Monday, April 21, 2014

First Outdoor Onsite Auction of the Season

I had a feeling that spring had truly sprung the weekend that garage sales really started to pop up and I brought home that truck load of suitcases. (Seriously, I still can't believe it!) But, it really hit me Saturday when I attended my first outdoor onsite auction.  These are my ABSOLUTE favorite type of auction.  I know it sounds nosy, but I like visiting old farms and getting to peek around at what was once someone's life.  It's especially neat if it's chalk full of antiques.  These onsite auctions aren't always old farms with places to peek around, sometimes they're small in-town bungalows.  Either way - still interesting.

So, let me show you what I brought home... Again, if you follow me on Facebook, you've already seen these.


These ended up looking pretty good once cleaned up.
These must've been the everyday, workhorse bowls.

I think the layer of dirt turned a lot of people off from this set.
But, after washing them (by hand, not dishwasher!) these
are absolutely MINT CONDITION.  I was pretty ecstatic.

I have never seen a Pueblo promo in the wild.  It was also
absolutely mint condition.

Woodland 402 and Snowflake 043... also mint condition.

2 Butterfly Gold 402s


Golden Hearts promo that I debating keeping.  Great size.

Holiday promo with a VERY chipped lid.  I'll be keeping this
but need a new lid.  IF YOU HAVE ONE - EMAIL ME! I am
open to trades or paying for it!

Fire King with the wrong lid and it is not a Pyrex lid and
doesn't fit the Holiday promo :(

Vintage tin, Shawnee kitty kat s&p shakers, and RCA dog
s&p shakers.

These are the 2 finds I will actually be keeping!
The bottle says MRS and I think will be perfect for a
wedding someday.  And I just fell in love with this
chalkware doggie!  What shall I name him?

Final auction buys: a 33 record case, Redman picnic basket,
and lots of wooden spools.
Sunday (yes, Easter, no judgement!) I went to my antique mall to bring in some of these new items and rearrange my booth.  Take a peek HERE to see what it looked like beforehand.  It had been A MONTH since I did any kind of rearranging. It needed it.  And secretly, even though it is a lot of work, I love to rearrange my space.  It's therapeutic.  And to do it on a day with lesser than normal Sunday traffic made sense to me. So here's the new space...













Thanks for taking a stroll through my booth!

Hope you all have a great week!
Melissa

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Friday, April 18, 2014

And the Winner is...

Thank you all so much for entering my spring goodies giveaway!  Thanks to those of you who blogged about it or shared it on your facebook page.  Diana over at Adirondack Girl at Heart was the lucky winner that was randomly selected by the Rafflecopter giveaway widget.  Here's a look again at what she'll be getting:


So I haven't been junkin' at all this week.  I have literally had to do something EVERY day, whether it be meetings for work, class, grocery store, appointments, etc. etc.  BUT... I did do a little shopping on eBay.  I know some of you true junkers are scoffing at me right now.  Whatevs.  Sometimes I need a junk fix.  If you follow me on Facebook, you've already been introduced to the goodies I won...


I am obsessed with Gurley candles... and when I won this lot for an amazing price... I was super excited.  I considered taking them to the booth.... but Easter is Sunday... so they can wait until next year!



I also really love Meyercord decals.  I won these 2 lots of them with free shipping... so how ever could I say no??  These will more than likely head to the booth with the exception of a few... I have some ideas in mind.

I've got junkin' plans for this Saturday... so hopefully I can bring some more good stuff home.  Maybe some folks will stay home or be traveling for the holiday.  One can hope, right?

Happy Friday, blog friends!
Melissa

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Finds + A Giveaway

I was thinking to myself earlier this week, how will I ever be able to top last week's ridiculous suitcase haul?  Thanks Amy for featuring my haul... and the many others of you who shared my pictures from my facebook page... there are too many of you to list, but know that it is always appreciated.

The garage sales were still few and far between.  I came out of a couple empty-handed.  I am convinced that the more poorly worded your garage sale ad is, the more likely I'm going to score some GOOD JUNK.  So, let's see what I picked up this weekend.


This cabinet is from one of those aforementioned poorly worded garage sales.  One of those sales that listed "old typewriter" and I knew I had to be there as soon as they opened their doors.  Of course "old typewriter" was something similar to what I used as a kid growing up in the 90s. It had elctronic settings and plugged into the wall.  I was rather disappointed until I spied this cabinet, which had a price tag of $4.  How could I say no?  It will be used as a display piece once it gets a face life.  I had to wipe spiderwebs off the bottom before it could be fully loaded in my truck.  I walked back up to ask if I could throw away the paper towel and I spied these...


Simple, but beautiful stained-glass windows that they had saved from a house long, long ago.


These were the rest of the non-holiday finds.  


An old phone and a chalkware Virgin Mary.  She was a little rough around the edges and had been touched up in a couple of spots, but I knew she had potential (I owe my knowledge on these to Gina).


A weirdo clippy thing that I will use to display postcards or pictures, a lard tin, an Old Spice shaving mug, an ironstone platter, 2 art deco light covers, 2 floral frogs, and 2 cookie cutters.


The holiday finds were this (hand made) Santa face pitcher that will match all my mugs and these Lefton holly berry mugs.

Well, that's it for the finds, which brings me back to my original question: how am I going to top last week?  And then it hit me.  I owe you guys a giveaway!


Included in the giveaway is everything pictured above: 2 vintage embroidered linens, 7 unused vintage mini spring cards, an adorable vintage Easter postcard, a mini vintage Easter card, 6 Dennison spring gummed labels, a pair of vintage souvenir S&P shakers from Indiana, a cute little vintage plastic deer, and a vintage Si-Nax bottle from Indianapolis, Indiana.  (I tried to keep this giveaway springy with a few vintage items from where I'm from.)

To enter you must:
  1. Follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me what platform you follow me on.  Example: I follow you on Bloglovin'!
  2. Follow me on Facebook (from your personal page) and leave me another comment telling me that you do.
This will guarantee you 2 entries. For an extra 3 entries write about this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment with a link to the post.

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada until Friday.  I will contact the winner next weekend by email.  GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Garage Sale Season Has Started With a Bang!

There are a few little reminders that spring has arrived here in central Indiana.  It's starting to warm up a tad.  There's a few daffodils and tulips popping up here and there.  And garage sales are starting back up.  Yes, finally!!  It has been a long, cold winter without them.  I browsed craigslist for promising sales.  There weren't that many to speak of.  And sometimes you just know that a seller added the word "antiques" or "vintage" to draw you in to their baby clothes and crap sale.

The first sale I had on my list to visit I thought was going to be one of those sales.  They were mainly advertising Winnie the Pooh and Coke collectibles.  I HATE the term collectibles because it means to many different things to different people.  But, I took a shot.  I mean, I was desperate for a good junk fix.  And it was only about a 10 minute drive from my house.


So, I had to drive back home right afterwards.


Seriously, mom even had to carry something in her lap.  I mean, a mint condition Coke cooler is precious cargo, right?

Okay, I'm going to pause for dramatic effect.  And to tell you to sit down.  Seriously, sit down.



For reference I am 5'6".  And mom has amazing packing skills that enabled us to get these home in my RAV4.

Okay, here's some close ups so you can drool a little more.  I know I still am.





25 suitcases later, I still wasn't done.  The sellers were still bringing stuff outside.



I also ended up with this (pretty much) mint condition Coke cooler.  And, what I thought, at first, were bowling pins.  They're definitely juggling pins.  Which really makes them cooler.

I was on a junking high at this point.  I was just hoping there was something else out there for me to find.  The next garage sale was a bust.  The estate sale (run by a family) after that was pretty much a bust.  It was only 9:45 by this point and the next place on our list was a flea market that opened at 10.

We were not even en route for a few minutes and mom spots a sign for a church rummage sale.  I quickly braked and make the turn.  The parking lot was bursting at the seams.  I didn't think there would be much left, considering this thing had probably been open almost 2 hours.  We walk through the door, and I saw that familiar milk glass.  I said, "I see Pyrex!" and dashed for it.  I quickly spied a Hazel Atlas cocktail shaker and glass and dashed to pick those up as mom found a box for the Pyrex.  When I went to check out my total didn't add up to much, so I made a donation on top of that.  Wanted to keep the good karma going that I was having.

Not much more to write home about.  Everywhere else we hit were just flea markets.  We attempted a few Goodwills with no luck.  The stores were insanity - it was half price day.  We decided to skip the rest and hit the flea market near my house and then head home.

So, are you ready for more pictures?  Here's everything else I got after that first garage sale.



The HA cocktail shaker (sans top) and glass were the ones I mentioned above that I picked up from the church rummage sale.  I also picked up the cookie press there.  The rest were flea market finds.


All of these are flea market finds except the green handled tool.  It was from the estate sale and will stay in my personal collection.


I didn't realize I cut off the butterprint fridgies in this pic!  I was so happy to find those at the flea.  The Pyrex I dashed for at the church rummage sale were these 2 4pc sets of Pyrex tableware.  The egg beater was another estate sale item.

So, I'm a day and a half out from the great garage sale haul and I'm still riding that junkin' high.  It has me optimistic about garage sales again.  I usually go back and forth about if I think they're worth my time or not.

(Virtually) Slap me later in the garage sale season when I complain about not finding much and remind me of this day.

What did you guys find this weekend?
Melissa

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Finds

Hi all!  Went to a couple of auctions this weekend.  Wanted to share my finds with you.  Unfortunately, due to timing, I didn't get to snap my Saturday finds before they headed to the booth.  And one is soaking in the sink / needs a little fixin' before I show you.  So, let's see if I can find some stock photos online...

Mint Green McCoy elephant planter (I got 2 of these!)

Pink McCoy elephant planter (I got 1).

McCoy Puppy cookie jar



Black/White enamel coffee pot w/ glass Pyrex percolator

These are Sunday's finds/swaps...  All are heading to the booth with the exception of the green-handled chopper, which will stay in my personal collection.






I know the one is DWD... but I got a great deal on the set!

This was the swap.  I got all of these for a jadeite loaf pan! :)

I know, not may words today, but it has been busy around these parts.  I'm finishing up the spring semester - so lots of papers, projects, and final exams are looming.  I have also begun preparing for the one vintage market I plan on doing this summer that takes place the first weekend in June.

So, I hope these pictures will suffice until next time!
Melissa

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