Monday, July 18, 2011

Worth The Trip

Pam and I have been doing some traveling the past 2 weekends. We went to Sparta to check out an estate sale. We met up at 6:30 a.m. and followed each other through what seemed like the middle of nowhere on rural highways. It’s a good thing we took both our cars, because we packed them full. I’m still pining over the vintage buffet we had to pass up because we didn’t have room to bring it back. It was hugely awesome. The huge part was the problem. I don’t think it would have fit in the back of my Pacifica even if we didn’t buy the other things.

This past weekend we traveled to the tiny little town of Haleyville, Alabama. The reason for our trip was to retrieve my 17 year old son after turning he and our dad loose on the gulf coast the past week. However, our main agenda was to seek out some treasures for the October market. We were a bit too late for the local yard sales, so our Dad took us to this little place he knew about. Way to go Dad. This place had lots of great pieces. Unfortunately the beautiful French china cabinet had a “sold” sign on it. We bought a French Provincial chest of drawers and desk, and a beautiful antique dresser with mirror attached. Look for some of these pieces to be wearing a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint accessorized with glass knobs at our October sale.

Haleyville is in Northwest Alabama and is where both our parents grew up. Pam and I lived there a few years as small children, but spent many summers there with our grandparents until they passed away. Our dad returned there several years ago. This is our Dad (on the right) and one of his best friends from high school, who also served as the Mayor for many years. It was a quick 24 hour trip, but enough to make us feel a little homesick for our childhoods. The good part is we will be going back later next month, pulling a trailer because we couldn’t bring our purchases home with us.


We are tentatively planning a trip to Missouri in early October to see an Aunt and cousin. If we can work out the details, we want to rent a van and do some treasure hunting along the way.

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