|An antique horse weathervane and glass globe lightning rod!|
I was so excited that I'd finally budgeted for Jack to get a new suit and had made plans to take him to the store with the girls and pick out something. But as usual, plans change. The night before, I stumbled across an ad on Craigslist for a house and barn the owner was deconstructing. He had lights, windows, flooring, vanities, siding, etc for sale.
|I've got more doors, trim and baseboard than I know what to do with!|
We're always on the prowl for inexpensive home improvement materials, so I casually contacted the man, discussed a meeting time and Jack, the girls and I drove out after dinner.
|Stocking up on winter project home improvement supplies!|
The once regal farmhouse and barn were in shambles when we arrived. The owner, Ed, had sold the house to an impending warehouse being built in the area (Indy is seriously warehouse central) and though he was hoping to live the rest of his life in the house, plans changed for him too. He was gone for two weeks after the close of his house and when he returned, he found the house looted and ransacked.
|The antique weathervane Jack pulled down for me.|
Though he was frustrated people had wrecked his once-beautiful home and taken what they wanted--windows, doors, copper wire and pipe, cabinets and appliances--he was very generous with us. By the time we arrived, he assumed there wouldn't be much left than anyone would want. We toured the home and barn and after handing over $50, Ed shook our hands, told us to take whatever we wanted and that he wasn't coming back. It was too sad.
|Spray paint and some new cushions and this table and chairs are as good as new!|
|It took about 20 minutes but he managed to make it to the top without breaking his neck. Phew!|
|Grabbing one of the fireplace inserts.|
|Jack bought the girls a slurpee for being good.|
Jack's suit will have to wait a little longer.