Follow me on my pathtojunkentreasure as I hunt for treasures at flea markets, garage sales, rummage sales, thrift stores, estate sales and wherever I can find a treasure. I'll share my love of hammered aluminum, vintage Christmas, vintage jewelry, doilies and tablecloths, milk glass, garden items and other treasures. I'll also share some advice on my crafting projects, gardening and recycling items. Please join me on my pathtojunkentreasure!

Monday, February 18, 2019

February Highlights

As I'm sitting here writing this, we have had another snow storm. I just had my driveway plowed. More is expected on Wednesday. Staying inside gives me a good excuse to finish those projects and to prepare for the upcoming markets.


Hope your Valentine's Day was a beautiful day!

I did this simple vignette in my hallway.


I love this picture frame! I just propped in on the built in shelves where I display my favorite magazines each month.



My good friend sent me this for Valentine's Day. It's darling.....



My birthday is in February and my brother sent me some really fun gifts. The best was this dog creamer. He is sitting in my china cabinet with some of my milk glass collection. He is super cute!


In between the freezing rain....


I managed to do some treasure hunting and found this amazing crochet throw. It's too beautiful to part with.



So, on this snowy afternoon,


I went through a few boxes of vintage planters that will slowly make their way into the Carriage House. Some will be there for Easter/spring and the others as the warmer weather approaches.


I even purged a few that were displayed on my windowsill. Being inside for long periods of time give me the opportunity to really look at my collections and to clear out the items I no longer want. It's a good thing and a good feeling. Renew for the spring. More room for new items.

Hopefully, we will all be out soon treasure hunting. Here are a few markets/events coming soon that are not to be missed:

The Vintage Shop Hop is March 1-2. Over 500 shops in IL/WI are participating. Carriage House Antiques is one of them. We are gearing up for a super fun event.



Then, on March 10 is the annual Elgin High School Flea market. I am a vendor there again this year. Find me in booth space 180 in the gym. It is a mix of vintage, new, handcrafted and stuff. It's definitely a must go to event. Daylight savings time starts that day too!


For the first time this year, I am a vendor at a Vintage Event At Night in the evening of April 12th at Smith's Garage in McHenry. It's a mix of vendors: vintage, handmade, artisan and other talented vendors. It's a super fun event. Make sure to put it on your calendar for a fun Friday night under the lights.




Happy treasure hunting!


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cold Weather Lists

This morning here in Illinois it was -26 degrees! What! The perfect day to stay in and do that "to do" list. I already made a cinnamon bread that was in the newest issue of Magnolia Journal.


I started opening boxes holding photo albums looking for my parents wedding photo. I wasn't sure where it was, so I opened each album I came across. I have many albums. Soooooo many albums. I got sidetracked and began looking at the pictures from when my boys were little. Where has the time gone?



Finally, there it was! I didn't have to go far to find the perfect frame. I just had to shop my stockpile in the basement.


I added it to the right of my grandparents photo. Now my wall is complete! I really love how it all turned out. Each photo has a special frame that seems to fit the overall look I was after perfectly.

On Monday, when it was also snowy but not as cold, cold still though, I went through the storage space under my basement steps. I had 2 very large bins of my hammered aluminum collection. I took them out and reorganized the area. Much easier to see everything at a glance now.

I am happy to say that I went through the bins and kept some pieces that I absolutely loved. The rest went into piles, to sell at the Carriage House, to sell on Ebay and to sell at my garage sale in April. At one point I had over 300 pieces of hammered aluminum. Not any more. I probably have a little over 100 now.

Then, I went through my china cabinets and rearranged and purged some from there too. One cabinet is exclusively for hammered aluminum. The smaller pieces go in here....



The other cabinet holds hammered aluminum and milk glass.


The one cabinet has milk glass, some crystal and other colored glass in it. I took most of the hammered aluminum out of it except for some of the larger hammered aluminum pieces.


Some of the hammered aluminum trays were pretty large and wouldn't fit into any of the cabinets so I used them in the bookshelves in the living room as backdrops with other collections.


Some of my favorite Wendell August Forge hammered aluminum pieces are on those shelves too...


I think I have accomplished my "to do" list. At least I think I have. Tomorrow will be more to add I'm sure. But for now I'm going to read my flea market magazines and have a cup of tea.  Stay safe and warm!

Hopefully we will be..... happy treasure hunting.....soon!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Snow Day at Home

It's a snow day for me today! I can't get out yet until the plow arrives. So, the next best thing is to catch up on little projects.

My updated 2019 list of favorite flea markets is ready. It will give you something to look forward to.

I decided to begin preparing for the March and April events that I will be a vendor at.


and in April...


These baskets get me in the springtime mood. They will be going with me to the April event.


Now is also the time to begin thinking of Valentine's Day. I have already put out my treasures.


She's darling!


More flowers to brighten up the room....notice I use doilies. These crochet ones are my favorites.


One of my heart creations.


I love vintage Valentine cards! The graphics are fantastic!

Happy treasure hunting!

Of and Running

Happy New Year!

I started out the new year in New Jersey visiting my family. It was the first time in way too many years that both of my brothers and me were together with my parents for the holidays. We had a great time!

We spent some time in New York since it's only about a 35 minute train trip from my parents house. It was sad to see that Lord and Taylor was closed. We always loved to stop in. But, Saks Fifth Avenue was spectacular!


We always stop in the Nintendo/Pokemon store in Rockefeller Center. Here I am!


We spent a few days treasure hunting with my brother Michael. Pickin's were slim but I did find these...


Of course I couldn't pass them up! They were at the Summit Antiques Center in Summit NJ.



On our way home, I always like to stop at Wendell August Forge in Grove City PA to get my fill of hammered aluminum. It always is amazing there! You can watch the artisans at work and just walk around to see some history and buy some amazing pieces.


Here are some of my favorite vintage pieces:




Here are some newer pieces that were fabulous....



I still have about 250 plus pieces in my collection that are put away in bins. I'm setting aside time next week to go through it all. I have decided to only keep those that I really love and can display in my home. All of the others I will let go. The trick is to decide which to keep and which to let go. I'll keep you posted.

So, now I'm back home and trying to catch up. I managed to fit in an estate sale and couldn't believe that these were still there 2 hours after the sale opened....


I kept a few and will be using those trucks for my vintage Christmas crafts. Love the color green on them!

Here are 3 events to mark you calendar for: Carriage House will be participating in the Vintage Shop/Hop again this year with 400 plus stores on March 1-2.

On March 10 is the Elgin High School Flea Market in Elgin IL. I will be in space 180 in the gym. I have been doing this event for a few years now and its great! It falls on daylight savings time so be sure to set your clock.



April 12 from 4-9pm is an amazing Vintage Market at Smith's Garage in McHenry IL. I am so excited and honored to be a vendor at this event.


There is so much to look forward! I will be updating my favorite flea market list so you can plan. Keep looking for those sales!

Happy treasure hunting!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Memories

Since this is such a special time of year, I wanted to share some Christmas memories and a few new ones.....

My love for vintage Christmas was because of this aluminum tree.


We had it for soooo many years while I was growing up.


No one else had one like it.  All of my friends had a green one.


It can be seen in this photo too with my grandparents and younger brother.


I certainly wasn't shy when it came to being in pictures.


My brothers and I always wanted a green tree instead. We couldn't understand why my mother only had that aluminum tree.


Much to our surprise many years later, she got us a green tree and left the aluminum tree in front of the house for someone else to love. It wasn't until later in my life did I realize that that aluminum tree was so special. I now have three small aluminum trees in my house and I decorate them with a theme each year. That tree was the start of my love for vintage Christmas items.

I had a pleasant surprise the other day. A good friend of mine gifted me with her vintage pink ceramic tree. She is downsizing and thought that I would like it. Like it! I love it! Her generous giving spirit will always be in my thoughts when I look at it.


It's beautiful lit up!


I am blessed with some amazing friends who know me all too well. My friend Mary made me this wonderful ornament that is a second to a set....


For many years I have passed Windhill Pancake Parlor in McHenry IL and have never stopped.


Isn't that the way it happens so often? You live in an area and notice places and always plan on stopping but never do. Well, I recently started following vintagevspot on Instagram and she mentioned this place with some pictures of their wonderful Christmas decor.


So, today was the day to go for lunch with my two sons. I like to eat somewhere special on Christmas Eve for lunch. The decorations didn't disappoint and everyone was exceptionally nice. Next time I'm having the pancakes!


This is so cute....



Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed and healthy New Year!


Happy treasure hunting!