Saturday, May 14, 2011

Treasure Hunting

The day was off to a great start, I was up at 7:00 am on a Saturday.  Crazy right, but see that's the deal when you're treasure hunting.  You have to get up and out early to get to the good stuff.  I know you've heard, 'the early bird gets the worm'.  Well, I got mine today!  Yea me!  First things first, I needed coffee and there's a little bait needed to catch these worms.

I prepared like any good shopper.  I mapped my route the night before, noted the opening times along with what each location had to offer.  I was ready to bargain hunt, the sun was shining and it was warm enough for just a t-shirt!  The adventure had begun, however, my first stop wasn't quite ready for me, what a bummer.  I traveled on down the road to my next location and scored a few books for my grandson, tried yet another but it looked like they hadn't gotten out of bed yet.  It's after 8:00 am people, come one let's go!

My adventure into garage selling in my little town was not really exposing me to the treasure troves I sought but my spirits stayed high and I greeted each new vendor with a strong "Good Morning" and a smile, they hesitently smiled back and stated the same greeting.  Odd I thought.  Suddenly it dawned on me why they were looking at me strangely. I had worn my 'Don't Mess With Texas' t-shirt.  Geez Kimberly! that's a friendly how-do-ya-do isn't.  Oh well! I shrugged it off and carried on.  I love my t-shirt, the weather was finally pretty enough to wear it and I wasn't stopping to go home to change.  It'll be okay, I'm sure.  My next stop scored me these little sweeties.  I haven't decided if I should leave them whole or grunge them up for something altered. hmmmm.

Guess what, my t-shirt actually came in handy at the next stop as an ice-breaker.  I meet a fellow Texan!  YEA!  I'm practically finding family, at least that's how it felt at the time.  She was from the Houston area but being so far from everyone now, she felt like a neighbor from home.  We shared a few memories then I bought some card/scrapbooking stamps I hope to use in an upcoming class. 

Today the sun was shining warm enough to go without a jacket, it was dry, I met a fellow Texan and I was bargain hunting with the car windows down and the tunes turned up loud.  Could it get any better?  Yes!  Absolutely. 
In our little town there is a store called Garage Sale Maniacs, they are only open Friday - Sunday.  This nice couple buys up Estate Sales, Garage Sales etc... and then unloads it in their store front.  When you walk around it's odd, or at least to me, that nothing is priced.  Well, all except big ticket items of course.  I was really put off at first then it became fun, like Mike and Frank on American Pickers, I got to bundle stuff!  This may sound strange to many of you but it's really kind of fun.  I took hubby last week and he got a killer deal on some fishing rods. He told me several times afterward how fun it was to shop there!  Any way, today I grabbed up this arm load of stuff! 

That's a September 14, 1954 train schedule.  SCORE!  It'll be great in a mixed media canvas!  Toot-Toot!  All aboard!  I swear, I think I said that in the store today.  But the killer deal was the one I made when I walked in the door.  On the side walk sat this sweet little gem.

We've been looking for one of these for years.  Oh, we've found them alright.  The seller has always wanted way too much for them.  They either had already had the restoration/modification done, which pushed the price up, or the condition didn't warrant the asking price.  Can you guess what I got this one for?  Come on, play along, take a guess.  Nope, you're way off. 

I got this little sweetie for $3, yep that's right read it and weep, $3 smack-a-roos.  I'll have to invest in a can of spray paint, a piece of foam and about $15 in vinyl then I have the treasure of the year (so far)!

I'm off to play with my treasures now.  It's no good to buy up stuff to have it just sit around.  Today was great~ Hugs of love to you all.


  1. Great finds Kim--I forgot about those stools/chairs--but we all had those handy-dandy stools. Sometimes they were used for the naughty Cannot wait to see it when you re-finish it. You got your momma's skills.

  2. We remember themm as punishment stools too. The next hardest part now, picking a color. We want to do the kitchen in red accents. I just have to committ on this one. And thanks for the compliment, Mom is awesome!