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  1. Heather P says:

    I have recently discovered your blog, and I love it! Thanks for such great repurposing ideas! When I am out junking I have a jar problem… can’t seem to walk away. Recently though I found two old gallon pickle jars that someone had made wooden lids for on a lathe. They’re my new favorites in my kitchen. But really I will pick up any jar I think I can use or is an interesting shape or such!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Heather! So glad you found me here;) I called my former store partner the “jar queen”; all 15+ years we sold together, she was always picking up jars. She soaked and scrubbed them and put absolutely everything in them…even Brillo pads. And we sold a TON of them, so you are not alone, jar lover! I have plenty myself from hanging around her so much;) Your wooden lidded pickle jars sound wonderful! Anything with a handcrafted touch makes vintage even more special!

  2. Cheryl Jarl says:

    Great finds Lora, maybe we should do a re-count on the Dish Challenge, I’d be happy to pass the crown!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Ha! I have a feeling you’d still beat me…;)

  3. WOW! You scored big time! Adore those pink dishes and the church scene Friendly Village! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks for pinning, Cecilia!

  4. Love all your finds. I bet you can find some clock hands on clearance (or with a c/o) at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, etc. and super glue it over the existing stub! I have a friend who has Friendly Village; if I had it, I would use it all winter (and here in Maine, THAT’S a LONG time!). I hope one enamel pan nests inside the other to take up less space! Also cut for storage. Can’t wait to see what you do with the black suitcase. It could always live with your great stack of picnic baskets! Love the topiaries; I always pick up craft supplies if they are cheap as they as SOOO expensive now! I miss getting a bag of “deadheads” from Walmart for $1–the blooms that fall off the silk flowers. Great for projects. I am still buying books to read; the only decor I use them for is to fill my not-enough-shelves!!! My finds this week were a Westmoreland candy covered dish with 2 doves and a (probably new) Jadeite cake plate and clear glass cover just big enough for 4 cupcakes! First keeper piece of Jadeite!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Your jadeite cake plate with glass cover sounds amazing, Kathy, even if it’s not old! And yes, I’m sure I’ve got something laying around that I can use as an arrow on the scale. And winter is plenty long here in MN too…I need pretty dishes to help my sanity!

  5. Wow, what amazing finds! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Your welcome, Chas!

  6. I too love to go junking and have found some good bargains. Some times I don’t but I always say if it’s for me to find I am happy and if it’s not it wasn’t for me to have. You really hit the jack pot. I love the books. Thank you for sharing your great fines.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, Jonita, I’m always happy with whatever I come across too. Some days are better than others, but it spreads out the money outlay better that way!