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You Win Some You Lose Some


6 Days, 5 Hundred Dollars, 4 States, 3 Kids, 2 Auctions, and 1 Big Honkin' Trailer! 

Y'all we had a blast!  From great family visits, to yummy food, to the spa day, to the lake trip, to AMAZING shopping and pickin' adventures, it was all wonderful!  This morning after reading my devo I thanked God for the favor in my life.  I am so blessed!

Ok, first things first, I need to get something off my chest.  I lied.  Not intentionally, but I did.  You see that 5 up there?  Well, let's just say I busted that wide open!  ;)  The deals were too good to pass up!!!!   I honestly think we shopped every single day we were there but we saved the best for last.  The auctions on Monday!  Oh MY!  The outdoor auction started at 10am.  It is hundreds and hundreds of items lined up in rows.  The auctioneer rides along the aisles in some type of motorized contraption with a microphone.  And just like my first visit, by the time it was over they knew me, Leah, and our number.  Below is a video my Uncle Tim did of us in action.


Are you laughing as hard as I am right now?  My face is hilarious!  So serious!  It is a shame there is not video of me bidding on my amber lamp.  I spotted this beauty at 9:30 and knew it had to be mine.  When it got close to time for them to auction it, I planted myself right behind this piece of glass glory and didn't move.  At one point, Leah whispered "you might not want to stand too close".  I couldn't move.  Needless to say, I am now it's proud owner.  I may have even done a little happy dance when the lady quit bidding and I realized I got it!  Don't worry I will replace the lampshade.

Am I pointing my toe? 

Am I pointing my toe? 

I couldn't tell you all the "frenzy finds" we got at the morning auction but it was two truck loads full.  None of it would have happened without my Dad, my uncle Tim, and their friend Michael Brandis.  At this auction, when you win a bid you immediately take the item or items to your vehicle.  If Leah and I had to do that, can you imagine what we would have missed during the transport?  A big thanks to these men for hauling our treasures for 4 hours in the hot sun.  I was nice enough to buy 2 rockers half way through so they could sit and watch us.  ;)  Oh and we can't forget to thank my aunt and step mom for watching the kiddos during all of this!

The outside auction ended at 2pm.  We were only 30 minutes from dad's so we decided to go home, shower, and return at 6pm for the indoor auction.  This is when most of the furniture is sold.  We started off slow.  The first part didn't really have much we were interested in and for a moment we thought maybe we should have stayed home. happened.  You know - the "shopping frenzy".  And once again, we walked away with 2 truck loads of stuff.  Our last purchase of the day was this GORGEOUS 4 piece bedroom suit.  Look at the detail.  The claw feet make me giddy!  You can find this and lots more goodies at our booth at Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall.  We are booth #62 on the far left wall.


When you see this picture, is there a particular theme song that comes to mind?  "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed".  All we were missing was a white haired lady in a rocker (Oh, and the whole striking oil part)!  Leah drove this home like a BOSS!  Eight 15 foot church pews, 1 bedroom suit, 1 hutch, 1 plate rack hutch, 3 rocking chairs, 4 oak dining room chairs, 4 antique mirrors, 1 "oops I bid on the wrong thing" chair, 1 vintage metal school desk, 2 plant stands, 5 small "fixer upper" tables, 1 pigeon crate, 1 candle stand, 1 antique sewing machine stand, 1 metal rack, 1 wooden ladder, antique tins, vintage glassware, "Lilly" the milk glass chicken, 1 "oopsie tea kettle", and much more!  We learned many lessons on our first road trip and we can't wait until the next one!  Who's in?


Rest Day | The Man Cave


6 Days, 5 Hundred Dollars, 4 States, 3 Kids, 2 Auctions, and 1 Big Honkin' Trailer

The official day 1 of our vacation is off to a great start.  We were all wiped out from the 8 hour drive last night and slept LATE!  I think we actually had to wake Erin and Reed up.  For those of you that follow my blog, you have probably read about my dad and his pampering skills.  WELL, let me just say, he is already showing out!   When we managed to roll out of bed, we found smoked sausage, cheese grits, and biscuits on the stove and a pot of fresh coffee.  All hot and ready to be devoured!  YUM!  After breakfast, Barbara (my stepmom) took all 3 kids to the nearby skate park and then they're headed to the local mall.  :)

This day will consist of eating massive amounts of junk food, watching movies on the big screen, and doing absolutely nothing.  The majority of this will take place in Dad's man cave.  Outside of their house, sits a 16x20 detached garage turned man sanctuary.  It is complete with comfy chairs, a fluffy couch, a stocked mini frig, a 9x10 movie screen, hundreds of movies to choose from, a basket of chocolate (rolos included), and tons of "Pop Pop Pampering".  As I type this post, I am lounging in one of Dad's old t-shirts, movie playing, wi-fi on, A/C remote at my side, feet propped up, Rolos within an arms reach, and happy as a clam!  HAPPY 4TH of July y'all!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!  Details here!   I'm thinking there has to be some sales tomorrow!  ;)

Posted on July 4, 2013 .


WOOOHOOO!!  It's almost here y'all!  In T minus 2 hours we will embark on the FIRST: 


6 Days, 5 Hundred Dollars, 4 States, 3 Kids, 2 Auctions, AND 1 Big Honkin' Trailer!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@raeculver) for our crazy, live updates.  I may or may not have updated my Instagram app for video updates, but SHHHH don't tell Leah!  ;)   If you missed the details for the Road Trip giveaway, here's the link.  Y'all say a prayer for safe travel, our sanity, and some fabulous frenzy finds!


The Le Rae Life Road Trip

Do y'all remember me talking about the church pews I bought?  A couple of months ago I found 8 antique church pews in South Carolina.  They were located about 30 minutes from where my Dad lives and were a STEAL.  Dad went, checked them out, hauled them to my uncle's house, and stored them for me.  Now, it's time to go get 'em!  These pews are 15' long, which means it will take a long trailer to bring them home.  Luckily, my partner in crime, Leah grew up hauling horses and is an expert at pulling one!  On Wednesday, Leah and I are taking a Road Trip!  



When I told Leah about our travel plans, there was one MUST.  We had to be in South Carolina on a Monday.  Why?  The So-lina auction.  I've only been once, but let's just say by the time I left that day the auctioneer knew my number by heart!  It was so fun and a total adrenaline rush!  A huge open field with rows upon rows of treasure!  I can't wait!  And as if I couldn't get any more excited, Dad called last week and said there would be another auction on Saturday!  I sure am glad we are taking a trailer!  ;)

I'm not sure how much internet I will have but I promise to blog as much as possible.  You can follow me on Instagram for all of our fun pics and live updates along the way!  

We are sure to bring home some great stuff and of course I'm going to share!  When we get back, I will giveaway one of our fabulous, "shopping frenzy" finds.  Here's how to enter:

  • Instagram, Instagram, Instagram!  I am totally addicted!  From Wednesday (July 3rd) to Tuesday (July 9th), post a pic of your favorite shopping frenzy find.  It can be from anywhere (department store, yard sale, auction, flea market, estate sale, etc).  Make sure you use 2 hashtags and you spell them correctly!  #theleraelife and #frenzyfinds.  


  • Share this blog post on Facebook then come back and brag about it in the comment section below.

In order to be eligible, you must be a subscriber to The Le Rae Life blog.  The giveaway will start on Wednesday July 3rd and end on July 9th at midnight.  The winner will be announced on July 10th.