Vintage Cosmetic Set

Vintage Cosmetic Set

  One of the things I love about shopping thrift and or vintage shops is the ideas I get from just looking around. I tend to think of things in a display mindset. What could I do with this? What do I already have that I could pair with this? More often then not I can come up with something. I gathered some of my cute vintage items and created The Vintage Cosmetic Set that includes nail polish, lipstick, bobby pins, tortoise shell plastic hair forks, costume daisy necklace, and a hand crocheted pink doily. I can imagine displaying

Where’s Mary

Good morning! Remember the books Where’s Waldo?  Lately I’ve been feeling like Waldo without the red striped sweater. It seems like my presence in the store has been leaving you all wondering, “Where’s Mary”?  I’ve been around but more like everywhere! Last March Bill and I made an offer on a farm house that was accepted, listed and sold our house in Boone and moved to the apartment above the shop.  It’s been a whirlwind ever since.  We will be renovating the old house and are excited to meet with contractors to get things rolling.  The kids have come

Great. Amazing. Now Hurry !

Wow! Time really does fly by when you’re having fun!  I realized that I haven’t kept all of you up to date on the what what with the store. It’s been great in October, great in November and great in December!  We have met some amazing people, seen some amazing items find new homes and enjoyed amazing times with our family!  I am so ever grateful for the experiences and yes, lessons I’ve learned over the past year. Christmas is quickly approaching and I can’t wait!   We have decided to take a winter break again this year and have
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Best Thing This Side of the River

Ya ever find that one piece of junk you will turn into the best thing this side of the river?  Me too! All the time!  Barrel Ring Orbs is one fo sho!! I seriously love these things! I bought these crazy gorgeous rings just about a year ago with the world’s greatest intention to make me one! I have to own my crazy and say “it’s never going to happen”.  Why?  Well, because I have so… much…. junk …  I have to literally reset myself!  Like seriously! So, while I focus on gathering up “good idea” junk,  for a

Go Shopping! Seriously!

It seems like July can be such a tough month to get through. We’ve all been to our family reunions, ball games are over, and most vacations have been enjoyed.  So, what is there to do besides stare at the brown grass and water plants?  Go shopping!  Seriously! Retailers are ready for the next season and slashing prices. Before you say “I don’t need anything and most certainly don’t need summer stuff.” Let me make a few suggestions. Many summer items can be used in the fall and even winter.  For example: a red wagon filled with a straw
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The What What

Wow!  I cannot believe it’s been a month since we closed our store for a winter break!  It’s been kind of juggling act around here between being at home and trying to get some work done at the store. Austin, our son had ACL surgery mid December and is doing pretty well. I have been taking him to school, Dr. appointments and  PT two times a week.  Mom’s taxi service has been great but I think he’s ready for his independence again.  Well, mom too, honestly! I have been really excited to get over to the store for a few
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Top 10 Central Iowa Antique, Junk, Vintage Stores 2016

People often ask me if I have any recommendations for junktique shops around Iowa. You can’t go junking as often as I do without picking a few favorites along the way so I put together a list of my top recommendations. These shops come to mind for their fresh selections, friendly owners, or pleasant ambience.  Update, 2021.  Sadly, several of these shops have closed their brick and mortar shops and switched to traveling only or are no longer in business.  Stay tuned for a new 2021 version coming soon! Country Blessings is located smack dab in the center of Iowa,

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