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.
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.*
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…
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.
Meet the little barn that could, ain’t she cute?
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!
See, so many tins… maybe she won’t notice if I “borrow” one or two?
Eye candy everywhere! <3
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…
Industrial & vintage with a bit of farmhouse thrown in = be still my heart!
I am looking forward to showing you everything I do with all of these wins.
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