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November 24, 2010


Hope G

oh. my. gawd. that made me laugh so hard I snorted. thanks for sharing that and I just love your new treasures!

Chrissy P.

I think your dad also assisted in rescuing me as a newborn from a monster hurricane. I think there was 27 feet of water and he swam me off the island.....or something like that. All while everyone else stood around keeping their beer from getting seawater in it.

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk

Love the sign and the beach coasters. Oh, and the story is pretty good too!


Your dad sounds just like my dad! Great story! And I live your finds! Not much I've found this fall in Oregon!


Love this post Colleen! And I would buy those coaster for my NJ shop, they would love them here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

laurie magpie ethel

Classic, classic story ...love how the story keeps having extra embellishments added to it. Gave me my chuckle of the day...


LOVE LOVE LOVE your stash!!! Everything you got is awesome! I don't know much about you (newish to blogging and still finding faves to read), but if you EVER consider selling any packs of your coasters, please let me know. My husband is from NJ (moved from there to CA as a boy and now we live in WA) and summered at the shore every year. I try to collect NJ things as a reminder of his childhood and these would be awesome with the NJ tablecloth we have...for looks only, of course!! ;)

P.S. Your comparison of barn sale sign to meth baggies on a BOGO program is HILARIOUS!! I laughed 'til I cried!! :D


I live about 10 minutes from the Perkie sale (as we call it) but I don't really like it so I haven't been there for a couple of years! glad you found some good junk, though. I just don't like an auction where I can't sit down and have to hang out with a bunch of old scraggly men and follow them around.


I had the blue spotted bowl once... I cried when I broke it. Just a little tho.


By any chance, was Annette Funicello one of the women your dad rescued? Or maybe Connie Francis?

Jenn Milsaps

that was the best story :) thanks for sharing! (and I love the treasures)

Lindsey Turner

great finds! I just stumbled upon your blog and am really enjoying it! I don't know if you like to read other blogs about thrifty finds but I have a blog called Thrift and Shout (thriftandshout.blogspot.com) and I wanted to invite you to come check it out! Thanks! -Lindsey Turner


Love looking at your finds. Love the beach sign and the coasters. Thanks for doing what you do!


I just found your blog & I actually live near the Brandywine shop! I can't wait to check it out:) I LOVE all your vintage treasures- those Pyrex bowls are amazing.

Mary Hamer

Hi Colleen! I know you are probably crazy busy, but I just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the "Sylish Blogger Award" on my blog! Hop on by and check it out!


Just stopped by to let you know that your Dad shoveled 50 feet of snow in Chicago during "The Great Snowstorm of '67."

But for his brave show of unrelenting determination to clear the driveway, the car bringing my mom and me (the newborn) home from the hospital would never have arrived.

Thank you to your Dad!
(or, was it my Uncle?)

You gotta love stories that grow as the years progress :)


absolutely love the vintage sign and step stool!!



Those Jersey shore coasters are adorable and I must find some to own!


I live in West Chester and shop at Cottage Home all the time! Great store. Where is the barn that you refer to that has the barn sales?

antique kansas city

It brings back memories of black and white and simple just like when i visited antique kansas city I reminisced the old days with my dad.I love your collections truly fascinating and adorable.

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