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!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has arrived in my house! I couldn't wait any longer to lighten it up.


I just love adding whimsical vintage Easter decorations around the house. They are so hard to find anymore.


How cute are they?


Someone handmade those awesome eggs. I usually use doilies with an Easter/spring color theme now. Something with pastel purple and pinks like this crochet doily.


I also like to bring out the pale pottery vases to blend in with the pastel colors of the vintage decorations.


A pastel spring vignette in my living room. Even the tray has a spring theme with butterflies. I found that at a garage sale a few years ago.  Loved it too much and had to keep it!


Here's a close up of that darling vintage Easter piece.


Some nostalgia is in order. That rabbit candle was from when I was a kid. The basket holds an egg collection with some from when I was a kid to ones that I found recently. They fit in a vintage egg basket. Except I don't think anymore will!


The rabbit cabbage pottery piece always gets center attention.


I even redid the gumball machine to reflect an Easter scene. It's fun changing it around for the holidays.



In the summer, I found this really cute bunny pillow at a garage sale. It was never opened! Too cute to pass up.


 I saw this last week peaking out of my garden,


It's rainy and gray today, but at least the snow has been washed away.

I am busy preparing for the Vintage Shop Hop on March 2-3 and added spring to my space at the Carriage House.


Here's another side...



Here's a reminder of the Elgin High School Flea Market coming up on March 11. I'm in booth 180 in the gym. There are 170 vendors, new items and vintage treasures, set up throughout the school.

Happy treasure hunting!

Monday, February 12, 2018

In the Garden

Today I did a presentation for the McHenry County Home and Community Education group where 40 attendees, the public was also invited, heard me speak on Flea Market Gardening. It was so much fun. Attendees also shared flea market gardening tips.  This group presents different topics throughout the year through the Extension office in Woodstock.


I had presented this topic a few years ago at Gardenfest but there is such a demand now for this topic that I added even more pictures to my presentation. (Gardenfest will be on April 7 this year at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake IL. Our keynote speaker is Mark Dwyer from the Rotary Gardens in Janesville WI).

This was such a snowy weekend! Probably 12" inches of snow or close to that. I pulled out the patchwork quilt top that I bought recently to begin finishing it. 


I originally planned on selling it but just couldn't. I am using a blue/gray fabric on the back that has a Victorian charm to it. I know it will take me a while to finish it. 

I put on my snowshoes yesterday and trudged down to the garage to get the quilt rack so I could start quilting the layers together. I still consider myself a beginner quilter but I really do enjoy the whole process of making a quilt. 

Here is my newest addition to my cows in the barn. 


It was a birthday gift.


I didn't start out to have a cow collection but that's how it's starting to look. 



Happy Valentine's Day and Happy treasure hunting!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

On This Snowy Day....

On this snowy day I was feeling creative.  Thinking of Easter and the warmer weather.


My cousin gave me the stained glass holder and I filled it with vintage Easter items and flowers. So cute! The other little "baskets" came out really cute also.  I love finding uses for all of the cute little items I come across.  It's so much fun!

I have been to a few really good estate sales the last two weeks. Full of vintage finds.  I have been lucky to find vintage linens and quilts.


Some of these quilts are cutter quilts but beautiful nonetheless. I couldn't resist!


Really nice fabric pieces and a quilt block.



A large roll of vintage trim.


I'm keeping that fabulous crochet throw. Right now its on a chair in my living room but I have thoughts of it draped over a table in the summer.


Look at it up close.  Fabulous!

The Carriage House will be participating again in the Vintage Shop Hop March 2-3. There are about 400 shops rights now participating in Wisconsin and Illinois. I will be gearing up for that sale soon. Planning for the start of warm weather wishful thinking.


Then, the week later I'll be here:

I got my booth #180 in the gym. I love this flea market. It's nice and early in the season and it brings out the shoppers. It's daylight savings time to I'll be a little tired but it's so worth it.  It's so much fun. My friend and I will have connecting booths so we can help each other.

I have been busy purging my house still and planning on having a garage sale hopefully in April. I really need to. The house is getting full of boxes for all of the different sales I'm working on.  But, I'm still looking out for those estate sales.

Happy treasure hunting!



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rearranging for the Tenth Time

I really do love to organize. It brings me peace and contentment. 

Austin and I are working on his bookshelf. One shelf a day. That's all he can take. I could keep working for hours. It's starting to look great. I forgot to take a before picture with books piled on top of each other and in front of each other. He's even purging some knick knacks. Here's where we're at right now.


As for me, I rearranged my milk glass collection for the tenth time at least. I purged more to bring it to a more manageable level. I foresee another rearrangement in the future. 


I wanted to add some more hammered aluminum to start showing off my collection. I had some room to do that. I'm really lovin the cow pitchers. (How many times have I told you that?)


Here's my favorite milk glass vignette. 


Happy treasure hunting!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Just Some Thoughts...

Just some thoughts....

I love how the vintage motel chairs look in the snow.  There are 9 right now in my backyard. The lonely blue one can't hold a person anymore but it sure looks great as garden art! I have to trudge through the snow to get a picture of it later.


Here's my chippy green ones.


Last night's snow with another set of chairs.


Last week's snow with my favorite chairs. These are the ones that I use for my main blog picture.
Both were side of the road/garbage finds.  Can you imagine anyone throwing these away?

I went to an estate sale on Friday.  Finally. It was so exciting and such a great sale. Here are a few of my finds. I especially love the vintage cloth mannequin heads.


It's always a good sale when I find a scale.

I am keeping my Valentine's decorating to a minimum. This is perfect.


The roses are a nice dusty pink. (from Aldi) Now they are on my kitchen table where we can enjoy them with every meal.

I do want to show you a picture of my space at the Carriage House. I rearranged it completely for the new year and thought that this sequin jacket with a t'shirt look terrific together. I used to wear the jacket and loved it but I decided to let it go.




The Carriage House will be participating again this year with the Vintage Shop Hop along with about 400 shops in Illinois and Wisconsin. It's always so much fun with so many treasures.

Happy treasure hunting!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time for Valentine's Day

Now that the Christmas decorations are all put away, it's time for Valentine's Day decorating.


I like to change this vignette area around each season. I love the huge silverplate tray with the gray pottery vases. I recently found a collection of vintage postcards at an estate sale and these are the two that I decided to keep. 


I also like to keep this French mirror on my coffee table to use as I decorate.  It's so lovely. I also like to change my vintage doilies with the season. This is a beautiful white and red rose one. It fits the Valentine theme. 


She is absolutely darling! This planter was definitely a keeper. 


I decided to change my Gumball machine seasonally too. Why hide it in a cabinet? I grabbed a few small things to put inside. 

I don't usually find a lot of vintage Valentine decorations. I'm always looking though.

The house seems so bare since I put away all the Christmas decorations. But I'm liking the simple beauty I've chosen for my Valentine's Day decorating. 

Mark your calendar for March 11. I'll be participating in the Elgin High School flea market again. I'll share my booth number in February. 

Happy treasure hunting!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Hope you had a Blessed and happy day.


I couldn't resist this Santa! The face is awesome.  It's new to my collection. I went to work at the Carriage House one day and there he was.  He came home with me.

Here are a few more pictures of holiday decorating in my house.  I take the tree down around January 1st but leave the other decorations up until January 7 which is my Eastern Orthodox Christmas. 


The tree looks so nice when it glows.


There's one lone present under the tree.  The boys wrapped my present and then left it for me days before Christmas.  So sweet.


Love this blow mold Santa. He looks great on my front porch.

The weekend before Christmas there was an estate sale not far from me.  Of course I couldn't resist. I didn't get to any sales in December so it was time.


The sale was well worth it. I found many great items. 

I'm taking all the Christmas items out of my space at the Carriage House this weekend. The first week of January my items will be discounted 20% to clear out the space so that I can bring in fresh items. I love revamping my space! I have found so many great things that I can't wait to bring in. I spent some time today planning for it.

I will be updating my list of favorite flea markets with dates/times in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned....

Happy New Year! May your year be Blessed, full of happiness and good health.

Happy treasure hunting!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Some More Christmas Decorating

I keep finding ways to add more decorating to what I thought was my finished holiday decor.  Some of the pieces are just too nice to put away.


Santa looks cute next to the hammered aluminum and the floral basket is just too nice to not display. I keep the angel planter out all year long. (minus Santa of course)


I like the simple look of the silver tinsel tree with the hammered aluminum pitchers.


Here's another look at one of my aluminum tinsel trees with vintage ornaments.


This one is decorated with vintage figure ornaments. There's that awesome Santa that I found this year sitting nearby.


We have a real tree every year, that we purchase at Menards. The past two years the trees have been picked over on Thanksgiving weekend.  We managed to find this one that was really healthy still. I decorate this tree with craft ornaments, ornaments the boys made, ornaments from our vacations and just ones that I like. I usually buy a few new ones every year. This year I did get rid of quite a few.


Here's another angle look of my "trees".



A few weeks ago at an estate sale, I bought ten cement planters.  This is the one that I'm keeping. Sometimes I get ideas out of the blue and this was one of them. I usually display a pitcher/wash bin on my buffet but I decided that the planter filled with vintage shiny brites would look better. I put a ribbon decoration next to it for a more festive look. (The ribbon was a topper on a package that we just got. I like to keep the packaging to use in other ways. It's my favorite part of the gift.)



Another idea that I got was from looking at Facebook last night. This is my version of a gumball machine snow globe.  I had my mom's gumball machine put away for years in my cabinet. I used it for candy when the boys were young but haven't since. I had all of the decor displayed throughout my living room/hallway, so I just walked around and found the ones that I thought would look best inside of it. It's super cute and was so easy to make. I'm planning to use it for the other holidays as well.

Enjoy your decorating and keep looking for those sales. Happy treasure hunting!