Junk Mobsters Part 5

After returning to the Junk Mobster’s Shop and being invited to pick from The Don’s secret collection, I returned every week to sit and chat with the Mobster Family.   La Familia was fierce to outsiders but once those outsiders were accepted, they were treated like family. On a recent trip I got to be a…

Junk Mobsters Part 4

I sat in my car in front of the Junk Mobsters Shop wondering how I had arrived there in the first place.   I swore I would never go there again, and after the almost brawl I had with the Don at the estate sale, I thought I had ended on a high note- with me…

The Big Beast Challenge Part 3

Monday was the big, big day. It was The Big Beast Delivery Day. I was so worried about how it would go.  Would the owner of the two antique, vintage and salvage shops love them or hate them?  Would she think they were great but not at all what she was looking for? Or could…

Unexpected Treasures

Every evening, I walk my pooch Charlie through an older neighborhood full of old homes.  Each old home is different from the next and they all have that charm and personality that I always find inspiring and delightful. I have found some of the old home elements that were removed from these old homes on…

Operation: Texas Antique Week

Twice a year, a sleepy little section of the Texas Hill Country comes alive with an event that people come from all over the world to visit- Texas Antique Week.  It’s actually more like 3 to 4 weeks and happens twice a year.  The little towns, that have only single digit populations, swell with countless…

Junk Mobsters Part 3

A few weeks after being thrown out of the Junk Mobster Shop, I saw a flyer on a bulletin board in a little coffee shop, for an estate sale.  The estate sale was for a founding family of a little town and I knew it would be good. I scouted out the house the day before,…

How To Saturdays: The Barn Wood Look Part 2

Last week’s How To Saturday was the first of a two part technique of how you can get the barn wood look.  I developed this technique, through lots of trial and error, just for my Farmhouse Table Project from Hell to make new wood look old. Just to review, the two parts include:  1.  Creating a Chalk…

Under Construction

The Old House Chic Website is going through a big makeover during the month of February! You might have noticed the transition from my old logo to a new one.  This happened on accident one evening when you get two good friends together with too much coffee and too many great ideas.  The conversation that…

A Day of Junk Shopping

After selling the majority of what I brought to the Vintage Whites Market, I made plans, last Saturday, to go on a stock up shopping trip.  My shopping plan was a loose one that was subject to change with no notice and since I was the only one going, my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants style was just fine. …

Junk Mobsters

Every now and then, on my way around town, I would pass a shop with used appliances in its business name.  It had all manner of junk piled up in the parking lot until the building itself was barely visible.  Two things- when I say “all manner of”  that means washers and dryers on their very…