Friday morning I woke up with a sense of relief. I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt like being me again. (This was before the news of The B'mans Grandmother). This is a record weekend for sales in my area, so I decided to hit a few. I was selective about the ones I stopped at because I knew there were a lot to chose from! But, thee actually ended up being less than I thought there would be, so I only stopped at a couple. But, I found GOOD junk.
The first sale I stopped at is at a local fruit stand/country pantry store. They have a big yard sale a couple of times a year. They are dealers of some sort and have lots of fabulous things - at "fabulous" prices. Too rich for my blood. But, they always have a bunch of stuff in the parking lot at more realistic yard sale prices. Sometimes I find a bargain there.
The first thing I spotted was this very old egg gathering basket. This basket is well over a hundred years old. Very well made, very sturdy and a rich wonderful patina all over it. Now, since these folks know their junk, I almost didn't even look at the price tag. But, I decided to take a peek since I was curious what they would think would be a good price. I was shocked that it was priced $2.00! That is such a bargain. I have seen these baskets for well over $100.00 at antique shops. I'm amazed that they missed something.
The next thing I spotted were about six huge boxes of old linens. Again, I was hesitant to look not knowing if they were cheap or high. As I looked gingerly through one box, not wanting to spot a potential treasure only to be told that they were $10.00 each......the lady told me everything was $1.00. I decided that was worth digging - then she said, "And, if you buy more than 20 pieces - you can have them for 50¢ each." SOLD. I dug out 30 pieces - hankies, doilies, tablecloths, aprons, floursack potholders, tea towels and a couple of old pillowcases. I would have loved to have brought them all home but I bet there were over 1,000 pieces.
At the last sale I spotted this old Rubber face Santa for $10.00 OBO. Now, I never ever ask for a better deal. I really don't. But, since is said OBO...I asked for a better price. She said $7.50 and that seemed fair to me. I would have liked to have found him for a buck, but the vintage Christmas has been in short supply this summer (as in ZILCH-O), so I was happy to find him.
We've started cleaning out my Grandmother's house. Not the furniture and personal stuff, but the fridge, old plastic storage containers, piles of newspapers, plastic bags, paper sacks, the freezer, dry goods, etc. I was going through one cabinet yesterday and I spied something in the back that made me say, "Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..." My Mom waited with baited breath, knowing I was about to pull out a sack of money or a Sterling Punch Bowl or something of great value.
The look on her face was pretty funny when she saw my item of great value:
A nice big Texasware Confetti Bowl! I've always wished I could find one in my thrifting, but I never have. So, I was pretty happy to have spotted one in my very own Grandmother's cupboard. My Mom on the other had, sort of recoiled and said, "You want that?" I said, I did, if no one else wanted it. "Why would they?" she said. You guys understand, right???? I know Sue does! So, while the family bickers over art and such, I will be bringing home quirky items like this bowl and these salt and pepper shakers.
Can you blame me?