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SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010

Crowds wait for the opening of the June 2010 Farm Chicks Antique Show. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Farm Chicks draw a crowd

I headed out the the Farm Chicks sale early. I wanted to see how many people would be lined up and waiting for a chance to do some serious shopping.The photo says it all.By 9 a.m., the lined snaked all the way from the ticket...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Symphony Upscale Sale: Selling For a Song

I stopped by the Spokane Symphony Associates Upscale Sale today. I had too many commitments yesterday and couldn't make the preview sale but wasn't worried about it. The way I see it, if there's something there for me, I'll find it. If not, well, I'll...

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 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Read my boots

So far, the weekend is pretty sloppy. What with Art Fest, the Symphony Associates Upscale Sale and the Farm Chicks show, the weather could put a damper on all the fun.So what? True treasure hunters never mind a little inclement weather. We've got all the...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010

Girls Gone Wild

I'm curious. How many of you will be going to this weekend's Farm Chick's sale or Spokane Symphony Associates Upscale Sale in the company of friends? Do you hunt in a pack or are you a solo stalker, preferring to troll the aisles alone?What's your...

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MONDAY, MAY 31, 2010

Vintage Smith Corona typewriter (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Vintage typewriter tribute 

Each of my four children - three of whom are grown - has a cell phone. They all have laptop computers. They can email, text, tweet or call if they want to reach their parents or siblings. But, occasionally, someone uses a more retro form...

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

Funky Junk blues

I'd really hoped to make it over to Puyallup for the Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea Market but too many work assignments got in the way. The shabby sisters have rounded up quite a list of vendors who've been scouting for all the sweet things...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Vintage china and linen pamper guests at Whitefish, Montana's Garden Wall Inn (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Golden-age glamour in Whitefish 

I just spent a couple of days in Whitefish, Montana surrounded by antiques and collectibles. Whitefish, a 5-hour drive or 6-hour train ride from Spokane, is close enough to getaway for the weekend. I love the small-town feel and the proximity to Glacier National Park...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

Sue Whitney is the creator of JunkMarket Style.

"Sisters" bring JUNKMARKET Style to Puyallup 

When sisters, entrepreneurs and fans of all things vintage, Dixie DeRocher and Linda Albers, open the doors of their Funky Junk Sisters Flea Market in Puyallup, Washington May 14 and 15, they've got a little something extra to share."Oh, you are just going to love...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

New ideas for old things

I found this Country Living slide show featuring creative ways to update and re-use vintage finds and thought I would share. I like the way most of the projects have a clean, upscale look. Sometimes, it's better to have a little more and a little...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010

Ashley Hanson shows off the ring she purchased at the Funky Junk Antique Sale (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Happy Hands Club @ the Funky Junk Sale 

I snapped a few photos of happy people taking home treasures from the Funky Junk Antique Sale in Chattaroy this weekend. Enjoy! Ashley Hanson found a pretty ring. Chris Fehr snagged a new Canary print to add to her collection. Skye Grow likes pop! Mary...

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 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Sunday Junk 

The Funky Junk Antique Show took place over the weekend at the Irish Dance Hall Grange on Big Meadows Road and I looked forward to dropping by. I'm not a first-at-the-door-and-wait-in-line treasure hunter. I prefer to take my chances and shop after the crowd thins....

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Love letter from a junker

I can't resist a love letter. Who can? I got this in last week's mail from a long-time Treasure Hunting reader and thought I would share. Dear Cheryl-Anne, I just found your Treasure Hunting blog at the Spokesman-Review again. I'm so glad to see you...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2010

This mid-century modern office chair was made by the United Chair Company in Leeds, Alabama (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Mid-century modern comes home

With a few minutes to spare, I stopped by an estate sale on my way to pick up my daughter from school. The bungalow, located on a street that links the regal Rockwood neighborhood and the up-and-coming Perry District, was full of people and not...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010

 (Todd Sackmann / Photo courtesy of Todd Sackmann)

A Spokane Renovation Reality

After sitting on the market for more than a year, the little vintage 1937 Cape Cod at the edge of the park didn’t suffer from a lack of attention. A lot of people looked at it. They noticed the prime location across the street from...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010

Taking the prize at GardenStone Creations

Since I was driving this week's test car down Highway 2, I pulled into GardenStone Creations in Airway Heights.Ignoring the cruel Easter weekend sleet and hail outdoors, I spent a few minutes looking around the shop waiting on something to call my name. I didn't...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

How NOT to have a garage sale

Running errands this morning, I passed a sign pointing to a Garage/Estate sale. I made a quick detour and drove by. You never know what you'll find, right?What a sight. I've been going to sales most of my life. I lived in a family of...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

BoHo Art Retreat 

Let's see...Take one weekend. Add food, fun, girlfriends, antiques and a chance to be creative with found and funky objects and you've got something special. Something like the BoHo Art Retreat.I'm looking at my calendar hoping I'm free to spend the weekend at the BoHo...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

All That Glitter adds to all the fun 

There were only two vendors at last weekend's arts and crafts show that specialize in vintage wares. The Funky Junk Sisters were there, as was All That Glitter.I spent some time chatting with Becky Ellis, one of the glitter girls, and poked around her booth...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010

Funky Junk on a Sunday Afternoon 

I stepped in out of the wonderful sunshine today long enough to take in the Custer's Spring Arts and Crafts show at the The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.I'm not a crafter, although I admire the hard work of those who are, so I...

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Gold Standard

When I talk to people who don't understand the lure of prowling estate sales, flea markets and antique malls searching for that one special something, I don't try to sell them on the idea by telling sentimental stories. I don't go all sappy about the...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010

Treasure Hunting returns

In 2004, as a freelancer for The Spokesman-Review, one of the first columns and blogs I developed was Treasure Hunting. The paper was looking for someone to cover antiques and collectibles and I was looking for a reason to justify all the time (and money)...

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Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."