Thursday, November 25, 2010


Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Barn Sale

What to do with a barn full of treasures gathered over the last year?

Clear it Out! 

We need to make room for next year.  What's in store...maybe this is the perfect venue for hosting our own little soirees?!?!?

But for now, hard core deals, no fluff.

Saturday 11/20/10 @ 8:00 am 

Take a beautiful drive on Chinook Pass (Highway 410), when you've arrived @ Gold Run Restaurant (World Famous Fish & Chips) you'll turn left on Virginia Lane.

Watch for our signs. 
You won't have to bring your snow gear...the barn is HEATED!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Windmill Salvage - The Removal

The Hookup...

As in any business, you must have 'The Professional' aka 'The Cowboy' aka my husband do the dirty work.

Besides the obvious (like a paycheck) there are benefits when you work for a sign company...having access to boom trucks and the little bucket trucks are great for hanging Christmas lights!  Also, my husband was a former sign man and knows how to operate the crane.



I don't have pic's of the rest of the day, but they would have included loading this beauty on the heavy equipment trailer, blocking it, and securing it for the 40 mile trip to the Ponderosa.  Sounds easy enough except for the fact that the trailer is designed to carry heavy 10 that means the windmill is like a scrawny little Popsicle stick structure.
I followed The Cowboy in his dump truck and trailer, to monitor the safety (doesn't every job need a supervisor?) and make sure everything was staying secure.  We did have to make 3 stops, thank goodness for cell phones, to re-secure and stabilize along the way.  A trip that normally takes about an hour took almost 2 hours.  But I'm happy to report we made it to the Ponderosa, everything intact.
This is The Ponderosa (very old picture), where the little windmill will make her new home.  I'll be taking pictures tomorrow of the Ponderosa, so I can post a few later.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Clayson Farm October 16

Be sure to visit Leslee as she always has wonderful goodies to decorate for Fall (and Clayson is a wonderful helper, hauling treasures out for you!)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Windmill Rescue

Dump Truck and heavy equipment trailer...check.
Boom Truck...check.
We're off this morning to disassemble the antique windmill from my in-laws farm.  The future owners of their farm had no interest in the windmill that my father-in-law hauled back from North Dakota.  Being the junk lover that I am I could not let this piece of history possibly end up at the salvage yard or worse!  Nobody else wanted it until I asked for it!  You know what they say about the early bird.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sold the Farm

After 45 years, my in-laws decided it was time to downsize. All of the kids are settled and are where they want to be so the house won't be staying in the family. They had a list of people, who through the years had told them.."if you ever decide to sell, let us know".  The list started with the family of the original owners.  Unfortunately they had moved to several different states and nobody was willing to move back to Yakima.  The second family on their list was just in the financing stages of building a new home.  Perfect timing!  So they have changed their plans and are purchasing this 1908 farmhouse.
The last month has been spent clearing out 3 barns, several outbuildings and the attic of the house.  Now I love my in laws to pieces, but have discovered they're H O A R D E R S!  Not the scary dead animal kind, but very organized and calculated!  How could I have missed this?  I've been part of this family for over 30 years and never realized that every nook and cranny is packed to the gills.
So this weekend we're having the...

9/17/10 & 9/18/10
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
7704 Mieras Road

Please park in the pasture.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bus to Barn House Flea cancelled

Due to the lack of response, I have to cancel the bus.
I'm sending a THANK YOU to all my fellow vendors who offered special door prizes just  for the gang that was going to travel to Battleground! Everyone who sent their money will be receiving their checks back...they will go out in the mail today.
On to more pleasant news...check out the lineup of vendors at Barn House's latest post.  I'm very honored to be included in this lineup.  Most I know from previous events or my many travels around the Pacific Northwest.  Amazing talent awaits you, and if you spend some time to chat, you'll find that these people have beautiful hearts as well.
The cleaning, pricing and packing continues as it seems I've gathered more than I realized!
My best...Kim

Friday, July 16, 2010

Flea Market

Traveled to Idaho last weekend, hit the road at 4:30 am and ended up here. 
The early bird does get the worm.
Rolene had rounded up some great vendors and her property was gorgeous.  My daughter fell in LOVE with Pinkie and is on the lookout for her twin.  There's a wedding being planned and she thought this would be a great beverage center. 
Loaded up my truck with great finds for Barn House and Clayson Farms!

This is what my island looks like...unpacking, cleaning, pricing...
2 more weekends to get everything done (oh the pressure!)

Last Chance
 Sign-up for the bus.
Monday July 19th,
If I don't have a full bus...I'll have to cancel.
Please contact me @

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Shop till you drop - Barn House Bus

July 31st

Hitch a ride with the Flutterby girls on an adventure you won’t soon forget!  Shop till you drop and laugh till you pee your pants!

• Park @ Nob Hill Plaza

• Leave Yakima @ 4:15 am (yes A.M.!)

• Arrive @ Barn House around 8:30 (Opens @ 9:00)

• Mingle, mingle..oogle and awe!

• Arrive @ Camas Antiques around 11:30

• Arrive @ Monticello Antique Marketplace around 1:00, leave by 2:00 to arrive back in Yakima by 6:00 pm...times are flexible depending on treasure hunting!

Cost $35 per person

Includes early entrance fee into flea market

Hesitating because you might buy something BIG at the flea market…no worries, Kim will be a vendor at the flea market and she has a BIG trailer. She’ll meet you back in Yakima @ Wards Plaza on Sunday to unload your treasures!

There are only 40 seats available.

Please e-mail to reserve your seat or if you have any questions.

Please make check payable to Kim Luster

Send to: 1511 S Keys Road Yakima WA 98901

I must have payment by 7/19/10

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Back from Hiatus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hiatus may refer to:

Recess (break), a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, action, etc.

Hiatus (anatomy), a natural fissure in a structure

Hiatus, a small difference in pitch between two musical tones (see Interval (music))

Hiatus (linguistics), a phonological term referring to the lack of a consonant separating two vowels in separate syllables, as in co-operation

Hiatus (television), a break of several weeks or more in television scheduling

Hiatus, a discontinuity in the age of strata in stratigraphy

Hiatus (band), a Belgian crustcore band

"Hiatus" (30 Rock), an episode of 30 Rock

"Hiatus"(NCIS episode S3 finale)

I'll choose Recess.  Sounds so much better than just being lazy!
Well maybe not lazy, just a totally different pace than what I've been accustomed to for the last 8 years.

The barn and my garage are starting to burst!  Fortunately for me, my husband doesn't notice exactly what has changed, he just asks if I've brought more stuff in!
I'm hunting and gathering for:
BarnHouse Flea Market.. July 31
American Primitives.. August 14

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Words to Live by

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right.

Forget about the ones who don't.

Believe everything happens for a reason.

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.

If it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said life would be easy.

They just promised it would be worth it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Home Staging

A dear customer of Flutterby is selling her home and she asked if i would stage her home prior to her realtor taking photos.
This home has so much character, and Mary has a great eye...that this was an easy project to accomplish!

All the curtains are made from 9x12 painters cloths available at Lowes (around $20 ea.) and cut in half.  My friend MaryJo, who is the sewing wizard, made all of the panels and also the slip covered furniture in the office/library.

Mary and Del (we should all wish we had husbands like him) gave the kitchen such a simple face-lift just by painting everything (cabinets included), new hardware, new laminate on counter tops and subway tile backsplash from a left-over bathroom project.  I believe they spent less than $500 and the transformation is incredible!
The only decorative items (other than fabric) that were purchased, were a pair of buffet lamps for the dining room at a cost of $69.00.  Everything i used was already there...including branches and hydrangea from Marys yard.
Simple idea's that cost very little....
Covered a lamp base with left-over burlap.
Spray painted a lamp base white that was green.
Painted and glazed a 1980's coffee table (in the living room).
Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just go with it!

I received an e-mail today with this image...I thought I would share.

happy trails.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Waiting to Exhale

The Blow out Sale has been incredible and we've been able reassure our customers that it's just not that easy to get rid of us!  As time allows, i will let everyone in on what's in store for this coming year.

We will be bringing in 1 final truck load on Saturday (1/9) which includes mostly larger items.
The response has been so good, that our final day will be Wednesday 1/13/10.
We also want to thank everyone that has supported our little dream the past 8 years.  Your friendships mean more to us than words can express!
Thank you Leslee from Clayson Farm for sending over some fresh bakes treats (and mark for delivering!)