We’re Going on a TREASURE HUNT!

Every now and then you need an adventure. Last Friday was our latest.

The front.

My wee sister Julie and I are very similar, but with a little twist on each similarity. I like crunchy peanut butter, she likes creamy, I like Crest, she likes Colgate, I like estate sales where I know the price and can “hem” and “haw” to my heart’s content. Julie likes the fast moving thrill of an auction.

Also the front. This store takes up several storefronts and there’s more stuff around the side.

At a recent auction – and the auctions in Iowa are huge and every bit as wonderful as you could imagine – she didn’t see a dollhouse until it had already sold. Later, when she told me about it, I asked her if she could contact the guy that bought it to see if he would sell it to me. He has a store, and that’s what he does. We offered $30, and he accepted!

So last Friday we set out to the little town of Peterson, Iowa, a scant hour away, to pick up the dollhouse and see what other treasures we could find at the man’s store. It’s called “ThriftnPick.” Here’s the WEBSITE, and here’s the FACEBOOK page.

We had SO MUCH FUN. The store was endless, with row after row, and cranny after cranny filled with treasures, many of which were .25! Wanna see some of the treasures I found?

Linens. A quarter a piece! Good, crisp cotton, or some are 100% linen, all with beautiful embroidery. I use them to make petticoats and underclothes for dolls.

<<<Speaking of embroidery, I got this stand because Julie and I have decided to take up needlepoint as a hobby. True to form, she’s picked crewel embroidery, I’ve chosen cross stitch. This one’s mine from Ebay. I love it! So Steampunk-y. >>>

Speaking of Steampunk, not many would get excited about a bag full of zippers, but this girl would! They have so many uses!

I also found this piece of metal. Another .25! I didn’t know what I would do with it, but it was something you don’t see everyday, so I had to have it. Dollhouse patio furniture, perhaps?

Some more odds and ends:

And now for the piece de la resistance, the dollhouse! It needs some work before I can actually start decorating it.

The front. I can work with this! There were extra pieces of wood inside, including tall, carved wood spindles that would be good for a porch that wraps towards the right. I think I’m going to channel the house in Mary Poppins, complete with a gated square on top.

The back. Here’s where it goes all wonky. There are some rooms only accessible from the inside. I’d like to have the whole back open with two pieces of wood, like a book. But this is good wood, and with a little modification, this will be a great dollhouse.

I also found this beautiful sign.

All in all, it was a glorious day! Including the $30 for the dollhouse, I spent just under $45. Not shown are the kitchen stool, the wooden dollhouse window, a jar of wood findings and a few other odds and ends. THIS STORE HAS NOT SEEN THE LAST OF US! It was like Disneyland. You couldn’t do the whole thing in one day. We’re going back for Julie’s birthday in a week and a half!

If you’re in the area, and love a good treasure hunt, you should go!

And with that, I leave you! Know what? Even with all these fun finds, you’re my favorite treasure!

Next up: RAGBRAI. What is Ragbrai, you may ask? You’ll soon find out!

11 Commentsto We’re Going on a TREASURE HUNT!

  1. Sue Ann Blott says:

    LOVE this! So glad to hear from you old friend!

  2. Sue Ann Blott says:

    We (husband) & I have made it thru COVID scare; did not get! Thank goodness! Still renewing dolls? Loved your work & I’m now downsizing collection of over 500 to less than 150! Getting old! Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Dearest Sue Ann:

      500 to less than 150?!! “Knock! Knock! Knock!” that’s me at your door!

      I got the dreaded covid twice. It was secretly rather glorious sleeping all the time. And lucky me, I never lost my sense of smell or taste.

      I’ll be back to renewing dolls within a year! These things take time…

      Good to hear from you!


  3. Karen Green says:

    What a wonderful time! Good to know that there are still bargains tucked away in the heartland. And we will only be 12 hours away in our new home! Hope your “back to blogging mode” continues!

    • Ruth says:

      Karen, my girl!

      It will a little here and there. All bets are off when schools starts…

      See you in Wordscapes Land!


  4. Loretta K Neikirk says:

    Awesome, I felt like I was right there with you! I love Antique malls, yard sales, consignment stores and estate sales. I love the hunt!!

    • Ruth says:


      You would love this store then. There were several places we saw that we still want to get to, we just ran out of steam. Which means we’re raring to go back, and we will very soon!

      Luckily, Julie and I hunt for different things. Otherwise, it would be a bloodbath…




  5. Susann M Zoleske says:

    I’m sooooo glad you are posting again!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with your “gains”

    • Ruth says:


      Hopefully, it won’t be forever. I swear, I could work full time doing nothing but playing with dolls and dollhouses. Alas…

      Some day!



  6. Pam B says:

    I wish that I were close enough to tag along. What a wonderful haul. Having seen what you do fixing up the OLD dolls, I can’t wait to see you tackle this wonderful house. I am watching a YouTube channel on Mudlarking and they find old broken objects and scraps in the mud and old dumps and make them into treasures for a dollhouse. I am not suggesting that you play in the mud! But they enjoy making something out of nothing and it reminds me of how you turn scraps of fabric and OLD dolls into treasures. I have a hard time looking at garments and linens and seeing what they could be. Any way, looking forward to seeing more.