Earlier in the week, my friend sent me a text for a yard sale that was right up the road from me that had interesting things listed. The best one being a huge pile of old red handled rolling pins - and they all had 25¢ stickers on them. The ad said "no early birds and no holds" so I decided that those rolling pins would be mine. Now, we all know that I am not a morning person. I start hitting sales after 10:00 or even later and I still do okay. But, I decided that I would get up an an unholy hour (6:30) and be at that sale when it started. I was the second person in the driveway as they were starting to unpack. They were very nice and I stayed out of the way so they could put things out. I picked up a few things then I asked if the rolling pins were still available. "No, those sold last night." Now, I KNOW it was just a yard sale and they had every right to sell whatever whenever. But dammit, I got up early for those rolling pins.
I left and drove to a neighborhood sale up the road. It was to start at 8:00 and it was only 7:30. I drove past the "Newlywed Sale" in the brand new very fancy house and went on up the road to a sale that was still setting up. I bought one thing there then doubled back to the "Newlywed Sale." Now here is an interesting tidbit I learned about the Newlyweds - they had been married 18 months and they were both in their 70's! Not your typical Newlywed yard sale. I found some good old stuff there at great prices and I am sick that I didn't stop there first. Live and learn I suppose.
Two old restaurant custard cups.
Do you know that I can never spell restaurant? So, I made myself learn to spell it this week.
Restaurant. Restaurant. Restaurant.
You can teach an old dog new tricks. :)
Four beautiful old Franciscan Desert Rose dinner plates for 50¢ each. I have them on ebay but I hope they don't sell. The idea of packaging them up is stressing me out.
This old chalkware Shriner made me laugh.
My mornings haul.
I ran to get to this Nesting Doll. No one else was even at the sale, but I still ran to get it! Sadly, it is empty, but it is still fantastic. It is about as big as a two liter bottle of pop. Huge!
The bowls came from the rolling pin sale. They aren't old, but still interesting enough. The little refrigerator dish is McKee Sailboat. I had no clue, but my pal Heidi filled me in. The Santa S&P's are marked Japan, but they have plastic stoppers so not sure of their age - probably 1960's?
These velvety jewelry displays will be great for my feedsack pendants at The Junk Ranch. That's an old magnifying mirror on the right and a couple of good old glasses on the left.
I sell a lot of coffee cups at the college booth. So, I am always on the lookout for cheap fun, unusual mugs. The Sad Face is a Happy Face on the reverse side. The old folk art shovel crows went in my yard.
As soon as I got home that morning, Lara sent me a text about an Estate Sale with great prices, so I headed over there. She was right, Everything was 25¢ or so. It was really picked over, but I found enough to fill up a tote bag and a box and my total was $6.70.
The worst thing about the sale that in the driveway there was a huge walk-in dumpster and the door was open. I told the guy working in the garage that the good stuff was usually in the dumpster. He assured me it was just junk. Then he said, "But you can take a peek." I didn't though.
Gorgeous peachy pink peonies. Smelled like heaven.
*I actually did step into the dumpster to peek and take that photo. Everyone on Instagram said it was free since it was in the dumpster, but it was a privately owned dumpster on private property, so it wasn't free for the taking. I did see some stuff that I wish someone could have rescued and not see it go to the landfill. But, there wasn't much I could do about it.
I didn't take photos of everything I bought, but all this came from that sale. Pristine vintage Christmas tablecloth, kneehugger ornament, couple old ornaments, firetruck, old push button phone, cookbook and a squeaky pig - all for $1.10 total.
***I bought a firetruck just like that for The Bean before he could even walk. My Mom was holding him when I handed it to him - he wriggled and fought to be sat down on the ground. When she sat him on the ground, he took that little fire truck and drove it back and forth like a madman. How did he even know to do that? It is one of my favorite memories.
Speaking of The Bean - I sent him this photo from a yard sale. You are never too old for Nerf. He has a ton so we know it's expensive stuff. I found him all of this plus a giant clear one with all sorts of attachments for a total of $5.00. I was hoping some were doubles so I could put them in the booth. But he deemed them all "keepers." At least he paid me back!
Today I decided to that it was time that I had a yard sale. I started puling things out of the garage, and I had a nice pile going. Then, on a whim, I threw it all in the truck and sent it off to Goodwill. Sometimes your time is just more than important than a little bit of stuff. I still might have a sale, but I haven't really decided. Yard sales are SO MUCH FUN to go to and SO MUCH NOT FUN to have. People are rude, they offer you a quarter on a five dollar item, their kids kids mess things, up, there are speech barriers, and on and one. Just so not worth it.
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