I Wish You Would Have Been There

I Wish You Would Have Been There



Yesterday I Twittered my way through 359 miles of vintage silver and milk glass and antique furniture and Christmas decorations and bicycles and junk…..oh….the junk.

And I tweeted all about it because I wanted you to be there with me.

Because I know you would have laughed when we saw that man pushing a dog in the stroller.

And I know we would have sighed when we saw that incredibly overpriced architectural piece that would have been perfect in my bathroom and that I know I should have gotten….but I was way too cheap.  And I really wish you would have been there because I know.

I know.

I just know you would have convinced me to buy it.



And I know that our hearts would have raced when we saw this sign.

“Yard sale in a barn.”


That’s what we would have said to ourselves.

Is there ever a better sign anywhere?

And the car would have screeched to a halt.



And we would have followed these arrow signs.

And then we would have said that this must be an incredible yard sale if the arrow signs showing us where to go were this cute.

And while we were walking up to the sale…..you would have been telling me that you just knew that there were shutters in that barn.

Because it did look like the type of barn where there should be stacks and stacks of shutters.

Because of course we both would know that the main goal of going on this 400 mile yard sale was to find shutters.

Stacks and stacks of shutters.


This is the year that it’s all about the shutters.



And when there weren’t any shutters in the barn.

You would have consoled me.

You would have told me, “Who likes barn sales anyway?”

And then you would have said, “Seriously.  They were selling the hoods of cars at that place.  I don’t really think they looked like vintage shutter people.”



And we would have left that car hood sale and driven on.

And then…..

Then we would have found that incredible deal on all that milk glass.

And when we saw it we would have been so excited that we jumped up and down and I would have broken my sunglasses.

But I wouldn’t have even cared.  Because who would have cared about sunglasses when all that vintage milk glass was right in front of us.

And then we would have remembered that we really shouldn’t be showing so much excitement over milk glass because there were about 5,976,145 people that were still driving through the 400 mile yard sale and maybe the milk glass people would triple their prices when they saw how excited we were.

And when I would have said, “Who cares about the shutters?  I found all this milk glass.”  You would have agreed with me and told me that shutters were overrated anyway.



And then we would have stopped for water because it was so hot.

And the watermelon samples would have been calling my name.  Because why spend perfectly good money on food when there are watermelon samples.

And you would have told me that you thought there was a limit of only 10 watermelon samples and that people who stood around and mooched off the free samples at the convenience store were just a little shameful.

And I would have been so glad that you were there to save me from my watermelon sample shame.


And we would have turned toward home.

Happy with our vintage silver and our milk glass.


And then….

                                              ……then we would have seen this.



And I would have screamed and said, “Did you see that?”

And you would have told me that you knew all along we were going to find those vintage shutters.

Because that is what an awesome friend you are.

Because that is how much I adore you.

And because that’s what friends do when they Twitter across the 400 mile yard sale.


PS  I need some awesome friends to submit some projects for our new website.

Kelly and I have just started a new website called, A Dustbunny Life because our podcasts needed a home and we want to feature some of your incredibly easy projects.

So stop over here and say hello.

And don’t forget to listen to our latest podcast with the amazing Debbie Doo while you are there.

PPS  I am sharing my 400 mile yard sale journey over at Southern Hospitality today.


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  1. That does look fun Karianne, and I wish I was there too! Thanks for the podcast interview, it was a pleasure speaking to you ladies!

  2. Now I feel guilty of all that jealously I was harboring yesterday when you were tweeting all your fabulous finds!

    I desperately wanted to go to the nearest airfield, bribe someone to fly me in their little propeller plane to the field over that barn sale.

    You’d run towards me as I floated to the ground in my parachute and help me wade thru all the piles of cow poop.


  3. Which parts did you get to do? I was thinking about going today, but it’s rainy here. At least it is cooler than it is for the Highway 127 sale….which I absolutely LOVE, but it’s always so dang hot. I have a motto for all sales, flea markets, antique shopping…”If you see it, you like it, you buy it” most of the time you have to heed those words otherwise you lose out. Glad you had fun and found some treasures.
    PS No we wouldn’t have be laughing at the guy that was pushing the dog around in the stroller…it might have been the hubs. When we go, we have to take our two dogs and yes we push then in a stroller….you can’t leave them at home and we never know how long we are going to be gone For 127 we are gone for at least 2 – 3 days…..no dog can hold it that long.

  4. 🙂 — there! I “spoke” my mind. I can never decide whether to get more milk glass, for which I have no room and would have to get rid, at least temporarily, of something else, or to leave things as they are.

  5. Ohh girl, you are so right……I would have been right there and I would have said all of that and had a blast!

  6. I knew all along you would find those amazing shutters. 🙂 Congrats on the new blog lady!!

  7. Oh! So much better than what I ended-up doing.

    Yes, I could have convinced you to buy it and would have even put it in my big Honda to get home because we brought that car just incase we found something huge to carry.

    Off to check out the new blog.

  8. Did you seriously go 400 miles in one day and had time to stop and shop?. You are wonder woman for sure. You are so funny. Glad you found your shutters. On my way to a close estate sale and I hope they have good stuff.

  9. haha. This made me giggle, as usual.

    Despite the heat and broken sunglasses, I’d say the day was well worth it- can’t go wrong with milk glass and shutters!

  10. Dang! I wish I had been there with you, too. Now, hurry up and show us what you are going to do with the shutters.

  11. I love this post and I have always wanted to go on that 400 mile yard sale!

    Happy Weekend!

  12. Love this post! I’m so glad that you had fun and I wish I were there and I wish there were a 400 mile yard sale here!

  13. You’re my kind of shopping companion! Loved this post but then why should this one be any different than the rest of your posts! Maybe someday we’ll get to meet/shop but it was delightful taking this trip with you 🙂


  14. If you had been in Florida, that man with the stroller would have quite possibly been my father!
    Glad you had fun, can’t wait to see the end results!

  15. Love your shutters Karriane, and I would have put 10 more pieces of watermelon in my pocket for you. After all what are friends for if not to snag extra samples for each other.

  16. Was this the sale they are having in Alabama this weekend? I heard about it on the news yesterday.
    Yes, I would have saved you from the watermelon shame. Or, I would have given you my samples to make you happy (and unashamed). I would have also squealed with delight at the milkglass–for you, since I’m not on that yet, but then I would have played it cool so we could get you a good price.
    Yes, I wish I was there with you.

  17. So wanted to be there with you!!!! And with a little red wagon to carry all the stuff!!! AND a few shutters!!!!

  18. I was loving it at the FIRST photo. You know I love all that tarnished silver!!
    Hopping on over to check out A Dust Bunny Life and Miss Debbiedoo’s 😉

  19. Always wanted to participate in the “Longest Yard Sale”…coming up in August….that is on my list…

    Now, if the Picker Sisters were with you, they would have talked you into buying those car hood parts and turn them into shutters…but I am glad that they were not there to convince you, as you found some great shutters that do not have to be transformed from the hoods of cars!

    Glad you had a wonderful day of driving and sampling watermelon and sing a longs with “shutters and the gang”…..

  20. I’ve always wanted to go to that sale! So I wish I had been with you too. 400 miles of garage and yard sales sounds like heaven to me!

  21. I definitely wish I had been there too! What amazing finds! The torturous thing about moving to another country is that one can no longer buy ANYTHING besides food and occasional clothes since you’re going to have to sell it all in a few months. Grrrr, it’s totally killing me!

    Oh, and congrats on the new blog! I’m off to check it out 🙂

  22. I would have said every.single. word! I would also have brought along the best music that would have perfectly captured each mood and moment and I would have whipped off my sunglasses and given them to you when yours broke. That is just the kind of friend I am! So, can I come along next time? 😉 That seriously looks like such a fun day Kari and I’m so glad you found the shutters…even if you did manage it without me. LOL!
    P.S. SOOOOOOO excited about the new blog!!

  23. I wish I could take the whole summer off to garage sale and just create! Oh well, maybe one day! Have a great weekend.

  24. Super cute post, Kari Anne! I saw the shutters in you banner and I knew!

  25. This post cracked me up. I would totally have done all those things with you. I love watermelon, milk glass and shutters. I see that you had pinned the same pic that I did. The one that shows the shutter as a table runner. Thanks for taking me along for the ride.

    I have signed up for feeds from you new site and I have a great project to submit.

  26. Re: Your questions about the book, in this post of mine… Please click on the click-able links, in my post. They take you to a nice review of the book.

  27. Oh, I sooo would have been there, strolling along with you from one thing to the next, chowing down on free melon samples while hunting for shutters and other treasures! What a great time we would have had! Laughing, shopping, and blessing people’s little hearts! I would have squealed right along with you at the milk glass!

    I am so glad you left with some great things! Can’t wait to see your plan for them!

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

  28. Wow, that sounds like it would’ve been SO much fun!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog; yours is awesome and I’m now following you on Facebook. 🙂
    P.S. Your house is amazing.

  29. Hi darling, oh my gosh I wish I had come along too.. the silver made me drool I almost passed out.. what beauty…Sure wish something like this was closer to us. Looks like you had a great time.
    hugs ~lynne~

  30. Just when you thought you’d given up on the shutter search, you found them! I’m off to check out your new site! 🙂

  31. Oh I would so love to do a 400 mile yard sale!!!! The treasure and fun to be found! Hopping over to your other blog now to see what’s up!

  32. Scarey, but I might of bought that big yellow hood. Must be something to make out of it huh?


  33. I love these things! Oh, milk glass, one of my favorites and silver!!! Great finds! I know you’re having fun! I can’t wait to see more!

  34. So many treasures to be found on a 400 mile yard sale…………………….but how far is 400 miles…………..lol Ok not the point the point is you found shutters and not the type you find on a camera but real shutters so now you can shut out stuff because their shutters…………oh yeah I now want watermelon and I have none and it’s not watermelon season so instead I will have a cheese & bacon roll and yeah I know it’s nothing like watermelon but it’s what I have…….lol

  35. I don’t think you would’ve wanted me to be there. I would’ve been the one relegated to the back seat wanting to know when on the 400 miles I might encounter a restroom …

    .. and rinse and repeat as you seek the elusive shutters …



  36. We love watermelons!

  37. I don’t tweet, but do wish I were there with you! Pleeeeease do a post on the milk glass. I have collected it for years and have tons, but live looking at it and seeing how people use and display theirs. I’d love to see a picot your haul! It’s such a shame there isn’t a great sale like that here on Long Island.

  38. Are we soul sisters? Because I would have said all of those things!

    Can I come along next year?

  39. My entire soul is filled with regret at the fact that I was not there with you.

  40. This was the cutest post! Yippee for finding your shutters! This sounds like a trip I would have been so happy to been on with you.

  41. That is the best blog post I’ve read in a long time! I loved it! It felt like you were truly talking to ME! And I know everyone else who read it felt the exact same way. and me? I wish I had been there too. That sounds just heavenly!

  42. Cute, fun post, Kerrianne! Hope you bought all that neat stuff you pictured ~ Well, not the car hood, but everything else, especially the silver (MY fetish) and the shutters! Quick reminder ~ my annual WEDDING BLOG PARTY is Friday ~ would so love for you to join us! I saw the adorable spoons you’ve made for wedding gifts (and who knows what else you might have to share)!!!

  43. I wish I was there with you!!!!
    I would have encouraged you to buy the expensive piece for your bathroom, yes!!!
    We don’t have sales like that here in BC Canada…

  44. What fun! I think you found a lot of treasures…and then the shutters appeared. I’m sure the angels sang when they heard you wanted them….and lo and behold, there they were!

    My speakers are out and I cannot listen to the pod cast. Grrrr ~ 🙁 I hope it remains online so I can return and listen soon.


  45. Wish I was there, I would have said all of those things!

  46. sure wish i could have been there — it was AWESOME!!!! tons of fun! thanks for sharing — i almost feel like i was there! hugs…

  47. This is such a great post…I feel like I WAS there!!! 🙂

  48. Oh how I wish I had been there.Everyone knows I need more stuff to add to my overgrowing collections LOL. Anyway I love going on these trips even if it is a cyber visit. Thanks for sharing!

  49. Awww, that sounds like the day my BFF and I had yesterday! Nell Hill’s Tent sale, Flea Market and then Estate Sale where she found an AWESOME French Cupboard for half off. See, we should shop together!

  50. Which sale was this? We did part of the “Historic Highway 40” sale that runs from Baltimore to St. Louis this weekend…just posted about it. SO MUCH FUN! I’m already sad that it won’t happen again for a year…LOL.

  51. Yeah- you know I’m jealous you got to go!
    But oh so happy for you that you found your shutters. And girl- get you that watermelon! It was free, wasn’t it? lol
    xo Becca

  52. I like junk as much as the next person but I really can’t think of one place I could use a car hood. Did they have multiple car hoods? I can get on board with silver and milk glass though! And, free watermelon would have been the icing on that big slice of yard sale scores cake. 🙂