Monday, March 8, 2010

Coming out of Hibernation...


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Waking up early on Friday and Saturday morning, backing out of my garage as the morning sun was coming up over the trees, and heading out to the first yard sales of the Spring...(sigh)

That makes me a happy girl  :)

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I'm slowly coming out of my winter hibernation...yard sale by yard sale!

Last weekend was a beautiful weekend. Sunny and crisp, perfect weather to put a spring in my step and a smile on my face. I was ready for "the hunt". (and I'm not talking wildlife here)

On Friday morning, I kidnapped the Man from work for about 15 minutes and he rode with me to two yard sales. He didn't find anything, but I came back with a small little box full of goodies ;) I guess he just came with me for moral support, but something tells me that I think he likes "the hunt" too. He's just too manly to admit it and that's okay with me *wink*wink

Then on Saturday morning, I picked up my yard sale girls and off we went. We had a few sales mapped out but it's amazing how we can spot a yard sale sign a mile away and make a u-turn on the highway in a split second. We hit all the ones in our home town and then we traveled about 25 miles to a small town where they were having a city-wide yard sale. I love these small sales and this little town has them once a month from Spring to Fall. I never know what I might find but I always manage to pick up a few things every time I go such as...

Rip Van Winkle book (with great graphics), two tarnished silver candle stick holders, one linen and lace $1.60

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Awesome old kitchen container rub-on 5 cents

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Old Sucrets tin, Fire-King cup and saucer, one full size chenille bed $13.00 

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About 18 jello molds and one $1.50

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A pair of crochet booties and a glass jar with $1.00

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Not photographed:

One toaster oven (to bake my clay jewelry charms)...$3.00

12 packs of sewing patterns (for use as tissue paper)...65 cents

Spending the morning with 3 dear friends...priceless!!!!  :)

I have some great ideas for these little items it's just to find the time.

I'm busy working on my Savannah swaps (Jenn's event) right now. I haven't been posting as often as I should. Matter of fact, I haven't even been visiting you as often as I should and I'm sorry. I'm really having fun in my studio right now, creating in my pajamas as often as I can. I promise to catch up with you soon.

I'm planning my art retreats/travel schedule for the next couple of months and making some MAJOR decisions.

If only my real-life work wouldn't get in the way of my play time, my life would be perfect! Just matter what you see here in blog land...Nobody's life is PERFECT, right?   ;)

Get out of hibernation and as Tristan always says..."Go create something beautiful"!!!  I just love him!


Julie Ann said...

Oh my gosh- look at those sweet little booties!!! I can't believe you found all that stuff at such great prices!! I wish spring would get here so I could go garage sale-ing! Happy Art-ing :)

Laura said...

I loved your coming out of hibernation.
That is exactly how I feel!
In fact, my to do list is calling me more than blogging, and I never thought that would happen.

I enjoyed visiting,

vintage girl at heart said...

You really found some wonderful treausres!!! Love them all of course!!! Right up this junkin' girls alley.
Which retreats are you considering?? I am thinking of picking one for a Summer getaway maybe or even Fall..any suggestions???
Have fun creatin' in your jammies!!

vintage girl at heart said...

ooops max kitty was not helping me with that spell check ^^

sissie said...

Ah, you can just feel the yard sales in the air!!
Looks like you found some nice little treasures. It must be fun to have a group of friends that love to go along. I can't wait until everyone around here starts having sales again.


A Fanciful Life said...

Hey, is it spring back there now? How'd you get the yard sales already?! Ours have not started yet but they usually do in March. I still can't believe your prices. OK, here's my real question for you: where do you put all that stuff you buy? I"m running out of space and am passing up our flea market this weekend until I can figure out where I'd put anything new (well, old new I mean). I think I need shelves, too many little things just gets too cluttery in my space. I do envy your finds - what neat items. Can't wait to ssee what you bring back from ol' Savannah!
Sharon :-)

Jane said...

I can't believe you are already having garage sales. No sales around here yet....I guess it's no fun to sell stuff when you are freezing (although it is starting to warm up).
I love your finds. My favorite has to be the cool kitchen container rub-on labels...for 5 cents!!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

In my mind I've been hunting with you :-)! You found some wonderful stuff and got some great deals, Jodie! I'm looking forward to seeing what you will create with those things. Some years ago I threw away a box full of vintage sewing patterns, sigh.
Have a good night and sweet dreams!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Fantastic treasures at just right prices. Unbelievable how you can pay so little for so many goodies. Enjoy every moment. You deserve the time to create and play in your pajamas. I wish I could get creative but its just not happening for me at the moment. I'm happily crocheting away as that is quite easy to do anywhere, anytime. Wishing you many blessings for a beautiful day. Tammy :)

The French Bear said...

Oh how lovely!!! Yard sales already!!! My goodness you are quick to find deals!!!! I am still under snow!
Margaret B

Lori said...

yard sales already...i can't believe it...probably won't happen here for at least a month...or two...i love those sweet booties!!! i can't wait to see the goodies you are creating in your studio Jodie!!!

Theresa said...

Now, I can't believe you didn't pick me up for the yard sales! I stood there for hours with my pocketbook on my arm waiting on you:) hehe... sounds like a wonderful day spent with friends. Can't beat that! Love all of your goodies, especially those sweet booties.

Have a blessed day my friend!

Claudia said...

I love all your treasures. Nothing is better than creating in your pajamas!


Linda said...

It sounds like a perfect day, and you had some pretty good finds. The best part for me would have been hang'n out with my friends.

Karen said...

A city wide yard sale. Never heard of such a thing - I guess because city's all around me are 45,000 people or more! LOL.
I just paid $1 a piece for old vintage patterns and was thrilled. And that was at a GoodWill!
VERY FUN! If you were closer, or I was closer whichever- I'd've been in that car with you!
Real life does kind of get in the way of playtime, huh? I wish it would stop!
Hugs! Me.

Geralyn Gray said...

So good to see you have been out and and I could never yard sale together.....we would be buying the same things!!!!!!

Debby said...

Nice to hear you have made it out of hibernation! It is happening everywhere. The weather is even great here in Ontario. I am looking forward to getting out and about in mild temps. Love all your new goodies.

Pierelantijntjes said...

Hello Jodie,
what a great things you found. And you are right, spending the morning with friends is priceless! I also love those sales. I've visited two weeks ago the first, and i hope there will be many more.
Love, ester

A Cottage Muse said...

I can't wait for yard sale season to begin in New England, it's been a long winter!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

Glad that you have come out of hibernation and what a lot of amazing bargains you got.
I wished I could come around with you, looks like so much fun.

I hope that you are having a great week

Teacup Mosaics said...

Lucky you! I need a garage sale fix sooooo badly but the snow needs to melt around here before the "season" begins. I can't wait to see the results of the these goodies. Let me know what decisions you make about retreats. I finally signed up for my first one, the creative connection in September, I am so excited! Keep creating girl!!!!

Liz said...

ewwwww! You got some awesome stuff! And your pics are great! Great! Thank you for sharing.


Jan said...

Oh, I'm so jealous that you're getting to go to garage sale! Our snow is starting to melt and I can finally see some grass.
Hey, have you seen the shadowbox die I've been working with on my blog? Well, if you'll hop on over and email me your address I'd like to sed you a precut shadowbox so you can share in the fun...I just got my accuct yesterday :)

Sares said...

I hit the sales this weekend too and found some fun stuff. I just posted some of it if you want to take a peek. Your goodies look amazing! Good luck with your Savannah swap preparations and as for which upcoming events you are thinking of 'NOT' attending, follow your heart!

kay ellen said...

Wow!!! you found some amazing treasures!
Those booties are adorable!!Chenille bedspread~~wonderful. Fun you did your running around with friends:)too~~I love that!

Headed off to bed~~funny it is only Tuesday but It seems like it should be a Friday night! lol

I am really mixed up:)

Kay Ellen

Becca said...

*jealous* we are still a bit colder here in the *north* lol....looks like you found some awesome treasures. I remember my mom having one of those bedspreads...hmmm..wonder what she did with it :)

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

you are a yard sale diva!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

You found some treasures and thanks for sharing them. I just got some of the jello molds too.
My family lived in NW Louisiana for many years and I do miss it.
Looking forward to meeting you in Savannah!

Katsui Jewelry said...

I just love stopping in at your blog and seeing your beauties! You made quite a haul and the goodness, I think I am moving South! We pay so much more in the Twin Cities but we do have some wonderful sales.
We still have lots of snow on the ground so I will content myself with estate sales until the snow is gone and the yard sales start. Then the great hunt begins!


Lisa Cook said...

you always make me jealous that you get to start your yard sales so early in spring! but I enjoy living vicariously through your lovely photos! thanks for sharing. said...

No pressure or anything.
Top Ten reasons to come to Texas
1 Paper Cowgirls (great instructor named Lisa there)
2.Mexican food (with Lisa)
3.PC is same weekend as Canton (you have a tour guide name Lisa)
4. Way cool art group crafts together there (one of them is Lisa)
5. Anthropologie / 2 of them / Lisa
6.There is a cool old store that sells close out fabrics, lace & trims, satin seam binding by the roll for $5. (Lisa knows where it is)
7.You can hang out with a couple of Bella's (not Lisa)
8.Crazy lady with a warehouse is willing to sell off great stuff for cheap Ala American Pickers (Lisa's connection)
9.You got a place to stay (at Joanna's)
10. You can file an injunction locally against your stalker Lisa

pinkroses said...

Great finds Jodie! I never seem to find great vintage stuff at yard sales...guess I need to come visit you! xo suzanne

Frippery said...

Major haul!!!! I can't wait for the sales to start up around here. We still have patches of snow on the ground!

stefanie said...

thank you so much for the great made my day!

Diane said...

Jodi' Thanks for stopping by and it prompted me to see what you are up to! And I was floored yes mouth /jaw dropped open.... Now I see just why I am unable to join in a swap that large. I am sure it is fun but I too would get overwhelmed. Looks like you worked things out just lovely. Ok you are now added to my sidebar of favorite places to visit. Had fun snooping around tonight. Hugs, Diane

Katsui Jewelry said...

I was thrilled you wrote back and visited my blog! You are one of my favorite Rock Stars and I admire you so much!!!


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