Monday, February 15, 2010


Who am I kidding?? I don't want anyone to stop the music and I for sure don't want to get off the junking habit. Rehab might work for some junkers, but not for me. Oh, sure, I've tried to stop, but who am I kidding? I can't do it. I will have talked myself into no more junking and then I'll get the Fitch Estate Sales email. Oh, right, get off of their mailing list.....and hurt Rachel Fitch's feelings. I am not that kind of person.
And I can't just unsubscribe - I have a responsibility to stay informed about what is going on in the world. WE ALL DO. Geez.
There's so much more to it....there's the junk stores I drive by on my way to the Habitat for Humanity's Re-Sale shop. Temptation is always right in front of me.
I'm weak.
There, I said it. Happy??

So, who wants to see what I got this weekend? WHOOP!!
I had a fabulous Friday!
It started out by being picked up by my friend, Anne.
We met in treatment.
Mom and I jumped in her car and we were off, flying down the highway like an olympian in the luge event. Our first stop was the estate sale. Anne wasn't too keen on going because it looked rather lah-dee-dah in the email description we got and we're more the rusty-junky-chippy look. But, we decided to support Rachel and stop by for the warm cookies she was offering to those in line.
While we were there we decided it would be rude to not at least walk through the house and comment on how nice everything looked.
When you go to Anne's blog and read her account you'll see the bit of junk she uncovered at the estate sale. I'll just say that she fed her habit enough that later she was able to drive by a wee small child playing with his little kitty in a rusty red wagon and she didn't even look.
(normally, she would have thrown that small kiddo off the wagon,slung the kitty into a tree, stuffed the wagon into her car and taken off leaving the poor little guy crying in the dirt and little kitty screeching and clinging for dear life)

But, enough about her, let's talk about me.
When we first walked in, I, pulling my mother behind me, made my way upstairs as Anne headed to the back of the first floor. We fought our way around the stupid people oogling over the satin covered furniture and sterling silver and sniffed our way to the good stuff. WHOOP!

I hit the motherload when I got to the top of the stairs and in the landing there were tables set up WITH BOXES SHOVED UNDER THEM. I headed for those boxes screaming at my mother to, "OH, GOOD GRIEF, GET UP AND WALK!!! WHY CAN'T YOU KEEP UP!!!".

As she was pulling herself up with the help of some elderly man's cane, I started pulling those boxes out from under the table..................................MOTHERLO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-AD!!
Not one, but TWO boxes of vintage Christmas ornaments. Oh, my gosh. I almost fainted.
Then, if that wasn't enough...
Tassles and vintage Christmas piks.
An amazing hat box with the coolest leather belt to secure the lid.
See?? And, it's from Coifashion (I'm totally sure that means something).
I found a Scrabble game *yes!* and added the tiles to the few I've already accumulated. And, in front of the Scrabble tile jar are the vintage Valentines I found at the antique mall. (Just wait til you see what Anne found at the antique die for!)
Don't you just love precious vintage Valentines??

Before I show you my next photos I must "introduce" you to my newest girl, Darlene. I've had her for a really long time but haven't had a reason to fix her up for photos until now. She came to me completely kinda white/gray and I had to add some hair color and make-up before she would agree to go to work. So, here's Darlene modeling the vintage hat I found at the estate sale. . .
Here's a close-up, two actually, where you can see the really neat net (what is the right word??) with the pussy willow like little places on it.....gosh, sounds so elegant.

You know, it takes a certain kind of woman to pull off a hat in a regal way and Darlene, she's that woman. She looks mah-velous, doesn't she??

I loved this chair when I saw it on the front porch of Blackbird Antiques in Comfort. I was so excited that I could afford it because I knew I would put it in the bird feeder area of the yard with
a plant on it. I think my birds will love it!
And, last, but not least, we ended our shopping with a stop at my favorite shop in Comfort (Blackbird Antiques is Anne's and my very favorite 2nd now that I've been there:), The Heart Cottage.
I was able to pick up some really nice small LOVE TOKENS enclosure cards which I show you below.
And, that was the shopping for the day. We did manage to fit in lunch at a wonderful cafe that I had never eaten at in Comfort and Anne and I ordered crab cakes. Mom, of course, helped me eat mine:) And, this is the coolest thing of the entire day except for spending it with Anne, while we were walking to our table, Anne handed me her phone and said that there was someone on the line that I needed to say "hello" to; that I knew the caller on the other end.....this will show you how small the blogging world really was Debra of Common Ground!! I KNOW Debra and I LOVE Debra! She has an amazing blog and she has an awesome daily Bible study. We had such a wonderful conversation!!

Oh, my gosh, I have to go!!! 24 is on! Yikes! Jack's in trouble!!

I love you, readers, and I'll talk to you again soon. And, all lurkers, please let me know you visited - I would love to get to know you if you're sane.



Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh my Gosh, Jan I laughed so hard I need a depends. I can just hear you yellin' at your poor mama to get up and move! You are way too funny and Darlene and Anne's sassy red-lipped hussy ought to get together. The hat you have stylin' on Darlene is oh so chic! Love her eye makeup, did you use some of yours? (I'm laughin' here!) What a crazy day you all must of had. Thanks for the shout out, I KNOW I truly will be the subject of millions of bloggers far and wide! LOL!!!!
love ya,
big hugs,

Pam Warden Art said...

The pic of Sister on your sidebar is adorable. She is soooooo cute.

alteredstatesstudio said...

sane....are you kidding?! i can't be any more after reading about all your fabulous buys!!! insanely jealous is what i am right now! OMG! i would have totally flipped out at the vintage christmas ornaments too!! the hat is too, too much-- awesome! especially on darlene! i don't know how you manage to stay sane with all the great buys...i would definitely end up in therapy if i was there because my husband would have me committed!! thanks for sharing!

Fanciful Expressions said...

You have some cool stuff there Jan. I think the box isn't for hats though. It's for storing a wig. You would put the wig on a head form and store your stylish Coif in it.
I have to say that you must be a hoot to shop with.

the wild raspberry said...

Jan, first, don't try to get help. We love you just the way you are (or maybe misery loves company...) Second, I am jealous. I have the auction bug badly, but haven't been to one yet this year. I love your goodies! Have a great night.
Warmly, Debbie

Anne at Fiona and Twig said...

I must admit, Darlene does indeed look stupendous! Good job! You think you could perform a makeover like that on me? ;-)

We really did have such a good time, didn't we? And just think, we haven't even scratched the surface yet! So many more adventures to go on, watch out world!


TinyBear said...

Love those boxes with the old christmas ornaments and the hat box is too cool too - great finds.
Love reading your posts Jan :D
have a wonderful day
xo Tina

LiLi M. said...

Hahaha you cracked me up with this post! So I am not that envious I am too busy laughing. Like fanciful expressions I wanted to say that I think too that the box was meant for a wig (and a polystyre head). Coiffure is french for hairdo. Love to go shopping with you!

Jamie said...

Your poor, poor Mother. LOL!!!! You are too funny Jan! I can TOTALLY see you wearing that hat in June. Lucky Duck. I am coming with you next time! Love, Jamie

Debby said...

You spoiled brat!!!! many beautiful treasure you have found. Good for you girlfriend.

Julie Ann said...

Oh wow!! What awesome finds!! Aren't you guys glad you went?! lol :) It sounds like an awesome day of funnn!

Canace said...

LOL... still laughing over the wagon scenario!

Great finds Jan...
Your poor Mom... lol I'm thinkin' you're a chip off her block... yes?

btw.. there is no cure for the junkaholic... trust me.. I know

Kathy said...

Oh my Dear are a hoot! You hear me, a hoot. I am with Debra, next time a Depends or Poise pad for me.... nah...not yet...but soon! Me and my sister always laugh about that!
So glad to have you in my circle of take me shopping!

debsea said...

man, you are on some kind of lucky stuff-finding roll! and i think we should introduce our moms so they could compare daughter notes. and my new policy is to not read your blog until AFTER i go to the bathroom. i'm not gonna tell you why.

Lynn Richards said...

No fair, no fair!!!! I want to come and play too!!!! Please??? I'll even help your mom up the stairs. I still want to meet her, you know.
Fabulous finds, my friend!!

Marydon Ford said...

G'day, Jan ~ Mother lode is an understatement! Good for you. Don't you just LOVE it when you have great days of fabulous finds.

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~Marydon

SweetAnnee said...

Ok you are just too much!!!!!
Love ya my friend..

Julie said...

Good morning, Jan! So glad I found your blog today--I've just been sitting here giggling--you're hilarious! Love all your finds--wish I had all those fabulous places to get into trouble in!

I'll be back often--hope you have a great day!

p.s. I'm not completely sane...!

jeanne said...

Hello Jan, my gosh why have I been away sooo long. Your post just made me laugh and smile the whole way through. And that was a lot of text girl. Your day was nothing less than spectacular. I love everything you shared. Darlene is the perfect model for darling rose hat. she is so cooperative. Most models struggle with that. HA! What do I know. I did model bathing suits once.

Thanks for making my day and I know you made yours with all that fun.

Hugs, Jeanne


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