Thursday, March 24, 2011

Junkin' Finds Friday

It's been a busy sale week -- there were over 40 sales to choose from! My friend Bargain Hunter and I headed out yesterday to an estate sale out in the country. It was so much fun! As soon as we pulled up and saw the old farmhouse and barn, we knew it would be a good one.

I got lots of the usual things: aprons and glassware, pottery and kitchen stuff. The whole front room was dedicated to paper ephemera -- I was so excited to see it all!
Old cookbooks from the 1930s - 1960s and some child-rearing books from the 1940s
Two needlecraft books -- McCall's 1955 & an Embroidery book 1936
A Speed-o-Weave loom from the 1970s with box
A lot of old patterns that were mailed to the farm wife in the 1930s as premiums
Lots of monogram patterns in different sizes
Some little advertising grocery lists from 1955, complete with the list pads and pencils and some old seed packets that still have the seeds in them. This red plaid cloth covered binder is so cool (I know, I'm such a nerd...)

Here are the three favorite finds of the day (I know at least half of you will roll your eyes at these!):
2 orange corduroy throw pillows -- one with tucks and 'berries' and the other heart shaped. It will be SO HARD to part with these!3 hot pink plastic resin swans to hang on a bathroom wall.
I just flat out love these -- they're so tacky
A black cat desk piece -- he has a hole at the back for a pen, wire spirals for letters and a tiny dish at the front (for paper clips, I guess)
The day wasn't without its 'buyer beware' moments (I think I have at least one of these at every outing -- you'd think I'd learn!):
> A Harker Cameoware casserole that was in the garage should have stayed there! The dirt and stains are permanent and it has a crack I couldn't see through the dirt.
> 3 'Colonial Pattern' aprons new-in-package turned out to be plastic instead of cloth.
> An apron I bought turned out to be a button-on apron bib that was missing its skirt. At least the fabric is a neat yellow with cherries on it, so I can cut it up for something
> The dealer charged me .50 per pattern when the box was marked .25 each (and I was too intimidated to argue with her because the line behind me was so long

Oh, well -- live and learn (and have fun thrifting)!

8 comments:

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Omg I love love love those swans, they are possibly the most fabulous things I have seen in a long time. The cushions are wonderful too and the cat desk thing. Classic!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

FUN treasures! I want to find an old barn/house sale to go to! Digger's sale tomorrow for me!
Deb

The Chickens' Auntie said...

I'm so glad you like them -- I thought I might be the only one...

Linda said...

What a great sale! Love all your fun kitschy finds! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments about my spring mantel! I am a new follower, too...so nice to make a new blogging friend!

Rebecca Clayton said...

I used to have the companion piece to your letter-holder kitty. Mine was a daschund, with a special plastic pen that came with it. The little dish in front held a tiny pink sponge, to which you were supposed to add water, and then use it to moisten envelopes and stamps. It didn't work very well. It was easier to lick them.

I've been enjoying your blog for several months (it was the chickens that first drew me in), but sometimes it's a little disturbing to see things I bought new called "vintage." Guess that makes me antique.

Into Vintage said...

I love that plaid notebook - I must be a nerd too! :-) Stilllll waiting for more sales to start out here in the country in cold & rainy Oregon. Glad to know you had such great luck. And I too have a long list of 'buyer beware' items or as I like to call them, 'What was I thinking?'

ILoveCollecting said...

Lucky you! Great stuff!!

Kally said...

I love the kitten, he matches the one you gave me a year ago. So how about if he makes the move to Minnesota with us? I really enjoy seeing all your treasures!

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