Category Archives: secondhand stuff

does anybody need a nun?

Meet Sister Cecilia.  She is  in the midst of gardening, with her basket and her scissors and her apron.  She proudly holds flowers in her right hand. She belonged to my mother, who had fond memories of her years in … Continue reading

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my ebay life

Remember Diablo? He has been on Ebay for 8 days and has had 15 bids. He is now going for $144.50. I knew he was a winner! Six other auctions have bids, too, so I will be busy going to … Continue reading

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snow day 2022

Our first snowstorm of the winter is happening now.  Forecast is 4-10″ of snow by 2 PM. I am less than deliriously happy about this.  As I said to a friend yesterday, now that I am too old to make … Continue reading

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so long, diablo

Meet my childhood friend, Diablo, a Breyer horse from 1961.  He was a great friend to my Barbie doll, too. Now that I have turned 70 I have decided I am too old to play with horses.  Well, maybe not … Continue reading

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let there be…grapes

The next-to-the-last piece of the putting-the-house-back-together project is this chandelier (the last piece is the replacement of the front door).  Yes, this is a cluster of grapes.  I spotted it in a Nebraska antique mall almost twenty years ago, but … Continue reading

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don’t ask why i bought this friday

I will try to explain. It was marked “$9.99” at the animal shelter thrift store. There was a sticker on the cover that said, “Tested”. It was also unusual and shiny and pretty and I wanted to play with it. … Continue reading

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recycling treasures

This might not look like a treasure, but it really is.  All handsewn, it has wonderful 1930’s fabrics to admire. I like to buy old quilt tops with patterns I would never make myself.  This quilt top, found in a … Continue reading

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before and after with the tv

This is the back of the television stand in the bedroom.  Yes, it is a mess, but that mess has always been hidden in the corner of the room.  It was a cute painted armoire I bought at a consignment … Continue reading

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going once…

The Shelter Harbor Inn, about 20 minutes south of here, had been sold. A farm in the 1800’s, an Inn in 1911, a music colony for composers, a little destination resort with 24 rooms, large restaurant and two tennis courts, … Continue reading

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a turtle or a cutting board?

Saturday I went off to buy another cabinet knob at Lowe’s and search the secondhand stores for a small bookcase for the living room. I also looked for interesting copper pieces to tone down my bright white kitchen and bring … Continue reading

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