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, October 4, 2017


I just finished dusting and vacuuming my house while playing the last music CD, Southern Blood, that Greg Allman made.  Boy, does it touch my heart.  The first song, My Only True Friend, brings tears to my eyes each time. I guess that some soul searching is good.

With M&M's by my side, I'm just going to let my thought run..... It's a nice cool day after my hair kinked up from the morning rain.  So much for straightening it!

I have found some really great treasures lately.  I am going to show you lots of those.  Mostly small items but really fun anyway.

I have an idea for that wonderful frame in my room.  I have to play around with it for awhile before I can make a final decision.

I also found a ready made collection of oil cans. Great patina on them.

I couldn't part with this daisy basket.  I decided to keep it.  It's by my basement window and looks so cute with a vintage non working clock.  The clock has the best patina that I couldn't part with it either.

It cheers up that area and will be really nice when it's snowing outside.  It will always be spring in my house.

I just have to share a close up of it...

Here's some more finds...

I just loved this mini hat stand with vintage doll hats.  That's sitting on my case that's filled with Statue of Liberty figures.

I don't usually do a lot of decorating for Halloween.  I usually do more of a fall theme.  (Christmas is when I go way out with the decorating).

A round French mirror looks nice with a giant pumpkin on it.  I found that pumpkin years ago at a rummage sale for $3.  It's sitting on a fall themed quilt that was also from a rummage sale for $5.

Hello Fall keeps it simple.

My friend Cecilia gave me this crazy picture that reminded her of our outings! It's fun to put it out during Halloween. Doilies are always a part of my decor.  It doesn't look finished to me unless I have a doily in the display.  I guess that stems from my growing up where there was always a doily on the furniture.

My fireplace mantel is really long so I try to create small vignettes along it.  

Simple but fall like.  

Enjoy the fall weather and the rummage/garage sales. Thursday is the Methodist Church rummage sale in McHenry starting at 9am.  On Saturday is a barn sale in Richmond at 4219 W. Solon Rd by Rubbish Farm from 8-2.  Nellies Barn Sale is Friday and Saturday in Roscoe.  This is always a great sale with lots of wonderful vendors.  

Happy treasure hunting!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Even Though....

Even though the temperature yesterday was in the 80's, I had Christmas on my mind.  I try to create holiday themed items all during the year so that I'm not bogged down at the last minute.  So, I put on a Bon Jovi cd and got out my vintage holiday treasures. Here's what I created!

Now back to the fall.  I hit some great sales last weekend!

Lots of small items....

And some great fabric pieces.  I especially love the tray with a vintage quilt piece in it.

I added to my vintage leather coach purse collection. Love that they were not used.

I changed a decor piece in my yard.  I had been using a column just for some added design but it was falling apart and I didn't like the look of it anymore anyway.

I had my eye on this metal table at the Carriage House for a while so I decided to buy it.

I love the curly legs on it!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos of my space at Carriage House Antiques.

Mt Hope Church in Johnsburg is having their rummage sale on Friday.  Sept 24th is the last Elkhorn WI flea market for the season.  It's also the Master Gardener Farm Stroll. On Sept 30th is the Johnny Appleseed festival in downtown Crystal Lake.  At the same time around the corner is a flea market at the Crystal Lake Antique mall which is across the street from the Carriage House Antiques.  Oct 1 is the last Cedarburg WI flea market for the season. Watch out for church rummage sales that are starting to pop up now.

Happy treasure hunting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Cart.....Room Redo

It's funny how one new treasure can cause a whole room redo.  Years ago I found a vintage dress form (for $10) at an estate sale.  The family holding the sale didn't think that anyone in their right mind would want it.  Well, say no more.  I had to have it. It's been a part of  "my" room ever since.

Usually when I wish hard enough for something, I'm bound to find it.  I had been looking for a metal cart. Kind of like a plant metal cart.  Well, I found one at a garage sale along with other wonderful items.

I just knew that the cart would look perfect holding wire baskets filled with my favorite magazines. Wire baskets are another weakness of mine, but that's another blog post.  In order to fit the cart in "my" room, I needed to rearrange some things and purge a few things. I decided to get rid of the blue stand that held some yarn and magazines and another corner stand. But, the dress form stays exactly where it was.  I even left the floral wreath on it.

There is so much more room on my floors now.  Easier to dust too!  I like the original wood patina on most of my furniture.  Even with the scratches and chips, I like this dresser as is.  I use it to store my hankey and embroidered pillowcase collections.

The little black cart on the other side of the dress form is also from a garage sale years ago.  Another piece that I'm not parting with.  I have displayed so many items on it. I change it up often.  The skeins of yarn are in the basket underneath and the metal truck was a flea market find.  I'm super happy with how it turned out.  All because of a one item purchase.

Something I realized while putting this all together is that sometimes ideas need a little help. This site might be some help.  I haven't used it myself but it seems to have some great resources and ideas with a long list of designers to choose from. Let me know if you use them and how you benefited from the ideas/experience.

Happy treasure hunting!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bringing in Fall

I love fall! Especially when Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove opens.

It's the perfect way to bring in fall.

Fall is also the perfect time to rearrange and declutter.  I moved the cabinet that I brought back from New Jersey into MY room and filled it with gardening books (after I decluttered them) and my Statue of Liberty collection.  I found another one this weekend at the Cedarburg WI flea market.  They are all so different.

Here'a a close up of the Lady Liberty's.

I treasure hunted at a 90 year accumulation estate sale on Friday.  I packed my car!

I love those kinds of sales.  Packed and slightly dirty where you have to dig.  The best finds are always in places like that.

Sunday was perfect weather for the Cedarburg WI flea market.  There were lots of treasures there also.

Here's a sampling of my outdoor finds this weekend.

And my indoor decor finds.

I spent many hours yesterday at the Carriage House getting my space ready for our 13th Anniversary celebration (my 3 years with them) and the Vintage Finds Off Route 14 Shop Hop.

I still have the outside to work on, but the inside is pretty much done.

I always try to fit in as much as possible.  It's jammed packed in there right now!

It's always so exciting working during the sale.  It's great to see the reactions of our customers when they find that perfect item.

Happy treasure hunting!

Monday, August 28, 2017

New Additions

I think I may have started a new collection.  I recently posted a picture of a white cow pitcher that I found at a flea market.  I had always wanted one.  Well, I found two more at Anew Interiors Anew on the square in Woodstock. They were part of Karen's personal collection that she was downsizing.

I couldn't resist them.  It's funny how a collection starts.  It just gets a life of its own.

I added the large one to my milk glass/enamelware collection on top of the china cabinet.  (The smaller one has become a part of my barn with two other cow figures).

This past week was so much fun treasure hunting.  I found quite a bit.

I had to take a few pictures to fit it all in.

I put the turtle cookie jar in Ethan's room on top of his bookcase.  He loves collecting turtle things and he now has three turtle cookie jars.  I'm keeping the hammered aluminum mugs and tray by Wendell August Forge.  That's for my collection!

I am super excited about this frame filled with fair ribbons and pins.  It is amazing! and super heavy.

I found this vintage golf trophy at the same sale as the fair ribbons.  It's another great find that I'm excited about.

I spent most of today transitioning over to fall in my home decor.  (Pictures will come at another time).  I love this time of year when I can pull out a sweater and visit my favorite apple orchard. Edwards Apple Orchard is in Poplar Grove. There are also a few really cute antique shops in the area.  Why not make a day of it! I always buy a dip mix from them, usually enough to last for the year.  I finally used the last packet yesterday when family came over.  It's super easy to make: sour cream and mayonnaise mixed with the herb packet and then let it sit usually overnight.  So delicious!  I need to make a trip soon over there to stock up.

Sunday is the flea market in Cedarburg WI.

Happy treasure hunting!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As Summer Winds Down....

As summer winds down....

My last big treasure hunting days found these:

Then we were off to the flea market on the Grounds of Basilica of Holy Hill in Hubertus WI. It was a beautiful day to spend outdoors.  I found a never worn pair of cowboy boots and a silver pendant which were for ME.

Sometimes it's nice to just shop for me, not for something to resell.

The boys and I spent one week in New Jersey with my family.  It was great!  Unfortunately, I don't get to spend as much time with my family as I would like so we really look forward to the trip each year.  We drive so that we can pack the car with treasures, and boy did we.  Our first stop as usual was at Wendell August Forge in Grove City PA.  They didn't have the antique sale room any longer but I did find a really neat ring.  Their museum of hammered aluminum pieces is awesome.

And this piece:

They were setting up the Christmas trees and the store was packed.  The nice thing about them is that you can watch the artisans creating.

We spent one day in Atlantic City at the Tropicana Casino.  It was so awesome!  Nothing like the Jersey Shore. Here's my dad with the boys on the boardwalk.  It was a glorious day!

I was even crowned Miss America!

The trip isn't complete without a day in New York City where we just roam around after visiting Nintendo World.  We can't begin our day there without visiting it.

Here's a selfie with my cousin in Heralds Square in front of Macy's.

We spent one full day with my brother Michael going to estate sales and thrift stores.  He said the treasure hunting had been slow until that day.  Boy did we find the treasures!   I had to pass up so much because I didn't think I would have room in my car.  That was hard!  I managed to fit a cabinet in my car.... it's still in my dining room until I decide where to put it or to sell it.  I even found another trophy which was the highlight of my hunting.

And this is before the suitcases are packed into my car!

We treasure hunted in Saylorsburg PA at their flea market.  It was slow on the day that we went because it had rained during the night and into the morning so many dealers didn't set up.

I love spending time in the Pocono Mountains.  It is so beautiful.  Here's another selfie of us with my parents.

Ethan is back at college and Austin is beginning his senior year of high school.  Time sure does fly.  I treasure every moment that I have with them. I'm trying to brace myself for when they are both gone to school.

Even though summer is winding down, sales are still happening and fall rummage sales will begin again.  Keep an eye out for them.  Mark your calendars for Sept 8-10 for a fall vintage Shop Hop with, right now, 20 shops participating on Route 14 in IL from Woodstock to Mount Prospect.  The Carriage House is participating so I will be busy getting my space ready in the next few weeks.

Happy treasure hunting!