Remnants of the Past Show in San Luis Obispo

We drove up to the Remnants of the Past Vintage Show yesterday morning — I promised I would give you a little tour.  So here we go . . .  First, of course, we have to get up there — ready?  Hop in the car, let’s go!

Just driving up that long beautiful curving road to the event center, my heart was beating faster. I was so excited for Judy, my girlfriend who put this all together.  It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to people, and here she was, doing just that in a very big way.  I never doubted her for a moment!  Up ahead I could see the service trucks, parking attendants, and people beginning to gather; it was so well organized!  We were blessed with the perfect Central Coast, California day!

Beautiful San Luis Obispo; this is the view from our parking space!  We’re at the base of Madonna Mountain; as we climb out of the car, the smell of warm sun on new mown hay hits us, smell that?  And when we turn around, we see this . . .

. . . the event center of the Madonna Inn where the show took place.  Before yesterday, Judy’s vintage show has always been in a wonderful hundred-year-old barn in the middle of an orange grove in Nipomo. She never wanted to leave it, but so many people came last year, she had no choice but to go looking for a bigger place.  This was the first year in this new setting . . .  we all wondered how it would work. Will it be as fun and intimate as it was in the old barn?  My heart is thumping for her. . . she worked so hard to make this happen!

But look, besides the gorgeous drive up, and the beautiful morning, old trucks, hay bales, and pumpkins set the tone for casual country event — darling from the first moment.

How could it be anything else with that face in charge?  This is Judy!  Her show is a family affair; we had hugs with her husband Steve outside, interrupting him in the middle of directing everything; her handsome son Ryan is in charge of ticket sales, her beautiful daughter Devon was there to help too. Judy also makes sure all her local antiquing girlfriends are included — they all have booths at the show!

And what booths!  Besides our local dealers, the vendors at the show came from all over the country and they went all-out decorating their booths; this is a roof over the first one we saw as we came in the door, complete with cupola and weather vane.

And this is what was under that roof!  Everything is for sale!  It’s so exciting, it’s scary!  How is a person supposed to choose?

Everything, one of a kind. I love that little hand-painted “E” pumpkin.

Whatever you love to collect was here, and much more.  It was the perfect place to learn about decorating too, because things were set up in such a creative way.  There was gorgeous silver . . .

. . . And beautiful French linens.

Very fun, handmade, one of a kind jewelry — Judy chooses her vendors based on the quality and charm of what they do!  Her show was voted Number One Vintage show in the country in the August issue of Romantic Homes Magazine this year!

There were vintage suitcases, beautiful baskets, antique dolls . . .

Old dishes and painted hutches . . . Judy had a UPS booth there, ready to ship to anywhere!

Aisles of fun and lots of happy people; the creative spaces all in different styles, everything reflecting the passion and love of each vendor; it’s like a home magazine come alive and everything purchasable!

I don’t even know what this is, but I love it!  I hope you are feeling like you are there!  But in case you’re not . . . try this:

Not everyone could come all this way, and if you couldn’t, think of all the money you saved!!  Hooray!  So today, maybe you’re feeling inspired by all this — take some of that savings and go spend some of it at your local flea market!  Think: here come the holidays, there’s no more economical or fun way to find original special gifts than at an antique store!

One of the most popular booths was this one, pumpkins in the hay . . . all with messages . . .


The line for Carol’s (Willow Farm) Poetic Pumpkins was long, because they were so charming….I don’t know how anyone was able to choose just one!

Today, from noon to 2 pm I get to sit at a table just inside the front door of Judy’s show and sign books and calendars, while all the darling people who are coming to say hello wait in line and visit with each other!   This is when I wish I could leave a clone to do the signing and go get in line with everyone else because that’s where the most fun always is!  I hear the girlfriends talking and laughing and exchanging email addresses and I get jealous!  But I do get to meet everyone, one at a time, and I love that.  I know lots of you are coming — I can’t wait to see you!  Hope you have a wonderful time at the show!   (Gotta go iron my pants now!) And to everyone else, hope you feel like you were there.  Judy has her next Remnants of the Past show in June 2012, so there’s another chance!  Happy Sunday!!!  I’ll show you more next posting! 

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83 Responses to Remnants of the Past Show in San Luis Obispo

  1. Phyllis Mullins says:

    Of all the shows I’ve attended in the past, I can’t recall a single one that had an UPS booth on site so that one could mail purchases home. What a boon that must be. This looks to be a wonderful one to have attended, but sadly……..I’ll just have come via your description. Thanks so much Phyllis

  2. Lisa R says:

    I can’t imagine the fun and excitement attending this show must be! I even love the name of it! I don’t know if I would be calm enough to take the pictures you do! I appreciate so much, that you take the time to video, photograph, and post on your blog, so all of us can take part in your adventures. Thank you Susan! Just the video of that beautiful drive up the country road, and the photo of the old green truck nestled in hay and pumpkins, were enough for me. You’ve given me happy thoughts and smiles to begin my day. Have fun!!

  3. Ginny Stanley says:

    Very nice! Happy for YOU that you get to be there. Enjoy yourself!
    If you feel so inclined to buy more goodies and give them away to your adoring fans, I’m sure no one would mind (hint hint) :).
    I keep staring at the Poetic Pumpkins – is the writing carved on the pumpkins or attached somehow? Very unique and pretty!
    Speaking of pretty…..your friend Judy looks like a very nice & fun person.

  4. Cindy says:

    Wow! Sounds and looks fantastic! I wish I could have been there. Well, like you said, the next best thing is shopping at our local flea markets and antique stores. Think I will be doing just that this week.

  5. Deborah says:

    Wow, what a great time! Looks like an incredible event, and everyone was spellbound by the choices and plenty! I love the linens and the truck! I was also inspired yesterday as we headed up to Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondack Mts….I had my wicker picnic basket packet with fruit, cheese, antipasto, and ice tea for day, (Thanks to Susan for keeping these cool ideas in the forefront of my mind)! Perfect days here right now in NY, sunny and very summery!Thank you for the mini tour of the vintage show, you are always a constant source of inspiration! Judy did a fabulous job!! (did you buy anthing cool to put on your website for us to ponder buying)?

  6. Judy Currie says:

    What a hoot and a thrill to be there through you – thank you for this tour because without you I would never get to the big shows. I get so giddy when I go to a antinque or craft show here in NC. Judy has outdone herself with her show – has thought of everything and her pumpkins are unlike anything I have ever seen before – What a beautiful artist she is. So glad you had such a wonderful day – and you got to meet so many adoring fans – what an honor for them to have met you. I will wait, rather impatiently, for the wonderful thing you want to do. Safe journey from Judy C

  7. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Happy Sunday Sweet Sue…STOP! ……I want to Buy Everything! 🙂 omggggggg! Thank You for Bringing us to Judy’s Dream! I Feel Like I’m There….The Pumpkins in The Hay…Magical! I L♥ve Your Video Tours Too! Wishing You & Joe & Judy & Everyone The Best Most Fun Sunday! L♥ve & Autumn~Bliss xoxo Poof!♫♥…We Need Photos Of You…. Signing…..I Know to Be Continued….Yay! 🙂 ♫♥

  8. Marilyn ( in Ohio ) says:

    I want to be there!!!! But, alas, I live 2500 miles away, so I’ll just have to “live it” vicariously through you – thank you! You always inspire me to look around at my own home & change something around – I have many old items inherited from family & you (& the “tours” you provide) help me to see things in a new light!

  9. Kimi says:

    HI Susan

    All I can Say here is FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Thanks for sharing! Don’t you just love Pumpkins?

  10. Jacki says:

    Oh my goodness…Just LOVED looking at the pix in this blog…How I love to go to Flea Markets whenever someone can drive me …. I ‘m a pioneer spirit at heart, love all vintage things….also, this is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend , so looking at all the pumkins, food, made me think of the turkey dinners I’m eating with friends and family…. Thankyou Susan for sharing…another poem by me will soon be coming…stay tuned…..

  11. Sigh…my plans to be there today for the book signing didn’t materialize and I’m sitting here at home in the midwest reading about it. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos so I can pretend I’m there and drool for a little bit over all the lovely things.

  12. Michelle A says:

    Looks like so much fun! Im jealous. My bff that I went to all these kinds of things with moved to TN a couple of years ago, so I dont go that much anymore. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Francine says:

    Oh Susan! I did feel like I was right there! I saw a couple things and I wanted to reach out and turn over the price tags to see if I could afford them! I enjoy your blog so much. Not able to travel since Mr. Man had a massive stroke almost 13 years ago, but I feel like I’m almost at all the places you travel to!! I thought of you yesterday when I walked past a tree with fallen leaves of red, orange and yellow laying on the ground. I had to pick up a bunch to tie together and hang on my window! Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  14. Nancy says:

    Oh dear, I missed it. But watch out next year, I’m saving my pennies starting now!
    The good news is I bought my first oak dresser yesterday at an antique store here in town. Two very nice women working there and I had a ball. Did I mention the rocking chair too? I’m on my way, watch out family!

    Thank you so much Susan for sharing it with us your loyal devoted followers.

  15. Janet says:

    Ooh, thanks so much for sharing! It looks like we won’t get there in time after all … We’re barely to Ventura now!

  16. mari1017 says:

    A perfect day! and what fun to be at this wonderful show in a beautiful place. Maybe I can plan to be at a future one! Have a great times meeting, greeting, signing and shopping, Susan – thanks for thinking of us and posting this adorable blog!!!

  17. Janelle says:

    Oh I wish I was there…..and did I hear a buzz from the crowd saying Susan Branch was there? I think so. I know if I saw you I would be so excited….but I would want you to have your privacy to shop and enjoy your time so I wouldn’t approach you…..but I would want to! BAD! Have fun today! I’m not too far away from SLO, just through the valley and over the coast range…..I hope I can come to the show in June! What fun that would be! Judy puts on an outstanding show!

    P.S. I intended to make your corn chowder Wednesday when it was pouring rain, but I ran out of time, but I’m making it today even though it is warm and sunny. So excited to try it and I found I had some pretty soup bowls (not as gorgeous as yours, but pretty just the same) and I’ll use my new to me silverplated soup spoons. So excited to try this! Thank you Susan!

  18. mari1017 says:

    p.s. ~ and I did take your suggestion ~ girlfriend and I antiqued our way up the Eastern Shore and back in perfect Autumn weather yesterday and found some fun treasures 🙂

  19. deezie says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! I want to go!!!!! come on, that was just simply amazing. You lucky girl you. Well I am not going to even say I hope you had fun because I know you have fun. Lucky, Lucky, Lucky!
    have a great day Susan

  20. Karen says:

    Susan, thanks for taking us on a mini-tour of the show you attended! Sure wish I had been there. While I don’t collect antiques, I have a few things which were my grandmothers and saw some items at this show that I would have wanted to buy!

    Looks like your friend Judy is quite organized and creative!

    Thanks for sharing!


  21. Becky says:

    Oh my word! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for posting so many glorious photos!!! I have no idea how you chose what to buy. You are going to show us what you bought, right? Pretty, pretty please? Happy journey home! <3

  22. Cheryle says:

    In regards to the Touchdown Chili recipe: Just realized today that I had forgotten to use the garnishes of Cilantro, red onion and sour cream. Thankfully, I discovered before all the chili was gone and BOY, what deliciousness! Thanks for sharing your interesting activities, recipes, talent for the written word, etc. etc.! How do you find the time? You are a “walking around on earth” angel. Appreciatively!

  23. Susan in Maryland says:

    Your post did make me want to shop, but instead I stayed home and aired previously stored away quilts, my mother-in-law’s mother’s, so that they can be used and enjoyed. Also inspired by you!

  24. Laura says:

    Susan, I always enjoy your posts; it warmed my heart today to open your blog and see that you are sharing news from San Luis Obispo, CA! I graduated from Cal Poly SLO 20 years ago this past June and have made a point of “going home” at least once a year ever since. We even visited your adorable store in Arroyo Grande a few years back! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the fun and sunshine.

    ;), Laura

  25. Sarah Maldonado says:

    Oooooo. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! I volunteered to do a fall picnic at our house as part of our Sunday school auction (we auction parties for our classmates to come to, they pay to attend by bidding and that donation goes to our missions). I needed ideas for decorating and your photos have so many ideas! (Wish I could get a vintage truck in my backyard!) Thanks for letting us live vicariously in such a creative way!

  26. Suzanne says:

    The tour of the show was wonderful. I was immediatly transported back to the early 70’s when my husband and I took his parents, who were visiting us, for a night at the Madonna Inn. It was amazing and so much fun. We stayed in a rock room. It was like being in a cave overnight and his folks were in a room that was right out of the Swiss Alps. We lived in San Jose at the time and when we were moving to the south, we had to stop there with our children for just one more look around. Today, because of your video, I was back there again. thank you!!

  27. Gert says:

    Oh my gosh..Susan what an amazing time you must be having! Judy has done a great job in lining up all these fantastic vendors! And you…I love how you’ve been able to take us along on your journey to this show! Who wouldn’t just have a ball with a day at this show?

    Those pumpkins are just adorable! I’m sure she sold out of them, how creative! I bet you found a thing or two for yourself…smile And the fact you have a surprise to tell us about..has me setting on the edge of my chair! ha…

    I hope you enjoy your signing and have fun meeting & greeting your loyal followers!

    xoxo Gert

  28. DonnaRay says:

    Oh, I’m crazy about those pumpkins! My Daddy used to scratch the skins of cucumbers so they’d “heal” in a scar along the scratches……..I’d forgotten all about that idea. And….speaking of ideas!!!!….you’ve given us a zillion with those lovely photos and videos…….Thanks! Oh, and I love your statement, “I don’t know what this is but I love it!” Me, too. It’s such fun to bring stuff home and ponder it, asking friends for guesses, and using it a zillion ways before it’s figured out……if ever. Fun! Fun!

  29. Sandra Gillanders says:

    I’m more determined than ever to make that show next year. It’s like a dream to see all those beautiful things from such creative people from all over the country. THANK YOU for the great job on video, I sorta felt like I was there with everyone. Know you must have had a wonderful day! Judy did a fabulous job of making sure everything was perfect! No wonder it was voted one of the best shows in the country. Ahhh……I think I should definitely bring a u-haul, lol!

  30. Jeannie M from NC says:

    Oh! What a great show! I would have loved to have been there! And a UPS booth, and a man cave! My husband says SMART CHICK!
    The Madonna Inn sure looks different, of course it’s been at least 30 years since we have been there! It used to be pink, with very different rooms to stay in if you were spending the night. The restaurant was always nice.
    Can’t wait to see the rest of the story and great videos!
    I would have loved to have been there when it was in a big barn surrounded by orange groves!

    • Jeannie M from NC says:

      By the way, how does Carol carve those wonderful pumpkins! They are wonderful, I want one, or two, or three!!!

      • Hi Jeannie.
        The pumpkins are scarred while they are still on the vine. You can do this with anything sharp like a nail. Then, they heal over and if you are lucky and they survive (some don’t) you get a wonderful design in your pumpkin. Hope you try it!

  31. Sandy Perry says:

    Wow Susan, I feel very blessed that my husband took me to the coast to see you and Judy’s show. I missed it when I lived on the coast( my whole life) and had to travel from Bakersfield,Ca to see it!! I was so happy to get to visit with you, you took the time to visit with each one of us and that was so special. Thank you for signing all of my daughter’s,Michele, books. I called her in Hollister and told her that you signed all of them and she was so very excited. Again I thank you for being so wonderful to take time out to be our “Girlfriend” where ever we meet. My poor husband got in as my Girlfriend at the expo and a cute bag!!! Can’t wait to hear more from you. Sandy

  32. Nellie says:

    What a wonderful treat to be able to attend this show through your posting, Susan! Just the kind of event I would enjoy attending. I am, however, very pleased with a “bargain” I found in a shop on Friday with a favored Wedgewood china pattern. At my age, when most women are trying to unload their china pieces on happy recipients, I am still adding to my collections!:-) I do, after all, have plans to live to be 100!:-) Thank you again, Susan, and I hope your signing event enabled you to enjoy visiting with some new friends. xoxo

    • Gert says:

      Nellie… busy as you are I truly believe you will make that 100 year mark! Just keep buying what you enjoy…remember, life is short and is to be enjoyed!! Bless you!

  33. Karen L. Wilson says:

    Quite Wonderful! I’ll have one of each please…and thank you for asking.
    Some day…but until then I’ll enjoy Remnants of the Past through through your eyes.
    Can hardly wait to see tomorrow’s blog a Man Room and a UPS Booth for shipping…who would have ever thought of that. So much fun to see all this geniusness. Thanks for taking us along!

  34. Wow a UPS booth, what a great idea!! That looks like a wonderful show and I’ve been to plenty here in Ohio. I’d say she did a wonderful job. I really love the pumpkins , do you think they wrote on them in caulking and antiqued them, they are fab. Thanks for the fun and inspiring trip.

  35. bj says:

    just to say my email is down, for whatever reason, and i am working on the afore- mentioned problems

  36. Kat Fry on Rose Creek Farm says:

    Hi Susan Sweetie~ Ok…I am the gal out in East Texas on a little 47 acre Farm in progress and am a loyal ‘lifelong’ fan & admirer & follower of all the things you are and that you create. My son, Tony and his lovely darlin’ wife Laura~Lu Fry were at the Show today and had you sign the book “Days from the Heart of the Home” to both Laura~Lu and me! AND you said the sweetest things on the phone to me as y’all were doing that! I could hear all the background laughter and chatter and truly felt like I was there and a part of all the fun! We had been out there last month and had a wonderful time! The SLO Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings being a special favorite! So I was a wee bit sad to know I’d be missing Judy’s lovely ‘Remanants of the Past’ show and the chance to get to meet you face to face, but thrilled that my darlin’ kids would be goin’! What a fun surprise when they called me while they were in line! WOW! and another Wowee! I tell you what…This ranks up there as one of the most memorable of my 57 years! And believe me..I’ve had some Doozies! And right now, with my much beloved Dallas Cowboys bein’ in a shall we say…not the best of times…I sure needed me a jolt of goodness and laughter! Neartly as good as a Margarita!
    There are soooo many of us out here that just adore you. Please always remember that. And if y’all are ever in our part of the World, know y’all have a place to stay. Plenty of kitties, dogs, chickens & goats…(horses, cows & donkeys are still on the horizon)ponds & trees & a lake. Have a safe trip home darlin’. Thanks Ever so! Kat on Rose Creek Farm

    • sbranch says:

      Hi Kat! That was so fun when your kids handed me that phone! They took pictures too, so the whole thing was recorded — such a nice thing for them to do! Next time, it should be you! But this was definitely the next best thing! Thank you for the kind invitation, it sounds wonderful!!!

  37. Martha Ellen says:

    Susan I would have been in serious trouble at this show! All the lovely things–how’s a girl suppossed to choose? Thanks for sharing the day with us! I can’t imagine how hard this day was to put together! How wonderful for your friend Judy ,and that you were there to support her! Have a great day! xoxo♥

  38. Cheryl Colazas says:

    Oh this is just the type of day my sisters and I love!!!! I think we are going to have to plan a sisters road trip for June!!!

  39. Mary McCatherine says:

    I love it! What a fun time I had visiting…I think the cute guy with the crown is The King of Hearts! How adorable! Love your blog…

  40. Pat Mofjeld says:

    Thanks from me, also, for “taking us along”. I LOVE going to flea markets and antiquing. What a gorgeous day for it. It was fun to see your videos and get a peek at what was there. Kudos to Judy, too, when you see her or talk to her next–for this spectacular enterprise!!! 🙂

  41. Nancy B says:

    Susan, I really wanted to meet you at Remnants of the Past this year, but it didn’t work out for me. Maybe next time….thanks for sharing your pictures and video. Have a safe journey home.

  42. Fiddlesticks says:

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for signing my books today, The show was great, and the people where so happy…All , everyone and everything just was inspirational…Happy Fall, this is just what I needed…
    Oh and you are deemed the ” Magical Fairygodmother of Housekeeping”, and that is now written…..and I a Queen of my Kingdom and I say it is so….So be it! You are crowned….may you continue to spread fairydust wherever you go!
    In creative sparks,

  43. Mary S. says:

    Wow!! I really wish I had been there!!! *sigh* Thank you so much for the videos and pics!!!

  44. Katharine says:

    It looks like so much fun. This past Saturday I was at a Southern California Blog Social and we met at the Orange Circle in the old part of Orange, CA. We went to tons of different vintage, retro and antique stores. Have you shopped in that area before? I had lunch there once, but had a blast shopping. Us bloggers got gifts at tons of the stores too. It was like trick or treating (just all treats).

    • sbranch says:

      We were just there! Love old Orange, great antiques shopping and restaurants. Who could ask for more!

  45. Naomi B. says:

    Wow Susan! I am homesick! lol! I miss SLO! Thank you so much for sharing pics and videos! My last shopping trip before I moved out of state was at the old Sinshimer market… and is where I picked up my very first Susan Branch cookbook! It wasn’t until I unpacked and had started reading your book that I realized you were local! Whenever I felt homesick, I would reach for one of your books that I have since collected. Thank you for keeping me company! I do make it back once a year or so and was able to visit your store during a Strawberry Festival several years ago! 🙂 It was wonderful! I am so glad that you now have a blog, an on line store, etc., and keep us all with you!

    PS, Don’t forget to sample Olallieberry goodies while you are there! In Avila or Cambria!

  46. Sharon from Maine says:

    Thank you so much Susan for taking us to the show with you! Everything looked wonderful, from the drive up to the show itself. Judy did a fantastic job! I sure would have loved to have been there in person not only to see the show but especially to meet you — it sounds like everyone in your line was just as excited to meet you as I would have been!

    I loved the little doll in the chair, that would have gone home with me if I could have afforded it – she was so cute! I hope you and Joe have a safe trip back home! Thanks again Susan, I loved it! xxooo

  47. Hi Susan,
    I am so sorry I missed seeing you at ROTP. Judy outdid herself. Thanks for the lovely pictures of my pumpkins. It’s fun to see them in your post. Have a great trip back! Bless You!

    • sbranch says:

      There was no getting near you on Saturday, but you can see from my photos that I was lurking nearby! You made everything look wonderful!

  48. Sandra says:

    Having UPS on site was absolutely brilliant! It looks like a fabulous show, would love to attend…perhaps one day…

  49. It was beyond magical. I’m just sorry we had to rush home for our granddaughter’s 3’d birthday party and missed meeting YOU! Hope you had a wonderful time. Please come back to Remnants for those of us who missed you.

    xo xo Lidy

  50. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Wow! Great blog! Riding in your car & touring the show was such fun today, thank you! What a wonderful weekend for Susan Branch girlfriends & Judy’s spectacular show. So sorry I missed both, I’m planning on attending next time…….!

  51. Siobhan says:

    Oh my goodness…I’m actually gonna be in SLO in June for my nephew’s graduation from college…I wonder if the universe will have it all be at the same time for me so I can do it all??? Sounds divine…

    btw, so many road trips when I was little included a stop in the Madonna Inn on the way to Sunnyvale to visit my mom’s best friend…I always remember the ham sammies in the cafe, the multicolored water glasses, the zebras & buffalo on the lawns, and the wild decor, including the public bathrooms…what a cool venue for a show like this!

    • sbranch says:

      Wouldn’t that be fun . . . keep an eye on Judy’s blog (I linked to it at the bottom of that post) — as time gets closer she’ll have the dates. We had breakfast at the Madonna Inn and it was soooo good. I took photos, I’ll put them up soon — everything is so pink!

  52. Jolene says:

    OH! That looked like sooo , sooo much fun!!! Glad I don’t live close or I’d be broke! However, myself & 2 of my sisters did go to a local Craft Show on Saturday. I bought an adorable necklace made from a spoon! They had bracelets and necklaces and rings…even bookmarks! The one I bought has a pretty navy ribbon through the hook and it has a beautiful crystal cross on the front. My sister bought home made dog biscuits for her puppy! I would love to meet you someday! How lucky were those girls!!!!! XO

  53. I’m so very thankful that my good friend Frankie emailed me your website months ago and told me how much she enjoyed it and thought I would too….she was so right…I feel very blessed to enjoy so many things that you are so kind to share and give us all a glimpse into your world…..Thank you Susan!!!!

  54. Margot says:

    I saw a cream colored pitcher that looked like the side was a shell, it was sort of like Fiestaware. How would I get in touch with your friend Judy to buy it???

  55. Dale Worness says:

    Remnants of the Past sounds like so much fun. Just my “cup of tea”! Recently I did get to go to our Saturday Downtown Market. It’s dog-friendly and there’s always live mucic. They have a chalk artist who writes wonderful sayings on the sidewalk in different colored chalk. The quote that day was “Without Music Life Would Be A Mistake”. It made a great photo. Then we went to an estate sale in a charming 96 year-old house where I bought my third quilt rack. Isn’t there a saying “You can’t be too rich, too thin, or own too many quilts? There is now! Thanks, Susan! I think you may have gotten me started collecting creamers! I found a precious one at Goodwill recently. It’s harvest gold ceramic with a basket weave design and a outline of a leaf with the word “cream”. Now it needs a “family” so it won’t be lonely! Has anyone ever been to the Endless Yardsale? Bet we could all do some serious damage there! Glad you guys made it back to the Vineyard in one piece. Sounds like quite an adventure. Enjoy the leaves!

    • sbranch says:

      I haven’t been there, but I’ve been thinking about it! 🙂 Thank you so much Dale . . . it’s great to be home!

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