Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Orphan Plates

Although china has not been a great seller for Booth 58, I cannot pass up a deal on a sweet dish. Plate, platters, and pieces of transferware are everywhere in my own home. Hung in most rooms, filling cabinets, holding odds and ends, everywhere you look are the signs of my obsession with plates. When I find a lonely, orphan piece at a tag sale, or Goodwill, I cannot leave it. In my mind, I try to justify why it needs to come home with me. Some of my friends have said it is O.K. to have sets of different dishes for different seasons..like fall dishes, ones for summer. But I am talking about just stray dishes, no mates, no way they will ever be a set. I am like a dish rescuer...it needs a home.
Now I am very picky about my dishes. They have to appeal to me, or be a piece of an obscure set I have started to collect...like my Homer Laughlin Valentine dishes, white with red trim and pastel flowers.
What? You didn't know it was O.K. to have Valentine dishes? Well, of course, it is. And I found the sugar bowl at a church rummage sale this past weekend....for fifty cents.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scare on the Square

Mark you calendars for Friday, October 29th, 4-6 pm. Each year historic downtown McKinney hosts "Scare on the Square", a safe time for young children to dress up and visit the shopkeepers for treats. The streets are closed and the children can parade around town, collecting as many goodies as they can carry. In the past I have made the circuit accompanied by my own cowboys,a monkey, Mickey Mouse, several delightful fairies, a ballerina, and Buzz Lightyear. This year you will find me with a different crew ages 5,4,3,2, and new. We start out at 4 o'clock because it gets very crowded, very quickly. It is a delightful time to enjoy the streets of downtown with your own little goblins...or just come along and enjoy mine! Antique Company Mall will probably be open late that night..stop in and say hi.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Booth 58's New Helper

Another grandson has joined the entourage of little helpers at Booth 58. Although he hasn't ventured out to the Antique Company Mall yet, his brother and sister have pitched in to help out with the fluffing, restocking and sweeping. The grandparents are amazed at what cheerful helpers we have had the past two weeks, when they have accompanied us to the booth. Oldest Grandson loved helping sweep up the " paint crumbs" that appeared after moving the vintage furniture around. Granddaughter "fluffed" the pumpkin dolls in a little white rocker and serenaded customers with her lullabies. It won't be long before number 3 joins us in the fun! Welcome Aboard, little one....

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mini Marburger

I won't be making it to Round Top for the Fall Antique Show this time around since we are waiting on Baby Brother to make his debut any day now.  Mom and Sis-in-Law plan to make a trip down next week and visit all of you.  So sad that I won't be there, but probably best....the fields aren't the ideal birthing location!

To make up for it, we will take part in our own "Mini Marburger" this weekend in McKinney.  Octoberfest 2010 starts this afternoon and runs through tomorrow night.... food, fun, and festivities... all celebrating our German heritage.  Mr.58 took a peak on the Square this morning and noticed vendors beginning to set up tents and tables.  We're planning on heading up this afternoon to eat some sausage and listen to some good music.  The kids are hoping for a train ride! 

Antique Company Mall is hosting the Munich Antique Faire out on East Virginia Street. Some of our fellow dealers will set up outside while many others are holding great sales inside.  We are having our very own Booth 58 "Happpy Fall Yall Sale."  We made a bunch of mark downs in the booth yesterday.... Hope some of yall can head over and take a look.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pumpkin Sightings

Haven't seen any real pumpkins in the store yet... but I have had a  few other  recent "sightings" that make me soooo happy!

I know,I know... quick bread from a box mix is cheating to many of you.... but I really appreciate the quick part of this yummy bread!
Thank you Starbucks and Pillsbury for the "happy return" of these treats each year this time.
One steamy August afternoon Mom and I "baked" up these "pumpkin spice muffins" and put them in this rusty vintage muffin tin.... That is our kind of "baking!"

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's Legal!

We decided that it is "legal" to say it's fall now.  September 1st means fall!  Yesterday, we took out the shells and added the pumpkins ... and it felt so wonderful.  Fall is our favorite.
I read a blog post this morning that asked the question, "Are you sad to see summer go?"  HA!!!  Those of us here in the Texas are all answering that quickly... "No way!  Bring on the fall!!!!"
Mom and I heard several comments from customers and other dealers as they watched us sprinkling our fall wares around Booth 58...All of them sounded inspired and excited ...We told them, "It's legal! It's September 1st!!!!" A few even  tried to buy our display only punkins' they were so inspired! 

Speaking of "punkins" -Our fall brings us the joy of adding our new Little Punkin' to the family.... so fluffing the booth will have to take a backseat to a few more naps for this mama.  Why not get a jumpstart on this festive season... Bring on the Fall!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

What would we do without Mr. 58?

When on a whim, Elizabeth and I decided to rent the booth, Mr.58 jumped right in. He has become the ultimate repurposer, refinisher, truck driver and treasure picker. He sacrificed his garden this spring and instead polished his skills in the paint department. The heifer shed, located in the pasture, became the workshop and even his bulls seem amazed at his new found proficiency with a can of spray paint. You can find them standing at the door or gazing in the window as he turns the latest find into a piece of inventory.

He has become very sharp at choosing the chippy, tarnished, stained piece, even if he says he still doesn't "get it"! Last weekend at a rummage sale he went to the left while I went to the right. When we met at the check-out he claimed the prize..he had found an ironstone teapot and a large tarnished tray....We couldn't do it without Mr. 58.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Time 4 School

This morning as I fluffed our cluttered corner at ACM a bit, I added a white creamer with bright yellow pencils and wrote on a little chalkboard "Time 4 School."  A beach theme still sticks around our booth, but my mind is onto a new season.... Back to School!
I sent my first little one off to kindergarten this week.  What a milestone!  I even made it through Monday morning with only a  few tears.  Big day for our family.  Our little guy seems like a big man now... This mama is proud!
His biggest discovery to share on day one :  "Mom, guess what....  If you don't bring your lunch from home, you can buy your lunch in the cafeteria!  The boy that bought his lunch today got a corndog... Can you believe that???  But he had peas on his plate too, so I think I would rather you keep packing my lunch."

I asked Mom to share a few of her "vintage" back to school memories.... 
Peggy's school day memories from 1958...In the second grade little girls wore handmade or hand-me-down dresses and leather shoes with straps. I always longed for brown leather penny loafer, just like the big girls.
And the blisters.... new shoes rub the back of your heels and I remember the Band-Aids..it took weeks to break in those new shoes.
My lunch box was the same shape as you imagine construction workers carry. It was painted like a little red roofed cottage and the thermos, which had real glass, was held in the roof part with a little hinge.
Inside Mom would tuck a bologna sandwich, some potato sticks (that came in a can), and a cookie all wrapped in wax paper. On Mondays I might get a cold fried chicken leg instead of a sandwich. Mom could make one chicken cooked for Sunday dinner stretch a long way!

Now, I am off to carpool line.... Eager to hear about what new discovery today brings!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Long Summer

What are you doing to say "So Long Summer"?  One last trip to the lake?  Catching a baseball game?  Tax free back to school shopping?  Or just staying in the a/c? 
We're packing away our pool floaties and pulling out our new backpacks around here..... Filling our new pencil box and counting our crayons and markers....  

Speaking of pencil boxes.... look at this fun surprise Mom found while junkin' last week.... This old cigar box was one of her finds, and when she got home she discovered it was full of treasures... baby photos, class pictures, letters, newspaper clippings... all from the 1920's and 30's.  You just never know what you'll  find! 
If you're looking for something to do this weekend for one last summer "hurrah", go meander through the Antique Company Mall in McKinney... Who knows what you will find!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Road Trip

As summer begins to come to a close, our little family is heading out of town for one more road trip of the season. We hope your summer is ending nicely too.

Booth 58 calls McKinney, Texas' Antique Company Mall home. If you have never made the short trek to this Dallas suburb, you are missing out! McKinney has been recently ranked #5 Best Places to Live in the Money Magazine August 2010 issue. Make some plans for your own road trip soon and come visit us. See what Theresa of Garden Antqs Vintage recently posted about McKinney. She moved into the Antique Company Mall August 1.... Love her look!

Recently found this blog On the Square.... some great stuff all about Downtown McKinney.... the place to be!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Baby Scootin'

Got some great inspiration from Carolyn B's booths this week.  I am scootin' things around our big kids' room to make room for Baby #3 joining us this fall.  We are moving Sister in with Big Brother and we are in desperate need of adding some feminine touches to the already vintage cowboy room.  Loved Carolyn's cowgirl puzzle collection and other girlie goodies in her upstairs booth.  She always finds the coolest stuff to gather together.

Baby Brother will have a vintage nursery with extra touches of natical themed decor.  Have been eyeing this display all summer... cute! 
Will be using some heritage prints of our little guy's great grandfathers in their service uniforms.  Hoping  it will all come together super cute. Thanks for the jump start, Carolyn!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Mom and I spent the afternoon "fluffing" our booth yesterday while Mr. 58 babysat for us.  Despite the 103 degree August afternoon, we stayed cool inside and had a sweet  couple of hours together.  We always have such a great time rearranging our goodies, chatting with other vendors, and also meeting strolling customers. 
Yesterday, we dubbed Nancy of Ella Elaine, our "Booth Fairy" as she confessed to frequently "fluffing" for us when our booth needs some help.  Thanks, Nancy.  (Here is a recent post where she showed off some of our treasures.)  Nancy has such a touch.  Her booths are always gorgeous... here are a few of the treats we spotted that made us smile....
Was fun to meet Cindy of  Yapping Cat Studio and some of her other Paper Cow Girl Blog Girlfriends. Always great to see girlfriends on a roadtrip laughing and soaking up time together.  Nice meeting you gals! 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Cluttered Corner

Mom and I are having too much fun shifting our clutter around our new booth downstairs. This afternoon, I was working in the booth and was very grateful for our taller ceiling and bit cooler air. Early this spring, upstairs was a perfect place for us to "dip our toes in" so to speak... in this adventure.  But, when the mall owner, Diane, asked us if we were interested in moving downstairs at the beginning of July, our answer was quick.
Come find us in the back left corner at Antique Company Mall in Historic Downtown McKinney. The more time we spend at Antique Company, the more we love it. Love the people, love the location, and love all the great old junk!!!! Come see for yourself.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Who is Booth 58?

We are a mother/daughter duo, new to the business, interested in repurposing,
working with our hands, and creating eye catching arrangements.
Follow along as we head into this adventure... It has been fun so far!

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