Saturday, February 28, 2009

Duluth Flea Market: February 21, 2009

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Want to see some shots of the flea market
we had in Duluth last weekend?

I know you do! Well, you have to go to my NEW Junkologie blog to read all about it!

Further posts about Junkologie flea market events, antique booth items, etc. will be found on the Junkologie blog. Don't forget to subscribe and follow me there as well as here!

Upcoming WhisperWood Fun...

Almost to 100 posts! That means a giveaway of course! Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Green Wednesday...errr...make that Thursday

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The Vintage Journal hosted its Green Wednesday event and several bloggers participated. I am late by a day, so I hope you forgive me! Nothing wrong with a Green Thursday, right? Green is good any day! Enjoy the WhisperWood Cottage version of Green Wednesday/Thursday...

Visit the Green Wednesday post on The Vintage Journal to see other Green Wednesday posts!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Junking Weekend, February 14-15, 2009

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Well, I'm a week behind on my junking tales! Yes, I will tell you about the awesome flea market we had this past weekend, but I have to catch you up on the great finds from the weekend before first! So, let's dig in!


It was a cold morning! I guess I was feeling energized enough to stand out in the cold! The garage opened first. That's where I found the green coat rack and the pink door. In the house was a great vintage ironing board with a wonderful metal base.


I love garage sales like this! Actually, I walked in and recognized the woman working there. She works at a couple antique stores I visit often. She is a collector herself, so there was lots of good stuff to be had! Along with the items from the other sellers, I came away with quite a haul! In this photo...wooden dice, tobacco jar, silver-plated urn, white vintage scale, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff, three frames, and one framed MJ Hummel print.

For all you bird lovers! A set of 8 bird prints! Aren't they fab?!

I thought these three Liberty magazines would be fun as framed art in the workout room!


Of course, a junking day is not complete without a stop at Goodwill. Some thrifty, fun finds...


So, then I went to Old Town Antiques to work on my booth (Oops! Did I just spill the beans? Yes, I did, but more on that later!) Fave vendor Sarah had just come back from an estate sale at an old Victorian home on the east side. I hadn't planned on going because I figured the line would be horrendous! Here are a couple things I picked up from her...


After seeing Sarah's haul, we (Krista@Snowman Hill and her mother) decided a stop at the Victorian home estate sale was necessary. Here is the house! Huge main floor, a huge basement, and two upper levels. It needs some TLC, but the house has so much charm indoors and out.

I walked away with this black and gold gesso frame and this lovely corner bench, which served as a waystop in the main entry. Sorry to the resting woman I had to boot off of it!

These were treasured find in the basement. I believe they are old fireplace doors. The fleur-de-lis motif is the coolest! I can't believe no one had picked these up yet! Maybe it was the grime or their weight! Dirty and heavy to be sure!


Guess what! RJNJ and I went back on day two of the Victorian sale. I spotted this gem of a radiator on the third floor on the first day. RJNJ's mother has this on her wish list, so we obliged!! Of course, day 2 means 1/2 off the price! What a bargain!! It pays to be willing to cart the heavy things! Good thing RJNJ is so strong!! I did my best to help him!

This great piece of wood was found in the basement. $1.00! And the coat rack...I was racing toward it when Krista's mom (I need to find out her name...I always refer to her as Krista's mom...sorry!) put her hand on it. As I came to a screeching halt next to her, she turned to me and asked, "Were you going to get this?" I sure must have looked pitiful enough. She said, "Go ahead, take it." At first, I felt a bit guilty and then I was just grateful! You are too generous!

RJNJ and I just kept collecting great finds from all parts of the house. Large frame, wash tub stand, wash tub, flower pot, an electrical piece, and this fabulous bird bath! The bird bath didn't come about until I was standing in line to check out. I saw it out the window in the side yard. I asked about it and they said it was for sale. I guess someone else had tried to get it already, but it was frozen solid in the ground. No problem for my hubby! (He came back a couple hours later with a weed burner to heat the ground and with whatever other tools he needed. He's crafty, that one!)

A silver rimmed champagne bucket and two silver seashells added to the pile of goodies. Anyone know what those shells were designed for?

Last, but not least, two original plaster architectural pieces. You can see the grassy material used to hold the plaster together. Aren't they charming?

Whew! That was a lot of junking! What's your fave find of this junking weekend?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Flea Market on Saturday, February 21, 2009

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is making its 2nd world appearance this weekend!

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 21, 2009
310 Lake Avenue South (at the Peasantwork's Porch above Hell's Kitchen)
in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota

Multiple vendors with...

architectural items,
vintage clothing,
garden finds,
and junk galore!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What Vintage Means to Me

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There is actually quite a debate on the web about the definition of vintage. It can be defined as anything that is outmoded. Others describe vintage items as once outmoded but now back in style. Still others say it means anything less than 100 years old (anything over is considered antique), while others say an item has to be more than 50 but less than 100 years old to be vintage. Aaack!

Well, as a lover of vintage things, I have my own definition. Vintage means more to me than just age. I define a vintage item as anything that is from the past that inspires feelings of nostalgia, familial connection, and/or creativity. Tada! That is my working definition for the day.

Now, the photos above and below are of a special vignette in my home that highlight several vintage (by my definition) pieces. They each inspire a memory and/or connection to a loved one. Let me tell you why...

The dresser: This dresser was picked up by my mother and grandmother at an estate sale when I was a child. They painted it green and gave it an antique finish. (They also did a bed to match.) This has served as my dresser throughout my entire lifetime. As I grew older, I decided I wanted to refinish the piece. My dad and I worked on the dresser together for hours. So many fond memories!

The jewelry box: The jewelry box was hand-crafted by my great uncle for my mother when she was a girl. She used it for many years and then passed it on to me. I cherish it greatly!

The lamp: Now the lamp is from the late 80s or early 90s. It was a Christmas gift from my grandfather on my dad's side. It was initially a grey-blue color with a brassy base and a pleated lampshade. At some point, it received a coat of creamy paint and a new lampshade from Target. Vintage? You decide!

The ballerina: The ballerina figure is actually an AVON cologne decanter. It is the last remaining piece of a collection that my grandmother started for me when I was young. I was never a dancer, but this piece was always beautiful to me in a feminine and elegant way.

The couples figures: These are not "old" by any means, but they are gifts from my husband and are very special to me. In that sense, they have a vintage feeling about them.

The mirror: The mirror is clearly vintage in age. I picked it up recently at an occasional sale in Carver, MN. It works perfectly in that spot!

So, what does vintage mean to you?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Nothing Says "I Love You" Like Tole Tulips!

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Remember when I was expressing my love of tole flowers? WELL, my dear friend, Jenny S.@The Red Bulletin Board, found this beauty for me! And RJNJ jumped on his white trusty steed and...okay...the real story...
I ordered it from Jenny. 
It came in the mail. 
He asked, "What's in the box?"
I said, "It's a surprise."
After opening the box a bit later, I said, "Hey, Honey, look what you got me for Valentine's Day!" 
He said, "So, does that mean I don't have to get you anything else then?" 
I said, "Nope, this is it." 
He said, "Awesome." 
I'm happy, he's happy. Now that's true love, folks!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Off to Deb's 100th Post Celebration!

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Deb@Talkin' Trash is celebrating her 100th post today!
Whew! She's got a party going on (take some lessons, girls)! The music is hot, so grab your dancing shoes now! Elvis, Harry, and CD will be there along with countless other blog starlets who are dressed to the hilt! I decided it wouldn't be proper for a junking starlet like me to arrive on my own, so I thought I'd bring my entourage! Here they are...

Every startlet needs a BFF, right? Well, here she is! As you can see, once she puts on her party tutu, you can't get her to stop dancing! She's a party girl!


What starlet would be successful without an agent/publicist/spokesperson? Not this one. Here he is! With the help of Uncle Randy, he says, "Happy 100th post, Deb! We love you this much!


Don't mess with me or my bodyguard will show you what's what! See that crazy look in his eye? He's not messing around!


You know I can't be seen in public without a hot man at my side. RJNJ (dear hubby and resident WhisperWood dreamboat) doesn't "do" red carpet events, and Laurie@2 Chippy's won the bidding for CD (you had to throw in a pecan pie, didn't you!?). What's a girl to do? Inspired by Cher@The Texas Woman's "squirrelly date" post, I finally knew the answer! Who is the handsomest man I know that lives in my house...other than my husband? Who always wants to be with me no matter where I go and what I do? He's a little shorter and furrier than RJNJ, but he's a good kisser and cuddler! Here he is all dressed up in his finest attire!

Yeah, he was mad at me when I put this on him...he wouldn't look at me for the longest time! He's all better now! On with the party!

Did I mention Deb's having a giveaway? Oops! Better get on over there and leave a comment! You'll be entered to win a fabulous prize! What is it? Well, don't ask me...go find out for yourself! Tell her that Amy sent you!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Junking Weekend, February 7-8, 2009

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Let's see, what did I do last weekend? Hmmm....ummmmm...oh, yeah! I went junking! Go figure! I I hit an estate sale, an indoor multi-family garage sale, an antique store, and Goodwill. I also checked out a couple other thrift stores, too traumatic to talk about. So, let's get on with the fun!


Headed on over to Superior, WI, to see what this sale was about. It was the second day of the sale, so I was skeptical whether I would find anything. The best part was that everything was half off! Yippy!

Gotta love the lamp on the left! So retro! The little match box and the extra large Xmas tree stand are fun, too. Not so crazy about that bird nest deal. I found him in the stand when I got home. I'm guessing I paid for him...not that a quarter is a big deal, but still...really?

Some fun kitcheny items...a Wear-Ever chopper, a muffin pan, a large refrigerator dish, and some odd little tube/canister.

This stuff came out of the "fun" room. I was drawn to the two red books about typewriting and bookkeeping. Anyone else learn to type on an actual typewriter like me? There's another small book, a slinky in its original box, some dice, and one of those solitaire triangle know...where you have to try to end up with only one peg. I've been playing it every night!! I can't stop!

The other fun item is the Betsy McCall Pretty Pac. My mom had (and still has) a Betsy McCall Fashion-Designer set. It has a light box and different outfits that you trace onto a basic Betsy McCall figure. It's the coolest thing! I played with it a lot when I was younger. So, when I saw the Pretty Pac, I was inspired! Deb@Talkin' Trash, I'm using the Pretty Pac to get ready for your party on Friday! 


Next up was an indoor garage sale. It seemed a bit out of the way, but it was ultimately worth it.

Aren't these the most wonderful potted plants? There are also two baskets in the background.

Gotta love the enamelware pitcher, my second refrigerator dish of the day, a pack of letter stencils, a pointy receipt spike, some large pins, and a stash of vintage picture rail hooks.


I've seen the Reader's Digest rack above repeatedly for months and months at this one antique store I visit. I never had a specific purpose for it, so I always left it behind. When I received the prize I won from Olive Rue's recent giveaway, I all of a sudden is going to hold my notecards, giftcards, etc. I've stashed it in my office already, and it is filled will all kinds of goodies. I'll have to remember to snap a photo for you!


On my way back from Superior, I stopped at the large Goodwill store. I found the coat rack and the chair above. The mirror is from the estate sale I was at earlier. Some lucky flea marketers are going to end up with great deals!!


Whew! I'm tired just looking at all the stuff I bought! I've been busy on projects with some of them already. The retro lamp has been sentenced to hard labor in the kitchen! That's one of my favorite quotes. So inspiring!