Do you know Rhonda of Kattywhompus Primitives?
She also is a writer for Mercantile Gatherings Magazine and last winter wrote an incredible article about our favorite shop, Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda at Boxwood & Berries at Country Sampler two year ago and it was a joy!
This past fall, I received an email from Rhonda. She wanted to let me know about an incredible estate sale that she had heard about and thought was near my home. It was about 40 minutes away and it was an incredibly busy weekend, but after I saw the photos I knew that I had to get there some way, some how! Between commitments, I figured out that I could go to the Estate sale on the final day, but could only stay for about 40 minutes and would have to run. I took my small budget, hopped in the car with my gps and headed out.
There was a line of about 12 people ahead of me and time was ticking. Seeing the treasures they were coming out with I started hyperventilating! All the good stuff was going out! The house was teeny and tiny and as one person left, one could go in. I waited as patiently as I could...
The woman that had lived there was an incredible collector of primitives - no junk here. She didn't have just one of anything, each type of item was an entire collection! Her home was bursting to the brim and each and every item was the best quality available - no reproductions.
I can't imagine how long it took her to amass her collections.
But just looking at everything brought me such joy!
Time was ticking and I had to make some decisions.
(Those that know me know that I am not good at making spur of the moment decisions :) I must ponder and agonize over every purchase LOL! So my 30 minutes flew by in the blink of an eye!
If only my budget had a few extra zeros after it!
The prices were fair retail antique shop prices, but
I was fortunate enough to be there on the final day, so everything was half off!
Even so a bigger budget would definitely have helped with the decisions!
This was the room I spent the most time in... agonizing!
I have always wanted a punched tin lantern, but oh my stars! How do you make a decision with card tables stacked on top of each other filled with punched tin lanterns??!
I have always been mesmerized by toy Noah's Arks, I had a plastic one as a child that I adored and treasured. I had never seen an antique one in real life, just online or in books and here was an entire fleet. This was the only decision that I was able to make in a snap!
After my half hour was over and I was heading home, I had to call my parents on the phone to tell them all about it. I think it took a few minutes before they could understand what I was saying, I was babbling so!
Don't you love all these antique painted baskets piled up in the bathtub!
Thank you ever so much Rhonda for taking the time to tell me about this incredible sale!
(I told her so with a little treasure that I found for her there :)
It was a half hour that I will never ever forget!
In my next post I will share my purchases.
And if I can get myself together I will have a little giveaway of some sort...