Monday, November 26, 2012

The biggest little city in the west

We just got back from Reno where the family celebrated November birthdays. Mr. Really-Bad, my father-in-law, was a vendor at the antique arms show so he was pretty much stuck in the hotel. He missed out on all the junking and antiquing fun we had. Mr. Bad and I headed out of town as soon as we could to see what
we could find.

We were wandering down the street in Virginia City, ducking out of the wind when we could, and we ducked into a little antique shop that had some painted furniture. I went nuts over the patina on this table, which turned out to be as the seller
found it. Lucky girl!

If ever you get to Nevada, try to get to Virginia City. Just the drive up there is wonderful and scenic.

The high desert is so beautiful.

Unlucky us, we were there on a day with 32 mph wind gusts and a 'real feel' of 21°. I was so c-c-cold! But we sucked it up and carried on. 

One of our goals was to see wild horses and our new furniture-painting friend told us they hang out at the cemetery. Exploring the cemetery was on our list to do anyway, so off we went.

Well, brrrrr. The cemetery in on a hill. A windswept hill. We took a photo of exactly one gravestone and then kept our hands in our pockets. Until.....

Wild horse poop!
There must be a pony somewhere! Sadly all we saw was manure but it was as close as I've ever been to a mustang, so I was good with that. And brrrrr. I was so cold I couldn't think.

I had my scarf wrapped around my head. You can see the wind whipping my coat.
It was time to go back to Reno, junking as we went.

Our finds:

 Wonderful old drop-leaf table.

1950's formica table. My new obsession.

Odds and ends

Eagle pulls. I don't know what I'll be doing with them yet.

A chunk of door and some unusual stove legs.

I love these legs!

That was all we could fit in the truck because we also bought an old microwave/oven combo from the ReStore. It was our only real gamble in Reno!

Just when we moved into our home 16 years ago the microwave part of the built-in oven unit died. We got estimates to fix it and they were crazy! Like $1500 crazy! We decided to live with it since the oven worked.

I used the broken micro as a cupboard and we put our micro from the old house in the cabinet above.

Problem solved. And we had all those entertaining moments finding guests taking everything out of the old microwave in order to use it.

Then a couple weeks ago we decided to replace the whole unit. (I deny that it was either that or clean the oven.) We shopped and found that built-ins were spendy. We decided on a $3200 unit and put off purchasing it until after Reno. Where we found a slightly newer (barely newer. Maybe by minutes. Seconds, even.) unit while looking for cabinet pulls. YAY us!

$30 instead of $3200? YOU BET! I don't care if its old (and not real pretty), it WORKS.

All the way from Reno!

1 comment:

  1. sounds like you had a great time! All the good finds were worth the trip.