Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thrift Shopping in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Mr. Kitschy Vintage & I went on a road trip last week to visit two dear friends who've recently moved to Minnesota (more on that trip later). When my friend Kally was back here in Michigan, she went to a family-run estate sale with me and she caught the thrifting bug! So we checked out estatesales.net for Minnesota and off we went.

Kally got the entire thrifting and junking experience, complete with high prices, grimy merchandise and stinky houses. She was most excited to go to the first one on our list because they had a Danish Modern rocker she really liked in the picture. We got there early and were #14 & 15. When we got inside, the rocker was already sold -- but it had been priced at $695! A DM china cabinet with horizontally rolling doors was priced at $1900 (not yet sold). We didn't buy much there, though I did get a cute little feedsack quilt block stuffed dog (which I also paid too much for) and a homemade white terry cloth cat.I have no idea why I bought the fake-fur bear along with them. What was I thinking?

The next sale was much more reasonably priced but oh, so stinky! The basement had so much mold or mildew that we literally held our noses shut and held our breath while we looked as fast as we could. There was no way to breathe down there. The rest of the house smelled 'sour' but bearable.
We went to several garage sales after that and had lots of fun wheeling and dealing. At the end of the day, here's what I found:
A set of 1970s Rubbermaid bowls with see-through lids -- so retro!
3 lime green Pyrex casserolesA Franciscan Sycamore divided dish and a plastic faux-cut glass tray (these are REALLY handy in the sewing room)Lots of little odds and ends -- see the pink rhinestone crown pin in the front?A beat-up cutter quilt with very pretty squares. There's a funny story about this quilt -- I took it to the checkout, opened it up and began searching for the price sticker. I told the lady there was a $10 tag on it somewhere. She said, "I believe you, but they couldn't have looked at when they priced it! How about $5 for it?" So I got it for $5 -- great deal!I hope you had some fun shopping last week! I have to catch up on all of my favorite blogs to see what finds there were...


Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Such brilliant finds (as always). Love the quilt - such a bargain. I also love the patchwork dog in the first picture - it's the second time I've seen one of those in a week. Mmmmmm, might be something I could make, you never know!

Jill said...

What fun that must have been!! Great find on the lime green Pyrex!!!

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