Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Hair of the Dog that Bit Us {or, thrifting and antiquing again}

As if the ridge weren't enough, we met Donna the next day at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC. It's near Augusta, GA.

But, before we did that, we ran into an estate sale and had to see what they had. These are the things that we "needed":

A wooden mortar, no pestle included.
An old Scrabble Game — now complete!
Break-away stirrups for our niece to use.
Finally, it was off to meet Donna at the Riverfront Antiques Mall where she has two booths. They were the most exciting booths, as far as I was concerned!

Where Donna has her booths

We purchased a few things from her booth and around the mall:

Sewing machine part and my favorite number
A frozen Charlotte doll discarded long ago
I love these magazines but don't purchase them new because of the high price. I got all Donna had!

(About 1" high.) I will add this to my tiny perfume bottle collection.
We also purchased three white chenille bedspreads.

At the end of this visit, it was time to say goodbye to Donna, but before we left, she presented us with gift bags stuffed full of goodies. They were things I would have chosen for myself!

Here are the gift bags:

Katie's is on the right, and the other is mine.
 Here are the contents of our bags (click on photo to enlarge):

Katie's bag
Fonda's bag
Thank you, Donna, for making our visit extra special!

***Breaking news: We have the flu. We got a flu shot. No fair.*** 

From Aiken to North Augusta ... and everything in between...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ridin' the Ridge — Spring Ridge, SC, that is!

Donna picked my wife, Katie, and I up from our motel in Aiken for a day of junkin', antiquin' and yard salin' fun.

Wooden nautilus

Our first stop on our way to Spring Ridge was a yard sale. I purchased only one specimen, which was a wooden nautilus. I thought this was kind of interesting.

We visited three places in Spring Ridge. The first place was Stuff & Things. This store was of the junkin' fun kind. Three full store fronts of nothing but Stuff...Stuff and Things, to be exact. There was no organization, and we had to look at everything. I looked slower than Donna and Katie, but I eventually caught up with them. I found quite a few nice goodies.

Stuff & Things

This photo doesn't do the store justice. It is so much more than this one dinky store front!

Leather baby shoes
Pink booties

I have to figure out how to remove the splotches on that left bootie. My own personal green organza booties have the same kinds of stains. Getting the stains out would make me very happy. Maybe someone can help?


I found a Madonna for Katie. She was looking too fast. Good thing I was looking slow!

A basket of shells

Katie found a basket of shells. There were a nice variety. Even though we live near the beach, we don't find very good specimens, so this was a nice catch {snicker, snicker}. 


There was even a large selection of books. This is where I cut my time and finally caught up with my cohorts. I'm glad to have found this one, single, lone book. Truth is, I could have spent much more time in the book department, but I fell too far behind. Don't pay too much attention to my reading selection {heh heh}.

The second store we visited was Olde Treasure Antiques.

Olde Treasures

All I have of this store is the scanned-in business card. I guess Katie and I didn't purchase anything here. I may have my photos confused with the other stores we did visit.

YSS Antiques WAS in Spring Ridge and in close proximity to the others we visited.

YSS in the third store we visited. We found three white objects and a piece of wooden architecture.

Medical glove-making form

I have been wanting one of these for forever, it seems. I've always passed them up due to price, but this one was more affordable or I had more money to spend. I'm not sure which!


This makes number two for this town!

Madonna planter

And, this makes number three for this town! Katie has been collecting for awhile, and she has amassed quite a few.

Architectural element

Isn't this gorgeous. If I didn't get it, Donna would have. Good thing I was a little bit quicker than she was on this. It's about 18" wide and about 2" thick. It's pretty heavy, and I love it. I don't know where it will end up. It will go above one door, but we don't know which one.

Ridge Antiques

Ridge Antiques was the last store to visit in Spring Ridge, and we found some nice goodies.

Old-fashioned goose neck lamp

I will be using this lamp to read in the bedroom while the Missus is sleeping. The shade has a lovely detail to it.

Wooden apple and pear

I have a nice collection of fruits and vegetables for the kitchen, and these will be added to it.

Roller skates

Look what we have here! A pair of roller skates that would be attached to the shoe. I had a pair similar to this. I still have my skate key, but it can't be used on this pair. Time to look for another key!

This concludes the stores we visited and the goods we purchased, but our trip was by no means over. Donna had a treat for us.

Peaches and Such

Lunch at Peaches and Such! We all had a sandwich, and for dessert, it was Peach ice cream all around. Peaches and Such also had jams and jellies for sale. These are some of the funnies they offered:

Traffic Jam
Frog Jam (Fig, Raspberry, Orange, Grape) and Moonshine Jelly
Toe Jam (Tangerine, Orange, Elderberry)

Those were some of the funnier jams and jellies. This is what we actually purchased to bring home:

Scuppernong is a grape.

The peaches were grown next door in the orchards. It was neat watching them grow.

And, that concluded our ride to the Ridge and back. Oh! One more photo:

The cargo hold was full.

Donna was good at filling up what we didn't. I think ours is the little pile all the way to the right. Donna has a couple of booths at Riverfront  Antique Mall in North Augusta, so she's always on the lookout for goods. We were on the lookout because we want to decorate our house!

Fun was had by all. I want to ride the Ridge again some day.

From NC to SC ... and everything in between...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Quilt Stores of Sumter, SC.

After the excellent yard sale, we drove on to find a quilt store that I had found. It is called Treadle Pushers.

Treadle Pushers Quilt Store

There were a bunch of women working on tuffets and other projects. They were laughing and having fun — our kind of people! We looked around and found some fabric to purchase. 

This is a tuffet.
A nice bit of coordinating fabrics!

As always, we ask if there are other quilt stores in the area. We were in luck! A new one was opening, so we got directions.

Outside of the quilt store, we noticed a sign:

Again, our kind of people!
 I don't remember the name of the other quilt store, but they had Laurel Burch fabric — one of our favorites.

Laurel Burch Christmas fabrics.

 Katie and I like to collect fabric. Sometimes we even make stuff out of it! lol We use the master bedroom for our crafts and sewing/quilting. Our fabrics are in the closet, and it is stuffed. Fairly organized, but stuffed just the same.

From one quilt store to another; from fabric to more fabric ... and everything in between.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fonda's Fabulous Funday Finds {one large green frog comin' up}

For my birthday in August of 2016, I wanted to meet up with Donna Wilkes of  distresseddonnadownhome. She's a sweetheart, and we quickly became friends. On the way to meet her, we stopped at a yard sale in Sumter, SC, just outside of Columbia. I wanted to break up our long-ish drive, so I checked Craigslist for yard sales. These photos are of the items we found at that yard sale:

Aluminum Bundt pan
Isn't that a wonderful shape for a Bundt cake!?!

Pens, nibs and rulers
I love office supplies, and this bunch of goodies was for me.

Sewing and knitting supplies plus buttons
I also love needle arts supplies. There are some old patterns at the back right that are in great shape. The buttons are bright and new, and I should find a project for those. The brand new sewing machine needles always come in handy. The contents of the box are the office supplies shown above.

Fat quarters
Look at the fat quarters! Brand new batiks and quilting cottons.

Flower frog
Everyone needs a large green oval flower frog! It's about 5" long. {Correction: It's 6.5" at the base!}

Slide Rule
The slide rule has a broken piece, but I'm thinking about selling it to a collector on eBay.

So that was our visit in Sumter. From there, we drove to two quilt stores (stay tuned). After that, we went to our motel where Donna would meet us the next day. I'll save that excursion for next time.

From Bundt pans to large green frogs to slide rules...and everything in between...