Monday, September 15, 2014

Vince Gill - "If My Heart Had Windows"

Thank You.

Thank You...
To Everyone... 
who made the Amana Estate Sale... such a Success...
{it realized 25% better, than I had estimated... wow...}
: )
From the Beautiful Family...Jon, Heather, Joyce...and Little William... <3 
 I was so Very Blessed to work with....
along with
The Amazing Helpers....
Liz...Miss. Scarlett...Brandon... Buddy.... Mark... Cindy... Tom.... Kathy....
and...all of the Prayers....Angels... sent by many... to 'Keep' me... and mine....
without them....
this mountain... would have been.... pretty 'tall'...
The old Home... was little more than pathways.... when we found it....
now.... after cleaning...and staging.... it has nearly sold down to the walls....
and is nearly ready...for someone... to begin a New....Journey... within. 
: )
Thanks so much...to Amy...for bringing us Refreshments.... 
Neighbors... for being so...kind... Dale..for lending tables....
and...to Everyone... who bought... 'supported'...this Sale....
Thank You...
Thank You. 
: )
I'll be writing about this incredible journey.... in days to come.
It could be a novel..... : )
Thanks again....
Love you....
Barb C.
{Thanks to Julie...{the little 'Light' Girl...} for showering us...with Light.... 
Polly, Sarah, Lynn and Lea...... for Popping in.... : )
 Colleen .... for helping and bringing... Treats!.... 
Cindy, {Smokehouse Square Antiques... } for being such a Kind...and Helpful Neighbor...
 'The Collector's Journal', {Rita} for doing such a Great Job...for us....as always...
A Special Thanks...to Renate... and Bud...for feeding me Beautiful..Late...Late...Suppers....the nights before the Sale... oh my.... what a Gift...they are in my life....
and so many more... Thank You... Thank You.
 I can't tell you what it means... to see...and feel... the positive... presence of all the above....
 when...
 The Race...is On.....
 : ) Blessings.  : ) }


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMANA ESTATE SALE {160 years Accumulation!!! } Opens 9/11 at 5 p.m. {numbers at 4 } {Through Sunday!!! See Details on the Event Calender!!} Wear Your Grubbies! and Bring a TRUCK!!!

This is a FULL HOUSE....Basement...Garage....and Tent!!!
{see details on the Event Calender at right... }
Make plans to spend some time.... there are MANY 'Littles'.... Lots...and Lots... of Paper.... Lots and Lots... of Glass.... {Some Newer...Much...Old....
There are some Funky Mid Century Items.... {paintings, books... lamps...pins...games...comics... airplane kits in their boxes...  etc...etc...}
This is just a sample.... {scroll down the Blog to see more images of the Amana Furniture...}
There is MUCH... I didn't capture....
There are Many Early Amana Ledgers...Photo's... and Postcards...
These, along with a few Rare items will be offered by Sealed Bids....
accepted from the first day of the Sale, through Saturday, the 13th at 5:00 p.m.
They will be opened that evening....
Everything Else...will be Priced.... if it isn't... I'll price it on the spot.
{there is MUCH to Price... Much! }
Be Patient... : ) Have Fun.... and... come Dig. 
There Truly....Is...Something for Everyone....
: )
Wear Your Grubbies.... : )
Bring a Truck!!!
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{Please park on 'F' Street... Business Parking Lots...are for Local Business.... 
There is MUCH Great Shopping in the Amana Colonies!!!... and Wonderful Food!!!... come spend the Weekend!!! Be here for the Last Day... 50% off... Most Everything at The Sale!!! }























Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A 'Snippet' of The Amana Estate Sale. Sept. 11, 12, 13 and 14. {see details in the 'Calender of Events' on this page. }



















This... was the One Thing.... I wanted to buy... from the Estate.
{Oh... I LOVE... Most Everything... here....}
Liz found it, in a box, in the attic... and knew... I'd Love it.
{reminds me of my Dad... and John. : ) Hearts... Hearts... Hearts... : ) }
I Never buy anything..... before the Public.
I thought I'd ask the owner... if he'd sell it to me.... {just... one... thing.... }
but... when a friend, came through... helping... and spied it....
He said... it was worth a lot....
I knew.... I couldn't ask....
We are taking 'sealed bids' on this Old Heart... Wallpaper Box.
Then... I can have a chance.
a slim one....
but... a chance. : )
Whoever gets it.... Should.
and... It's All... Good. : )
This Old... Soulfulness... Always... finds it's way... to exactly... where it belongs.
Always. : )




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Amana, Iowa Estate Tag Sale September 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Wally Christen
ESTATE TAG SALE
509 45th Ave
 Amana, Iowa
52203

 Sept. 11th 5 'til 8 p.m.
{numbers at 4 p.m.
 We'll be letting 25 to 30 in at 5, then as quickly as we can, let more inside.}
12th 8 'til 7 
13th 8 'til 7
{25% off after 2 p.m. on the 13th }
14th 10 'til 6 
{50% off most items on the 14th }

This Sale is Full of Early 'Amana' Handmade Furniture, of every shape... size and condition.
It's been an interesting 'Adventure' pulling this Sale Together.
It's like a Time Capsule that holds items from the mid 1800's 'til... a few years ago.  
This Home is One of the First Homes {Handcut Sandstone} built in Amana, if not the very first.
It was a Bakery...
then
 'The Bachelor's House'....
before Wally's family moved in.
It was added on to in the 1950's.
It needs some work... and 'elbow grease'... but would make someone a Lovely Home.
It's situated in a Great Location, as well.
The Family will be considering 'Offers'...for The Home during this Sale.
This Old Home... is Beyond Full.
Wally was a 'Collector'... of 'Many' things.
There is everything from exercise equipment.... a '78 Fiat Bertone {complete, for parts only}, mid century Paintings and pottery to Hundreds of Angels. 
Things from the mid 1900's to modern that Wally had gathered.
There is also... Wally's Ancestors Furnishings...
Lots of It.
They didn't throw anything away.
We have been sorting for weeks. 
Here is a Partial Listing
Several Amana Cupboards
{from the mid to late 1800's, some with paint, most with original Finish}
Several Tables...
{Work, Dining, Side, and Stands.}
Rockers...
Sewing Machine...
Two Amana Work Benches.
{one is Very... Primitive.... Very Early and Wonderful }
Several Early Benches, of every size.
Early Crocks, Jugs and Storage Jars.
Loads of Paper Items.
We will have the Lawn Full... at Sale Time... Weather permitting.
There is Much.
We put up a Big... Tent... it...will be... Full, as well.
{Including Many Early Photographs of Amana,
 several stamped by the Local Photographer ' William Noe' }
Many Real Photo Post Cards of Early Amana 
{There will be several 'Groupings' of the images, that will be sold by 'Sealed Bid'
Bids will be taken through Saturday }
Amana Clothing, Bedding and Sewing Items.
Beautiful Parlor Stove.
a Dobereiner's Lamp along with two Early, Whale Oil Lamps.
1700's and 1800's German Books {loads of them}
Old Western Books, Paperbacks... etc.
Linens of all kinds.
Several Amana Wardrobes.
Hand Dovetailed Benches.
Several Amana Chests of Drawers.
Many Amana Woven Rugs, and Baskets of every shape and size.
Amana 'Sorting' Tray
Many handmade tin pieces, including an early Wine Siphon...
Very Early Heart Shaped 'Wall Paper Box' {sealed bids on this item }
Several Hand Dovetailed Trunks and Boxes.
Many Tools.
Dozens of Early, Unusual Bottles.
I could go on and on.
I'll be posting images on www.simplyiowa.blogspot.com until Sale Time. 
{ simply iowa on Facebook as well }
No Early Sales.
{Bring Boxes and Packing Material }

Everything is As Is...Where Is.
All Sales are Final.
We are not responsible for accidents or theft.
Cash, Credit and Debit accepted... Checks... with proper ID.
Wear your Grubbies... and Bring a Truck...to this one... : )
Be prepared to spend some time. 
There won't be many of these 'Sales'...ever... again.
Don't Miss It. 

{Call me, at 319-241-1348 for further questions }
{Come Early... there is Much Great Shopping throughout The Amana Colonies! }










Sunday, August 31, 2014

It's all... about 'the journey'....


Liz unpacked... many old paper items... the other day....
from Wally's Old...Home.
Several were old Newspapers.... like this one... that had been saved... that had articles about The Amana...Colonies...
This one is dated 1939.

This one... was from 1946.
These Folks... were very Proud... of their Community.
They should have been... it was Beautiful.

I'll be capturing more images, soon....
The Old Home... is for sale, as well....
It needs some work.... and a lot of cleaning.... but... it would make someone... a Lovely Home.
Jon and Heather...{Wally's Son and Daughter in Law } will be taking offers throughout the Sale...
 {Sept. 11th through the 14th. }
If it doesn't sell... it will be listed with a Realtor...



The Kids invited me to go with them.... to The Thresher's Reunion.... in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa... yesterday....
What a Gift...that was. : )
Dad and I used to go every year...then.... John and I....and the Kids.... then... when John's back... couldn't take all of the walking... the Kids and I would go....: )
It's been a few years since we went.... I, had completely forgotten about it....
Too many irons... too many fires.
Liz and Miss. Scarlett joined us... it was a Great day. : )
Huge Crowds... and... it was Hot.... but... it always is... : )
The Little Ones... really enjoyed the Train and Trolley rides.... All The Noise....and Whistles... of the Big Steam Engines...
They got to make rope.... and stir Apple Butter... over a fire....
I bought them whistles.... that drove Everyone Crazy.... but me.... : )
They played in bubbles.... that were created by a Hit 'n Miss Engine... : )
I watched as their minds... Whirled... while watching all of the 'Motion'... from all of the engines...
We ate all sorts of Awful... things for us... but... it tasted really good. !
They loved seeing all of the Critters..... and talking to people.... : )
It...was a Great Day. <3















I have been asked.... throughout...the last few days....
"How am I doin'? "
I...always reply....
"I'm hangin' in there"... : )
then... correct myself... and say....
"I'm doing Good." : )
That's what  'Faith'... asks me to say.....
I get so...frustrated with...myself....
I try... so hard.... to stay strong....
I...know... in my Heart.... it's 'Faith'... 'Trust'... in the Lord... that has carried me....
The Prayers... all of you... continue to send.... they have put a shield... around me......
yet....sometimes... my mind... lets 'worry'... and 'sorrow'...worm their way in....
and... I melt.......
Then... I ask the Lord... to take...them... carry them.........for me.... and show me... The Way.
I...know... whatever...whoever... confronts me... has had to come through The Lord... first.....He won't let me endure... more...than I can handle....
but... I have my 'moments'.... trying to figure out.... which way to turn.... first.....
I... feel like a little June Bug...in the midst... of a Whole Bunch.... of Hungry Ducks.
I keep busy.... have to keep my head above water..... and... feed the Ducks...
I sat down...the other day.... and began writing 'Thank You' cards.... to All of the Kind...Souls.... who have thrown out a Much Needed Lifeline.... over the last several months....
I finished... two.
I couldn't do it.
The words... were so.... flat..... I.... simply couldn't do it.
Please Know... if... you are reading this.... and have sent cards....  helped us.... through Prayer... Kind Thoughts... and... in so Many... other... Beautiful Ways....
Please Know... You are in my Heart.... and I Thank You.... Thank God... for You.... Every Day.
Please... keep those Prayers...coming.... I'm gonna need them...now. : )
Peg... is perking along.... some days... are better than others.....
She needs your Prayers... too. : )
Thank You... for Them......
I had a woman stop by...the other day.....
She wanted to visit with me... about my 'Faith'.... thought I should look into her way... of thinking... interpreting...
 what the Bible says....
I... admired her.... being able to quote so many verses....
I... stood there... kind of stunned.... as she, then... quizzed me....
and began telling me... of who... the Bible says... won't get to Heaven....
 : )
I... don't know all the stories of the Bible.....so well... that I can quote them... so eloquently.... as she.... 
I told her.... that...
Then... shared with her...  my Favorite verse.... I learned...by Heart... when I was 5....
John 3:16
" For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."
What I do know... is Our God.
We've gotten...'Pretty Tight'... of late... : )
There are no coincidences on our Journey.....
I... believe... everything happens... for a reason...
to...learn... and Grow... from.
We...are All.... His Children...
The people... we meet... on our Journey...along with all of the 'circumstances'... are sent to us... for a reason.....
She interrupted... and said... "Yes... maybe, I was sent here... to teach you something.... : )"
I looked at her...thought about it...for a moment....
 then... looked to the Sky.....
and said.....
"or... maybe... it's the other way around."
: )
{then.... she was.... stunned. }
It's all... about... The Journey.
{we agreed... to Pray... for each other... <3 along with All.... who suffer...struggle... and are trying to find...their... Way.}
: )
Love to you.....
Barb C.
{The next couple of weeks.... I will be posting... mostly...about The Amana Estate Sale.
I hope... to see you there. <3 }