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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shopping With The Best!

A couple of weeks ago I saw a blog post which touched a nerve for me...

It said Lets Go Shopping Together...

Well, rarely do I have to be begged to do something fun like go shopping with somebody.  With the added thrill of getting to shop with an infamous rock star shopping diva, well, I was practically dancing on the ceiling.  Quickly, I sent off a message to say that I would be there with bells on!

Then, I picked up my phone and called my daughter-in-law and told her that I was going to need a partner in crime on October second.

Can you believe it?

She didn't have to be wrestled to the ground or thrown up against the wall and pinned there or even just sat upon till she gave in and said yes she would go!

So...

I bid my time till the infamous Thursday in October...

Then, my little red truck and I squealed out of town leaving only a vapor trail behind and headed to Clarksville to The Hayloft at Port Royal's Fall Barn Sale.

I rolled into my son and daughter-in-law's driveway on two wheels and was on their front porch before that red truck stopped rocking to see if my daughter-in-law was ready to shop.

Amazingly, not only was she ready to shop...

my son and grandson were going to join us for a big night out at the Barn Sale!

We only had to go down the road and around a couple of curves past several bare corn fields (the corn had been picked a week or so before) and a few soybean fields.

Then, there we were...

Standing on the grounds where I would meet KariAnne Wood for the first time...

in the flesh...

face-to-face...

and we would shop...

together!

My family and I wandered through the barn

zig-zagging in and out of booths.

We touched loads of items of beauty...

things like jewelry made from silverware handles,  hand-painted second-hand furniture, tied-rag bunting swags, mongrammed burlap door hangings, upcycled wood signs, barn-wood frames, felted wool dryer balls, beaded bracelets, paper-cut art and prints, beautiful old trunks, and so much more!

We dreamed of ways to use items and how each would enhance the decor of our homes.

Jessica and I kept our eyes pealed for the most infamous shopper who would be threading her way through the booths.

Then, it happened...

I saw her just down the pathway in front of me!

So, I dashed over to her...

...and put my hand upon her shoulder...

...and called her name...

KariAnne...

And she turned around looking just like a rock-star-come-to-life...

and smiled and invited me to join her on a shopping foray!

(Can you believe it?)

I almost did a cartwheel right then and there!  (Well, my heart did do one but my body knows I am way too old for that silliness and told me to just smile instead.)

Since I did come with my family, I politely stammered and told KariAnne that I would be right back and dashed off to fetch them.

When we caught up to her again, she embraced my family and complimented the beauty of my daughter-in-law, Jessica.  So, I knew deep in my bones that KariAnne is more than a rock star...

She must also be an ordained angel with an eye like that!

We followed along for a bit as she was shopping with a couple or three other lucky patrons.

KariAnne pointed out several things we had missed on our first stroll through the booths and we picked up a couple more treasures.

We tagged along behind and enjoyed the evening before the rumblings of my grandson's cute little belly nudged us toward dinner.

Just before we veered off from our heralded shopper, she commented at how she had noticed that my son, my grandson, and I shared the same deep chocolate dancing eyes.

Yep, genius-ness in action there!

We took our beauty and dancing eyes and headed back down that country road past a few soybean fields and the bare corn fields toward home clutching our treasures and the warm memory of shopping with the best...

Thanks for the thrills, KariAnne!


P.S. I'll share a little more about treasures uncovered at The Hayloft at Port Royal Barn Sale in another post.