Friday, February 18, 2011

It Helps to Pay Attention to Details...

Today was a fun day of thrifting! It started in the next town over with an estate sale that looked really frog-ish, but turned out to be a prince! Then on to a moving sale a few miles from that, Auntie went with us for the first two sales, then needed to get home. So I talked Kevin into riding with me to check out the "2011 Sale of the Year!" 

It definitely wasn't anywhere close to the sale of the year! I got there a little over an hour after it opened and there was a line of about 20 people waiting outside. Kevin was interested in some guns he saw and in some compasses and a pocket watch. I was looking for vintage bargains. When he saw the line, he decided to wait in the car!

It moved pretty fast, and I had a nice, friendly young guy to talk to in line. He had a vintage orange-ish leather blazer type jacket on. We both commented that the 20 or so people who came out of the house while we were waiting-all came out empty handed! One lady came out to her Range Rover with 4 old shotguns, but the rest of the people came out shaking their heads, and empty handed.

Once we got in, the house was set up like a museum with tables full of display cases in a giant "U" in the living room with stuff that was waaaayyyyy overpriced. It made it almost impossible to get past to the kitchen (my favorite part of all the sales). I had to squeeze past the people looking in the cases-and ended up getting too close for my comfort to one guy and his wife-ewww!

No luck in the kitchen. Everything was really high, and nothing was vintage. The basement was where all the good stuff was! I found the leather jacket guy down there digging through tons of old records, and found some vintage goodies, but when I looked at the prices-I laughed to myself and thought what a waste of a drive!

I did find one thing, and when I took it up to the cashier for a price, I said no thanks and went to put it back, and she came back with a price that was half of what she first I bought it-but that's all I ended up with.

Since it was such a nice day and we were having a nice time catching up and talking without any of the usual interruptions (boys, work, tv, computer, and just life in general), Kevin agreed to ride a little further to another estate sale that said "60+ years". Auntie and I had joked about it earlier, because I always get sucked in to wanting to go to all the sales that have a year listed in it for how long of a collection it was.

It was about 20 minutes further away from the sale of the year. We got there and there weren't any signs out, but there was a lot of stuff out in the driveway staged for  the sale and an older guy and young boy in the garage.

We got out of the car and he seemed really nice...but the bad news is...the sale doesn't start til tomorrow!!! He asked where we came from, what newspaper we found the sale in and told us we were the second person to stop today. He said, "While you're here, you might as well look around, since you drove so far." He actually lives not very far from my house in the same town! He was going to take me into the house to look at the dishes, but his sister freaked out and said no way! So we turned around and thanked him and left.

As I was pulling out of the driveway, I kept hoping he would come running out, waving his arms saying we could go in after all...but that didn't happen. When we drove down the road a ways, I pulled out the ad I had printed from the newspaper's classified section and found out I read it so fast, I didn't see that it starts TOMORROW-duh!!! I should have paid better attention!!

Oh well! Kevin and I had a nice long conversation, we got to enjoy the 50 degree weather, blue skies and gorgeous sunshine and each others company! It was fun having him with me today.

Here are my bargains and treasures from today's adventure...
 Fiesta...I thought since I don't really care for the white color that this would easily find its way into the looks really nice with my other colors...I might have to keep it! The chartreuse cream and sugar set is my that can for sure make it into the booth-maybe for St. Patrick's day!

 I just love juice carafes and milk bottles! I hope other people do as well! The spice jars are from the 1930's and they still have nasty spices inside!

 A Robinson Ransbottom bowl and a tiny mason jar with zinc lid.

 Yup! It's Pyrex!!!! "Nuf said!

 Anchor Hocking Savannah-LOVE this pattern!!! This came from a local thrift store.

 I've been bidding on Ebay and keeping my eyes open for the plum Fiesta medium vase for yeeeaaarrrssss! I finally found it this week, and won it at a fantastic price-the little bud vase came with it.

 I found these volleyball shoes on Ebay too-they also arrived this week. I paid for them on the 14th and they were here on the 16th after work!

 This is what I got at the "sale of the year"--I know, not very exciting-huh?

 This is what Kevin got at the first estate sale...a BOA Tri level. A Three sided level with a case.

He actually spent more at the first estate sale than I did!!!

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