Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tag shopping

Week before last the blacksmith and I went to "town" for a tag sale. These sales are usually a whole house sale where everything is priced in cabinets, drawers, closets, etc. It has always been interesting to me to see how the people lived in the house. 

The house at this sale was so interesting. It was a 3 story house with a full basement of which some had a dirt floor. Originally you could tell this home was heated using coal. In every room were steam heaters, those tall cast iron big things! The kitchen sink was for me, to die for. The big cast iron sink with built in drain boards. It wasn't for sale. 

This was the light fixture in the parlor. It was for sale too. Personally I hope it didn't sell. If I would buy that house and the light fixtures were gone, I'd be so upset.

Now to show you some of the things for sale. **

Trade cards. They are usually dated from about 1890 to 1910. They were gone when I got there. **

 A beautiful vintage dress, but it was gone when I got there too.  **

 SCORE, a machine for my friend Phil. One of 7 machines in one room  **

 Vintage postcards. Gone when I got there too.

SCORE for me . . . a Martha Washington sewing cabinet. Doesn't it look beautiful between our two sewing rockers?

 SCORE an Ameribag for $10. Can you say BARGAIN?

SCORE A 1929 Singer sewing booklet in a binder. 

The sale was so good, we made 3 trips in one day. The following day, had we been in town I would have gone back for 1/2 price day. 

So tomorrow there is another tag sale in "town". It's hosted by a different group. 

 I spy boxes of needles . . . ***

 More needles ***

 Totes, totes, and more totes, I didn't include all the pictures of them. ***

 Polyester batting . . ***

 Some cute old fabric ***

 Thread, thread, thread ***

 Beautiful vintage canisters***

 Look at those vintage Gurley candles!!!  ***

 Vintage aluminum children pans!  I so want these! ***


 FABRIC *** . . . 

and more.  I didn't even include all the pictures.

 Did I mention thread?

I think I already said fabric once or twice. 

There is so much stuff at this sale I don't know how it can all sell in two short days. It includes all the normal household stuff, furniture, dishes, tools, bedding, towels, and appliances.  

So guess where we will be bright and early tomorrow morning???

** Pictures from McCorkle Facebook page. 

***Pictures from Estate and Garage Sale Managers Facebook page.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A trip back in time

We played tourist again and went to Marthasville, Missouri for Deustch Country Days. It had been 25 years or more since we had been there. 

It's about 50 acres of restored log buildings. Many people in period costume come to demonstrate days gone by. 

This little gal was so funny doing her laundry. She told us the white machine in the back ground was only for rich folks, and she wasn't one of those. Outside the cabin other girls were heating wash water over a wood fire. It sure makes you appreciate today's washing machines.

In the next cabin these young men were making sausage. We didn't dally around there as that is something we still make.

A saw mill was running up the road a ways. 

This family was making molasses. Something my blacksmith had done just the day before. 

Our friend Denny Quinn was forging away in his cabin. 

Another friend Mike Yeomans was weaving rye grass baskets. He doesn't sell his baskets. I must work on him to barter for one!!

A mountain man and his daughter were telling visitors about their furs. 

These ladies were doing some dutch oven cooking. We should have eaten there, the brisket looked delicious.

My blacksmith and Flat Creek's blacksmith posing for us. 

Dean posed for a picture for me. He was running a small general store outside his cabin. Yes he did spend the night in there too. It was evident by his empty wine bottle!  Right Mr. Liverwurst?

This is Bob Stormer, another member of the Missouri Blacksmith Association. You can see inside his cabin, which he said was a little cold the night before.

I had never seen a tee pee covered with cedar. Apparently people back then didn't have allergies!

This a Alice and Joe Dudenhoeffer. Joe and I are both retired from the same company. 
They make beautiful split oak baskets. I have quite a few of them. He likes to barter!!

I asked if I could take a picture of this bicycle basket. 

This is the basket they were demonstrating. It was big. The handle was an antler.

We had a lot of friends demonstrating there including Jeff Goris, the tin man. I have a couple of his pieces, including an anvil cookie cutter and an anvil pin.

Have you ever seen anyone walking their pet turkeys?  Guess there is a first time for everything.

We had a great conversation with Jill, the soap maker. (Since the blacksmith had just made about 200 bars of soap earlier in the week.) Jill tells us her parents started this event 34 years ago. They were somewhere around but we never ran into them. 

This is the line shaft in the wood workers building. They were making corn cob pipes. 

I found this in the shop with a few antiques. This is a plastic machine about  3 inches high. The machine actually fold into the cabinet.

So if you every get a chance mid- October check out Deustch Country Days.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Arrow Rock 2015

We hadn't been to The Heritage Festival in Arrow Rock, Missouri since 2013. We decided to spend the day there. It felt good to play tourist, and not being a vendor for a change. 

We found Josh Rhodes turning old silverware into beautiful jewelry. We first met him at our BAM conference earlier this year. Here he shows off his dental tool, it's a pedal. Now that would be some slow drilling, ouch!

We walked up to this campground. It was fun visiting with the guys. Years ago, I mean decades, the blacksmith and I did rendezvous. We didn't go as far as the primitive camp but it still brought back lots of memories. We went to the national muzzle-loading shoots in Friendship, Indiana a couple of times. 

Here is Brad who was proudly showing off his new branding iron made by one of our blacksmith members. Good work Doug Clemons!

The streets weren't so crowded on a Sunday morning. 

Later we sat on the grass and enjoyed some good music and song. 

Across the street from where we were sitting were 2 blacksmiths demonstrating, also in our organization, Colton and Don. 

We spent the day strolling the streets and had lunch with our good friends Phil (also a blacksmith) and Margie. We treated them to lunch.  After all, it was their 46th wedding anniversary and they chose to spend it with us. Love these guys.

Don, Margie, Phil, my blacksmith, and me.

It's not often that you get three blacksmiths and 2 wives sitting in the shade. What a beautiful day it was.