Monday, September 15, 2014

Farm Fresh Finds

I was lucky enough to attend an auction on Saturday out in the middle of no where. 
Just the way I like it.  It was a bitter cold 47 degrees when the auction started. 
It was a pretty large auction, so I'm lucky mom came with me to help out.


Breathtaking views.


Lots and lots of box lots.


 One of the many trailers full of goods.


 Lines and...


 lines of goods.


They should have a dumpster at every auction.  
There's always stuff that just needs to be thrown away.  
It's not even nice enough to donate.


 More beautiful views.


Seriously, aren't these views amazing?


Still more stuff!


 So many canning jars!


I could've just snapped pictures all day of this farm.


130+ acres of beautiful Indiana countryside.

So, do you want to even see what I bought?

Here's what my truck looked like when I got home from the auction.


And spread out all over my garage floor.


 Some of the old grain and coffee sacks spread out on
the driveway to be cleaned. Still more to go through.
Only one dead mouse made an appearance. So far.


And a few apple baskets.


Blue canning jars and crates.


 Galvanized buckets!


 My army of Prince Albert tins.


More galvanized buckets and a few enamel lids.


The first round of finds.





Second round of finds.






Plenty of ephemera.
A Happy Days coloring book that 
kind of looks like Magpie Ethel.
"Happy Day" is her catchphrase, too.



And it's always a good day when there's 
vintage Christmas involved.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #18

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

I've recently joined the Instagram world!  Jump on this bandwagon if you haven't already!  I would've been on sooner, but I have a Windows phone and they only recently perfected the app to where it was more usable.
The feature from last week is... 




Feel free to use this button on your blog if you've been featured.
So, let's get on to the party!  Let me kindly remind you of the guidelines...

Please...
  1. only submit "thrifty" finds/DIYs/furniture redos/recipes posts/articles.  Do not submit a "for sale" post - this is not a link up to sell items.  Do not submit a link to your homepage.  Submit a direct link  (permalink) to the post/article.  Only link up to 3 posts/articles.
  2. link back to the Melissa's Antiques home page or directly to this week's TTF link-up.  Feel free to grab the button above! Tell your readers where you party at!  Encourage them to join!
  3. follow my blog.  You can do that several ways: Google Reader, by email, Bloglovin', or any other platform.  I also have a Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I like to show different content than what's on my blog on these 3 platforms.
  4. go to the source of the photo to pin it to Pinterest, so that way the original author gets the credit.
  5. note that by linking your post, you give me (Melissa's Antiques) permission to share your pictures or content on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms.
  6. try to visit others who link-up to this post.  I will try to get to everyone's posts by the time for the next TTF.
  7. I'd really love to see more thrifty/vintage wedding stuff.  Link up as much wedding stuff as you'd like!
If you do not follow these guidelines you will not be featured next week and/or your post may be deleted.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Few Weekend Finds

Wow, there was hardly anything going on in the sale department this weekend.  I was pretty disappointed.  There were 2 estate sales but neither looked promising, especially since I wouldn't be able to hit them until Saturday (half price day).

However, I was browsing Craigslist on Friday night and I came up with what looked to be an amazing garage sale.  Also, it was in a really nice, older part of downtown Indianapolis.  Well, the sale said it started at 8, so I was there right on the dot.  I didn't see anything set up in the yard, driveway, or garage area.  There were a few boxes on the front porch and the front door was open, so I curiosity got the best of me and I walked right up.  The lady had not brought a single thing out of her house, she left it all right where it was.  There were a few people browsing, so I walked on in.  I tried to be friendly and talk to the lady hosting the sale.  I asked her how her day was so far and why she was selling all of her treasures.  "I stayed up really late trying to get the sale ready and then all you people show up right at 8am AND I have to move."  Well, okay.

So, I took a quick walk around and noticed not a damn thing was priced.  By this time some of (what appeared to be) her friends showed up and she was chatting with them, like there weren't 5 strangers browsing her house.  I tried to ask her how much an item was and she got really snippy with me "That's McCoy!  It's expensive!"  So, this whole experience was turning a little sour at this point.  I managed to drag together a few items and said, "I will give you $20 for these few items" which was AWFUL generous for what I had picked out.  I was also the first one brave enough to attempt to buy something from her.  The rest of the shoppers seemed rather skittish.  She picked up each item and examined it carefully and FINALLY (after was seemed like eons) gave prices.  By the time she was done adding everything up it was going to cost me $45.  I guess I looked shocked.  "Well, I'm not going to give these things away for free.  They're worth a lot of money."  Then I finally spoke, "You advertised this as a garage sale, not an antique shop.  I, and I'm sure many others after me, are going to be fairly disappointed.  I'll pass on all of it."  So, as I walked out, so did the other 4 shoppers.  I don't think she really wanted to sell anything.  I just figured it wasn't worth my time at that point.  I was wasting precious garage sale hours!

So, after that ordeal, I headed to one of the estate sales that was opening at 9.  When I got there, there was no line, but it was awfully picked over.  I did manage to pick out several things.  I drove over to the next estate sale that opened at 10.  I was happy I waited until half price day.  The gal the ran the sale has a reputation for pretty high prices.  I think it scared off people, because again there was no line for me to get in.  I was able to grab a lot of stuff!  She ended up even throwing in a few freebies - such as a GIANT bag of bubble wrap.  Free shipping supplies?  I'll always take those!


 I got this fun, chippy green side table.
It now resides on the bf's side of the couch.


 I fell in love with these decanters.
I think there has originally been a whole set.
But, the others had sold on Day 1 of the sale.


 I ended up with a McCoy piece.
And it wasn't really expensive. :)


I LOVE these "I Saw Santa at Blocks" Fire King mugs.
I don't know if I can part with them.
Blocks was an Indianapolis department store.
It opened in 1896 and closed in 1987.
From 1987-1993 it was a Lazarus.
In 2003 the building became luxury apartments.


I first picked these up just for the boxes.


I was pleasantly surprised that they still had their contents.


Instant relatives.


 A stack of books from estate sale #1.


Some of the recipes sounded awful.
Tomato Soup Cake...
Chicken Velvet Soup...
Creamed Tuna...


The non cook books.


And a lovely pair of screw-back rhinestone earrings.
I'll be keeping these.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #17

TTF @ Melissa's Antiques

Welcome to the next installment of Thrifty Things Friday!

I've recently joined the Instagram world!
The feature from last week is... 



Feel free to use this button on your blog if you've been featured.
So, let's get on to the party!  Let me kindly remind you of the guidelines...

Please...
  1. only submit "thrifty" finds/DIYs/furniture redos/recipes posts/articles.  Do not submit a "for sale" post - this is not a link up to sell items.  Do not submit a link to your homepage.  Submit a direct link  (permalink) to the post/article.  Only link up to 3 posts/articles.
  2. link back to the Melissa's Antiques home page or directly to this week's TTF link-up.  Feel free to grab the button above! Tell your readers where you party at!  Encourage them to join!
  3. follow my blog.  You can do that several ways: Google Reader, by email, Bloglovin', or any other platform.  I also have a Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I like to show different content than what's on my blog on these 2 platforms.
  4. go to the source of the photo to pin it to Pinterest, so that way the original author gets the credit.
  5. note that by linking your post, you give me (Melissa's Antiques) permission to share your pictures or content on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media platforms.
  6. try to visit others who link-up to this post.  I will try to get to everyone's posts by the time for the next TTF.
  7. I'd really love to see more thrifty/vintage wedding stuff.  Link up as much wedding stuff as you'd like!
If you do not follow these guidelines you will not be featured next week and/or your post may be deleted.