Blog Clog or Abandonment?

7 Apr

I can’t decide.  I’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks.  But who hasn’t?  Am I already blog clogged?  The problems started when my computer SD card reader stopped working.  So I haven’t been able to upload any photos.  I can’t find the wires to hook my camera directly to the computer, so I decided to blog sans photos before I’m charged with abandonment and found guilty!  It’s been a wild and wacky world lately, and the junking’s been good.  Two trips to Warrenton = two van loads of fantastic finds!  I’ll try to load photos eventually.  Saturday was the final official day at Warrenton, and because of all the wild weather and near hurricane-force winds, lots of dealers were starting to pack up Saturday.  I felt like the rug was being pulled out from under me as I wondered from field to field.  I ended up with some lovely items at a fraction of the original cost.  I bought a LOT of pillows — 12 maybe? — made from vintage quilts and chenille spreads.  When I move into my new space May1, I’ll have lots of pretties to top the bed I’m planning to construct.  I also came upon a lot of wooden theatre seats in groups of three.  I bought three sets for $5 each!  Wow.  She was originally asking $35/set.  I found a shabby ladder for $10 that was made to display all those watering cans I picked up at auction a few weeks ago.  One of my favorite vendors, The Pink Elephant, is going out of business.  She’s been dealing antiques for 30 years and has spent many nights in a tent during the Warrenton shows.  I think the weather this time did her in.  I’ll miss her and her wonderful southern accent and charm as much as I’ll miss all the shabby stuff she always carts to Warrenton.  She let things go for a song Saturday, so I came home with a shabby French cuisine restaurant sign, a little shabby table, a pink trellis, and some shabby garden smalls.  One of the strangest things I bought had to have been a collection (you knew I couldn’t just buy one!) of dog show ribbons.  The man I purchased them from had bought out an estate from a woman who had show dogs.  He even had the dog bowls, leash and training whistle.  All the ribbons I bought were from the 60s.  I can’t wait to display them, though I won’t be making a quilt out of them, which he suggested I do.  He also sold me a Victrola horn, which is perfectly shaped like a witch hat!  Until Halloween, I think I’ll put a light kit in it and use it as a chandelier — also his suggestion, and I’m taking that one!  He set us up with 15% off coupons for the fall show which will begin September 17!  I’ll be there unless it’s a 100 degree week.  If you’ve never been to Warrenton, you owe it to yourself to make the trek.  You’re surrounded by stuff you love, inspired by the most creative souls on the planet, and shopping with your soulmates.  What could be better?  Whew . . . I feel like I’ve swallowed drano and cleared the clog.  Now I’m off to school to pick up my son.  I’ll post pics as soon as the camera situation is resolved.

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