Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Finds

Hope everyone had a good (holiday) weekend! Mine was spent not doing a whole lot and it felt good.  Just what I needed.

Saturday I went to an auction at a house that hadn't been lived in for 34 years and the executor of the estate was just getting around to taking care of it.  The house, the car, the contents.  It was pretty interesting -- the fact that none of the contents had been out of the house in 34 years.  Some of it SO much longer.  I came away with a few things.  I couldn't stay long, as I was attended a night-before-the-race party, because I live in the city where the "greatest spectacle in racing" occurs every year - the Indy 500.

Here's what I got:


I also got a granite coffee pot, but I forgot to take a photo.

Sunday was a lazy day.  All I literally did was watch the entire 4th season of Arrested Development with my boyfriend.  You need days like this sometimes.

Memorial Day is always my annual day where I go to the store and buy all my flowers.  I, of course, had to stop by a few thrift shops on the way to the garden center...


Some Pyrex restaurant ware (I left so many other overpriced pieces behind!), a Lefton September birthday angel, green depression plates, a McCoy planter for my never ending collection, and a Napcoware figurine.


I absolutely love this child's table and chairs.  AND... AND... someone actually reupholstered the chairs and table prior to donating it... It looks really good!

Friendly reminder... I am a vendor this coming Saturday and Sunday at the 38th Annual Woodruff Place Flea Market!  Will not be able to give my exact location at the event until a day or so prior, unfortunately, but if you're local, you know where to find it!  Hope to see you there!

woodruffplace.org


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Costal Charm: Nifty Thrifty
A Living Space: The Nifty Thrifty
Sir-Thrift-a-Lot: Thriftasaurus
Remnant
Joyful Treasure Hunting
The Thrifty Groove: Thrifty Things Friday
Apron Thrift Girl: Thrift Share Monday

Friday, May 24, 2013

Announcement!!

Hey all!  I have some exciting news!  As of yesterday, I am officially a vendor at one of Indianapolis's best summer events, the Woodruff Place Flea Market.  I wrote about my experience attending it last year here and here.  Last year wasn't my first year attending it -- I have been a patron for several years now.

So, if you're in the Indianapolis area... Please come visit me!  I promise to bring lots of the goodies I've been featuring on my facebook page!

Melissa

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Garage Sale Satuday

So Saturday I was limited to only a few hours in the morning to find new items, so I thought I'd try my hand at garage sales.  I have never had any luck before.  Even mapping out specific garage sales that list items I look for.  It's community/neighborhood garage sale time around these parts, so I picked 4 neighborhoods, 1 school rummage sale, and one Eagle's lodge rummage sale.  I will say - a few of the neighborhoods were complete busts.  And I'm not as luck as some of you out in blogland who find some of these amazing things, but I'm happy with what I did find...

Most of the haul.  Not picture: a mini
iron side table/plant stand and many,
many records.

Some Fire King and a mini crock.

Glass door knob, bean crock, ice bucket, and #13 half pint Ball jar.

#13 ball perfect mason pint, atlas e-z seal half gallon, ball
mason's patent nov. 30th 1858 quart, triple L ball mason quart

ball perfect mason half gallon, white crown mason quart, ball
mason's patent 1958 quart, ball ideal quart, ball half gallon
Not too bad, right?  Some items headed to etsy tonight...

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Costal Charm: Nifty Thrifty
A Living Space: The Nifty Thrifty
Sir-Thrift-a-Lot: Thriftasaurus
Remnant
Joyful Treasure Hunting
The Thrifty Groove: Thrifty Things Friday



Sunday, May 12, 2013

Saturday's Auction Haul

I went to an auction yesterday at what I am convinced was the coolest house on the block in town.  The couple was downsizing their very large collection that even included 2 buildings.  When you pulled up on their 2 story early 1900s farm house with the large wrap around porch, you wouldn't think anything of it.  Then I was directed to look at the items in the backyard...




I didn't want to take too many pictures, because I didn't want people to think that I'm crazy.  The landscaping was so ridiculously beautiful - in that overgrown, effortless way.  You can see the 2 buildings I was talking about.  They used a lot of architectural salvage.  They sold a lot of it too.

This was the first outdoor auction in my area, so there was a large turn out, and prices were high.  So I got what items I could.  I don't think I did too badly and I didn't spend a lot.

A majority of the haul.

Shawnee ram planter, 2 frog planters, lots of Japanese
hand painted s&p shakers, enamel butter dish

so many Japanese tea cups and saucers

salts with spoons (happy Mom's day, mom!), Prince
Albert tin, cookie cutters in original box

Hoosier cabinet jar, ice bucket, 2 swanky swigs, and 4
rolling pins

that last of the haul

2 pictures of Canadian landscape

the cutest little letter box that needs to be
a color other than red
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially mine.  Hope you all got some good junk for Mother's Day! :)

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A Living Space: The Nifty Thrifty
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Finding New Places to Shop

I have driven past this place for years and never bothered to stop.  I always assumed it was a furniture store, as it says in the name.  But, lately I have been in the market for smaller pieces of furniture to refinish, as that seems to be what are the big hits at shows, flea markets, etc.  So, I stopped on a whim.  **Note, I will not be referring to a name, as I have not asked the owners if I could write about their store.

The owners were both outside working, greeted me with a friendly hello, and chatted with me about what I was looking for.  When I walked inside to take a look, I never thought I'd find what I found.  They had a warehouse full of furniture, but also every other thing imaginable.  Every thrift store I've ever been in has nothing on them.  And that is what I would call this place - a thrift store.  I saw so many things I wanted to get to and look at, but this place is packed.  There are lots of little trails through the warehouse to get to other parts of the warehouse

I didn't have a lot of time to look, so browsed through all of it as quickly as I could.  That still took almost an hour.  Here's what I got for my time (and mind you, there is something in EVERY nook and cranny)...



So this Royal typewriter I found is similar to one I bought in a now closed (sad face!) antique mall in Vincennes, IN.


Okay, so it's not a lot.  But, I'm anxious to go back.  I gave the owners my business card and number, and they now know what to keep an eye out for.

So, lesson learned.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thift Store Tuesday

I had my first outdoor sale this past weekend and it was wonderful!  There was a steady crowd of people from 8am until 3pm.  I could not even get a second to snap pictures.  I said goodbye to some of my favorite pieces and some that I'd had for awhile.  I met lots of wonderful people too!  All the shoppers and other vendors were awesome!  I can't wait to do it again!

But, as you know, when you sell a lot of pieces, you have to replace them.  Especially if you are selling on a Saturday - one of the days you go shopping for new pieces.  Monday was a hectic day back to work, after being off for a 4 day weekend, so I decided to hit up the thrift stores yesterday after work.  I haven't been to my local thrift stores in a long time (probably 3 or 4 months).  I used to go once or twice a week, too.

Well, I guess I'm glad I hadn't gone in awhile.  I hit the jackpot at one store, that I have had zero luck at for the past 6 or 7 months.  I had almost given up on it.  In fact, I left a few pieces behind, so hopefully the thrift store karma continues.

Wanna see what I bought?

All of the finds.  All from one store!

Stoneware pitcher, 2 enaml bowls

I flipped out when I saw the box - a set in the box? Nope.
But, this is BG colors AND good old genuine USA melmac.
These are great dishes for kiddos!

Lots of Currier & Ives.  Loving the swirley glasses.  Anyone
know what set these belong to?  BG creamer, and green handle
kitchen tool for my super large collection.

Blueberry Glasbake casserole, 2 Italian ironstone pasta bowls
(marked), and SO many vintage school flash cards!  I love
vintage school supplies!

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