Monday, June 29, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer

It has been 3 weeks since I've written a post. Sorry. But honestly I've just been relaxing and enjoying the summer. It's been a lot of pool time, grilling out, hanging out with friends, and having a drink (or three.  I ended my only summer class for my masters about 2 weeks ago. I guess I just needed a breather from everything. Except Instagram. I'm seriously addicted to it. Plus selling on it has been a load of fun too.

I haven't been buying anything either.  It had (notice this is past tense - so I'll get to that in a second!) been 4 weeks since I'd bought anything.  It has been EVEN longer since I'd brought anything new into my booth.  I'm embarrassed to admit this - but it had been over 2 months (probably closer to 3) since I'd brought anything in.  You sure wouldn't know it from my sales.  I thought they were going to be pretty bad, but truthfully they've been really good for the summer.  This month (June) I thought was going to be the worst (booth rent to sales ratio), but it turns out I've at least doubled (plus a little) my booth rent.  It's the best I can ask for considering everyone would probably rather be outside and going on family vacations and such.

Okay, so let me get on to my weekend!  This past week I decided it was time to get out of my junkin' slump.  I'll be honest here - I really haven't been in the mood to buy for the past month.  It truly has been the lazy days of summer (minus the day job).  I had 2 choices for auctions.  One was part 2 of an estate I had attended nearly THREE YEARS AGO.  Not sure why the family waited so long.  There is a part 3 coming up in July too.  I didn't realized I had been to this place until I saw the barn with the T.

I took this pic almost 3 years ago on the day of the first auction.  Click the link above to follow through to that post.

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And here's my Instagram pic I took during the auction on Saturday.  Major junkin' deja vu, if you ask me.

Anyways, the other auction I could've gone to was a 2-dayer to be held on Saturday and Sunday.  The guy who's estate it was used to run a car repair business and then later when he "retired" he owned an antique shop.  So it was lots of car stuff, lots of shelving and showcases, and a little bit of leftover stuff from his antique store.  I decided to wait to go until Sunday.  After chatting with people about Saturday and seeing what was still left on Sunday, I was glad I waited.  Had I been ready to open an antique store, however, I would've been there Saturday with bells on.  Apparently stuff went CHEAP.  Like, REALLY cheap.  I was even cheaper on Sunday.  The sad story is - this auction was estimated to bring around $20,000.  It only brought in about $5500.  I won't say any more on that.  

I loved being out in the middle of nowhere on such a beautiful day.  I didn't really mind that I had to wait several hours before they got to the stuff that I was there for.  It really helped ease me back into auction-going, since I was able to be outside, sit in a lawn chair, chat with the locals, and just relax.  Here's a few views from Instagram.

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Now onto what I bought Saturday. The shelf I used in these pictures was bought Sunday.  It needs a little TLC, but it was CHEAP.

 Everything was bought very cheap, except the grease jar.  I had to wait until the end of the auction to get good prices.  Stuff was going fairly high.  Makes me think that I haven't really been missing any auctions lately, since the prices were high.  It's usually that was when there hasn't been a good auction for awhile.

 I'm going to use the blue swirl enamel pail as part of my wedding decor.  I'll plant a mum in it.  Everything else was bought cheaply for the purpose of reselling.  I like to fill these clear jars with little small odds and ends that people would probably otherwise steal.

The heads are vases.  Shaving stuff is always a good seller.  I fell in love with this little chalkware dog.  I've owned one just like it before.  Pretty sure this is a Fenton basket.  The ceramic pie server will be for my wedding.

 Got this stack of 6 dishes floral plates.  They will be for the wedding.  I haven't been showing you ALL THE STUFF I've been buying, because I has been overwhelming.  You'll see wedding pics sometime in late October, probably.

Now onto Sunday's finds...

More plates for the wedding.  The stack with the plate behind it are all the same.

More plates.  There are a few Lefton there, with the sticker still on them.  I know I'll be hand washing everything, but I'll have to be extra careful with those.  Should be able to get a better resale price out of them.

More plates for the wedding!  I could've bought a lot more, but restrained myself as I have almost as many as I need.  I did give the owner my information and to call me if he's in a bind and needs to sell stuff before he has to be moved out of his location.

I was really happy to pick up some fun colorful glasses and swanky swigs.  And of course the Blendo West Virgina glass pitcher with 6 glasses.  Oh, that juice carafe at the top has it's original GLASS lid! :)  Anyone know how made it?  It's unmarked.

I got another blue swirl bowl.  The grey bowl is marked Texas Ware.  I've never seen a plain one before.  The middle row is such a happy row!  I was able to add 3 McCoy vases to my collection that I didn't have.  The blue fired-on color vase will be for resell.  Random souvenir glasses, including one from Vincennes, Indiana - where my mom's side of the family is all from.  A Jewel Tea bowl, McCoy barrel mug, and a few folding rulers.

And, that's it.  I'm trying to ease back into buying.  I didn't really spend that much on everything you see pictured here.  Truthfully, I've got a lot of stuff, the booth is still doing great even when I don't restock it, and I should be saving all my pennies for my honeymoon.

Okay, can you handle some pictures of my booth after I took in lots of new stuff yesterday?  They kind stink because I took them quickly, as I was already running late to the auction yesterday.  I forgot to turn on the flash.  So they're a little grainy.  I promise I'll shut up so you can just run though them quickly...

What did you guys do this weekend?

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  1. I see you were restrained while easing back into buying :>))) wonderful finds and your booth looks like it is ready to be plundered. Too sad when expectations for an auction to net a family some money and it does not.

  2. Despite the booth neglect you talked about, it looks AWESOME! Love all that pretty glassware. I am not sure of the maker of the juice carafe with the glass lid. Anchor Hocking maybe? It's gorgeous!


  3. I haven't been to an auction in forever. They just don't seem to hold them around here like they used to.... estate sales are the norm now. You found some awesome items... looks like you had a great day of weather and finds!!!

  4. Good to see that you're out of your junkin' vacation, we all need a break once in a while. Love that chippy shelf and all your vintage goodies. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  5. Loved peeping through your booth, just like shopping ... Well kinda saw a few things I'd like in my collection!

  6. Wow, your booth looks great. I see so many goodies, expeccially those metal drawer thingy. I've been looking for something like that for ages.

  7. Looks like you have found some gorgeous plates for your wedding Melissa! Love that barn and would be thrilled to attend an auction in a place like that. You got some fun stuff and your booth is full of so many fabulous treasures! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Beautiful plates! And how about that booth? Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  9. I love all your great finds! Your booth looks amazing and I want to shop it!!


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