This are definitely picking up in the land of junk around here. Thursday I went to a sale that is a favorite of mine and then I returned on Friday for another round plus I hit about five other sales along the way. I have lived in my house for 20 years and I know the area very well. Most times when I see a sign on a street or road, I pretty much can guess which house is having the sale. I am usually right. Most of the people usually remember me and ask how my son is doing and how old he is now. I mention this because I went to Jean's sale and I only know Jean from going to all of her sales over the years and I stopped at Billy and Wanda's house that I only know because they have a plate on their truck with their names and those were The Breadman's parents names and from going to their sales all these years. Since I know what they might have and how the prices are - those are the sales I return to over and over. I also know which houses to avoid for the very same reasons. I'm sure that's true for most of you too, but I really just thought about that this weekend when I did a street view on Google and saw a familiar house and knew there would be good stuff there. And, I was right!
From Billy and Wanda's sale. $3.00 for the pair. I have been finding blowmolds every weekend. The good thing is they sell for good money. The bad thing is you can't flip them immediately. You have to wait until the season rolls around. So far I am out about $20.00 for ten blowmolds - but I should make about $200.00 or more later. That's worth saving, I think.
The sale that I went to twice - the couple have several flea market booths and attend copius amounts of auctions. They have a ton of stuff. Even their booths are low priced and chock full of cool stuff. They have these great sales where they sell off the rejects at silly low prices. My favorite thing is the baggies. Jean fills up baggies with odds and ends - like things like toys, kitchen gadget, key chains, figurines, etc. and then prices then from 25¢ to $1.00 each. I love these baggies. Almost too much. If I see one thing in the baggie that I like I buy it - especially if it is only a quarter! I think a bit harder if they are $1.00, because that adds up. When I get home and start opening the baggies - it is just SO exciting. Silly, I know. But, it's like the school goodie bags where you don't know what you are getting, but you know it will be good. I do cull out a lot of stuff and donate it to Goodwill. I keep anything that I want to keep or that I can use or that I can sell. This time I got a bunch of packages of lace, seam binding, buttons to cover, sequins, zippers and rolls of gorgeous old velvet ribbon that I put in my craft cabinet and didn't bother to photograph.
And all this random stuff. It was like Christmas morning! Single shakers, old toys, bits and bobs of this and that, a Gurley Angel, Spun chicks, millinery flowers, chalkware nativity figures including Baby Cheeses, porcelain animals and so much more. It's like an I-Spy isn't it? I sold the two Strawberry Shortcakes on Instagram, so I am doing good already. Most everything else will go to the Junk Ranch.
There was a Kneehugger in one bag.
You might have guessed he's a keeper.
I bought a ton more, but lot of it already put away or took to one of the booths. Sorry about that.
I paid 50 cents for the old metal suitcase - the scales and things were in the FREE box. I cleaned everything up so its still rusty, but not all filthy. The scales work. I think. I sure as hell didn't stand on them. But, I pressed on them and the dial turned. That's good, right????
The old suitcase is beat up and rusty, but it has a ton of charm if you like that sort of thing. I do. Great old label too.
The paper on the inside is neat as well. Not sure if this is something that would sell. I think it will, but I think I might use it to hold a lot of my ephemera. Just open it up and BAM, you're done!
My thrift senses went into overdrive when I was near a thrift that I never go to do to HIGH prices. Like, crazy high. But, I decided to stop because you can't ignore those senses. The best thing I discovered was that the prices had gone down a lot plus nearly everything was a certain percent off too. I got a Scrabble game and an Othello game (our favorite) each for $2.00, then they were half off that. DEAL-E-O!
I also bought a cool little display rack that held Jibbetz - those "decorative" things you stick in the holes of Crocs. It's a cool little rack that I think I can use for something. Just not sure what yet. I'm thinking buttons. (That's a photo form the 'net. Mine looks just like it though).
I was super happy to find this giant red gumball machine. It's from 1985, which isn't exactly vintage in my book, but they seem to be popular right now. It will head to The Junk Ranch. It needs to get out of my house, because I am kinda digging it. And I don't need it!
Saturday there was a community wide sale about two miles from my house and a 100+ vendor yard sale at the Fairgrounds. Guess what? I didn't even go to any sales that day. I'm happy to find one sale and score a couple of goodies. The idea of lines and competition just don't get me excited about going to big events like that anymore. The idea of it sounds fantastic. But actually going...eh.
Did you find anything good this weekend? I think I actually had more fun on the journey than actually scoring GOOD JUNK. but I still had a good time.
Okay, BYE now!
(Spotted at a scary ass sale. Aiiiee!)