Hey it’s me, peeking out from under bubble wrap, newspapers and boxes. But before I get into where we are with the moving process, I wanted to share with you what I think is one of the prettiest towns in NY.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Saratoga Springs, famous for its horse racing and spring water that will have you looking like you just stepped out of a Botox session (in a good way). But maybe you didn’t know it also has some of the most beautiful Victorian homes east of the Mississippi, so let’s get right to it.
Not only does this beauty have a lovely wraparound porch, but check out those moldings and second story windows. Wow, just wow.
I love me a stately tudor, especially one with a turret. What I don’t love are air conditioners in windows, but in older homes it’s difficult to do it any other way.
Our friends Elaine and Steve have a tradition of celebrating Elaine’s birthday in Saratoga. This was our first and most likely last time we helped them celebrate and I’m so glad we finally did. I even picked three out of four horses!
Just in case your wallets are not quite deep enough for a stately Victorian, do not despair. There’s always rv’ing ;).
In other news…
We’re in full blown packing mode, and after our moving sale this Sunday it will only get worse. Even though most of our furniture isn’t making the trip with us, there’s still tons of stuff to pack. I realized that most of the time professional movers are involved with doing the heavy lifting, but homeowners oftentimes pack the stuff themselves that can go in boxes, so I guess we have just as much to do as anyone would. I don’t know how people do it with large homes and/or families, especially if they’re
I’ve packed up most of my sewing room supplies, so no more bags in the near future for me. Some of you were wondering if I sold any bags at the town tag sale last week, and the answer is yes, about 5, including a beach bag and the pretty black and white one I featured in a recent post, but most made the trip back home with me. It wasn’t really the venue for it but I learned a bit about what people like and what’s not as important to them. (Like linings. No one opened the bags to see what was inside. Surprising!).
We also sold antique snow shoes even before the official start time of the sale, as well as a southwest style bowl we had for over 30 years, a telescope (perfect timing for the eclipse), a chainsaw, a fuzzy throw, a couple of beautiful paintings that were in our previous home (they’ve been under our bed lately), new snowshoes, and of course, a few miscellaneous items not worth mentioning. What didn’t sell? Autumn decor items like pumpkins and leaf vines and lots of scrapbook supplies among others, but overall, a successful and profitable day.
I placed a Facebook ad in a town tag sale site last Wednesday and all hell broke loose! You would have thought I was giving the stuff away. It got so crazy the admin had to shut the post down because I couldn’t keep up with the inquiries. And guess what? I made two appointments and neither showed up. And guess what again? You know what were the top two items? A chainsaw and our singing deer, ‘Buck’. Who knew cowboy songs and bad jokes coming from a mounted deer head would be so popular??!
We’ve got the boys for a few days, then will spend Saturday preparing for Sunday’s sale. Monday the 21st Sarissa & Josh land in NY, and I’ll see her Wednesday for some one on one time (haven’t done that for three years!) then Saturday we head to Manhattan for dinner with them and some friends, then Labor Day they will spend with us at the cabin amongst the boxes and mayhem.
I’ll try to post some pics on Instagram of Sunday’s sale, so if you don’t follow me there click on over and get crackin’ :).