I went to the Super Cheap Thrift, a yard sale and two estate sales. It pays to live in a tiny town where you can go to all of those in an hour!
The SCT thrift is putting out Halloween and Christmas in slow doses. As I was looking at each item on all the shelves searching for vintage, I spotted a Santa Blowmold under the shelves. Yea! As I carried him around, one of the volunteers spotted it and was not happy that I had it. "Where did you get that?" she said. "It was under that shelf. I collect them so I am happy that I found it." Yes," she said. "I collect them too and the people in the back KNOW I collect them." So, apparently if I ever find any more there it will be a miracle, because she has requested them all. But, we'll see..... Yes, I need blowmolds for The Junk Ranch, but I collect the Santa's just this size, so he will most likely stay with me. Plus, he was only $1.00. Surely I am worth $1.00?!
The main reason I went out to some sales was that I spotted something in an ad that I really wanted, but I KNEW it would be gone by the time I got there.
A vintage herb drying rack. Not only was it still there, but everything was half off so it was only $7.50. It folds up perfectly flat and then opens like I have it here or in more of a cross with each side at a different point. I'm going to clip all my baggies of vintage Christmas to the rungs at the Junk Ranch. Better than being in baskets or tubs for digging, I think. It's light and easy to store,so that is always a good thing to find. Also, I loathe yellow, but this is an old pale yellow and I kind of love it because it's different.
Other finds at a different estate sale - which was also half off - two nice old aprons for 50¢ each. OH, there's Santa again. Hi!
Santa! I know him! an old Dick and Jane Reader, big piece of aqua pottery, a great old millinery hat, restaurant mug, and a few other cheap small things.
A vintage tablecloth which I probably overpaid at $4.00. I know that isn't much, but it's a lot for me since I really do not need anymore tablecloth and I will never let one go either.
A miniature shopping cart. I think this is my fifth one. *COUGH* They are so damn cute, I can't pass one up. I need to put some in the booth. I keep thinking I will think of the perfect use for them. The sorting bear was bought from a man, who I am most likely old enough to be HIS mother, but he told me that it was OLD. VERY OLD. It was his when he was a baby. I think it is from 1988 or so? (That ain't old).
An angel, a tiny brick, a Goebel bird, a flower pin and a big striped hat box that will hold rolls of vintage wrapping paper. The Jack O Lantern is older, not truly vintage, but old enough.
The whole enchilada.
On my last spin through the SCT I found these Gurley candles. I never found the little girl Pilgrim, but believe me - I looked!
Tomorrow I will haul all of the Junk Ranch merchandise out into the driveway where I will decide HOLY CRAP THAT'S A LOT or HOLY CRAP I NEED TO GO SHOPPING. I predict it will be the former, but I will pretend it is the latter since I am going to Pickin' Time on 59 this coming weekend. I'll keep you updated.