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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pass the cigars, it's a girl!

Ever wish you could turn back the hands of time?
Yeah, me too.

I was looking back over my old posts, and found this one from exactly two years ago today.
I sound so lighthearted, giddy almost.
Made me smile, but in a bittersweet fashion.

Here's to happier days ahead...

{ originally posted September 7, 2009 }

Ain't she purty?
Her name's Fantine.

Me and my gotta-have-it-right-now, impatient self has been seriously jonesing for a dress form for what seems like forever. My junking budget has taken a serious hit this past month or so as I try to stock up on merch and props and such for my upcoming booth. So a real live, busty, beautiful broad in the form of a female dress form was gonna have to wait.

In the meantime, I stumbled upon Jules, who I introduced you to last week.

Meh. He'll still come in handy, but he wasn't what I was truly looking for. Yes, I admit it....I was just using him until something better came along. Lookin' for the Junk BBD, no shame in that, right? So why do I feel like such a hussy, then?  ;-)

After Mass on Sunday, I set off just down the road for some window shopping in the fab little town of Fredericksburg. You know, home of Red and the legendary Homestead stores, yada, yada. Oh, and to grab a bite at the yummy well-known eatery, Rather Sweet ....OMG, if you haven't eaten there, you simply must! This chick is one seriously talented chef, and she's been mentioned in scads of national mags and been on the Food Network. Just go. Get the berry tart bar. Prepare to swoon.

Anyhoo....just window shopping. Yep, that's all I  planned on doing, yessirree. Was doing great until we hit the city limits and I saw a flashing "Antiques" sign I had never noticed before. "STOP THE CAR"  I screamed at my junking buddy who was driving. Turns out it's a brand spanking new Antique Mall which just opened a little over a month ago. They seem to have terrific stuff and mostly great prices. And that's where I found her....

She was nestled away in a corner behind a bunch of Pepto Bismol pink frou frou. Almost passed her by, and would have had she not whispered to me in French "C'est un plaisir de vous rencontrer".

And with that, my resolve melted like a puddle of sorbet.

She isn't vintage, but that's aiight, I have plans to tea stain her soon. And she comes on a really sturdy, solid rolling stand. The best part? I was able to get her for a song, and nope, it wasn't La Vie En Rose, either.

I picked up a few more treasures at my newfound junk source, as well as got my name on the waiting list for when a booth opens up. Score!

Here's another nifty little find which caught my eye the minute I walked in the front door:

It's an egg carrier-sorter thingamabob! A little too pricey for me, but representative of some of the unusual things they have there.

Next installment, I'll give ya's a peek at the darling scales I practically stole from them they were so cheap!

Have a fab week!


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Keeping you all in my prayers.

Unknown said...

I would love to find a 'fantine' of my own!!!

sending you my hugs,

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Woah! Awesome finds, Anne!

Fantine means childlike in French, so cute. And that egg carrier rocks, don't know why they're always so pricey.

Hope all's going well with you and your career, sweetie.



Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

She is "purty". I am looking for a "Rosie". When I least expect it I will find her and I better be in my SUV when I do!!! LOL!
Hugs, Sue

andrea@townandprairie said...

*sigh* The dress form is beautiful....Fantine, the pearls are so you. andrea @ townandprairie

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Glad you had a fun outing, Anne. Fantine is gorgeous!

Candylei said...

Fantine and Jules! Love this post. Everyone gets giddy when they are out treasure hunting and strike gold! Thinking of you

mollydianeh said...

Glad to hear from you (post-wise). Don't know what to say except...I'm still praying for you and yours. Checking your blog for any news.
Hang in there "chickey-pough"

Kelley said...

Hi there Anne!

Just so you know

I have walked that walk

yes I have

but with my child

my only advice is to be an advocate


as you must already know

keep being you

and your wisdom and grace will shine through

xoxo kelley

trash talk said...

Keep going kiddo. The sun will be shining on your face tomorrow.


Those half smiles are okay. There'll be smiles interlaced with tears. Your momma and your memories will allow full smiles. Keep shinin'! Warm hugs to you and yours - Angela

Anonymous said...

Dear Anne,
Sending lots of love and light to you and your mamma and you are still daily in our prayers x

The smiles and the giddy will come back in time,you are still that girl she is just resting inside you,she has a lot on her shoulders right now.
At times like this we go on to automatic pilot and seem to just function i think it is a way our body and minds get us through the pain and the hurt,

Hugs XxX

savvycityfarmer said...

I am quite sure F. has brought many a grin as you pass her in the hallway.

Can't YOU imagime being rescued from a pile of pepto
bismol frou frou?

she looks right st home .. .

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Girl I love her! I know u have had alot on your plate, glad to see your spirits are staying lifted up! Hugs and Prayers your way! Janna

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Anne,
All of the excitement of treasure hunting for fun and vintage finds in your post, put I smile on my face as well. Thanks for sharing. Hug.
Smiles, Paula

Janie Fox said...

Aww she is a beauty. I too, give my things genders. I am still praying for you and your mom. God loves you!

Anonymous said...

I think Fantine might say, "OK, so I'm not vintage but if you dress me up in some vintage clothing, I can be anybody you want." ;-) She's gorgeous without the tea staining. :-D

vintagegirl said...

Wow, what a beauty! Isn't it great when things just seem to fall into place ~ your lucky day! So nice to see things are going well for you and keeping you in my prayers.


Laurie said...

Sweet Anne, I love your spirit and your faith, and even when things get scary, you carry on. You are in my prayers and in God's heart, my friend. I continue to pray for you and your Mama.


P.S. I am at Maya's today - she is 3 and said it was ok to have chocolate pudding for a snack - yum!

Susan said...

I LOVE Fantine, and would like one of my own eventually to dress up seasonally somewhere in my home.
Thanks for sharing this post, as I missed it the first go round.
I hope your Mom is hanging in there, and that you are doing so also :)

BTW today is SEPT.7, you post from 2 years ago was AUG.7 lol but that is ok, AUG 7 is my hubsters BDay

Privet and Holly said...

Can I tell
you how nostalgic
this makes me
for my sweet day
with you in Freddy??
How fun to read
your thoughts in
retrospect, knowing
that you would be
moving to this great
town that you loved.
Love ya, friend!!
xx Suzanne

Vicki said...

Thinking of you and your Mom. xoxo

Karen said...

{{clink}} to happy days!
Thinking of you so often...
Hugs. Karen

lisaroy said...

It's always so interesting to take yourself back to another time. Hang in there - happy days will be here again xo

CosmoGirl Carla said...

There will be happier times, for sure, Anne. Haven't visited in a little while, and read back on some past posts. So sorry about your Mother. I'm keeping you and your Mother and your family in thoughts.

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