Friday, April 21, 2017

More Rabbits...for The Rabbit Hole!

 More.... Rabbits!
Love these Big Bunnies, that were Easter Decorations.
: )
Miss. Scarlett, and me...stopped at the store, on the way home,...tonight.
Saw these Amazing...Big, China....Bunny Wall Sconces, on clearance. 
Oh Boy!!!
I bought 'em All! {6... : ) }
I, don't usually buy 'New' anything. But...These are Awesome!!!
{glad I didn't see them, when they were full price! Yikes! }
They will be Perfect...at the Entrances to The Rabbit Hole!
: ) 
Went and cleaned out an Old....House, and Shed...that have been sitting empty, for a decade.
Been in one Family... Forever!!!
They never...threw Anything...away. : )
Brought home a Bunch!
Some, sold...the same day...right off of the Ford.
but, there is Much...for Junk Jubilee, in Des Moines, next week!
We'll be loading on Monday.
Went and looked at another Estate Sale, today.
oh my.
These poor Folks...are in such a mess. : (
My Heart...goes out, to them. 
I, don't know how...I can get their sale done, along with three Events...
{Junk Jubilee, Gold Rush...and The Memorial Day Weekend Sale }
in, little more, than a month.
Pray for us. <3
Below, are a few images I took down the rabbit hole, the other day.
: )
I, have had so little time, to play...there.
: (
The House... is a Mess. : (
oh my.
Never enough time, in a day. 
Love...to ya.
Barb C.

I pulled many early pieces of Ironstone, from the Old...House, last week.
Along with a Pile....of Tea Leaf, Ironstone.
I, love...the Cups and Saucers. : )


Old...Tea Leaf. <3
'Farmer's China'.
Found this little bottle, of 'Rabbit Lure'...
sitting on a shelf...in the Old...House.
It, had to come Home. : )
This, is an Adorable Medicine Cabinet. Has a Darling...Brass, Cup Holder, on the side.
It's an Old... soft, Pink...in color. 
Had, two...of these old...9 Drawer Store Pieces.
One, sold.
The other, is headed to Junk Jubilee...if it doesn't sell, by Monday!
Gnarly piece of Tin Ceiling!
Finally, got it hung up...the other day. : )

Been getting in, loads...of old doors, and shutters.
Peg and I....rescued this little girl, from a ditch...years ago.
She, took her home with her, way back.
Last year...she sent her back, Home...with me.
<3
I have so much....to do, down the rabbit hole.
I, stood...gazing in the door, the other day.
Didn't have time...to enter, and work...
but...
It was Calling...to me. <3

These old Corn Cobs...were in the Shed, at the old House.
I, didn't have the heart, to dump them.
I'll do something fun...with 'em. : )



Soon, The Gnarliness...will be Green. <3
Wild, Grape. : )

Lots of Crocks...and a Very...sweet...Bin, that came from the Old Kitchen.
It still had the built in, Dry Sink, sitting next to it. : )
This Old....Copper Washing Machine...is Very Cool.
It, was buried, in the Old...Shed. : )
I liked the writing, on this old sprayer.
There are Tons...of  Dibby Dabbies, I dug...out of the Old House, and Shed.
oh my.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Estate Sale... Journey.






The Sale...was Amazing.
Thanks, so Much...to Everyone, concerned.
From Bob, the owner...
who, trusted me...to handle this.
I asked him, one evening, as several us, sat on the Veranda...sipping wine,
what he thought...the first time we met.
{I was laughing. : ) : ) : ) }
I, pull up...into the winding drive...in an area, of Town....that's pretty, uh...exclusive, with the Only...Ford, in our Family....that wasn't limpin'...
The Gypsy.
10 inch Lift...Chrome Stacks... and, not a straight piece of sheet metal....on her body.
The, 'Driver'...was, to him...and his neighbors...equally, 'interesting'. : )
He, didn't say much....when I asked him, his thoughts....but, instead....began to laugh...
and say.... 'Welllll...." Hahaha!
oh...dear. 
So, it was leap of Faith....for Bob. : )
Bob, has spent most of his life....working, and providing...for his family.
He, did a Great Job. : )
Sadly...his world.....fell apart, a couple of years ago...when his wife, left.
He never saw it coming. 
Some, would say... "How can that be? He must have had a clue."
No, he didn't.
Sadly, over my life...I've seen this happen...many times.
I'll talk more, about this, at the end...of this post.
I want to share The Positive...first. : ) <3
Thank You...to All, who Attended! <3
Here's how it all...began.
The phone rang...over a month ago...It was Karen, a realtor, I'd met, while visiting our mutual Friend... Val, years ago.
She asked me if I'd take a look at a Home, she was going to be listing. I, was Happy...to. : )
This, was a Huge...undertaking, yet....I never felt, intimidated by it.
{A 'God'...thing. : ) }
Daughter, Liz....helped. Then...Daughter in Law, Katie... Adam, Mark, and Bud.
Bless Their Hearts! 
Then, pal, Gayle... offered a hand.
She...is a Whirlwind. : )
She is a Master...Tagger!!!
As the days went by.... more and more....Folks, just....out of the Blue...offered help.
<3
Donna, and one of her Friends..... helped with the Clothes, Jewelry... and sewing items.
{Donna, was my 8th grade Home Economics Teacher, 'One'...of three...Favorite Teachers, in my life. She's married to a Dear Friend, that has helped our Kids, over the years....at The Bank. May God Bless them....Both. <3 }
Pal, Bill...was a Godsend. I've known Bill, for 20 years. {Iowa Tag Sales}
He helped with Tables...and Online business. I, don't know what...we would have done...without him.
Brandon, Justin's Best Bud....was also...a Godsend.
He carried... Mountains, from the basement....to the 3rd floor.
He said he lost 8 pounds, in two weeks!
What a Trooper!
Pal, Val...oh my. : )
She came over....and worked her little tail off. She brought tables...and helped 'stage' the House.
<3
Pal, Dale...even brought a Load...of Tables. : )
I, think...we used nearly 30 tables. Oh My!
Bart, Denise...and Lacey....what can I say, about them. 
God Bless 'em...and, their friend, Neva....
They came, and said... "What do ya need? Tell us what to do....and we'll do it!!!"
Have you any Idea...what a Gift, that is. <3
They tagged, and sorted....displayed....
oh...my.
Cindy, and Tom... came...Bless their Hearts, to help with the Books, I...don't know what....
I'd do...without them. <3 <3 <3 They help me...Often!
Normally, I clean the House, Stage it...and price.
I, couldn't do it all....so, Friends, Stanley and Klarika...who are Master... House Cleaners...
 {but were over booked, severely} ...
told me about a Wonderful Gal, who owns Liberty Enterprises Cleaning Services.
Laura.
: )
She, and her Team came in....and went Above, and Beyond.
: )
Then, Laura 'Volunteered'...to come back, and Help...pull things together.
Holy Smokes!!!
Who Does That!
These, are All.... Busy....Busy...People.
<3
yet... out of the Kindness...of Their Hearts... came, and worked....
They, worked... Hard!
oh my.
Some, I paid. but... for what I had quoted... I was running out of funds.
The ones, that 'Volunteered'....made it clear....they wanted No Money.
{they didn't know, my budget...was depleting : ) }
They, just...wanted to 'Help Out'.
But, you see...they all...kinda knew, Bob's Story.
and, they saw him...in action.
Taking such loving Care...of the three Elderly Hounds, that, were...also....
left behind.
{and... The Fish, he cared for...
and...
The Chickens....
all, left....behind.}
Bob, was Amazed...by all of The Kind...People. 
: ) : ) : ) 
I, think...he's still...in shock. 
I, know....how that feels. 
I, think...Everyone...that came to help, knows...how that feels.
It, was...a 'God'...thing.
Here are a few images, of The Crew.
Miss. Scarlett, Pip....Kera, and Nina. <3
Kera, is 15 years old.
She....melted my heart. I, sat...one day, for a little while, with Kera. Bob was in Arizona, taking a load of personal things, to his new home....
 She was missing him, so much. I just...wept....as I doted, on her. <3 : )  I was so Thankful, Bob has her. I worry, about when he loses her.
I, remember, all too well...losing Polly, last year.
When, you've lost...so Much. Losing....the little Angels, that show such Unconditional Love....is, beyond....Heartbreaking.
Bill, {Iowa Tag Sales} Bob, the owner....and Gayle.
<3 <3 <3 
Cindy, and Pip. <3
Cindy....fell in Love, with Pip.
<3
She, was a Godsend.
Cindy, keeps things in line. Bless her Heart.
She, watches out...for me.
What an Angel. <3
I, didn't get a picture, of Tom. He helped Mark, with the Tool area.
Blessings!
Brandon.
What can I Say???
hahahaha!
He's quite a Ham!
but, He's One Heck....of a Worker!
Bless....his Heart!
<3

Daughter, Liz... Miss. Scarlett... and, 'Baby Jack'.
Every time....I went to take Liz's picture, at the House....she had a Fit.
so... I took this, at Supper, after the Sale.
She and Katie... Moved Mountains, on the second floor.
Oh My!
Gayle, Mark....and Cindy.
After a LONG...Day!
They were All...Long...Days.
I don't know how many people...came through, over the 4 days.
but....
The Police were called, because there were so Many Cars....parking Everywhere.
Some Folks, slept in their cars, to be first in line.
We had people lined up....Every Day....to pay.
It, was Crazy.
: )
This is Karen Mathison, from Coldwell Banker Realty.
She, is Amazing!
<3
She brought me Coffee, Every Morning....and, bought Every  'No Parking' Sign....she could get her hands on, to help out....
The Neighbors!
Bless Her Heart!
<3
I visited in length...with one neighbor. Called the City, myself....to see if they would put signs up.
They wouldn't.
One neighbor, came over....and...was soooooo upset.
yet...
I could tell....he was doing Everything in his Power...not...to Explode.
Bless, his heart. : )
I did my Best, to help...with what I could. : )
I, think...he knew it. : )
{but...he still...was on the Verge...of Blowing! }
Laura...
: )
{Liberty Enterprises, Cedar Rapids }
She was such a Gift!
She has a Home, in New Orleans.
She said....Anytime, I want to visit...
The Door, is Open.
<3
{Who Does That!}
What a Sweet Heart! <3


Pal....Val.
<3
She worked her little tail...off. : )
She brought tables....
Sorted...and Cleaned!!!
oh my. <3
She helped me figure out...some of the Staging.
She's been a Friend, for 25 years.
John, adored her.
She...adored...him. <3
Donna.
What a Gift.
I've known her...for 40 years.
<3
I couldn't have imagined...when I was 14 years old, in her class....after eating the muffins, my Best Friend, Debbie, and I made...
using baking soda...
instead of baking powder....
{ick.}
That, we'd have so much Fun...together, 40 years...later. <3
Donna has the Most....Wonderful....Laugh, and....the Most Beautiful...Hair.
It's as soft...as Silk. <3

Katie, and Miss. Meadow.
Miss. Meadow...didn't come help, but... her Brother...Justin, did.
I, don't have a picture...of him....at the sale.
: (
He...is such a Little Helper!
Anything I asked him to do....he was  'Johnny on the Spot'...to help.
<3 <3 <3
Katie, too.
She and Liz....Moved Mountains. <3

 I didn't get pictures, of Bart, Denise...Lacey...or, Neva.
I, thought....I did, but...I can't find them.
: (
There were several other Folk...who helped out, pricing.
I, called on them...and, they were There....
<3
May, God... Bless em.
<3
I've struggled, with this sale, more than most.
I have to be careful...how, I put this all....into words.
There were many nights, I wept....driving Home.
There were many days...I Prayed, driving to it.
With each of these 'sales'...I learn, something.
This one, I learned Much.
I learned...
I hold Women, to Higher Standards.
Daughter, Liz...said..., after I explained my thoughts, to her....
"Mom, You are Sexist."
: )
Yes, I am.
: )
I've seen, much...in my life.
Here's what I Know.
Aunt Bee, was The Strongest Character...on The Andy Griffith Show.
Everyone...Respected, Aunt Bee.
If, she wasn't happy, or her feelings were hurt....
Andy, along...with Everyone else, made sure...she was taken care of.
They Jumped Through Hoops.
She, held The Family, The Most Important Job... 
'Together'.
Hillary Clinton, made a comment, when Bill was running for President, the first time, she wasn't like Tammy Wynette, and wouldn't just... 'stand by her man'. But, That's, Exactly... what she did, a few years later.
I've loved....Tammy Wynette, and her songwriters...my entire life.
I, understood them.
If you think...for a moment, they were weak....: ) You'd be...mistaken.
Women, are Much...Stronger, than Men.
{I'm not picking...on Men. }
I'm saying, Men...can be Hurt, so Deeply....by Women. 
Down...to the Core.
Men, Trust...them.
Women, rule...the Home.
They, 'rule'...Men. 
{most, of the time. }
I, believe.... a Good Woman, takes care of her Family.
They look Up....to her.
Men, Good Men.... depend on them. They Provide, and, ask...for little more...than a Happy Home.
There are some not so good men....that, won't last long...with a Good, Woman.
I, believe...that anyone....who isn't happy, in a relationship, should have the Respect....to go to the One they've shared their Life...and Love...with, and....tell them, first....before they 'walk'.
I, noticed....after thinking about this, day in...and day...out.
The Women, who 'Helped'...at this sale, were like a bunch of Mother Hens. <3
All..
Good...Women.
{They All...are Praying...for Bob. : ) }
Even, Gayle...who was treated, soooo Badly.... by her former, Understood, and has major... compassion...for Bob.
<3
I, never intended....on being married, or...having children.
I, knew....as independent....as I was, and am...I, didn't think, I...could be a good Wife, or Mother.
Then, I met John. <3 and...the Kids...came along. <3
I, don't believe I've been the best... but, I've done...my best.
I watch our Daughters, and Daughter in Laws...
Liz, Katie...Andrea...and Maryjane, They...are Amazing...'Women'.
{They bring tears, to my eyes...when I watch them, with their Families. : ) <3 }
I wasn't always there....
but, I Always...Stood by my Man.
I, Always...will do...Anything, for our Children.
I, never....would have walked away.
Our lives, weren't always perfect.
There were times...when, I'm sure...John and I...both...wanted to 'walk'.
but...
we had too much Respect, for one another.
<3
I, look at my Family.
My Sisters... and, Sister in Law.... Shirley. <3
They, were, and are....such Powerful, Loving... Role Models.
We, This Country...Need, More...of Them.
They... are the Strongest Women, I've ever Known...in my Life.
My Brothers, and Brother in Laws.... 'Know'...and 'Knew' exactly, what I'm talkin' about. 
{They never made the Guys, feel 'less', than a Man. but, The Men, knew....they'd be Lost...without Them. }
So, yes... call me 'Sexist'...all...day...long. 
I, will Always...hold Women, to a Higher...Standard.
Love, to ya....
Barb C.
{I spent many hours with Bob. We had some Heart to Heart...talks.
: )
I told him...to get out to Arizona...
find out, who 'Bob' is.
Take Care, of 'himself'...for once.
: ) 
Don't get married, again... until, he figures out....who, he is.
: )
I, remember...the saying...I found, down the rabbit hole... long...ago, and I painted it, for a sign.
"Be Kind, to Yourself....
and
Others."
: )
It has to be done...in 'that' order. }

The tune, above...is how Bob, and so many other...Wonderful Men, I've known...throughout my life, expected their lives...to be, when they...grew older. 
Bob, told me....he still, loves his former wife.
Sadly...most of them...do.
They, were Devoted.


This, was one of the most difficult posts, I've ever had to write.
The old...Taurus, has pulled in her horns.
: )
If, I ever write a book....
oh....dear. 



Monday, April 17, 2017

Adele - Rolling in the Deep


Still...workin' on it.

I'm sorry, that I haven't posted about The Estate Sale...
yet.
: )
Trust me...
I'm trying.
This, 'event'...has stirred up..many emotions.
I've been Praying...about them.
I, can't begin...to put all of this, into words....
until, I'm able to choose those 'words'...wisely.
: )
I've learned a lot...about myself, over this last month and a half.
Stay Tuned.
and...
Pray, for me.
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends live (lyrics)


The Sale...is Done.

Thanks So MUCH...
First, and Foremost... 
to my Amazing...Team.
I'll be posting all about them, over the next few days.
What a Journey.
The Sale...was Rock Solid!!!.
Over the Top!
: )
I, couldn't have done it...without them.
May, God...Bless Them!
We had Wonderful Folks, in Droves...to Shop, with us...
Every Single Day!!!
Bless Their Hearts!
: )
I, know....I couldn't have gotten through this, without a Whole Lot...of Prayer.
I, spent many...many, hours... on this.
The night before the Sale...I worked all night, all day...and had little sleep, for days.
yet. I...wasn't dropped to the ground.
: )
I, know...it was Prayers, and my Amazing...Team, of Angels....that worked their Hearts out, along side me...
that made 'It' Happen.
: ) <3
There are sooooo many, 'stories', surrounding this Sale.
I'll be writing about them all....very soon.
Bob, the owner...was such a Gift, to us all.
: )
He's been through, so much. 
What a difficult time, of his life.
I'm gettin' tired, tonight...
my head...is spinning, with all of the 'events', 'moments' that've transpired...over this sale.
Wait....'til ya hear 'em all. : )
Love Ya...
and...
Thank Ya.
: )
Barb C.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

'Living' Estate Sale... 2315 Linden Drive S.E. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. April 6 thru 9... 8 a.m. 'til 6 p.m. Daily!!! {no early sales}

'Living' Estate Sale!
April 6 thru 9
8 'til 6, daily!
Numbers at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, and Sunday.
{no early sales. }
The Entire Household and Home, is for Sale.
 {The Home is listed with Karen Mathison, from Coldwell Realty, 
she will be there throughout the Sale. }
These images are just a snippet, of what's inside this 5000 sq, ft. Home.
This Beautiful Home has 3 finished Storys and, a Full Basement. 
Plan to spend some time.
 : )
No Parking...in the drive. {only for loading }
Cash and Cards, accepted. 
{I'll be adding more images, before sale time. }
Keep scrolling down, on this site, to see earlier posts.

This is a Very Diverse Sale.
Many, Many... Lovely Things.
Antiques, Mid Century Modern, to Teen, and Women's Clothes, Shoes...Legos...Toys and Dolls. {many, never opened. }
Tools, Glassware...Games...Pet Supplies...Many Complete Sets of  Vintage Dinnerware,
and Tea Sets.
Office Desks, {not pictured, yet } and equipment.
 Nearly New... Gun Safe.
Much...is 'New'...never opened...never used....much, with tags.
Much, is Gently...used, at best. 
There is much Wicker Furniture, {Not pictured, yet.}
Several, top of the line... Garden and Patio Furniture Sets.
Many, Lovely Rugs. Room size...and runners.
Modern, Art... some, Vintage.
Craft, and Sewing Supplies.
Coach Purses, and Shoes. Designer Clothes, and Perfumes.
Loads of Jewelry. 
Loads of Kitchen Items, {not pictured yet. }
Several Table and Chair Sets.
Beds, and Bedding.
I could go on...and on.
Don't miss this Sale.
There, Truly...Is....Something, for Everyone. 
Thanks, 
Barb C.
{Be sure, and scroll down, and click on 'older posts' for more images! : ) }
: )
Thanks, and...Tell Everyone! : ) 
We have Mountains to Find Homes for...in 4...short...days!!! : ) : ) : )