Monday, July 15, 2013

Awash in Memories--A Barn Sale


My mom always told me you can take the girl from the farm but you can't take the farm from the girl. That was definitely true of my mom, who became a "town girl" when she married and moved off the farm to a nearby small town. She remained a country girl at heart.

Even though I wasn't raised on a farm, my spirit always has been a rural one. It's been decades since my grandfather died and my grandmother sold the farm. Yet, I still miss that country life. Sundays and summers at my grandparents' farm helped shape the woman I am today.


"Helping" in the cornfields, milking cows, "slopping" hogs, feeding chickens and gathering eggs, churning butter and baking bread. Hard, dirty work masqueraded as fun for me. Working side-by-side with my grandparents made for the most wonderful memories! And, some amusing photos. That snapshot must have been Grandma's take on American Gothic.

This past weekend, I was delighted to discover there was a barn sale about 35 miles from where we live. Hubby and I made a day of it. Luckily, we had a respite from the heat and humidity. Cloud cover and a nice breeze were welcome friends for the day.

The host farm was quaint and charming, with a historic little, red schoolhouse on the property.




Rusty, crusty milk separators, pitchforks, rotary disks, wash tubs, windmill blades and milk cans. Right out of my childhood.





Inside the barn, feedsacks, metal dishes, country cabinets and appliances, cowgirl clothes and country kitch galore.





So happy to have had a brief country fix. Ahh!

Make it a great day!
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28 comments:

  1. What a fun post! That photo of you and your grandfather is a treasure! Thanks so much for sharing at the Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  2. I need this place for a photo backdrop!!!

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  3. What a great day! I'd love to find a barn sale!

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  4. Wow, what great stuff they had. Did you buy anything? I absolutely adore that photograph. What a treasure! And what fun to get to go to a barn sale.
    Liz

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  5. What a great post, and great photos. Reminds me of junkin with my dad and mom and grandma when I was younger. Oh, so many goodies at the sale you went to! Take care - Dawn

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  6. Oh no! I am in love with the enamel bowls! I must find you!

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  7. Oh that's an amazing barn sale! Would have loved to visit that one, and would have left with a lighter wallet! :) Visiting from Rednesday.

    Great photos, I'm a new follower. Pam

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  8. WoW!! that looks like such a fun time. Did you come home with any treasures?

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  9. Your photos are outstanding! I feel like I was almost there. I love red buildings!

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  10. What did you buy???? I found a lot of things I want to get my hands on! Great post! Visiting from What's It Wednesday and following you on Bloglovin'! Going to check out your Etsy shop too!

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  11. It is true...you can take the girl from the farm but not the farm from the girl as I can attest to that :) Great post!! I am now following you!!

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  12. Oh, my! I think I would have bought everything there. Thanks for the eye candy! What a great sale!!! I'm your newest follower!

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  13. Hi Ann! Oh, this looks like a wonderful time! Love that barn and the sale just tops it off! Thanks for popping in to see me and I'm following you back on Bloglovin! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  14. Barn sales are the best sales ever. We have 2 or 3 a year in my area and I try to hit them all. Got a really great butter churn last summer and I have actually made butter in it!! Thanks for sharing your fun until I get my next sale fix.

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  15. Love this post, so charming! What a wonderful photo of you and your grandpa. And that Barn Sale looks fabulous, so much fun.

    Happy Rednesday!

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  16. Wow! These photos are gorgeous! It looks like such a fun and unique sale! Would have loved to go! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  17. OH am I ever drooling over all the awesome goodies seen in your photos. I still have a few pics of myself and uncles, whomever, like yours.
    I was born in a big city but for some reason I always loved going out to country where some of my aunts and cousins lived when I was small. Since then I've always loved the country and the things to do with it. Sometimes I think I was born in wrong time. Sure enjoyed your photos. wish where we live they'd have antique shows and barn sales but they don't, we live west of Grand Junction, CO. I miss all the great stuff we found when we lived in KY before CO and MT before that. Enjoy where you are. Happy summer

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  18. OOOOOOOH, as my friend heather says: "Be still my heart" THAT'S just too much WONDERFUL in one place!

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  19. I love that photo just wonderful! My Mom grew up on a farm too but they were dirt poor so it has unhappy memories for her. I'm glad yours were happy ones! Laura

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  20. what a terrific post!!!! at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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  21. Love all the cool stuff you can find in a barn sale. This one is packed!
    Thanks so much for taking us along.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  22. Oh my gosh Ann, I would be like a kid in a candy store at a barn sale. Only ever found one once. That was when I was vacationing in OR. Drooling over those feed sacks! Always wished I was raised on a farm. I was the last of 8 children and my father passed away when I was a babe. The farm was gone by the time I was old enough to remember. Mom did teach us not to be afraid of hard work. Farm life is hard, but so rewarding! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Such a lovely story. I'm a city girl but now live in the country.

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  24. I was searching Google Images for a wash tub photo and it led me to your photo of the green truck door -- MY truck door (or it was at the time) -- at the barn sale we held at our farm last summer! Bloom Where You're Planted Farm is our place and it was so fun to read your blog from your visit. Funny story about that truck door photo; a month or so ago it popped up in my Facebook feed from a page I follow in MAINE! They didn't give credit to the photographer or say anything about where they got it; it was just posted as a pretty, feel-good photo they thought their junk lover fans would enjoy. So you should be proud, and I'm happy to have the mystery solved about who took the photo! If you ever make it back to another event at the farm (we're hosting our annual Rural Route Rust Vintage & Handmade Market April 11) please introduce yourself! :) --Teresa Lorensen

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    1. Oops, just looked again and realize it was two summers ago. Took me a looooong time to find your blog but so glad I did. :)

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  25. Thank you, Teresa, for that fun truck door story. I follow you on FB and so wanted to attend your event in April. We were out of town that weekend. I promise to introduce myself next time!

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