Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Big Fantasy--Being a Restaurateur



We have just finished one of the busiest weekends
of the year here at Buttermilk Cottage.
It was our neighborhood yard sale,
which is a very big deal.
It's one of our neighborhood association's
bigger fund raisers for the year.
It's promoted heavily in our city and
neighboring area and brings
thousands and thousands of people
into the neighborhood.



The crowd starts early, often before the sun is even up.


Saturday morning started misty and cool.


But, the seasoned shopper knows the good stuff goes early!


Even so,  there's no shortage of something to tempt everyone!


Interesting merchandising--athletic shoes and baby dolls.


Are you thinking flea market, maybe?



The sale here at Buttermilk Cottage
is always small by comparison.
But...
we have found a way to compensate!


I often fantasize about having my own
Bed & Breakfast, Tea Room or Bistro.
For one day a year, I get to do it!


I've been baking and freezing for weeks,
but by Saturday I was ready!



We started with hot coffee, muffins and
cinnamon cake early in the morning
and sold our last (#90) chicken salad sandwich
 just before the yard sale ended at 3 P.M.


The porch becomes a nice oasis for weary & hungry shoppers.

As for me,
my little fantasy is usually completely satisfied
 by the end of the day;
and I'm quite content to go back to my
"day job" as a knitter and seamstress.

This week I'm linking with
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

17 comments:

Loretta said...

Wow...what an exciting event! Noteworthy, the Bistro. You seem to be in your element here...a dream come true! What a great post...thanks for sharing it all with us! Hugs!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, what hard work and fun at the same time. Oh, my that gorgeous furniture in that fist picture. So nice of you to prepare all that food. Quite and undertaking.

Feral Female a.k.a. Vicki Locey said...

Man oh day, wish I could have hit that sale! Looks like a great one!

no spring chicken said...

You're taunting me again! Oh how I wish I lived nearby... I'd be your first customer of the day! Have to hit those sales early if you are going to get the prize!!

Blessings, Debbie

Stitchfork said...

What a brilliant idea Susan, and quite a success!
xo Cathy

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

OH, Susan, we share a fantasy. LOL! I sure wish I lived near enough to have been there this past weekend! I would have been planted on your porch! Everything looks so beautiful and delicious! blessings ~ Tanna

It's Just Dottie said...

Oh My!!!
I would have loved to be there.
You made everything look so wonderful.
Smiles,Dottie

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Oh my word! How sweet! I wish I was there! I don't have those kind of neighbors! Love the photo of you and your apron!

Privet and Holly said...

I'd be the
first in line
for your porch
bistro, Susan!
Looks and sounds
yummy and how
fun that you get
to satisfy your
inner inn-keeper!
xx Suzanne

Ellen said...

Your porch looked like the perfect oasis! I love how you created your Bistro - complete with that sweet menu! 90 chicken salad sandwiches... are you sure that's not your calling? :-)

Cozy Home Scenes said...

That sounds like such fun for you, and such a treat for the shoppers! We have a neighborhood sale once a year, but nobody goes all out like you do. There is usually a house at the beginning of the subdivision that sells sausage biscuits and coffee for the earlier risers and a little boy midway through the subdivision sells lemonade and cookies by noon.

I bet you do really well because your presenation is gorgeous!

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Wonderful pictures...I surely enjoyed peeking into your event. Happy Fall.

Barb

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a wonderful idea to have a neighborhood sale! And I would have been stopped at your bistro before going on to any other houses. Love those signs you made. Even though it was hard work, I'm sure you had a great time doing this.

pve design said...

How marvelous that you share so many passions with others along with your porch and buttermilk cottage!
pve

Debi@7Gates said...

Susan, I'm so happy that for just 1 day you got to live a little dream of yours. From the looks of your spread, I think you would be an ideal host for a B&B. Cute as pie! Love the huge yard sale. I hope it was a big success for everyone.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Susan, I wouldn't know what to do first..shop or eat! The cinnamon cake and pineapple muffins sound wonderful.
xo,
Sherry

vicki said...

Oh my gosh - I am SO sorry I missed this wonderful sale and the chance to enjoy the Bistro on the porch! Please let me know in advance when the date is set for next year - I am SO going to be there!

Vicki

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