“The Grove” Estate Sale Eye Candy Part 2

There were so many awesome things to buy at this estate sale, but the truth is…we just don’t NEED a dang thang.  There were a few items that we couldn’t pass up, though.  The above picture shows an old printing block…how cool is it that upon further inspection, we realized that it’s actually a map of our area?!  Very cool.  We found a tarnished item, that we thought was a good deal for a few bucks and after taking it home and polishing it up, realized it was a GREAT deal…as it is a silver bridal basket from the mid 1800’s!

If anyone knows anything about the two boy figurines, please fill us in as we thought they were really cool for a couple of bucks, but have no idea what they really are.  They look to be clay/paper over wire…maybe.  There is a fingerprint in the bottom of one of ’em.  Worth something or not, we thought they were cool.

We found an old fabric stamp (which we hadn’t seen before) and more printing blocks that we liked.

Next up is the big metal bucket…not sure what to do with it yet…or why it was bought.  We just have a thang about buckets…and rusty things.  See our rusty things?  Skeleton keys, 1800’s horseshoes and a very old padlock…all of these said ,”Buy me, I’m rusty”. True story.

The Better Homes and Gardens recipe book is from the ’40’s, but we took the icky pages out and we will use the binder for a project.

We loved these lil’ vintage farm animal toys…but not sure if the lil’ men are supposed to be with the set or not….hmmmmm…any ideas?

Who doesn’t love some vintage bloomers?!  We were lucky to find these and they are O-L-D.  Also, found an apron and a baby bonnet. This sale also had books galore…books for everyone.  Here are some of the fun books that we found.

‘Til our next adventure,

Carmen & Amy


“The Grove” Estate Sale Eye Candy Part 1

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Estate sales to us are like candy stores to a 6 year old and when everything at the estate sale is old, rusted, chipped, peeling, and stained…well, that’s just the icing on the cake. So, one weekend in September, when … Continue reading

Backroad Ramblin’ … Ashland Feed Store

Nothing Fine or Fancy.

     If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you know I am a sucker for nostalgia!  I guess this is one of the reasons I LOVE Ashland Feed Store. Located smack dab in the middle of Ashland, VA, near the railroad tracks leading to the big cities of D. C., Boston and New York, you will find this little gem.

      The Store has changed a lot since it first opened in 1918, yep, almost 100 yrs. ago, but much of it’s history is still here. Danny Adams, the store’s owner (and a super nice guy ), makes sure to carry all the brand name farm supplies & livestock feed, but he has left much of the store’s bones and history untouched. The store’s wooden floors are original, at the counter you’ll find an antique set of scales still used for weighing seeds & such, and the desk in Danny’s office is the original desk from 1918.  Danny shared with me that when he first got the desk he found a secret compartment and inside he found half a bottle of whiskey and a bullet…hmm. I just eat these little side stories up !

I love that when I go there I am greeted by some of the sweetest, friendliest and helpful people you can imagine. They patiently listen to my questions and let me pick their brains…about chickens, of course, and then kindly point me in the right direction.
I guess one of the things I love most about Ashland Feed Store, is the conversation. It’s a connection we miss with all of the modern amenities. Yep, here I go again getting all nostalgic on you, but when I listen to “real” farmers talk, it makes me think about my grandparents; and I did so LOVE their stories !
Nope, the Ashland Feed & Seed isn’t fine or fancy, but it’s real and sometimes I REALLY miss real.
 It’s the people and places like Ashland Feed Store, that remind me of how IMPORTANT it is to shop Local : )
Ashland Feed Store is located at 120 N. Thompson St. Ashland, Va. 23005
~Until our next adventure… Amy~
This is Otis…he says that keepin’ this store straight is sure hard work!

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