more fundraising

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for the Fab Four Flea in Cape May a few weeks ago.  We cleared out a ton of stuff and sent many treasures to new homes to be adored, as they should be.  Naturally we had a blast doing it regardless of the 5 am wake up call.

Fab 4 Flea

So much fun that I’m hosting another yard sale this Saturday.  This time in PA.  Montgomery county.  That’s right, another multi-family yard sale (with other families) where we pawn more of our long forgotten about treasures off on you for next to nothing.  We’re practically giving it away all in the name of charity once again.

vintage treasures

All of the funds from Saturday’s sale will benefit our Bike MS: City to Shore fundraiser.  (Ryan’s offline donations need to be updated, if you’re keeping tabs, but they are growing!)

bikelogoThe great purge of 2014 continues…expect more vintage, some furniture, lots of kitchen items, sporting good equipment and just general household items – some old, some new.  You can view our ad here and find out where to go on Saturday morning.  As always, early birds welcome.

save the world buy vintage

We have another Team Recanize fundraiser event planned for later this summer.  I will be sure to share details ASAP.  I think you’re going to like it.  It does not involve buying any of my old junk.  I mean junque.  Stay tuned…

While I am shamelessly self-promoting our events, please note that I will be hosting another free Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration on Sunday at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.  Let’s talk paint.

free MMS milk paint demo


a yard sale fundraiser

So this is happening.


It’s that time of year again.  Time for our multi-family yard sale, also known as the Fab 4 Flea, where a group of my friends purge only their best stuff.  The stuff you’ve been looking for.  There will be furniture, dishes, games, mirrors, art, designer clothing, china, books and yes, loads of vintage that I need to unload.  Everything is priced to move.  And early birds are welcome!

There is a twist this year…  Ryan and I will be fundraising via the sale.  The proceeds from all of the merchandise we sell will go to our Bike MS: City to Shore fundraiser.  You know this is a cause near and dear to us.

bikelogoOur team is working to meet our fundraising goals so we can bike together this September like we did last year.  Side note, if you want to join Team Recanize and ride with us in September, we’d love to have you.  Sign up here.  If I can do it, you can…

Bike MS finishline

We hope you’ll come out and find a new treasure while supporting our cause.  It is a win-win!  If you are going to be in Cape May on Saturday morning and want to visit our sale, send me a message for the address or look for our ad in the Shoppe. You’ll know it when you see it!



treasure hunting mojo

Guys, my treasure hunting mojo was seriously down for a little while at the end of the summer.   I was all down and out and feeling like a I needed a major score.  I know, I sound like I’m addicted to drugs.  But just vintage so it is ok.  Finally I hit big but before I tell you about how big I hit, let me tell you about the low so you can really appreciate the high.

It all started to go downhill on the yard sale scene.  Yes, there is such a thing as the “yard sale scene”.  Don’t question it.

First, I piggy backed a friend’s yard sale.  They were having a 2 day extravaganza.  Their first day was a blow out.  They were wheeling and dealing until they had to turn people away because the sun was going down.  Ok, that part is an exaggeration but it was good on day 1.  I had some goods of my own to unload so I decided to get in on the action day 2 of their sale.  Now, this was only my second time as a yard sale seller and my first experience was quite positive.  But apparently I brought some seriously bad karma to day 2 of the yard sale this time around.  We had all of about 8 customers and I think I made about $23 that day trying to unload my old junk.  We could literally hear crickets.  Crickets!

Lesson learned: 2 day yard sales are not a good idea.  Stick to one day. 

A week or 2 passed and I was still shaking that less than stellar yard sale experience off.  Nonetheless, I decided to get back out on the yard sale scene with cash in pocket.  I was ready to treasure hunt.  It wasn’t until the third sale of the day that I was ready to make a purchase.  I reached in my pocket to pull out aforementioned cash.  It was gone!  Totally gone.  I retraced my steps, went back to the previous sales and tore apart my house looking for the yard sale cash.  Gone!  A large sum of money too.  Ugh, it still hurts.

Lesson learned:  I dunno, maybe tape your money to your leg so you don’t lose it.

It took me a while to get my courage back.  But I did, of course.  Treasure hunting is my middle name.  I eased in slowly at the thrift store.  Scanning a thousand jackets, I came across this classic trench.  As I looked for the label (in the pocket), I realized I had a vintage Burberry reversible trench in my hands.  This is the stuff dreams are made of, friends.

vintage reversible burberry trench

Burberry!  Or Burberrys of London as this trench is labeled.  That is the name on labels from approximately the 1960s-1990s.  It is reversible.  Navy on one side and wool on the other.  This lame picture does it no justice.  I’m in love.  I haven’t worn it yet.  I just take it out of my closet and stare at it from time to time.

Next up is a swoon-worthy matching pair of chairs.  Can you believe I almost passed them up?  I spotted these at a yard sale but quickly remembered my strict “no more chairs” policy that I implemented on myself so I left the sale.  Thanks to all of your advice on instagram, I broke my own rule.  Thank you.  I went back and they were still there.  Fate.  I crammed those things into my car so quickly. I didn’t even care if a leg was hanging out of the window.  #crazyyardsalelady  They were too unique to leave behind a 2nd time.

vintage Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates Landmark chair

Upon further research, I found that these chairs were by American furniture designer and icon, Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates. They are called the Landmark chair and are carved from solid ash wood.  They are so comfortable.  Comfort and simplicity were Bennett’s goals as apparently he had back issues of his own.

vintage Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates Landmark chair

They are all original.  I love how the wood and velvet are worn in just the right places.  Gorgeous.  I am not planning on painting or reupholstering.  I am hoping to incorporate these chairs into a new dining table set up.  I will definitely find a place for them either way!

And, Pendleton.  Man, I love me some Pendleton and it seems to be finding me lately.  I have turned up 3 Pendleton jackets and coats in the last month.  I love their classic tailored shapes and funky plaids.

vintage Pendleton blazer

This little blazer is so golf outing chic, don’t you think?

My luck has certainly turned around.  These pieces need nothing more than some cleaning.  I’ve got my mojo back for sure.  Tell me, what treasures have you scored lately?

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