Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall into Bed with Vintage Sheets

It's officially fall! There's a chill in the air and football is on!!!! I just love freshening up my linens with new vintage sheets. There is just something about older sheets and pillowcases that makes a bed doubly inviting. My love for vintage sheets has turned into a new product for my Etsy shop, The Garage Sale Archeologist. You can find vintage Cannon, Dan River, Ralph Lauren, Lands End, JC Penney, Springmade and more in my shop. Happy October!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taco Lasagna with Ground Turkey

 This is a super easy recipe' and you can be creative with your ingredients. I switched from ground beef to ground turkey. Brown your meat and add your taco mix. Break up taco shells and line the bottom of a casserole baking dish. Layer with meat mixture, chili beans and cheese then repeat. Top with olives, jalapenos, tomatoes or other yummy vegies. Serve with a little guacamole, sour cream or salsa! It's a fast easy meal that will easily feed a hungry family.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Your Porch On

Well the garage sale hunting has been great for patio furniture this season. If you're like me I hate to set something outside that cost me more then 20.00. Between summer storms and the potential of theft I prefer to buy used and give it an easy make over. This old wicker chair was destined for the garbage if it didn't sell at a garage sale. I purchased it for 1.00 and with 7.00 of paint and a cushion I purchased off season at a local big box store for 5.00 this chair will make a great house warming gift for my son's new home. He has 3 porches to furnish and I think his renovated home from 1872 will match this chair nicely.

Happy summer!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Matching it Up with Franciscan "Bird N' Hand, National "Valinda" and Federal in "Nordic Midnight Smoke"

Wow sometimes it just happens and you have several items that just work well together for sale on Etsy! And it's never to early to start planning for the perfect table for the holidays.

 Frnciscan Dinnerware in a pattern called "Bird n' Hand." Great condition and looks like it would be the perfect set for Christmas. Available for sale HERE!

 National Stainless Flatware in the Valinda pattern. Very distinctive and in 45 pieces.
Available for your consideration HERE!
Federal Glassware set of 4 small goblets in the Nordic Smoke Pattern. I have several more pieces in my shop. Available for sale HERE & HERE & HERE!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Could you live in a tiny house?

Every spring we head to our tiny house of 450 sq feet. It's the place we go to when we want to relieve ourselves of the burdens associated with accumulation. I'd love to live in my tiny house year round but there are 2 musts I feel I need. One is a washer and dryer. I hate going to the laundry mat. Two I'd really like a storm cellar next to my tiny house. I have a great fear of trees crashing down around my tiny house during severe weather.

The photos below, by Lincoln Barbour are of the Sauvie Island Tiny House. This house exemplifies great use of space and design. The home is owned by Jessica Helgerson and Yianni Doulis. Could you live in a tiny house?

If you want to see more fine examples of interior design by Jessica Helgerson please visit her website

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

General Electric Clock Radio and MODern Sculptures

 Ok it's time to get back in the swing of things! Garage Sale Season is officially open! Today I am posting this fantastically cool killer clock radio! Best part is that it seem to work just as well as it looks and is available for sale HERE!

Next up is this very sweet set of wood figurines or sculptures that were likely made in the 60s. These make a statement! They are available for sale HERE!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Midcentury Modern American Designers

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom Playboy Magazine, July 1961.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


We are anxiously waiting for the frozen world we have now found ourselves in to thaw so we can go to a few garage sales!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lasagna Roll Ups Emergency Dinner for Six

 My kids are not kids anymore and we have been empty nesters for a good 10 years. One of the biggest challenges for me has been re-learning to shop and cook for 2 instead of an army. Sometimes it is difficult to find smaller portions of meat and produce. So I like to make a larger amount and freeze half for later. Spaghetti Sauce and Chili are the easiest and always taste better the second time around. The best part of both of these dishes is that if necessary I can extend these leftovers to serve more in a pinch. On this wintery cold night I turned about 1 1/2 cups of home made ground beef spaghetti sauce into a great dinner for 6.

What you will need: frozen spinach, 1 cup ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, 6 lasagna noodles cooked, mozzarella cheese, 1 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce and Italian spices.

Mix the spinach and ricotta cheese together. 
Layer each noodle with the cheese mixture and top with spaghetti sauce.
 Roll them up and place them in a lightly greased baking dish.
 I mixed a few tablespoons of spaghetti sauce with some tomato sauce, Italian spices and a squirt of ketchup.
Cover with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 40 minutes. Serve with a salad and bread!

Now instead of feeding 2 I can feed 6 hungry people. How do I make 2 cups of Chili go farther? Chili Dogs!!!