There were two in the same little community and the first one was a family-run estate sale. Like lots of family sales, the sellers had watched TOO MANY episodes of Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers! They had some nice green depression glass, but it was so expensive. One glass jar with a lithograph on the lid was $50! There was a cake platter, a couple of bowls and a cream and sugar. I asked the lady if the $50 was for the set and she explained that each piece was priced alone. The cheapest one was $20! She told me she was asking what she'd paid for each one at an antique mall about 10 years ago. No point in arguing economic downturn, tastes that have changed from depression glass to mid-century or yard sale vs. antique mall. I just said thank you and walked away.
I got to the next sale really early because of that and was #6. My friend Bargain Hunter and a few more people I knew from the antique mall were there, too. Inside, almost everything was marked and they had lots of people in the rooms to help with pricing and running items -- always a good thing. Their prices were on the high end, though. Bargain Hunter left almost as soon as she got there -- empty-handed. I was getting ready to go and decided to do one more walk through...I'm glad that I did!
There were some deals (though not steals) to be had.
website -- one of my favorites -- to date globes and maps! I love to see when countries merged, separated and changed names. Globes are really popular right now, too (probably because they're being replaced by online maps & GPSes).
The next sale I went to was run by two really nice guys -- I'd been to their sales before and they're always so nice to deal with (and their prices are fair.
|Little Golden Books are always nice to find|
|These 1950s kids' books are very interesting. I like the illustrations and projects in the 'Let's Play'|
|The Sierra pattern is from 1955. I found an|
So, the moral of this post is: The next time you go to a sale and think there's nothing there to buy, take another look -- there just might be a treasure hidden away somewhere!