I am up to my ears in preparation for The Junk Ranch. I go between not thinking I have enough to OHMYGOD I have too much. I don't have one place to keep and store all the things I have acquired, so there are Junk Ranch things all over the house, under the bed, the garage, both storage sheds, the driveway ('cause I'm classy) and on and on. Today I pulled a lot of my better and more fun things from the booth, so now the car is packed full too. Today is the day I stop acquiring and start pricing and sorting. I have been doing that already and have quite a bit ready. But, there is always MORE TO DO.
Since I have been on the hunt for things, I have been hitting sales and the thrifts in search of goods. I haven't have wild success, but I have found some things that I think I can do well with.
***Speaking of finding things - I found this giant roll of copper wire today sitting by a pile of trash. Has anyone sold copper? I mostly grabbed it for the wooden spool, but we discovered it was copper wire and I know that was worth saving! I normally like to save things and get them in the right hands. But I am thinking scrapping this would be the best solution. Anyone?
These are very old handmade dolls. Tiny seed beads on the moccasins and dress. I don't think they are worth a fortune, but I will research a bit before I list them.
Today I picked up all these small things. I have a favorite sale full of Ziploc baggies for 25¢-$1.00 that happened to be today. This is just a small portion of what I bought. The triangle thing on the bottom left says Chicken Furniture. Now what, pray tell, is THAT???? The big yellow thing is solid sulfur from a sulfur mine. Who knew THAT existed? Love the tiny pottery ( I am keeping the white piece) and the two tiny bank bags from competing across the street banks from my childhood town.
I drove four towns over and fought copious amounts of traffic to go to four thrift stores. The first one had a huge pile of mattresses by the front door with a FREE sign on it. I had a hard time getting past the SKEEVE factor in there so I left empty handed. The second thrift had no skeeve factor, but I still left empty handed. The third stop netted what you see above and the fourth stop was yet another dud. But, at least I did find some things. I spent $8.00 on what you see. I am keeping the White Rabbit Rolls tin, the rest will go somewhere.
I picked up this grubby doll crib. It was in bad shape. I cleaned it up, removed the plastic lace ruffles and put a new bottom on it. The kitty graphics made it just too cute to leave behind for the $1.00 price.
CLOSE YOUR EYES EDDIE.
Giant box full of all sorts of doll heads. There are some sweet ones in there, but I will have to agree that the whole box is a bit Aiieeee!
I found this Razorback at my flea market last weekend. It caught my eye because all Razorback things are red. As soon as I picked I up, I could tell it was old pottery. A bit of research and I knew what I had in my hand. I paid $5.99 for it and it sold a week later on ebay for $85.00. Now, I had mixed feelings about buying it from someone I know and reselling it. But, that is half the game of having a flea market - research you stuff before you price it. My feeling is that the vendor got what they wanted and they were happy with the $5.99. I was super happy with the $85.00. :)
And lastly, some of the prettiest Reader's Digest books I have ever found. There are certain decades that are just the loveliest. The 1950's had the prettiest covers. I stopped cutting the covers off the books and I am selling the books as they are at The Junk Ranch. I have over 100 books, but I will only that the ones that are fall, Christmas and Winter colors or themes. I have never, ever seen the Redbird cover. It's a beaut and already sold. SAD FACE.
So, there's the junk. I'll try to think of something to blog about that isn't about getting ready for The Junk Ranch. I never want you to tire of me talking about it. But, it is a TON of work. Having said that - I LOVE it and I love doing The Junk ranch. It is some of my happiest days watching people shop my tent, admiring my things. I really do LOVE it