Out Picking: The Find of a Lifetime

I am still in shock at what just happened.

I was at an estate sale and it turns out that the gentleman having the sale (who also moved here from New York City many years ago), Mr. Allen Davis, is a famous children’s book illustrator. I overheard him mention to someone that he illustrated a CHIPMUNK book! Of course I jumped into the conversation and mentioned that I’d love to know what book? The title is Chipmunk at Hollow Tree Lane – a Smithsonian Backyard Book published in 1994. And then he mentioned that he still has the original art! I told him I’d love to see it! I’m teary-eyed writing this, but he sold it to me, all of the original illustrations for the book! I told him he has no idea how much this means to me and he said in earnest, “I think I do.”

Thank you, Mr. Davis, and thank you, Universe, for putting me in the right path for this. I will cherish them and this experience forever. I plan to frame and display as many as I can. The others will be kept in a safe place. What this means to me….wow!

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Out Picking Again!

For the first time in a year I went to the outdoor flea market and indoor antique shops. It feels so good to be able to go out picking things other than the dandelions from my front yard!

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Out Picking: Antique Embalming Fluid Crates from Boston!

This past Sunday on the way to church Wayne and I stopped at the flea market, or rather, he sat in the car to read the New Yorker as I made my rounds. I had decided earlier in the week that the antique primitive jelly cupboard that I had repurposed into a shoe closet in my home office is too glorious to not be in my kitchen. I simply needed to find three antique crates that would stack nicely to coordinate with the others I had to take its place.

While I think it’s a sin to pray for material possessions, especially luxury wishes, the flea market fairies with whom I had shared my wishes delivered in a very crafty way!

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Portland Headlight, Vinyl & Guitar Serenade

I found some great treasures at a rummage sale Saturday morning, had a wonderful surprise for Mother’s Day and enjoyed a beautiful day with Wayne and the “kids.”

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Out Picking: Falmouth, Maine Lions Club White Elephant Sale & Auction

I was first in line today, and my shadow shows the silhouette of my canvas tote that I brought in anticipation of filling with a few goodies. This is a very big annual event with a gigantic “White Elephant” sale that begins at 8:00 a.m. and a half-day long auction of furniture, antiques, boats, cars, and whatever other donations they received. Continue reading “Out Picking: Falmouth, Maine Lions Club White Elephant Sale & Auction”

Out Picking: An Unexpected Treasure in an Old Chest

Today while out picking I bought an old wood chest made from beadboard that works perfectly for storing gardening things in our sunroom. I love the weathered, rustic look with faded green paint. When I opened the trunk I saw something completely unexpected!  Continue reading “Out Picking: An Unexpected Treasure in an Old Chest”

Saturday Morning Picking at Yard Sales & Arundel Flea Market

We’re getting a spring Nor’easter tomorrow?! However, this morning was partly sunny and perfect for junkin’ as some of us like to call it. I went to a few yard sales and scored Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and Lou Reed on vintage vinyl for $4 total. They needed a good cleaning but other than a smattering of cracks and pops they sound great! Continue reading “Saturday Morning Picking at Yard Sales & Arundel Flea Market”