Sunday, November 11, 2012

Last Weekend's Haul, Also Known as the Coldest Auction Ever + These Week's Goodwill Finds

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending, what I believe, was the last outdoor/onsite auction of the season.  The forecast was that it was going to be cold.  I checked the radar before I left the house and there was not so much as a green dot on it.  So, I bundled up in boots, 3 layers, a scarf, and a hat.  And for the first hour or so, that was enough.  Then it started sprinkling.  Then raining rather hard.  Then it rain turned to sleet.  I debating leaving so many times.  However, the prices were just too good to leave.  So, I suffered for getting the good stuff for my etsy stores.

I found this great box of Christmas stuff...

Feather tree ornaments - all sold already!

There were these cute little boxes...

A tavern candle box...

Here's the contents.  Tavern and gurley candles and a
spun cotton santa.

And a shoe box of old ornaments.

Onto the non-Christmas items...

Orange enamel coffee pot, baby blue scale,
canisters, and old chalkboard.



Bottom of the canisters - Old Reliable Coffee and Tea

I'm having a hard time deciding if I am
going to part with this or not.

The scale will look really great once I
clean it up completely.

Enamel and aluminum cream pails, aluminum pitcher cups
and coasters, tin trays, and match holder.





Lots of stoneware crocks.





7up crate, 2 mini oil lamps (to add to my ridiculous
collection), green and red handle kitchen tools.





Buttons.

Lots of buttons.

On the original cards.

Ceramic Christmas Tree.

Cardboard dollhouse.









On to the Goodwill finds from this week...

Pink scale

Tissue Box

Cake carrier with awesome blue glass knob.

Empire plastics trick or treat pails, putz
house, 2 cotton mice picks, bakelite
spatula, and green handle cookie cutter.
Just wanted to share what I have bought recently.  Most of this will be available in my main etsy store or christmas store shortly.

Have a great Sunday!
Melissa

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aftermath of a Sale

Here's hoping all my friends in blogland that were affected by Sandy are safe.  I'm glad to see some of you are blogging, but to those that aren't, my thoughts are sent your way! We're feeling Sandy a little here in Indiana.  Huge cold front, lots of rain, and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

It looked like Sandy in my garage after the big sale on Saturday.  It was quite a successful day and I plan on doing it again this spring, with the first signs of warm weather.  Or maybe even this winter, if I ever get my house in a shape where I would want people to see it.  I'm laughing because that will probably never happen.

The sale opened at 8.  I said no early birds and I even posted a sign that said I wouldn't open the garage until 8, which meant there was a line of about 10 or 15 people waiting to get in as soon as my doors opened.  It was like opening the doors to a department sale on Black Friday.  I could not believe people.  Elbow to elbow and kinda pushing each other to get to my stuff, while I heard squeals of delight, "her prices are so great!"  I stood in the driveway and watched as people dug through my stuff and made piles on the driveway.

Thought I'd show some before pictures.  There's really not much after, as most of it is gone.  Which is why my main etsy shop is so sad looking.  But, now I have even more money to buy more goodies!

Even though both had NFS tags, I can't believe how many
folks wanted my chippy blue shelf and old rusty bar cart.









Have a great Tuesday!
Melissa

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Another Sale + An Update

As if selling at the Covered Bridge Festival the last 2 weekends wasn't enough, I am having another sale!  This time, it's going to be at my house.  I want to get rid of as much as possible and start over fresh with lots of new items this fall/winter.  Who can blame me?  So, if you're in the area, please come visit me!  Pictures and address will be posted Thursday or Friday.  If you email me (see link off to the right) and you want a sneak peek, we can set up a meeting Thursday or Friday evening! :)

Also, an update.  Do you remember the Stanley Upholstery sign I bought?  Well I gave it to my dad to hang at our family farm (hunting grounds).  Look what he did to it....


He added the "Hunting Camp & Lodge" and "Est. 2002," which was the year he purchased it.  He added a clear coat to it when he was finished, so it will be weather resistant, because the white paint used to come off like crazy.  Well, the clear coat brought some of the rust through, which really added character.

As for the other half of the sign - going to the scrap metal pile.

Happy Tuesday!
Melissa

Friday, October 19, 2012

Come See Me This Weekend!

Image courtesy of The Brazil Times

I went into crazy shopping mode this week and I have stocked up on a many new things.  I have also pulled some stuff from my personal collection.  So, if you saw me last weekend - there will be plenty of new stuff!

You can come see me:
Saturday October 20 & Sunday October 21
US 40 Livery Stable
4870 US 40 E
Brazil, IN 47834
9am - 6pm
Or until it's all gone. 
(I can hope, can't I?)

Melissa

Monday, October 15, 2012

My First Experience as a Vendor

Saturday was my first experience as a vendor during a large festival that is oriented around crafts, home goods, and the best part - antiques and vintage goodies galore.  I was so graciously invited to join the wonderful group at the US 40 Livery Stable.  I have nothing but good things to say about my experience and I'm really looking forward to this weekend.

The barn itself and the actual Covered Bridge Festival didn't open until 10am, but I was setting up outside the barn, so I arrived at 9, just in time to start catching the traffic headed in to the festival. Literally as soon as we were unloaded (THANKS MOM FOR HELPING!) and barely unpacking things onto the tables, cars full of people were stopping in.  In fact 2 wonderful ladies even finished helping us unpack and spent a great deal of money.  I think they were just more interested in being the first people to see some of my items, but nonetheless, I was grateful for any little bit of help.

I was pretty well slammed for a good 2 hours.  In fact, if I didn't sell a single thing the rest of the day, I was already having a really good day.  This was when I finally had the chance to stop and smell the roses, errr, take pictures of my set up.  What stinks is about a third of what I brought was already gone.  No, wait, that doesn't stink, but it doesn't make for very great pictures.  Also, I forgot my good camera, so you will have to settle for my smart phone pics.  Anyways... here she is...

the view of the tables

left side view + big ass sign + my truck
also isn't the barn the mostly lovely chippy green??

right side view
we were set up in what used to be the corral for various
barnyard animals.  you can also see the ridiculously
beautiful old farm house that is on the property.

left side table view

left middle table view

I had nowhere to hang my sign
I also didn't have to take a single credit card all day

right middle table view

right side table view

right end cap

left end cap

So a good majority of this is gone.  And did I mention that I only set up Saturday?  I was unable to set up Sunday due to severe weather.  Thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 35 mph.  It would've been a miserable time.  Now I've got to start tagging a lot more items so that I have enough stuff to last 2 days next weekend. The weather is looking perfect - sunny and 60s.  Cool, crisp, I'll take it.

You can come see me:
Saturday October 20 & Sunday October 21
US 40 Livery Stable
4870 US 40 E
Brazil, IN 47834
9am - 6pm
Or until it's all gone. 
(I can hope, can't I?)

Melissa