My WYLS adventure didn’t end Friday night as planned. It was the start of another adventure.
When I woke up Friday morning in Crossville, I couldn’t get this mail sorter cabinet off my mind. I talked it over with my Deddy. He said he would come back with me to get it in the truck. It was 4 hours from my house. It was way early and Kevin wasn’t answering his texts. The cabinet was in Pall Mall. The opposite direction we were headed. Should I go back and try to buy it?
It might be sold.
He might not come off the price.
Kevin might kill me.
On the way there we talked about renting a u-haul and bringing it back, or Deddy buying an old truck to haul it back (joking) or maybe the seller was from Nashville and he could haul it back to Nashville.
When we arrived in Pall Mall, it was still there. The first thing we asked was where he was from, Michigan. Rats! He came off the price making it well worth my trip back up. The piece was much bigger than I remembered. 6 feet wide by 6+ feet tall and 2 feet deep.
No cell phone coverage on these hills of Tennessee so it was some hours before Kevin found out the HAPPY news. Well, I was happy.
Kevin decided to bring me back to pick up the piece instead of making my dad so on our way up over to Pall Mall the next day, we were trying to avoid 127 because of the traffic. We came to a blasting zone and road closing so we were forced to go up into Kentucky. Kevin is a very patient man but he is on the end of his line here. (note: he is on week 2 of a broken tail bone from camp volleyball) I am trying to keep things upbeat about how we are always going to remember this day and our adventure, etc… when on this detour we start coming across barn quilts.
I was driving and did a quick U-turn to snap this one. I was so very excited. I love to come across these. Kevin started driving and another popped up and then another and he stopped at every one without me asking.
A few were too far off the road or in a bad spot to stop, but we saw about 10 during this detour. What a blessing the detour turned out to be. The whole spirit of our trip improved.
Part of our drive was in Tennessee and some in Kentucky but all was beautiful. Fields of tobacco, corn and cows and all lovely. Our new piece was loaded up and brought home and everyone loves it!! Now as I look on it, I can’t imagine not having it. The names and addresses are still on it. Typed out on little pieces of paper. Some people shared cubbies. It is from the post office in Spring Lake, Michigan.
Even the cats like it.
And now that I’ve been home and settled down I’ve finally made time to go through my boxes and bags of buys. I made a little setting and took some photos of my buys to share with you.
Books are readily available and such a great price. I spend way to much time looking at them. The little pictures of the cute boy the seller just gave me as I had bought something else in his tent.
The bottling company is from Alabama and from the 50’s. The middle picture is a hanging tape dispenser. And some jewelry buys from a favorite vendor from Georgia. She always has a great selection of cameos.
I found several old cameras, pulleys, bottles, lots of ephemera … I get lost in old papers.
Deddy was looking for a typewriter for my mom. We stopped by a favorite vendor from last year and he didn’t have one but sent us down the road to a big yard, under big trees, on the porch of a house with a big barn, set off from the road, he has a typewriter….we found the vendor and bought the typewriter and these awesome shutters. He is from Nashville. He had wonderful things. Hope he is there again next year. He said he would be.
This song book has a variety of pressed flowers within its pages. Love it.
I have a thing with donkeys and this carved donkey bottle cork is fabulous. You lift his tail and his head raises. He is missing an ear. Makes me love him even more!
Found a fabulous school map of Kentucky from 1970. It’s canvas. The colors are great and the price even better. Even someone in the tent came up to me after I left the tent and said that was a great buy!
I bought this wonderful stained glass window from a great vendor in a plain mini skirt. She had it going on.
Deddy ended up with 3 typewriters so I got one of them and it looks so very perfect on my new mail piece.
This last picture needs an explanation. Chad told me to find him something unusual, at the yard sale, maybe a cool key chain (since he collects them)
I found this!
It actually says Lucky Charm around the brass part! It’s so creepy.
He won’t keep it in his room.
I bought a few more treasures that are poked back for gifts. I also bought the old white street signs but didn’t get a picture of them. They are really awesome.
See not one linen in the bunch! I stuck to my deal.
Hope you enjoyed looking at my buys. There was so much more I wanted that was just not realistic to buy either to sell or to fit in my home or just too expensive!
Thanks so much for reading.
I tend to not want to spend money on items that are necessity’s so I usually go away and leave them. If I like them enough and I go back if they are there it was meant to be if not it wasn’t. I have regretted that only twice in my life but it has kept me from buying a lot of stuff I liked but did not need or could not really fit in my house. Glad the mail box was there when you got back. Thanks for the blog. I think I will go next year after reading this.
I LOVE your purchases and I LOVE your post office table and how you have it decorated! you are THE best!! love, mom
WOW- quite a haul…
I’m in the market for a functioning pulley to use on the front porch as a way to get groceries up the steps. let me know when you list them… x
I have not been feeling well and finally sat down with some tea to finally catch up on things on Facebook. What a joy reading your post and sampling your joy as you discovered and introduced all young treasures to your readers. Not reading another post on FB…my cup runneth over
from your beautiful words!
Mailbox – awesome! Barn quilts – awesomer!
Can’t wait til you go back; this was sooo much fun!
What a terrific tale of “A day in the life of Katey the Treasure Hunter”! Your postal cabinet is certainly a treasure. You have arranged it so nicely’, and I love the picture of the factory and employees displayed on top (I’m thinking that is the one you found last year, that has members of Kevin’s family in it – right?). So glad to see all the barn quilts, the cross one was a new pattern to me. (Love the one you made for your mom n dad, too) From the story, all the pictures and each little (and big) treasure, I always enjoy these armchair adventures with you.
Jerry, so nice to hear from you. You are right! That is the picture with Kevin’s grandad in it! I found the couple I bought it from & told them that he was in the picture. They were so happy to see me again. Thank you for your sweet words. Hope you are doing well. Katey