Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Back to the fall sale at Red Barn. This sale is in a barn in rural Buffalo MN. I stayed at my friend Kari's house for a few days during the sale. She owns "the barn." We vendors set up our booths on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday morning the shoppers were lined up outside waiting for the doors to open. Here's the scene as I walked from the house to the barn.
There were wagonloads of salvage -- old doors, windows, various pieces of iron, posts, a wringer washer, a porch swing, a sink, grates, even books at rock bottom prices.
Inside were the pumpkin greeters and a barn full of treasures old and new for fall, Christmas and everyday decorating.
There was no indication of a recession at this sale. Minnesotans know how to shop! I made more new friends and had a ball working at the sale. The days were long and the nights short, but we had fun! Thanks, Kari, for putting up with me for days!
A couple days after coming home from Red Barn, I was off to From the Heart Boutique with more of my goodies. From the Heart is in my town - St. Charles - and is open Friday through Sunday for 6 weekends starting November 7. Barb the owner has been running this boutique for around 14 years. Since it is open just 3 times a year, people flock to St. Charles to shop during those special times. I'm looking forward to working a few shifts during these 6 weekends. I miss my customers!! This should be an excellent chance to visit with many of them. Stop in and see me some time!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Twice a year Kari has a 4-day barn sale. She invites a few other vendors to set up in her barn and we sell like crazy! The sale starts promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday. It runs from 9:00 until 5:00 each day Thursday through Sunday.
I still have room in the womb for a little more but I think I am done loading for tonight.
Are you going to make the trip to Buffalo? You won't be disappointed!! There will be hand-crafted cabinetry, antiques, primitives, salvage and repurposed finds plus autumn and Christmas decor for your home. Perfect Christmas gifts, too! So now are you going to make the trip? The address is 1569 County Road 37 W, Buffalo MN 55313. Here's how you get there:
I-94 West to the Albertville, MN exit. Go left onto County Road 37 (W). Stay on Cty Rd 37 W for approximately 15 miles. Red Barn MN will be on the left -- the red barn with all the cars in the driveway! See you there!!!!
Marge -- the gran on the go
PS -- I heard something today about Sandy the Junk Bonanza horse --- something about a quarantine. There will be a public announcement soon by the Pfarkels, so stay tuned!
Monday, October 13, 2008
October – my favorite time of year. This one has certainly been busy and we aren’t even to the half way point! Yesterday
This morning I went to Wabasha to Papa’s Barn to gather what was left after their barn sale. Everyone was quite pleased at how well the sale went. I know I am happy that I didn’t have much to take home.
I wanted some pictures of the
Hwy 14 between Plainview and Kellogg
I detoured a little on the way home to the scenic overlook above Wabasha. It would have been prettier with sunshine, but even in the clouds, the
Then closer to home, I came up behind this.
It’s a grain bin on its side on a trailer being towed by a pickup. You won’t see this in the big city!
Apparently the local fauna were out partying last night and several of them didn’t make it home. I counted 5 dead skunks, 1 possum, 2 deer and 1 UFO (unidentified flattened object). The moon is almost full, so they’ll probably be out partying again tonight. Drive carefully.
Tomorrow I will load up again so I can leave bright and early Wednesday morning for the next barn sale. This time I am heading to rural
Names and Symbols
A few weeks ago we traded vehicles. I was driving a 2004 Buick Rendezvous and loved it. I’m still not sure why we traded – maybe because of the huge rebate and low interest offered by Dodge and Chrysler. Anyway, we bought a new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with the
I always called my Rendezvous “the car.” It technically wasn’t, but that’s what I called it. So what do I call this new vehicle?
Grand Caravan -- too long and too pretentious.
Caravan -- sounds too cheap.
Minivan -- too soccer mom-ish.
Van -- sounds too big.
Car -- sounds too little.
Truck -- it hauls a lot of stuff, but we already have a truck.
A few days later I was driving in
A WOMB WITH A VIEW!!
Marge, the Gran
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Papa's Barn, that is. This is one of the barn sales where I am a vendor. It is open Friday through Sunday the first two weekends in May and the first two weekends in October. That means there are just three more days in 2008 to shop the barn!!
Papa's Barn is located just outside Wabasha, MN. Take a drive along the Mississippi, enjoy the fall colors and shop at Papa's Barn. There is an awesome collection of iron yard art that you shouldn't miss. I may have to go back for a few huge rusty flowers myself!
The barn holds a fantastic selection of everyday, seasonal and holiday merchandise for decorating your home or for gift giving. This is one cute barn -- you've just got to go! Checkout their web site here to see pictures of last year's sale, but trust me when I tell you that this year is bigger and better. Something new this fall is a separate huge tent of antiques by the Hahlers of Plainview (they were in the tent at the Junk Bonanza).
If you miss this weekend at the barn, you are out of luck til May!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008