Saturday, 29 September 2012

Barn Sale Saturday


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!

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  1. Hi Joanna! You won a gull decal! E-mail me your address (grahamsherrie AT yahoo DOT ca) and I'll be sending it out this week. :) Take care!
    Oh, and Anne's House of Dreams... sigh!

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  2. Sounds like you two had a lovely day!! I've been in bed sick all day! UGH!!! I have all of the Little House on the Prairie books if you want to borrow them. We're currently on book 4, "On the Banks of Plum Creek". LOVE THEM ALL!!

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    1. I've started reading Little House in the Big woods to Juli, and even Nick, and they love it! I'll have to take you up on the loan unless I can find more when we finish. The bookstore had other books in the series, but not Little House on the Prairie.

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  3. I have a treasure for you. It's an old copy of Anne of Green Gables, which my sister had kept for me from your Gran-Nanny's stuff. It's paperback, and I think from the 1940's. Want it?

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    1. Thanks Nanny, I'd love to have it! I'm just starting to collect vintage paperbacks now in addition to my hardcovers.

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  4. I've always wanted to go to a real barn sale too! We have lots of garage sales set up in barns here, but not a true Southern barn sale. I remember reading the Little House series with my daughter when she was young. Juli will love it.

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    1. I was quite impressed with this sale, the prices and the friendliness of the proprietors, as well as the charming location. If that barn were bigger, it would be the perfect setting for a wedding!

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  5. Oh, a barn sale sounds like even more fun than a yard sale!

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    1. It was! I could have cheerfully carted home half the inventory, whereas at yard sales, most of the stuff is just junk and you have to sift through to find the good stuff.

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  6. Sounds like fun! I've had problems with Google map too at times (it helps if you know roughly where you are going...) so I'm glad you found it. :) That doll reminds me of a couple I had when I was little - my mom made one of them for me.

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    1. It was kind of crazy how attached Juli was to the doll in such a short time. We ultimately decided she wasn't salvagable, since parts of her were glued and wouldn't survive the washing machine. She was really REALLY dirty and musty. But Juli's getting a doll from me for Christmas, so that should make up for her loss.

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  7. My Mom and I decided to check out that same barn sale last year. I couldn't for the life of me figure out where the barn was until a lady came walking down the back road towards us. She has loads of things in a that barn but we didn't end up buying anything as much of it was a little more than we wanted to spend at the time. It was fun to go have a look though. Your daughter is such a cutie. It looks like she really loves the doll that was giving to her and it sounds like you had a great time at the sale. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. We nearly parked at the house and walked back through the path too! But I did peer through and saw a vehicle at the other end so I figured it was safe to drive through. I'll be going back in the spring unless we move away.

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    2. Oh no! You might be moving away? Where are you guys thinking about moving to? I left you a comment ages ago asking where you found your Briwax for furniture and I am not sure if you saw my comment or not. I am having a hard time finding it here. Do you remember where you got it? Thanks Jo!

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