Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rain or Shine!!! Wear Your Grubbies and Bring a Truck!!!

'Rain or Shine!!! Wear Your Grubbies and Bring a Truck!!!'
That advise has Always been at the end of every 'Simply Iowa's' Home Event ad.
 Cross Creek Antiques {Simply Iowa } Fairfax, Iowa, has conducted
a Spring and Fall Sale for over 20 years.
They both run for 4 days.
What began, as an 'Antique' Garage Sale, to raise money for 'Summer Adventures' for the Kids, and Back to School needs, in the Fall, quickly grew and grew and grew.
Most Folks have Garage Sales, with 'modern' household items, but we've used Antiques, in our home, always, so our 'Sales' were different than most.
People loved coming, and soon friends and neighbors were joining in. 
There is a Wonderful Group of Folks, who share our Love of Old...things, who bring very unusual, and interesting 'Finds' to the Sales.
We never know what's coming in. 
People come from all over, to attend. 
Sometimes the weather is rough, so we've  added several Big Tents, over the years. 
Seasoned Antiquers never let the weather, hold 'em back... tho. 
Some of our best sales, have been the rainiest.
Some things arrive, straight from Barns and Estates at 'Sale Time'.
 No time to 'clean', so, wear your Grubbies.
Some Folks who have never attended, make the mistake of bringing 'the car', the first time. 
They have no idea, how these Sales 'Sprawl', there is much.
There are 8 dwellings packed Full, along with the lawn.
There's everything from old Farm Cupboards, to Farm Junk.
There are Loads and Loads of 'Smalls' too. 
Bring the Truck.
Most anything you might find on a turn of the last century Iowa Farm...is represented here.
In the Spring, {Memorial Day Weekend {Friday thru Monday {8 a.m. 'til Dusk Daily }
 we like to have lots of Garden items. 
Wash tubs, pails, urns and 'plantable' items.
In the Fall, {'Fall Harvest Sale' the 2nd weekend in October }
we like to have 'Nesting' pieces for the 'Home'. Mantels, Harvest Tables, Cupboards, Textiles,
though, we have those, in the Spring as well.
We keep adding things, daily.  Some folks come to check it out, every day.
This Memorial Day Weekend Sale, as always, will have lot's of Furniture. 
Many Primitive pieces. {Rough and Ready } Folk Art, Harvest Tables, Upholstered Furniture, 
{Great for Photographers}
Church Windows, Vintage Lighting, Crocks, Clocks, Jars, and Who Knows...What! 
It's always exciting, to see what finds it's way here!
Below, are a few images from prior Sales.
Yes... there is Always....Always...'Much'!!!
Make plans, to Attend!
{Simply Iowa also conducts 'Pop Up' Sales... throughout the Summer, {July 2nd. thru 4th } or anytime, Big Loads, or Estates find their way to us!!!
Look for us in The Collector's Journal, simplyiowa.blogspot.com 
and Simply Iowa Facebook  }












These Beautiful Church Windows, and the pieces in the below images will be at the Memorial Day Weekend Sale, along with many newly gathered Primitive Pieces, and Farm Gnarliness. 


This Old Cupboard is Awesome! A little over 7 feet Tall... with a Drawer... and Original, Cast Pulls!
The Old Hen's Nest... can sit, or hang! Love It!

Tons of Gnarly, Vintage Statuary!
Old Clocks!... and Much... Much... Much... MORE!!!









Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dido - White Flag (Official Video)


Onward and Upward!!!

Took the day...mostly 'Off'...yesterday.
Polly made it through the night, and...seemed better and better, as Monday...rolled on.
: )
{I'd Begged... The Lord.... to take her Home... through the wee hours... of Monday.
oh dear... It's so hard on her... when I leave.
She is better, than I've seen her, in a long time... this morning. <3 
She's wagging her tail.. and climbed up on the side of the bed... this morning...to wake me up! }
One...Day... at a Time. : ) 
I didn't find anything 'missing'... from the 'intruder'.
When I got Home.... Sunday night, like always... Polly was laying at the door, waiting for me.
<3
I have an idea.... when 'whoever'...
 opened the door.... was also 'Greeted' right away... by Polly.
but...
Not... in a 'Loving' fashion, like with me. 
I doubt... they made it two steps inside.
That's why... the main door and breezeway door.... was open. 
I'd bet... the intruder.... wasn't thinking about shutting the doors, behind them.
but... worried, mostly... about their... 'behind'. 
: ) 
From now on.... when I 'Have' to leave... I'll have someone... stay here.
Katie comes several times a day.... to 'care' for our Critters'... when Liz is also gone, with me.
but...
I'll have to have a 'Home Sitter'. 
Thankfully.... I don't have another 'Away' Event... until August, Gold Rush. 
{Someone, broke into our Neighbor's Home...last year... and lived in their house... for several days, while they were away. 
Strange Things... happen..., even in the Safest Places. }
Onward....and Upward!!!
I'm Setting my  Sights...
on The Memorial Day Weekend Sale!
MUCH...to get Done!
Much... will be coming in!!!
Gold Rush... was pretty tuff...for me.
but... I bought well... and will have some Awesome Things....
for The Memorial Day Weekend Sale...
{as will Others... who are coming! : ) }
Tho... Gold Rush... wasn't what I'd hoped....in one way, in another.... it was a Blessing.
I was So Inspired....by a regular 'Customer'... on Sunday.
She, and the way she manages herself....and her Family Business.... really... made me think.
: )
I've always admired her... and her Mother in Law.... over the many...many... years, they have shopped with us. 
It was such a Gift... to visit with her.
It was like a 'Light Bulb'... lit up...in my brain. : ) 
I, was pretty fragile...at times... during this 'Gold Rush'.
{I...honestly... was thinking about...'Throwing in the Towel'... finding another direction... I...just didn't know...which way...to turn. 
yes... I was very close... to putting that 'white flag'... in the air. }
Thanks, so Much... for Wonderful... Neighbors....and Customers....
'Friends'
for 'being there'. <3
The Lord... sure Blesses... me. <3
I unloaded the bulk of my luggage, this morn.
Glanced at the Lilacs... that, before we left...were so Beautiful... and, are now.... fading away.
{always makes me sad. }
Then... I looked out the Kitchen window.
Saw the 'Miniature' Lilacs... my Best Friend, Geri... gave me for my Birthday... years ago.
{Geri passed away... nearly 10 years ago. }
She gave me, like always... her Fabulous 'Jello Cake'... and... a tiny little shrub...
'Miniature Lilac'....
: )
I thought, it would stay a small... shrub.
so... I planted it...by the Hen House, and Out House.... 
where I could always see it... from the Kitchen Window. : )
Ooooops!
It's a Monster! 
but...
has the tiniest... clusters of Lilacs... : ) that, bloom later, after... the Big Ones... have went away.
what a Gift... they are. <3
They, Made me Smile... this morn.
and.. think... 'remember'... Geri. 
and... ponder.... some of the Wonderful.... times, we shared. 
: ) : ) : ) 

I'm gathering myself up... LOTS of Things to Do!!!
Love to ya...
Stay Tuned... 
Memorial Day Weekend Sale... Info... 
coming Fast! 
Barb C.
{The Customer... on Sunday...also encouraged me.. to write a book. She thinks, I could. : )
{but, she Mostly... inspired me... concerning The Rabbit Hole. <3 }
 Then... I spoke with a Friend, from a Wonderful... Periodical... who called, about advertising the Memorial Day Weekend Sale... and said... I should, maybe... write stories... 'Freelance'  for them. : ) Hmmm. : ) }

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Home.

Just pulled in...a little while ago.
May Gold Rush 2016 is 'History'.
It was a tuff show. 
I'm So Thankful... to Daughter, Liz... Miss. Scarlett.... Barb and Becky...
for Helping... so Much... at Gold Rush.
I'm Thankful... to Son, Justin...and Daughter in Law... Katie, for watching out... over Polly and John's Kitty's.
Polly is so sick.
I hurts me...so, to leave her... when these 'events'... come.
I have no....choice. Zero.
Evidently.... someone... who knows me... or, reads this, or FB, ...
knew I'd be gone... and decided to break in to our Home... Thursday night, after Katie left.
Justin gets here, every morning... at the crack of Dawn.
He found Polly... wandering...outside. {Thankfully, she didn't get on the road. }
The doors...were wide open.
Polly...is old, and very... ill.
but...
She's Still... very...Protective, of our Home.
Whoever... came in, left... in a Big....Hurry.
I'm too tired, to look and see if anything is missing.
I was Thankful... to see... my Girl.
I'm 'Home'... with Polly.  Whoever... you are... 
my best advise...
Don't try it...again. 
Barb C.
{I knew about this... Friday morning. Justin had everything..... under control, by then. There was nothing... I could do... but... keep working. 
I'm not sure, Polly is going to make it through... the night. 
She's here...at my side, as I write.... but... she's so... weak. 
Whoever... did this... all I can say is....
'Bless Your Heart'... 
You're gonna Need... Every 'Blessing'... You, can get. }


Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm (lyrics)


Gold Rush!!!! Last Chance!!! Show is Over...Today, at 4!!!!

Come Shop!!!
Loads of Great Stuff.... left to be Bought!
I've Gathered up...some Fun Stuff, Here!!!
{Memorial Day Weekend... just days....away! {at the Rabbit Hole! }
Thanks, So Much...to Liz....Barb and Becky...for helping pull this Monster Booth.....at Gold Rush...Together!! 
oh dear....
What a Gift.... They All Are!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.







Thursday, May 12, 2016

Miranda Lambert - Old Sh!t (Audio)


Gold Rush!!! Oh My GOSH!!! You Won't Believe.... The Simply Iowa....Booth!!!

Holy Smokes!!!!
We got the Trucks unloaded.... and in the booth.
then...
The LOAD form Wisconsin... came in.
OH MY GOSH!!!!
Old....Painted Cupboards.... 
{Some of The Best.... I've seen, in some time. <3 }
 Store Counter.... Tables...and Chairs....
Incubator.... 
Market Wagon... Gnarly...Concrete.... Advertising.... The Sweetest.... Early... Hanging....Corner Cupboard.... {oh dear!!! } 
Painted Jelly Cupboards...
Boxes... and Bins....
I could go ON and ON...AND ON!!!!!!!!!
yes...
: )
AWESOMENESS IS PILED HIGH!!!!
{Liz kept saying... "Mom... we aren't gonna have enough 'room'... for this stuff..."
all I could say was....
"Yes... We Will : ) "
oh dear... : )
{and... my phone died.... no images... tonight. : ( }
Come In The Morn. 
Show Opens at 8!!!
You'll have to DIG!!!
{and... 'Climb'....Over Mountains... of Old... Sh!t...  : ) <3 }
:)
Love, to ya...
Barb C.