Come Shopping with me

My daughter and I spent several hours browsing our local antique country store the other day.

I did actually buy a few things to flip, too. It was so much fun!

She bought a lot too.

The best part of visiting our downtown area, is that it brings back so many good memories to me. When we first moved down here fifteen or so years ago. It was a place my two oldest girls enjoyed being.

With no shopping centers, it became sort of a home away from home on days that we wanted to window shop. It was the library and country store for many years when the kids were little.

Through out the years I’ve bought many terrific things at this one store. It started with homemade honey and soaps and escalated from there.

I also bought a hope chest for my daughter, vintage jewelry and purses, and even an antique hot stove.

They have loads of primitive decor.

Lots of things remind me of my Aunt Edie, who was my favorite aunt growing up. She was a collector of anything g fun and unique, and would always take time out of her day to teach me about what she collected and why. I learned so much from her.

My daughters have also bought several Christmas gifts for me from this particular Country store too. It’s such a sense of nostalgia as soon as you walk in the front door, that has an attached old cow bell. Each Season they have outside vendors with live music and dancing. (insert banjo music here)

I remember one of my daughters enjoying country line dancing one year.

Gosh, she had to be only ten at the time. I can still see her long braids dangling under her bonnet with her little house on the prairie “style” floral dress twirling in the breeze. Such good memories!

When you enter the store you are generally greeted by the owner, Kathy. Along with the smells of cinnamon sticks, homemade eclairs and chocolate chip cookies. And let’s not forget that vintage attic smell intertwined.

It’s a multi level store that takes at least 2-3 hours to look at every vender. Probably more if you really took your time.

So let’s start browsing, shall we?

As soon as you walk in the store, this first booth homes these two pictures…

Looking down toward the back room..

I like to think about the weeks, or perhaps months that some hard working husband put in to be able to purchase his wife on of these sewing machines do she wouldn’t have to hand sew all of the kids and his clothing by hand anymore.

These above are two vintage bottles of perfume. Elizabeth Ardens, Splendid. Perhaps your have heard of it before. It launched in 1994 I believe.

I got VERY exited when I saw these Gucci bags, but unfortunately they were counterfeit.

This planters peanut dish set caught me eye. I wonder how it was used. Probably during family meals. Maybe a way to make kids veggies seem more fun. $50 for the set!

1932 Bag of coffee. Still full. I wonder how the coffee were to taste if you were to use it. Would it be super strong and give you a caffeine high, or very week and ready bitter and yuck.-
This section of old compacts and Bakelite jewlery made my day! 🙃

I really wanted all of the above but it was too expensive.

This old doll really made me have the feels. When I see these old olds I can’t help but think of the little girl who was once gifted it and loved it so very much.
Another lovely baby doll that probably made some little girl very happy throughout her years . Maybe her father was overseas on a business trip and brought this doll back for her.
My daughter bought several of these old 60’s dresses to flip.

More vintage dolls. New old stock.

Hmm, 1986…what was I doing back then..
I was begging my mom to let me date and telling her that I was too old to play with dolls and be home on Friday nights. I was so typical.
Interesting. I’ve never heard of this game. It was popular in the 50’s, apparently.
Such a lovely cream and sugar set with matching salt & pepper shakers.. And just look at that old pepper on top of the pepper shaker giving it all kinds of character.

The golf dogs are at it again.

Remember when these types of glasses were popular? Fast food places would give them out with certain items. I think you had to pay .99 for them, if I recall.

Old life magazines, an Afghan, A baby carriage, Old mirror and milk can. Old baseballs. 🤔

More old glasses. 1978. I was living in Phoenix, Arizona back then. not too many memories.

This old phone booth. How lovely would this be as decor in a grand room.
How technology has changed.
This coke can was full too! I was ten at the time.
A beautiful mess of clutter.
Awe, but she does. 😁

These old clowns were probably used as Devore in a little kids room so she, or he would not have bad dreams..

I still have my original cabbage patch kid.
Sure others do too.
I remember the day my granny presented her to me. My mom yelled at me and told me to not lose the doll, because my granny had to buy her from a back alley in the bad section of Miami. They were sold out that year for Christmas and it’s all I wanted as a gift.
I also remember the year my girls got one for Christmas. I don’t recall them asking, but years later they rebooted and became the it Christmas gift.
Looks handmade to me. probably was a special gift to someone dear at one time. I use to make my mom ashtrays all the time in art class.
“Have a seat darling, and join me for a cup of coffee”

The amount of decor that people use to have on display in all of their rooms. I think things changed when we started spending more time away from our homes. And now the minimalist movement has most homes bare bones.

I can see this old gas pump set up on display in a mans garage, bringing him much joy to look at while he works on his old Chevy.

I would have loved to buy all of these to actually use. Or, to display on top of the kitchen cabinets in a vintage kitchen.
Old photographs. These were very significant to someone, somewhere in the heavens..it’s sad to think they were not passed down to a family member and treasured.
Who was this chap? Was he someone’s hubby? Did he go off to war and never return? Was he shot on a freak hunting accident with friends?
She looks terribly sad to me. If I stare too long I will cry. She probably had to sit still for hours to capture, well, this look. Was she a happy women? Did she know the Lord? Did she hate her life and end it, leaving her kids motherless?
A sweet baby. Not knowing what his life would hold. Did he make it? Was his life all that he expected it to be…
A grandmother comforting her daughter, or maybe granddaughter. I feel as though the daughter has recently suffered a tragic loss and is so sad.
An Old radio that apparently still works! I think this would look beautiful next to an old record player. thfoyerthe foyer.
Rare and beautiful! If two weren’t cracked, I would have bought these to resell. I’ve sold many sets throughout the years. I currently have a cake platter. These ones that glow under a black light are called Vaseline glass. They contain uranium oxide that was banned after WW2.

More random glassware. The metal cake carrier dish was just lovely.

Old pill containers. I use these still for Advil, Tylonal , etc.
Old Catholic Bible
Old planter that was probably handmade and gifted to a loved one at some point.
Vintage water cooler that probably sat outside in the hot sun at someone’s little league, back in the days. Either that, or it was filled with koolaid on the weekly.

Old metal containers. Everything was metal, which yes, was bad for the environment if it was thrown out. Now everything is plastic. Still bad for the environment. 🙄

Vintage Candy thermometer. Maybe it was used for someone’s home business. I can hear the mom asking her child to go get the candy thermometer from the drawer and be careful not to drop it. Maybe she was making taffy to sell at the country fair.

I remember when bandaids came in a metal tin. I guess it was bad for the environment so that is why they changed it to cardboard. We need to ask ourselves, why thirty-one and not thirty?
Vintage medicine bottles intrigue me. I have spend hours reading up on old medicines and looking them up on eBay. There is a fascinating story about a man who use to go door to door selling one particular medicine and made a fortune. Then he lost it all and ended up a wanted criminal. It was a story that I always remembered. I think the medicine he was selling was straight up iron supplements, and he became so sought after because it was working at making people feel better. He got in trouble because it ended up being only iron. I would have supported him. I appreciate his hustle. And if it was working at making people feel better…

Those old thermos’s. Now where did the matching lunch boxes go? Come August, that was something I would very much look forward to doing. Choosing my new school lunchbox was always a big deal. After all, lunch time was my favorite part of school. It was not only a time to socialize, but it was a time to sell my lunch and make some extra cash to buy makeup and clothes. Lol

Beautiful old thread Crochet dollies..

Lovely. I have some silver metal ones, similar to these that I still currently use.
This metal tray looks familiar too me. I think someone in my family had it when I was little.
Very old saloon doors. Oh the stories these could tell!
Maybe there use to be a saloon in my town. Maybe these came from it.
An old radio flyer that some little tyke probably has many happy times on. I bet it was a birthday gift.

Another baby doll. Looks newer then the others. Maybe it was gifted to a little girl but it was not the one she wanted so she never played with it.

The little girls name was Nelly. 😁

A 1960’s Remington typewriter. Probably used for many years for school or maybe work. I wonder why people locked them up. Notice the key area in the case.

A very old coloring book that I think people would get mad about today and argue about. Why? Because it said Cowboys, making the CowGIRLS, feel left out.

Ohhh there are those saloon doors!

Some little boy colored this page while his little brother colored the other page.
1949 WOW!

Next to the coloring book were these old paints.

A very old 50’s Mele Jewelry Box. if it were in better condition I would have bought it to resell. I have sold many of these in different color waves throughout the years.
I remember this particular spice tin. Must be 1980’s.

Vintage sewing notations.

Semi vintage beauty items.
Hmm, what do we have here..
Religion teaches do many rules.

And finally back home with my bags.

I hope you enjoyed shopping with me. Well, browsing. 🙂

I bought this darling wooden fruit purse with Bakelite handle.
I bought this vintage basket weave sewing box. and done vintage makeup, and a vintage, Avon, perfume blue glass bottle.

And there you have it. Thank you for stopping by.

Sams Club Trip

We ventured out to the city to Sams Club last week. I have not been since February.

First we people watched in the parking lot to access the area. All the shopping pictures and videos online have really done a hatchet job making the larger grocery stores out to be something from a dystopian novel. And perhaps in some larger cities, they are. But ours looked to be okay. Most everyone had a mask and gloves on, as did we. DH is high risk, so our family has been taking strong precautions.

Food was for the most part, well stocked. Signs were everywhere though. Limit One.

Of course you can easily get around that by using their App to cash out. Limit one is something the cashiers eyeball while cashing you out. Just saying.

I stocked up on the basics that we have been running through. Peanut Butter, Bread, Tuna, canned soups, chicken, pastas. That sort of stuff. I have no plans to return for another few months, so I stocked up.

The only thing we could not find were Cape Cod Kettle potato chips, as those are the only chips that I eat. And the store had no pancake syrup of any sorts. I spoke with a worker and they have been out for weeks he said. I guess we are not the only ones eating more waffles and hot cakes at home.

ADHD MOMENT INSERTED- Speaking of, how cute are those tiny eggo waffle machines that every Tom, Dick and Harry has purchased and has made YouTube videos using. I’m having FOMO, but have no plans on purchasing one. I do hear they are only $10. A mom friend of 7, received one for Mother’s Day. Making one tiny waffle at a time.. hmmm.🤔

Moving right along..

We are still good on Meats, but I walked over to them to snap a picture. All were out, except for the most pricy cuts.

There was a sign above that said limit one. I guess I cut it off when trying to discreetly snap a picture. I found other customers watching me take pictures and I got embarrassed. 😐
Again with the Jelly. Limit one.
They had plenty of Toilet Paper! 😱
I’m so sorry, dude with the red shirt who now has no idea he’s in this picture.
We did not need any, as Amazon came through. But I wanted to snap a picture.
Canned Chicken was something I bought. We go through a pack a month. I don’t use it for chicken salad, although that always sounds good to me. My kids use it to make semi homemade chicken noodle soup. They also use it for chicken fettuccine.

And that was our documented grocery trip of the month.

I will be working on two other blogs this week. I swallowed a large bug and almost went to the ER, and several days later I fell ill with a fever and chills. I’m fine now, but do want to document those two awful incidents here. 🤓

Walmart Terra & Sky Line

Has anyone bought this Walmart clothing line before?

I had such high hopes when I saw them on Walmart dot com. I bought three to try. At $6 each.

I was expecting them to only last a season, like any other fast fashion brand. Yet, to my surprise, they only lasted through one wear and one wash. And I didn’t even put them in the dryer. I was looking to replace my Old Navy and Maurice’s basic tees, that are well over a year old. Slightly faded, but no pills whatsoever. Nothing like these pieces that are ready for the trash. Sure I cN sure a sweater shaver, but who wants to bother with that every time you wash and wear them. I wouldn’t even bother with that with cheap sweaters.

Oh Walmart! Walmart! I have not bought your clothing in years, but I decided to give you another try after seeing so many YouTube sponsored videos claiming how your clothing has become top notch.

I bought three different colors.
All were worn and washed once.

And here is a picture of the fabric tab.

60% cotton and 40% recycled Polyester. I think we found the issue here. I know fast fashion has been trying to limit their carbon footprint, but this is not the first item that I have bought made from recycled fabrics that has been a fail. I had a purse once that fell apart after a couple weeks that was made from recycled materials.

I suppose I can recycle these tees as hair towels or car rags… maybe they will work for that.

The Last Time I…

The last time I went thrifting for work was on March 22, 2020

The last time I went out to eat was on March 3, 2020

The last time I went out to the mall was on February 24, 2020

The last time I went to a Walmart was March 16, 2020

The last time I was at a church building was on March 4, 2020

The last time I did a grocery shopping order was on March 27, 2020

Your turn….catered to places you normally go..

Back in Stock

There has not been a national shutdown, like other countries around the world, but I believe each state is slowly shutting down. I know New York, Washington, Michigan, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are locked, but I lost track after that.

Our state announced the day before yesterday that this coming Monday is our day.

This led me to visit the local grocery again, because why not. I wanted to see how empty the shelves were after the announcement. I only needed eggs, milk and egg noodles. But I wanted to check to see if anything was restocked, like TP, not that we need any, as we are more of the European nature, regarding TP. 😉

To my surprise, everything was stocked except TP.

The store was still busier then Usual, and I was not the only one wearing gloves. You are not suppose to be wearing a mask unless you were already sick. And of course the one lady who had a mask on walked up to me and started a full blown chat about pork, before handing me her package and telling me that it’s a good cut, and I should try it. 🙄

Here are some empty rows of foods from last week that were now completely refilled.

These were wiped clean last week.
This was a very good deal, but I did not need it.
Bacon was restocked, yet the Lunchmeat was picked over, but at least there were options if you needed it.
This center was completely empty last week, yet filled today.

The isles were all restocked too and had the stock crew adding more as I was walking down them. the only empty isle was the TP. They did have Kleenex though, but no napkins.

Cultural Differences

Disclosure: For observation purposes only.

I have written about cultural differences before. I did it so interesting there there is any in my bubble of life.

Manly, the differences between whites and Hispanic and blacks.

And I’m certain about women cultural differences, as I’ve only had experiences with men.

Mostly, I’m impressed how family-oriented the majority of Hispanics and blacks are.

I really wish whites were more family oriented. But most get married and nice far away from their families, and so on.

Being married to a Hispanic I have tried to raise my family with the motto, ”Family First” as it’s something I admire about other cultures, as a whole. I’m pretty sure people from India also live by this motto.

I confess, this was something that was on my mind prior to saying ”I DO”

to my husband. I really wanted to marry into a large close-knit family.

Year’s later I found out that hubby’s siblings were not thrilled with his choice to marry out of his race. I’m still very sad about this. I found out through friend of his family.

Due to this, my family has not really been included in all the family activities throughout the years.

Getting back to differences, for the most case.

Yesterday my teen daughter went with a friend to an amusement park.

She came home and shared the story below.

While waiting in line for a roller coaster.

(THE sign said that there was a hour and twenty-minute wait)

Naturally, people would be losing their patience during such a long period.

Apparently, a black mom with young ones was trying to cut a white lady and her husband in line.

The white lady got upset and told the black lady to go back to prison where her kind belong.

Then violence broke out and the black lady punched the white lady. Then the white lady started to share colorful language and pull the black ladies hair out. Surroundung black men were trying to bring peace to the situation.

The black ladies kids started cheering their mom on.

The white ladies husband tried to break it up but also got hit, so then joined in.

Surrounding onlookers decided to then get involved.

Then the park security got involved.

But…

No one could get in-between the two women as they continued to argue and fight.

Then my daughters friends father who was standing off to the side held up his phone on video mode and yelled to them that they were now on Facebook LIVE.

That made them stop immediately!

I guess no one wants the world to see them at their worst.

Moving onto today, at Sams Club.

I was cashing out with my teenage son.

He had his arms folded as he walked along side of me.

I was pushing the cart like I always do.

When we arrived at the door where the employee checks your sales slip, the man (Black man, maybe in his 30’s.) scolded my son for not pushing the cart for his mother.

AND, for walking with his hands folded.

Then he told me I should not have to be pushing my cart.

I smiled and told him that it was fine, and we left.

THAT has happened to me several times through out the years. It’s nothing new.

But worthy of nothing, it’s never a white man!

It is always a black man.

Last year a black man in the parking lot of another store saw me putting my groceries into the trunk and ran over to where I was, insisting to help.

I told him that it was fine, that my husband was in the car.

And then he asked me why my husband was not helping his lady out.

Honestly, I didn’t mind. But the reason I didn’t mind was because I’m use to doing everything myself. I think.

I suppose I would mind, had I been use to having help.

But whose to say.

Some years back I had another back man ask if I needed help reaching for some cookies. I was on the cookie isle trying to decide what to buy, while looking upwards, and was immediately approaced and asked if I needed help reaching.

He was not a worker, because I asked him. Just a friendly stranger.

Another time I was at a shoe shire and on the same isle as a black couple. They looked around my age.

The women kept apologizing to her man for taking so long in the store.

The nan we r up and beyond the call of duty and assured get her that he had no where else her rather be then by his Queens side. And to take all the rime she needed. Then, asked her how many pairs she wanted, because she was with it. 😱

I know it’s not good to envy, but I was like… What? Where did this man cone from?!

Minutes later, his mother who was sitting down on a bench walked over to him and asked if he would take her home, that she was tired.

He immediately told her that he would, and told the wife that he be back in a while.

The way he continued to talk to his mother impressed me so much. So respectful!

As I watched them go toward the front door, he took his moms bags and even her pocketbook. Of course he also, with hands full, opened the for for her.

So you see, there is a HUGE cultural difference. Huge!

Do I wish that there was not. Sure!

I’d love to be educated on some female differences if anyone has any stories/thoughts to share. 🙂

Going to Poshfest!

This year Poshmarks Poshfest will be held in Dallas,TX

I’m taking my daughter for her Birthday.

If any other Poshers come across this post, and have also managed to get tickets, please leave a message below. I’d love to formally meet you. 😀

I’m still unsure wheat hotel to book with. 🤔🤓

North Carolina Snow Storm

So we have our first snow. ❄️😃

Headed out to pick up some staples. The stores have plenty of milk and bread, but what’s going on with the Sunny D shortage. 😳

Not that I buy it, just pointing it out. 😁

I went to pick up a DVD for the kids to have a marathon tonight, but it looks as if everyone had the same idea.

Got the last one, along with some snacks!

And I didn’t leave myself out.

Remember, all about balance. 😁

I also want to share, that wile out and about during this time of year, or really anytime of year… it only takes a second to steal someone’s bag, so I like to always hook it up in the child seat. Like so-Yes, someone can still grab it, but you will have time to interview with it fastened. ;)My cousin has had her purse stolen from Walmart twice this year, hence this use. Anyone getting any snow yet? 10pm update:

8am next day:

Rashes: Walmart Clothing

As many of my regular blog readers know, I’ve been on a Walmart purse kick these past few months. I now own three Walmart purses.

To be honest though, one is falling apart already. Fast fashion will never hold up. 😔

However, since I was surprised to have found a few hidden Walmart purse gems, I decided to revisit their Faded Glory clothing line.

I use to love their George line, but it has been discontinued for years. At least in my neck of the woods. It was made well though.

So the other day I stumbled across these comfy pull over tunics. They had a regular price of $7.97ea, but were reduced to $5 each.

I grabbed three of them.

Where else could you get three tops for $15.

Well, a thrift store of course! But these were new and on clearance so I decided to give them a whirl. I bought a gray, green, and pink one.

I didn’t notice a smell at the time, but I’m not in the habit of sniffing my purchases.

I came home, took the tags off, and set them on the dresser.

The following day I wore the pink one.

I loved the true to size fit, and complimenting sleeves and neckline.

I felt good in it. It was also a nice longer length that covered the bum area. Something my modest self always appreciates.

About an hour after wearing the new top, I broke out in an arm and chest rash.

I assumed it was from a new perfume I tried out earlier in the day, so just went about my business.

It was itchy, but not over bearing enough to take a benedryl.

That night I tossed in it in the laundry pile.

The next day I put on the gray one, and I didn’t have any perfume on at all,but sure enough… arm and chest rash started in.

It was a bit more itchy then the previous day.

But again, I went about the day, showered that night..

About thirty minutes after getting my PJ’s on, the rash went away. So I didn’t give it another thought.

This takes me to today, I woke up and noticed a chemically smell in the bedroom.

I got dressed, placing the green tunic on, and within moments I realized that the smell was the top I was wearing.

I went and picked up the other two tops to see if they had the smell, and although it wasn’t as pungent as the green one, they did have a strange chemical odor.

My daughter walked over to me and gave me a hug, then she asked what that odd smell was. And by that time my arms were breaking out with the rash.

I quickly showered and changed, and then decided to Google Walmart clothing to see if anyone else in the world was having these issues. And sure enough… I had my reading cut out for me.

People all over were saying that they have had rashes, and that certain Walmart clothing items stink. Specifically their denim jeggings.

Many claimed that after you wash the garments, they smell even worst.

Some people have claimed that it’s all the insecticides used in the wear houses, while others claim it’s the cheap dyes that are used when processing.

I have not tried washing them yet, but plan to later tonight. I am going to add a bit of vinegar to the wash. Some folks have said they have tried everything to get the stench out, but vinegar was one of the only things that worked. Sort of.

So, I guess I’m back to only buying ‘new to me’ clothing. I’m very big on recycling, and I’d much rather purchase high-end gently worn clothing that’s made well, then cheap clothing that are filled with irritants.

Perhaps it’s only people with sensitive skin though, such as myself. Who knows, but I’m not willing to go through this again.

Let me know what f anyone else has ever had this happened to them. 😐

Walmart Brands

Walmart Brands

I never thought I’d have Walmart taking up so much of my blog, but..

Mini Update:

I mentioned my two no name brand Walmart purses that had really impressed me last month. Both impulse buys.

One in black and one in gray. I blogged about them with pictures last month.

They were only $9.96 each.

And while I still love my black one.. I have only been carrying my gray one a few weeks and the seams are already starting to come undone. 😐

I ended up going back and upgrading to a pink one with gold hardware. I don’t love it as much. It was $13.97

It’s a bit of a stiffer synthetic pleather, and much smaller in size. Only one deep pocket.. No outside pockets for your keys or phone, so it’s not very practical. But it’s pretty!

So there’s that.

While I was there again shopping, I noticed that they seem to be doing away with their no name branding.

I think they did that with clothing years ago, if I recall.

I remember they had a brand called George, White Stag, Faded Glory, and Cherokee. Maybe others?

To the best of knowledge, they only carry Faded Glory now. Which is their Walmart brand.

Getting back to purses, they must have signed a deal with Relic handbags.

$29.99 each.

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have never been a fan of Relic. But I know many are.

Once upon a time Relic could only be bought from the mall or online.

Now… you can buy the brand at Walmart.

Brands need to cease to make room for up and coming ones I guess. 😉

I remember when the make-up brand Hard Candy, was only on HSN.. And now it can only be bought at Walmart.

A few years ago Walmart was selling Kathy Van Zeeland purses.

I use to carry those, but like any designer bag that becomes overly saturated , or starts selling at discount places… the quality and hype go right down the drain. I actually sold all mine back when I had Facebook.

Currently, I’ve had my eye on a Big Buddha bag that Walmart is currently carrying.

But who wants to dish out $40 for a Walmart handbag?! Yikes!

I know it sounds silly.

Why does someone feel fine about spending $40 at the mall for a purse, but cringes at the thought of spending the same amount at a discount store.

I guess it’s like a yard sale or thrift store.

You are there for a deal! Nothing more.

So there you have the Walmart Purse update.

Has anyone treated them-self to a new Fall/Winter handbag as of late? Please share!