Today my dress form, Grace, is going to help model some of the fabulous thrift shop finds darling daughter and I scored during our trip north.
On Saturday we visited the Blessing Barn in Milford, MA for the weekly bag sale. For $10, you can fill one of those cloth like reusable grocery bags. Not a bad deal. By carefully folding the clothes, we fit nineteen pieces of clothing in our bag. For $10.
Darling daughter absconded with her finds back to school before I took photos, but trust me she found some adorable things. Here are photos of some of the clothing I found:
On the real estate front, I was going to make an offer yesterday on the B&B. I decided to hold off until a couple things firm up, like the actual sales price of my own home. I am working a private sale and we had discussed a price range. Yeah. I need to nail that down before I go forward. Also, the B&B needs some repairs. The real estate agent promised contractor quotes. I think it best I review those before submitting an offer.
While I could use contingencies in the offer to protect myself on these issues, I am going to hold off for now. If the B&B seller accepts the other offer, there are other houses out there which would work for me. With a friend, I will be headed back to NH next week to look at more houses! Because that is how we roll!
The lidded tureen, ladle, and platter were made in Portugal. The set features a lovely pink floral design. The design makes me think of the cherry blossoms which are currently blossoming in our Nation’s Capital, Washington D. C. I paid $25 for the set. We will be enjoying stylish soup from this tureen.
Yikes! I am feeling the pressure! Yesterday my real estate agent in NH let me know that the owner of the B&B we stayed at on Friday night has an incoming offer.
Yesterday was a long day! We left my parents’ house in MA at 6:00 after our weekend house hunting in NH. At about 8:30 we stopped in New Haven, CT at Yale University to visit darling daughter’s bestie, Jordan!!!
Yeah. Lots of traffic through CT. And NY. And NJ. The Delaware Memorial Bridge resembled a parking lot.
Unfortunately, we lost quite a bit of travel time due to traffic which put us in DC rush hour traffic on the way to Georgetown. Argh.
We drove down Maine Avenue and saw the beautiful cherry blossom trees which are currently blossoming at their peak. Finally, we made it to Georgetown. It was 6:30. We said goodbye.
I still had to navigate out of the city at the tail end of rush hour. Fun! I got home at 8:30. At 14 1/2 hours, this trip qualifies as the longest trip in nearly twenty years of making the journey between our home and my parents’ home.
I apologize for not writing about the pillaging, I mean thrifting, we did in New England yet. When I unpack the car later I will take some photos. Darling daughter absconded with the goodies we found for her. Mostly lots of adorable clothes. Not to worry. There is still plenty to write about.
Until later, my friends!
Darling daughter and I are in New England, house hunting.
Yesterday we visited two houses in New Hampshire:
I was hoping she would help me decide which house to purchase. Yeah. No. It didn’t work out like that. She likes them both!
We spent the morning with my real estate agent considering these two real estate possibilities. Then we went thrifting! I will write a post about the pillaging we did tomorrow.
Darling daughter and I spent last night at the yellow house which is currently being run as a Bed and Breakfast. It was lovely.
Coffee at the B&B this morning:
As I have mentioned previously, I am on the market, in the market, and otherwise completely market bound for some real estate in New England. Having lived for nearly twenty years in Maryland, it is time to go back to the Motherland.
New Hampshire (pronounced “new hampstah”), to be exact. Although technically I grew up in nearby Massachusetts (pronounced “taxachusetts”), for tax and other reasons, I will be relocating to NH as opposed to MA. Live free or die, that is my motto. I mean, New Hampstah’s motto.
Darling daughter and I will be traveling north this week to see some real estate in NH. Exciting! I showed you all this house here on this blog, which I visited several weeks ago:
Some of you wrote to say that you like it. Thanks! Today my friends at Zillow emailed me that the price of this house dropped $15,000! Wow! Can you believe it? What is not to love?
Well, here is where it gets complicated. You see, there is another house in NH which I really, really like too. Here it is:
Pretty, isn’t it? The thing is in mid March it went under contract. I thought it was no longer an option for us. Then, a week later it came back on the market! It is currently on the market and very much an option.
This house and I have some history. This time last year, I visited this house for the first time with my brother while I was househunting. I was smitten. It is currently being run as a Bed & Breakfast so I actually made a reservation and spent a night there! It was wonderful! How many people have the opportunity to sleep in a house before buying it?!?
But, as some of you know, in spite of several years of trying, I could not sell my house. I was stuck.
So I watched this yellow house (it is yellow although it looks white in the photo above) from afar via Zillow. Then I saw the other house, the green one, on Zillow. Tempting. I might have a Zillow problem.
Now it appears I have found a private buyer for my house! Long story. Maybe for another time.
Up until today both houses were priced at $185,000. The yellow house, built in 1810, recently dropped from $199,000 and the green house, built in 1840, just dropped today to $170,000. I think there might be some negotiation room still with both.
Green house, at 2,530 square feet, has four bedrooms and two baths. Yellow house has four bedrooms and three and a half baths at 1,760 square feet. The lot sizes are comparable; small, which is what I want. Yellow house has a one car attached garage. Green house has no garage, and no possibility to build one. Both houses have granite foundations. Both houses need a bit of fixing. Exactly how much fixing won’t be known until the houses are inspected by a professional. I have the budget to fix, provided nothing huge shows up in the inspection.
Real estate taxes are about the same for each house. The green house is located in the center of a sleepy village of about 1,500 people, about two hours drive from my parents’ house. The yellow house is in the historic district of a small town of about 5,000 people, only an hour from my parents. The yellow house has public water and sewer. The green house does not. Both houses have fabulous perennial gardens and mountains nearby. Both houses are picturesque.
What is a girl to do?
I think I am in a love triangle!
I found the first yard sale of the season yesterday on my way to Jane’s house! It was awesomeness! I bought this enamel floral tea kettle for $0.10!!!
In the photo it still has a protective layer of dust on it. That will clean right up with some hot soapy water. I saw a kettle like this on Etsy a while back for $45! This is an awesome find for a silly price! Just my kind of buy!
I bought Jane a bunch of stuff, but I don’t have photos because I ran right over her house and gave her the goods. The best buy was a bright yellow Hall vase (just like she collects!) for $4! Art pottery for a song! Love it!
It was shortly before lunch time when I made these scores. The lovely yard sale woman told me to come back later as they were still unloading their trailer. Well, OK!
I visited with Jane. We had a delightful time. Then I went back to the yard sale! This time I got a tiny Lenox swan for my mom for $2:
In case you missed it, this was my auction score for $5:
I love this trunk! The colors and patina speak to me. Now I have three very large trunks (the other two are black). And, my friends, as we have discussed before, three of anything is a collection! Yay! I have a trunk collection!
You’ll never guess where I went this morning.
Wait for it…
Back to yesterday’s yard sale!
The weather has turned cold, cloudy, and windy today, but they had new merchandise out! So glad I went back. There were deals to be made on the second day of this two day sale.
Today’s buys include a beautiful vintage ironing board for my growing collection:
I paid $20 for both these items. Negotiated down from $34. I took advantage of the last day of the sale: sell, sell, sell! Who wants to pack up and dispose of or donate unsold items. I drive a hard bargain.
Drove all over. Couldn’t find anymore yard sales.
So I went thrifting!
Sleeveless Ann Taylor knit shell for darling daughter. $1.
And, last but not least, a purchase I made last Sunday at Gypsy Faire in Lothian, MD. A vintage panoramic photo (like I collect!) for just $10!
Whew! Are you exhausted? Because I am! Next on the agenda: a nap!
Guess where I am going tomorrow?
If you guessed “TRAIN SHOW” then winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!
As we know, train shows generally mean ancillary thrifting opportunities. So it is all good. As a bonus, this show is in Annapolis so there is quite possibly a visit to the Anthropologie store in my near future! I am a lucky girl!!!
I went thrifting today. I know you all are wicked surprised to hear that I went thrifting. I bet I could knock you all over with a feather right now.
Did the sarcasm come across?
Of course, I went thrifting!!! It is what I do! And, I had a wee bit of the luck of the Irish today!
For Mom, two pieces of Lennox for her Lenox problem, I mean, collection ($6):
For darling daughter, a philosopher’s leather satchel. Nothing says “I am a serious student of philosophy” quite like a leather satchel ($25). This one was made in Holland. Genuine leather. I think her laptop will fit inside. Lovely.
For myself, five pink metal tole napkin rings ($1). I know a lot of folks don’t use napkin rings or cloth napkins. But we do. We stand on formality around here. Real cloth napkins with every meal are a small touch that makes a difference. They lift up even the most mundane bowl of cornflakes.
Then I found a book ($0.50) on bedrooms by the editors of Victoria magazine. I know I have hundreds of photos of beautiful bedrooms on my Pinterest boards, but for $0.50 I just had to add this volume to my extensive design and decorating book collection.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!