30 May 2011

pickin'

one of my plans for the long weekend included a tentative trip to kaufman, texas, to pick, à la american pickers.


the tentative plans were firmed up late last night and i am so happy they did; it was the perfect little memorial day adventure.

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the property was dotted with sheds and buildings full of hidden treasures (and wasps -- so many wasps!)

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the first building we explored was called the museum and it really lived up to its name. most of our finds came from inside.

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the other buildings and their surrounding yards were just as full of everything you could ever imagine...

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old carnival rides.

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more carnival rides.

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appliances.

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radios.

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cash registers.

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fans.

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product memorabilia.

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record players.

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and tons of random crazy and cool finds. it was a bit overwhelming, actually. even i gave up trying to snap pictures of everything after awhile!

so, what made it home with me?

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this amazing accordion. i am in love with it big time.

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a much-desired tin dollhouse. i've been kicking myself for passing up a similar dollhouse a few months ago. it just needs a little elbow grease and then it'll be a perfect conversation piece.

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a beautiful paint by number.

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i'm going to use this old bicycle basket as a magazine holder.

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an old globe, a pink clock, and three vintage cameras. the owner wasn't ready to part with the mannequin head just yet, but how awesome is she?

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this initial didn't make it home with me, either. this time.

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the sweetest guy ever? yes, for sure. he was so friendly and knew so much about all of his treasures. a total sweetheart.

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i am a hot, sweaty, smelly, sunburned mess, but it was definitely a great experience and i can't wait to go back. maybe in the fall next time, though...

did you have any adventures this weekend?

megs

p.s. there's still time to enter the giveaway if you haven't already! 

9 comments:

  1. What wonderful treasures! Dirty, hot, searching is the best kind of digging. You'll always end up finding the most amazing things!

    ♡ Brooke

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  2. What a day! I'd love to do that. You got great stuff, I actually would have gotten every single bit of it too. Your a librarian? Sigh, my dream job (really!).

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  3. I've said it before & I'll say it again, Seattle does not have treasures like this. At least, not anywhere near me! I need to go to Texas & hang with you for sure!

    xxoo

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  4. How exciting, thanks for sharing your American PIckers' style adventure! How did you find out about this town/this collector? Were you just 'freestylin' or had you visited before?

    There are two places in my hometown that I want to 'pick' but don't want to offend the owners of the homes.

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  5. What lovely stuff you found.
    Especially the bicycle basket, It would complete a vintage bicycle.
    =)
    I am obsessed with mannequin stuff!! And I gasped when I saw that gorgeous mannequin head!

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  6. I do believe this is my first time at File Me Away? Gorgeous blog!

    I love these sepia-hued photos of your rural junking adventure. I love these kinds of trips, and living in Florida for so long, this is a scene that's become nostalgic and familiar for me.

    I'll follow and be back to read more :)

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  7. wow... what an amazing adventure!

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  8. That is a crazy awesome place! And I love that M. I'm always on the lookout for funky initial pieces.

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  9. Mama Mia! What an adventure!!! Oh how I would have loved to crawl through those buildings. It blows me away that there are places like this. I know for sure if I had any property at all this would happen to me and my collections. Like a goldfish, I'd grow into the space I was allowed! You found amazing things! What a lucky girl!

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