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!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Meeting Melinda Myers

Yesterday I attended a luncheon for the Klehm Arboretum (located in Rockford, IL) at Giovanni's in Rockford.  It is their yearly fundraiser.  Melinda Myers was the speaker.  I have always wanted to hear her speak but could never fit her engagements into my schedule.  Until yesterday.  I am so glad that I went to hear her speak.  She is an amazing speaker and an even nicer person.  We had some time before the event to talk and I felt like we had been friends forever.  She is so down to earth and full of great ideas and tips for the garden.  It's funny how when gardeners get together, it always feels like visiting with a long time friend.  She has a new book out now, Midwest Gardener's Handbook.  See her website at She will be at the Wisconsin State Fair in August and other speaking engagements.

Saturday was Gardenfest 2015 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.  It was a long, fun day.  Roy Diblik from Northwind Perennials in Burlington WI was the keynote.  He had some wonderful gardening ideas.  He is such a nice person to talk to and so full of proven techniques to make it easier in the garden.  I taught my class on Flea Market Gardening in the afternoon and had about 35 attendees.  They were just as excited as I was to talk about using flea market treasures in the garden.  I had so much fun teaching it and visiting with the attendees.

Today is the church rummage sale in Huntley starting at 12 noon and at the Methodist Church in Woodstock on South Street starting at 3pm.  Next week are quite a few rummage sales.  1st Congregational Church on Pierson Street in Crystal Lake is on Thursday April 23rd as well as the Presbyterian Church in Woodstock on Route 47.  April 24th is the Lynn, WI church rummage sale right outside of Lake Geneva starting at 7am.  April 24-26 is a Spring Fling at 1106 Millview Drive in Batavia (I have not been to this before) from 8-4 and Blumen Gardens in Sycamore is having an event.  Saturday April 25th-Sun April 26th is a Spring Garden Show at Antiques of Winfield at 27W461 Beecher, Winfield, IL (I haven't been to this either).  What fun and exciting upcoming weeks ahead.

May 9th from 9-5 is a Spring Market on N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington with a bunch of stores participating.

With so much going on, there is sure to be lots of treasures.  Happy treasure hunting!

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