When I stepped inside the garage, the overwhelming stench of cigarette smoke enveloped me. that is my Cardinal Rule - if it stinks of smoke - I am outta there. But, then I spotted this.
Vintage Cocktail Bowl
I picked it up and turned to ask whoever was having the sale, the all important question, "How much for this?" That's when I spotted a tiny old lady in the corner. She had a cigarette planted in the corner of her mouth and her left eye was partially shut to keep the smoke out of it. I suspet that eye hasn't been completely open in 40-50 years. I asked the question and she replied, in a voice very similar to George Burns, "$1.00". SOLD. It is a two quart mixing bowl, although it is had to tell from this photo. I decided to take a second look at the "bra" table, as I noticed there were sheets and linens too. At the very bottom of the pile I found this. This vintage tea towel is in perfect condition. Bright red with crisp graphics. Love it. And, surprisingly, it doesn't smell like smoke at all - it does have a slight moth ball scent to it though. A day on the clothesline ought to fix that one.
And, under a different pile of tablecloths (not cool vintage ones, alas) was this "Waltzing Matilda" linen tea towel. Brand spanking vintage new and completely stench free.
Out to the tarp of old pots and pans - spotted this Foley flour sifter with the cool aqua colored handle. Hadn't seen that color before on a kitchen tool. The little spinny doo hickey was not attached, but I decided to get it anyway. I fixed it when I got home. So, a cool score.
Now I had enough good fresh air in my lungs to hit the garage again for any hidden tresures. And, boy, oh boy, I did find some! Old chopper with glass jar, red handled rolling pin, metal ice cream scoop, wooden handled pastry cutter and six tiny muffin pans. I had one of these in my little kitchen as a girl. Oh, who am I kidding, I still have it. I have everything!
This piece of pottery was covered in dirt and grime. I wasn't sure if it was even matte white under it all. I soaked it for about an hour and took a scrub brush to it. It is perfect! Not a chip anywhere. I don't see a maker's mark, so it might be a woman's handywork at ceramics class. But, it is swirly and wonderful. It's a keeper for sure.
Then I started spotting glass everywhere. First, the nice Glasbak batter bowl, a creamy colored Fire King custard dish, a tiny covered Pyrex dish in pink and the red refrigerator dish. The refrigerator dish has some discoloration on it that washing didn't take off. I think I have some Dawn Power Dissolver, maybe that will work. I don't want the red to flake though. Any ideas? I also got a nice old jelly jar glass with red, white and pink flowers on it that seems to have escaped my pappaatzi camera. I only paid $5.00 total for everything above.From different sales:
Anthromorphic Candy Cane Salt & Pepper Set - 20¢
Fantastic Shabby Chic-O pink metal tray-$1.00
(Such a bad photo) Funky glass piece - 50¢
Is it old? Is it new? I don't know. I don't really like glass, so I'm not very knowledgeable about it. But, for 50¢, why not.
Let's hope some or all of this is a big old money maker, because I went a little whack-O today and went and bought a laptop. DS has been wanting one and I think it would be beneficial to him for school (he has handwriting issues - or rather the teachers have issues with his handwriting). My computer is dreadfully slow as of late and I am in need of listing on ebay like crazy. I bought a wiresless router so we will soon have Wi-Fi in the house. I should be able to work on listings in the evenings when I am with the family and not have to be in the Office all the time. My buying a laptop unannounced to DH has nothing to do with him coming home last night announcing that he had purchased season football tickets (ack) without asking. I don't mean he has to ask per say, but that is a lot of money to spend on a frivilous thing (in my opinion). Especially since I did most of DS's Back to School shopping at the Super Cheap Thrift and I spend most of my evenings clipping coupons. But, oh well, I got a laptop. Nanner-nanner-na-na.