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garden girls

hey y’all!

hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. i celebrated by going to a movie (hangover, which was v. funny. oh, and bradley cooper wasn’t so painful to watch, either) in a cool, dark theater with my sweet, accommodating hubby. but for those of you who braved the extreme temperatures to see the fireworks, etc. … better you than me!

WHO can even junk in this heat?! not moi. i noticed there were only 14 yard sales (compared to 70-something on previous weekends) listed in the classifieds (okay, okay. i know i said i wasn’t gonna look, but i couldn’t help a little peek) for this weekend. doesn’t surprise me. even the most gung ho junker has to hang up her junking bonnet for a while when it gets this hot.

however, i did host a garden party a couple of days ago in honor of the july birthday FAGs , jannetta and bonnie. yes, it was hot as hell, but with the help of a patio table umbrella and a couple of oscillating fans, we managed to enjoy a relaxing and yummy brunch in my new garden area.

in an effort to duplicate a tea room atmosphere and menu, i served various flavored iced teas, chicken salad on a croissant, a baby spinach salad with fresh mushrooms, fresh-off-the-vine cherry tomatoes, black olives, and a banana nut muffin. for dessert, a yummmmmy fruit pizza.

my daughter tara volunteered her services as waitress (thanks again tara!) so that i could sit and relax with the girls. she wore one of my vintage aprons (actually she wore two because she couldn’t decide between them) and did an excellent job of pampering us.

it was a delicious brunch and a special time of making memories. i think the birthday girls had a good time and enjoyed their very own garden party brunch. happy birthday to my dear pals!

enjoy the pics. you can see that my garden is coming along. it’s a work in progress that will be years in the making. but i’m trying to enjoy the journey, despite the july texas heat.

love and hugs,
terry lee

“I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again”

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

... and a hug

... and a hug

let's get the show on the road!

let's get the show on the road!

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

the scene of the crime

the scene of the crime

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

jannetta takes it all in

jannetta takes it all in

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

jannetta gets silly with her lei

jannetta gets silly with her lei. it might be the heat ...

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

the birthday girls, full and happy

the birthday girls, full and happy

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

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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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paris roses

hey y’all!

wish i could stay on top of my junking trips and keep them all blogged up for you. seems i’m always running behind. almost wednesday and i’m just now getting to last weekend’s adventure.

the FAGs set off early saturday morning (8:30, that’s early for us). had a semi-agenda of which sales we’d hit and jannetta brought along her trusty GPS (that annoying, bossy, know-it-all woman who tells me where to go (!!) … “turn left then turn left then turn left.” geeeezzz!!)

but she (we call her the “GPS bitch” … or “miss thang” if we’re feeling charitable) did help us out a time or two. other times, she had us going in circles … over and over again. sheesh. you’d think three grown women would know better. “recalculating” she kept saying.

recalculate THIS, miss thang. arghhh.

anyhow, first stop (after the circling) was a little rummage sale put on by the east trimmier community center. normally, i don’t name names. however, i feel it is my duty to do so this time, in the manner of “yardsale bloodbath” (this blog is a HOOT. you should click over there … AFTER you read mine.)

it was a smallish affair, some furniture on the outside, a bbq grill smoking away with brisket (YUMMY) and a sweet old dog running around the grounds. inside there were several tables covered in your assorted yard sale crap. nothing spectacular. two or three women were roaming around, apparently running the show.

i quickly sorted out that i wouldn’t be buying anything, but since jannetta and bonnie were still looking, i tried to amuse myself with the junk. as it happens, jannetta found a little geegaw that she wanted; a wooden piece that she’d use in her laundry room. how much? 75 cents. sold! jannetta paid the lady and we took our leave.

we were seriously considering buying some of that yummy-smelling brisket, but as we were walking down the front steps to leave, one of the women inside came running after us.

“excuse me! did you PAY for that item?!” she yelled at jannetta.

oh. my. gawd. she did NOT just ask that question.

jannetta replied, “yes i did. i’m not a thief!”

by the time i processed the situation (my brain is often foggy and cob-webbed), it was over. but i turned around and said, “how insulting!”

geez. great comeback. of course, after the fact we thought of all manner of things we could have said. or done. but you know what they say about hindsight. 20/20 blahblahblah something.

so we didn’t get any brisket. but we did get an apology from a DIFFERENT lady. she was working the sale and told us she was sorry for how we were treated. she had overheard it all. it helped, but our feathers were pretty much ruffled by then. being accused of stealing (ANYthing, much less something at a yard sale for 75 cents) really is … well … insulting.

they obviously did not realize with whom they were dealing: the FAGs. yard sale aficionados, veterans of the junk wars. we have seen it all, bought it all, sold it all, lived it all. we have no desire or need to steal a 75 cent laundry sign.

having said that, i am happy to have shared our experience at the EAST TRIMMIER COMMUNITY CENTER in KILLEEN, TEXAS with all my blogland buddies.

don’t. mess. with. the. FAGs.

okay, on a positive note, as we were leaving said sale, we saw the funniest sight. my bad, my very bad for not having my camera in tow. just across the little country highway (a very small two-lane job) there were four cows, all lined up in a row, as if they were watching the sale. but they were smelling and watching the bbq grill, smoking away with the delicious smell of … their brother? cousin? friend?! yikes! it was sooo funny. a priceless picture. and i missed it. damn camera-less FAG that i am.

we made the yard sale rounds that morning … from east trimmier to belton lake to belton proper. met a few v. nice folks and found even more treasures/bargains. oddly enough, i didn’t buy all that much. usually my junk takes up most of the space in my trunk. this time bonnie and jannetta found more than i did.

whatever. it’s not the junk that counts. it’s the fun and fellowship of friends.

and getting even.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

the yard sale pics are scarce so i added some random things around my house … enjoy!

sum total of my yard sale loot. $2.80

some of my yard sale loot. a giant quilted tote, a chenille sham, a retro turquoise compact, and a lovely white laced runner. $2.80

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

my foyer (entrance area) display

my foyer (entrance area) display

close up of one of the displays

close up of one of the displays

sweet cup with roses

sweet cup with roses

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

lovely hand with pearls

lovely hand with pearls

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