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The little table that could.

There once was a sad little table that no one wanted.  It was tossed into a dark corner in a garage, waiting and hoping to be rescued.  All it wanted was someone who could see it’s potential and possibility that it had underneath all of the Tablebeforescrapes, scuffs and scars.

Full of spider webs, dust and debris, it waited and waited and waited.

One day, the garage door opened. It saw the sunlight for the first time in what seemed liked forever and it thought, ‘What is this!?’

It felt someone pick it up and suddenly the next thing it knew, it saw the garage door disappearing in the distance. ‘Going to the dump I suppose.” The sad little table thought.

Little did it know, it was on it’s way to be rescued.   The table was frightened when it noticed that it was placed in what seemed like another dark corner of a building. ‘Here we go again!’ It thought.

The garage door didn’t shut, and the table was set on top of drop cloth. It heard a loud noise suddenly and it felt all of the years of use, abuse, wear and tear slowly fading.  All of it’s scars were sanded away. Deep down it could once again sense a little bit of hope and it knew that this time, something was different.

As a new layer of paint was applied, it felt incredible. If tables could smile, this table would have been wearing the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.

You see, once the tables scars were cleaned out, and sealed off, it was able to live again.  It was rescued, redeemed and renewed, much like how God uses hard times in our lives, to cleanse us , wash away our scars and make us new in Him. He never loses His vision for us, we can never be too far gone, that our loving Father loses sight of our potential in all that He created us to be.

This is why I do what I do, this is why I rescue things that have been forgotten. Everything deserves a second chance and a new lease on life.

If you have a piece of furniture that you are thinking of tossing, take a second look. Maybe it just needs someone to care enough to look at it with a new set of eyes.

 

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This table is for sale at my booth at The Shed ! You can visit my booth 7 days a week at The Shed in Altoona, Wisconsin at 1519 Mayer Road. I am booth # 56 in the new addition (just look for my Endless Acres Farmtiques sign and wood ship lap walls!).

Come see me on Facebook and make sure to like, click Follow and hit the ‘See First’ to be certain that I show up in your news feed!

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September 1st booth update!

Happy September friends!

This is one of my favorite months!  I am absolutely head over heels in love with Fall and everything about it. The smells, the colors, the cozy hooded sweatshirts and warm bonfires.

I spent almost three hours today (yes , you read that right, 3!) sprucing up my booth at The Shed in Altoona!  I added a new Endless Acres Farmtiques sign that I put together yesterday and tucked in some Fall  items along with plenty of other awesome vintage goods, quote bracelets, home decor and so much more!   I may have a small 8 foot by 8 foot booth, but if you take your time when your in there, and look around into every nook , you are sure to find some great treasures that will help make your house feel more like home!

I must also add, that I have the most patient 9 year old daughter in the entire world. She came with me today and sat on a little vintage wood chair the entire time I was working in my booth, without a peep. God has blessed us with such amazing children! On occasion she will help me decorate and stage items in my booth, but today was a big work day, where I took everything out, and did a lot of rearranging before putting items back in!

I overheard someone walking by say that they used to have a booth at The Shed and they stopped doing it, because it was too much work.  It IS a lot of work to have a booth in an antique mall!  It is a commitment, you can not just set your stuff in there once and be good for the year, or even for the month.  Stuff is continually being purchased, moved, messed up, sometimes even trash gets set inside of your cups for sale (Yes this has happened, and yes it made me sad, please respect other peoples booths!), and it is a lot of work curating goods and creating goods as well, but you know what?  I wouldn’t do it unless I absolutely loved it, and I do !  It is a complete passion of mine to find items, make items, stage items and to know that they made someone else smile warms my heart!

I appreciate each person that goes out of their way and makes time in their schedule to check out my booth!  If you are one of those people, thank you!  You are helping to support my dream and my amazing family of four (+ chickens and a dog.)

Below are a few photos I snapped on my phone today, take a look and enjoy!

This gives you a little bit of a preview of what you can find in my booth, but certainly not all! There are so many little items tucked into different spaces that I can’t begin to take photos of everything, and it is guaranteed to change within 5-7 days with items sold, moved, and more items added, so as always, check back often!

I start helping the kids this coming Tuesday in online school at home, so I am going to try to manage my time the best that I can and keep up with updating both my booth and blog, but just know if I vanish for a little bit of time, that we are just settling into the new school year!

You can visit my booth 7 days a week at The Shed in Altoona, Wisconsin at 1519  Mayer Road.  I am booth # 56 in the new addition (just look for my Endless Acres Farmtiques sign and wood shiplap walls!).

I recently just opened my Etsy store back up as well and will continue to sell smaller items on there too!

Come see me on Facebook and make sure to like, click Follow and hit the ‘See First’ to be certain that I show up in your news feed!

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From railroad shipping crate to unique coffee table.

I love it when something ordinary jumps out at me and I instantly see how it can be extraordinary.

Last month I came across something that stopped me in my tracks, (pun intended)… An old Railway Express Agency shipping crate.  It was worn, dried out, beat up, and begging for some true old fashioned TLC.

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Without hesitation I hauled it home, where it has been sitting in the corner of my living room, until last week when I finally decided to move it out into my workshop where I have a line up of projects ready to tackle.  I figure if I added it into the line up, there would be a better chance that I would be inspired to work on it!

I immediately knew what this old crate needed and I got to work.

I started by scrubbing it down and using tack cloth all over to make sure there wasn’t any loose dust or particles before I went to the next step.

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I was working in my work shop on a mid 80’s day, so the Shellac dried extremely fast.  I was impressed at the dry time, and it didn’t leave any sticky feeling behind.

I added Shellac to the entire exterior, interior, and lid.  Once the Shellac was dry, it was time to add on the caster wheels.  I picked these wheels up a few years ago and have been waiting to find the right project to use them on.  This was it!

Adding the shellac pulled out all  of the historical characteristics, markings and words.  I love the transformation that shellac does to wood! It is a beautiful process!

I remember during my childhood when my dad would ask me to assist him with projects and it would always make me feel so special to help him, even if it was just handing him nails, I felt so important.  Now, when I work on projects, I try to find a task somewhere during, that my kids can help me with, hoping that when they grow up, they will not only have memories, but will have useful skills that they can use too!

I asked my son R to help me with the caster wheels.  He is usually a little hesitant with projects, but with me showing him an example and putting the first screw in with the hand drill,  he jumped right in and took over.  He is 13 now, and I feel like time is flying by, so I want to be the very best mom possible and teach him all that I know, while he is still here with me!

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Adding caster wheels is not a complicated task!  Don’t let it scare you! Caster wheels come in many different sizes and you can get ones that swivel 360 degrees, or ones that only roll backward and forward in a straight line.  I always get the ones that do a complete swivel, this makes it so much easier when moving things around, especially if it’s something like a coffee table that gets pushed and pulled in all directions by everyone

After he added on the four caster wheels, it was time to add some pulls onto the lid, for easy opening.  This is when my son ran way.  Hah.  I give thanks that he stayed with more for at least a small portion of my project!

The pulls were picked out by my 8 year old daughter. We were looking for something rustic that looked like it had always been a part of this old crate.

Since these pulls had a bit of a bump out on the bottom where it would meet the crate, I ha to measure the size of that bump with the drill bit gauge. (Pictured above on the left). I used that size drill bit to go into the wood just as deep as the bottom of the pull needed to go in, then on the underside of the lid, I drilled in a hole that was one size smaller than the screw for a tight fit.  I didn’t have any pull screws on hand that were the right size, so I made due by placing two washers in between the lid and each screw so it was nice and snug and secure.

One the pulls were installed, it was time to sit back and smile at another project well done and another piece of forgotten furniture brought back to life and rescued!

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This is currently available for purchase as well!  If you are interested, please shoot me an email at endlessacres @ live . com .  Or you can also contact me over on Facebook.

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Early August booth update.

Hey friends!

How has your Summer been so far? I have accomplished so much! Every Summer I usually look forward to taking one big road trip with my family, but this Summer instead of one big road trip, I have taken many smaller road trips around Wisconsin and Minnesota!  Sometimes, just adventuring locally is more than enough, if you have the right people by your side!

With that said, I have also been focusing more on my business! I finally have a home office and have spent this whole past week organizing my art supplies and my workshop, so I can do more quality projects, at a faster pace !

It is so nice to sit here and write to you, with an amazing view of our property, the neighboring farm fields and while watching our little chickens running around outside of my office window!

Yesterday, my son R and I went to our mini store at The Shed and added tons of new ‘smalls’ all around our booth!  I am having so much fun having my own little nook to decorate and sell items from.  I continue to pray that God blesses that little area and that all those who purchase goods from us know that there is a lot of love, prayer and power packed into that space.

I still plan to update the space with unique shelving along the back wall, which will be a better way to display all of the smalls that I like to curate and sell.

Let me know if there is anything specific that YOU are looking for! I absolutely love hunting for treasures for people and am honored to help in any way that I can!

Suggestions for my booth? Let me know that as well!  I want to continue to make my mini store better every single day, to make your shopping experience even better every time you visit!  I want my booth to be one that you will tell your friends about, that you will return to , and that you can;t wait to get to, to see what is new! How can I achieve that?  Please share below in the comments if you have any ideas!  I am secure in knowing that change and critiques are always for my good!

Below you will find a few updated photos of my booth, as of yesterday morning! Enjoy and remember, I add new, unique items weekly and sometimes even bi-weekly, so check back often!

 

Remember, you can shop my curated, custom and vintage goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin. They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

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As always you can follow along with more of my DIY adventures over on Facebook!

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Announcing: Fall Market on the farm 2017

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Hey all! I am so excited to announce that I will be having another Flea Market sale again this Fall!  I am so blessed that my first spontaneous and last minute sale last October was a huge success.  Thanks to your support, I am encouraged to host yet another fall sale.

This years sale will be even bigger and better. The last sale I threw together in literally 1.5 weeks, so you can imagine how wonderful our sale will be this Fall, with months and months to plan, prepare and create custom pieces for your home!

There will be free coffee and a seating area this year as well, so you can come and enjoy our property before or after your shop, or take a little relaxation break in between.

Stay tuned for more details and information as the date gets closer!

Be sure to save the date: October 7th 10am-4pm. This is a one day only sale! However, sale may extend to Sunday October 8th as well, depending on turnout and weather.  Sale date may change, due to weather.  Announcements and updates regarding the sale will be posted on the Endless Acres Farmtiques Facebook page.

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As always, you can shop Endless Acres Farmtiques home goods, in my booth at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona,  Wisconsin (booth # 56 in the new addition), and I am also always available for custom requests and do allow people to come take a look at my decor and vintage goods in the Spring and Summer, based on availability and by appointment.

I look forward to seeing all of you this Fall!

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The Shed; Booth update, early December.

I want to first say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this new journey the past 3 weeks!  Our first 3 weeks of having a little 8×9 booth space at The Shed in Altoona, Wi has been extremely successful, because of you all !  Because of your support, encouragement, and belief in Endless Acres Farmtiques and what it is that I do!  I am so grateful to have such a supportive community around me.

I have been restocking my booth at The Shed once per week.  I typically restock on Friday afternoons closer to closing.  I will do my best to do weekly blog posts showcasing my booth in its current state and focusing on the newest additions, so you can easily see some of what I currently have for sale, before you venture there to view and or purchase items!

Last week Friday I restocked and rearranged my booth with my daughter.  We have highly enjoyed this new little venture, and it has become a fun family affair.

The lighting in my booth is not the greatest, so I hope to remember to tote along my regular slr camera and flash, for better photographs.

In my booth, I am currently trying to minimize on the current items I have for sale in my sheds, like furniture, projects, home decor, vintage goods, etc.  Once my current inventory gets down to where I’d like it to be, my booth will have more of a ‘theme’ and a general overall feel of adventure and wanderlust mixed with vintage flair.

There will also be bigger and better changes coming to my booth over the next few months, including a large custom Endless Acres Farmtiques sign, custom shelving I am currently designing, and more!  Stay tuned!

Below are photos I took on Friday December 2nd after restocking my booth with new vintage goods and finds!  You can click on an image to enlarge it.

You can shop my unique goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

I am booth # 56 , first booth on the left side of the right isle in the new addition! (whew, did that make sense?) If you can’t find my booth, ask Ed or someone at the front where to find me!  When you visit, be sure to say hi to Jackson the dog as well.  Nicest dog you will ever meet!

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Thanks again for your support! What a fun adventure this is becoming!

As always, you can also follow along with my DIY and treasure hunts, over on Facebook as well!

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Yardstick side table.

Have you ever head of the saying, ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are?’  That quote applies to many different areas of my life. Particularly to how I decorate my home, and how I create.

I live 15 miles out of the city, on an old hobby farm, so trips to town do not happen every day, and I usually find myself digging around our sheds and my workshop when I am trying to build or create something, and try to make do with whatever I can find.  Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m creating until I’m 50% done with a project!

This little table was a thrift store find several months ago, and I finally got around to giving it a bit of a makeover recently.

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I sanded down the top of the table, and lightly sanded down the legs.  Then I gave the legs & table edges a fresh new coat of Rustoleum hammered metallic spray paint in a bronze tone.

I topped off the table and the sides of the table with old yardsticks that I cut down to size using my chop saw.  After applying the yardsticks to the table top and sides with small tack nails I rescued from my Grandfathers garage, I finished off the table top with a nice coat of Minwax Polyshades (stain + poly top coat).

This one of a kind table will be for sale at my new vendor booth at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi) starting on November 15th!

Another fun project, and another piece of thrift store furniture rescued!

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