Anyway, I chose a family-run sale at a mid-century house. The family was really nice and friendly and they just wanted the stuff to go away, so they were willing to make deals -- I always like that! There were some they held firm on (which is only fair), but they were nice about it and not crabby.
I was number 12 in line and we all got right in. I got some of the things I wanted, but not all. I saw a great turquoise speckled melmac butter dish go away right in front of me -- I was so sad! the same lady also go a couple of orphaned round Pyrex casserole lids (I always look for those) and 1960s gravel picture, similar in technique to these:
I got this great step chair, though: it's in very good condition, with just one worn corner.
|A great mid-century step chair -- it might have to live in my studio!|
|7 Little Golden Books and a 'Let's Go to a National Park' book from the 1960s|
|Two quilted satin lingerie or jewelry drawer organizers|
|A Christmas box full of wooden spools and some other sewing stuff|
|I really like this clear vinyl clutch! It has gold speckles and gold leaves, as well as being laced with gold thread. This is truly kitschy!|
|Hi-Jac sleeves for drinking glasses|
It was hard to take pictures because there were so many people there but I took a couple, and I hope you won't mind looking at them. Unfortunately, the major rooms (the solarium -- yes, there was a solarium off the living room and below the second-floor porch -- living room and dining room) were all too crowded to get any pictures...
|A wonderful 50s turquoise stove in the kitchen|
|Even the basement bathroom had character -- a TINY corner sink and frosted window out to the rest of the basement. The floor was great vintage black and white tiles|
|Don't get dizzy -- this is the shot up the central staircase (three stories) All of the woodwork was original and had never been painted.|
|What a beautiful house it was!|
I got a few little things there to start with.
The great buy of the day (or perhaps the month!) was this picture (below). It's hard to get a good image of it, because of the glass and reflections. That's my kitchen chair it's on, so you can see how big it is. It's a 3-picture (old sepia-tone) panoramic view of Jerusalem. It's in a great old frame, though the frame has some damage. I couldn't believe how cheap it was (only $5) and that no one had snapped it up.
|Are you able to see the divisions of the three photographs?|
|Here's another view|
|This is the caption -- written in old -style with white pen|
Now the hard part is figuring out A) how old it is, B) how to go about selling it and C) how to price it. Not a bad problem to have, at all!
I hope you had great shopping and that you've found lots of treasures this weekend, too!