Friday, March 24, 2017


One of the things I decided long ago was that a percentage of the profits I make through our Hob Nobbers Occasional Sales and my Etsy Store would be donated to a worthy cause. In the beginning I donated the profits to Ministries in China that reached out to young girls and women being trafficked.

The first organization was called, Eden. You can find them here.  Then we donated to Deep Green which was another ministry that our daughter and son-in-law began to help girls being trafficked in China.

Presently we're donating to Next Chapter Ministries which is a local Christian ministry in  our hometown. This organization reaches out to those impacted by crime. Whether it's men and women in jail, children of offenders, youth in trouble, or whole families, they reach out and help meet needs and help them make changes in their lives.

Years ago I began an outreach to juvenile offenders and other troubled youth. We would go into the Juvenile Detention Center and lead Bible Studies and help them set goals when they got out. Eventually when I retired, my ministry was merged into another organization called, Next Chapter Ministries. They previously ministered to adult offenders and then expanded to help the youth and whole families after we merged the ministries.

So now I'm donating a percentage of sales to Next Chapter, the youth part of the ministry. So those who shop with us know that part of their money goes into helping local youth and families. They help give kids positive and fun experiences that they may not have had.

Some of the youth with Staff person, learning to canoe.

We also have a generous friend, Sarah, who donates beautiful antiques as she begins downsizing and we sell them and donate all those proceeds to these organizations as well. Thank you, Sarah, for your generosity! Your giving is making a difference!

I realize we are not the only ones who donate part of their proceeds to a local organization. But what if ALL small business' found a local mission  or organization to support? What a difference it would make to people right in your own community! Even giving small amounts can make a difference and create BIG impacts right in your own backyard!

It has been gratifying to see lives being changed, NEW LIVES beginning! Thanks to all of you who shop with Hob Nobbers and Gwen And Alma's, who by shopping with us, are helping to make a difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable and needy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Heading for Florida next week for almost THREE WEEKS! Just thought I'd share some Easter pretties I have listed on Gwen And Alma's! Order before we leave if you want something in time for Easter!                   

                                                 Here's my PERSONAL favorite!

Only one of these cute bunnies left...
                                                       Four stoneware custard cups...

Vintage Easter Decor are great collectibles and hard to find! Start collecting YOURS NOW!

                                      Pretty Pastel Colored Cake Plate and Platter for your Easter Table!

                                                 Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit Book 

                                                                   Sweet Flower Dish...

                                             Beautiful White Italian Pitcher...

                    And you'll find LOTS LOTS more treasures at Gwen And Alma's for your Easter decorating!! Check out the fun here!

Thursday, March 9, 2017


I've been adding new items to our Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's, for the upcoming holidays: St Patrick's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day. Here is just a sampling...

Hop on over to Gwen And Alma's here to check out even more!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


SUNDAY, MAY 28th, 12-5
MONDAY, MAY 29th, 9-5

Mark the date on your calendar NOW! Gather friends and family and come CELEBRATE SPRING by attending our Spring Hob Nobber Sale! 

FREE STARBUCKS COFFEE served while you shop!

Located in the Beautiful Historic Plummer House of the Arts in Rochester, Mn!

LOTS OF TREASURES for the whole family!

Primitive Furniture, Antiques, Vintage, Collectibles, Farmhouse and Rustic Decor,  Linens, and MORE...We Have It All!!!

Shop for Treasures and Party at the same time!

Plan now to attend!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


I'm really enjoying having my Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! It's fun being able to sell to people all over the U.S.! Most of my customers live on the East or West Coast, a few down South. I have had some requests to sell in the U.K. so right now I'm working on the details of selling Internationally.

I have ideas of how we could make this a Full Time business but being retired I'm not sure we have  the energy to build a huge business at this time. However, we would like to build it big enough to be able to sell the whole business some day. So our goal right now is to grow our inventory, build our brand, and keep expanding one small step at a time.

          Since we started a year ago, our sales have increased significantly each month! I can't believe people keep finding our little shop!!

                                       I have 11 of these little Swanky Swig Glasses for sale...These are the glasses that got me started collecting vintage treasures in the first place...

                             And we continue to find more interesting vintage and antique treasures...
                                      Like this handy dandy Notecard and Pencil Holder

                                        Organize with this 8 compartment wire basket...

                                         How about an antique Flow Blue Salt Container?

                                                       Harry Potter Glasses, anyone? 

                      For Your Office Desk....A Vintage Retro Letter ( or napkin ) Holder

                                                            And just in time for Easter...Collect more and make an Easter Banner

                                                        Some Great Granite  Ware....I was going to make one of those three tiered storage holders with these...Great idea for the "buyer" of these fun rusty granite bowls!

                          And a darling Chick Tablecloth for Easter! But this already sold!

You can see more photos of these and even MORE new items listed in our Etsy Shop at Hop on over!!

Friday, February 24, 2017


I enjoy being creative but sometimes I want to work on something that I can finish quickly.  One of the things that I've enjoyed doing is working with vintage paper like old dictionaries, vintage magazines, vintage sheet music, and old books. There are so many fun things you can do that are simple, creative, and lovely at the same time. Here are a few items I'VE made and other ideas that I've found that you can do with vintage papers.

                                                              Wrapping Paper 

                                                              Paper Christmas Tree

From Pinterest

From Pinterest

From Pinterest

                                    These are just a few ideas but there are many more. Try one of these to give as a gift or make for yourself. You can also sell these items! Start your own handmade business with vintage papers! If you're ready to get started, I have a vintage dictionary for sale in our Etsy Shop. Check it out!

Friday, February 17, 2017


The other night Les and I went to an Estate Auction out of town. I have mixed feelings about auctions. First, they are really lots of fun! Usually the auctioneers have a great sense of humor and its relaxed and very informal. That's the part I like. Well, that and all the cool stuff you can buy. Then the part I DON"T like is the fact that you can find something you like and someone ELSE gets it! OR you end up bidding too high on something because you HAVE to have it and you end up with buyer's remorse for paying too much! OK I don't get remorseful very often but still...that IS one of the pitfalls.

This was an auction from an Upscale Estate. And you can bid ahead of time online. So in the bidding in this one, there was usually an online bid that started it out. Which meant that the items ended up starting higher than usual. ; (  I knew that I was going to have to bid high or get nothing!

When we get there, we sign in, get a number, a list of the items to be auctioned off, and assigned seats. Then we go around and find the items we plan on bidding on and circle them on the sheet. Our plan is to only bid on those items we have circled so we don't get into the excitement of it all and end up bidding on something we really don't want. Yes, that happens!

So the night started out with an announcement from one of the auctioneers who said, " Next year at about this time, the Super Bowl will be held in Minnesota ( where we all were ) and it will be the first time that one of the teams in the Super Bowl will be playing in his home town." Meaning, he was making a prediction that our Vikings team would be playing in the Super Bowl. ( not likely ). But the true fact is that the Super Bowl WILL be in Minnesota. Everyone laughed but another auctioneer asked him, "Did you forget to take your medication today?" And then we started the bidding!

This photo is kind of fuzzy but this is where the auctioneer sits with his wife, Sandy! We were in the 6th row but there was a little space in which I could see and they also have two large screens up, showing what is being auctioned off. It was a packed house and we were squeezed in like sardines, sitting in chairs. The two items on the podium started it out. They were a large Shawnee pig pitcher and a large Roseville vase. I didn't bid on those.

Here the items I ended up buying! Some will be for sale at our Hob Nobber Memorial Day Sale and some are already listed in our Etsy shop or on Craigslist:

I fell in love with this Primitive extra long bench! I knew I got a good deal when the guy behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Nice buy!" Look at how the legs are set right into the bench.

I don't always buy sofas ( or settees, as they called this one ) but it was such a good deal and the cushion was filled with down feathers that I felt that I couldn't go wrong with it. It's a Classic French Settee. This is listed on Craigslist right now. If it doesn't sell it will be coming to our Memorial Day Sale.

I bought this 1940's metal "fire hydrant" that was actually made by a fireman to give as an award in his fire dept. It has the information and date written underneath. Very fun! A unique folk art piece for sure! A great gift for a fireman or anyone who likes vintage folk art. Ooooorrrr...a gift for a dog?

I also purchased two small tables, an artists table, and a few other smalls. I haven't been able to get to all of them for photographing as our garage ( heated, so no worries ) is so full of treasures. But shortly I'll get photos of them.

We also went to an amazing Estate Sale in Wisconsin. Les wasn't too excited about traveling that far so early in the morning but when I showed him a picture of the treasures he went along. The owner was a collector of Primitives who was downsizing. My favorite things! Here's what we bought:

We bought TWO of these extra large primitive oak benches.  So, yes, I now have three long benches to sell. I have this one listed right now on Craigslist. They are amazing!

This bench also has the legs inset into the bench. I know there is a name for that but right now I must be having a senior moment because I can't remember what it is. This bench is about 75 inches long if I remember correctly! Could even be used as a coffee table. I would keep one of these for myself but right now my home is filled with furniture. I can't keep everything I find...

And along with the two long benches, I bought this one that has sides and a back. I need to clean this up a bit but it will look amazing when you see it at the sale!

And this cute rustic drop leaf black coffee table. A very interesting piece that opens up on both sides to offer a place to serve a few cups of coffee and dessert in front of your sofa.

And this old wood side table is another fun piece...

Love the wood slats...

And this darling little primitive bench....

Hand made ladders are always fun...

Even though these pieces are rustic primitive, they can fit into many design styles. I have lots more but I'll show them to you in another post. Have to clear out the garage first.

And I just have to share this darling photo of my youngest granddaughter. The photo was taken by a friend of my daughter and son-in-law who is a photographer.

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