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.

Big Red Barn Antique Store
Fall Foliage Mountain Views

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.

Guest Host:

Each month, we welcome a guest host to join us, and I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Joanna, from Joanna Anastasia Lifestyle & Design, who will be sharing two things to look for when thrifting vintage. You are going to love Joanna’s fresh and colorful vintage style!

Vintage Kitchen Style

You may also enjoy the 63+ Thrift Store Decor Ideas For The Best Vintage Home Look, Thrifting with the Gals end of the year round-up 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.

Vintage embroidered framed picture.

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.

Vintage Pie Stand

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.

You may enjoy the Best Breakfast Nook Ideas for Morning Brunch and Fall Decor 2023 Trailblazing in Blue and White posts.

I don’t believe this pedestal cake stand is vintage; I just liked it.

It looks a bit like decorative ironstone to me.

Cake Stand on Table with Pie

You may also enjoy the On November Or In November Either Way, It’s Stick Season post.

Vintage Pillows

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.

Vintage Pillows

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.

Vintage Colorful Pillows

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.

Delft Blue Coast Collection

And this collection of Delft coasters will make their way into our sunroom at our home in Maine.

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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.

Vintage Soda Fountain Glass

You may see more of my vintage window booth in the posts, How to Start a Vintage Booth Business and Vintage Booth Winter Window Display.

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.

3 Vintage Plates

The two brown and white bowls are antique Staffordshire transferware.

And the blue and white bowl is a John Alcock Priory transferware bowl.

Two Vintage Dish Labels

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.

Dried Hydrangeas Bouquet

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.

Fall Inspired Cozy Dining Room with Hydrangea centerpiece

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.

Stratton Mountain 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.

The Vermont Country Store

You may also enjoy this outdoor grazing table filled with The Vermont Country Store’s old-fashioned candies and cheeses.

How to Assemble the Perfect Cheese Platter | Vintage Style

Say Cheese!

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!

Fall Foliage in the Mountains

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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Be sure to check out the other talented ladies below joining me today for “Thrifting with the Gals!.” Next on today’s tour is Robyn from Robyns French Nest, sharing DIY Thanksgiving garland ideas and decorations from her farmhouse in Florida.

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  1. Love this post, friend! This looks like so much fun, and there are so many fun finds here. I love how you styled it all, it looks beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much Robyn, you would have loved it!

  2. Hi Ann! Loved this pos! You really found some great things. I particularly love the embroidered pieces you got. Those pillows are fantastic! This place sounds a lot like Elmer’s Barn near Augusta. We should go sometime! I love picking through places like that!

    1. Thanks Molly, yes that would be so fun. Have a great weekend🙌🏻

  3. Rachel Harper says:

    Wow, what a great place to shop for vintage. I love the needlepoint print. I’m always on the look out for those and the pillows are great also. Such a fun post.

    1. Thanks so much Rachel. I know me too. They can be difficult to find without any stains and all. Have a nice weekend!

  4. I love all your finds Ann! My daughter collects Delft so I always have my eyes out for fun times and love what you found! What a great stop!

    1. Thanks so much Kristin, I just love the Delft so classic!

  5. Kathy Munday says:

    Well thank you for taking me on your delightful shopping tour of the Big Red Barn!!! You find the coolest things! I think your next project should be a BOOK of all the fun places you go and the treasures that you find!!!!
    How is your precious Ella doing? I’m sure she wanted to go shopping with you. She is, one of the gals, after all. 🥰❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Kathy! Ella is doing well. We are walking her twice a day now and we’re really starting to see progress, which feels so much better. Fingers crossed we see the light at the end of a long tunnel now…

  6. I’m just OBSESSED with your gorgeous kitchen finds! The Staffordshire transferware- my favourite! (I do have a little obsession with kitchen items 😉 And your styling is just gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much Joanna and I’m so happy that you joined us this “Thrifting with the Gals.”!

  7. It looks like you had fun and what a great place. Love all your finds, pinned.

    1. Thanks so much Marlene, It was such a surprise and yes so much fun. So glad when I hear from you, best to you!

  8. Ann Woleben says:

    Wow! This may be my favorite “Thrifting with the Gals” post. I love every item you purchased and the scenery was divine.

    1. Thanks so much Ann, I had fun creating it too! And I was very surprised on the finds as well. Happy Thrifting with the Gals!

  9. What a perfect day. I’ve been incorporating more natural elements like hydrangea, Russian sage, lavender in my home. It is a perfect way to use pretty pottery and baskets. I’m on the hunt for a vintage tapestry purse and certainly would have bought the one in your video!

    1. Thank you Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Wasn’t that purse something? I love using natural elements too and paired with pottery, what a win win! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by today!