April 04, 2016

Live and in Color: Vendor Applications!

As April rolls around, it can only mean one thing: applications for the 2016 Barn Sale are now LiVE!

In November (the 4th and 5th to be exact), we'll take this empty barn,


add a hand-selected group of highly talented vendors,


gather the GoOds,



and have the best Barn Sale yet!


So, mark those calendars, tell all your friends, and make sure you find your way to Gonzales, Texas, November 4th and 5th! 

If you want to be one of our hand-selected, highly talented purveyors of the finest junk in south Texas, please fill out an application and get it to us sooner than later! Click here for the application.

See you in November! 


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March 10, 2016

Farmville City Limit

Hey y'all- Happy March!  The year is 'marchin' right on!!!!

I recently was asked to take a personality test by a sweet friend- something that I gladly did!  I always think it's fun to see where I come out and if any of my tendencies have changed since college..... I tested out as an 'Entertainer' - Spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic.... life is never boring around an entertainer! Utterly social, Entertainers enjoy the simplest things, and there's no greater joy for them than just having fun with a good group of friends. (Yep) Entertainers have the strongest aesthetic sense of any personality type- outfits to a well appointed home (that is the goal) know what is attractive when they see it (champagne taste on a Mogan David budget- at least me... not all entertainers are limited in their spending), and aren't afraid to change their surroundings to reflect their personal style (YEP!)

This is where today's story comes in..... Weekly we host families in our home to fellowship together.  They never know what to expect - the decor in the Sexton home is constantly revolving!  Some people decorate for the Holidays.... this gal decorates for 'seasons' in a unique way.  So when I read that my personality type likes to change their surroundings to reflect their style- I knew that part had me nailed!  It's interesting that as often as I change things, sometimes one little thing is what people will notice.

I'm going to invite you in to a few of my 'areas' as they are right now.  I traditionally have a few vintage items up for Valentines for a few short weeks- right after Valentines (day after) I like to transition to a Farm or Ranch theme depending on the year. The reason I choose these themes is that during this time of year we are in 'Stock Show Season' which means we hit major stock shows in Texas along with a few close to home ones....It starts in January, but I leave up the l.o.v.e till midnight Valentines..... So Right now- our home is all about the Farm!

Last fall was my and sweet girls first ever trip to Marburger for the Antique show (we have been to a Winter Prom with the Junk Gypsies  there- but not shopping) and a few vendors met or exceeded my expectations!  This sign- albeit looks small in the photo it is not... 4ft wide by 20" tall.... was a splurge at a vendor from Waco.  I knew as soon as I saw it that it belonged in our home.  I've been waiting 4.5 months to put it up!   After quick research it seems that there is a Farmville in Virginia and another in North Carolina... as well as our Home!


 I created this verse canvas right after Valentines- it was speaking to me.  God has given us this land to dwell in- We are cultivating faithfulness in our marriage, in our children and in the lives of those we mentor.  The promise in this is that by trusting in the Lord (good times and crazy times) we Will enjoy Safe Pasture- everyone's pasture may look different, however God will protect us.  His word fills our home and brings a joyful peace even in the most unique situations.

 All about Farm Fresh.... beef, bacon and eggs.... speaking of eggs- this was made by the kiddos yesterday- and yes it was Delicious..... the half eaten was for us- the other for some friends going through a challenging situation. I found it on Pinterest Mommas Egg Custard Pie is what she called it.  My Momma made one when we stayed with her recently during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and sweet girl loved it!  So, little chicken farmer has A LOT of eggs on hand right now and we thought this would be a 'sweet' way for them to use a few! That, and a dozen stuffed (deviled) eggs to take to Houston Livestock Show.... Stuffed eggs are not just for Easter lunch!  The difference between our recipe and the link above is that we used a homemade pie crust- do what works for you!

Speaking of eggs--- I decided to bring in and hang some of my vintage Purina Feed sacks!  This one is absolutely precious-  We don't have any chicks around here yet.... but when we do- Startena is the way to go!

The bottom of this Pig Startena still has the address from the General Offices- Checkerboard Square, St Louis, Missouri.  That is some serious 'brand image' there - Checkerboard Square.  So one of the guys that comes weekly for our fellowship time showed up last week with a mini checkerboard from Purina- he works for a company where they get little perks/give away goodies and he knew I would love it- super thoughtful- It is just the right size to be a magnet on our fridge! He knew I would love it because he is always noticing how I've arranged or redecorated (the whole Entertainer thing....)



 Speaking of Pig Startena...
This was several months ago when we introduced Lady and Sir Stinker to our place- and our Corgi introduced himself too! Sweet times watching these two grow larger while on our farm.

This vignette houses a disc stand which we sell at Barn Sale every year, cotton bulbs, a very vintage feed scoop (given to sweet girl by a neighbor when they were cleaning out an old shed on their place), and a cute sign that only needs the sheep traded for a hog!  The sign gives a definition for Farm- 1. A place occupied by a Farmer: A plot of land where produce is planted and cultivated
           2. A place where farm animals (ie. cows, sheep, chickens) are bred and raised.
The sign came with a plain frame- so I had to touch it up with some Junk Gypsy American Dream paint!  The Hereford is perfect as that is Cattleman's breed of choice- and what sweet girl shows.  Trade out the sheep for a hog- and leave the chicken on top!  I loved that it did not give a 'size' to label a farm.  My Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary (that I've had since long before college) says; Farm- A tract of land forming a single property and devoted to agriculture.
So, there you have it- we are farmers.  From fruit trees to vegetables, cows to chickens- we cultivate and produce agricultural products.
Sweet girl uses a scoop very similar to the one above everyday when feeding her calves.  The cotton reminds me of an uncle who raised cotton outside Lubbock (New Home actually) many years ago. And the disc stand- for all my uncles who spend more time on tractor seats than they do on couch seats!

An old window frame holds letters from a former Fertilizer Company sign and an assortment of vintage hoe wheels (I am missing one from here.... wonder who has it) all in colors that I love.


Below the disc stand are two currently functional items for the farm (and one for cakes/decorating) and two that were from 'back in the day.' The hay hooks are functional for what I used them for growing up- and what our kids can use them for now... throwing square hay bales!  (However, I've also been known to use them to hang on a wall as a hook for vintage dresses.....)  The other two items according to my chicken farmer work well attached to the back of his tractors as disc harrows (even if they are the wrong direction- it's all in the imagination) however, when Cattleman was growing up these were curry combs. We have some other vintage combs, but they are still in use at the barn!

Some of you know (especially if you've been in our home) that I am an avid collector hoarder of neat books--- relating to; farming, Texas, anything 'old school' (literally since I teach I mean old school vintage children's reader books) barns, and a few others.  (This has obviously rubbed off onto one of my children who has a mini library in their room) This particular book that is opened on the table right now is: Feeds and Feeding A Handbook for the Student and Stockman 20th Edition 1948. The first to ninth editions are by the late Professor W.A. Henry (1850-1932), who was one of the most eminent agricultural scientist of his period and was also recognized as one of the great leaders in the development of the American system of agricultural colleges and experiment stations. I graduated from a great Agricultural College that still today has many beneficial Experiment Stations in production/research.  The pages I have this book open to talk about Bedding and fertility in relation to using manure as a fertilizer--still great practical reading even after 60 years.

Speaking of Reading- We do A LOT of that in our home.... This is my new 'go to' spot for reading.  Early morning Bible reading, lunch read aloud time (currently we are reading Corrie Ten Boom- Keeper of the Angels' Den- yes we are studying WWII), evening newspaper reading.... It's become my favorite spot. 
This is the vignette above- I was at a friends house a while back and she had lights strung around family photos- I enjoy lights... year round!  I think it has something to do with us needing to 'be the light of the world!' Lights are always festive- and I want our home to be festive (there is that Entertainer thing again) The shelves are made from the floor boards that were in the barn where my Cattleman grew up- Yes- 2" thick wooden floor boards! We salvaged them many many years ago and these shelves have seen many a different decoration on them over the years. The FARM OFFICE sign was a Warrenton find many years ago that I gave Cattleman as a gift. The Beef Cuts Chart was a recent gift to Cattleman- we like beef and we cannot lie!
Speaking of beef- One last goodie that was a gift to Cattlemen as well (Yes- I buy things 'for him' and then use them to decorate) is a perfect Polka Dot Range Meal feed sack with none other than an iconic Hereford Bull for it's image! 

So there you have a 'peek' into some of the vignettes gracing our home right now. In about a month or two it will be totally different...... It's just the way I am.  We have many other vintage farm ephemera around here--- they just didn't all make the photo shoot.  Speaking of photos- I'm sure you can tell- I am no April Pizana  or Lori Raabe .... just a quick snap with the camera or phone for now!

We have more 'Stock Show Season' to go- but it is winding down.... Next post I'll try to show you some pics of the JB Wells Showbarn  being used for our local Stockshow!

Till then...... From our Farmville to yours- Enjoy your Pasture wherever it may be!

Suzanne @ Rusted Gingham











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February 19, 2016

It's all about the Eggs!!!

Hey y'all- It is the middle of February!   I'm pretty certain this year is going by faster than any others (I'm also pretty sure I say this every year!)  We are in the middle of what we call 'Stock Show Season' and it takes a lot of time and dedication to make days run smoothly this time of year!

In and among all of this we have layers around here- yep- those that just want to sit around- sometimes lay a bit.....



 I guess our girls can read!  I painted this nester with our Junk Gypsy Paint in Granny's Cornbread and came up with this cute saying! 
All 3 pens of girls are now laying- I guess it is ok for them to 'lay' around!  We are mighty thankful for their fruits and our little guys labor! 

Our little guy is responsible for all these girls every day- filling feed, water, putting out good scraps for them, cleaning poop, fluffing straw and collecting eggs!  He also takes several days a week to put the hens out to graze, grab worms and whatever else they can find!

 My new scale has been put to use quite a bit- Very happy to report that most of the eggs are in the Large to x-large size!
 This was the first official egg about 2 months ago!

 Picking up the birds after grazing to have some one on one time!
 This is the only egg to even remotely be on the small size of the scale!  It had only a white in it!
 I think this guy is so handsome- he is our Biofelder Rooster- his feathers are gorgeous!!

This is a daily haul- very excited that our little guy gets to appreciate what I did for so many years as a child!  He keeps up with how many eggs were laid in each pen everyday!  He has also started selling eggs, he learned real fast that we don't have enough scraps to keep them all fed and that feed isn't free! We use as many eggs as we can- but weekly there are still enough to go to other homes! 
This is such a great addition to our place- and we are Very thankful for special neighbors that 'pick' eggs for us when we are at a show- and they just happen to check the water and feed too!  Living in the country and having amazing neighbors is such a blessing - neighbors meaning anywhere from across the pasture to 10 miles away!

Hoping you have sweet neighbors to help your days run smooth when you aren't home- or sometimes just aren't available to get done what needs to be done! 





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December 30, 2015

Happy New Year! Thanks for 2015



Howdy & Happy New Year


 Well- here we are at another changing of the calendar year.... I do believe '15 has gone faster than any other! Last weekend I unloaded the last bit of the framework from Barn Sale- yes- a month a half later...... weekends and weekdays have been Full since the Barn Sale (that and Cattleman didn't need that specific trailer....) so we are unloaded and now to re-organize!  Seems like that is never ending- moving certain pieces here and there to work better for different projects..... on and on


I thought I would take this time to......


GIVE THANKS to each of you!  Rusted Gingham would not be what it is without the dedication, support and love of SO many!  This little venture has turned into something that is such a treat and honor to share with thousands!  Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to share a bit of our life with you. Psalm 143:8 says 'Show me the way I should go for to You I lift up my soul.' We fully have Christ in charge of what goes on around here- it is our prayer that you see that in what we do.

I want to take the time and show you some of the 'backstage' photos....A lot of what we give thanks for..... This is how the Barn Sale happens (and these are just the day before and of.... none of the pics of months previous.....and missing a lot of the people at work on these two days even.......)

 Burlap- and LOTS of it come into play to decorate the barn...... I am amazed at the friends that show up with smiles on their faces ready to do whatever needs to be done!
 More burlap- and a little bit of Gingham!!!

 Caught these 3 judging whether the burlap curtains were just right- they were- but the 'Sandwich Shed' wasn't - so it had to be moved- just a little they said!

I told these two guys to be sure and eat a hefty breakfast before coming.... they worked non-stop!!!

No Barn Sale would be complete without PuMpKiNS!!!!  Super duper Thankful for my Dad- he loaded that entire trailer of pumpkins by himself!  We also had a vendor supply some gorgeous Cinderella pumpkins this year----- it just wouldn't be a sale without the pumpkins!!!


Sweet precious Mr. Ploetz and his famous orange truck- Such a joy- he really does smile!  I think I have pics with him almost all the years he has brought out his truck!


 This banner was quite a bit more complicated than normal- thank goodness for friends that know where to buy H-E-A-V-Y duty magnets!!!!  IF you happened to come Saturday you didn't get to see this pretty display- it was moved Friday night when we left and Thank Goodness..... Rain showed up for Saturday that was completely unexpected!  We are very thankful that there is more than one entrance into the barn- we moved it down the hall for Saturday to keep the rain from blowing in the barn--- quite an exciting morning for all of us!!!!
 I'm thankful for sweet vendors that bring sweet little girls to our booth to select a special sweet treat! Yes - I used the word sweet 3 times in one sentence- hopefully it got the point across!

 I'm always thankful for Photographi by Shelli as she comes at the end of the Barn Sale and grabs us to make sure we get our annual photo!  We never know what to expect- the kids always crack me up! I also cherish being able to catch Cattleman in a Fun Pic- he works so hard right alongside me the week of the sale (my 'yes' man) and is where needed when needed! Being able to host this annual vintage sale with family and friends is the highlight of my year- we see so many and hug and catch up.....from near and far. And, needless to say- this sale would not happen without the help of so many family and friends!!! We have pics of some of these reunions in this Facebook Album- (click on the link- you don't have to have Facebook to see the pics!)

 I'm Extremely Thankful for these 2!  Cattleman and I's greatest blessings- Psalm 32:8 says- 'I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.' God is constantly teaching me still the way which I should go- and Cattleman and I are instructing these two... in Bible, in family, in lifestyle, in farming, in business, in junkin' and whatever else we need to guide them in!  These two just might be my biggest supporters - from September on most conversations at some point come around to using the words Barn Sale and I pray that their memories of these Barn Sales travel with them throughout their lives as great experiences!
 And I'm thankful for pics like this- Through this Barn Sale I've met some of the most amazing people- A Lot of them ladies- Fellow Believers, Fellow do'ers, Fellow dreamers, Fellow make it happen'ers and All around Fabulous People! This sweet lady is Tara from Royer's Pie Haven who has had a Sweet booth right across from mine the past 2 years.  This sweet lady has been a stronghold for so many- and we've come to be friends building each other up as the Spirit leads us. Whether slingin pies or sellin junk *upcycled dignified junk of course* there is a magnet as to why certain people are in the Barn- I know for sure and certain that Prov 3:6 is in full force-' In all thy ways acknowledge God and He shall direct my paths.' I have no doubt that this Barn Sale is successful and I have a tremendous 'Tribe' of Amazing friends because of my love for Jesus Christ and letting Him direct my paths.
Thank you for traveling and crossing our path- at the Barn, in the fields, on the road, in town and on social media- May 2016 bring blessings to you!

Thanks for riding along with us!
Suzanne @ Rusted Gingham
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December 09, 2015

Surveying the Crowd

Whew! It's been a whirlwind around here since the Barn Sale! We would love for you to take a minute to relive some moments with us through these gorgeous photos! We will be posting more and also plan to have a link so you can share and view with your family and friends!


Love the be.YOU.tiful- what a neat little clutch to carry as a sweet remembrance of who we should all be- the person God created us to be!!!

Oh my- I can only imagine the story my dad was telling based on the look of sweet Judy's face- she just might not be trusting him on this one......
           Hey y'all- Thanks from our barn to yours!!! 
This was a favorite new thing at the barn for me this year- Just love the sentiment of the saying! Y'all have no idea how overwhelmed we as the curators of the Barn Sale are blown away each year by the enthusiasm of the shoppers and how blown away the vendors are at the amount of shoppers that enjoy the venue so much!  So Truly Truly Truly- Thanks- From our Barn to Yours!!!
Ok- This was one of the best pics that I saw of a 'shopper group!'- I am so very thankful that Lori caught this one on Her Camera!!!  The neater part-this group of ladies has had their photo taken at every barn sale..... at least 5!!!  Yes- we have their photo on the rusty truck as well- we will show that later- and I love that a new generation is in this photo- I think they are up to 4 generations of shoppers now!
Such a stunning photo- I obviously missed that gorgeous wine coat with the colorful stitching on it... I hope someone bought the scarf on Saturday- it was the perfect weather for it!!

Oh my- classic little black dress....
            Elegant ticking stripe pillows-
Nice Mexico inspired side cabinet- very vintage flair!

AND--we'd love even more if you'd take a moment to answer a few short questions for us! If you shopped the 2015 Barn Sale, just give this link a click, answer, and ta-da!  We appreciate you taking the time to help us out- Seriously- We appreciate you!


Many thanks!
The Barn Sale Crew!!!


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