In August I found a listing on Kijiji for a barn sale. I've always wanted to go to one...well, ever since I started reading home decor blogs and found out that they existed. I couldn't go to the August one, but I emailed anyway asking if this was a one-time thing or if they have regular sales. It turns out they do, so they put me on their mailing list.
Their last sale of the season is this weekend, so I knew I had to go. It's located south of Sherwood Park, and Juli was invited to her friend's dance class in Sherwood Park for today, so it was simply Providential, I thought. I wasn't sure I'd be able to find it, since google maps would have sent me way into the country. But I decided to just follow the directions I was given and trust I'd end up somewhere. I knew I couldn't get irrevocably lost, and it was a beautiful day for a drive in the country side.
We ended up exactly where I wanted to go, driving slowly along a beautiful curvy "country residential" road. Pulling in to the driveway that the "antiques" signs were pointing to, all I saw was a house. No barn. Then I noticed this skinny little path It looked more like a walking path than a road! It had drifts of golden leaves covering it, and it felt like sacrilege to drive on it.
Once through, we found a cute little barn in a clearing. I chatted with one of the women putting on the sale, and Juli and I browsed through all the rooms (stalls?). I saw many many things I could buy, although nothing jumped out at me and made me take it home. But that's ok.
We didn't leave empty-handed. The woman I was talking to gave Juli this little vintage doll. Personally, I think she's rather ugly, but Juli likes her. She (the doll) has now been thoroughly febreezed! I'd appreciate any tips on further cleaning this rather musty little doll.
I found a few treasures elsewhere today too. At a garage sale we stopped at on the way to dance, I found a crocheted lace bed skirt, which may or may not fit our bed. And then we stopped at a used book store (Bookworm on Athabascan Ave in Sherwood Park) where I found a 1940s copy of Anne's House of Dreams, and a 1960 copy of Little House in the Big Woods (I've been wanting to start reading this to the kids).
So I had a lovely day! If anyone in the Edmonton area wants details of the sale, click to check out the ad. It runs 'til 4:00 today, then 10am - 3pm on Sunday Sept. 30. I thought the prices were quite reasonable, much lower than I've seen in the city for similar items. I'm looking forward to their first spring sale!