Happy Hunting ~ Barnfull O’ Goodies

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For those who know me know I have a barn obsession (there I said it) AND I love goodies and yep, I collect, or hoard depending on who you ask. When I came across this local Facebook auction, it was a win, win and win some more kind of situation! Seeing as Barnfull is a local place  I have had the pleasure of a visit many times and while the goodies are fantastic yes, the setting is even sweeter! Not only are there barns, there is also an adorable farmhouse and it’s set right on the beautifully historic St. Lawrence Seaway.

St Lawrence Collage | Vin'yet Etc.I haven’t done a “hunting” post, my favorite type of post in what seems like forever.  This one will be a bit different, only because the location I am writing about is more to me now than just a place to get goodies. The owner and I have become friends! She’s the sweetest most down to earth person and when you go pick up your auction wins, you just want to sit and chat or dig through all of the goodies in the “barn-full” with her. I go into a state of awe just seeing all of -this- in one place!

*Awe can sometimes be mistaken for drooling.*

All the goodies in one place | Vin'yet Etc.

Let me start at the beginning, Marguerite and her husband, Doug  run and own Barnfull O’ Goodies… you can find them on facebook here.  It’s a local auction that runs twice a month, one week the auction runs, the next week are pick-ups for the winners. Marguerite handles the administrative side and Doug hunts and does the picking… although I have seen Miss M. bidding on other sites, so I suspect she hunts some too!  I actually outbid her once, but we don’t talk about that. 😉 Shhhh…

Vintage Tobacco Tin | Vin'yet Etc. The whole story started about 8 years ago… they helped a family member who was down-sizing and started to see a trend in that effort, valuable items were being discarded and as any true hearted picker knows, these items can not just be thrown out! So the luggin’ home of “goodies” started. This sparked another interest for Doug, restoring, collecting, learning about antiques and the collectors. He started picking with gusto, yard sales, auctions, friends… you name it, much to Marguerite’s dismay all of the barns were filling and she was getting a bit over whelmed.

Little Barn Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

Meet the little barn that could, ain’t she cute?

Big and Medium Barn Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

Here are the medium and large barns… all full! AND I’d like to mention, not pictured are the garden shed and the garage, equally as full! Yep, for a picker, it’s heaven!

There are a few FB auctions around our parts, could Marguerite and Doug do this too?  Oh you bet they could and they did. It’s not as easy as it seems this FB auction business, the payoff isn’t as great as some would think. People actually bid on things and never pick up… I know, right?!? Some take forever to pick up and some just aren’t respectful of the time that this takes. I think that the clients that are fans of this do know what it takes and respect M & D to the moon and back! I know I do.

Here is a little peek into their personal stash of goodies… I honestly think she is being a bit greedy with all of those tins and she should give sell me some! Right? That’s actually a joke, but whenever I score a lovely tin (from somewhere else) I send her a picture, and yes my tongue is stuck out and I am saying nananabooboo when I press send! 😉

Tin Collection Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

See, so many tins… maybe she won’t notice if I “borrow” one or two?

Kitchen Goodies Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

Eye candy everywhere! <3

Bottle Love Collage |Vin'yet Etc.

Beautiful little bottles and a sweet kitten…

Personally, I’m not an antique “collector”, I don’t know how much some things are worth on ebay, I like what I like, some of it has real market value, some does not, to me all my treasures mean something, that’s just as important as the retail value of something in my opinion and that’s how things find themselves into our home. Doug and Marguerite also know this to be true and this is what makes them different than most of the FB auctions, their stuff is attainable, reasonably priced and there is tons to pick through. Not only are they reasonable, they support and promote others in the same area doing the same thing, AKA the “competition”, they are not greedy, they know full well that there are enough hoarders collectors out there for everyone.

Here are SOME of my favourite finds from Barnfull O’ Goodies

Vignette Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

Industrial & vintage with a bit of farmhouse thrown in = be still my heart!

My Goodies Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

I am looking forward to showing you everything I do with all of these wins.

Vintage canner | Vin'yet Etc.

Thank-you so much for joining me at one of my favourite hunting spots. Head on over to their FB page, especially if you are local, tell them I sent ya! 😉 You never know, you might just win your next treasure.

~ Laurie xo

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  • Reply Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... October 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    How wonderful! I can’t wait to see what you do Laurie… I know it will be creative and “Pinworthy” for sure!! 😉

    • Reply Laurie October 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Awww, shucks Cynthia!!! Hearing that from you means a lot to me, that is very high praise indeed, thank-you! xo I can’t wait to start the many projects percolating in my brain.

  • Reply barb dickson October 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Well said Laurie. Thanks for sharing the Barnfull O’ Goodies auction with me. I always look forward to it. As for the things many of us like to collect, you summed up my feelings perfectly. I agree it’s not about the value of the treasures we find, it’s in the finding things we love that mean something to us.

    • Reply Laurie October 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Hi Barb!!! Thanks so much for leaving a comment, that means a lot to me! <3 You are very welcome by the way, I love "hunting" with you, even when it's only virtual.

  • Reply Tanya@TakeSix October 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Be still my heart…there is something for everyone there!

    • Reply Laurie October 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

      There really is something for everyone! And if you are looking for just that right thing, just ask them, they know where or have one tucked away in those barns. 😉

  • Reply Marguerite October 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you so ~ very ~much for featuring us in your blog Laurie! Doug and I are honoured… I love reading your posts and seeing what you do with all of the cool things you find! 🙂 You do the most ~amazing things with items that most people wouldn’t even look at twice! I love that you’re all about… what we’re all about! Hugs to you …even if I happen to have read that you may be cheating on us with other auction pages… or occasionally bid against me …and win… 😉 LOL Thank you my friend…just wished you lived closer…xoxo

    • Reply Laurie October 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      I wish I lived closer too my friend! But then you’d be catching me in your barns all of the time, it would get awkward! 😉 I cheated on you again yesterday, what till you see the tin I got!!!! it’s so sweet! 😉

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy October 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Wow, Laurie, that place looks like a pickers dream come true! You could probably get lost in there for hours! Love so many things in your pics! I think you will have your new home filled in no time 😉

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      I think you are right Dani, time to get working on that basement I think, I need more room!

  • Reply Heather October 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Wow – sounds amazing!! I love auctions – thanks fo sharing Laurie!

    • Reply Laurie October 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      No problem Heather, you can join too… not too far from where you are! xo

  • Reply Karen@NourishWithKaren October 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Oh, so jealous!!! I wish we had awesome places like this out here!

    • Reply Laurie October 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      You’ll have to come visit us down this way! xo

  • Reply Inspire Me Heather October 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Oh what wonderful treasures!!

    • Reply Laurie October 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      I know… right? It’s an awesome place, made even better by the people that run it!

  • Reply Anne@DesignDreams October 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Why don’t I have something like that close to where I live?! guess it’s a good thing cause I’d be broke all.the.time. 😉

    Congrats on your FB feature, have a great weekend xox

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      The reason I love, love, love my treasure hunting spots is because they don’t break the bank… it is true that you do buy more, what a minute. Ugg I am broke all the time! 😉 Thanks for stopping in!

  • Reply Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads October 27, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Wow! I’d call that “Pickers Heaven!” And I was totally in the dark about FB auctions until I read your post. I kinda feel like your friends who run this place. Our 2 storage buildings are so full right now!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      OH, I would love to see the goodies you would sell, I’ve seen some amazing things, like the darling little cameras. xo

  • Reply Therese Haas October 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    The crock it idea is wonderful. I just started collecting rolling pins. I just haven’t figured what to do with them. I will have to see if I have a good crock. And don’t you think that bottle collection is getting a bit big for the shelf. Tisk tisk. Let me take a few off your hands. Ill be happy to do it. The blue barrel and gold church really would have a good home. So wish I was near by. Souldnd like you have yourself a sweet spot!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I love my little treasure, Barnfiull O’ Goodies is the best spot ever!

  • Reply Terri October 28, 2013 at 3:07 am

    wow, gorgeous gorgeous.

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Terri! 😀

  • Reply Adrianne October 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Aaaahhh! When I find things like this, it just ends up looking like junk. I need to take some lessons from you! This all looks beautiful when you do it!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Hoping to post some lessons soon! Maybe you can get some ideas… oh and the jewels you make, LOVE!!! Maybe we could share skills. 😉

  • Reply Alli October 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Eye candy, indeed! I’m definitely drooling. Looking forward to seeing what you do with all of your finds!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Alli, I can’t wait to get my open shelves built… then I can play with all my finds. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Reply Tiff October 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I wanted to pin every picture you have! I wish I lived closer to barns. They looks so rich and historic. Have a great Monday. 🙂

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Tiff, I have a slight addiction to barns and when they are full of goodies, I swoon!

  • Reply Christine October 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    WOW!! So many treasures!! I LOVE the old fans!!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      I too, as you can see, love the fans… scales though are a big weakness for me.

  • Reply Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook October 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      You are welcome, thanks for popping in.

  • Reply Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTER October 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! There is a lot of awesome finds in there! You say that it’s local, but can you remind where it is that you live?

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Glad you saw where it is, I’m actually an hour from that location now, in Kingston Ontario. Worth the drive, for sure!

  • Reply Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTER October 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    LOL. Ignore, I see now! 🙂

  • Reply Christine @ The Glam Blog October 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    What amazing treasures you found. And I love the idea of participating in a FB auction….very cool. Thanks for sharing Barnful O Goodies with us…I went right away and liked their FB page. Have a great day!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Awesome, thanks so much! It’s an awesome page, if you’re close, hope you can get your self a goodie or two.

  • Reply Kelli October 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Oh no! This is practically local to me!! I must resist…too late…already liked their facebook page. Thanks for the share!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Well, let me know if you get something… I’m willing to share pickups, as I now live in the Kingston area I can’t go as often as I’d like. You are welcome for the share!

  • Reply Mama and the City October 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    What a great story! and we won’t tell anyone you outbid her 🙂

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      LOL, okay great, I’m so glad my secret is safe here! She may have an idea though, that red tin was what I won against her. 😉

  • Reply Becky October 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I’m sooooo jealous! I want ALL THE THINGS!

    You’re making me long for a car so I could drive out and pick things up. Do they ever ship items??

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Unfortunately they do not ship… 🙁 bummer I know. But you know what, that would mean even more competition for moi. 😉

  • Reply Alex @ northstory October 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    OH my word I would spend hours there!! I love barn decor and antiques and vintage shopping like you would not believe. I am close but not close enough to go visit them. Too bad! Post more pics for sure anytime you go.

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Oh for sure, I usually bid on something and I almost always post my treasures on Instagram, if you’d like to follow there you can see all the goodies! http://instagram.com/vinyetetc

  • Reply Virginia Fynes October 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    What a lucky lady to have such a great place to antique! A little bit jealous!

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thank-you, I count my blessings every day! 😉 Friends and goodies, how lucky am I?

  • Reply Sheila @sZinteriors October 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Yowzers! What a great place with a-ma-zing stuff! I’m with you – I like what I like whether it has ‘book’ value or not, and I believe in mixing all my treasures together to complete my home. So you might see a found widget next to a family heirloom – they’re all heirlooms to me!!! Love this post! 🙂

    • Reply Laurie October 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I’m the same way, just because it’s “supposed” to go somewhere…. why can’t I put a loved kitchen scale in the bathroom or my studio? Why do crystal door knobs not belong on a cake platter with an adorable tin? I love mixing!

  • Reply Bronwyn MayB October 28, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Love all your stuff!

    • Reply Laurie October 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks! I love all my stuff too… 😉

  • Reply Coffee with Julie October 29, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Oh boy! I would have been in trouble … I have a major weakness for vintage crates and tins!! Thanks for sharing all the awesome pics!

    • Reply Laurie October 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Julie, I have a few weaknesses my self… scales, tins, crates you name it! 😉

  • Reply carol@thebrightbox November 2, 2013 at 1:54 am

    This makes me miss Ontario SO much!! What a gorgeous place. Next time I’m in Ontario you and I are going to do a road trip!!

    • Reply Laurie November 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      That my dear sounds like a plan!!!! xo

  • Reply Tia November 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Very cool finds! I am a sucker for antique hunting. Poor Jeff has spent many a Saturday tagging along while I wander around St Jacobs. One of my dream trips is to antique my way along the Eastern coast of the US.

    • Reply Laurie November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Ummm, dream trip = sign me up! That sounds fantastic! I drag Bud along too, he likes it just as much as I do, okay, maybe not AS much. 😉

  • Reply must love junk November 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Oh, I would’ve been drooling for sure!! That’s junk heaven (sigh)

    • Reply Laurie November 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I know Susan, I drool every time I go! 😉

  • Reply Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds November 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Looks right up my alley! Tons of great stuff — man, I would’ve been in heaven! 🙂

    • Reply Laurie November 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      It sure would be fun to take you there! 😉 If you’re ever in town! <3

  • Reply SheilaG @ PlumDoodles.com November 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Wow, great pictures, Laurie. That certainly looks like a drool-inducing place! I could spend hours (days) there.

    • Reply Laurie November 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      I know, I am headed there tomorrow, hope I can control myself! Fingers are crossed!

  • Reply Marguerite February 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    We would just like to thank you again for sharing us with all of your fans! You’re the best! xoxo
    We just saw all of these nice comments that people have added here on your blog and we’re so flattered! 😀

    • Reply Laurie February 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      It was hard to share you, well because I’m greedy and want to keep all those goodies to my self!!! xo You deserve all of the love and much more! xoxo
      ~ Laurie

  • Reply Karen Glenn May 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Doug, could you send a few pics of stock we discussed? Thanks! 🙂

    • Reply Laurie May 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Karen,
      I’ve forwarded your message to Doug as this is a story about Barnfull, I am Vin’yet Etc.

      Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

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