spring barn sale weekend at life’s patina!

Life’s Patina is a beautiful, happy place to visit. The seasonal barn sales are fun to go to. It’s a dream of creativity and just pretty things to look at.

Friday, April 29. 10 AM – 5 PM

Saturday, April 30th. 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, May 1st. 10 AM – 4 PM

A portion of Life’s Patina Spring Preview Party ticket sales and merchandise sold during our barn sale will be donated to CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which aims to reach 4 million in Ukraine with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance, prioritizing women, girls, families and the elderly.

These events are both indoor and outdoor. The parking is field parking so if the weather looks like it’s going to be funky check their Facebook page or website.

Even if you don’t need to buy anything you may find a little something or a large something that you cannot live without. And you will enjoy every minute that you are there!

LOCATION: Willowbrook Farm, 1750 N Valley Rd, Malvern, PA 19355

kimberton/phoenixville barn sale sept. 19 and 20


I know nothing about this sale or the folks throwing it, I just saw it posted on Chester County Community Online Yard Sale on Facebook and decided to share.

Again, not my sale, just looks like fun!

Here is what they posted – and they did NOT post a house number, so I guess you drive and look for signs. This road is off of Cold Stream Road, which is off of Charlestown Road.

Friday September 19 from 12-5
Saturday September 20 from 9-3 Vintage~Antique~Household Vintage beds~Double four poster bed & iron full sized bed
Vintage wicker~ rockers, head board, cupboards, lamp
Vintage furniture~wooden church pew, wooden rocker, occasional chairs, 2 sets of dining room chairs, woven table, magazine holder, inlaid table, hutch, youth chair, children’s chairs & more furniture
Vintage Linens & Quilts
Vintage Silver plate pieces
Antique Andirons & Lighting
Vintage Suitcase, Royal typewriter
Brass Lamps~ Milk Glass Lamps
Lighting by Design Antique Brass Pendant Lamp
Milk Bottles, Irish Pottery
Vintage Cast Iron Skillets, Muffin tins, Pots
Milk Glass, Old Bottles, Pyrex, Anchor Hocking
Vintage Hummels, sets of Dishes, & individual China
Gallery Collection~ Wine Rack & Inlaid Table
Japanese Porcelain Cala Lily Mirror
Gallery framed Paintings & Prints
LLadro collectables, Franklin Mint
Vintage Sword
Collectibles~Teddies & Native American Dolls
Large Collection of vintage Niagara Falls items
Baskets~ vintage & new including Longaberger
Sterling & costume jewelry
Brand new large Delsey Rolling Suitcase
New glass side table, art books, coffee table books
Waldorf dolls & other children’s items
Christmas decorations, needlepoint pillows
Lovely items gathered from multiple homes
Follow signs back to our barn and park there
We will have signs out front
Hares Hill Road in Kimberton
(to map: use Phoenixville 19460)
Rain or Shine


christmas in july barn sale!

It’s Christmas in July! The Smithfield Barn is open tomorrow Saturday, July 26, 10 am to 4 pm! 425 Little Conestoga Road in Downingtown!

This is a barn clearing sale loaded with furniture, vintage china, vintage linens, tons of vintage Christmas ornaments, vintage fishing rods, tools, you name it it is there !

Cash and carry works best!





phoenixville barn sale july 18th and 19th

I do not know this woman having this barn sale at all. The flyer was forwarded to me, so I thought I would share. This is a one time sale, and this is not a “picking” barn.

I have no idea what the pricing will be or the contents. It looks to be a lot of painted furniture which is really not my thing. But I know a lot of people who love that look and even sell it in their shops. The merchandise on the poster looks very cute.

The address is 116 Dreibelbis Road in Phoenixville – the sale advertisement says “continue past road closed signs to end of road” .

The sale dates are today Friday, July 18 and tomorrow Saturday, July 19 and the hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.

The terms are cash and carry only.

Good luck treasure hunters!

Thanks for stopping by!

double standard much, upper uwchlan?

So as everyone knows Upper Uwchlan has a thing about barn sales.

Saw this sign on our way back from the Elverson area. We decided to drive down Little Conestoga Road. Of course this begs the question of why is this farm allowed to have barn sales and not the Smithfield Barn? It is the same road and same municipality.

If these people can have barn sales the township should let others have barn sales, right? Unless of course only select barns are allowed to have barn sales?

Very curious indeed, and apparently the sign has been up a while?

found art…and a couple of random thoughts….

So I went to my favorite barn (The Smithfield Barn) this past weekend and picked up a couple of cool vintage holiday decorations and a watercolor I had seen a few weeks before.

I don’t know how all of you are about art, but once in a great while you see something that just haunts you until it hangs on your wall.

Mind you, what I bought is nothing fancy, not a secret Renoir or anything, just a lovely watercolor that was framed quite well.

The scene looks like the interior of a church or school house, not sure which.  It is signed “Naomi Cadnum 85”.

I am curious as to how this artist’s work ended up here because my research indicates she was from Wellsboro, PA, which is way out there in Tioga County.  Thus far I have only found out she was part of the Wellsboro Art Club, and showed often in local art shows at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center.  I contacted the Art Center and the woman who replied back had not heard of this woman.  But she was active there in the 1980’s and 1990’s as per local newspaper archives of the Wellsboro Gazette I looked up.

I send random e-mails to artists I could find online who seem to be members of this Wellsoboro Art Club, so hopefully someone will be able to tell me this artist’s story.  I imagine she was an amateur painter, but I could be wrong.

Every artist has a story, I would like to know hers.

You just never know what you will find in that barn!

And as a special note to my faithful readers: I do get all of your e-mails.  I am sorry I can’t answer all of them.  And understand that while I appreciate your faith in my investigative blogging of a more activist nature I can’t take on every crusade.  I did that for many years while I lived in Lower Merion, and it was in the end, exhausting.  If I find an issue that interests me, I will write about it.

One thing that concerns me now is the hodge podge of it all when it comes to development along Lancaster Ave/Lincoln Highway/Route 30.  I will note I find particularly concerning the closing of the movie theater in East Whiteland Malvern Patch reported along with the proposed used car dealership being discussed in the Paoli section of Willistown. Car dealerships are like fast food restaurants which are like big box chain store and nail salons.  You can indeed have too many.

When I first started this blog I remarked how supremely ugly a lot of Route 30 was throughout Chester County.  One would hope that municipalities would learn that curb appeal goes a long way.  Apparently they never will. I find that sad. I also find it sad that a regional editor of Patch  seems to be dumbing down the Patch sites in Malvern and West Chester and possibly Phoenixville.

I am sorry, but if the formula of Patch is supposed to be hyper-local news, is writing an “opinion” piece that is not even opinion but a request for information news?  I understand a lot of people don’t know what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers but is it news? Maybe on a dedicated food site or a blog, but on innumerable Patch sites?  Are we all such bobble heads out there? Sorry, but to me this is as inane as the Ode to Diapers that flew across Patch Land in April.  In a time when newspapers keep cutting more and more, a hyper-local news outlet should be a little more about what is actually going on versus fluff.  Just my opinion of course, but I think Patch is a great resource and should take better advantage of what people actually want and need in local news.

And as for a final word in blogging, you as readers can also be bloggers.  Nothing is stopping you.   You can be your own voice and express your point of view and advocate for something important to you in your community.  You might even like it.