 

Coffee anyone?

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (10)
This is another find from my Glendale CA. estate sale.  This beautiful LARGE coffee mill/grinder is RARE.  At 11+"  tall, they  do not usually come this size.  I grew up seeing one in my grandmother's kitchen that I now have in mine.  And I use it.  The cool thing about these old coffee grinders is that you can adjust the grind.  I use it to make an espresso grind.  The handle on the back of this one makes it a LOT easier to turn the handle,  I love the dovetail construction.  You can find this piece of history on my products page for sale.  Happy picking!

Weekend Warrior

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (4)
Well, this weekend was a picker's extravaganza!  I set out to go to an estate sale that was advertised as a 'demo'.  That means the house will be torn down and EVERYTHING is for sale.  Light fixtures, doors, you name it, it was available.  I went to the garage first, as usual, looking for old Christmas items and tools.  BINGO!  I found some vintage retro fabric on bolts and a couple of tools I can use here at the house.  
On the way home, there was a garage sale just doors down from me.  Remember back in the day when there were little wooden kitchens in the kindergarten room?  Usually a stove and fridge, maybe more.  Well, BINGO again!  This couple's 17 year old daughter had long outgrown the set her parents had bought from a retiring school teacher.  A little cleaning up and they should be right as rain!  I added the yellow sink.  Til next time, Happy Picking!

Glendale CA. treasure hunt was successful!

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM Comments comments (281)

I just got back from a wonderful trip to sunny California to visit family.  It had been too long!  While there, I decided to find a few estate sales and boy did I!  I stayed in Glendale and found a wonderful housefull just around the corner.  I will be adding some photos of my 'goodies' very soon.  I just wish I had been able to get all of the treasures that I wanted.  After deciding to bring a large suitcase just incase, I broke my first rule and had to ship a box.  Sheesh.  I seen to have no boundaries when I find a good deal!

This is a stunning 'banana boat' made by O'hara Glass Co. out of PA.  This pattern is called chandelier and was DISCONTINUED in 1885!  This is a really OLD piece of glass.  It will end up for sale at my next show.  In the mean time, I will buy some bananas and enjoy it for a bit.  Til next time, I've GOTCHA COVERED!


Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM Comments comments (13)
This is my first attempt at a blog.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I will enjoy catching you up on my pickin' and sellin'.  I will be adding photos of treasures I find. They will be available to you for sale.  Whether I am setting up an Antique show, doing an estate sale, or giving an old chair a new life, trust I am doing what I love.  Thanks for checking in and here we go!

How do you like my velvet OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE?  Isn't she wonderful?  She has a hand carved frame and comes from Mexico.  Gorgeous!

More soon cuz I've GOTCHA COVERED!