Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Get your vintage groove on...the barn sale is almost here!

Nellie's Barn Sale is just around the corner...Friday/Saturday, June 27 and 28, 2014 is the next sale. Both days will be 9am to 4pm.. This summer sale will see some changes. Our county zoning dept. has informed us that we can no longer host a sale with vendors. So, we travel back to our roots and will hold the event with just ourselves. But never fear. The garage, driveway, barn and vintage camper will still be full of furniture, linens, old books, vintage kitchen, fun decor, re-purposed items, and more. The sale is at my home at 10856 Branding Iron Lane in Roscoe, Illinois.

THEN--get ready. For my fall October 10 and 11, 2014 sale, I'll be taking Nellie's on the road--well, just a few miles up into town--for a full blown, bigger than ever Nellie's Barn Sale. The fall event will be held on the grounds of Meyer's Canine Colony on Main Street, in Roscoe, IL. It's a lovely spot with a building and grassy fields that I will fill with the coolest vendors around! YAHOO!

Cool. Vintage. Suff. Twice a year.

In Rust We Trust.

Facebook is the best way to stay up to speed with the items available at the sale. I keep a photo album on my page of the fun vintage finds that will be for sale: www.facebook.com/nelliesbarnsale

See you there.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Circle...

A few weeks ago I posted on my facebook page that I was looking for brown transferware dishes...both for me and my friend Kim. You see, last year I bought a set of eight plates at a garage sale that had fabulous ships on them. Then, Kim was planning her Thanksgiving table but didn't have appropriate plates...so I offered to loan her mine, and another set I have of brown transferware with turkeys on them. She quickly took me up on the offer. But, poor Kim, she's wanted some brown transferware to call her very own.

Kim's Thanksgiving table, 2011

So, back to the post. My friend Jeannie from The Gilded JunqueYard responded to the post saying she used to do mosaics, but no longer did. She said her basement was full of china and dishes, and would we like to come pick through them? What was that you said Jeannie? Come pick through shelves of dishes? Wait, let me think about that for a minute...ok, sure!

So, yesterday morning Kim and I met at Jeannie's house. Upon greeting me at the door, she said she was cooking up some eggs and would we like some? Sure. Hazelnut coffee? Sure. We had a lovely breakfast with our friend, chatting and finding out more about what brought her to the point she is today...which is a fabulous designer of rockin' jewelry made from vintage finds. That morning her husband inquired about who was coming over. After trying to explain who we were, Jeannie explained that we were "you know, in the 'circle'". The "circle" is the friends who meet through the love of what we do...they are the vintage loving, junk inspired, antiquing, furniture painting, jewelry making, rusty stuff girls. You know, them. Can I just tell you how much I love being in the "circle".

Back to the visit...

"Well, let's go downstairs to the studio", says Jeannie. Now I have to say Kim and I were super excited just to be able to rummage through any dishes...but when we hit the bottom of the stairs in her basement studio, we were like two giddy teenagers...I'm here to tell you, this place rocked!

Jeannie and Kim in the "jewelry" station.
 Jeannie is an artist in every sense of the word. She has done everything from owned a hair salon to being a mosaic artist to faux painting to running a business to her now fabulous jewelry designs. The photo above is the jewelry making station in her studio...yes, I said "station". There was also one for painting, and one for mosaics. I've never seen so many vintage jewelry pieces, brooches, rhinestones and charms in one place at one time! It was a fabulous site. Each work station was a myriad of vintage cupboards with multiple drawers and each drawer filled to capacity with gorgeous trinkets, jewels and glittery fun. Of course there was a chandelier hanging in each station too.

Jewelry station.
After we stopped drooling at the jewelry, we turned around and stumbled into the china shelves and mosaic station...

Broken mosaic pieces--just roses and flowers.

More roses for doing mosaics.

Need a cup handle?

Plate edges.

Fruit and rose pieces.

Mosaic station.

Every jar is filled with broken pieces of gorgeous china!!! And of course it was all organized by color.

More fabulous jewerly beads, pearls, pieces and chains.

Can you stand it?


After much laughing, oohhing and ahhhing, Kim and I narrowed down our piles (yes, piles)...and I came home with these lovely ladies...

I know...they're not brown transferware, they're green. But I couldn't leave them behind.

Thank you to Jeannie for her gracious hospitality...and for having a "circle" and letting us in!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Get Ready, Get Set, Gooooooooo!

Yep, it's that time...Nellie's Barn Sale & Vintage Extravaganza is today! The lines form early, but we open at 10am both days... and run until 4pm.

My vendors are charming, sweet, and friendly...and so un-diva-like...down to earth and helpful. This girl feels very luck to have such great friends. My good friends Kim (Serendipity Refined), Polly (Counting Your Blessings) and Jude (The Empty Attic) have all given up their own time to help me make this a great sale. From rearranging the barn and hanging burlap, to making hydraenga arrangements to pricing furniture, and from putting out signs to baking cookies (for you). But the best has to be the hand chalked welcome sign. Yes, my "new" old welcome sign is a re-purposed footboard from a bed, and hand chalked by Kim.

So, you can oogle over it when you get here...don't be late...we're all waiting for you.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The barn sale is just around the corner...

Nellie's fall sale is this Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13 from 10 to 4pm both days. I've got eleven vendors participating in this year's sale! Many of the same and a few new ones thrown in. Today was spent with my friend Kim from Serendipity Refined and Polly from Counting Your Blessings and The Vintage Market to decorate the barn with our "plaid" theme. Kim and Polly are experts at transforming spaces. They turned my plain barn into a fabulous retail space! Wait until you see it...here's a sneak peek....

Pretty floral china, Christian icons, and shabby wear.
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Tons of silver and shabby farmhouse chic items.
Lots of ironstone platters, creamers, china dishes and plates.
Everything is for sale...except Mr. Skeleton.

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Tons of wood crates, boxes, metal tubs, buckets and such.

Call all your friends and come to the sale...you'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Family Gallery Project complete...check!

Let's see, I think I've had this wall shelf in my garage for at least six months. I got it at this fab junk shop in town, but because I got it right before my last barn sale, it sat getting dusty since she came home. Yes, it's a "she" because of her cute scallop edge.

Then I got to work on deciding which photos to use on the gallery wall. I knew I wanted all the frames to be similar in color, but the photos themselved needed to be vintage shots of my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. I started collecting small rectangles and oval frames, nothing larger than 5 x 7, and only two are 8 x 10 because most would be shelf sitting, not hanging. Then I sprayed them all black and instead of cutting mats for them, I just used a variety of scrapbook paper in the frame and placed the photos on top of the paper...instant mat board! This all took place in the spring, and they've all been gathering dust in the dining room ever since...until tonight!

Finally, after dinner I dusted off the shelf and brought it in the kitchen to clean her off. At first I was going to leave her in a wood stain finish, but in the end decided to paint her with Annie Sloan Duck Egg paint and clear wax top coat...a good choice I think.

Yoo-hoo, honey? Can you help me hang a shelf?

He did...and here she is...

Isn't she sweet?

My dad used to own a GULF service station at the corner of Auburn & Central in Rockford, IL during the 1960's and 70s. So when I found this vintage Auburn Street sign, I snapped it up.

I have a small collection of vintage cameras. Photo to left of camera is Grandma Doris (my vintage camper is named after her) and to the right is Grandma Nellie (my barn sale is named after her).

My dad in his service station uniform!

This is my silk wedding bouquet!

You can see the "fake" mat board made from scrapbook paper!