First, let me announce......commence the trumpets..... Do-do-do-DO....I have finished decorating. I have been working on it for nearly two weeks. I do love playing with my pretties and making new arrangements, but after awhile, I get cranky and crabby. So, this year, I did it in small increments over a longer time and finally finished today. I would have been finished a lot earlier, but the darn tree kept shorting out and blowing fuses. I'd get one set of lights going and *pop* another would go out. Finally, on Tuesday, I had all I could handle, opened the front door and heaved it to the curb. As I drove off in search of a new tree, I saw something sparkling on the old tree and stopped to investigate. It was our "First Christmas Together" ornament, so I am glad that I saw it. When The Breadman saw the tree at the curb, he said, "Well, you made it a day longer than I thought you would." Meaning, he knew I would toss it and get a new one. Which is weird, because that is so not like me!
My woodland Santas.
So, I mentioned that I found an Estate Sale last weekend where everything was FREE. The pickings were slim and a family ahead of me was grabbing things left and right, so I really didn't get that much. But, I was happy with what I did get and thanked the man giving it away. I do wish I would have found the sale when things were actually being SOLD, because the things that I did get make me wonder what I missed. Lots of vintage goodness, I am afraid.
I did get a vintage Sorry game, a vintage Scrabble game, a big tin full of vintage Beistle and honeycomb Halloween decorations, a pair of vintage red garden shears, a signed Italian restaurant menu from 1970, some vintage Christmas cards, a logic puzzle, a plaque with a copper toadstool on it, a wood burned eagle plaque and a handmade penis. Oh, you caught that last one, did you? Just seeing if you are paying attention! I really did get all that - including the last, ahem, item. I pulled it out of the tin full of vintage Halloween stuff and my eyes about popped out of my head. I'd put a photo on here, but there might be little eyes peering somewhere over your shoulder.
On to the photoworthy items:
An Acme Brick from 1976. You won't believe what I am going to tell you, but I sort of have a collection of bricks. So, this will go in that collection. Yes, I collect bricks. Whoda thunk it?
A bulldog from a letter jacket or maybe a uniform jacket.
An old metal Bus Stop sign from ???? I don't know.
A cigar box full of bottle caps.
This is something I have always wanted to find when out thrifting - a gum wrapper chain. Why I wanted one, I do not know. I just think they are neat. This one is about 7 feet long. There was also a shoebox full of vintage gum wrappers, so I can make my own (I took a few links off and it's surprisingly easy to make).
This vintage felt Christmas Card holder stole my heart when I spotted it under a table in a box. There are Mercury Glass beads, jungle bells, a spun head Santa and other little treats on the pockets.
How can you not love this face! The whole thing is nearly as tall as I am so I don't know if I can display it or not. It is really enduring, though.
Two weeks ago, I scored a bag of goodies at a sale for 59¢. Last weekend I got all this stuff for free. So, this weekend, I'm sure I will find a sale that will pay me cash to take things. I'm sure that will work out...right? (The fact that I am still finding an occasional yard sale this time of year is a feat within itself.)