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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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love this little sign ... a gift from jannetta ... so sweet!

love this little sign ... a gift from jannetta ... so sweet!

hey y’all!

rather quiet lately on the junking front. stayed home this past weekend to recover from trade days (see previous blog) and did nothing but rest and enjoy some time with my hubby. admittedly, i was sorely tempted to sneak out to a yard sale or two. i even checked craigslist and the local classifieds a couple of times (okay, maybe more like 6 or 8 times).

but alas and alack, i did NOT junk (a moment of silence).

we addicts (and you know who you are) have a difficult time saying no to a yard sale or estate sale or a good flea market. there’s always the possibility of missing that perfect treasure at a perfect price. a treasure AND a bargain?! v. damn difficult to pass up.

but i needed to rest last weekend. i needed to rest my body, my mind, my soul and of course, my wallet. and i’m glad i did. i rediscovered my patio and the gorgeous spring colors blooming all around me. i watched the birds eating from the new feeders i put out (funny how they fight each other for that birdseed … like it’s steak or something).

i even rediscovered some old junk (and not-so-old junk) that i’ve been meaning to repurpose, re-do, re-create into something lovely, charming and useful. with any luck. more on that in future blogs.

anyways, i took some pics for you … in an attempt to capture the colors and beauty of my potted flowers, newly blooming rose bushes (LOVE my roses!) and other plants around my patio and porch. i hope you enjoy them as much as i do … and that you’ll consider slowing down for just a while.

and smell. the. roses.

love and hugs,
terry lee

gorgeous strawberry-banana rose

gorgeous strawberry-banana rose

how pretty is THAT?!

how pretty is THAT?!

my precious yellow roses (of texas)

my precious yellow roses (of texas)

pink begonias are thriving. love this splash of color on my patio table

pink begonias are thriving. love this splash of color on my patio table

mexican heather (can you see the tiny lavender blossoms?)

mexican heather (can you see the tiny lavender blossoms?)

love the different pinks in this one

love the different pinks in this one

the birdies all flew away when i showed up with the camera. whaaa?!

the birdies all flew away when i showed up with the camera. whaaa?!

yummy! pass the steak sauce, please

yummy! pass the steak sauce, please

the vincas are still blooming, sans drainage

the vincas are still blooming, sans drainage

lovely, even in a crusty old horse planter

lovely, even in a crusty old horse planter

can you say 'hydrangeas'?? COLORful!

can you say 'hydrangeas'?? COLORful!

meow. black cat in my backyard like he lives there. NOT. prolly checking out all the birds at my feeder. bad kitty.

meow. black cat in my backyard like he lives there. NOT. prolly checking out all the birds at my feeder. bad kitty.

old mailbox, painted redo by sue. decided to make it a planter, for the helluva it. LOVE the results!!

old mailbox, painted redo by sue. decided to make it a planter, for the hell of it. LOVE the results!!

another splash of color on my front porch ... a sweet mini-rose bush (not currently in bloom) from my sister.

another splash of color on my front porch ... a sweet mini-rose bush (not currently in bloom) from my sister.

front porch hanging basket with mini garden chandie

front porch hanging basket with mini garden chandie

dark pink roses in front flowerbed. just blooming!

dark pink roses in front flowerbed. just blooming!

prolly my fave of the roses ... sweet pink in full, glorious bloom. ahhhh!!

prolly my fave of the roses ... sweet pink in full, glorious bloom. ahhhh!!

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marked-down

hey y’all,

don’t know what came over me (laziness? apathy?? lethargy??? all of the above), but i just couldn’t get it together long enough to blog. IT being what, i do not know. maybe if i knew what IT was, i could find IT and use IT to write a blog.

hmmph.

anyhow, i’m here and going to do my best to stick with IT. sorry. i know how disappointed all my readers (hahahaha) get when they click over to read something clever and witty and funny and intelligent … and then they realize it’s MY blog they’ve clicked on. 😉

so i got sunburned this weekend but it was OH. SO. WORTH. IT. ohmygawd. there IT is! IT IT IT IT!!! i have found IT. it being JUNKING.

worth the sunburn, worth the crowdy areas (never knew the harker heights bank parking lot could hold so many people! and the little ol’ lampasas square … geez!), worth the near heart attack from getting stopped by one of lampasas’ finest for going 45 in a 35 (thank you, officer for giving me a warning and not a ticket … i shall not soon forget that lampasas is a sweet little speed trap), worth the elbows in my back (thank you very much, you crazy woman) from other bargain hunters, worth the hauling of junk around in the heat (and wild texas wind!) and cramming it all into my good ol’ trusty camry (thank GOD the backseat folds down!!), worth traipsing down a bazillion little county roads, farm-to-market roads, highways and byways of texas, chasing yard sale/estate sale signs that probably have blown 5 miles away from where they started …

SUCKING IN DEEP BREATH …

worth the gas money to find that PERFECT treasure, worth getting home at dark, worn out, bones creaking and aching, muscles throbbing from the walking and lifting, head pounding from the sunburn and wind (and having TOO much fun), worth having to haul all the junk OUT of the car and INTO the house or the patio or the backyard, worth having to figure out WTF you’re going to DO with all this crap you’ve dragged home. and most definitely worth IT when you finally rest your head on the pillow that night and dream of all the heavenly pieces you discovered that day … and how little you spent! or maybe to start justifying why you spent so much!

however you look at it, IT is worth it! if you’re reading my blog, you are a lover of junk. or me. haha. so you know what i’m talkin’ about. enjoy the pics. i’ll do my best to describe, explain or otherwise amuse you with the captions.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

suh-weeeet rose plates from lampasas city-wide. first go around i was told $3 each. pal bonnie worked a deal and i got them all for $5!

suh-weeeet rose plates from lampasas city-wide. first go around i was told $3 each. pal bonnie worked a deal and i got them all for $5!

great little chair i plan to paint. 2 bucks. sigh! the little rose pillow 50cents!!

great little chair i plan to paint. 2 bucks. sigh! the little rose pillow 50cents!!

this is a compilation from several sales ... sweet vintage gloves, vintage scissors, old photo and a MARVELOUS vintage tote (purse) covered in roses. ohmygawd. LOVE these!

this is a compilation from several sales ... sweet vintage gloves, vintage scissors, old photo and a MARVELOUS vintage tote (purse) covered in roses. ohmygawd. LOVE these!

closer up, also in pic is a precious vintage crocheted doily

closer up, also in pic is a precious vintage crocheted doily

close up of vintage tote

close up of vintage tote

great old trellis for my new garden! thanks, bonnie!

great old trellis for my new garden! thanks, bonnie!

okay, THIS little lady is my favorite find of the weekend ... got her at nana's in lampasas. will use her somewhere, somehow out in my garden or on the patio. sooooo freakin' sweet!!!

okay, THIS little lady is my favorite find of the weekend ... got her at nana's in lampasas. will use her somewhere, somehow out in my garden or on the patio. sooooo freakin' sweet!!!

some pretties from my patio ... the little bench i found at the GW barn a few weeks ago. painted it out pink, attached some little plates and a birdie ... the little plants are from the lampasas sale, the rose vase is from the hh sale

some pretties from my patio ... the little bench i found at the GW barn a few weeks ago. painted it out pink, attached some little plates and a birdie ... the little plants are from the lampasas sale, the rose vase is from the hh sale

close up of my little patio/garden bench

close up of my little patio/garden bench

close up of one of the planters from lampasas ... an old horse planter. i'm not a horse fan, but i fell in love with this piece (and for 1.00, you would too!)

close up of one of the planters from lampasas ... an old horse planter. i'm not a horse fan, but i fell in love with this piece (and for 1.00, you would too!)

got two of these TALL shutters in lampasas (both for $5) ... the sweet plate on wood piece is sue's creation

got two of these TALL shutters in lampasas (both for $5) ... the sweet plate on wood piece is sue's creation

i stepped outside my pink comfort zone and bought this sweet yellow VINTAGE FIESTA pitcher ... was marked $48, but i got it for $2!!! yes, i know its lip is chipped. and it has a little red spot on it. so what? don't we all? haha

i stepped outside my pink comfort zone and bought this sweet yellow VINTAGE FIESTA pitcher ... was marked $48, but i got it for $2!!! yes, i know its lip is chipped. and it has a little red spot on it. so what? don't we all? haha

sweet little green shelf. i just put some cuties in there for the pic. will hang it somewhere on my patio

sweet little green shelf. i just put some cuties in there for the pic. will hang it somewhere on my patio

another sweet little piece ... a tiny bucket of pink roses from crafter's

another sweet little piece ... a tiny bucket of pink roses from crafter's

a PINK birdie, 66% off at hobby lobby. a PINK BIRD!! too wonderful.

a PINK birdie, 66% off at hobby lobby. a PINK BIRD!! too wonderful.

movie poster from the harker heights city-wide sale ... does it get any better than audrey hepburn?!

movie poster from the harker heights city-wide sale ... does it get any better than audrey hepburn?!

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hokey-pokey

hey again,

i shall spare you all the gory details of my lengthy illness. not because i don’t wanna talk about it … what southern gal doesn’t? but because i have SOOO much else to write about and pics to show.

last weekend (see?? it’s taken me THIS long to get the pics uploaded and blog about them … due to my aforementioned lengthy illness) we went FAGGING in stephenville. woohoo!!!! it was a blast, as usual. and oh. my. gosh. did we find some treasures! there were several garage/yard sales, a flea market and, after a couple of failed attempts with jannetta’s new (and might i add, annoying) GPS gadget, we finally found the antique store we were hunting.

not much shaking there, although i did get one little beauty from the place (a sweet vintage lady figurine bust).

where we hit paydirt was at the garage sales and flea market. i found LOTS of vintage items, simply too numerous to mention. pics are below. linens, bowls, plates, cups, shutters (pink and greenish!), a PINK lady sunbeam shaver (w/plug cord and box!), old bottles and a rusty, crusty huge jar filled with matchbooks (?), a VERY old, rusted, crusted-over trash can, a PINK chenille spread (will have to be a cutter, very stained and well, stinky), a way cool book from 1945 titled, “alimony”, a pinkish/copper set of westbend salt and pepper shakers, a vintage pair of ladies’ eyeglasses and buttons and bling and an adorable blue birdie and, and, and … well, i got carried away. wasn’t gonna mention everything.

in case i forgot something, you’ll see it in the pics. the best part of this junking day (aside from being with my beloved FAGs) was that the place i scored the MOST treasures was the exact place i spent the LEAST. grand total of $6.50. toooooooo wonderful!!

grab some sonic ice to chomp (or your favorite snack), sit back and enjoy the show!

lotsa love and hugs … and thanks to all of you who keep praying for this tired old body o’ mine,

terry lee

my goodies, my treasures

my goodies, my treasures

too sweet rose bowl! $1!!

too sweet rose bowl! $1!!

rose bowl with rose pie plates behind

rose bowl with rose pie plates behind

sweet SWEET vintage plate

sweet SWEET vintage plate

old bowl filled with vintage linens, scarves and my beautiful lady figurine

old bowl filled with vintage linens, scarves and my beautiful lady figurine

isn't she lovely?! isn't she wonderful?

isn't she lovely?! isn't she wonderful?

sweet old shutters, already painted my fave colors!

sweet old shutters, already painted my fave colors!

love 'em!

love 'em!

sweet three-piece pink set of table scarves

sweet three-piece pink set of table scarves

more vintage linens

more vintage linens

LOVE this rusted out, crunchy old trash can!!

LOVE this rusted out, crunchy old trash can!!

who buys this stuff? moi! why would anyone let go of this?!?!

who buys this stuff? moi! why would anyone let go of this?!?!

inside of trash can, sticker describing how wonderful it is!

inside of trash can, sticker describing how wonderful it is!

the vintage pink lady sunbeam (for 'underarms') ha!

the vintage pink lady sunbeam (for 'underarms') ha!

a few of my lovelies ... love that 'alimony' book from the 40s! and ohmygosh, that pink melamine cup!!

a few of my lovelies ... love that 'alimony' book from the 40s! and ohmygosh, that pink melamine cup!!

to DIE for vintage eyeglasses bagged up with some bling

to DIE for vintage eyeglasses bagged up with some bling

tiny rusty bottle ... looks like pumpkin seeds inside. am afraid to open it up. haven't had a tetanus booster lately

tiny rusty bottle ... looks like pumpkin seeds inside. am afraid to open it up. haven't had a tetanus booster lately

cool, cool old rusty-lidded huge jar filled with matchbooks

cool, cool old rusty-lidded huge jar filled with matchbooks

awwww!!! a buncha buttons in a tin and a SSSSSweet little blue birdie!!!

awwww!!! a buncha buttons in a tin and a SSSSSweet little blue birdie!!!

he's a keeper! even came with his own little cage, but i took him out for the pic

he's a keeper! even came with his own little cage, but i took him out for the pic

ribbons and the like

ribbons and the like

great cut-glass bowl

great cut-glass bowl

love these shakers from westbend!

love these shakers from westbend!

yummy (okay not so yummy, slightly stained and smelly) pink chenille (but for a quarter, who am i to complain?!)

yummy (okay not so yummy, slightly stained and smelly) pink chenille (but for a quarter, who am i to complain?!)

his and hers vintage hand-embroidered pillowcases ... hubby's gonna LOVE his! heehee

his and hers vintage hand-embroidered pillowcases ... hubby's gonna LOVE his! heehee

lovely black and pink scarf

lovely black and pink scarf

the official FAG ring photo (i'm the pink ring ... 'cause i'm the head FAG)

the official FAG ring photo (i'm the pink ring ... 'cause i'm the head FAG)

FAGs lunching at the cotton patch (fried mushrooms to DIE for!)

FAGs lunching at the cotton patch (fried mushrooms to DIE for!)

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fag-car

hey again!

okay, before i get into my blog, i must preface it with the following information. some of you already know about my tight-knit little group of friends with whom i go out junking and ‘tiquing and eating as often as possible. some of you already know what we call ourselves. but for those of you who don’t, hang on to your purple hats ’cause i’m fixin’ to lay it on you.

we are The FAGs. no disrespect to alternative lifestyles intended. in fact, the name has nothing in the world to do with alternative anything. when we first started shopping/junking together as already dear friends and co-workers, we wanted to name ourselves … shades of the purple hat ladies, if you will.

however, they are waaaaay too organized and besides, we wanted our OWN name. since we all tend to have attitudes (some of us a little edgier than others …) and are somewhat rebellious (uh, that might be moi more than the others), we came up with … WARNING … the faint of heart and gut might want to close their eyes now … the F***ing Attitude Girls! hence the acronym FAGs.

at first, our husbands and children were taken aback. but after a few years, they have adjusted nicely. “are you fagging this weekend, dear?” they ask (yes, you can use it as a VERB!!). “mom, are you shopping with the FAGs on saturday?” it’s as natural to them as breathing.

to us, fagging means GIRL TIME!! junking, thrift stores, goodwills, antique stores, yard sales, estate sales, road trips, cramming crap into the car trunk till we have no more room, eating at great little diners, cafes, tea rooms, restaurants, and laughing till we pee our pants, crying, whining, sharing and just being together. it’s good medicine for all of us.

and now to the blogging! the FAGs hit the road last weekend with georgetown as our goal. we made it, late in the day, after several yard sales, estate sales and antique shops along hwy 195. what a BLAST we had! and oh my, what great treasures we found! my poor car (camry) was PACKED to the gills. the trunk, the backseat, the front seat floorboard. at one point we thought we might have to rent a u-haul to get it all home!

i’ll let my pictures do the rest of the talking since i’ve done way too much already. thanks to sue for cluing us in on the gatherings in georgetown. worth the trip for sure! but getting there was more than half the fun!

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

one of our first stops was ruby's attic

one of our first stops was ruby's attic

inside ruby's attic, we pose with "lucy"

inside ruby's attic, we pose with 'lucy'

marilyn monroe mannequin inside ruby's

marilyn monroe mannequin inside ruby's

one of our stops, in florence, was this great old house ... the best yard sale i've been to ever!

one of our stops, in florence, was this great old house ...

the old house is having a yard sale!!! woohoo!!!

... and they were having a yard sale!!! woohoo!!!

windows that used to be in that house. five of 'em in all. a buck each. have i died and gone to heaven?!?!?!

windows that used to be in that house. five of 'em in all. a buck each. have i died and gone to heaven?!?!?!

ohmygosh! this antique stepstool is over 100 years old and used to belong to the owner of that house ... and see those AWESOME key hole plates on top? from the historic house also!! all mine for a buck. A BUCK!!!!!

ohmygosh! this antique stepstool is over 100 years old and used to belong to the owner of that house ... and see those AWESOME key hole plates on top? from the historic house also!! all mine for a buck. A BUCK!!!!!

killer white wicker vintage table. mine!

killer white wicker vintage table. mine!

sweet little old lady who used to own the house chats with bon and jannetta

sweet little old lady who used to own the house chats with bon and jannetta ... the stepstool belonged to HER mother-in-law!

yea! we finally made it g-town and Gatherings!

yea! we finally made it to g-town and Gatherings!

we check out the sidewalk pretties first ...

we check out the sidewalk pretties first ...

sweet vintage aprons

sweet vintage aprons

great vintage display

great vintage display

red fru fru dress in the little girls' room!

red fru fru dress in the little girls' room!

bonnie admires all the lovelies

bonnie admires all the lovelies

jannetta holds up a vintage collage

jannetta holds up a vintage collage

i ADORE this old sign. my daddy taught me to fish off the banks of cowhouse creek. love it!!

i ADORE this old sign. i was raised on the banks of the cowhouse! my daddy taught me to fish there. love it!!

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Hey Y’all!

Before I start blathering on about the junk I unearthed today at yard sales and the Goodwill, I want to say a public THANK YOU to dear, sweet Sue, aka VintageSue.

She said she was leaving me a goodie bag at Crafter’s, and I picked it up on Wednesday when I was there, shopping (more like RAIDING!) her booth. Well. Let me tell you, I was speechless. And that doesn’t happen often. HA!

The lady hands me this huge plastic bag (the kind comforters/bedspreads come in) and it is STUFFED to the gills with all manner of niceties, lovelies, goodies and preciousness!!!! Oh.My.Gawd. I could hardly wait to get home and tear into it!!

And that is where I stop the story. For now. I have not taken pictures of all those treasures, so you will have to tune in NEXT time to see just what Miss Vintage Sue shared with me. What a sweet, generous lady she is. Pay it Forward, she does. Thank you, Sue!!

There was a plethora of yard sales, garage sales, estate sales, community-wide sales, book sales, holiday bizarres, flea markets galore this weekend. I wanted to hit each one of ’em, but of course, that never happens.

I sweet-talked my hubby into taking me to Temple. He dropped me off at the GW barn and he headed to the mall. A couple of hours later, I toted several bags (come to think of it, I think HUBBY carried the bags) out to the car. Lotsa great loot there.

We went on a couple of wild goose chases, hunting down phantom yard sales and an estate sale. Not knowing Temple all that well, we didn’t have much luck. However, we stumbled upon a large yard sale at a church. It was the last day of a three-day sale and they were practically BEGGING people to take things. GREAT bargains. Ka-ching!

Happily, we headed home with Chick-Fil-A on my lap.

Eventually (when?!?!), I will get organized and start doing something with all this junk. Sigh. Soooo many projects, soooo little time and energy!!

Happy Weekend, y’all. Love and hugs!

Yard sale treasures

Yard sale treasures

And she continues to buy Eiffel Towers ... one is a pink bottle, the other an old Avon bottle!

And she continues to buy Eiffel Towers ... one is a pink bottle, the other an old Avon perfume bottle!

Note the old jar lamp ... will tosss the pot pourri and put something cute inside!

Note the old jar lamp ... will toss the potpourri and put something cute inside!

Lovely scarfs, linens

Lovely scarfs, linens

Okay. This is probably my favorite piece of the day. A 1960 (so cool, so retro!) clock! $1.00!! (Also, love the vintage luggage behind it!)

Okay. This is probably my favorite piece of the day. A 1960 (so cool, so retro!) clock! $1.00!! (Also note the great vintage luggage piece behind it!)

Love this sweet little pink tin

Love this sweet little pink tin

Very nifty little tin

Very nifty little tin

Crocheted pretty. It says 'Jesus Cares', but I like the pink roses on it. I mean, I KNOW Jesus cares ... yikes.

Crocheted pretty. It says 'Jesus Cares', but I like the pink roses on it. I mean, I KNOW Jesus cares ... yikes.

Merci, Merci! Sue's magic!

Merci, Merci! Sue's magic!

Here's a collection of birdie items I bought (mostly) from Sue.

Here's a collection of birdie items I bought (mostly) from Sue.

This sweet little pinkie I found in downtown Belton (Vintage Daze) earlier in the week. 75% off!!

This sweet little pinkie I found in downtown Belton (Vintage Daze) earlier in the week. 75% off!!

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