|Singer Electric Sewing Machine. . . .$8|
We couldn't have asked for a better weekend for exploring the Missouri 100 Mile Yard Sale. . . .The sun was shining bright. . . .There was a gentle breeze all day long. . . .A jacket was in order for our early morning stops. . . .But, by noon those jackets were tucked away in the truck.
|Mop Bucket $7. . . .Metal Fish Baskets 75c. . . .Metal Milk Crate $3|
We pulled out of our driveway early Friday morning around 5:30 a. m. and headed for Kennett. . . . only 30 miles away. . . .We live within 8 or 9 miles of the Missouri Bootheel as the crow flies, so it's just a short drive. . . .Both John and I were in high spirits. . . .anticipating the day. . . .We had a strategy--to hit all the interesting sales along Highway 25 and a few favorites on Friday and to return on Saturday for the sales we missed in the small towns. . . .We didn't have to go far before our first stop. . . .where I spotted the vintage Singer sewing machine. . . .I figured it would cost me at least $50 and maybe more. . . . I decided if it was too much, I'd pass. . . .I do already have 18 machines!
|Country Chair $5 (I bought 3)|
There were a couple of men selling tools and "guy stuff". . . .The Singer was among the saws and screwdrivers. . . .No tag on it. . . .I didn't act too interested and let John take the lead looking at all that guy stuff. . . .Finally, very casually, I asked, "How much do you want for the Singer?". . . .$10. . . .I almost swallowed my tongue!
"I'll give you 8"
John picked it up and into the truck it went!. . . .Then he returned to do his shopping. . . .At the same place, I bought numerous pieces of Ironstone. . . .and some blue and white. . . .25c-$2.00 each. . . .
10:00--We'd only traveled 20 miles of the yard sale. . . .By noon, we'd traveled about 10 more miles to Bernie. . .only by passing up several potentially great sales. . . .But, we were tired and hungry and knew there was a little park in Bernie where we could eat our picnic lunch. . . .We back tracked later.
Bernie was filled with yard sales off the road. . . .We stuck to our plan, though, and headed farther north. . . .to Dexter. . . .Bloomfield. . . .and above. . . .
Over the two days, we never made it the whole 100 miles. . . .We decided next year, we'd start at the northern point and come back down. . . .
|Primitive Cabinet $32.50|
So many friendly people we met and shared our stories with. . . .That's part of the fun. . . .and, so many bargains. . . .I stayed with my plan, though. . . .Only purchased items for the store museum, the garden, and the house. . . .
I was pretty proud of myself being able to resist temptation. . . .
Found no Hoosier. . . .I was fairly disappointed about that. . . .But, I did find some primitive pieces. . . .The blue cabinet above will go at the entry to the keeping room. . . .Have to clean it up first. . . .Spider webs and dust. . . .but, isn't it wonderful!
I included this cute feed sack fabric with "duckies' in my favorites for a reason. . . .My Mom once made me a shorts set with the same sack. . . .What a trip down Memory Lane that was. . . .John said I had this huge smile on my face from then on. . . .
Both days, we came home with a truck full. . . .worn out but happy. . . .John actually bought more than I, if you go by money spent. . . .Tools, supplies, hunting gear. . . .This was the first year that we saw lots and lots of men selling. . . .Made us question if times are really bad. . . .
|English Ironstone pitcher $1|
|English Ironstone platters 25c-$1. . . .Small pitchers 75c and $2|
If you'd like to see more of our finds, hop on over to Our Old Country Store. . . .There's wooden crates. . . .Metal and enamelware. . . .A bike for the garden. . . .and lots more. . . .I didn't photograph all the finds, though. . . .Just too many. . . .You'll be seeing them later anyway, as I add them to our home and gardens.
|See more at Our Old Country Store|
I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Summer has begun! Our weather will be warm and sunny all week, so we're working outside. . . .There's the gardens to weed, the garden house to clean and set up for the summer, out buildings to down size, rockers to move to the porch, plants to pot. . . .It's endless. . . .But, I'm sure we'll "enjoy" it together. . . .We've been so blessed with our historic district and the people who have contributed to it. . . .Hopefully, if we get all done, we'll begin tours again in the Fall. . . .
Will be back with a bedroom post sometime this week!
Til then. . . .