Happy Hunting ~ Barnfull O’ Goodies

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

    • 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.

  2. barb dickson says:

    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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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. 😉

  4. Marguerite says:

    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

    • 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! 😉

  5. 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 😉

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

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

  8. Oh what wonderful treasures!!

  9. 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

    • 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Therese Haas says:

    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!

  12. wow, gorgeous gorgeous.

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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. :)

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

  17. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. 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?

  19. LOL. Ignore, I see now! :)

  20. 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!

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

    • 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!

  22. What a great story! and we won’t tell anyone you outbid her :)

  23. 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??

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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! :-)

    • 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!

  27. Love all your stuff!

  28. 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!

  29. 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!!

  30. 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.

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

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

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

  34. Marguerite says:

    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! 😀

    • 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

  35. Hey Doug, could you send a few pics of stock we discussed? Thanks! :)

    • 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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