I spent most of yesterday painting furniture. Let's face it, I'm getting older, my hands go numb, I get stuck in a crouching position and I can't get back up! Seriously, it takes me days to recoop....but there is nothing like seeing the finished masterpiece. That is when I remember why I love pieces painted white. They are so fresh, like a breath of spring air.
A few years back we went camping with our family. At most campgrounds you have bathroom/shower buildings, pretty typical. This campground had wooden screen doors on each entrance to the dormitory style bathrooms. I glanced at them and thought they were functional,they served a good purpose; to keep the bugs out. My granddaughter said to me as we were exiting one afternoon, "these doors shut loud".
Her observation reminded me of the wooden screen door we had at our house and how it slammed shut every time someone came through. Hearing that sound again took me back to a time when my house was bustling with three boys coming and going. I would hear the "bang" when the kids came home from school and knew the house would come alive with activity from a day of being idle. When the boys were teens I knew if they made curfew, the door's hinges squeaked just enough to wake me up (no matter how hard they tried to shut it quietly). That comforting squeak let me know they were home safe. That door announced the arrival of friends, the return of a child wanting a brownie and the presence of a husband coming home from a long day's work.
Our screen door was painted white and showed gentle wear around the handle and on the frame where it fit a little snug. It had been abused by the cats and dogs so we nailed chicken-wire on the outside bottom to protect it. As the years went on and the kids moved away it was showing it's age but I just couldn't take it down. No this door couldn't come down, it stood as a worn out guardian at our front porch entrance, bidding welcome to all that entered. Linda FJS#2
1.Want the coolest stuff?Be an early bird shopper. Take advantage of purchasing an early buy ticket, it will get you in before the crowds and you'll be able to get the cream of the crop.
2. Bring cash. Cash will get you the best price and many vendors don't take credit cards. 3.Bring a shopping cart or a wagon, it will save you trips to the car. Throw some recycled shopping bags in there too, many vendors run out of bags in the first couple of hours and the bags prevent things from rolling around in your cart.
This is the wagon we use when we head out to markets.
4. Make a list of the things you are looking for before you go, chances are you will be enticed by many things, but at least you will remember your mission. It's a bonus if you come home with some extra treasures!
5. If you really like something buy it now! Don't wait, at a recent sale we had 4 ladies wanting the same set of orange lockers....one lucky woman was a minute sooner than the other three....she took them home.
6. Take a good look.Stop at all the booths and glance around...a lot of fabulous junk is displayed on top of things. Take time to scan high and low, even if it looks like they have nothing you want. There just may be some hidden treasures in there.
7. Don't forget to ask the vendors if they have something you are looking for, They are a wealth of knowledge...remember they've been doing this sorta thing for a long time, maybe they know where you can find something.
8.We always say... you shouldcircle around the market a few times, you might see something you missed before.
9.If you are a bargain shopper...wait til the last day. You may not get the trendiest items but you will definitely get the best deals.
OK junk peeps...we will see ya'll this weekend
in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Shopping starts tomorrow at 6pm! Then Saturday 10am-4pm.
We've made sure y'all will have some great food at our show in Hillsboro. We'll have a food truck for your dining pleasure! Ramy's Lamb Shack will be preparing tasty treats. And don't forget we will have a wine garden too!
It's coming up fast so make your arrangements for a big rig now!
Last call to buy your early bird tickets online...