Friday, May 11, 2012

Monday, Thursday and Friday...Great Days for a Treasure Hunt!!!

I got to take yesterday off work because I've been working so many extra hours and because next week I'll be working a ton more! It was a nice day to be out searching for treasures!! Kevin was off too, but he decided to stay home. Which was fine by me-I like to be able to take as much time as I like or as little time as I like. Sometimes he gets tired of waiting, or sometimes I get tired of waiting on him!

It seemed like I mostly found linens yesterday. At the first stop of the day, the seller had a big box of linens (neatly folded) but you had to dig through them to find out what was in there. I found a couple Christmas tablecloths, 4 magpie dishtowels, 2 mammy dish towels (that she said she couldn't part with once she saw them-rats!!!), and a couple doilies.

At another sale, I picked up an apron without a price and was told ten cents! Then I asked about a piece of Christmas fabric and was told twenty five cents. By  the time I walked the 10 feet to the check out table, the thirty five cent purchase turned into a fifty cent purchase! Oh still was a killer deal-so I'm not upset, but I am still chuckling over it!!!

I seemed to find something at every sale I went to. Here is what I picked up yesterday...

 A vintage folding yardstick and an old stocking dryer.

 A hat for a friend's hat collection.

 I think this might be Manhattan-gotta love that price!

 A trinket/keepsake box.

 Two excellent condition Christmas tablecloths.

 A deep retro daisy tray.

 Four magpie (what I was told they were) dishtowels, and 4 doilies.

 Any idea what this is? It is vintage material with a rod pocket at the top and two rows of pockets.

 Ten cent half apron.

 Twenty five cent piece of material that ended up costing forty cents.

 Painted on one side washboard and three embroidered dresser scarves fifty cents each!
Keeping the purple one...what a surprise-huh?

 Rainbow doily.

Roses you can see I am keeping both of these.

Today we were both off work and we headed out together to a few sales this morning. The first sale was an estate sale, in my own town! It was in a very big home of a single older woman who was down-sizing. I didn't see anything I couldn't live without, but Kevin found some metal file drawers. He's been stocking up on old metal file cabinets and drawers and has been using them in his wood shop to store his tools. They had 11 of them and they were $1 each-he offered $10 for all of them and they accepted.

When we were taking them to the car, we realized they were full. My first thought was, "great, now we have someone's junk to throw away on top of hauling it all home. The homeowner told us they were full of pictures of homes from our county and all of the surrounding counties. She got busy with someone else, so we couldn't ask her why she took pictures of so many houses and filed them according to street name.

I'm wondering if it was for insurance purposes, or title purposes...we even found our house from 1993! Talk about weird!!! I bet if people knew she was just tossing out pictures with addresses of their homes they probably wouldn't like it very much!! The oldest looks to be from 1991, so they aren't what I would consider old, but they aren't new either.

We'll look through them once we have some extra time. Right now we are so swamped with stuff to do (I shouldn't even be blogging right now-I'm supposed to be cleaning the house because Kevin's family is all coming over for dinner Sunday!)! We have Eric's graduation open house to get the yard ready for, a volleyball tournament tomorrow-with a potluck that I'm in charge of (and haven't bought anything yet-YIKES!!), and as I mentioned earlier, Kevin's family is all coming over for dinner on Sunday-after I get off work!

After the discarded pictures sale, I found a Pyrex bowl and another gossip bench!!! This one was even cheaper than the first one! I can't wait to paint it and change out the seat material! Since I have two, I might need to keep one for myself! I was just thinking yesterday that I wished I would have bought 2 of the little kiddie grocery carts, one to sell and one to keep!

Do you ever do that? Buy two of something so you can sell one and keep one?? I'm thinking that might be the way I buy things now-if there are ever two of something available. I've had seller's remorse many times over selling things that I would have liked to have kept. I didn't realize it at the time I put it in the booth. I realized it after the item(s) sold, and then it's too late!

We ended up out in an area where another estate sale was going on. I had seen the advertisement on, but made up my mind that I wasn't interested because they used words like "quality antiques" and "fine antiques". Plus, when I looked through the pictures, I wasn't impressed. I thought I'd have better luck driveway shopping at garage sales.

Since we were right there, Kevin wanted to go. Boy am I glad we went!!! I am thrilled with my finds!! There was soo much stuff. I wish I would have gotten there earlier!!! There was incredible stuff in people's "hold" piles! I snoozed on this one and I lost out...but not too badly-I did find a few great things!

We stopped at Rocket Grilled Subs for lunch-it seems to be our new favorite place! When we went a couple weeks ago I commented that the lady working there must have been having a bad day because she wasn't very friendly. Today she was very nice and very friendly-I'm glad we gave it another try!!

After lunch we went home, changed into grubby clothes and finished putting up the stone on the lower walls of our sunroom. We even started putting the cement/grout between the stones that we put up last weekend. We spent about 4 hours in the baking sun working on it, when wouldn't you know it, we ran out of cement/grout!! I am soo disappointed (heavy sarcasm here) that we had to stop!

Actually, I am so sick of this whole project I could scream! I keep getting reminded that it was my brilliant idea to use stone-so I think everyone else here is just as sick of it as I am. We got so engrossed in our job that I forgot a vet appointment for our little peanut Lucy. I just hope they don't have the same policy as our dentist with a missed appointment fee!! They seemed really nice about it when I called them back-we'll see how much they charge when I go on Monday though.

Here are my Friday Finds...

 I just love old tins-can't get enough of them!

 This was at the estate sale up on a shelf wayyy in the back in the garage, behind a ton of stuff.

 This is a number game on one side and word game on the other-pretty cool for fifty cents!!

 This is about 3 feet by 4 feet with HUGE yo-yos. The younger woman running the sale said it was one price and her mother jumped right in with a lower price! 

 This quilt was at the estate sale. It didn't have a price on it and when I took it to one of the workers (who looked bored out of her mind) and asked the price, she said one price and I offered another and she marked it my price! First day too!!

 From the estate sale.

Another estate sale treasure.

On Monday I went to Ann Arbor for a doctor appointment so on my way home I had to make sure I stopped at Treasure Mart-I LOVE that place! The parking stinks, but I usually end up with treasures. This is what came home with me...

A 1958 Holt Howard kitty string holder with the tag still on the bottom! 

 A couple of glove boxes (one missing a lid), and a hanky box.

A straw dispenser, complete with straws that I'll be throwing away-you never know where they've been!

So I've had a wonderful junkin week! Good thing I got it in early because tomorrow and Sunday will busy with other things! How did you do this week? I can't wait to see your finds!! 

I guess I've stalled long enough...time to get back to dusting, laundry, sweeping, mopping, bed making and everything else that needs to be done before the in-laws to work...but first I'm running over to your blogs to catch up real quick!! ;)


  1. GREAT finds! The graphics on that game (red is my favorite color) are terrific!

    1. Hi JunkStuffTreasures!
      I love the look of the game too! I've never seen anything like it before, and couldn't pay for it and get to my car fast enough when the guy said fifty cents!!!

  2. I love it all, especially the kitty string dispenser.

    1. Hi Mazavaroo Chilli!
      I found the same string holder at a garage sale a couple of years ago and walked away from it. Then I saw it a few hours later in an antique mall for $50! When I found it again for $12, I decided to snatch it up!
      Thanks for stopping!!

  3. Great finds. Read you went on the M15 yard sale trail. I was there too. Glad you like the Goodrich Flea Market--like it too! I'm off to the Utica Antiques Market (held 3 times each summer--first is always Mother's day weekend)--hoping to find goodies like yours!

    1. Hi LuAnn!
      We might have gone to some of the same sales and walked right past each other!! :) How was Utica? Is it a big flea market? It would be a bit of a drive for me, but if it's a good one-I'd be up for it!

      Did you get lots of treasures??

  4. Wow, you got a lot of great stuff! I have a tray that is the same pattern as your daisy tray, but mine is green, orange, and white, and it is more TV tray-ish!

    1. Hi Chelsea!
      I love the daisy pattern-I bet it looks great in green orange and white too!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  5. Utica is called an "antiques market" not really a flea market but it does have alot of goodies (some prices better than others). I did pick up some goodies--the best was a 1934 diary written in each day by a woman--lots of great stories.

    We probably did pass each other. Next time we'll have to make it "a date".

  6. Hi LuAnn!
    I'll have to add Utica to my list to try to get to this summer! The diary sounds AWESOME!!!

    It would be fun to meet while we're out treasure hunting!!

  7. Hey, you've been getting some great stuff, especially those quilts! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend...stay cool!