Weekend Recap: Vintage Market Days & Home Projects

Hey all!  Happy Monday.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was really good, and really full.  My parents came to town, and as always we got lots done!

My parents got to my place right before I got off work, and by the time I got home, they were already starting on a few things!  They sure are efficient!  After dinner, we headed to Home Depot to pick out plants that we would be potting the next day.  Picking out flowers it one of my favorite things to do with my mom each year.

Saturday morning we hit the ground running with planting, and did so just in time, too.  As we were finishing it up, the rain hit.  The weather was pretty crazy on Saturday - chilly and rainy in the morning and then HOT in the afternoon.  We made our way to Vintage Market Days to check out all the booths.  The market is one weekend in the spring, and then one in the fall.  It's always neat to see what they have to offer.  I actually didn't find all that much - just a little stool, but my mom hit the jackpot.  She was looking for some stadium seating, and found exactly what she was looking for!  My dad too found some goods!  They are the best to have at these places - my mom has a relatively good idea on what things should be priced, and my dad is the one who is willing to haggle.  We had a few downpours while we were there, which just makes me sick for all those people and all their inventory.  Guess that is the risk when you have an outdoor market, but you cannot help but feel for them!  The sun came out, though, and heated things up.  We decided to check out the local antique mall and local boutique, and I made up for not finding much at the market.

As we were coming home, we saw a sign for an estate sale just a subdivision over.  After a quick lunch, we decided to go check it out.  It was my first estate sale experience and it was both super neat, and really sad, too.  Neat in that there were so many cool things - I mean it's almost every single thing someone owned.  There were so many gorgeous serving pieces, and place card holders and different china sets...I just imagined all the wonderful dinner parties they must have hosted!  There was this really neat old iron machine (never knew that was a thing), and a roaster that was about half my size (again, never knew that was a thing), and the one of the owners must have played the piano or organ, because there was so much sheet music.  I grabbed a bunch of neat ones - Christmas songs, songs from West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and even a signed copy of the song You'll Never Know.  Perfect for framing and decorating.  My dad found some tools (he can NEVER have enough tools), and there were even a few I was thinking of grabbing at just a few bucks a piece.  But while so very neat, it's also really sad, because you know most of the time there is an estate sale, it's the result of a death, or a move to a nursing home.  And even though it is so neat to see all those things, it's also sad to think that this family had collected all these items over the years, to then end up being sold...I don't know, it's kind of sad.

We got back to the projects after the estate sale.  There were two major projects for the evening - hanging up the rolling pins, and connecting the frames to go over my bed.  The rolling pins took a bit of time - just figuring out the spacing, but goodness do I love them.  They really warm up my kitchen and make it feel more homey.  The frames took a bit of time to figure out how to exactly connect them.  I wanted to do gold frames, layered, but I did not want to hang them by string or wire to do so.  My dad was able to connect them, and it turned out so good.  We had a bunch of other little projects that were done, like hanging the sign above my dresser, replacing the knobs on my bedroom furniture, cinching the curtains in the living room...lots going on!

We saved the hanging of the frames for Sunday morning, and that honestly moved pretty darn smoothly - more so than I had thought at the beginning of the weekend, haha!  I was pretty well beat after my parents left - it is always such a whirlwind of go go go when they visit.  I did make it outside to do some weeding.  I knew if I didn't get to it, it would bother me all week, and it wouldn't get done thing, because right now they are calling for rain every single day this week.  And I am so glad I did, because it was actually kind of relaxing.  I think the temperature was perfect, and just knowing I was getting things cleaned up was really nice.  The rest of the day was pretty low key...just getting the house back in order and getting ready for the week ahead.

Here's to hoping we all have a wonderful Monday!

Linking up with Biana anLindsay.


  1. So many lovely projects, and I know what you mean about the estate sale being sad. We paw through someone's possessions without knowing a single thing about them, but we piece together the details of a life. It's great that you play the piano and recognize the value of old sheet music.

  2. I am so proud of you, your house is coming together so nicely and you were doing an amazing job!

  3. Your dresser and frames turned out so great! Love watching you make your house a home!

  4. I am in love with your bedding!

  5. What great market finds. I love the scene of where you and your mom took the photo. And I ADORE your bedding.

  6. Oh my gosh, those frames over your bed look amazing. How did you attach the ones on top of the others? Did you glue them? You know how much I love friends and having an empty gold frame reminds me of the one on the inside of Monica's door. I could not love this more! And your rolling pins look amazing, too! I just love how unique your decor is. And I love all of your finds! You've got me going to thrift stores more now!! I went to one on Friday and I found a serving tray for $5 that I'm going to spray gold for Olivia's bedroom! You should be so proud of me! Haha.

  7. Absolutely love how the frames above your bed turned out - looks so cool! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston