Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Four years and counting...

What a great time last weekend at our 4th annual Summer Open House! So good to see everyone and hope you all enjoyed the sale as much as we did.

(It did get a tad cramped inside on Friday afternoon - sorry about that. We'll try to make things go smoother next time so everyone has a chance to see all three rooms in addition to everything outside and then don't have to wait in too long of a line. Something for us to figure out before the Harvest Open House this fall.)

It's always fun to hear the plans you all have for the items you find at our sales. You're an inspired group, that's for sure! Feel free to send us photos when you get all those projects finished or find the perfect spot for something you found at our sale. We'd love to see the results of all that creativity!

p.s. Lots of you asked about the show at Bishop Hill -- that's weekend after next up near Galesburg. Come visit us inside the Old Colony School House, have some of the Bakery's delicious food, enjoy the historic setting and seek out some more "finds"! Details at http://www.bishophillcolonybakery.com/id13.html

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sneak Peek Photos!

Just a little glimpse into our Summer Open House offering -- lots, lots more inside that's not shown plus tons outside -- especially if the weather man is right and we're going to be treated to a few pleasant summer days for the sale, which starts starts at noon on Friday. See ya this weekend!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Just a hint...

Sneak peek photos coming in just a few days but for now, "read all about it"!

Here's an idea of what you'll see at our Summer Open House next weekend....

A room full of early primitives -- furniture and smalls in old paint, great patriotic touches, stoneware, quilts & coverlets...

Another room like a garden conservatory -- wicker furniture, great architectural pieces, watering cans, floral prints, bark cloth, and some wonderful handmade items from vintage textiles...

More country & cottage-style furniture with vintage red/white/blue accents...cool old trunks...neat vintage kitchen items in a good old green color...

The coach house will be open -- first time for everything! -- on one end to offer some really nice furniture pieces come rain or come shine...with some cute painted pieces on the patio too...

And the yard full of everything else we can't fit in the shop!

Watch for the photos....See ya next weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Sugarplum...at ForeverMore

Any of you read "Country Gardens" magazine? It's one of my favorites and I was so happy to see an article in the current issue (Summer 2011 p. 41) about my friends Anne & Garret Rowe from New Hampshire. Anne's shop, The Sugarplum, sells garden antiques and I have quite a few things she brought back from England, France and Germany. Anne has a great eye, plus we always have a nice conversation whenever our paths cross. I've shopped with her for several years now and never been disappointed.
Along with a devoted group of folks who love her garden stuff as much as I do, I made a bee line for The Sugarplum booth to get "first dibs" at a show out in Massachusetts last month . You, too, can have some early New England or European garden items -- wonderful watering cans, neat decorative iron pieces, cool galvanized buckets, zinc flower holders and more -- they will be part of the offering at ForeverMore's Summer Open House on June 24-26. Come see what I managed to grab before the crowds arrived and cleaned her out! (Sneak peek photos coming next week...)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Friends of Forevermore Are Having A Sale

Our friends Bob & Betty Swisher are having an amazing tag sale next weekend. Bob, a columnist for the Champaign News-Gazette and his wife have been collectors for more than 30 years. They have typically sold only once a year -- at the Gordyville annual all-antiques show in December -- plus in a local mall but now they are having a HUGE sale near their home in Urbana. They're selling off their vast and varied collections. From what I've heard, there's something for just about everyone. Bob says some of it has never been offered for sale!
Bob does a lot of work with PACA so he has an eye for architectural salvage and it sounds like there will be plenty of that type of stuff. They've sold Depression glass for years and this sale will be no exception. But that's not all. Everything from ink wells to ice cream chairs, children's toys to teapots. A whole entire house full of stuff set up just for this sale.
The sale runs from 8-6 on June 17 and 8-3 on June 18. As Bob wrote in his column last week, most things have been marked down (regular prices by this pair are always quite reasonable anyway) so there won't be any half-price sale. See ya there!
Location: 1006 E. Washington Street, Urbana (parking on Cottage Grove or Wabash)

(Good luck you two! Hope you sell it all! Can't wait to come see!)