Friday, January 27, 2012

A FUN Day and an update...

The winter sickness has hit our house! My youngest son has had the full gamut of every type of flu the past couple of days. He's feeling better today, but not 100% yet. Normally that wouldn't be something I'd even mention, but with my mom coming to town to stay with us so she can be with her sister in the hospital, it made things a little difficult!

Thankfully, a friend and co-worker who has a mother-in-law apartment attached to her house offered it to my mom to stay so she doesn't take any sick germs to my aunt or any of the other cancer patients at Karmanos. It is a beautiful little apartment! My mom is going to want to stay there every time she visits instead of coming here and taking over a stinky teenage boy's room! Too bad it is a 1/2 hour away!

She spent the day at the hospital today, I'm hoping she has some good news to tell me! The doctors said my aunt had a stroke earlier this week when she was bleeding from her brain so she will have to go through rehab now, on top of fighting for her life with this nasty melanoma! Thanks for your prayers, kind words and thoughts!!!

I spent the day with my sister-in-law. She lives about an hour away from me and today was her community's annual fundraiser  indoor garage sale. Last year she invited me for the first time, and we had a LOT of fun, so we both marked our calendar for this year and have been eagerly anticipating our adventure!!

We got there during the pre-sale time and admission was $5. I was hoping they would agree to a lower price since it was half-way through the pre-sale time, but they didn't, so Dawn took a seat and waited while I had a momentary brain lapse and paid the $5 to get in. What was I thinking!?!

The sale was HUGE again, but not as much really cool stuff as last year. I think I will do well with what I bought, but I was hoping for some big scores like last year. The prices seemed higher across the board than last year, and there was a TON of people shopping the pre-sale! I didn't do the pre-sale last year. I don't think I'll do it again.

They had two "holding" areas where you could stash your treasures and they would guard them until you were ready to check-out. I made a few trips to the holding area, and on one trip, I patiently waited for the woman in front of me to leave her stuff and the guy working the area to take it. When she walked away a woman walked up behind me and yelled, "Excuse me!" and when I turned around she said, "I just need to leave my stuff here." I told her that I was waiting to leave my stuff too. Then she said "well, I already have stuff in there and I just need to leave this real quick." I explained that I too had stuff in there, and that she would have to wait. Then she said " I just want to leave it real quick." I told her she would just have to wait until he took my stuff.

Geesh!!! The nerve of some people! I had stood there a few minutes waiting my turn and she was going to barge right in and step in front of me? I think NOT! I was ready for more, but she backed down. Must have been the "REALLY?" look I gave her-LOL! Or maybe it was the "Bring it sister" look-who knows-LOL!

It wasn't worth the extra $5, but it went to charity-so in that sense it was worth it. There were a LOT of older people there, who were shoving their way through the very narrow aisles-some with granny carts, some with walkers and some who would just plow through and stop dead in their tracks right in front of me.

After we waited FOREVER to check out, I drug my sister-in-law around to 5 estate sales, all within 19 miles of her house!! For the most part they were very, very over-priced and we didn't get much. We did find a few things each at a really stinky house though. I've been getting lucky at the stinkies the past couple of weeks, I hope it doesn't become a pattern though-I hope I can find some good junk treasures at non stinky, dirty houses!!!

We had lunch at a Thai restaurant (first time trying Thai food for me!), it was O.K.-not my favorite, but it could have just been what I ordered-I'm willing to try it again sometime. I dropped her off after our late lunch and then stopped at a couple stores on my way home.

Here is what I got today:

 Mini Pyrex casseroles.

 I wish there were more than just one of these!

 A very dirty amethyst Moroccan oval dish.

 A Michigan tin platter from S.A..

 LOVE it!!!

 I Love unusual bottles and jars!


 I know these aren't old or even vintage, but I thought they were cute-especially the spoon that looks like a leg!

 With the spoon in the sugar dish.

 An unused orange fondue pot in the box!

 I grew up with these-reminds me of my brother!!

 A red enamel bowl and double boiler.

 Not old or vintage, but I LOVE these kind of card/picture holders.

 A stool for my mom. I've been looking for one for her, and found this one with storage for only $2!

 She's going to recover it to match the one she already has.

 A $3 chair-why do I keep buying chairs??? They aren't good sellers, and I have more in the basement...

 A little wooden doll high chair-needs some TLC-but worth $1.

 A vintage shelf.

 Oyster and Pearl candy dish.

 Not old, but great for some of my crazy old bottles.

 I've never seen a tin like this before.

 From 1945.

 For fifty cents, it will be great for hanging things on in the booth.

We lived in California for a couple of years when we first got married and Kevin was in the Navy stationed at the Naval Hospital in Hawaiian Gardens-we weren't far from Knott's Berry Farm.

Hope you are having a great weekend!!! I'll be popping over to see what you've been up to soon!!


  1. Great stuff! It sounds like, too, (after all the 'drama' at the sale) you had fun with your sister-in-law

  2. I read your blog all the time and love seeing your finds! You got a great haul! The primrose alone would have made me scream! I bought the same white and green Pyrex at an estate sale Saturday. It was one of those dream sales...lots of stuff, plenty of boxes to dig through and no stinkiness! Thanks for posting all the pictures - your posts are always so interesting.

    1. Hi Loren! Thanks for stopping by and commenting-it's nice to meet you!!! Lucky you finding a great sale that wasn't stinky!!! :) I'm hoping for one soon! :)

  3. Wow, you really hit the jackpot! I love the little chicks with the leg sticking out...sorry to hear of the illness around your house, though. Hope everyone is on the mend soon!

  4. Hope all is well with your family. So much to deal with at one time- isn't that the way? You got a lot of nice treasures at those sales. Can't wait to see more sale listings in my area.