Wednesday, July 26, 2017

127 Yard Sale: Snacks for the Road

Hi all!  It's that time of year again!  The World's Longest Yard Sale is upon us!  I decided this year, instead of waiting until the day it officially starts, I'd be getting a head start and finding the really good junk before anyone else gets their hands on it!

This year, I'm making a few snacks for the road (and after the days are over)...

Freezer Margaritas!

- 4 shots Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita Mix
- 4 shots of plain ol' water
- 2 shots of Jose Cuervo tequila

How to:
- Pour above ingredients in a ziplock sandwich baggie
- Put several ziplock baggies full in a larger bag
- Put in freezer
- Get a straw and enjoy at the end of a long day

Due to the low water content and alcohol, these won't freeze up, they'll stay slushy.  If you don't like it frozen, you can use this same recipe, but just add a few ice cubes to it!

Blackberry Freezer Margaritas!

- 8 shots Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita Mix
- 4 shots of plain ol' water
- 4 shots of Jose Cuervo tequila
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries

How to (makes 2):
- Pour above ingredients in a blender
- Blend until berries are chopped up
- Pour into sandwich baggies*
- Put several ziplock baggies full in a larger bag
- Put in freezer
- Get a straw and enjoy at the end of a long day

These also won't freeze up, they'll stay slushy.  If you don't like it frozen, you can use this same recipe, but just use fresh berries and add a few ice cubes to it!

*tip: if you don't want the blackberry seeds, pour through a sieve when you're pouring in baggies.

Melissa's No Frills Chex Mix!

- 4.5 cups of corn chex*
- 4.5 cups of plain cheerios*
- 1.5 sticks of butter/margarine
- 4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 2.5 tsp salt
- .5 tsp paprika
- 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder

How to (makes 9 cups):
- melt butter in microwavable bowl
- add spices to butter and stir
- put cereal on baking pans in a thin layer (I split mine in 2 13"x9" pans)
- spoon butter/spice mixture evenly over cereal
- bake in oven at 250F, stirring every 15 minutes, for 60 to 75 minutes
- take out once cereal is no longer soggy and is crunchy

*tip: you can use any type of chex cereal or add pretzels or peanuts or whatever you like... just make sure that everything you put in the mix adds up to 9 cups.  I just happen to like mine more on the plain side.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Cheerio No Bake Bars!

- 5 cups corn chex*
- 1 cup cheerios*
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- .5 tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- tsp olive oil

How to:
- in sauce pan over medium heat mix brown sugar and corn syrup
- stir constantly, so sugar doesn't burn, and bring to a boil for about a minute
- take off heat, add peanut butter and mix until smooth
- add vanilla and salt
- add cereal and coat well
- press mixture into greased 9"x13" pan
- melt chocolate chips and olive oil in microwave, stirring every 15-20 seconds until smooth
- spread chocolate over top
- put in fridge to form
- cut in squares and enjoy!

*tip: You can also use rice chex or honey nut cheerios.  You can use all chex or all cheerios, just be sure the mixture adds up to 6 cups.

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Sidewalk Sale

This past Friday and Saturday I participated in a sidewalk sale at my antique mall.  I decided that this would be a good opportunity to clean out a lot of items and to make life easier - everything was $1.

Day 2.  I found MORE stuff to sell!

I decided to pull some stuff out of my booth and put everything on sale.

I sold a basket!

And some windows.

Of course I had to shop the sidewalk sale too.
Picked up a few cute things!

Also, when digging through my own dollar linen pile, I found these 2 tablecloths.  I rescued them.  A few others weren't so lucky, but they found new homes for $1. 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Antique Store Close Out Auction, Part 2

I have kept to my word and haven't done ANY shopping for vintage goodies.  Truth is, I'm still working my way through all the good stuff I bought at the antique store close out auction!  You can see Part 1 HERE.

So here's part 2...

I got a whole stack of these never used posters.  I hope they go quickly!

New in box 1960s calendar towels and an interesting rolling pin.

New in box little spread knives, blue leather wallet in box, random box, and cigar box.

Lots of smalls...

More smalls.  I love the straws!

I was tempted to keep the Shawnee log planter.

Nice old candy tin, cute wood canisters, lots of interesting cigar boxes, and more...

Lots of nice small kitchen items and new old stock stuff.

FYI - that orange box is a new old stock box of aquarium pebbles.  Oh, the things you'll find!

And... I want to introduce you to our newest family member...

Khloe, a 1-2 year old Australian Shepard.
We adopted her from a local rescue on 6/30/17.
As with any new, young dog she is a little trying at times.
But, for the most part she has been very sweet!

And, if you're as excited as I am... the 127 Yard Sale is coming up soon!
You can read my posts about it:
My 2015 Trip
My 2015 Finds
Tips & Tricks for the 127
(Still my most popular post to date!)
How to Plan your 127 Trip
My 2016 Trip
My 2016 Finds, Part 1
My 2016 Finds, Part 2

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Antique Store Close Out Auction, Part 1

Hey all! I think I remember saying that I wasn't going to buy anything until the 127 Yard Sale... but when someone you know, who has owned a killer antique mall for years and cleans out estates for a living, is closing their antique business... you go!  Add in a super hot day, which means less people... it means you go and get those deals!

So, I bought SO MUCH stuff the van was absolutely packed to the gills, I couldn't have possibly bought anymore stuff.  All my booths are stocked relatively full, so I have to wait for people to buy stuff before I bring in more goodies.  So, I'm going to slowly bring stuff into the mall and I'll show you what I bought over the next several weeks.  Maybe by the time the 127 sale actually starts, I'll have it all in!

So, this is part 1!

I got this awesome primitive cabinet for $10.  The right bottom door was busted.  And then of course I broke one of the glass panes, trying to get it home.  And yeah, it was missing the 2 drawers.  So, I'm going to give it a small makeover before it goes into the booth.

I got 2 of these tall skinny shelves made of salvage pieces.

I'll never pass up a green vintage thermos.  It happens to have my last name on it.  My dad likes old Stanley brand stuff, so he got this for Father's Day.

This antique dresser is in absolutely amazing shape.  And it only set me back $25.  Now each of the bedrooms in my house have an antique dresser.  Eventually I'll find all the pieces to finish my house.

I love this map and debated keeping it.  Too bad it had a small tear in the top.

Another item I want to keep - 4lb coffee tin.

Another great advertising tin.

Cute little green suitcases.
Isn't the train case the perfect shade of green?

I don't think I've ever bought this brand of thermos before.

I finally got another rack and baskets.
There were 2 more baskets that need a little TLC.

And, if you need a daily dose of cuteness... follow me on instagram for pics of my chicks growing up... (plus snippets of our country home and vintage finds!)

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That's it for now!
Be back later with more!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

US 40 Yard Sale & Woodruff Place Flea Market

Hi all! Last weekend, on Friday and Saturday, mom and I shopped the US 40 Yard Sale and the Woodruff Place Flea Market.  You can check out my finds from US 40 2016, 2015, and 2014.  You can check out my posts from Woodruff Place Flea Market 2015, 2014, 2012 (1), and 2012 (2).

Above are the boxes of stuff from day one!

Here are the boxes from day two.

I can never say no to windows!

Or pretty picture frames!

Can you believe this beautiful heater?

More goodies from day 2!

Here's a better look at the bird cage (minus the hideous silk flowers) and these amazing extra large locker baskets!

A whole crate full of cream bottles!

This isn't all of them, but I bought every issues of Arizona Highways magazine from 1950ish to 1980!  There are some pretty amazing photos in here.  I thought people might like to buy them to frame some of the images.

Nut grinders, swanky swig, and jadeite.

Sorry, don't know how this turned out blurry, but it's the only shot I have.  Pyrex fridgie and 3 mugs.

2 teabag holders and a delphite blue Pyrex dish.

New old stock set of 4 Anchor Hocking amber Georgian glasses and an adorable red plastic cookie jar.

This scale - ugh.  I want to keep it so badly.  Aren't those exercise pins cool?

Lots of bakelite tools and a rolling pin.

Have you ever seen colored aluminum snack trays before?

A few old yardsticks, ready for your next project.

An old rubber blade fan.

I didn't find this on the route, but a customer came into the shop when I was working on Saturday and I bought this from him.

Old green stool, architectural salvage, and a couple thermoses.

Beautiful Redman picnic basket made right here in Indiana.

Some great farmhouse items!  Old galvanized scoops and more!

Some old chevy hubcaps for my brother.

Cool little parts cabinet.

Some canvas tool aprons.

Fired on color swanky swigs and ice cream dishes, 2 pieces of red Pyrex, an ice crusher, and an old jar.

Some bowls and other odds and ends.

I love buying baggies and boxes of random stuff!

Box of random items for a quarter?  Yes, please.

Baggie of random items for a quarter?  Again, yes please.

Some calendar tea towels and Nancy Drew books.

More kitchen items... including (probably my best find) the Pyrex friendship casserole underplate.  I have it up on ebay, if you're interested in bidding on it.

I love these Hazel Atlas car glasses.  I found 3 full sets plus one spare.

I hit the jadeite jackpot at one stop.
I also love this Hazel Atlas mom cup!

Does anyone love Siestaware as much as I do?
Very tempted to keep them all for myself.

Also, how cool is the Anchor Hocking relish dish, new in the box with the original label?

Of course... adding more McCoy planters to my collection.

You can see my whole collection HERE.

More Pyrex.

My unusual find was this box of new old stock socks.  Already sold!

I thought these Thunderbird glasses from the Federal Glass Co. were pretty neat too.

Hand embroidered baby quilt.

I have never been able to find lady vases to resell at a reasonable price.  Well, I got lucky and found 3, plus this cool milkglass makeup mirror.

Nice Playskool puzzles.

Lustroware fridgies!

Have you ever seen these glasses before?

It wouldn't be a yard sale route without a little Christmas

These will be great decor for the booth at Christmastime.

Anyways, I know I missed showing you some items.  I just bought so much good stuff, it was hard to share it all.  I don't know if I'll be shopping anytime soon, but who knows.  A junker never sleeps... especially when the words 'yard sale' are muttered.

Finally... I am one step closer to getting my chickens.  My husband and brother started building the coop this weekend.  They got a pretty good start, I think!

Have a great week!

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