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, September 22, 2014

Happy Fall!

I love the fall, but it came too quickly this year.  Summer just ran by.  I have been crazed with getting my treasures ready for my space at the Carriage House Antiques store, having the boiler serviced and trying to get my dryer repaired.  Whew!

I did make time to stop at a few sales this past week and found some really great treasures.  Some of them I will have for sale at Carriage House Antiques soon.  I fell in love with a newer small decorative sewing dress form and had to have it.  For now, she is standing in the doorway of my room.  I like how she looks there.

There are some rummage sales coming up:  Sept 25th St Joseph Catholic Church in Richmond at 9am, Sept 26th Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Johnsburg at 9am and Linn Presbyterian Church in Lake Geneva WI at 7am.  There is also a new Goodwill opening in Algonquin on E. Algonquin Road on Oct 2nd.

This Sunday, Sept 28th is the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season and Oct 5th is the last Cedarburg Flea Market of the season.

Happy treasure hunting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Open House at Carriage House Antiques

This is it!  Tomorrow is the start of the 10th anniversary open house at Carriage House Antiques and Good Stuff in Crystal Lake. or check out their Facebook page for more details.

Tomorrow is also the day that I officially start selling my vintage treasures.  Lots of finishing up going on at the store and in my life.  I have so many wonderful treasures being sold.  I am so excited for this new chapter of my life to begin.  I have been putting together treasures that I'm sure will be exciting and new.  I can't wait for it all to begin. The open house is from Thursday until Sunday.  Please check out the website.

In between waiting for my dryer/electrical work repair today, I'm organizing and pricing the treasures.  I have some painting to do, but that will probably have to wait until this weekend.

The last Mukwonago flea market was fun.  We ate so many cheese curds by the C.O.W.  (our favorite cheese curd person).  We found lots of treasures....especially Austin.  It started out as a chilly day, but turned into a perfect day later on.  We had loads of fun.

I'll be posting the 2015 flea market schedule as each one ends.  Remember to mark your calendars!

Hope to see you at the Open House.  Happy treasure hunting!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Carriage House Antiques Announcement

Carriage House Antiques will be celebrating their 10th anniversary at 21 E Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake next week by hosting an open house starting on Thursday Sept 18th until Sunday Sept 21st.  It's hard to believe that 10 years has passed.  I remember visiting them to treasure hunt when they began and have always dreamt of being a part of their team.

I am so pleased that they have asked me to join them.  I will be selling my treasures starting on the Thursday of the open house.  I am so excited!  I have been soooo busy sorting and pricing treasures that I'm sure all of you would love.

Even more exciting was what I read in the newest issue of Flea Market Style.  Awhile back, the magazine asked for suggestions on favorite stores and I submitted Carriage House Antiques as mine.  I was so excited to read that my suggestion was printed along with my blog name.  How cool is that?  So, the other day I was in Carriage House Antiques and a customer walked in and told us that she read about their place in Flea Market Style magazine.  Wonderful!  I couldn't have been more pleased.

I am very happy and touched to be a part of this wonderful place with some wonderful people.  I am looking forward to meeting all of the customers and bringing my love of vintage treasures to all of you.  Please stop by the open house to say hello.

On another note:  my friend Cecilia and I will be having a girls day on Thursday while hitting the church rummage sale in Prairie Grove on Route 176 and as many garage sales as we can.  Too much fun for one day.

I finished redesigning the white utility cart that I found at the Cedarburg flea market.  It had brown contact paper on it and was pretty ugly.  The contact paper came off pretty easily and I put on bright flowers to cover some of the rusty areas.  It looks really cute and can be changed really easy and quickly if a new look is desired.  It will be for sale at the open house in my space.

Happy treasure hunting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cedarburg Flea Market

What a blast we had at the Cedarburg flea market!  We spent the day there and made 3 trips back to the car.  It was a good thing that we didn't park that far away.  Caldwell actually paid the boys to make the trips with him to the car.  I got to treasure hunt instead.

The car was loaded when we left.  I found 3 Statue of Liberty statues.  This is my newest collection obsession along with Eiffel Towers.  Ethan came home with the most.....Disney glasses which are his recent obsession.  (I had to clear out another cabinet in the kitchen to put them in).  I'm glad he has a new collection.  It's fun to have something to look for.

I found a neat utility cart that is a chipped white...too cool.  I did find some aluminum too.  It's not a good treasure hunt unless I find aluminum.

On the way to the flea market, we passed a garage sale that didn't start until 9am and we didn't want to wait around since it was only close to 8am.  So, after the sale, since there was still some room in the van, we stopped by.  Caldwell had to buy a table saw which made us have to pull everything out of the trunk and rearrange.  But, we fit it all back in along with the lamp, topiaries and candle holder that I bought at the garage sale.  The lamp had to ride with us in the front since I didn't know where else to put it.  It was an amazingly fun day.  The last sale is on Oct 5th.

Tomorrow is a church rummage sale in Harvard on Diggins Street at the Harvard Trinity Lutheran Church and it starts at 7am.  On Sept 11 is the Church rummage sale in Prairie Grove at 9am.  Fall rummage sales are starting up.  The last Elkhorn flea market is on Sept 28th and the last Mukwonago flea market is the weekend of Sept 13-14.

Happy treasure hunting!