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estate sale fever

hey y’all!

please excuse my recent prolonged absence from the blogging world. the texas heat has all but suffocated any creativity or enthusiasm that i had for blogging. and it’s almost done the same for junking. lordy me, but it’s hot out there.

partner in crime and fellow FAG bonnie and i bravely (and stupidly) hit the pavement at the crack of 9:30 saturday morning. there were a few estate sales that i wanted to visit before the heat melted me into a puddle of pink sweat.

the first one we hit was the remains of a three-day sale. sad, v. sad. you junkers know what i mean. however, IF you should find something you like, it’s usually priced to GO because it’s the end of the sale. in this case, i did find a couple of things … a vintage piece of luggage which was marked $3, but everything was 1/2 off, so i got it for $1.50. i can dig it. also got an electric pencil sharpener (it worked, i plugged it in at the sale) for the same price.

the second sale was somewhat difficult for me since i knew the deceased and her children. in fact, i grew up right next door to this house. it was good to see the children (okay, they’re not children any longer … they’re MY age) but it was also sad because their mother passed away recently.

and that brings us to my subject title. am i the only one who feels sort of … well … out of sorts at an estate sale? i mean, even when i don’t know the people, which i usually don’t, it has a sadness and morbidity to it … almost like we’re vultures coming in to pick over the remains of the deceased person’s stuff.

honestly, walking through a stranger’s house, looking at their personal things, in their bedrooms, in their bathrooms, closets, kitchens, etc. … it’s v. disconcerting. or at least that’s how i feel.

now, having said all that, does my uncomfortableness keep me from going to these estate sales?! hell no. because i’m a treasure hunter looking for a bargain … just like the rest of you. but i will say this: when i’m at an estate sale, i do try to maintain a somber and respectful demeanor (don’t be so shocked. my mama taught me how to act like a lady) just in case any family members are in the house. after all, somebody they loved has died.

usually.

case in point. hubby and i went to an estate sale in round rock recently and as i was perusing the living room, i noticed this sweet little old lady sitting on a recliner, under a blanket. she was yapping on her cell phone and having a discussion with her daughter, who was running the sale.

after negotiating a price on something (i can’t say what it is because it’s an upcoming birthday gift for one of the FAGs) i was told that mama was moving in with daughter … and so they were selling off her stuff. yikes! can you imagine just having to sit there, while strangers roamed through your house, buying your junk?!

bonnie and i hit our third (and final) estate sale of the day at the veranda (an upscale retirement community comprised of duplex-type housing). we were greeted by a genteel lady who announced that “everything is half off” as soon as we walked in the door. she further explained, “except anything that has a red mark on the tag. if it has a red mark, then it’s priced as marked. NOT half off. or if it’s on that table (she pointed to said table), then it’s not half off.”

sheesh. don’tcha just love it when they have to EXPLAIN their pricing rules to you?!?! reminds me of steve martin in “the jerk” when he was a carny and had to tell the dupes (carnival goers) that they could win ANY prize in this case. but being honest to a fault, he added, “anything between here and here” (carefully pointing to one little section of a shelf, filled with sorry-ass prizes).

BUT. i digress. i did find an adorable pink vintage apron (like i needed another one!!). it was marked 25 cents. but behold! it was half off! can you say 12.5 cents?! also got a sweet pink rose tin with note cards for a few pennies and a roll of tulle (whoop!), a pfalsgraff bowl and sundry other trinkets. my total there: $2

after we left, bonnie said there was an old lady on the sofa who was crying. i am sooooo frickin’ glad i didn’t see her. would’ve felt horrible about buying her apron for 12 cents. sigh.

next time i junk, it’ll be in the fall … or somewhere up north where it’s slightly cooler and less humid than central texas. it’s been over 100 degrees for a week now. i’m taking craigslist off my favorites list and will NOT look at the classifieds until october. seriously, i mean it.

i just hope nobody dies until then. okay, that was a joke. haha

enjoy the pics. they’re estate sale goodies and some project re-dos i’ve been working on. inside.

love and hugs,
terry lee

the estate sale treasure collection

the estate sale treasure collection

vintage luggage piece for $1.50. are we seeing pink yet?!

vintage luggage piece for $1.50. are we seeing pink yet?!

goodies in a bowl ... love that old ice cream scooper!!

goodies in a bowl ... love that old ice cream scooper!!

precious, precious sweet bowl, one of my faves this weekend

precious, precious sweet bowl, one of my faves this weekend

a great old aluminum cake lid

a great old aluminum cake lid

crusty old bird bath, with sweet pink-highlighted bird!

crusty old bird bath, with a sweet chippy-pink painted bird!

duck!! this treasure (who's v. heavy) was in the yard next door to where i grew up. he'll now live in my garden and quietly remind me of childhood days gone by ...

this treasure (he's v. heavy) was in the yard next door to where i grew up. he's gonna live in my garden now and quietly quack about my childhood days gone by ...

trash-picked mirror. v. heavy! found it tossed to the curb on a busy street nearby. whaa?!?! hauled it home (with the help of the FAGs). gotta love FREE.

trash-picked mirror. v. heavy! found it tossed to the curb on a busy street nearby. whaa?!?! hauled it home (with the help of the FAGs). gotta love FREE.

the mirror, after. hanging in my living room. painted it country white and glued sweet green/rose fabric to the frame.

the mirror, after. hanging in my living room. painted it country white and glued sweet green/rose fabric to the frame.

close up of yummy fabric

close up of yummy fabric

here's the church bench i mentioned in an earlier blog. found a great place for it too. in my b'fast nook! covered the cushion with an old pink chenille spread, added some sweet pillows. makes a wonderful sitting or reading area (or you may pray if you wish)

here's the church bench i mentioned in an earlier blog. found a great place for it too. in my b'fast nook! covered the cushion with an old pink chenille spread, added some sweet pillows. makes a wonderful sitting or reading area (or you may pray if you wish ... haha) oh, and this bench was free, compliments of FBC killeen, of which my children are members. they gave away the old church pews when they moved into their bigger and better building recently. praise the lord.

this was the only pic i could find of my china cabinet before the redo. anyway, it was a pretty oak ... just not shabby like i wanted.

this was the only pic i could find of my china cabinet before the redo. anyway, it was a pretty oak ... just not shabby like i wanted.

yanked off the window doors and the middle post, painted it pink and added cuphooks ... rather sweet, eh?

yanked off the window doors and the middle post, painted it pink and added cuphooks ... rather sweet, eh?

close up of my mama's virginia rose plates and cups

close up of my mama's virginia rose plates and cups in my cabinet

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newborn-terry-lee

hey y’all!

i love april! not only are the bluebonnets in full bloom, but it’s my birth month and spring is all around us. and probably best of all, yard sales sprout up EVERYwhere! churches, non-profits, individuals, multi-families, estate sales. where to start?? so many treasures to discover, so little time!!!!

anyhow, back at the ranch, i’m doing odd things like painting bowling pins. whatup wit dat?! well, many years ago, i came across a couple of old, very used, discarded bowling pins. i can’t even remember where i found them. they were such an oddity, i couldn’t resist buying them.

i gave them to my kids to put in their rooms (i’m talkin’ about my 26 and 28 year olds, when they were young!). if nothing else, they were a conversation piece. as if kids need conversation pieces … geez.

over the years, i guess they got buried with all the other crap in their closets. the other day when tara was cleaning out her closet (in anticipation of her upcoming leaving o’ the nest), she found her bowling pin and offered it back to me.

well! you can pretty much guess what i did with it. yes, you are correct. i painted that baby a soft pink, dressed her up with a necklace and a vintage hat … and she’s on proud display in my foyer (that’s what i call it, it’s more of a hallway/entryway). i think she’s lovely.

april foolishness, yes, joke, no. pics before and after below.

won’t drivel on today. lots to do. other pics of this and that. mostly of that.

happy april y’all. love and hugs.

terrylee

old, old, scratchy bowling pin

old, old, scratchy bowling pin

other side

other side

now it's a vintage hat stand!

now it's a vintage hat stand!

after! now i need to really work on my vintage hat collection

another after. now i really need to work on my vintage hat collection

lovely

lovely

handmade necklace ala sue

handmade necklace ala sue

april foolishness, indeed

april foolishness, indeed

awwww ... puppy time! we're dog-sitting our dog for my sister (long story)

awwww ... puppy time! we're dog-sitting our dog for my sister (long story)

a boy and his dog ... goin' for a walk 'round the 'hood

a boy and his dog ... goin' for a walk 'round the 'hood

Suuuh-weeeet easter kitchen towel from my dear pal bonnie

Suuuh-weeeet easter kitchen towel from my dear pal bonnie

and the matching one on the right ... they look great with my new batter bowl and southern belle runner on the b'fast table (thanks again bon and mary)

and the matching one on the right ... they look great with my new batter bowl and southern belle runner on the b'fast table (thanks again bon and mary)

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my-first-cmas

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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Hey y’all,

This past weekend was filled with birthday celebrations, presents, balloons and cakes. Saturday was my sweet hubby Ben’s birthday. Won’t say how old he is because he’s been known to read my blogs. ha! And Sunday was my daughter Tara’s 26th birthday.

Yes, it’s always a little crazy, having two birthdays back to back. But it’s all a labor of love.

As I was preparing (mentally) for their birthdays, birthing memories started washing over me … well, memories of Tara’s birth. Not Ben’s. However, there is a “birth story” for Ben, passed down from his mother Clara Lee (LOVE her middle name!!) which I’ll share in a minute.

Tara wasn’t crying when she was born and I asked if she was okay. The nurse said, “She’s fine; just sleeping.” (Probably something to do with the Demerol they gave me!!)

Then they placed her in my arms and I thought she was the most beautiful creature I’d ever seen. A perfectly round head, covered in the softest, silkiest golden hair imaginable. It looked like a halo … and she lay there, all cuddled in blankets, sleeping like an angel.

When I fed her for the first time, I was shocked at how much she drank. Without fanfare, she slugged down the entire 4 oz of formula in nothing flat and was sucking air, wanting more. Hmmm. A hungry little angel, I thought.

Tara and I were talking about this (as we always do on her birthday), and it wasn’t lost on either of us that she hasn’t changed much. She still loves to sleep and still has a healthy appetite! Happy Birthday, my 26 year old golden-haired angel!

Ben’s story is a much different tale. He was born at home, with two physicians in attendance. He claims his mother was on an ironing board while giving birth (and if so, SHAME on that doctor … even though he’s probably long dead by now). When Ben was born, the first doctor pronounced him dead and tossed him on the bed. But the second physician wasn’t giving up yet. He picked up baby Ben and successfully resuscitated him.

Thank God for second doctors!

Happy Birthday, Ben … honey o’ mine!

Gotta have pictures, especially for those who don’t like to read. haha! They’re a mish-mash of this’n’that. Some birthday, some of Sue’s magic (naturally!), etc.

Love and hugs to all!

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

Great old clock "Baby Ben" ... in honor of MY Ben's birthday

Great old 'Baby Ben' clock ... in honor of MY Ben's birthday

Sweet cottage sign from Sue's

Sweet cottage sign from Sue's

Adorable little Paris Lady picture, Sue's creation

Adorable little Paris Lady picture, Sue's creation

An ordinary book, transformed (as if by MAGIC!) into a Paris lovely. Great work, Sue!

An ordinary book, transformed (as if by MAGIC!) into a Paris lovely. Great work, Sue!

LOVELY crotcheted doily (from Sue's booth, natch)

LOVELY crotcheted doily (from Sue's booth, natch)

A wannabe Vintage Queen posing with the real deal. Talk about craziness!

A wannabe Vintage Queen (me) posing with the real deal. Talk about craziness!

Darling little 'sweet pea' ... Sue's magic

Darling little 'sweet pea' ... Sue's magic

Mother and child (Is it possible for me to have a 26 year old?!?!)

Mother and child (Is it possible for me to have a 26 year old?!?!)

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Yep. The party’s over.

Surgery and recovery complete (for the most part), it’s time for me to head back to work (that four-letter word!). It seems as if I should be complaining about spending my entire summer recuperating from the hysterectomy … but I’m really very thankful that I had this time to rest and recover.

Besides, I did squeeze in a few great junking/shopping trips, some matinees (Mamma Mia! twice … LOVED it … Pierce Brosnan can’t sing a lick, but who bloody cares?!) and my baby’s 15th birthday celebration. Oh! And the new flooring, which isn’t installed yet, but phase one is complete. We’re walking around on concrete for another couple of days … but that’s another entirely different story. Ugh!!!

Not bad for someone who had 16 staples holding her insides together! Yikes!

ANYways, I wanted to share some birthday pics with y’all. About every two years, Matt asks for a bedroom “makeover”. Okay, that’s not entirely true. It’s actually ME who wants to re-do his room and I ask HIM if I can do it for his birthday. This year, he chose the theme of Mario and Luigi, those crazy video game brothers who I think are plumbers. Who knows.

Keeping in mind that he’s 15, I tried for a more mature look (which isn’t very easy considering what Mario and Luigi look like!). I think I pulled it off. Either way, he was very happy with his room. And mama’s happy too, if not exhausted.

Enjoy the pics.

you'd never guess it took me days to complete this room. it was a disaster area. can you say 'poptart wrappers under the mattress?!' arghh!!

you'd never guess it took me days to complete this room. it was a disaster area. can you say 'poptart wrappers under the mattress?!' arghh!!

new red curtains (mario-inspired), new green bedspread (luigi-inspired), mario and luigi murals on wall, over his gaming area

new red curtains (mario-inspired), new green bedspread (luigi-inspired), mario and luigi murals on wall, over his gaming area

cut out the covers from his video game cases (yes, i did) and decoupaged them onto an old lamp shade ... the lamp was a $2 GW find, white wicker that i was going to paint pink, but used it for his room instead, painted red

cut out the covers from his video game cases (yes, i did) and decoupaged them onto an old lamp shade ... the lamp was a $2 GW find, white wicker that i was going to paint pink, but used it for his room instead, painted red

okay, i covered the light switch with a mario and luigi pic

okay, i covered the light switch with a mario and luigi pic

Matt checking out the Luigi\'s Mansion mural

Matt checking out the Luigi's Mansion mural

Matt and me, enjoying his new 'Luigi green' bedspread

Matt and me, enjoying his new 'Luigi green' bedspread

Matt checking out the lampshade. Uh, Mom. Did you use my video game covers?!?!

Matt checking out the lampshade. Uh, Mom. Did you use my video game covers?!?!

playing around with bowser and mario. can\'t believe how tall my boy is!

playing around with bowser and mario. can't believe how tall my boy is!

Matt and Ben

Matt and Ben

Birthday card I made for Matt

Birthday card I made for Matt

Birthday boy and mama, after eating cake

Birthday boy and mama, after eating cake

Big sister Tara shows Matt his birthday card

Big sister Tara shows Matt his birthday card

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time! 🙂

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