Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Saturday I decided to go with my sweet husband to the garage sales. I was desperate to get out of the house..so I watched from the car for awhile and then an especially interesting one came along...and I couldn't contain myself. If you have ever seen a particularly wonderful garage sale...and hadn't been out of the house in weeks...and had to walk rather slowly up the drive...then you understand how impatient I was with my slow progress.
Below were the finds at this one sale. It was fun! It was...wonderful, and just the fact that I felt I wanted to get out there and take a look...makes me know I am on my way back!

These were the first things that caught my eye. I am already looking forward to Christmas and these even came with the tags still on them and new tealights in packages in each. Note the brand for $2.00 each. Worth it! I do love candles!

I nearly left this little shelf. Actually, it is not all that small. At the last moment I got out of the car and walked back up and asked about the shelf. In a questioning voice she said "$3.00?" And smiled and said...SOLD! I would have been ashamed to quibble! :) It was very dusty and dirty but it had plate groves and the darling little rail sold me. Shall I paint it white? Maybe! When I am able I will consider it. :)
I had my post all finished...and then remembered the sweet little hearts on each end of the shelf..so got my camera and snapped a picture of them. I nearly didn't do it but I decided I had to show you! :) I thought they really added to the shelf! How I love detail..

Frames! I am always in the market for frames. I got these for 50 cents each. I regret that I left one there...it was very intricate...but I think it would have cleaned up ...ah well. I am happy with my lovely silver frames...and as you see, I was already putting family pictures in one when I remembered that I should take pictures. All of these were in NEW condition.

My second oldest daughter, Erin's children. My grandchildren, Frankie and Rachel over 20 years ago. Both are newly married now. Time is racing by me...but I won't be sad. How can I be when they are so very happy.
This is granddaughter Rachel now, taken just a few weeks ago as a new bride at her reception. It makes me smile to look at this picture.

And this was one of my best finds for $4.00. It was sitting on the table with tons of other stuff...without a lid. I passed it by and on the other side of the driveway..on another table with lots of other stuff...sat a glass.."is that a LID?" Picked it up and walked back to the other table...and it certainly was the lid! They wanted $6.00 after I put the lid on it...but I smiled and said "I would like to pay $4.00 and they said yes!! I have great plans for this...and very soon! I LOVE it! I mean..for $4.00, wouldn't you? :) Of course you would!

So...there you have my Saturday Garage sale trip!
How good it was to feel the fresh air...and see people...but I have to admit I was delighted to come home and lay down. My precious husband unloaded the car..and encouraged me to rest. I slept for three hours! :)
Next Saturday I will feel even better!
The doctor says it will take a couple of months to feel back to normal! I smiled at that. I am already planning what I will take to wear on our trip to Maine! :)

My love, hugs and gratitude to all of you for hanging in there with me through this. It makes me smile just thinking of all of you! How special you are!!


  1. TY Mona, I have truly missed hearing from you & wonder about you & your healing daily.

    It is good to see you got out & about for a bit ... perks one up when they have been couped up so long.

    What lovely finds, Mikasa, great buy! The frames are wonderful, never can have enough frames for those gr-kids can we. You did really well with your lovely finds. And, the teacups are gorgeous displayed on that new stand.

    Good to have you back ... Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

  2. Rachel is beautiful Mona.. gorgeous girl. Love the first frame the best. The shelf would be cottage white in a hurry in my home. Thanks for stopping by today. It was lovely to see you again as usual. Feel better friend. I've been saying my prayers for you. Tammy

  3. The shelf is so pretty...I love the hearts! I'm glad you're feeling better.

  4. Great finds Mona. I saw you had been around commenting. I'm glad you got out of the house for a while! You must be feeling much better. (yes, I'm up late again, I've been "partying" with some feathered friends!)

  5. What great finds you have there, Mona! I love your plate rack...gorgeous! I am glad to see that you are feeling well enough to hit the garage sales! That's a very good sign! I also deal with a colon ailment. Normal is highly under-rated, isn't it? Have a wonderful day!!...hugs...Debbie

  6. Hi Mona, I so happy to hear you are doing well. There's nothing like a good garage sale on a Saturday morning, right? You found some great stuff! Wow. Hope you continue to recover, so glad that you're back!!!

  7. You found some great items. I see that you are recouperating. So sorry you have been ill. I scrolled through and saw that you had been hospitalized. It is hard to get back to "normal" after that, but you will. Glad you go to do some garage saleing. Have a great week.

  8. Glad you felt well enough to go garage saling Mona and you got some treasures there; I have a duplicate of that first ornate frame.

    Anyone ever tell Rachel she looks like Jennifer Lopez?

    Come visit me; I know you love Omar Sharif!

  9. So glad that you're getting better! We've missed you, but knowing that you needed to use all your energy to get well. You found great things on your treasure hunt. Enjoy your upcoming get away.

  10. I'm glad to see you back posting, yard saling and general on the upswing. Take you time and you'll be back up to speed b/4 you know it. Love the shelf......Jo

  11. Hi Mona, you go girl....so glad to hear this post! Your finds are wonderful. I love everything and especially the picture frames...oh yes!!

    So glad you were able to get out for a while....such a good feeling, isn't it?

    Your granddaughter is lovely. Please continue to rest and know that you will STAY in my prayers.

    Sending hugs and love,

  12. Hi Mona, Glad you are feeling better! You found some great treasures this weekend.
    Hope you continue to heal quickly.

  13. Great to read that You´ve been outside! Great finds You´ve done. I really like the bottom thing! I just cant haggle my self. I prtobably had made it more expensive instead :-) :-)

    I just realised that I have no pictures of any one in my home?! I have loads in my computor though. Time to do something about it I think!
    Promise to take it easy now!
    Have a great day now! Christer.
    P.S. I think I have answered all Your comments on my blog. Hope I didn´t miss anything.

  14. Mona,
    Glad to hear you are out and about!! Yea!!!

  15. I know that getting out and to a garage sale put a big smile on your face. Glad you're feeling up to it.

    You have a beautiful family, Mona.


  16. So glad you are taking baby steps. I was surprised to see you post today, but pleasantly surprised!

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  17. Hi Mona...((hugs hugs hugs))
    So glad to read one of your posts. Can't keep a good girl down. Those sales were just calling your name.

  18. Hi Mona, glad to hear you are feeling better. Us girls, no matter how sick we are, we never could pass up a great garage sale! LOL I like the shelve unit. Very nice!

  19. wow you must have had a fabulous time. i am soo envious. i will be following your blog after this. i agree with you, if i were in your shoes i would definitely have bought all of the things you purchased yourself.


  20. Hi Dear Mona!
    I am so glad that you are feeling well and up and about! And what FINDS!!! I bet I know exactly what you are going to do with your apothecary jar! Anything to do with a cloche party?
    So much to share - check out my blog to see what I'e been up to.
    Hugs! Karen

  21. Great finds! Love the plate holder and yes paint it white. It will be perfect in your house.

    So happy to hear you are getting better even if it is to slow.

    So when do you go to Maine? Where will you be going? I'm going to go on a cruise and we stop in Maine. Wouldn't it be funny if we were there and ran into each other.


  22. Hello Mona! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following it also. Oh, you're being too modest, you're blog is very pretty and it is a real stress-reliever. Nowadays, with all the things we have to face everyday (going to work, inflation, etc.), its really a treat to look at beautiful things. Thanks again and more power to you and your blog!


  23. Oh Mona you scored some precious and beautiful finds my friend! LOVE the sweet shelf and the hearts just make it. The silver frames are GORGEOUS!

    I'm glad yopu are feeling better! :)

  24. Good morning, and how are you today? One day closer to feeling all chipper again I hope. We've all missed your posting on a regular basis and look forward to your return. In the meantime take it slow.

    FYI... The Blue Ridge Gal blog has changed and is now known as Snappy Finger. Come see when you are up to it.

    Love ya!

  25. Good Morning Mona,

    I'm glad to hear that you were able to get out for a little bit and boy did you do good! I love the shelf and I can just see it white :)


  26. Oh, yes...you did have a wonderful garage sale trip...these are all GREAT!! I, too, love little candles burning all over the place..especially around Christmas time when you have people over a lot.
    So glad you are feeling better...and even planning for your Maine trip.
    We have a weeks vacation coming up next week..to the coolness of the Colorado mountains...ummm

  27. Mona I've missed you! I am so glad you got some great garage sale finds! That apothecary jar is such a deal and good for you holding your own and telling them you'd only pay $4 :) lol. I am glad you are resting and getting better! Sorry to hear about the poor selection at Riverside's Goodwill. Mine doesn't seem that fabulous either as I have seen other blog ladies who find amazing stuff! Luckies! lol.

    All the best,

  28. Hi Mona, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I know exactly where you are coming from, I have bitten my tongue many times and could say much more but I know I would lose some friends here! It is a shame we feel like we can't express who we are on our own blogs, or should I say, it's a shame we DON'T out of fear. I had a political blog before this one and had alot of fun with it! Things aren't so fun anymore, way too much hatred and racism and I'm afraid whats coming around the corner could be violence. Its all so ridiculous! I loved your comment and appreciate your support! Come by again! xo Sue

  29. Hi Mona,
    I am so glad your feeling better dear, and so glad you could get out and get some fresh air and a little garage saleing! Love your finds! The mikasa Christmas goodies are so good, what a deal! Keep healing girl and keep your chin up! Hugs,Cindy

  30. Mona, I am so sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. And ashamed to say, I have no idea why. This summer has gotten away from me. I truly wish you the best and a speedy recovery.

    PS Your granddaughter was a gorgeous bride! And I LOVE your finds.

    Keep well,

  31. Mona, I was delighted to see you stopped by. I've been wondering about you. Did I read you had surgery and I missed it? Gosh I hope you're doing ok. Your treasures are wonderful. Have to say my favorite is the apothocary jar.. wow what a bargain.. many prayers headed your way darling and lots and lots of hugs~lynne~

  32. You granddaughter, Rachel is beautiful! Nice post and am glad you got out and enjoyed the garage sale. Hope you keep getting better. Thanks, by the way, for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments!

  33. Hi Mona, I've missed hearing from you so I went hunting for you! I'm glad to hear you're feeling a little stronger. Don't rush it. Your body tells you when it wants rest! You got some great things at the garage sale!! Pretty soon you'll be going full blast: ))

  34. I am not a very good commenter lately, but I read your lovely thoughts on other blogs, and I think that you are a lovely person. You snagged some wonderful finds. I have the same apothecary jar filled with reindeer moss and shells! I know I paid a good deal more for that jar, so you did very well. I just wanted to stop by to say hello again. I am going to get better about keeping up with visiting, and I hope that you drop by my blog house as well.


  35. Good morning Mona, I hope this finds you feeling better and better. The one I'm familiar with the most is The Tassle House.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6126969 I think this will take you right there. She has some beautiful tassles and I think a few on sale.. Let me know what you find..lol.. have a great day..
    hugs ~lynne~

  36. I'm so glad you got out and about. it does wonders for the spirit! What fab finds!!! I am loving the shelf and the Mikasa candle holders. Woo hoo! Now why can't I find yard sales like that around here? lol!
    Hugs to you and continued prayers.

  37. I need to go garage "sailing" (as my kids say it) with you!!! what a great haul! I am so glad to hear you are doing much better!!! keep up the good work and the great "sailing!"


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