I am totally going into the t-shirt business.


I’m printing my first shirt with this….

……”I went on a 200-mile-yard-sale and all I brought back was a cornucopia.”

Catchy…..I know.

I’m telling you…’s going to be a real money-maker.

Fall Cornucopia


This weekend I went on the yard sale with Greta the vinyl maker.  And we drove for miles and miles and miles.

200 miles to be exact.

We had high hopes.

I was looking for a bath tub faucet and a car hood ornament and a vintage weather vane and a metal egg basket and wooden fruit and some shoe stretchers.

Nothing too unusual.


How hard is it to find a car hood ornament circa 1950 that I could make into a lamp finial?

Aren’t they on every street corner?

I mean….I see them on American Pickers all the time.



But instead of car hood ornaments and vintage fans and metal egg crates and any of the four wooden food groups…..

….all we found were broken laminate  furniture and the occasional Hooter’s t-shirt.

That’s not how it happens on American Pickers.

Not in the episodes I’ve seen.

Maybe I missed it.

That’s it….I must have missed the episode where Mike and Frank pull up to a barn and take the farmer over to the side with a gleam in their eyes and excitedly offer him $75 for his laminate computer work station.

With a broken drawer.


196 miles and nothing to show for it.



And then….somewhere around mile 17.25….I found this for $1.00.

A cornucopia.

A horn o’ plenty.


A small victory for the tired and weary 200 mile yard salers.


That cornucopia is going to be big one day….I can just feel it.

It will have its name in lights and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

It’s going to make all the bath tub faucets and metal fans and vintage Christmas decorations sit up and take notice.

But right now….it’s sitting on the back porch.


I really want to decorate for Thanksgiving….but I’m a little busy.


And these are the tough choices you have to make…..

…..when you have a t-shirt empire to run 🙂



PS   I bought these yesterday to give me a little courage for the conference.  Just looking at them makes me a little less nervous 🙂

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  1. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    Sorry you didn't find what you were looking for. But I bet it was not a wasted trip--did you have fun? See new and interesting things? Meet nice people? Have lunch someplace? And you did get that great cornucopia, for only 1.00!!!! What is a 200 mile trip if you had fun, AND found a wonderful cornucopia??? Lovin' the bling!

  2. Image for Jan G. Jan G.

    Laughing with you because this past Sunday my daughter and I each drove 3-1/2 hours to meet in a town with a noted antique gathering... only to find out it was rained out... so we drove around town to see what else was there and we found Nirvana - T.J. Maxx and Target side by side... we made the best of it!

  3. Image for Laura Laura

    I so want to be an American picker. I travel around the back roads of Kentucky looking for those old barns that are filled with something besides tobacco. SIGH!!! I think it is a wonderful horn-o-plenty. I will be looking for its name in lights :) Hugs, Laura

  4. Image for Mrs. C Mrs. C

    Look at me it's 6:05 am and I'm commenting. :D Good Morning ,k! I believe your find is symbolic. I believe it's a simple reminder, that we here in the good ole U. S. of A. live in the land of plenty, even if we don't find that one little bitty, desired decor item. We have plenty, much to be thankful for, because we are all immensely blessed, and God is good! Amen? I love your horn o' plenty! ps- Are you going to set up a t-shirt stand at the conference??? I know I'd buy one if I were there! ;)

  5. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Just think of all the blessings spilling forth from that cornucopia. Totally worth two hundred miles - and you and Greta must have had so much fun together. I've got my mother's cornucopia, and it is one of my favorite things. Suggestion - Buddy up with Mike and Frank in your hood ornament search. You're going to be marvelous, darling.♥

  6. Image for Gina Gina

    Those earrings are all me! You will shine at the conference! But if you get a bit nervous, do what Marsha did- imagine everyone in their underwear! ;) Did I just write 'underwear" in a comment?!

  7. Image for Rhonda~Ramblings of a Southern Girl Rhonda~Ramblings of a Southern Girl

    The earrings are great! But you don't need need them for courage, you are going to rock the Southern Bloggers Conference, I just know it! :) And I can't wait! ...and to tag onto Gina's comment above, I'm fond of big granny drawers that go up under your armpits ...or so my husband says! lol! So I may not be the one you want to envision in the audience! haha! ....just sayin' Lord willing, and the creek don't rise, I'll see you this weekend! :)

  8. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Well, I think if Mike and Frank would have fought you for that cornucopia...!!...I can't wait to see you again...wearing those beautiful earrings and red lipstick!....

  9. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    Uh oh. Now you just upped the fancy factor for the conference ... and I was heading out to Old Navy to get a new pair of dark denim jeans that I can actually sit in and breath in. Now it looks like I'll be needing a ball gown to stand up to those earrings ... :) Linda

  10. Image for Sillyrabt Sillyrabt

    you're too funny. adorable post. however, i am curious when you get back to the cornucopia because i have two from my mother just like that and have been staring at them hoping for some inspiration. (you are that inspiration for me.)

  11. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    You will definitely shine at the conference! I love your earrings! Your Cornucopia is lovely; my mom had one like this. I'm with you, the Pickers make it look so easy! Remember they have Danielle to help! Enjoy the conference! Take lots of notes and pictures!

  12. Image for adrienne adrienne

    I absolutely LOVE reading your blog!! I love the way you write. I seriously look forward to it every single day. Thank you for always making me smile and laugh and wish we were friends :)

  13. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    Hi Karianne, Don't be nervous; you'll do a great job! You'll be among friends, and that's what counts. I love the cornucopia; I have one that my MIL gave me, and I use it on our dining room table every year. However, that is a lot of driving to only find plastic and laminate items. I rarely find specific things when I'm looking for them, which makes it even more special when I do happen upon them. My mom loves "American Pickers." :D Have a wonderful day!

  14. Image for Jean Jean

    Have a great time at the conference this weekend! Now you're gonna have to fancy-up your flip flops to get 'em bling-y enough for those earrings. ;-)

  15. Image for Catherine Catherine

    What a disappointment! Recently my husband and I went to Iowa to the American Pickers store and were shocked that their shop was right on the corner in town. It looks like its somewhere out in the country on t.v. It was a great trip though.

  16. Image for Diane Diane

    Gorgeous earrings, and you will do fine at the Bloggers conference, nothing to worry about, a piece of cake for you for sure! Love your cornucopia, I had completely forgotten that it looks exactly like the one my mom kept on the dining room table back in the 50's. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  17. Image for tara tara

    love your yard sale find....every once in a while you find a gem. :) wish I were going to the southern bloggers conference....I can't believe I've never been to a conference!

  18. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Taking a hood ornament and making it into a lamp finial is a great idea! Those earrings are will dazzle them! Have fun at the conference! ;)

  19. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I sure am glad that I'm not the only one who seems to readily find broken old laminate computer desks a-plenty at garage sales. I know you will create something fabulous with your new treasure! Oh how I wish I was a southern gal and could meet you in day, we will meet, I'm sure =)

  20. Image for Tracey K Tracey K

    I just have to say how much I enjoy reading your blog! Your writing style is so fun and witty ~ just love it!!! Your photography is amazing! Your house is gorgeous! Thank you for doing what you do ~ I just thoroughly enjoy seeing what you're posting each day!

  21. Image for Angie Angie

    I love to watch American Pickers. What a dream job! And at least you didn't come home completely empty handed. Sometimes it's more about the trip than ghe treasures you find. And those earrings are going to look great even though you'll sparkle without them! Looking forward to meeting you and everyone else this weekend. See you Friday! ~ Angie

  22. Image for Sheila @sZinteriors Sheila @sZinteriors

    Isn't that the way? I have times where the options are an overflowing horn 'o plenty, and other optimistic, hopeful outings where I come home with nothing but dusty, grimy hands that are empty! Still like your horn 'o plenty, though!

  23. Image for Kathryn Cain Kathryn Cain

    I hear you, and I think the Tee would be fun....and I get it...with all the hype on TV of pickers,and Makeover everywhere...I even saw a piece at Walmart that had a vintage spin. It is getting harder to find a real deal this post

  24. Image for Debbie Debbie

    What a fun post, even if you didn't luck out. But the cornucopia is cute and will serve you well for your Thanksgiving decor, I'm sure. And Love the earrings! Debbie :)

  25. Image for Kelli Kelli

    HA! This had me crackin' up....and smiling through the whole thing. ;) I have been there, done that, and felt your pain! Better luck next time....and until then...I'm sure that you will make good use of your one purchase.

  26. Image for Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique

    I feeling your pain re the lack of good pickins Kari... really I am, but what I'm taking away from this post is 'Southern Bloggers Conference'. Oh how I wish that conference was way south... like all the way to Australia kind of south. If it was, I'd be front and centercheering the loudest and checking out your ear bling :)

  27. Image for Jenny Sellars Jenny Sellars

    We might have to steal those earrings from you this weekend! They are awesome! Also, I have a vintage lighting rod weather vane at the shop, remind me to show you on Sunday!

  28. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    What???? You didn't bring home the Hooter's t-shirts??? I think they would have looked so fabulous laid out on that hay bale right next to the horn-o-plenty! ;-) Vanessa

  29. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I am LOVING thos earrings! I can't wait to see pics of YOU in them! The horn of plenty will be filled beautifull, I am sure. If I lived close by I would do it for you:):) XO, Pinky

  30. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    I hear there is BIG money in tee shirts. Just saying. It's good to have something to fall back on if the Cornucopia doesn't get the nod from Simon.

  31. Image for Anne Anne

    I sure hope your 200 miles is an exaggeration!!! You could have bought those hood ornaments from an antique shop for the cost of the gas! lol I know, the fun is in the hunt. Your horn of plenty is sweet, can't wait to see what you do with it. Your mantel was amazing. As always. Sigh. I'm going back to bed... Have a happy day!

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