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90-off

hey again!

trying to keep my blog afresh, ’cause i know people get tired of looking at the same old thing when/if they come to visit. you know how it is, house guests and fish and your blog … they all start to stink after 3 days. haha.

ANYways, went on a mini-FAG trip the other night. i LOVE those, btw. usually when we go FAGing, it’s an ordeal. in a good way. we load ourselves up in the FAGmobile and drive to some gawd-forsaken little texas hole in the wall … or maybe a not-so-little-hole. either way, we’re gone for the day and down for the count.

so earlier this week, we did a mini-FAG outing one evening. we had a very simple plan: big lots and then to el chico. or casa el chico as jannetta called it. she was just a little confused at which particular mexican restaurant we landed. had NOTHING to do with margaritas …

back to big lots. they had their christmas stuff marked 90% off. i was NOT in the mood to buy cmas decorations … i barely have everything cleared out of my house from the holidays. but when it hit me how MUCH 90% off really IS, well, i couldn’t resist. i mean, it was practically FREE. it would’ve been a SIN not to buy at those prices. a HUGE sin. and believe me, i know sin. i was raised on it.

so i found a buggy (shopping cart for you yankees) and started loading up. huge ornaments for 40 cents, packages of miniature ornaments for 20 cents, strands and strands and strands of gold beads for 20 cents. snowman boxes and tins … ohmygawd. i couldn’t stop. at 90% off … whatcha gonna do?!?!

okay, so my pics are below. also got a bag of lay’s bbq potato chips which is apropos to nothing. except they were on sale too. but not 90% off.

we did have a great time at casa el chico. haha. our server, cando (which being spanish-challenged, we thought was “can-do” … like he’s a “can-do!” sort of guy) was wonderful and spoke lovely spanish to us, though we didn’t understand a lick of it.

good friends, good food, good bargains, good times. good medicine for all of us, as always.

enjoy the pics. love and hugs to you all, mi amigas and amigos.

terry lee

my lot from big lots

my lot from big lots

strands and strands of beads, each 15' long! 40 cents each!

strands and strands of beads, each 15' long! 40 cents each! gonna play dress-up ... oh, and then do some crafting!

sweet boxes and tin and ornaments and ... and ... and

sweet boxes and tin and ornaments and ... and ... and

love these! sadly, i'll forget where i put them for next year ...

love these! sadly, i'll forget where i put them for next year ...

great colors! love the turquoise and pink

great colors! love the turquoise and pink

adorable miniature ornaments, different colors and clear ... just imagine the possibilities, esp at 20 cents per pkg!!

adorable miniature ornaments, different colors and clear ... just imagine the possibilities, esp at 20 cents per pkg!!

in case you can't telll, these are HUGE-GIGANTIC ornament balls. about the size of bowling balls, 40 cents each. may pull a vintage sue and paint them and the fire up the glue gun ...

in case you can't tell, these are HUGE-GIGANTIC ornament balls. about the size of bowling balls, 40 cents each. may pull a vintagesue and paint them and then fire up the glue gun ...

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thankyouben

hey y’all!

am finally starting to feel like a human bean again. was yucky sick for over 2 weeks … but y’all don’t wanna hear about that.

missed out on a fantastic FAG trip this weekend. they went to fredricksburg for the trade days (sans their head FAG, moi). just wasn’t feeling up to that much shopping. my spirit was willing … flesh was weak.

however, i did make it out to belton for the city-wide garage sale. kinda crowdy, but worth it! SCORE!! a VERY sweet vintage white wicker sofa and rocker, an old screen door, painted pink and backed with an old white lacy tablecloth (adorable!!), a yum-yum-yummy vintage pink chenille bedspread (all from the same vendor … a kind and gentle couple from evant who gave me a steal-of-a-deal on the lot) … and four little vintage aprons, two pink/pink with roses and two turquoise lovelies from some dude with a middle-eastern accent. whatsup with that?! oh well, only in america.

quick “hubby” story before the pics. a couple of weekends ago, ben and i were on our way home from a restaurant. as we looped around a busy intersection, i noticed a box in the street. it was partially torn open and had what appeared to be plates falling out of it. naturally, i thought we’d turn around and check it out. naturally, i was wrong … because ben was driving. and he stops for nothing. not even for alleged roadside treasures.

was a little miffed, but also a little too sick to argue my case. got home, went to bed, forgot about it.

the next morning, my sweet hubby went to the pharmacy to get my medication. when he came home, he was lugging a heavy, torn-apart box and sporting a “look what i got, mommy!” expression on his face. he plopped it down on my dining table (yikes!) and immediately, i knew what it was … and what he’d done.

how SWEET is that?!! good job, benjamin! i love you for that. for endangering your life (!!) in that busy intersection to get those silly plates because it’d make me happy … for all the times you go out of your way to make me happy. you’re the best.

btw, the plates were obviously headed to the hotel/restaurant at that intersection. they were just plain, white, service-industry 5″ plates … 25 of them that weren’t broken. but i can use them for crafts. and if i can’t, i betcha i know who can (hi sue!).

okay, on to da pics! lots of ’em this time. and in order to expedite this process, not all of them will have captions. so i hope you did your homework and read every word of my blog. haha.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

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old screen door, re-done ... sweet!

old screen door, re-done ... sweet!

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yummy pink chenille with floral

yummy pink chenille with floral

close up of chenille ... gawd i love this stuff!!

close up of chenille ... gawd i love this stuff!!

okay, i didn't mention this piece earlier ... it's an old window, adorned with french postcards front and back ... got it at the expo a couple of months ago ... gorgeous!

okay, i didn't mention this piece earlier ... it's an old window, adorned with french postcards front and back ... got it at the expo a couple of months ago ... gorgeous!

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vintage aprons ... ohmygosh too sweet!

vintage aprons ... ohmygosh too sweet!

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gorgeous pink and turquoise feathers from hob-lob ... originally discovered by tara ... nice work, sweetie!

gorgeous pink and turquoise feathers from hob-lob ... discovered by tara ... she knew mama would NEED them! nice work, sweetie!

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thanks-santa

hey y’all,

i really goofed with my last blog. shortly after it hit the press, my dear, sweet hubby informed me that i had failed to mention the absolutely WONDERFUL christmas gift that he gave me … a way cool printer/scanner/copier/fly me to the moon machine … which is HOW i am now able to scan and upload those great vintage family photos that i shared with y’all.

how could i have been so remiss?! old age. chemo-brain. teenager-induced ssstresss. people in wal-mart. any number of excuses. i’m SOOO sorry, sweetie pie. i LOVE my new toy. but i love you more. how’s that? 😉

anyways, on to the pics … some of my other christmas presents (not everything, so stay tuned), some of this and that.

happy weekend!

love and hugs,
terry lee

my friend bonnie got me these vintage turquoise pyrex pieces. we both cried because without realizing it, she had bought me the SAME set that my mother used to have ... i only had one piece left of hers.

my friend bonnie got me these vintage turquoise pyrex pieces. we both cried because without realizing it, she had bought me the SAME set that my mother used to have ... i only had one piece left of my mom's.

love it!

love it!

LOVE this heart-shaped lovely from my friend jannetta. it's a sue creation ... how precious!

LOVE this heart-shaped lovely from my friend jannetta. it's a sue creation ... how precious! uh, what exactly happened to the man's face?!

dear, sweet, mary (she's such a valentine!) made this collage for me for cmas. it's soooo perfect!!! i love it, mary!

dear, sweet, mary (she's such a valentine!) made this collage for me for cmas. it's soooo perfect!!! i love it, mary!

can't tell you the story behind this sign because it could possibly incriminate my sister and  me. let's just say that i saw it, wanted it ... and now i have it. PINK letters!

can't tell you the story behind this sign because it might incriminate my sister and me. let's just say that i saw it, wanted it ... and now i have it. PINK letters!

sue, i got the DIVA suitcase after all! jannetta bought it for me ... and that sweet little white angel basket next to it. looks sweet perched on my cabinet.

sue, i got the DIVAS suitcase after all! jannetta bought it for me ... and that sweet little white angel basket next to it. looks great perched on my cabinet.

heavy old clock i found at the GW barn a long time ago. it worked, but didn't like that it was all goldtone. FINALLY painted the floral part, numbers and hands pink, glued an old fork and spoon on it (it's in the kitchen) and a castoff earring at the bottom.

heavy old clock i found at the GW barn a long time ago. it worked, but i didn't like all that goldtone. FINALLY painted the floral part, numbers and hands pink, glued an old fork and spoon on it (it's a kitchen clock) and a castoff earring at the bottom. perfectly gawdy (gaudy for you english majors) and over-the-top, eh?

close up of my 'new' kitchen clock

close up of my 'new' kitchen clock

an irresistable little piece i bought for myself, from sue's booth. sweet plate adorned with buttons.

an irresistable little piece i bought for myself, from sue's booth. sweet plate adorned with buttons.

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happy new year y’all!

i don’t know how y’all do it … blogging during the holidays. i had to completely give mine up. mind you, i kept READING others’, but that’s a helluva lot different than writing your own. and posting the pics, etc. i love doing it, but it’s mighty time-consuming. so my vintage estate-sale hat is OFF to youse guys. 🙂

for some strange, gawd-awful reason, the christmas song, “we need a little christmas” keeps buzzing through my brain. and i didn’t even watch “mame” this season. nor do i recall ever hearing it on the radio during the holidays.

it might have something to do with the song’s sentiment, more than actually WANTING christmas to last longer. or come back soon. i mean, there’s NO ONE in texas who’s happier to see the holidays go bye-bye than moi.

ANYways, so many things i want to write about. so many pics i want to post! where do i begin?! bigger question: where do i END?!

firstly, i recently found a box of OLD black and white original prints that were from my parents’ house. thank the Lord my mama and daddy loved their camera and USED it. oh.my.gawd. what a wonderful gift they have passed down to us.

pics of me as a baby, my sister and me as little girls, lots of christmases past (talk about true vintage pics and 1960s aluminum cmas trees with pink ball ornaments … lord how i wish i had those treasures now!). i will post a few of the pics now and more in blogs to come.

speaking of the old pics, i made a scrapbook for my sister’s christmas present. she LOVED it. i made a slideshow of it for my own sake … but here’s the link to it, should you find yourself wanting a looksee.
Sister Scrapbook

secondly, hubby and i went to abilene this past weekend for our grandbaby’s first birthday. it was SO much fun spending time with him. he’s getting big fast. pics of him forthcoming as well.

thirdly, on the way home, we stopped in brownwood at one of my favorite antique haunts. it took some conniving on my part since hubby doesn’t like to stop while traveling … but stop we did.

found some super-dilly-icious, yummy retro/vintage treasures there including a little turquoise-cushioned stool thingy from the 50’s or 60s, a gorgeous crusty, rusty white plant holder piece with wheels, beee-autiful little plates/saucers/cups with roses, of course, an old PINK plastic canister set, a pink set of salt/pepper shakers, a great vintage pink AVON bottle … and a few other odds and ends (sorry, my adjectives are constipated this afternoon … the pics will serve as much better descriptions).

the more i think about it, the more i’m thinking that this business of junking/antiquing/finding that perfect vintage treasure is a little like christmas to me. it’s that FEELING of happiness (dare i say euphoria?!) i get when i step into a musty, dusty, crusty antique store and it’s like christmas morning, as a child, all over again.

yes! we DO need a little christmas, right this very minute!

we need a little christmas,
right this very minute …
for I’ve grown a little leaner (not!)
grown a little colder
grown a little sadder,
grown a little older
and I need a little angel
sitting on my shoulder
we need a little christmas now!

for we need a little music,
need a little laughter,
need a little singing
ringing through the rafter
and we need a little snappy,
happy ever after
we need a little christmas now!

lotsa love and hugs to y’all,
terry lee

harry and me, his first birthday

harry and me, his first birthday

harry and grandpa, eating birthday cupcake (ohmygosh adorable!)

harry and grandpa, eating birthday cupcake (ohmygosh adorable!)

my vintage dress form, all dressed up for the holidays ... note her pink ornament ball necklace!

my vintage dress form, all dressed up for the holidays ... note her pink ornament ball necklace!

my sister and me, cmas 1963

my sister and me (and mama's legs/houseshoes), cmas 1963 ... my first piano ... looks like i'm crooning too! ohmygawd, look at those bangs of mine. and you wonder why i have issues with my bangs at 47!

baby me, my sister belinda cmas 1961

baby me, my sister belinda cmas 1961

my second cmas, 1962 ... check out those legs!

my second cmas, 1962 ... check out those legs!

sisters with their new appliances. cardboard! and we loved them! cmas 1962

sisters with their new appliances. cardboard! and we loved them! cmas 1962

belinda and terry lee, cmas 1963 ... where's that darn cmas tree now?!

belinda and terry lee, cmas 1963 ... where's that darn cmas tree now?!

hello? hi baby girl. it's me. your future. tell mommy to save that tree for you. you'll want it when you're 40-something!

hello? hi baby girl. it's me. your future. tell mommy to save that tree for you. you'll want it when you're 40-something!

terry lee's first cmas, 1961

terry lee's first cmas, 1961

i love, i love, i love my little calendar girl! 1962 was a VERY good year!

i love, i love, i love my little calendar girl! 1962 was a VERY good year!

sisters, sisters! there were never such devoted sisters! belinda holding baby terry lee. awww!!!

sisters, sisters! there were never such devoted sisters! belinda holding baby terry lee. awww!!!

yes, virginia ... i mean vintage sue, there IS snow in texas. sometimes. like in 1963! sisters in the texas snow ... love my coat and hat (i'm the shorter one)!

yes, virginia ... i mean vintage sue, there IS snow in texas. sometimes. like in 1963! sisters in the texas snow ... love my coat and hat (i'm the shorter one)!

okay, this is taking too long. i still haven’t gotten to the antique treasures. i’m going to post the pics without captions. you’ll be able to sort it out. enjoy!

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