Let's face it. We have over active imaginations that affects all we do. After attending all the latest shows and events, we just had to get our yard into the swing of things. Since our property was originally a farm, why not start an antique equipment collection? It gave us a quest at estate and barn sales, and of course Craig's List. We have had so much fun gathering up our 'yard ornaments'.
It all started with this 3/4 size cart that we thought would look great, and it does! The man that sold it to us was amazing and had a nice barn collection of antiques that he was so proud to show us. We really felt like we were in an episode of American Pickers!
Then, we certainly couldn't resist this hay rake and sickle bar that were both horse drawn. Free! 'All' Dave and Jim had to do was get them out of the field they were in, easier said than done since they hadn't moved in many years. Dave was prepared with a come-along and two trailers and they are now placed in high visibility spots in the yard.
Next came the school bell, since my grandmother used to use one at their camp on Eagle Lake to call my grandfather back from fishing.
After that, we finally found a grinding stone that still works with a foot pedal. I remember my grandfather also had one of those that I used to play with as a child.
What farm can do without a horse drawn plow?
Dave really fell in love with this old pulley drawn saw and it is a must have in the collection.
Right now we're into finding accessories for the implements and Dave and Greg just went to a barn sale that was a 'picker's dream'. They literally scrounged through these out buildings with the chickens and cows still in them!
In two weeks they are going to hold the sale again, since there is so much left, and I will definitely go with my camera at the ready.
Since our estate sale accomplices also live on our street, it is appropriate that we now be known as the Pashley Pickers!