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 26, 2013

It's Spring In My House!

I couldn't wait any longer for spring to arrive, so I put away all signs of winter in my house and brought out the springtime items.  I always love to decorate for the change in seasons, but so much more this time.  I love the winter and the snow, but I'm ready to wear lighter, brighter clothes and to get my hands in the soil.  I want to plant a lot this year and change some of my gardens around.  I am wishfully hoping to start during spring break at the end of March. 

So, on this white out snowy day, I'm baking peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (I found the most delicious recipe in Better Homes and Gardens).  As I look around my house and see signs of spring: birds, rabbits and flowers, I'm dreaming of a green spring and the rummage sales next week. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sales Are Coming!

I'm so excited.  In 2 weeks, rummage sale season begins.  I already had the church sale in Prairie Grove on March 7th on my calendar starting at 9am, but now I can add the Methodist Church on 1st Street in Cary for the same day at 1pm.  Most years, both sales are on the same day, just at different start times.  This way, I can go to both.  What a great way to start off the rummage sale season; not with 1 sale, but with 2!  I will be seeing my rummage sale friends twice that day.  Oh happy day!!!!

Today was a fun stop at The Sparrows Nest in Cary.  I have been trying to go every other week.  They had so many vintage linens of all kinds.  I found a really nice green crochet flower doily for $3.50.  I really am being picky since I purged many linens over the winter.  I don't like to spend much on them.  I also found a pink milk glass vase for $6.  I spent a little more on this vase then usual since pink milk glass is hard to find.  It was in good condition.  The thrift shops should start to get more donations since the warmer weather is coming.  People will be cleaning out their homes.  It pays to stop by quite often.  They have winter clothes on sale now.

I'm still getting ready for the Mchenry County wide garage sale on March 16 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake from 7-1pm.  So many things to take to sell.  I hope I can fit it all into my van and still have room for my kids to help me.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Newest Felted Purse

This is my newest felted purse creation.  I finished it a few weeks ago, but only put the handles on today.  I was too busy with my felt hearts and stars.  It is a nice long one.   I'm working on a light blue felted purse right now.  I've been going in so many directions lately that it may be awhile before I finish it.

Every year I say that I won't be selling at the McHenry County garage sale that is hosted by the Northwest Herald.  Well, I signed up again this year.  I have done it every year since they started having it.  This year it is back at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake on March 16 from 7am to 1pm.  I have lots to sell, especially clothes.  Lots of vintage treasures for good prices too.  I just want to get rid of things, clean up my house and begin my hunt for treasures.  Hope to see you all there.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fun Day!

Yesterday was a perfect day.  The sun was shining, I felt good and it was Ethan's birthday.  What a fun day it was!

I stopped in at Interiors Anew on the Woodstock Square (my favorite store) and found a wonderful turquoise cuff bracelet for $8.  I have been finding some jewelry there recently.  It fit my wrist perfectly.  Sometimes cuff bracelets are too big and need to go up your arm to fit perfectly.  This one fits perfectly where it should.

I also had time to stop in at the Sparrows Nest in McHenry.  They had a table full of doilies.  I found 8 doilies and 1 apron for $10.  They are in nice condition and have nice blue needlepoint on them.  Perfect for the summer.

I am starting to get so excited with the weather warming up, even if only for one day at a time.  That means that sales will be beginning soon.  The first that I know of so far is on March 7th at 9am in Prairie Grove. 

Happy Valentines Day!  It is the perfect time to craft a heart to give to those who are special to you. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Birthday Fun!

Yesterday was my birthday!  The sun was shining and the weather was great.  I even had my car windows down while driving to an estate sale.  I couldn't ask for anything better.

I went to the Sparrows Nest in Cary and found a few pins and a necklace.  I also found a great aqua vintage pottery vase for $6.  (I only spent $18 since I used my 10% coupon).  Later in the afternoon I had a chance to go to a Caring Transitions estate sale in McHenry.  I found some more great vintage pins (they were $5-$6 each).  Upstairs in a bedroom I found 3 aluminum Wendell August Forge coaster for $8.  The homeowner had glued them to a black ribbon, but I tried to pull the ribbon away from them and saw that I could.  At home, I took off the ribbon and the glue washed away with soap and water.  It was a nice find.  They are now in my china cabinet for aluminum only.

I've been trying to finish up making the felt stars with vintage ornaments.  Today was the day to sit and do that since it was raining for most of the day.  They really came out nice. I am so thrilled with them.  Now I can begin the next many to choose from.   

Sunday, February 3, 2013


My week was pretty hectic, especially Thursday when I had a flat tire and had to teach a class on seed starting to Austin's science class.  I didn't have much time to craft. 

To end the week on a good note, I stopped at Michael's and found some great bargains.  I bought paper flowers, heart felt stickers and felt for only $4.  (I bought a lot of felt at Hobby Lobby where it was 25 cents each for most.)  The flowers and stickers were only about 29 cents each on 90% clearance.  I had run out of vintage flowers and sparkly ornaments that I was looking for other items to use.  I can't wait for the rummage sales to start so that I can look for vintage craft items.  I'm getting a little antsy.  (Maybe alot!)

I sat down at the end of the week and made some really cute hearts.  I think I will make more stars this week since I have a few more sparkly ornaments and I'm in the mood to make them.