Monday, November 23, 2009


Well...TICK TOCK --- we're knee deep in it now - after our first visit to the estate sale and purchasing a mere 200 clocks...(Hickory, Dickory, Dock...our Saturday Finds Rock!) - WE WENT BACK! The owner called us and invited us to come back and see if there was anything else we wanted (ha ha - how dangerous is that??). Well, let me tell you - there was a LOT left and we bought the whole kit-and-kaboodle (as they say or used to say...) - all the clocks, and all the parts we could fit into our trailer.

And, so you're wondering what and how much we ended up with...well, our estimate is about 2,700 clocks (alarm clocks, travel clocks, and a few mantel, wall, and anniversary clocks). And, they're mostly in working order - especially the alarm clocks. But, even the ones that don't work will make great display pieces!

As far as parts - we've got a bazillion (it seems like anyway...) gears, faces, and lots of "inner workings" (don't know what any of it is called)!

Over the last month or so...Terri and I have spent a a lot of time sorting clocks (by kind, color, etc...) - We've got dozens and dozens BIG and BABY Bens. I've received quite a few emails, and I just want to let you know that I haven't forgotten you - and have responded to a few - this is a work in progress for us.

Here's what we're doing so far...

1. We've started selling some clocks and pieces/parts on ebay (seller name: terraeoz), so you can check there to see if you can find what you want.

2. We're also getting ready for our next show - Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-29) at the Scott Antique Market in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State Fairgrounds (our space numbers are 2451 and 2452). Along with all the other wonderful vintage things we're selling - we'll have a huge display of clocks and parts (it's going to be so much fun to set up). AND we'll have lots of extras in our trailer if anyone wants to buy in "quantity". (We'll also be selling at the January show.)

3. We're hoping to sell to a few shops...

4. As I have time, I'm answering emails to see if I can fill some of your requests (I'm really going to try - it's just gonna take me a little while - especially since we've been getting ready for a show, and now the holidays are coming up). I received a ton of inquiries from near and far...and I apologize if I haven't been able to get back with everyone.

If you're still interested, please let me know what kind you're looking for, whether it matters if they work or not (some are just great "shelf pieces"), how many you might want (so far the prices have ranged from $10.00 to $40.00) - and where you're located so we can look at shipping costs, etc.

And, if you've already contacted me, you're welcome to send me a reminder if you haven't heard from me! ;)

Some people have asked if we had any watch faces/parts - the owner didn't have any for us to buy. (darn...)

As far as parts, again, we've got some listed on ebay (seller name: terraeoz).'s a little peek at our day and all the "junk" we bought!

Down in the basement - we're all smiles, but we had a LOT of work to do, and thankfully had a few helpers too! Thanks to Alan, Amber and Tim!!!

This is a peek into the workshop area - there were lots of hours spent repairing clocks over his 55 year career...(sorry, it's a little blurry)
This was the "wall" of parts and clocks on the other side of his workbench.This cabinet was filled with travel clocks (yep, we boxed them all up!!).
Bins and more bins...
They were everywhere...
Stacks of parts - waiting to be packed into our trailer.
Well, now time to unload...(we filled the trailer, and three vehicles)
(oops - looks like they started to take a tumble!)
Well, the parts are out - "time" to unload our treasure chest of clocks!
Just another "Kodak" junk moment!
Bins of "Bens" - Big and little, black, white, cream, silver, and brown!
This is just one wall...we filled all four AND down the middle!
Anniversary clocks
These boxes are hiding lots of little treasures...pieces and parts!
Looks like some junk fun!

Piles of faces!

These are some of the rougher ones - but, what great age and patina!
(Even the junky ones are great!!)
Does anyone really know what time it is??? (Isn't that a song??)
Anniversary clock faces - (porcelain)
Weights, and we've got a pile of pendulums too...
Here are some of the different kinds of clocks we have.
This one is called a "Cyclone"! Big Bens... A shabby pink Baby Ben!

Silver/nickel Baby Bens.
Some little brown faced Baby Bens!
Mantle clocks
Square ones too!

Simple and elegant, don't ya think?Oh so shabby, but how cool is that??
Time for a little color...

Green - one of my favorite colors!

We found this in a box - an old glass advertising clock face - it was broken, but too cool to throw we'll have to figure out something to do with it!
These are all photography timers.
And we've got some great rusty ones too! Just a couple more... Well, hope you enjoyed our little piece of junk heaven.


I was given the "Kreativ Blogger" award by a new blogging friend...Deb at Proper Prim . I've gotten so far behind in my blogging, I wasn't able to post it until now, and, Deb - I apologize for not doing it sooner. Please visit her site and see what she's up to - some great finds that she transforms into wonderful primitive pieces. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I'll just refer you to my very first "Kreativ Blogger" award and hope that you visit the wonderful blogs I listed then. And be sure to let them know I sent you! :)

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so thankful for all my blogging friends!


God bless, Kathy

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Return to the BitterSweet Cabin

I've already introduced you to my new junking friend Jan at the BitterSweet Cabin (A Sweet Time at The BitterSweet Cabin) but I just had to share some of her primitive-vintage junk creations and the beautiful fall decor in her shop.


The BitterSweet Cabin is located in my hometown of Bryan, Ohio - tucked into the northwest corner of our great Buckeye state!!! And, my new friends, Jan and Duane McGill are the proprietors, designers AND creaters of some beautiful stuff (repurposing, reusing and recycling at it's primitive-vintage best).

I found this little shop on my last visit home on Labor Day weekend - and I think Jan and I have "adopted" each other as junk sisters - almost at first sight - it's so cool how junk does that to people, isn't it?? We've decided that if we lived nearer to each other - we'd definitely be a dangerous team!! She has been a junker forever (like me), and proudly calls her profession "curbside acquisition". She has a knack/gift for finding junk with potential (or some might say things that have "no" potential - ha ha!) - and is recreating/redesigning the moment she comes upon it! She and her husband, Duane, make a great team - vision and design style - AND awesome carpentry skills - and they LOVE what they're doing!!

Hope you enjoy this little tour - it was a fun visit - and it seems the afternoon went too quickly - so much junk, and so little time... But...I'll be back! :)

The BitterSweet Cabin is located at 4889 St. Rt. 576 in Bryan, Ohio


Shop hours are: Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm - or call if you're in the area, and if available - they'll open up shop for you!!

EVENT NOTE: A Christmas Open House is being held at The BitterSweet Cabin on Friday, November 13th (6pm-9pm) and Saturday, November 14th (9am-3pm)!

Drive on up and say hi - you'll feel welcome right away!

See...don't ya just want to sit down for a bit??
(and doesn't a cup of hot cider sound divine??)

Great vintage stuff on display...
And...out back - the picket-fenced area is just too much fun!

The double-decker chicken condo has a security system...scarecrows for hire!! :)

Well, here's another cutie - a little rusty around the collar - but really a snappy dresser (probably some snaps on his backside anyway!)

And these wonderful funnel planters - something "new" and so very cool!

A little sitting area - what a great place to have a party!!!

This old metal container is a great spot to plant a little something - and it already has drainage!

Meanwhile...........inside the shop:

A lake cottage was being torn down, and Jan, the ultimate salvager...saved this wonderful old beadboard from destruction and they created a beautiful check-out counter -and painted it the yummiest color!

A room with a view - and dozens of wonderful creations and collections to behold!

An old metal, banged-up dust pan is perfect to show off some beautiful fall colors!

If the shoe fits...well...maybe not - but Jan created a beautiful aged slipper - and maybe it would fit Cinderella - ya never know! I thought this was just a fun piece! Duane is definitely a master at repurposing/recreating pieces and parts of old, worn out furniture and making them one-of-a-kind keepers - I love the look of the time-worn colors...
A little metal feeder - I think I took plenty of pictures of planters... And don't you just love the sunflowers - Jan made those too - a bit of primitive whimsy (or how about "primsy"??)!!
Aren't they just sweet??
Boxes - you can never have too much storage - and isn't that green minnow bucket the best color ever??
This glass block window was a curbside find - I know...I couldn't believe it either - who would throw away something so wonderful? Well, Jan had just the right spot for it (and the glass is faceted too - it's just awesome!!)

Alright - I found another planter/display piece - a piece of old picket fence, and some corrugated metal - rusty perfection!

The shelving of this cabinet was intact, but Duane gave the outside a complete rebuild/makeover - it's a beautiful piece of furniture. And, do you see what I see??? Yep, she's got some of our clocks for sale!!

And, here they are - Jan & Duane McGill - proud owners of their dream...
The BitterSweet Cottage!

Hugs, Kathy


Last, but not least - this sweet wooden candle holder was gifted to me by Duane before I left - he had been making it in his workshop (and he tied a piece of their very own bittersweet onto it).

I just love it (and, don't worry - I'm not going to paint it white!!)!

I like it just the way it is!



P.S. I know I promised a post on our final clock's coming - later this week! Just wanted to take you back to The BitterSweet Cabin for a bit! It was the perfect picture of fall - and I just enjoyed it so much!