I recently returned from a two-week trip to Calais, Maine. It’s about 10 miles outside of Eastport, or 2 hours from Bangor. My client, Kay, has a few properties that she recently sold, and a few properties that she is about to remodel. Out with the old, in with the new. This summer she began the difficult process of sorting, organizing, and downsizing.
It is hard to make changes, move ahead and let go of our beloved items, each telling a special story. A memory of summer days, kids playing in the sand, and the feel of the ocean salt on your skin. Whale watching, and heading down to low tide, to search for that perfect shade of blue sea glass. TIme for new memories, but the good news?…..all of the above is included.
Where it all began!
My job in Calais, was to gather the yard sale items, and help get items pulled, and ready for an auction that was held a week after the yard sale. The weather was ahhhhhh-mazing leading up to the sale. Warm, sunny, with an occasional delicious, ocean breeze.
My partner in crime, most of the time I was in town, was Troy. Troy was the go to guy, working for my client for almost 20 years.
He is an easy-going guy, and get’s the job done. He has a way of putting everything in prospective, in the midst of chaos. His T-shirt says it all…….ya gotta love it!
My outfit here was not attractive…..really Joyce? You can see that I have clearly slipped, and strayed from my role as “the closet consult”…personal shopper on Michigan Ave. in Chicago! Gasp!!!! What can I say???? I was in my element, and happy as a clam.
My hips must be gone……because for the life of me, I could not keep that apron tied around my waist! WHATEVER!
Time to post the signs.
Kay and I dropped these flyers all over town! We took some extra time one afternoon to get the important stuff done. Administrative I guess. In any event, it really worked, as we were non-stop busy the entire day of the sale. It’s all in the details!
The windows and doors featured above, sold to a guy that just bought a new home, for his family. At $1 each, he was able to completely replace the old windows that came with the house. He was so thrilled!
Lot’s of fun stuff including furniture items, patio chairs, kitchen gadgets, tools and so much more!
Love the Rusty Bucket of treasures!
One young couple bought all of these old flashlights. They were just married and saving up for a house.
Love all the Galvanized items and silver plate trays. It was a good thing that I flew to Maine.
If I had the SUV along, it could have been dangerous. I loved everything, but I already have my own rusty buckets and watering cans!
This old Typewriter sold in the first 20 minutes. It was pretty cool. $5 bucks!
We met people from all walks of life! Teachers, welders, jewelers, sailors, retired military, laborers, moms, dads,grandparents, cutest kids,………..and adorable dogs.
…….all so cute but Red was my favorite. A little hound dog, and I am partial to puppies!
While I was in Maine, I even had my own little dog for a long weekend, while the owner went on a little trip. I fell in love with this dog. She was a gentle giant. A lover and a very good girl!
Here is Miss Mesa!
A ridge-back, pit bull mix.
I miss her so much!
During my stay, I resided in two awesome houses. Privately mine!
The “Little House” had a vintage, way back feel. Cozy bed, with lots of soft blankets, and windows everywhere. Waking up with the sunrise off of St. Croix river was an added benefit. Heavenly breezes all day long.
Below, is the living room showing the larger of the two guest homes. It’s called “Salt Cod” and gorgeous! I would have been happy to move in permanently, and not change a thing. Perfection to a “T”.
OK…………Back to the SALE!
The kids had a good time too. They got to pick out a Free book. They would get so excited, and run to the table to find the perfect one to take home………………Or an old little league helmet……….well, he just wasn’t in to reading!
The sweet boy in the middle found a special gift for his mom. Can you read it? #1 Mom. Chipped and filled with dust, but he had to have it for her. ADORABLE!
It seemed like everyone left with a car full of treasures, or that diamond in the rough, they came in search of.
This woman below, on the right had so much fun that she was late for work! Her name was Gerry. She was a volunteer and on her way to her job, but made time to pile up some real goodies. I enjoyed chatting with the locals, but Gerry in particular, was someone I could see, adding to my circle of friends. She was full of happiness and enthusiasm. She had an amazing smile, and a great sense of humor.
I actually ran in to her the next day in Eastport. My client treated me to an amazing, restful day at the Salmon Fest, followed by a spectacular afternoon of whale watching.
With her is Laura. She is my client’s daughter, but on that day, and that week…..she jumped in with the workers and held her own.
Clearly you can see that she is a happy, peace-loving soul!
Flower child…….reincarnated perhaps from the 60’s or 70’s?
Or maybe auditioning for the re-make of the Waltons?
What effortless style she has!
Indeed she is what you call, the real deal.
I love this peaceful photo of my client, Kay. After a very hectic week of running, It was nice to see her relaxed and taking some time, to just be dreamy.
We were both very quiet that day. Just taking in the salt air, the sunshine and the wonder of it all. I spotted the first Minke Whale, which was such a thrill that I squealed with joy!
Kay may be wondering where she was when I snapped the photo below. I know it is so hard to believe! She may also now realize that I embellish a bit when I write my blog.
Captain Butch really got the job done! Last year, his whale watch biz was at 100% success!
Another beautiful day in Maine.
On this fine day….it was,
a SAIL for a WHALE!!!
What a great summer! Heading back to Florida in a few weeks. Will have more adventures then! Thanks for reading my blog!