9.21.2012

My Advice? Hang Out In Barns.

Psst. If you're antique-obsessed, I have a secret for you. 
Rural Wisconsin barns are the place to be. 

Last summer while driving back from a Lake Geneva getaway, Doug & I came across multiple barn sales -- sans cows -- that held hidden gems beyond our belief. 


I found this black-iron stove from 1890 (ish). I had just moved into my Chicago studio and desperately needed a TV stand. It was perfect. Better yet, it was $25. (!!!!)


Isn't the detail gorgeous?
The only caveat was cleaning out Charlotte's Web & the homes of her extended family. It's a memory I don't want to revisit, so I'll leave you with a fact about me: I'm a loud screamer.



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:: Samantha made me think about appreciating beauty.
:: Rachel stole my breath with pictures from South America.
:: Deb had a staycation. Contrary to her suggestion, her coworkers DID miss her laugh. ;)

PS -- Be sure to check back on Monday for a *big* announcement!

15 comments:

  1. You never know what you might find at those sales. This is a great find!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  2. great!! love the details:)) would you like to follow each other on GFC, bloglovin and maybe facebook?? let me know dear:))

    Leonor
    thesparklinglemon.blogspot.com

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  3. Amazing blog! (;
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. xx
    Maybe u wanna follow each other?
    If u wanna, let me know. ♥

    Love, Jackffy
    jackffy.blogspot.com

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  4. LOVE this vintage find! And cute blog, I love checking out blogs of fellow Midwestern gals :)

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

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  5. I wish I could go there!

    http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  6. Helloo!!!!!Today for the first time I visit your blog and I like it. Following you now, if you can follow me back I will appreciate this too much.

    http://simplychic-chic.blogspot.com/

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  7. Love that stove and using it as a TV stand was really creative. :)

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  8. What a cute find, great eye for detail!

    www.living-thesuite-life.blogspot.com

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  9. Loving the detail on that wrought-iron stand!!

    And I'm with you - spiders are TERRIFYING!! One of my most embarrassing moments is seeing a giant spider in the blueprint room of one of my first jobs, screaming so loud the entire office heard me, and running outside beet red, while crying and laughing at the same time.

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  10. I was completely enamored with this black beauty and post, until you mentioned Charlotte and her nasty friends - I visual I can't get out of my head! LOL! Still an amazing buy!

    Have a great weekend!
    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com
    Win a glam necklace and earring set by Angelique! Enter NOW

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  11. This IS gorgeous! And such a bargain too! Thank you for your comment, I'm following.Rx

    http://sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. What a great find! I have wanting to go to estate sales around my area to see what I can find! I am horribly afraid of spiders too!

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  13. I am obsessed with finding vintage items and re-purposing into something else. I love that--what a great find! I would probably paint it a matte baby blue--but that would ruin the original iron stove, wouldn't it?

    Thanks for posting!

    xo,
    Victoria
    The Stylista Diaries

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  14. This post title is just for me because I hang out in an old barn everyday... my house used to be one!
    Your new TV stand is a great find - minus the creepy crawlies of course :)

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