Monday, May 18, 2015

The Best Garage Sale Find Ever

First - let me apologize to those of you who have commented and haven't received a response from me!  For some reason I'm not receiving an email for every comment I receive, which means I don't see them until I log in to write my next post.  So, if you don't hear from me, that's the reason.

Now, onto this past weekend's finds.  Rain put a damper on things and I didn't get to hit as many sales as I would've liked before the rain really started to come down.  However, I wasn't disappointed.  For the few sales I hit, I did really well.

In fact, at my first stop I got all of this!  A 7ft gold and silver aluminum pom-pom Christmas tree, a working color wheel, and a huge box of pink and aqua blue shiny brites.  And, since I'm keeping it all, I'll let you in on a little secret - I only paid $25!  After posting it on Instagram and Facebook, I actually had an offer of $500 for the tree.  I had to pass, because I'll probably never find another one like it in my life.  Not only is it 7ft tall, it's silver and gold, and in the original box!  This haul is so good, it truly rivals my suitcase haul as my best garage sale find.

Look at the box.  I couldn't believe the woman was selling it.  She said it was her aunt's and she didn't want it.  Well, I'm happy to give it a new home!

While driving around to the garage sales on my list, I happened upon an estate sale.  If it had been listed on, craigslist or the newspaper, it definitely would've been on my list.  I wonder where they listed it to get buyers?  They did have lots and lots of signs.  The house was built in 1956 and it was all original.  The owners had only bought new furniture in 1956 when they moved in.  They never replaced it.  I missed out on some truly wonderful mid-century pieces.  I took a picture of the original mint green bathroom.  I wish I could've bought it and moved it into my house.  I loved it.

The rest of my finds are actually all from this sale... so I'm glad I found it!

My first full set of "aqua blue" Pyrex fridgies.  I know they're DWD (dishwasher damaged) like crazy, but I figured for $4, it was well worth it just for the 4 lids!  I only use DWD Pyrex in my kitchen, so that my fiancee knows he can put it in the dishwasher, so these (sans lids) will get used in my kitchen.  Although, I will say I was really proud of him the other day when he used one of my shiny Autumn Harvest 444's and HAND washed it.  He's learning.  I think I'll keep him.

 The lime Pyrex 232 is the first in this size that I've ever bought.  I'll also buy any Pyrex fridge dish - no matter the pattern - for a buck!  The swan milk glass pepper shaker is already sold to an Instagram friend.  The puppy planter was too cute not to buy.  I also bought my first Glasbake Lipton mug.  This one is a true opal.  They had a yellow one at the sale too, but it was too damaged to buy.

I also got this pink Club pan.  Isn't it awesome?  And this cute sifter.

ANOTHER wood tennis racquet to add to all the other I bought the last 2 weeks.  And another wood folding ruler.

That's it for the finds this week.  Lots of fun things coming up!  A nice long 3-day weekend, which hopefully bring a lot of garage sales.  I've gotta get my garden and flower beds planted this weekend too.  The US 40 / National Road Yard Sale (follow that link to see what I found last year) is coming up the following weekend.  Finally, the weekend after that is the Woodruff Place Flea Market.  The only event I've done to sell my wares (besides a booth/online).  Check out last year here.

Have a great week!

Melissa's Antiques

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  1. Oh Melissa, the memories of aluminum trees! Growing up, we had 3 picture windows with an aluminum tree in each (and color wheels for each), and then the live tree in our living room. Love seeing those things and reliving those memories. :)
    And how do you think my jadeite would look in that mint bathroom, lol?

  2. I don't think I've ever even seen an aluminum tree.

    You do find the best stuff.

  3. So fun Melissa, I am looking forward to seeing the tree when you pull it out. Glad you had good luck shopping.

  4. I found that exact same tree at a garage sale in California last year! I only paid $25 bucks for it and had tons of people offer to buy it. Uh, NO FREAKING WAY!!! Great score, Melissa!!


  5. That estate sale must have been fun...the bathroom looked in beautiful shape! The tree was sure a find! Just hopped over from Dagmar's party...following on Bloglovin now!

  6. You find the best sales! OMG that tree still in the box. Love the pink pan too. :)

  7. Wish I could have seen the house! Amazing that they never updated anything. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  8. It is always a wonder to find a mid-century house in the original shape. I think I would have taken the money and run on the tree.

  9. Melissa, what a sale--bet you did a happy dance!

  10. Wow, did not realize those old stainless trees are worth that much!

  11. The tree = find of a lifetime. Congrats.

  12. What a find. You'll have to put it up in early November and leave it up until January. Looing forward to seeing it out of the box and all beatified. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  13. oh that dog planter!! Sweet finding vintage Christmas as well ~ and what a treat to see the house as well (one of our favorite things to do at estate sales besides grab the goods lol!!)

  14. WOW! That tree is such a fabulous find, and a great deal even without the other Christmas stuff you got with it. Can't believe it was still in its original box. I am in love with that original mint green bathroom. I know people rip them out and redo them but I could never.

  15. I love you tinsel tree! I have my grandfathers old tree and i treasure it. It has the cox and sleeves for each branch as well! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  16. I love those aluminum trees! What a score, great finds all. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Wish I could go picking with you!

  17. Wow, can't believe someone offered you $500 for that tree. Can't wait till Christmas to see it all decked out! The mint bathroom sounds amazing. I love the sifter! I found my first one with a pattern to add to my collection a while back. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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