Chartreuse & Co.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and that the mothers out there were made to feel special.  I was lucky to spend the entire weekend with both my wonderful mother and my beautiful daughter.  It was a jam packed weekend of lunch and shopping with the “girls” on Friday, Maddie’s 2nd birthday on Saturday, and a lazy Mother’s Day with family at our house yesterday.  So fun!

So, on Friday I called my mom to see what she was up to for the day.  Finding out here only concrete plan was a haircut, Maddie and I horned in and asked if we could take her to the haircut (Maddie needed a bang trim) and then we’d do lunch and check out a tag sale that I’d been meaning to try.  She was game….

What I failed to tell her was that this tag sale was up in Buckeystown, MD and was a good hour or so drive… I’d be hijacking her for the day and Maddie would be missing her nap….a risky proposition!  But, it all ended well and we were glad to have made the trek.

Chartreuse & Co. is generally open on the third weekend of each month for a tag sale.  But, watch their website or sign up for updates, because they are known to throw in an extra date or two (such as this past weekend).  They are located near Frederick, MD in a series of barns (you could miss this place if you aren’t looking!)  The company describes itself as:  “Comfortably chic, architectural salvage. All in 3 buildings on our 1899 farm in Buckeystown, fine home fragrance and linens. Garden, vintage and new home furnishings and accessories. A huge selection of vintage & antique furniture.”

The sale is set up with various stalls for vendors and the prices, in my opinion, were generally very reasonable.  Here is a sampling of what they had on offer this past weekend.

Outside of the barns were a selection of furniture and outdoor accessories.  I kept going back to this sweet table with the birds, but just couldn’t justify it with the pending move on the horizon.  I also liked these wire chairs…..

Inside, the various stalls were set up beautifully…….

My mom liked these boxes which she thought would be great in a potting shed.  I was thinking of how they could be used in Maddie’s playroom….

I really liked this vintage parking meter.  My parents used to have a parking area at their summer house for golf carts.  We joked that this could have been cute next to the “cart parking” sign.

Vintage Parking Meter

Of course, Maddie was partial to the vintage block letters….and tearing her away from them was a challenge….

Here are a few more images from the sale.  I loved the bow on this simple chair, and I ended up with the baskets to house silverware while entertaining.  In fact, I used them at Maddie’s birthday party.

I thought this was a unique use of architectural salvage.  I’d probably spruce up the pots a bit but how cute would this be out on the deck for spring/summer potted plants?

In all, the day was fun and the trip worth it.  I also ended up with a vanity chair for my master bathroom and cannot believe I didn’t take a photo.  I’ll try to do so later.  It is a vintage wide chair with a low back, distressed in an antique white finish with a newly upholstered zebra print cushion. 

I didn’t include any pictures of the unfinished furniture barn, but it is perfect for the DIYer who wants to spiff up a piece of furniture on their own.  There were literally hundreds of garage/estate sale finds begging for a new life and home.  In all, the trip was a success and if you are in the DC metro area I’d highly recommend a trip up next time one of their sales is on.

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