An Afternoon in the Garage

Remember last week I blogged about our home remodel? If not, check it out here:

After we got home from our lengthy home depot trip we ended up heading out to the garage to tackle some much needed Spring cleaning.

We have a detached double car garage and it is honestly a disaster. You’ll read later this week about my previous venture as an antique dealer that has since left our garage full of relics and auction finds. We have a detached double car garage and a single attached garage and we have no where to park. A good cleaning is desperately needed.

I’ve still got a few friends in the biz (the antique biz that is), who graciously agreed to come take a look through things and see if there is anything they could take off of our hands and out of the garage! Not to mention, my basement is all filled with antique finds as well. They got a good truck load full and we were glad to see it go.

There were a few things that made me smile as I saw them being taken onto their new home. This little lock box gave us quite the chuckle.

It came in a box of junk at an auction but anything with advertising on it and the name of a the town it was from ends up selling really well – especially at our antique booth in the antique mall. Craig and I were so excited to open it because we could here something shaking around in there.

We sat at the table for hours, mom and dad and I were showing off our antique finds from that day. We had supper and a few drinks, it was a great time. We all took turns trying to crack the lock and see what the hidden treasure was in there. What could it be? Money? A note?

We all sat in anticipation – we ere so excited and finally Craig cracked the code some how. We reached in and pulled out…



There were a few other miscellaneous teenage boy finds in there – a nudie calendar – I can’t even remember what else but we had a great laugh about it. Oh the stories that antiques carry along with them.

The first day we moved into our antique booth.

It stings just a little every time I let a load of antiques go. I had so much fun as a collector and a dealer. What started out as a venture with my dad ended with me and my mom. More on that another day.

Mom and I spending way too much money at an auction…

There were a few items as we cleaned out the garage that gave me a second thought. Like this big old cupboard:

I didn’t want it. We were at the tail end of an auction. I had been debating it all day long. Mom and I were silly tired at that point. They were begging for a bid on it – ANYTHING – the bid came down to $45 and mom raised my hand! If looks could kill! UGH! So I bought it. The auctioneer said it came over from Korea on a ship. I have always intended to paint it but every time I decide to, I chicken out. It is just so beautiful and is REAL wood. It comes apart in two pieces as you can see

I got looking at that bottom piece after we moved it out of the way thinking of how I could salvage just a piece of this beautiful cupboard that now has a pretty hilarious story of how it came to be.

I actually think I will paint it and maybe put it underneath our bay window in the dining room here so the boys can climb up and look out the window. It’s a pretty high window so they need to be lifted up to see. The bottom has excellent storage with sliding doors.

The boys were so helpful on our garage cleaning day. Gannon sat so nice in this little lawn chair. It was so warm out. Gannon has learned the UH of UH OH so he would throw his hat on the floor and yell “UH” until we picked it up and gave it back to him. I thought he would jump out or try to fall out the chair but he stayed put!

Carver and Craig were busy breaking down some old junk pieces for the wood pile. Carver is all into tools and was so excited to help Daddy with his screwdriver. I don’t think Craig minds the blog at all. He comes up with funny ideas and funny pictures to share with my blog readers. This was one of them:

Craig also wanted me to share with you all that he hasn’t smoked in three weeks and even before that for about 2 weeks. He is making huge progress and loves that you all have been cheering him on.

The garage is far from being ready to park a vehicle but it was so good to get out, get some fresh air, feel productive, make some money and sell off another load!

We will keep you posted as we keep clearing out the garage! Have you all started Spring cleaning yet?



  1. Sherry Whalen
    March 18, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    Oh Craig – no smoking – that is FABULOUS news! Congrats and keep going, the payoff is great. It looks like you had a fun garage cleaning day, way to make a ‘job’ a fun family affair!
    We (me and hubs) spent the last two mornings cleaning out, defrosting, and inventorying our side by side freezer and basement freezer. I know we can shelter in place for many weeks! The food combos might get a little weird but we are good! Next – the pantry. I have been preparing for ‘social distancing’ and ‘sheltering in place’ for my entire life!

  2. Ellie
    March 18, 2020 / 12:24 pm

    The pictures of Craig and Carver are priceless! That devilish look in their eyes! Congratulations to Craig quitting smoking. It’s a tough fight but those two precious boys are worth it.

  3. Melanie
    March 18, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    Yay , Craig!!! I know exactly how hard it is to quit.

  4. Robin
    March 18, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    I almost spit my coffee out when I read what the “treasure” was in the lockbox. What a fun way to start my day. There is nothing cuter than a dad teaching his little boy. Craig is a such a good daddy. To quit smoking is such a long, difficult road. Hang in there Craig, the fight is worth it.

  5. Stearns Carol
    March 18, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    Yay Craig! A good way to save money would be to put the funds in a jar that he would have spent on smoking. Wont take long to add up .

  6. Anne Simonot
    March 18, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    Go Craig go! You will never regret it quitting! Think of the money you’ll save! And the time you will gain to watch your boys grow up!! Trust me, I know from personal experience… cancer takes mostly the good ones young.

  7. Sherri C
    March 18, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    So happy for Craig! Great job!
    Antiquing is such fun–until it’s not fun–when you decide to quit and you still have oodles to get rid of.
    Some great stories and memories of the treasure hunting!

  8. Cheryl
    March 18, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    So excited for you to have a nonsmoking husband. He will live longer, you will have more money and the kids will have their dad longer.

  9. mpv61
    March 18, 2020 / 11:23 pm

    Congratulations to Craig! I’m sure my mother-in-law wishes she could have quit at Craig’s age — her health would be a lot better now and she’d be able to enjoy her (young adult) grandchildren.

    Good luck with the garage! We have a 3-car-garage which ridiculously full — yours looks FANTASTIC in comparison! 🙂

  10. Joy in Nw Iowa
    March 19, 2020 / 12:11 am

    congratulations Craig! Hang in ther

  11. Barbara F
    March 19, 2020 / 4:30 am

    YEA Craig! You’re doing great,! Dig your heels in and don’t look back. Sounds like you guys are making good progress on cleaning out the garage. Looking forward to seeing pics of your remodel project.

  12. Dian
    March 19, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    It’s all good, working on a cleaner garage and family time while doing it. So happy to hear Craig’s ‘s
    continued success with kicking cigs in the butt. You are way too smart to not quit. You can be the instigator for a great western Iowa smoke out. That program might be way before your time but the theory still applies today. I enjoyed your vlog but need to figure out how to like and subscribe. Keep it up.

  13. Dian
    March 19, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    oops! It’s eastern Iowa and yes, you live west of of me.

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