Items were reasonably priced. One area that particularly thrilled me was the jewelry. None of it was priced, but the girl told me things were mostly 25¢-50¢ with a few items being $1.00. And, it was all on the counter where you could look at it, touch it and feel it. Nice. I got the handmade pottery shard pendant, a tiger eye sweater clip (Hmmm, could that be for one of my blog buddies?), a nice strand of tiger eye and a Sterling Silver Navajo brooch for a TOTAL of $2.00 for all of it. Nice.
Here's all the loot - The old vanity mirror has some age to it - 75¢, An Italian signed mini rooster pitcher/creamer $1.00, a cool old Vintage Japanese doll and chair - $2.00 and a nice vintage Autumn tablecloth with oak leaves and acorns on it for $2.00.
Close up of the jewlery. I think the sterling piece might be worth about $50.00. Nice!
What's that? What about the basket on the right? Could it be this basket? Why, yes, yes it is.
I made a quick run into the thrift where I spotted the little oak splint basket that I was told wasn't for sale last week. I've thought about it all week. Silly, eh? I couldn't get the thought out of my head that some little girl was going to buy it, paint it purple, throw on some green glitter and hotglue a big dragonfly on it or something else horrific.
When I went in there today, there it sat on the counter still holding some little metal hooky things. I picked it up and admired it again. The same lady I spoke with last week said, "I don't know why they have that up here." I showed her the metal hooks and where it said "Save for Hanging Baskets." We decided that meant they were using the metal hooky things to hang baskets on a display rack for sale and the basket was just a vessel to hold the hooky things. She said, "Well, Heavens! You can buy the basket then!" And she dumped the hooky things into a plastic bag.
Then something completely totally dreadful happened.
She looked me square in the eye and said, "What'll you give me for it?"
I had already expressed my love and desire for it twice in a week.
I told her I collected handmade oak splint baskets.
I told her it was older and a very nice basket.
I had made a second trip back to attempt to buy the basket.
I had broken the Cardinal Sin of Thrifting: Do not fawn over an item before you know the price!
She was going to want a fortune! It's not like you can slobber all over something and then offer a dime for it. (Except that's how they did it at my yard sale...) Here's the new little guy in front of a bigger old one I already scored at a yard sale for $1.00.
I only had about $2.00 in change on me. I pulled out four quarters and was digging for more when she said, "Oh, honey, that's plenty." Whew. Sigh of relief. I told her she was very nice and she said it is easy to be nice to nice people. Wasn't that sweet? I know I must have looked completely goofy practically skipping down the lane holding my itty bitty basket. I know it's just a basket. But, I love that little thing so much. It just makes me happy. It's the odd little things in life that give us joy. The vintage tablecloth, the old serving dish, a scarf, a pin, something no one else wanted, but makes you happy everytime you see it.
I Got My Basket!