Adventures, Antiquing, VIntage

Sunday Funday

Yesterday Marnie and I planned to go to the parking lot sale at Aunt Bee’s, a vintage and antique store here in town. I’ve always gotten good deals at their parking lot sales, so we were looking forward to it. When we arrived at Aunt Bee’s, there was no parking lot sale! 😦 I thought I might have gotten the date wrong, but when I checked the Aunt Bee’s Facebook page I saw a post that said they had postponed the sale for two weeks due to the air quality issues from a fire in south Salem.

After making plans to attend the sale in a couple of weeks, Marnie suggested that we check out some garage or estate sales that might still be open on Sunday, since Aunt Bee’s didn’t open until noon. We drove over to West Salem to see what we could find. After following some signs that led us on a wild goose chase, we decided to go on to the sale from an ad I found on Craigslist. There was a house and a manufactured home out in the country, and we started at the “free” item area, where I found a very nice 3-hole punch! The man running the sale was very talkative and because I didn’t want to be rude someone beat me to the vintage rolling pin with a green handle. Disappointment! But, I did find a few treasures I’m hoping to sell. There is a 1987 Log Cabin syrup 100th Anniversary tin, a 1990s BeDazzler with pattern book, a vintage funny bunny sponge or trinket holder, a tiny cast iron iron (maybe a toy?) that the man had dug up in the yard there, an interesting rug needle, and the “Homes and Flowers” book from 1942 — a floral decor book put out by the Coca Cola company. I also got a silverplate fruit bowl with grapes and grapevines on it.

Log Cabin syrup tin, BeDazzler from the 1990s, tiny iron that was found in the ground, funny ceramic bunny, and rug needle.

Homes and Flowers book.

Inside Homes and Flowers book. Note how the Coke bottles blend perfectly with the decor!

Silverplate fruit bowl — about 11″ across. Needs a little polish.

And I got this Sweet Squirrel — he fits perfectly by my funny plant

Marnie got this adorable concrete bunny, complete with mossy accents. She also got a small ceramic frog, a small plant pot, and a shiny ball to put in her succulent garden.

The original house on the property was built in 1920, it was a Sears Roebuck kit house and it still has the original aluminum siding.

Old barn on the property.

After we finished at the estate sale we attempted to go to a couple of others we saw signs and ads for, but neither of them were open. We decided to go back to the French Press, a restaurant by Aunt Bee’s, to get lunch and then go to Aunt Bee’s when it opened. We both had turkey club sandwiches, which came on croissants. They were delicious.

Eventually it was noon and Aunt Bee’s was open. We shopped around in there for awhile and checked out all the booths. I got a Nancy Drew book and a bracelet for a total of $2.99! And we ran into my friends Autumn and Hannah, who I hadn’t seen in forever!! It was nice to talk to them and I hope we can go to lunch soon.

Interior of Aunt Bee’s

After I dropped Marnie off at her house I stopped by the weekly flea market at the Lions Club. They have a neat old cabin-like building and they had a few booths outside this time as well. I came up with a 1955 Family Circle magazine in beautiful shape, and two 1950s Perry Mason books! Those I will keep for my collections 😁

So, all in all it was a successful day, and I spent a total of $11.00 on all the things I bought. Yay!

Adventures, Antiquing, Cool Stuff, Success!, VIntage

Friday Haul

Boy, did we have a yard sale adventure today! First, we went to a sale in south Salem where I found these things:

Sewing Machine Attachments – 50 cents a box!
Ceramic hedgehog!
Succulent plant for Marnie!

THEN, we went out to southeast Salem in the country to the most awesome sale! It was the lady from Mama Roost vintage, and her husband is the guy who used to have Craig’s Camaro Connection in town, so I was having a super time collecting a pile of goodies and Greg found some good stuff too. There were bags of free things!!

My pile at the sale, and that wasn’t all! I had to guard it carefully, at least 3 people tried to raid it, ha.
The Hubs talking with Craig
More of the sale, note the gray ’65 Chevy pickup in the background.

Here are all the things I got:

Vintage Chenille Bedspread and Fur Collar
Chenille pieces, vintage European linen pieces, lace tablecloth pieces, wool blend pieces – all FREE!
Old suitcase for my suitcase stack and A Child’s Garden of Verses book
Vintage cotton blanket, Quaker lace tablecloth, tablecloth with ruffle, 3 vintage linen towels.
2 oval frames and 1 fancy frame with glass in it – that frame has little flowers on it
2 large bulletin board frames
Embroidery hoops and more chenille pieces
Very large frame — 24 X 36 for $5.00!
Vintage sign holder — I’ve been wanting one of these in case I ever decide to have a booth at a vintage show.
And the pièce de résistance — a giant old window for just $10! One pane is broken, but that’s ok!

Can you tell I was having a very good time at this sale? So many wonderful things! She had some denim jackets she had sewn vintage fur collars on, but none were my size so I didn’t get one of those. Everything was such a deal and I am very pleased! Most of these things will be living at my house and won’t be sold, unless I change my mind.

I had a nice time talking to Mama Roost and The Hubs enjoyed talking to Craig about car stuff, and he came away with a tool box, a metal bench, and a wheelbarrow (which he unceremoniously stuffed into my van – I will have to vacuum it again). We had to go home with the treasures in the van and take the big truck back to bring the window and sign holder home. Now I must get to cleaning everything and figuring out what I want to do with it all! I’m thinking of making some sort of banner with the fabric scraps. Or ten banners, there are so many! Wheee!!

Adventures, Antiquing, Home, Thursday Things, VIntage

Thursday Haul

Thought I would share the stuff I got yesterday at an estate sale and the Goodwill. I found a lot of good deals!

First, we drove to West Salem to an estate sale put on by Joslynn House Estate Sales. I think it was actually at their own home, and it was supposed to have items from 5 different estates. I made the rounds and found this neat old coffee pot. I’ve been looking for one for quite awhile to display in my kitchen. This one looks like it’s been through the wringer! There is no glass percolator on top which is disappointing, but since it was only $4.00 and I’m going to display it on a high shelf, that wasn’t a dealbreaker.

Coffee Pot

Next I found a bag full of small things and 50 cents was written on it. I asked the lady if the whole bag was 50 cents, because I had seen these little porcelain Dutch children in it and wanted those.

Dutch Children

She said no, she just hadn’t gotten everything out of it yet, and asked for $4.00 for the little Dutch people. I agreed, even though I think her price was a little high. It’s hard to tell with this estate sale company. I’ve been to many of their sales and sometimes the prices are way too high, and sometimes they are quite reasonable. For instance, I got all these vintage books for $1.00 each. Very reasonable!


I plan to sell all the books except for the Peanuts books, which I will put in my collection. We might already have them at Mom and Dad’s up in my old sleeping loft, but I can’t remember which ones we had and which ones we didn’t. When we were young there was a used book store called The Book Bin in Albany, and we went there at least once a month and stocked up on books. We were voracious readers (had no TV to watch growing up)! We had a big collection of Peanuts books and various other cartoon books, and I have our large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books here at the house. I’m still collecting those! There was a lot of furniture at this sale, dining sets, dressers, and some nice headboard/footboard combos, but I have filled up my storage room already and can’t bring anything large home with me.

Later on yesterday morning I decided to stop at the south Salem Goodwill on my way out to visit Mom and Dad. I was looking for a white bowl to keep the measuring cup for The Hubs’s special laundry detergent in, because those cups do tend to get awfully messy and I don’t want soap all over the shelf. I found a good bowl right away, and since I still had time I puttered around in the store and found a few more things. These were all very good buys!

Goodwill finds.
Snowbabies “Penguin Parade”

I can sell the Snowbaby sculpture, and I’ve been looking for a gray sweater to go with a skirt I bought last year. It’s a cotton sweater so won’t make me too warm, I hope. The store had a bunch of sets of these little garden tools, and I thought they’d be perfect for my container garden, they are wood and metal just like our grownup versions and were just $1.99! I’m not sure where I’ll put the laundry sign yet, but, you know, somewhere in the laundry room probably, ha.

I don’t plan to go to more estate sales this weekend because I have so many other things to do, but I may change my mind if there are any that sound especially good. Today I want to wash the van and scrub all the moss out from around the door handles and windows. We have no garage so it sits outside, and since we live in a wet climate moss grows on it. I ran it through the car wash the other day and it just didn’t get all that clean, especially around the bottom edges. The parts just inside the doors are also filthy. I haven’t washed it by hand in ages. And it needs a good dusting and vacuuming. I don’t know how so much dirt gets inside the car!

Sometimes I wish this was possible.
Adventures, Backpacking, Fun, hiking, PCT

PCT Days

PCT Days this year opened on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., so Marnie and I decided to get there at opening time in order to get a good parking space on the road.  There were many, many more people there this year than prior years, mostly hikers, and Thunder Island (the camping area) was full to the brim with tents.  We walked around and visited the vendor booths and picked up the goodies they were offering – there were stickers, headbands, lip balm, and even a cork massage ball, which if you buy one can cost as much as $10, so that was a great gift!  There were a lot of things available that we didn’t even take. Marnie won a raffle prize from Backpacker Magazine.  They played, “Never Have I Ever”, and she still had nine fingers up out of ten at the end of the game.  The first ones out and the last ones standing got prizes.

This was early, a lot more people arrived later.

There were a couple more food trucks this year than there have been in years past, but we went to the Eastwind Drive-In for our lunch again.  They have a walk-up side and a drive-up side, but instead of having the walk-up side open they only opened the drive-up side so we stood in line with the cars to get our lunch.  With cars driving in and others trying to get out of the parking lot, it was an interesting experience!  Eventually cars and people were lined up clear out into the bike lane.  When we were almost to the front of the line a couple of hikers named Galileo and Something Else came up and asked if we would get them milkshakes since we were already in line, and of course we said we would.  Something Else was wearing a California flag as a cape, and Galileo was wearing a white tablecloth with lace inserts as a poncho or toga.  It looked like he had had his friends sign his tablecloth.  Fun!

Waiting in line with the cars
Something Else and Galileo, and me

As we made our rounds we were able to find Marmalade who we met in 2019 (on YouTube at Marmalade Outdoors), and we found our friend SnuzzNuzz who we spent time with in SoCal.  SnuzzNuzz was very happy to see us, and it was nice to visit with both of them.  We talked with a hiker named Autograph and SnuzzNuzz while we were sitting at one of the picnic tables, and the couple next to us had brought a whole large watermelon and a big knife and cutting board from home and she started cutting up that watermelon right then and there!  The lady offered us each a slice of watermelon, which we gladly accepted.  She got out all sorts of other food to share as well.  We also found Legend, who we were not expecting to see!  He is a trail angel and was setting up the hostel in Campo when we were there, and we spent a lot of time with him helping with the hostel and getting rides to and fro.  He is hiking the trail with a German girl and they are only doing 5 to 10 miles a day, which Legend says is perfect for him. We stopped by the booth where Liz Thomas (who wrote the Long Trails book) was signing books and got a photo with her.  She posted our photo on Instagram and had me do a video testimonial for her book!  I wasn’t sure what to say but I hope it helped.  I found another hiker named Ninja from Japan, and heard from someone else that there is a German girl also named Ninja.  We were told that the Japanese Ninja looks more like a ninja then I do, ha.  We found Boomerang, another hiker we met in SoCal at the Gold Rush Hotel in Julian.  He and his friend Sailor had given us advice about our pack weight.   We also met Kyle and Flossy from the Kyle Hates Hiking YouTube channel, and they were very gracious and let us fangirl for a minute! We saw Turtle, who we had met down at Scissors Crossing near Julian, Jupiter from his JupiterHikes YouTube channel, and Manny from Manny on Trail, also from YouTube.

Flossy and Kyle

We didn’t spend a whole lot of time looking in the vendor booths because neither of us really need anything, although I tried on an alpaca zip-up sweater in the Arms of Andes booth and it was really nice.  The $250 price tag was a little high for my budget, though, but I am considering saving up for it.  It is something that would last forever.  There was a big stuffed alpaca at the booth and it was covered in real alpaca wool.  We enjoyed petting it because it was so soft, and I thought they should make portable alpacas to use as stress relievers!  It’s very calming to snuggle an alpaca!

Kangaroo snuggling the alpaca.

We participated in a couple of vendor raffles but didn’t win anything at those.  There were a ton of people at the Granite Gear giveaway as usual, and we could hardly hear the man as he called out the trail names they drew, he needed a megaphone!  They Hyperlite Mountain Gear booth was giving out some nice prizes too, so I was a bit disappointed not to have won anything there.  Marnie’s prizes from the Backpacker Magazine raffle were a hat and a little snap-together bowl.  She also got a free hat from the Sawyer booth.  I didn’t take a hat because I have so many already!

A crowd at the Granite Gear giveaway

We saw people in many interesting outfits, a couple of girls were wearing satin lingerie robes as sweaters (I suppose they are light!) and one was wearing both the matching nightgown and robe!  I think a few hikers had stopped by some thrift stores and picked out some things, ha.  There were men in kilts and even skirts, and then the usual interesting thru-hiker ensembles.   The people watching is always fun at PCT Days!

We both decided not to buy tickets to the big raffle at the end of the day, because the last couple of years we haven’t won anything and we didn’t know if we wanted to stay that late.  We did end up leaving around 4:30 or 5:00 so we got home at a decent hour (still past my bedtime though!).  The weather wasn’t too hot, which we appreciated, though we each did get a bit sunburned. All in all it was definitely a fun day!

People at the Backpacker Mag raffle
Liz’s Book — Long Trails – well worth the read to prepare for your thru-hike!
1940s, Adventures, Antiquing, Books, Cool Stuff, Home, Home and Garden, VIntage

Friday Adventure

Yesterday Marnie and I went on an adventure in the countryside around Molalla and Silverton, Oregon, and saw and bought some fun stuff. We started at the Hometown Barnhouse Vintage Market, and then went on to some estate sales and antique stores. At the vintage market I got an old Nancy Drew book and an old Hardy Boys book to add to our collection and an old strainer with a green handle to hang on my kitchen wall. I have a collection of vintage kitchen utensils with green handles, because my kitchen has a green theme. Marnie was able to find some nice plant pots for her growing succulent collection.

The countryside.
Friday’s haul

At a barn sale, I got the tray above and a beautiful mirror with beveled edges in a dark wood frame. It belonged to a dresser at one time so there is nothing on the back to hang it with, but I’m hoping the Hubs will be able to come up with a solution so I can hang it in my office. This is the barn that had the sale, the man said it was built in 1908. It still seemed very solid.

Isn’t this the neatest?

He had a wonderful dresser for just $40, but I have nowhere to keep one.

I was talking to the man at the barn about the barn we used to play in when I was a girl and told him about the owls, and he showed us his barn owl. Marnie got this awesome photo of it.

Marnie gets the best photos.

We went to what used to be an antique mall in Molalla, but is now just a very small part of the building and the porch with a couple of small rooms inside. We were disappointed that they had downsized so much because we had enjoyed shopping there after our hikes when we were out that way.

At an estate sale in Silverton I found a few modern books that I’ve been interested in, so that was nice since they were only $1 and $2 apiece. I was just talking to Lara and Marnie about how I never seem to read anymore, so I bought more books…now there are at least 7 or 8 on my “To Read” list. I suppose I had better get started!

Part of the fun of going to estate sales is seeing the houses, and this one was no different. It was in a new neighborhood on a hill and looked like a small house from the front, but when you went inside it was a good size with a view of a good chunk of Silverton out the living room window.

We did follow some signs to a “hoarder’s sale” way out in the country, but the driveway was narrow and long and when we got up to the house there was nowhere to park, so we came back down and didn’t bother with that one.

We came into Silverton and went to a thrift store and then had strawberry milkshakes from the bakery and lunch we got at the food cart pod. Marnie had spring rolls and I got my lunch from the Costa Rican cart, enyucado and fried plantains. I had never had enyucado before and it was delicious. It is a fried croquette made of cassava, and was filled with ground beef and spices. I forgot to take a photo of it before, but here is a photo of it after I eated it. I brought most of the plantain fries home and The Girl expressed great interest in them so I may not get to eat them after all, ha.

The antique stores in Silverton didn’t have much that interested us, Marnie got a decoration for her succulent garden and I got an “Oregon” sticker to replace my “Onward” bear sticker which is peeling off the van window. I saw a sign like this at one of the stores and it was $22. I checked online and found it for $12.98. I was hoping to get a more artistic one, but after thinking about my stash of sign-making materials and looking at the price of stencils, I decided this one was fine. The Hubs has a nifty plasma table that will cut signs and things, but it isn’t working so he couldn’t make a sign for me. I will hang this on the fence in the front yard and hope no one runs off with it!