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It’s official!

It’s official! The window has been lettered. There’s no denying this is really a shop now. That line going across is a shelf that was there when I moved in. I’ve always wanted to remove it, but that was more complicated than it looked, so it’s still there. There are a lot of reflections in the window and I’m still unhappy with that old, green paint. I just can’t figure out what color to use instead. It needs to be something that’s historical, not a trendy color. I think we’re going to see about maybe getting the buildings put on the historical register.


I did tell a few people and was open officially on Saturday. Not everything was priced, still isn’t, but we had it looking decent. A few friends dropped by and a few curious wanderer-ins. Or would that be wanderers-in? Made a few sales, enough to help me get a feel for the process. Easing into things is much more my style than jumping in with both feet.

Here are pictures of some of the areas:

Spindles from the old Birmingham courthouse, iron bracket and a stack of Southern agricultural books.
That iron stand looked nekkid on the bare, cement floor, so we gave it a “grass” rug. It looks better in person than in the picture.
Old shopping cart in the front window.
The “Blue” shelves. My handy dandy hubby made those shelves. Am I a lucky girl or what?
The back window. Sorry the picture is so dark.

I feel like I can relax a little now. Maybe stay home and clean the house. I might actually cook a meal! And who knows? Maybe I can get back into the blogging habit. I sure hope so. I miss it. Miss seeing what all of you are doing.

There’s still a lot to do before the grand opening next month, but I can see daylight now. Whew!

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Latest Finds…….and It’s Getting Closer

Again, I only attended two sales this week. A large estate sale and a yard sale at an antique mall. I really wish I’d had my camera with me. There were about 50 boxes on the ground at the estate sale, all full to overflowing. My thought was that I’d better not hear anyone say “this ain’t work”! The boxes were mostly full of just stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff, but looking through each box netted a few cool things. The house had very good things with prices a bit higher than I wanted to pay, but I did come out with some neat items, I think. I thought about going back today for half price, but it was an hour’s drive and there was no way of knowing if anything decent was left, so I stayed around here.


Cement planter/bird bath thing.


More Christmas. Most, not very old, but will work well for decorations next year at the shop.


A Tuck Valentine on the left. The little card opens and it’s all on padded, fringed silk. The New Year’s card on the right is two sided. The other side shows the child chasing the goose.


Number 2 wash tub.


Tin chocolate display. It’s about 3-1/2′ long and has doors on the back for storage.


Glove box? Looks Christmassey to me.


Apgar’s Plant Analysis book, daisies tray, rooster napkin holder, old bow tie, aqua Christmas coasters, McCoy frog planter, Air Express coasters, old birthday candles and a woven, tapestry lid watch box.

I also got an Italian Creche and a 1960s mushroom footstool. Something else?? It seems like there was something else that didn’t get in a picture.

The shop is sooooooooo close to opening!! I’m trying to get the storage area straightened up for the building inspector to come by and declare me fit for a business license. Got to clean a few areas for that, too. Other than that, I’ve been pricing and arranging. That’s it. No, that’s not quite true. I’ll have to get the sign man out there (My cousin’s husband. Small town, ya know). He has all the information already. I just couldn’t decide on the font for the name. I still can’t really decide, but will just go with a normal, only slightly fancy font. Got to clean the windows, too. It looks like I’ll have a soft opening this coming weekend! I’ll just pass the word around instead of sending out mailings this time. That will give me a chance to work out the kinks before the grand opening. I’m getting excited! Can’t wait to take pictures to share!
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Sales Booty

Lena and I finally got to go to the sales together today and we even had a driver! Her sweet hubby drove and held things for us and took stuff to the car. Too bad we only went to one sale. There just wasn’t much going on worth the gas. Actually, we went to one estate sale and one garage sale. The garage sale was all newer, Home Goods type stuff, neither of us bought anything. Nice, just not what we sell. The estate sale was OK. Just OK, though. Nothing terribly exciting, but I’m trying to get back in the groove of blogging, so took pictures of the finds.

An art deco picture frame, a pudding mold, Scotty dog book end, saucers for candles, an old, “Seasons” print (sitting at a bad angle here), a McCoy El Rancho bowl and a bride and groom cake topper. I just grabbed the bride and groom. It didn’t occur to me until I got home that they’re not very old. 1980s, maybe.
Broken, iron bracket.
Pile of reindeer, a sled with a broken runner and a one armed Santa. I’ll keep him. I don’t have one with his face and I have lots of compassion for the maimed.
Box of trim, lace and rick rack, cute, long, coat and tie change purse, marble base, sorta fancy side, vanity mirror.
Voile apron with black flocking and a vintage, Vera dish towel.

Did you notice the gorgeous wall behind? Well, we think it’s gorgeous. I’ve finally started putting things in that room. Worked this afternoon until I hurt from the waist down more than I cared to. I’d really like to work all day tomorrow, but will go to Erin’s to her neighborhood yard sale and the big festival thing that’s going on in the area. Maybe there’ll be an estate sale somewhere nearby. I-hope-I-hope-I-hope.