Monday, January 13, 2014


I was hit hard the last few months with booth sales, which isn't a bad thing.  However, it is so hard to restock in the wintertime.  No garages sales.  Fewer estate sales.  Auctions here and there.  And the prices.  Oh, the prices are crazy!  We're talking double retail in some situations.  Even Goodwill has caught on to the crazy price craze.  And not just on collectibles.

So, I risked going to the only good auction within 100 miles of me.  It was all dealers.  It was hard to get good merchandise.  Luckily they did box lots and not a lot of folks dug through to see what was inside.  So I got lucky on a few things. 

For some reason, only 3 weeks out from Christmas and the prices on vintage Christmas has dropped immensely.  That was a surprise.  I mean, look at all of this!  And Santa works!

I'm not much of a cook, but I couldn't resist these old cookbooks.  Look at those graphics!  Have you seen what they've been selling for on eBay?

Another item where the graphics drew me in.  Yeah there's a few missing pieces, so I'll sell them as a lot.

I intended to buy just the copper coffee pot and tea kettle.  I got a few other goodies.  Surprisingly, aluminum ice cream scoops sell well for me.  And weird s&p shakers, like these Easter Island heads (Moai), also sell well.

I've been looking all over for you guys!  Where have all the vintage & even slightly vintage cameras been hiding?  You guys are my biggest sellers next to Pyrex.

Speaking of box lots... Here's what come in them nowadays.  Dishwasher damaged Pyrex with 2 salvageable lids, some neat-o Made in Japan bookends, and other misc stuff.

Look!  More cameras!  Yay!  I had to buy these 3 off of some guy.  They came in a box lot and he wanted the other items.  Thank goodness.  The wood-handled blow dryer actually works!  And aren't those the sweetest sewing kits?  They're marked made in Japan and probably from the 50s or 60s.

My most unusual purchase - these stack of new old stock turquoise striped popcorn tubs.  So many endless possibilities.  Oh, and the hoard of melmac.

So it continues.  Also, a full set of aqua handled Ecko utensils.

Easily my favorite purchase of the day.  Patchwork (baby) quilt #1.

Aren't these kitties precious?  If anyone is good at dating material, so that I could potentially date these quilts, please contact me.

Patchwork (baby) quilt #2.

These will be heading to the booth this weekend.  After I endure crazy first week of spring semester.  Back to the craziness!


Linking to:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Nifty Thrifty
Junkin Joe
We Call it Olde
Thrifty Things Friday


  1. I had no idea on the prices on Ebay with the cookbooks. Wow! I hate this time of year due to the vintage drought...

  2. Holy cow, I see vintage cookbooks ALL the time, and I usually pass. Clearly I need to reconsider! I love all your melmac finds...anything in aqua gets a thumbs up from me.

  3. You got lots of great stuff! I love all that Melmac, the tiny shiny brites, and the kitten fabric is sooooo adorable!

  4. You did great for the winter doldrums. Can't wait for the spring sales. Love your Santa and the melmac. Good scores!

  5. You did great, Melissa! What dealer doesn't need more Pyrex fridgie lids and those cookbooks are the best. I'm especially liking the aqua melmac and utensils. What a haul!!!

  6. Our thrift stores are overloaded with time donated before the New Year and yet the prices have gone up. I had to dig through a bunch of things today to find a couple of treasures. Love the Melmac - what I grew up with - my cereal bowl was pink!

  7. Wow! What a great batch of things! I'm so happy to hear that your sales have been so good at the booth.
    I have that Santa! Love him, and I think he's a bit older than most blow mold type lights we usually find.
    Great Job!
    Erica :)

  8. I'm blown away by all your great finds! I recently didn't buy an old camera still in the original box from a thrift store that always gives extremely low prices. I probably would have gotten for like $3-4. I'm a doofus. Good luck with everything! Thanks so much for sharing this at my History & Home Link Party. Hope to see you again on Tuesday. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It


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