Sunday, February 17, 2013

~SOMEWHERE IN TIME..~ exactly where we are.  A book I bought at one of the garage sales brought that movie to mind.  Did you see it?  By todays standards, perhaps not all that great...but back then I loved it. 
I'm a romantic. 
Anyway..Saturday dawned warm and sunny.  It's a bit early for the garage sales to begin in earnest, but we had to get out there and look.
There is snow on our mountains and more is supposed to be here by Wednesday, they say.  It will fall very low..but none on us in the valley. 
This lovely hand embroidered tablecloth was $5.00.  It smelled so clean and nice.
All those tiny french knots....just beautiful.  Lots of work there....
The tablecloth is linen and a nice large one. 
Well worth the price. I always have to wonder why they don't want it anymore.
Free of stains!  Free of holes!  WHY?? 
No matter.  It has a good home now.
And these pocket history books.  Copyright 1920.  The color is RED.
Price $4.00  Home they came.  There are 8 of the books.  I forgot one in the car.
I gently leafed through a couple of them and the pages seemed intact. I came across a bit of history about California and how we took it from the Mexicans and Indians.  Exactly what I want to read and am very curious about.  It might be very interesting being that it was written so long ago.
Probably rarely used, and since I love history..a mere $4.00 was a great price to me.  He wanted $5 but took $4.00!  What a nice fellow!
And this little hand painted dish.  The bottom only says "Victorian china" handwritten.
in gold paint.  *shrug*  It goes nicely on my desk to drop my earrings in..or whatever.
Anything with roses on it... price was $3.00 and it was priced at $8.00.  It's fun to do a bit of bargaining.
Of course I am always on the lookout for books.  You know, to add to that overloaded bookcase you perhaps saw earlier?  :)
JOHN GRISHAM...I love his novels.  This was one I didn't have...and "Still Me" by Christopher Reeve.  I picked it up with a feeling of sadness.  This was a part of Christopher's life I have avoided knowing much about.  It was a terrible accident to have happened, and then to have his beautiful wife follow him such a short time later, leaving a young son alone.  I bought it.  He deserves a place on my bookshelf.
Did I ever tell you that my baby brother is a quadriplegic?  He had a terrible auto accident years ago and has been in a wheelchair ever since.
   I pray for a cure for spinal injuries.
The books were a 25cents each.  Perfect condition.  A nice addition to my ever growning library.
And that was my Saturday finds.  Not many sales out there but well worth the drive and it was a lovely outing for us. 
Sending positive thoughts to all of you for a lovely week ahead.
*To my daughter, Dawn. CONGRATULATIONS  on your engagement, my darling!
(Dawn is my latest follower!  Can you believe that?  I..think I may have arrived! :)


  1. Exciting congratulations to Dawn.
    What a sweet table cloth. Don't you whonder what was happening in that ladies life when she embroidered it. May be she did it for her glory box.

  2. Congrats to Dawn. And I always felt bad for his kids. You know. You got a lot of nice things at the sale. sandie

  3. First congrats to your Dawn! What fun- a wedding in the offing.

    You found some real prizes there, Mona. I have a very similar embroidered tablecloth. I,too, always look for books. MyHero just finished John Grisham's latest-The Racketeer. He says it will make a great movie.

    I forgot that Christopher Reeve's wife followed his passing so quickly. How very tragic. God bless that family. Hope you are having a great day- xo Diana

  4. I'd love to go with you to a garage sale Mona. You always find such wonderful treasures. Love the tablecloth and the little sweetie dish. So pretty both!

  5. way to go dawn! and you too mona! good deals!

  6. Hi Mona! Love your things! The tablecloth is so pretty! I would love to read that book by Christopher Reeves. Such a tragedy.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. I read Grisham too...he's great! And the rest of your treasures fit you perfectly!!!!...:)JP

  8. Congratulations to Dawn.

    I like Grisham. I have been reading some Greg Iles and Harlan Coben. They are both pretty good.

    If you are happy with what's around you, that is the way it should be. I on the other hand seem to be creating a minimalist environment compared to what it was.

  9. Congratulations on the engagements. No garage sales here yet. We still have snow.....and way too cold.
    I love the table cloth.
    I felt bad for Christoper's son. So hard to believe that his wife died so soon after he did. so sorry about your brother. It is hard to go through that. My friends mother was paralized after a car accident as well.
    I do think you needed more books, hah.

  10. Beautiful post Mona, filled with garage sale finds, Christopher Reeve thoughts, (I think he was in the Somewhere In Time movie) and congratulations for a new follower, and engaged daughter. Enjoyed it all!

  11. What wonderful finds. I LOVE the old history books! They look so pretty stacked on a shelf in any decor! Enjoy your week, my friend! Wishing you sunshine and happiness!

  12. Wow! That tablecloth is lovely. And how neat that your newly engaged daughter is following you!!!!!
    xo rachel

  13. I have often thought thrift shops sad because I see items for sale I know someone labored long & lovingly over, probably gave to someone they loved, and it ended up in a thrift store. Totally changed my views on giving away items I had labored long over. I now offer them for sale because I don't think an item I wove from wool yarn I spun from the wool of my own sheep,all the labor included, ( raising the sheep, processing the wool to make it o.k. to spin,dying it, then plying it, and then weaving it, finishing it),making sure it is in the color scheme of family member, only to go to their home and discover it covering a shelf in a basement.Yep, better to sell it to someone who appreciates the labor of love, and then maybe it won't end up in a thrift shop or garage sale.

    You got some very fine items and good deals. I wanna go thrifting with you !

  14. OH Mona, I love that tablecloth:) I shoot straight for the linens at sales!!! Have a blessed day and congrats to Dawn! HUGS!!!

  15. My comment disappeared, said something about Service error. Weird. Anyway, some great finds and sounds like such a fun day. Hugs, Marty

  16. Congratulations to Dawn and I'm sure the wedding will be a blast with dear Momma Mona, for there would never be a dull moment. Well, I sure am glad you have got to a sale and I truly believe that no one but your could find the treasures that you do. We have garage sales here, but I hardly ever go, for them mostly are JUNK. I do go to the large one held in the local Arena in the Fall for that is full and lots of neat stuff. I love your little dish and the history books are indeed a treasure - that is just great. Your other two book finds are in amazingly good shape. I almost feel like I went on the treasure hunt with you....AND the tablecloth is so beautiful. My Mom used to embroider her own pillowslips. Mom always bought plain white pillow slips and then in the evenings she would sit by the stove and put patterns on for each of us, making them personal. I still have some of those today.
    Have a wonderful day dear Mona and will write soon. lol

  17. Great sale finds. The embroidered tablecloth is beautiful. Imagine all of the work that went into it. I guess who ever got rid of it doesn't appreciate handmade quality. I hardly ever run across any embroidery work at the flea markets and Goodwill in my area. They must sell out fast. I collect embroidered pillowcases, not only for the beautiful embroidery, but because the cotton fabric that was usually used in the pillowcases seems so much smoother and softer to my face than newly bought ones. The embroidery is always so pretty I hate to use them and wear them out, but I can't resist because they feel so much better to sleep on. Hadn't thought about the movie Somewhere in Time for a long time. I remember that I liked it. Christopher Reeve was a talent who left this world too early. I hope they are making progress on various types of stem cell therapy research. I believe I remember he was participating in experimental therapies.

  18. Wow great finds I especially love the pocket history books. I would love to hold them and read them, there is something about those kind of old books that get me very excited. Love the colour also.

    I do hope they find a cure for spine injuries Too.
    Congrats to your daughter. Take care B

  19. Love that table cloth
    A friend of mine is a collector, so I am always interesting in seeing what is out there
    I think you have a find!

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  21. I love vintage linens and have a nice little collection going. I love the tablecloth and the fact it's in such good condition makes it a really good find! Congrats to your daughter on her engagement! I loved the movie "Somewhere in Time" and when my son and his wife lived in Michigan they went to the hotel where it was filmed. So beautiful!

  22. Wonderful funds as always, Mona. And I too wonder how people can part with such lovely items for next to nothing prices, but then many people do not value the past, but only present day items...better for those of us who do! Congrats also to your daughter, Dawn, on her engagement.

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  24. Hi Mona ... am so enjoying your blog. Love that tablecloth and so nice to fine one that has been loved and in such good condition. The red books are great for decoration and of course reading. One time I took a set of encyclopedia to Salvation Army and the man that took them from my car went straight to the dumpster, said "we don't take encyclopedias" and threw them in. I was so shocked. I would have kept them if I had known. That made me sad.
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  25. Such great finds! I'm jealous of the red books.

    Congratulations to your daughter. :)

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