Shabby Chic!

A lady who I recently met introduced me to University Pickers on 3024C University Drive in Huntsville.

I went a little Shabby Chic crazy and took a bunch of pictures of stuff I liked. University Pickers sells vintage, re-purposed, and handmade products.

Hope you enjoy!

Vintage paper.

Vintage paper.

tiles

thebestisyettocome

the_water_glass

Teal, distressed dresser.

Teal, distressed dresser.

tea_pot

soaps

Love this look!

Love this look!

pottery

Picture_frames

Pearls and lace on a blouse.

Pearls and lace on a blouse.

Old_books

Melody_overcoat

Rusty lantern.

Rusty lantern.

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jeans3

Lace on jeans.  I think Anthropologie sold their patched jeans for $80!

Lace on jeans. I think Anthropologie sold their patched jeans for $80!

Easy peasey way to dress up your jeans.

Easy peasey way to dress up your jeans.

home_sign

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Whimsical vintage.

Whimsical vintage.

frames

cuff_bracelets

cabinet2

cabinet

boo

Baby shoes.

Baby shoes.

University of  Alabama stationery.  I think my friend Wendy may have done these.

University of Alabama stationery. I think my friend Wendy may have done these.

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Let Yard Sale Season Commence! 10 Tips for Buyers.

Hampton Cove subdivision in east Huntsville.

Hampton Cove subdivision in east Huntsville.

I woke up early on Saturday for a very big event in town…Hampton Cove was having its yard sale!

Hampton Cove is a very nice subdivision on the east side of Huntsville, over Monte Sano Mountain.

I borrowed Lefty’s black Nissan truck and headed for town.

There were a lot of people who came to the sell, but it wasn't too crowded, and I always found a parking space.

There were a lot of people who came to the sell, but it wasn’t too crowded, and I always found a parking space.

I saw everything from leaf shredders, to foosball tables, to lamps, and everything in between. Not to mention, clothes, clothes, and more clothes.

My favorite find:  a Battenburg Lace table cloth!

My favorite find: a Battenburg Lace table cloth!

I am listing my 10 best tips and yard sale-ing etiquette:

  1. Stay off the homeowner’s grass. Remember what Mama taught you about that. (Especially don’t drive on someone’s lawn!)
  2. Remember what Mama taught about the Golden Rule? It still counts with yard sale-ing.

    I know that yard sale finds are exciting, but try not to get all Christmas-in-the-80s-Cabbage-Patch-Kid-crazy and start a fight over that Precious Moments figurine.

  3. Be fair with your negotiations. If something seems to be worth $10, go ahead and shell it out.
  4. Be safe. Again, I know that a yard sale is like a treasure hunt, but keep safety in mind. Drive and park safely so that there won’t be trips to the emergency room.
  5. Be safe Part II. Don’t get so excited that you trip over a neighbor’s curb or fall down a hill. This is another way to prevent trips to the ER and will go a long way to keeping humiliation at bay.
  6. On that note…Long ago, when I was in high school, my 10th grade teacher passed along a maxim from her mother: “Maintain your dignity.”
  7. If you see cute kids and teens selling lemonade, snacks, or sodas, by all means–encourage the young entrepreneurs! The sweetest 9-year-old girl with adorable freckles sold me some snack crackers. I was long over-due for a snack, and her endearing smile made it all worthwhile!
  8. On the same note, over-pay the kids. If a child is selling something–like lemonade, toys or whatever, I wouldn’t haggle with them. Some of them are even saving up for something special like camp.
  9. Use cash. Unless I’m purchasing a big-ticket item, I try to pay in cash. Two reasons: it will keep your spending in check and it will let you give the sellers “real money.”
  10. Remember your clutter pile. (Or clutter piles, in my case.) Before I left for the sale, I promised Lefty that I would think long and hard before I bought anything. We’re bustin’ at the seams with blessings, in our house.
White house where I found my Battenburg Lace table cloth for $10.

White house where I found my Battenburg Lace table cloth for $10.

Here’s a special shout-out for all of the nice people, both sellers and buyers, that I met at the Hampton Cove yard sale! Hi!

I really like this home.

I really like this home.

What do you think? If you have any additional tips, we’d love to hear about them!

Yard-salers

Yard-salers

Antique radio.

Antique radio.

dogwoods
Old barn on Hampton Cove's golf course.  The HC course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.  I recently wrote an article about it in "Life in Hampton Cove."

Old barn on Hampton Cove’s golf course. The HC course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I recently wrote an article about it in “Life in Hampton Cove.”

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This lady was uber-organized!

This lady was uber-organized!

This guy came away with a truck-load of good stuff.

This guy came away with a truck-load of good stuff.

I may make a Pin out of these cute sayings.

I may make a Pin out of these cute sayings.

Here is what I bought:

My Battenburg Lace table cloth at home.

My Battenburg Table cloth at home.

Look at this outfit that I put together.  It probably cost me less than $5!

Look at this outfit that I put together. It probably cost me less than $5!

My favorite book and flash cards for Princess Buttercup.  I think I paid $1 for both.

My favorite book and flash cards for Princess Buttercup. I think I paid $1 for both.

More of my table cloth.

More of my table cloth.

The focal point on my table cloth.

The focal point on my table cloth.

Go to Southern Accents for Awesome Architectural Treasures!

Southern Accent  308 2nd Avenue SE Cullman, Alabama.

Southern Accent
308 2nd Avenue SE
Cullman, Alabama.

On Saturday, I took a road trip to Cullman, Alabama so that I could go visit a well-known store there called “Southern Accents.” (Be sure to check them out! http://www.sa1969.com)

Cullman is considered to be a small town, but not in my book. I mean, if Jachin is regarded as an unincorporated community, and Butler only has about 2,000 people who live there, I call Cullman a metro, in comparison! It has a Wal-mart and a McDonalds. Those franchises are the standard for what I call “big.”

Back to Southern Accents. I’m not really sure that it should be called “a store.” It is actually this huge ware-house. A treasure trove for those who like to dig through old architectural pieces. There are tons of old doors that you can use for doors or to up-cycle as primitive tables. And they are so nice and helpful…even if you’re only planning to buy something small like these beautiful tiles that came from a huge home in Arkansas.

Just wait 'til you see what I do with these!

Just wait ’til you see what I do with these!

I met the nicest couple who found a beautiful old mantle to put in their new house that they are building. There are a bunch of old mantles, but this one looked ready for installation. Its wood was shiny, and it looked like it wouldn’t have to be stripped or sanded.
I saw old wooden planks that could be used on your walls or floors. They could also be used as wall art, tables, or anything else that you can think of. I may have to go back there soon to pick up some of that! My fellow-bloggers, the Palmers—from another town in rural south Alabama, once re-did a whole wall with up-cycled wood from Southern Accents. You can see the amazing results at http://theletteredcottage.net/reading-room-redo/. I love their site!

Planks galore...limitless possibilities!

Planks galore…limitless possibilities!

I’m running out of time before I have to post and then go pick up Princess Buttercup from school, so I’ll try to post more on another day. I may have to post every day this week with all of the things that I found in Cullman. It is a really neat little town with lots of cool boutiques and artsy stores. I went for Southern Accents, and found so much more!

Courtyard leads to another warehouse that's packed with stuff.

Courtyard leads to another warehouse that’s packed with stuff.

Dirt bike.  Pun intended.

Dirt bike. Pun intended.

Cedar door with a history.

Cedar door with history.

Personal doorknob collection.  Not on sale, but on display.

Personal doorknob collection. Not on sale, but on display.

Brass door knobs by the hundreds.

Brass door knobs by the hundreds.

I totally want this!

I totally want this!