Friday, December 14, 2007

Junkin on the road

I was talking to my niece, Sarah, and her husband a while back about their vacation, where they went, what all they did, etc. Her husband looked at me and said, "Can you imagine somebody going on vacation and going to every thrift store, Goodwill and junk place they can find??" Sarah and I just looked at each other and cracked up!! She said, "I come by it honestly from my Aunt Hopie!"
Dave and I went on vacation this past summer, traveling by car from VA to Maine, which had been a long time dream of mine. Just go where the wind takes you, stop when you want, move on when you're ready. Sounds fun and romantic, right? Wonderful dream, right? What I didn't picture in this dream was moving in and out of different motels, loading and unloading LOTS of luggage and having to rearrange the car each time to accommodate all the little "extras" we picked up here and there!! Keep in mind, too, that on this journey we took my Rav4, just a little bigger than a Volkswagen!! :)
We saw many beautiful sights along the way between motels and junk stores, but we found ourselves looking for home....the mountains, the small towns and friendly people! What should have been a 2 week vacation turned out to be only one week. We did make it all the way into Maine, then we clicked our heels together in unison and said, "There's no place like home...there's no place like home!" and headed back to the hills of Virginia. That little Rav was packed so tight with all our found treasures that there wasn't a spot big enough to stick a needle in there!! We did pass up a few bargains that we just couldn't fit into the car like a beautiful old Victrola in excellent condition and very CHEAP!! Leaving that one behind broke Dave's heart. Later on I will share some of the pics I took of the interesting sights we saw but right now I'm going to show you just a few of my favorite things that we found.
This cute little cloth settin' hen :)
green chicken
This old crock with a handle..you don't see many of them. The flower arrangement that I put in it came from Goodwill in PA for 25 cents. It has little bunches of green and red berries that I love. At a little flea market in Vermont I bought an old metal frog for arranging flowers. I put it in the crock and used my 25 cent flowers in it.
table arrangement 1
Since it is Christmas time I just added some bigger red berries to make it look more festive:
table arrangement
I love bringing new life to old things....the Second Time Around....

6 comments:

Talk..to..Grams said...

I think you must have had a ball doing this!! You have picked up some great treasures!!
We are to get snow today! But not ice! Hugs Grams

PEA said...

Hello Hope:-) Whenever I travel I make sure I find all kinds of little thrift shops or antique stores on the way...I could spend my whole time doing just that! lol I love what you found and also love the arrangement you put in the crock. As you say, it's very unusual to find a crock with a handle so that was indeed a great find!! xox

FarmHouse Style said...

One day, I intend to take just such a vacation. I may have to go without my hubbie...he is not into the whole thrift scene.

Love your setting hen and "second time around" arrangement:)

Rhonda

Lib said...

Hi Hope,
For some reason I couldn't leave you a message on my blog.???

We check out all the junk stores here ,and when we go to different towns we check in a motel, and the 1st thing in our room is get the phonebook out and look up all the junk stores. Well, isn't that what we're suppose to do?LolWe thought it was.Lol
I Love your "TREASURES" Everything in our home has been passed down the Family,Friends, Junk stores, antique shops, or Yard Sales.Well, we are helping Mama Earth 2nd hand is recycling.:o)
When we were dating I ask Dh to go yard saling with me ,he did red face and all, didn't take long he'd ask me you want to go yard saling?lol
Have a great night. Bake Pot. soup is for supper.Blessins', Lib

Brenda said...

That is my dream too. I have to have a uhaul. great things you found.

Mary said...

Oh, there's nothing like a good thrift store! Love the crock, and the hen, too!
xoxo,
Mary