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Sunday, June 17, 2012

The mother lode of garage sales!

I hit the mother lode of garage sales!

sorry...this is kind of long but you'll get a good laugh....

I swore off garage sales last week because I broke down and bought that fancy embroidery machine (at a garage sale) that I have always wanted but I've been stressing over the money I spent for over a week now.

I told myself "NO MORE GARAGE SALES"!!!!

So I got onto Craig's list and clicked on garage sales in my area last Friday afternoon...I have sooooo much self control! 

(My friend, Karen, will laugh so hard when she reads that but she asked me to post my stuff, she lives in Colorado.)

So seeing as I'm a picture person I click on the sales with pics and there is a garage/estate sale about a mile from my house with pictures of old stuff! Whoa...no plastic toys!

So out the door I went not caring what I looked like.

I had a heck of a time finding the place, they had a sign on the main road but once you get into those twisty turny developments there were no more signs and I passed by the street. Turned around and decided to turn down that street, drove past a sign at the end of a driveway that says garage sale but has an arrow drawn on it pointing down the street, keep driving, street now changes name, turn around and slowly drive by the driveway with the sign....is that it? Everything is inside the garage and no cars or people. So out I get and start walking up the driveway wondering... IS this the place???

As I get closer I see a woman talking on her cell phone but I can tell it is the sale and OMG!!!!

Antiques and so cheap I could cry!

Then the man of the house pulls into the driveway and I tell him about the signs but he just smiles...oh well...I have the place all to myself so keep my mouth shut...right?

I start piling stuff in front of the woman and she starts adding and packing it.

Only 2 young couples stopped the whole time I was there (over an hour) and they walked away with nothing! How could they not see all of this awesome old stuff...LUCKY ME!!!!
Maybe they were looking for plastic toys....
(no offense to plastic toys but that is not on my want list)

So as I unloaded the trunk, I unpacked my treasures and took pictures...

The 2 most expensive things are the green depression glass pitcher $12, green depression 4 Cup with juicer $22. I collect this green glass that glows under a black light so a great find for me.

kerosene lamp $8, Victorian coat hanger $1 (leaning against the white box), 3 enamel refrigerator pans with lids $9 that I will use in the fridge, coffee jar, curling irons mother of pearl nail files and such, 2 very cool books, one is a dictionary from the late 1800's.

Green glass and clear glass knobs and handles with lots of extra original screws that are always missing when you buy an old glass knob. (In the plastic bag in the shoe box).

small kerosene lamp and green depression curtain tie back 

33 glass furniture coasters mostly with the Hazel Atlas mark and I NEED these for under my old furniture...the green ones glow under a black light too! $8 for all of them.

love the 2 wire mesh egg baskets, a glass rolling pin $2 for me to try the next time I roll out pie crusts from scratch and a sweet little etched cloche with the plate

cute little celluloid box and inside was a porcelain figure $1 for both

I LOVE the large picture $12! It will go perfectly over the old writing desk my mother bought when she went to work at the Golden Rule (early 1930's) in downtown St. Paul right out of high school. She said she saved up her money to buy that desk. The picture and frame is mint. I'll post a picture of both when I get the picture up.

Another marked Ironstone chamber pot and a lid that doesn't go with it (with pink flowers) for $5 (I'm collecting lids to hang on a wall). 

Love the picture frame of the little boy, he is so cute, I will just leave it the way it is.

I collect chipped edge shaving mirrors and this was too good to be true...the 2 larger mirrors were $4 each and the 3 smaller mirrors were $2 each! I like the shabby look of silvering loss so these are perfect for me.

The hand painted plate is marked France on the back for $3 and the sweet little cup with roses was .25 cents.

I love this picture with the little girl and the dog

Hard to see but a perfect piece of Redwork, very old chenille baby bedspread (the blue & white in the upper right corner) in great shape,
crochet piece $2 and a crochet edged pillowcase that was .50 cents. 
The green is a silk crepe piano shawl with hand knotted fringe and beautiful.
 2 glass wall fixtures for $2 each!
Mr Wild is a sparky (electrician) so no worries ever about buying old electrical.

Lots of old baby dresses...hard to tell one from the other...
If you click on a picture you can see all of it a lot better.

 little child's slip with beautiful crochet...

and lastly, I think this is handmade and it was kind of neat, a big cloth laundry bag.

I did walk away from a lot more and the man was making it even harder because he kept lowering his prices but I just HAD to stop buying.

Why does this have to be so addicting!!!!

Now to find a place for my treasures and maybe some will end up in my Etsy shop...not sure yet....

No more garage sales...hummm????  Might have to reconsider that!

Thanks for stopping!

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Amy Burzese said...


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Be still my heart! Wow, what a haul and I sure can feel your excitement. Good thing I wasn't there because I'd have to fight you for all of it:-) The entire place to yourself; I love it when that happens.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh I loved this post, Faye...so fun to see all of your goodies...almost like being there! Great finds!!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

YOu and I were both at the right garage sale at the right time! You sure scored! Always enjoy seeing other gal's treasures!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Okay, you are as bad as me. We are totally addicted. Selling a lot of it gives me an excuse to keep on buying! It's so much fun!

Angela @ Call Her Blessed said...

wow...you made out like a bandit ;)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, you did find a lot of neat stuff!! And you had the place to yourself, even better! Love the baby dresses! I collect them, and have them hanging in my bedroom. thanks for sharing all of your great finds with us!


Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Holy smokes. Score of the century. Lucky! I am so jealous. The print is fantastic...Fox? My mom's house is full of Fox and she has one Maxfield Parish. SO, I am drawn to that. Love the little girl and doggie too...the cloche! Man. All of it. Very cool. Seriously, you had no choice. You had to go and you made the right decision!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Unbelievable!!! We just don't have those kinds of sales here. You must have been in heaven!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow! This is a sign...you can't stop!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Wow, Great Stuff!!! I picked up an egg basket last weekend too!

Helen and her Daughters said...

Fabulous Finds! I love that laundry bag. I tell myself all the time I am not going to go to any sales for a while but I always end up looking at the ads anyway and of course they sound so good I can't help myself!

KarenSue Farash said...

You sound like me!!! I sound like you!!!
I would have bought everything you bought!! I did buy the picture of the mountains in the same frame!!
I went out today, nothing. But I will score again just like you did!

Sherry said...

Ohh, that large picture looks like Maxfield Parish style. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!