Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New treasures – Party - Discovery

I wanted to add this to my post the other day but I didn’t have the pictures ready – now I really didn’t want to make a long post but I had a few things to share with you.

I haven’t done any re-decorating for quite awhile so I have NO great re-do photos…but I did buy some new items that I will need to find room for eventually (well, like around Christmas time) – so I took pictures of them and then put them in storage.

Last Saturday we went to our home town to their city wide rummage sale. I only went there for one reason – Spinning Wheel wholesale went out of business/retired actually – and they were selling all that was left of their wholesale inventory (ALL NEW ITEMS).
I needed some candles for my business and Julia said they had some but not a lot but we decided to go an see anyway.  Well I tell you they might as well have been giving these things away.  The prices were incredible. All new items too…not rummage.

I bought Two framed fabric pictures for Christmas…one is an original that they used as the prototype for reproduction – I got it for $5.00 !!!
And it’s very large too – approx. 20 x 30
Snowmen picture 1

And this wonderful Santa – it’s approx. 16 x 22   $2.00
Santa picture

Peaches anyone?  These are the best and so real looking
.10 cents each!!  I bought all they had – 1 dozen

And Two absolutely beautiful old world Santa’s - $1.00 each

For $2.00 I got this large wall box with drawer – it’s in my hallway and I’m going to add a bunch of Sweet Annie and Lavender
Tall box

And the candles…$2.00 a box for 24 – Julia threw in another box for free – 48 candle packs – that came out to .o4 cents per candle pack!!!

And last this wonderful cloth doll – she was just $1.00
Hanging angel

So how did I do????  Pretty great I think. Now could you have passed these things up for the price…I THINK NOT!

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On Friday we had a party here for Emily (granddaughter).  She graduated from 8th grade and now there’s a graduation ceremony for almost every grade it seems – so she graduated on the 5th and will now be in high school.
Anyway we told her we’d give a lunch here for her and some of her friends.
She chose a Mexican theme and we went shopping together for the decorations and table ware.  She knew the colors she wanted and we found most everything at Party City (awesome store!)
But first…here’s Em with her diploma at graduation – she also received the Presidents Education Award for outstanding academic excellence

Emily graduation 2


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On with the party….
Photo taken right away so I could have 5x7’s made to put in frames for all the girls to take home
Grad gowns

Table 1
Table setting

Snack table in screen room
Snack table 1
Snacks 1 

Emily started off the Piñata !
Emily Pinata
 Emily Pinata 2

Dessert and paper flower making and then they got their goodie bags
Eating dessert
Paper Flowers 1
Goodie Bags


I guess I forgot to mention what her menu was.
Fruit Punch – glasses rimmed with Strawberry syrup and then dipped in Pop Rocks
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Enchilada’s
Taco bar
Ice Cream Sundaes with fixn’s for toppings

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And then as luck would have it – when my friend was here from PA our air con decided to stop working – but it was old. It was here 33 years ago when we bought the houses and from what the installer said it was here 7 years before that. So it did its job for all those years so we can’t complain at all.

Old air con

Air con 2

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And last…in all my years I had never seen a LUNA MOTH until Wednesday. I was in the garden showing my sil a flower and my brother said why is that leaf moving and you are way over there….he looked closer and there it was – just hatched and was drying its wings.  Gorgeous thing of nature.
Luna Moth 1
Luna Moth 2

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Well I hope you enjoyed this very long picture heavy post…that’s what happens when I’m too busy to get on here and post regularly – it just builds and they you suffer…

Going to be busy again the next several weeks – I’m finally finished with all orders and will start my show items – yes I know…it’s in 8 weeks – BUT I CAN DO THIS!!!
Oh, and I found out where my actual vendor space for the Lititz show will be.
On Main Street down near Linden Hall School for Girls– that’s down past the shops and by Sturgis Pretzel – come visit!!!



  1. Hi Karen~

    Lovely party for your granddaughter!!

    Great goodies you bought & the prices...oh my!!

    Have a wonderful day~Becky

  2. Love all your finds !! Gosh, I can't seem to find anything like your box with the drawer or nice pics here....everything in the thrift shops here is old home interiors items, probably some of my old stuff .....lol
    Your grandadughter is a beautiful young lady !
    Stay cool !!!lol

  3. Good morning Karen, Enjoyed visiting and catching up with ya. Girl you got some wonderful deals at the sale. I can't even find things like that in my area, but those prices... they were giving those things away!!! Lucky you. Congrats. to your grandaughter. And what a wonderful grandmother you are to host such a lovely party for her and her friends. Have a wonderful day.

  4. Love all your goodies. Sure looks like Emily and friends had a great time. The moth is beautiful. I seen one a long time ago.


  5. Wow, Karen! What amazing treasures you found at the sale...those Santas tug at my heartstrings. Hey, I'll give you double your money for it all! LOL! That was a once in a lifetime sale! She wanted it GONE so she could get on with retirement! Emily looks so cute with her hair curled for graduation. What a nice party you gave her. It looks like a great time was had by all.

    Until next time,

    Can't wait to see you at the Lititz show! I don't know where I'd put one more thing in this house but I'm afraid I'd miss something REALLY GOOD! What an AWESOME show!

  6. Morning Karen!
    So many wonderful items you got at such a great price ~ love those peaches and the candles ~ oh my!!!
    Congratulations to Emily ~ looks like the girls had a wonderful time ~ you both did a great job on all the colorful decorations!
    I've never seen a moth like that ~ such a wonderful pic ~ thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day and you get your show items done!
    Speaking of the show ~ wish I could go ~ can you pack me in your suitcase???
    Prim Blessings

  7. Karen~ Wonderful goodies.Omg can't believe the prices! The mexican party looks like you fun.Going to try the pop rock fruit punch for the girls when we have our hula party..smile..Warm Blessings!~Amy

  8. Wow! What wonderful finds and those prices...oh my! I couldn't have passed any of that up either! Congrats to your grandaughter. Looks like a very fun party!

  9. Hi Karen,
    Wow! I'd say you were in the right place at the right time! Nice buys!
    Your granddaughter is sooooo pretty! Congrats to her!
    You know how to throw an awesome party Karen! I love the menu!
    Aren't those Luna moths a wonder to see?! They are a rare sighting.... glad you got a good photo!
    Enjoy that new AC.... after last weekend in the 90's we turned ours on for the first time this summer..... I'm sure not the last though!! LOL!!
    Cathy G

  10. Party time! Aren't girls that age so much fun. It looks like everyone had a good time. And all of the great deals that you found~ AWESOME!! Good luck getting ready for your show. Blessings ~Sara

  11. Karen~ Congrats to Emily, that sure looks like some girl fun!!
    Outstanding finds & oh, yum on the peaches~
    thanks for sharing ~

  12. Hello Karen- Oh my, What wonderful goodies you bought and you can't beat those prices!
    Looks like Emily had a wonderful time at her party. And the menu sure did sound Yummy!
    The moth is Beautiful. I never seen one like that before.
    Enjoy your week my friend!


  13. Hi Karen: I am so glad to see your post about the happenings around your home. Your rummage sale finds are AMAZING!! You were definitely in the right place at the right time. And your granddaughter's party looked like tons of fun for everyone. I am sure you made her day so very special.

    Hugs to you, sweet friend!

  14. Wow Karen! Awesome deals on the stuff you've got. LOVE LOVE LOVE the candles! I've been looking for some like that. Will you by chance be selling some?

    Granddaughter and friends must have had a blast and what a great theme!
    My baby will be graduating highschool in a couple of weeks. Time sure does fly by!

    How cool of you to find and see such an incredible moth! I'd love to see one up close and personal like that...LOL


  15. Wonderful finds, your granddaughter is very lucky to have such great grandparents. I've been trying to do some wool applique,nothing as nice as yours! I always look forward to a post from you!

  16. Karen, Looks like a great time for your granddaughter and friends! I love all your new treasures ...and what fantastic deals you got for them ! Have a great week! hugs lil raggedy angie

  17. My goodness, Karen, you were blessed to find some beautiful items - and the prices, how wonderful! So happy for you. :)
    My daughter finished the eighth grade this year too, so Emily and Katie must be about the same age. She's a very pretty young lady! Looks like they had a fun time at the party. How sweet of you to have it for her.
    Enjoy the rest of your week! :)

  18. Karen, wonderful goodies you bought and for a steal of a price.

  19. I really enjoyed that. I must try that game with the stick and swinging toy. That moth, amazing!

  20. Holy cow!! You really scored big. Some of us wait our whole lives for a sale like that. Ian so excited for you. What a fun party. Hope you are enjoying your new ac. I bet it will save you a little bit in electric bills. The Luna is so pretty.

  21. Karen ~
    You got some real treasures for "almost free". Lucky you!
    Emily is a very pretty young lady. What a great party you had for her.
    Hugs :)

  22. Wonderful items! Congratulations to your granddaughter.

  23. How wonderful you had such a great time with your family!! You got so many great deals!!

  24. Karen, I would say you did well! I loved their stuff too. I ordered from them several times. Great buys.
    Looks like a fun time was had by everyone at the party!How nice for her to share that with you.
    What a neat moth, I haven't seen one like that.
    Have a good week.

  25. Wonderful treasures from Spinning Whaeel! I'd have bought from them for years at wholesale markets ~ didn't know they were going out of business. Looks like a fun party!,

  26. What a beautiful Family.
    Love your wonderful new treasures.


  27. Hi, Karen,
    I really enjoyed all of the pictures you posted. What great goodies you found, love the whale's tail box and the old world Santas. What a lovely young lady your grand daughter is, and what a great party you gave her. Love your decorations and the theme she chose, Looks like a great time was had by all. I have the same tobacco cloth curtains as you, what is hanging in the middle of each of them?

  28. Holy cow the prices on those wonderful items! What a lovely party too, looks like they had a blast.

  29. What a great party!! Memories to keep forever is what I say!!

  30. Now, I'm hoping you remember that I told you when you find deals like that, you're to pick me up some too.....! Holy Smoke - those prices were amazing!!! Love your new goodies.... I had a Luna moth on our garage last year - and I think that was one of the first times I'd ever seen one in person. Amazing aren't they??

    Congrats to Em - what a beautiful young lady!! She looks so much older than 8th grade - especially in that first photo. And - wowsers - you do know how to throw a party. Speaking of which - are you available to plan and cater a 21st birthday party for one young crow - say the weekend after this coming one???? ;o)

    Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  31. Just wondering where you were and realized I missed this great post..
    You are a busy woman my dear.. Loved all of your pics and your finds are wonderful.. That menu sounded great too.. As always, those gorgeous grandchildren look like their Grandma.... smile..
    Blessings, dear friend..

  32. if you find you have too many candles send them my way! lol... awesome finds! and WOW on the moth... incredible... never seen one either! ive been MIA in blogland due to a thing called PINTEREST.... but so lovely to catch up on your world! thanks for sharing!

  33. OH MY WORD!! What an awesome sale Karen, you picked up some great pieces at incredible prices!!

    Emily is so beautiful and what a fun thing for you to do for her! Looks like the party was a success with lots of yummy food.

    Such a beautiful shot of the luna moth!


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