Join me for a Sunday foliage drive through the Vermont mountains to a big red barn. The kind of antique barn that you can get lost in for days on end, junkin’ for the best barn finds.
It was a cool, overcast day with a little rain spitting around here and there. The foliage was vivid with autumn’s changing colors, making it an ideal day for a Sunday drive for some “Thrifting with the Gals.”
What is “Thrifting with the Gals?”
“Thrifting with the Gals” started with friends who met on Instagram and formed a special relationship through a mutual love of home decorating. We share a passion for all things vintage, thrifty, and cozy.
Today, we carry on our monthly blog series “Thrifting with the Gals” on the third Thursday of each month, where we share our finds, tips, tricks, and home decorations from around the country. You may sign up for Dabbling & Decorating here and never miss a post.
Big Red Barn
On my way back from Maine a few weeks ago, I drove past this big red barn in a minor detour through Bellows Falls, Vermont. At that time, though, I was anxious to get back home after my 2-hour drive, so I decided that I would be sure to return here sometime soon.
And today’s the day we will take that 45-minute Sunday drive back to that big red barn!
And the name of this antique place was, you guessed it, “Big Red Barn.”
Let’s check it out together:
The “Big Red Barn” is a one-floor large barn filled with collected treasures displayed by numerous vendors. Truthfully, it’s a bit of a hoarder’s paradise.
It’s not clean and tidy, but it’s filled to the brim with second-hand finds from quilts and pillows to ironstone and dishwares.
So, if you enjoy the thrill of a bargain barn hunt and are local, stop by the “Big Red Barn” and check it out at 7804 US Route 5, Westminster, VT.
The Best Barn Finds
There was much to dig and rummage through at this “Big Red Barn.” I even took two passes around the entire barn before checking out. Let me share with you what I found:
Framed Needlework Picture
My first find was this needlepoint framed picture selling for $18. As I work on designing our small guest bedroom into a country inn style, I thought this would be a sweet picture in this space. And it can sometimes be challenging to find handmade pictures like this in good condition.
Here is the vintage needlepoint on our newly wallpapered small guest bedroom wall.
I brought back some antique quilts from our home in Maine, too, and I look forward to sharing more of this space with you on the blog soon.
You may enjoy the 3 Wallpaper Bedroom Designs Emblematic of a Cozy Vermont Inn post in the meantime.
Bagshaw and Meir B & M China Pot
My second best barn bargain find was this rare extra large (14″ wide x 11.5″ tall) B&M pot. I’m not sure how far the pot dates back, but it’s most likely vintage from sometime in the 19th century. It was made by the English Porcelain Manufacturer Bagshaw and Meir in Staffordshire, England, based on the bottom’s stamp.
Its coloring is beautiful in soft browns and blush and displays a beautiful chippiness, making this Bagshaw and Meir extra large pot a treasure for just $22.
And throw in a few dried fall hydrangeas, and it’s just stunning.
You may also enjoy the Eclectic Vintage Interior Design Ideas with Old Holiday Stuff post.
Decorative Cake Stand
I love cake stands, don’t you? They are wonderful home decor accessories for cakes and stacking vintage collections on shelving, in cobbler racks, kitchen counters, and more.
You may enjoy the Store, Stack & Display Vintage Dishes in an Antique Cobblers Rack post.
I spied this small decorative cake stand on a shelf for just $15 and thought she’d be adorable with my “Fakery Bakery” pecan pie from Everything Dawn’s Fakery on our breakfast nook table this fall season.
I don’t believe this pedestal cake stand is vintage; I just liked it.
It looks a bit like decorative ironstone to me.
You may also enjoy the On November Or In November Either Way, It’s Stick Season post.
Again, with our small country inn-style guest bedroom in mind, I grabbed these three colorful vintage pillows for just $10 each.
A quick trip through the delicate cycle of our washing machine and these pillows will now shine bright on the room’s new vintage pine sleigh bed.
Here are the same pillows displayed in our small guest bedroom. Do you see a bit of a theme going on with the mixed patterns and collected antique pieces from needlepoint, pillows, and quilts?
And they’ll be more. Stay tuned.
6 Germany Delft Blue Vintage Coasters
Delft pottery is a kind of tin-glazed earthenware that originated in the Delft city of the Netherlands. You may also know it as Delft Blue or Delfware. Today, Delftware is considered a popular souvenir by tourists.
And this collection of Delft coasters will make their way into our sunroom at our home in Maine.
6 Soda Fountain Glasses
Soda fountain glassware brings back memories of the old soda fountain days, called apothecaries, where I grew up in Maine. During summer’s heat, we’d get our hot fudge sundaes in these vintage glasses.
I will offer these glasses as a sellable item in my vintage window booth as they have been very popular with vintage collectors.
And if you’re ever in the area, please stop in and say hello at The Vintage Soul at the Country Store in Manchester, Vermont.
3 Small Vintage Bowls
Brown and white or blue and white.
I can’t resist if they’re chippy, old, and affordable. Old dishes and bowls, that is.
These three small vintage bowls were selling as a set—darling and irresistible to the eye.
The two brown and white bowls are antique Staffordshire transferware.
And the blue and white bowl is a John Alcock Priory transferware bowl.
Basket Full of Hydrangeas
Then, I spied these lovely bouquets of dried hydrangeas. They were wrapped beautifully in brown pyramid-like tissue wrappings. The delicate colors and flowers themselves had me swooning for these fall arrangements.
I bought five bouquets to scatter uniquely around our home.
And just around the corner, sitting pretty, was a large collectible round basket.
Oh my, it’s a match made in heaven.
I would arrange them together as a centerpiece for our dining room table.
And these bouquets of hydrangeas inspired me to pick my own fall limelight hydrangeas from our backyard, repurpose the tissue, and make similar bouquets to sell at my vintage booth.
We are certain to find inspiration everywhere we go!
You may ask why I purchased bouquets of hydrangeas when I have three large hydrangea bushes in my own backyard at home…
Because they were a different type of hydrangea, smaller and more delicate than the limelights, the type of hydrangeas we have, you may see more in the Vermont Fall Foliage Home Tour post.
You may also enjoy this Summer into Fall: Limelight Hydrangeas, An Old Crate & Fresh Blooms post.
4 White Tea Tiles
Oh, how I wish I had these white tea tiles or trivets to pair with last week’s Johnson Brothers tea and toast plates that I found at Vintage Market Days Vermont. See more in the 12 Table Topics with Thrifted Tea and Toast Fanfare and Order of the Eastern Star Amidst This Vintage Market Haul posts.
They, too, are another match made in heaven.
Not bad for a big red barn sale, am I right?
I found some really beautiful things in this big red barn.
Even I was impressed!
So it just goes to show, don’t judge a book by its cover or, in this case, a barn by its clutter…
Sunday Foliage Drive
Now it’s time for the Sunday drive home with all of our best barn finds of the day.
You will surely enjoy the fall foliage and scenery, and maybe we’ll stop for a hot coffee and cider donut along the way.
We’ll drive by one of our favorite “walk the dog” spots, Stratton Mountain’s snow-making pond.
The Vermont Country store where we shop for our favorite cozy clothing, the best clothesline sheets, and, of course, Vermont’s iconic cheeses!
Enjoy more in The Best Country Stores in Vermont: A Fall Visit to The Vermont Country Store post.
You may also enjoy this outdoor grazing table filled with The Vermont Country Store’s old-fashioned candies and cheeses.
And don’t miss the How to Assemble a Small Charcuterie Board post, too!
You may also enjoy the 6 Best Foraging Basket Arrangements for the Off-Season post.
We’ll then return home, relax for a bit, and start dabbling and decorating with all of the day’s finds found at that fabulous “Big Red Barn.”
Thank you so much for accompanying me to the “Big Red Barn” today for a Sunday drive, “Thrifting with the Gals.” I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us today at our Home in Vermont.
Be sure to check out our Home in Coastal Maine, too, where we spend summers and weekends when we are craving a walk on the beach or a visit with old friends.
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