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!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Spring is slowly making its way to Woodstock, IL.  Today is still pretty cold, but it is sure to start warming up in the next few days.  I'm slowing starting to rotate my clothes.  That is a sure sign for me.  Another sure sign is when I change the kitchen tablecloth.  I always use a vinyl one since the boys are sure to rip it and spill stuff on it.  This still happens even though they are teenagers.  I found a simple one today at JoAnn Fabrics in Algonquin.  I brought out a springey cake stand and put a beautiful mum plant on it.  The mum was from Home Depot in McHenry and was on sale for $1.98.  I also bought tulips at the same time.  I'm still looking for my flower pots.  The garage is pretty crowded and may take some time to dig them out.

There is a Dundee library book sale this Thursday and Friday.  I have never been to it so I don't know anything about it.  Sounds like fun though!  April 12-13 is the Cary library book sale.  This is a great sale to go to.  On May 10th, the Urban Farmgirl is holding a vintage sale with 50 plus vendors at Midway Village Museum in Rockford.  Check out her blog  Northwind Perennial in Burlington WI is having their antique fair on June 13-14.  There was supposed to be another vintage market in Rockford in April but it was delayed until the fall.

I just received the newest edition of Romantic Country magazine.  It has some nice articles on flea market finds.  I can't wait to read it!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Happy Spring!

Happy Spring to You!

I got a little worried this morning when I woke up to flurries, but that soon ended to become a nice sunny day. At least I could put on a lighter jacket.

It's wonderful to see the daffodils and crocus sprouting outside of my living room window.  It is always a glorious and amazing sight to me to see the first shoots coming out of the ground.  A few weeks ago, I started some seeds in my basement.  It is not the ideal location to grow them, but it seems to be working.  The key is to use seed sprouting mix instead of potting soil.  The beans, sugar snap peas, lettuce, sunflowers and pumpkins on a stick have sprouted.  I couldn't be more excited!  I had to start the sunflowers inside this year since the squirrels always each the seeds before they can sprout.  I hope I'm fooling them this year.

I'm getting excited that Gardenfest is almost here.  April 5th is coming pretty quickly.  Everything seems to be going smoothly (knock on wood) and the registration is increasing.

There are some estate sales in McHenry this weekend.  It should be fun.  I stopped at the antique stores in Hebron today, but didn't find any treasures.  It was nice to just be out in the sun.

I will probably have to wait another week before I can start to clean up my garden since the forecast is for snow on Monday/Tuesday.  There is still so much snow in my yard that it will probably still be there in June.  Hopefully spring break week won't be too cold.  I would love to get up to Lake Geneva to walk around.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Snow is Melting.....

The snow is finally starting to melt and the sales have begun.  I went to both rummage sales in Prairie Grove and Cary this week.  I did find some really nice treasures.  They were both really crowded just like I knew it would be.  It always is with the first rummage sales of the season.  I had time to catch up with my rummage sale friends.  It was nice to see them.

I found a hammered aluminum sailboat tray, some fabric, a silverware wooden box with silverware and other items in it.  I'll keep a few things and then sell the rest on Ebay.  I only spent $6 at each rummage sale.  I love rummage sales!  The next Faith Community United Church of Christ rummage sale in Prairie Grove is Sept 11-12.

I stopped at an estate sale in Woodstock and found the best treasures: a Westmoreland milk glass creamer and sugar bowl, 2 vintage glass coffee pots (just like my Baba had), sugar cookie molds, a collectible liquor bottle for my dad, a huge glass flower frog, a seashell box, a shaker for powdered sugar and a mixed drink shaker.  I even found a wooden handled clipper for the garden that was only $1.  For $22, I found lots of treasures that were all reasonably priced.

We managed to stop at the Algonquin library book sale on Friday night and then on Saturday morning where Ethan found a few video games.  Austin found and bought most of the Star Trek videos and books.  The prices are so wonderful.  Tomorrow is their bag sale.  The next sale is July 17-20.  There were no knitting books so I was a little disappointed, but we still had a good time.  Cookies and lemonade at the end always hit the spot.

Keep checking the newspaper or online for upcoming sales. There is a Caring Transitions estate sale in McHenry next week.  Happy treasure hunting!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Found a Few Treasures.....

I found a few treasures but, I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet.  I'll just wait until the right place pops up to put them.

The wonderful pink corner iron stand, I was eyeing at Carriage House Antiques in Crystal Lake for a while.  I stopped there on Friday and it was still there and on SALE!  So, I bought it.  I haven't figured out its place yet, but, I will. 

Yesterday at Goodwill in Huntley, I found the painting and iron shelf at too good prices to pass up.  The painting isn't really my usual style, but, it is someone's and I just may pass it along.  It looked wonderful across the store where I was standing.  I liked the frame also. 

The new Goodwill in Crystal Lake by the Walmart on Route 31 will open on March 27th.  Grand openings are always fun, but, busy and crowded.

There are 2!!!!!!! rummage sales on Thursday and I CAN'T wait.  At 9am is in Prairie Grove on Route 176 and at 1pm is at the Methodist Church on 1st Ave in Cary.  Both are fun.  It will be nice to see my rummage sale friends again.  Lots to catch up on.

Friday (or Thursday night for a $10 entrance fee) is the Algonquin Library book sale.  We have been looking forward to this for awhile now. 

I have been busy getting things in order for Gardenfest at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake on April 5.  Lots to finalize and worry about.  It is going along well and I'm anticipating a good attendance.  Planning is already on for Gardenfest 2015 where I will not be chairing the event.  I will help out and maybe teach a class.  It would be nice to teach a class on flea market/treasure filled gardens.  Stay tuned for the details.

Happy treasure hunting!