Off The Beaten Path

I was delighted when invaluable.com recently asked me where my favorite places to find bargains and antiques are. My answer is, of course, off the beaten path. It doesn’t matter if it’s in my neighborhood or some far flung place I’ve visited. Individual garage sales — These take the most time to find a good…

On A Whim

On Wednesday my friend, Mary, and I decided to go on an adventure. We were driving down a country road near Leesburg, Virginia when Mary spots a pink polka dot silo and a sign that says “Antiques”. On a whim we pull in. After taking the obligatory photo with the silo we discover the name…

Quilts

Two weeks ago I did a post on the Wicked Cozy Author blog about the beautiful quilts my grandmother made. Click here for the full blog. Here are a few pictures: After I wrote the post my mom sent me this information: I can tell you some things about making the quilts.  I think they…

Seventeen

When I was young I waited anxiously for the next issue of Seventeen magazine to arrive. I saved (and moved more times than is reasonable) a few issues. This is the cover of one of my favorites: It’s from May 1968, cost 50 cents. The model’s name is Collen Corby and I wanted to look…

The Bench

When we lived in Monterey, California I had a friend who enjoyed bargain hunting as much as I did. One of our adventures led us to a small shop in Santa Cruz, California. There we found two identical benches. The woman who ran the shop said the benches were from an expo in San Francisco…

Vintage Postcards

Since I found and blogged about some old postcards of my grandparents, I’ve become a little obsessed with them. Last weekend I went to the yard sale at the Salvation Army offices in Fairfax, Virginia. My favorite booth was there and this time she had a stack of vintage postcards. I went through them sorting,…

An Autograph Album

This find was in the basement of my grandparent’s house. It’s an autograph album that belong to my grandmother. It’s not filled with autographs of the rich and famous but I found it fascinating. My grandmother is on the right pictured with one of her sisters, Armeda. The first date in the book is January…

If Only…

If only I followed my own advice. The advice I use in my books Tagged for Death and The Longest Yard Sale. Yes, even Sarah Winston knows not to buy something at a garage sale without smelling it first. You might look silly opening a drawer, sticking your nose in, and taking a deep breath.…