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!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cedarburg Wisconsin Flea Market

What a wonderful way to spend the day.  The weather was beautiful up in Cedarburg Wisconsin.  We needed a light jacket in the morning, but by the afternoon it was warm and sunny.  Just perfect!  The kids and I drove the two hours each way just to go to the first Cedarburg flea market of the season.  I think that was the choice of so many others too.  It was packed and parking was at a premium.  We did manage to park in a private lot at an automobile shop.  It was down the street from the flea market so it wasn't too far. 

Our first stop was to Mary at her booth where she sells vintage toys.  We always buy lots of Pokemon toys from her.  Today was no exception.  What fun we had visiting with her.  The boys made many "friends" today talking about Pokemon and/or video games.  The flea market was filled with families and teens.  It was so nice to see.

We also found lots of Transformers toys, comic books, Mario items, and video games.  It was definitely a teen day of treasures.  I did find two wonderful seashell bracelets for $15 for both and a nice milk glass pedestal cake stand for $5.  I pushed around a metal shopping cart that I found at an estate sale this week for $2.  It was great to have and so many others had the same idea.  We filled it up!

We stayed at the flea market for around 5 1/2 hours and then headed off to the downtown area.  There were lots of garage sales on the way.  We walked around the town shops for awhile and I found a metal garden ornament for $20.  Tomorrow I will find a place for it in my garden. 

We had a blast today!  This was one of the best flea markets I have been to in a long time.  There were lots of new items mixed in between vintage/antique items and food.  More tasty cheese curds.  There was something for everyone.  It was well worth the four hours round trip to get there.  The next one is July 14.  Maybe we'll be up for another trip.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Vintage Pins

I love all kinds of vintage pins!  I especially can't pass them up when they cost $2 each.  I added 4 more today.  I'll be using the leaf pin for future purses that I knit.  I just loved the look of it.

Even on a dreary, cold and rainy day, I had to go to some garage/estate sales.  I was happy to have found the pins.  I also found another wire vintage shopping cart on two wheels for $2.  I know that I will find a use for it.  The other cart is now holding my supplies of bubble wrap and tissue paper.  It's great because I can wheel it wherever I need it to be.

Sunday is the opening day for the flea market in Cedarburg Wisconsin.  The weather is supposed to be sunny and cool.  Perfect for a day treasure hunting.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Elkhorn Flea Market

Opening day!  The weather couldn't have been more perfect.  The flea market was packed and there were sooooo many vendors.  We stayed longer than we ever had.  We got there at 7:15am and there was already a line to get in.  All day it was busy. 

We had so much fun.  We didn't buy a lot, but we had fun looking.  I bought a few items for $1 each:  a planter, a Christmas tin tray, a glass turtle and a milk glass shell.  I also found a Texas hankie for $3 and finally, a New Jersey hankie for $10.  I splurged on the New Jersey hankie because that is the first one I have found.  They are hard to come by.  I was so excited when I found it.  Austin wanted a vintage black telephone for $8.  It was pretty neat so we bought it.  I also bought two white metal stands for $5 each.  We spent most of our money on food.  This was the first time that there was a deep fried cheese curd stand.  Our favorite food!  Another exciting find of the day.

I searched all over for an album by Kool and the Gang for the song "Get Down On It".  We heard it playing on the way and I was obsessed with finding it.  No luck today, but I will be looking for it on my treasure hunts.

Next Sunday, May 26th is the opening day of the Cedarburg Flea Market in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  I hope the weather is as perfect for that one as it was today.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Vintage Plates

Yesterday was milk glass day.  Today was vintage plate day.  I just love when I find multiples of an item on the same day.  I went to the church rummage sale on Walkup today in Crystal Lake and found some cute things.  I got a small wooden box for $3 (which Ethan took), a cute vintage dog that is a pincushion for 50 cents, 2 necklaces for $1 each and some purses for $1 each to use the handles. 

I went around to many garage sales today and found a few treasures:  vintage doilies and tablecloth for $2-$3 each, and then I stumbled upon my treasures for the day.  I always go to this garage sale on Ridgeland Ave in Woodstock.  They had so many great items.  I found those vintage plates for 75 cents to $1 each, an aluminum pitcher by Rodney Kent for 50 cents (Wow!  What a find!), a mirrored tray for 75 cents (I had always wanted one and now I own 3), a vintage shell pottery piece for 50 cents, a milk glass miniature cup for 25 cents and a turtle for 25 cents.  That sale was so much fun!  I am really getting into those vintage dishes and I look for them everywhere now.  I look for floral patterns in mostly pinks or yellow or whatever catches my eye.  I hope I'm not starting a new collection.  Collections just seem to happen.

I'm really looking forward to the Elkhorn Flea Market on Sunday.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful.  Last year it rained a few times so I'm looking forward to the nice weather that is promised so far.  Keep your fingers crossed for sun.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day Filled With Treasures

What a beautiful day it was!  Not only was the weather perfect, but there were sooooooo many sales.  I was out all day and must have stopped at over 50 sales.  Many were in subdivisions.  I found a few treasures along the way.  It was interesting to see that many of the sales did not have many items for sale. 

I took the kids after school to the rummage sale at Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock.  I didn't think that there would be anything good left since we got there one hour after it started.  How wrong I was!  There was a table filled with milk glass for $2 to $4 each.  I bought so many to add to my collection.  I was so excited.  I also bought a tri fold vintage frame for $2, a mirrored tray for $1, some toys for the kids,  a vase for $2, vintage napkins for 25 cents, and jewelry.  Those items must have come from an estate sale that I went to a few weeks ago.  There were lots of vintage dishes there also.  I saw a cameo bracelet at the estate sale for $18 and didn't want to spend that much.  It was there at the rummage sale for 25 cents so of course I had to buy it.  I was surprised that no one had bought it yet.  I got a few other jewelry pieces that were priced from 25 cents to $1.  I just love rummage sales because of the treasures that you can find for good prices.  I now have to work on where I am going to put all of this milk glass.  I also found a milk glass cake plate for $2 at a garage sale today.  Other items I found were a lamb planter for $2, a giant white pottery turtle for $3, a vintage pyrex bowl with lid for 50 cents, two vintage plates for $2 each, and a sunflower cake plate.  After spending all day treasure hunting, I found the most and best treasures at the rummage sale.

Tomorrow is a rummage sale on Walkup in Crystal Lake (not far from Crystal Springs Road going towards Crystal Lake),  two estate sales and lots of garage sales.  I hope I can fit it all in.  I am sure going to try hard.  I hate to miss a sale. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In the Eighties Today

Since it was in the high eighties today, I did lots of gardening.  I had 3 perennial plants to get in the right place.  I moved them around a bit until I found where they would look best.  I also planted my tomato and hot pepper plants in my raised beds.  I was so excited to get that going.  I love tasting tomatoes off of the vine.  I can't wait for that!  I mostly planted different color cherry tomatoes and lots of yellow and orange tomatoes.  I love that they have low acid.  They taste amazing.

I also did some spray painting.  I had a vintage metal chair that I wanted to spray paint with Rustoleum Grass Green.  I love that color.  This is the first chair that I kept the arms white like it was originally.  Usually I just spray paint the whole thing.  It looks great.  I have it drying in the sun.  I retouched my other two chairs with the Grass Green paint where they were starting to peel and rust.  I got a lot done today.  The weather was beautiful and there was even a slight breeze.  I couldn't ask for a better day. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  I spent a wonderful afternoon in Lake Geneva (even though it was a little cold).  Lake Geneva is beautiful even when the temperature is chilly.  We took a ride to Northwind Perennial Nursery in Burlington.  I love going there.  I bought a few plants.  Even Austin wanted a plant (Horsemint).  We are going to plant it in a container so that it can't spread like wildfire.  He's excited about making tea from the leaves.  It will be his responsibility to take care of.  It was nice to see the tulips and the other plants in bloom.  I know that spring will be returning by Tuesday and I'm ready for it! 

We had dinner in town and then dessert at Kilwin's.  We love Kilwin's and always make that a stop when we are in Lake Geneva.  Hopefully, the next time we go to Lake Geneva the temperature will be warmer.  The last two times that we were there it was really cold.  It didn't seem to stop us from going there and I doubt that it ever will.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Cold Days Treasure Hunting

Boy have the past few days been cold.  Not too cold though to go treasure hunting.  I did manage to find some neat treasures.  I got a really great seashell for 50 cents that I put in my garden on a little table.  I also found a New York linen towel for $1, a lady planter for $1 to go with a new collection of them that I seem to find more and more of, some fabric, lace trim for 25 cents and today at the Sparrows Nest in Cary, a milk glass pedestal bowl for $6 (minus 25% for their sale today).  It's always nice to walk into the Sparrows Nest and find out that there is a sale of 25% off of everything in the store. 

I stopped at the Woodstock Farmers Market on the square in Woodstock today.  It was so cold and windy, but the Bull Valley Garden Club was having their yearly plant sale.  I found a few plants to add to my garden plus a few really cute planters that contained plants.  I had a really nice time as I always do when I'm shopping for plants.  Hopefully, next week the weather will finally warm up so that I can add them to my garden.  I also bought a few tomato plants and I'm ready to plant them, but Mother Nature doesn't seem to want me to. 

Thursday, May 16th is the Grace Lutheran Church rummage sale starting at 3pm in Woodstock.  There are lots of garage sales coming up this week.  Don't forget, the Elkhorn Fleamarket is opening on Sunday May 19th.  Yay!!!!!!!! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


My green tulips have finally bloomed.  I am so glad that the deer haven't discovered them yet.  Last year the deer ate them before I had a chance to enjoy them.  I got smart this year and sprayed them with deer repellant.  They may not smell that nice, but at least I get to enjoy them. 

Tomorrow is the Service League rummage sale at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.  Friday May 17 is the church rummage sale on Walkup in Crystal Lake.  I can't remember the name of the church, but it is on Walkup away from downtown Crystal Lake.  It starts at 8am. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Free Comic Book Day Plus More Fun!

The first Saturday of May is FREE comic book day!  We love it!!!  We go to Al n Anns in McHenry every year to get as many free comic books as you wish.  They also provide free soda and cookies.  There are always super heroes on hand to take pictures with.  This year was a cartoonist doing caracatures.  Austin had his done for $5.  It was loads of fun. 

We decided to stop at the second day of the Ridgefield church rummage sale to look for a frame for his drawing.  We found one for 25 cents.  Today was half price.  We also bought a larger frame that we will save for a later time.  We also found a round rooster serving tray for $1.50 and two vintage, I believe Haeger, pieces for $1.50 each.  I was looking at them yesterday, but I didn't want to pay $6.  I couldn't believe that they were still there so I grabbed them.  It was amazing to see how much had sold since yesterday.  Almost all of the furniture was gone.  It was a fun sale.  Even on the second day we always manage to find something. 

I am so excited about the upcoming flea markets in May.  May 19 is the first Elkhorn Wisconsin flea market of the season and on May 26 is the Cedarburg Wisconsin start.  The countdown begins......

Friday, May 3, 2013

Projects and Treasures

I love sales!  I have been having fun these past two days even though the summer weather has disappeared.  It was a glorious 80 degrees for two days and now it is like winter again.  It is a good thing that rummage sales are here to keep me happy.

Yesterday I stopped at the Defenders Use it Again sale and found a great shabby plant stand for $1.  I couldn't pass up a deal like that.  I knew right away that a little spray paint would do wonders for it.  I have to check my stock of spray paint and then wait for the good weather to tackle this project.  I also went to the Barn Nursery in Cary again to buy a new plant, Raspberry Shortcake.  It is a thornless raspberry plant that can be grown in a container.  It was pricey ($29.95) but since I had a $10 off coupon, I thought I would try it.  My kids love raspberries and this will be fun for them also.

Today I stopped at the St. Pauls Church rummage sale in Crystal Lake and found a vintage tablecloth for $1.  They didn't have anything else that I wanted.  Then, I was off to the Ridgefield church rummage sale.  I found a Wes Moreland milk glass plate stand for $7 (a little pricey), a humidor box for $2, another seashell box for 50 cents, 2 frog photos for 50 cents each, a vintage flour sifter for $1, double picture frames for 50 cents each and some things for the boys.  It was a nice, clean, organized sale.  Some things were pricey, but deals could still be found.  I then stopped at a garage sale in McHenry and found an aluminum pitcher for $3 by Everlast.  I added it to my collection.  Aluminum pitchers are great and so pleasing to the eye.  They look great with flowers in them.

Thursday, May 9th is the Service League rummage sale at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.  I like going the next day for their bag sale and half price sale.  Also, I saw signs for streets off of Crystal Springs Road in Crystal Lake for neighborhood sales starting on May 16th.  I'm looking forward to them.  I like parking my car and walking from house to house.  I hope the weather is beautiful on that day. 

Plant sales are starting soon.  You can get good plants for very reasonable prices.  Even garage sales sell plants for a good price and are worth buying.  This is a good way to add to your garden at a minimal cost.