Saturday, December 26, 2009

SALE, sale, SALE, sale

GET the idea that we're having a SALE? Yep we are. ALL Christmas Merchandise is 40% off. There is some really cute stuff still left in the store. Come on in and shop, shop, shop our CHRISTMAS SALE!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Look what's in the new drawing!

Lots of fun stuff in this give away plus a $10.00 Gift Certificate.
You get a chance to win with every purchase. The more you shop at MY FRIENDS AND I the more chances you have to win. You could be the next winner!

Here's the winner!

and she was thrilled with her prize. I will be cooking up something fun for our next drawing so keep checking back to see what it is. You can enter every time you come shopping at MY FRIENDS AND I.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Great Cookie site

IT'S COOKIE BAKING time so I thought I'd share a site I found that looks really good. Click HERE to go there.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's really cold!

SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN and that's why we're so cold! It's suppose to be at Christmas time! The first picture is in front of the Victorian House on Second Street directly behind MY FRIENDS AND I. It's so cute. Make sure you go by and see it. The next picture shows another shot of Mission Peak and the trees that still have fall color and the next ones are what I saw when I walked out the front door yesterday morning. My husband Frank was sweet enough to come out in the cold and squirt water on my car to get the ice off it. We are so spoiled here. My Daughters in IL. and CO. just laugh when they hear about our cold weather. Remember to click on the picture to make bigger.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Baby it's cold outside!

REMEMBER that Christmas Song? Well if you look close you can just see Mission Peak in the distance and the hills next to it in the next picture. I didn't get very close in these shots but you get the idea. It may be cold outside, but it's toasty and warm in MY FRIENDS AND I and we still have lots of shopping days left till Christmas. Come on in and see the wonderful decorations and gifts we have in stock.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1st already!

WHERE the heck did this year go? I know from talking to people that they feel the same way.
We still have the great big red cup drawing going on, in fact we stuffed some more stuff in it. You can still enter by coming in the shop or by leaving a comment on this blog. It's worth it. There's some pretty cute stuff in it. Check it out.

When leaving the store at closing this evening I was in awe at what I saw in the sky. The moon was just peeking over the hills and it was almost dark. It was such beautiful site. I had to call my kids in IL. and tell them they were looking at the same moon I was, made me feel closer to them.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It rained on our parade!

THE WEATHER wasn't the greatest, but the crowd still turned out. We had a good time watching the annual Parade of Lights Friday night. Suan from Les Belles Antiques had her little light up reindeer antlers on and helped to keep folks off the street during the parade. Note Santa on the float, he had his umbrella handy.
One of our customers came in shopping and tried on the little hat you see in the last picture. It looked so cute on her, but she resisted and didn't buy it, so it's still available.
These were taken with my new camera, hopefully I'll get better!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Oh Boy look at the plaza now!

WOW and wow again! I didn't go to the shop yesterday and ran over this morning real fast and look what has happened to the Plaza, they put the Sod in.
Look at the last post about our SALE and the Parade. Now you have another reason to shop Niles , a peek at the Plaza. It's so beautiful and their not done yet!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

After Thanksgiving in Niles

The 3 days after Thanksgiving is open house time for the shops in Niles. Most are decorated and are full of wonderful, unique items that you won't find at the malls. MY FRIENDS AND I dealers are all having some kind of SALE in their booths and will have signs posted to let you know what they have on sale.
If you come on Friday, I suggest you come early, park some chairs on the sidewalk and shop during the day. Then stay for the Spectacular light parade that starts at 6:00 pm. It's a Niles Friday after Thanksgiving tradition. Can't come on Friday then make sure you come on Saturday or Sunday and have a fun, relaxing shopping experience. Don't fight the crowds, come shop NILES!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving is just around the corner

Sometimes I go to Martha Stewarts site and click on crafts. I found this really cute Turkey that you can print out and use for decorating your table.
Go to here and click on Make this craft, then print it out. Would be fun to make with kids.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


WANT TO WIN THIS? You can come in the store and enter or leave a comment on this blog. The drawing will be December 15th.
The Big Santa book and Santa ornament are new, but the Raggedy Ann Book is vintage. It's all tucked in a really cute giant red cup that's as big as a bowl.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Framed Vintage Post Cards

At almost the price of a greeting card you can give a vintage postcard from the early 1900's framed in a beautiful vintage looking frame. These are actual postcards NOT copies. There are several to choose from including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday and Greetings. I love to read the backs of these old postcards and think about the people who wrote them. Things have sure changed with telephones, computers and cell phones. I can't imagine not being able to talk to my daughters who live in different states almost daily. How those folks must have missed their friends and relatives who moved away, and the only word you'd get is a postcard or letter ever once in awhile.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm Back...........

We had the best time visiting our kids in IL. the time with them is always too short, but we made the best of it and packed in as much Grandkid time as we could.
Now that I'm back I've been pricing and rearranging areas in the store. That is one of the things I enjoy doing at My Friends And I not so much the pricing, but the rearranging. It's really a pleasure to work with all the cute stuff we have. I also re-did the windows. The Big Ol' Santa is sitting in his place of honor in the window. He's not for sale, but for enjoyment. Mary, dealer #14 made his soft sulpture head a long time ago and we put him back together, head, coat, pants and boots in that order almost every year.
Hope you come see the windows and admire him.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Look what I found!

We went antiquing again today and I found all these 1960's Raggedy Ann books. They are really cute! Some of them are going into my collection of Raggedy Ann books and the rest are going into the shop for sale. BUT one of them (not sure which one yet) will be in a basket DRAWING from November 15th to December 15th in the shop.
Visit the shop and enter the drawing and for another chance to win leave me a COMMENT on this post. I'll add your name to the drawing that way too.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fun time in IL.

We went to the cutest little town Antiquing yesterday. I found a few treasures and enjoyed looking at the older buildings and houses. Even went down a street named Niles. The last 2 pictures are of an old paper booket that I bought. It has flip strips on the pages so you can change the pictures. Kellog's made it in the 30's. Love these little old towns here in IL.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

We're in IL.

Yep that's right we are here in Mohomet IL. visiting our Daughter and Grandsons (of course our Son-In-Law too!) We will be back in Fremont on the 12th hopefully with some new goodies for the shop. I will be adding pictures I took today when I can use my Son-In-Law's lap top. This computer doesn't have a slot for my XD card.
The big talk and concern around this area is the Oct. rain, which was record amounts and the fields of feed corn and soy beans still too wet to harvest. Every shop we went in today talked about it. I guess they can't weight the corn wet, so it has to be dry or taken to a place that drys it, which is of course is a added expense to the farmer. But those places are too busy to take new customers. It's something we in the bay area don't even think about, but the poor farmers here are losing money everyday they can't get their fields harvested.
Looks like the weather is going to be dry for a few days so maybe they can get their crop in.
Keep checking back for those pictures I mentioned and more on my IL. adventure.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

HaPpY HaLLoWeeN!

It's been a tradition for the kids at Niles school to parade and Trick or Treat the downtown shops for years. In fact I used to take my now 20 year old Grandson at age 3 and 4 to walk with the kids. Yikes how time flys!
This year with Brother and Sister tag alongs we probably had close to 550 kids. The little goblins were so well behaved and we heard lots of Happy Halloween and Thank You's.

You might recognize Maxine from Tyme for Tea here with her little Grandson. Another generation joining the parade. Oh yes that's Frank my husband passing out the candy.
Even the principal and teachers dressed up.
Trick or Treat!
Do you know her? One of the Mom's who also is a MY FRIENDS AND I
regular, walked with her daughters class.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Christmas in shop

Lots of things to see at MY FRIENDS AND I and the season has just begun!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Our 27th Open House is now a thing of the past. It was a big success and we want to thank everyone who attended. If you couldn't make it, don't worry we still have lots of Christmas merchandise left. Come on in and see how pretty the store looks.
Speaking of pretty, this picture was taken last night just at dusk out my front door. I went to put the trash out and when I saw the sky I dropped the bag and made a run for my camera. It was so beautiful. The little bright dot in the sky is the moon.

The world is full of beauty ENJOY it all!

Friday, October 16, 2009


I posted our Open House below, but forgot to say that we will be closed starting Monday the 19th and will re-open on Friday evening at 6:00 pm for our Open House. It takes us all week to get ready!
Hope you can come and bring friends!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Our 27th Christmas Open House is almost here!

Please join us for our
Chrismas Open House
Friday Evening
Oct 23 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
October 24 and 25 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10% Off Everything
$100.00 Gift Certificate Drawing

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's for the birds!

If your out and about today (Sat. 9-10) we are holding our last patio sale of the season behind Tyme For Tea. The sale is from 9:00 to 3:00. While in town come in and see the great clock and bird prints we just put in the shop.
Add some bird items to your decorating they NEVER go out of style.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fun Blog

If you like cooking or just vintage cookbooks, you have to go here and check out this gals blog. She has a darling site which features recipes from the 50's. If seeing these recipes makes you want a vintage cookbook of your own, come in and see the ones we have for sale in the shop.
All this makes me think of my Mom who loved to collect cookbooks and to try out new recipes Although I don't love cooking like she did (how many of us do any more) I do enjoy old cookbooks. To me they bring back fond memories of home and my Mother in her apron cooking. Speaking of aprons, you'll find some of those in the shop too! Hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

September winner

She said "I never win any thing!"
Well now she has!
Come in and see what's going to be given away in October
You too could be a winner!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Happy Saturday

Here's wishing you a Happy Saturday with this Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover from 1920. The art from that time period was wonderful, don't you agree?
All of us at My Friends and I LOVE vintage and all things cute. We are constantly bringing in new stuff. The girls way in the back last room on the right just brought in lots of pretty dishes and serving pieces. It's never too late to think about holiday entertaining. Come on in and see what's new. Bet you can find something to make your holiday table special and that you can't live without!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Site with some cute fall things to print

I like to share places on the internet that have cute things that you can print. Click here to see all the cute stuff on this site. Hope you enjoy this site as much as I did.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A few more pictures of windows

These pictures are a little better than the last post.
The windows really are Boo tiful!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fall is coming!

Wait till you see our windows!
Mary and Peggy a Mother and daughter team who have a space in the shop painted the outside of the windows today. All I can say is that they are
It's not easy taking pictures of windows with the glare of cars etc., but I think you get the ideal. I will try taking some at night and in the early mornings when there won't be any cars in front of the store, but really you should just come on down to MY FRIENDS AND I and see for yourselfs how great they are. One thing you miss in the pictures is the glitter they added to the kitty's, pumpkins, leafs etc. it's so cute!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Tomorrow Sat. Sept 12 is the Patio Bargain Sale behind Tyme For Tea.
My car is loaded with boxes full of bargains. Remember ALL my sales Dealer #1 is going to this years Diabetes Walk T0 Find A Cure

Last minute News Flash
Also in Niles tomorrow will be a parade for the Little League
PLEASE don't let this stop you for coming to the sale and supporting my fund raiser for Diabetes! The streets have no parking signs posted for Sat. from 9:00 am (when our sale starts) till after the parade around 11:00
Come spend a day in town. See what's at our sale, watch the parade, go in the shops and have a hotdog in the park. (read about it below)
Celebrating Niles-Centerville Little League's (NCLL)Senior All Star Team Little League World Series accomplishments! Parade Route: Start by G down Niles Blvd, turning onto J, then onto Third, &ending at Third Street Park with a Community Celebration for the Team Third Street Park Celebration: Free Hot Dogs, Chips, Water & Root Beer Floats for the first 500Bring Blankets or Chairs to Park; Raffle for NCLL Championship Quilt Sponsored by Fremont Police Dept., Niles Main Street Assoc. & NCLL

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

And the Winner is.....

Jean Meachan is the winner of August drawing for a $25.00 Gift Certificate.
Congradulations Jean!!
The drawing for September is the bucket with a selection of Romantic Homes magazines and the cute little birds pictured below. Enter for a chance to win each time you make a purchase in September.

Speaking of September, mark your calendar for our patio sale behind Tyme For Tea on Sept. 12th. There will be some real bargains and I'm giving all the money from my sales (dealer #1) to the Walk to Fight Diabetes. As many of you know my 9 year old Grandson has type 1 Diabetes and has had it since he was 4, so this is a fund raiser near and dear to my heart. You can go here and read all about Tyler and the Walk. Come to the sale and get something fun at a good price and help the fight to find a cure. I'll keep giving you little reminders right up to the sale so you won't forget!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Booooo to you!

For you that have been asking, wait no longer. HALLOWEEN is here! We may have more things still coming in, but we have a good selection now. It's so fun to see all the cute and frightful Halloween goodies the girls are putting in.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

blog land

One of the things I like doing at night is checking out other blogs. Thought I'd share this one with you. It sure is full of "eye candy". Click here to visit the site.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Bargain Sale tomorrow

Come join us for our Outdoor Bargain Sale tomorrow Sat. the 8th 9 to 3
Then stop in MY FRIENDS AND I and check out space #3 and #13. They have lots of stuff 40%off.
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Remember we have a drawing going for August, enter with each purchase.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August Drawing

With Every purchase in August you can be entered in a drawing for a
$25.00 Gift Certificate
You can spend it in MY FRIENDS AND I or even at our SEPTEMBER or OCTOBER Bargain sale. (see last post) There will be no expiration date on it so you can save it and spend it at this years Christmas Open House event held in October. Get a gift for yourself or someone else. If your feeling especially generous you could even use the Gift Certificate as a gift. Any one would like that.
Shop in August and support the economy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

August Events

There are some fun events planned in Niles.

To begin with MY FRIENDS AND I are joining with ANTIQUE TREASURES and TYME FOR TEA for a 2nd Saturday of the month OUTDOOR BARGAIN SALE. It will be held on the patio behind TYME FOR TEA, 37501 Niles Blvd. The date for the first one is August 8th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 2nd one is September 12, and last one is October 10. Bring some friends and come shop our Outdoor Bargain sale. Oh yes, Charlotte, the Candy Lady in Tyme For Tea will be offering her delicious Fudge, Buy Two, Get One Free. Yum.......Who doesn't like Fudge. Just another reason to shop our OUTDOOR BARGAIN SALE!

Saturday August 15 is the Niles Merchant Assoc. 13th Annual Hot August Niles Car Show. Come listen to 50's music and of course see all the beatuiful cars that will be parked along Niles Blvd. Gals let the guys look at cars and you shop at MY FRIENDS AND I!

Sunday August 30th is the BIG Antique faire and Flea Market that is held on Niles Blvd, the side streets and parking lots here in Niles. MY FRIENDS AND I will have stuff for sale in the back of our shop that day AND it's been a tradition that we have HALLOWEEN in the store the day of the Antique
fair. It's a Great day for shopping!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm Back...........

and look at all the stuff!! I had so much fun on my trip and now you can have fun by coming in and seeing all the new goodies.
Here's some news that I'm sad to blog about. Roseanne dealer #4 is leaving MY FRIENDS AND I the end of the month. She has a full time job and just can't keep up with being at MY FRIENDS AND I any more. Although we understand we will sure miss her. Her space is the one with all the beautiful Silver and lots of linens. Our loss is your gain, because everything in her space is now 40% off

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Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm back, on the computer that is

Well I have to say this has been a rough trip as far as blogging and computer use. I was at my brother's in Ark. and they had no computer service (who can live like that!) LOL and then when I got here to CO. my daughter was in the process of changing servers. I finially got back on line today. Here is a picture of some pretty cute stuff I've picked up. I have boxes of new goodies I will be bringing into the shop when I get back to Fremont the end of July. By the way if you've ever traveled to the mid and Southern states in the summer you know why we live in the Bay Area. The weather in Ark. and IL. was in the high 90's and the humidity was too. CO. is cooler but still warm and everyday around 2:oo p.m. a storm blows in and there is rain, thunder and lighting. It's kind of cool. I might be crazy but I enjoy all the noise~
I will try and post a little more often as long as I have service. We're going to some of my favorite stores this week, hopefully I'll find more good stuff.
OOPS! Just saw that the date is wrong in the picture it should be 1st of Aug.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shop hopping

Yesterday we went to a few shops that we go to every time we come to IL. I found this nice quilt, and the cute little shoes which have holes in each toe, which only adds to the cuteness. I always wonder about the child that wore them. One of the stores had gone out of business. So Sad. We are seeing it a lot on this trip. I feel very happy lucky that MY FRIENDS AND I can still be in business in these bad economical times.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Springfield IL. Antique Show

We went to the Springfield antique show on Sunday. The weather said it "might" rain, well it did, it poured! There were 3 big overhangs and a large building full of stuff. The advertisement said rain or shine, and they meant it. I felt sorry for the ones set up outside, but it didn't seem to bother them, they just threw a tarp over their wares when it rained and took them off when it stopped for awhile. It was hot and humid around 90 degrees. I told one of the dealers there that if this was CA everyone would pack up and go home!

Here are just a few of the items I bought. I love the planter and vase.