Well, something has changed this garage sale season. People are getting a lot better at their descriptions. Except in the case of the ad that only boasted "Winne the Pooh and Coke collectibles" and I ended up with 25 amazing vintage suitcases. But, that's an exception to the rule that I'm willing to accept.
Another exception to rule that I'm willing to forget is when you classify an estate sale as a garage or yard sale. The reason for this is because I know a lot of junkers who will only go to estate sales. They won't even bother with the run-of-the-mill garage/yard sale. Well, I left work mid afternoon on Friday, after the rain had cleared up, so that I could hit a particularly great sounding garage that was actually an estate sale. I came home with this:
A green folding bar cart! FOLDING! It's pretty darn cool. It's a little rusty, but someone will love to sand that off and spray paint it a new bright color. I only bought a few pieces of Pyrex. The rest were Early American, which I don't usually buy, unless it's a full set. My first aqua fridgie in the wild!! And this snowflake roaster is huge. I bought this Westinghouse loaf pan because I love the lid. Plus it looked like it had never been used. The little Santa is Lefton. There's various kitchen tools (including Bakelite tongs) and cookie cutters. Bellow are some hankies and vintage boxes of candles, hangers, and Angel Chimes (which I have bought and sold before).
So, here's where I want to say thank you to all the peoples' garage sales that I stopped at, since you all so accurately described your stuff! I also appreciate that many of the sales I had on my list were part of neighborhood sales, so I was able to hit a few extra homes. One had a pretty big pay off, too.
Here's what my truck looked like when I came home after 4 hours of garage sales:
This may not look like a lot, but I usually only buy smalls, so all of these boxes are fairly full. And they yielded all of this:
Starting at the top: an aqua Colonial band Fire King bowl, pink stoneware (McCoy?) bowl, 2 West Germany Easter egg candy holders, 3 milk glass plates, a milk glass Nar-o-Fold napkin holder, a child's hankie, Made in Japan elephant figurine, plastic doilies, and LOTS of paper shelf liner - some in the original package.
Starting at the top: 3 pieces of Pyrex (Early American - I know, but SO CHEAP, Spring Blossom, and Crazy Daisy), McCoy smiley face mug, so many milk glass vases (I have been collecting these for several brides-to-be), 4 Hazel Atlas moderntone sherberts, 4 santa face mugs, more children's hankies, a chenille baby's blanket, a table cloth, and the beautiful table cloth covering the table!
17 aqua blue Ball jars. How could I pass them up?
A wood silverware tray, red telephone, Androck nut grinder, 2 rusty cheese graters, and a red handled rolling pin.
A wood (the guy said walnut) box with Bakelite handle and three (YES, THREE!!!!) scales. The small postal scale actually came from a local company: Indianapolis Power and Light, which is still operating under that name today.
2 small crocks, a minnow bucket, and a little wood cabinet with glass shelves.
The cabinet was made from pieces of an old fruit crate.
It's marked 1980 on the back, but I don't care. I think these little details really make it special.
A stack of pretty linens for one price. I can never turn that down. EVER. I think it's physically impossible. And this box of made in Poland ornaments.
Lots and lots of (mostly) children's books. A lot of these were military themed and they are now part of the May military themed window display at my antique mall.
Last, but not least, these sweet wood folding chairs. They're still pretty sturdy!
And a just because little collage of my weekend finds.
So, if the point of this post wasn't clear: I am really starting to get into this whole garage sale thing. And I'm happy that the sales haven't been as disappointing as they have been in years past. What are your thoughts on the garage sales in your area? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Not enough of 'em?
Speaking of garage sales, mom and I are hitting the annual State Road 38 Garage Sale this weekend. It is about 40 miles of highway from Noblesville to Hagerstown, Indiana. I've never done this route before, so I'm looking forward to what I might be able to find. Later in May me, mom, and her sister will be tackling a portion of the US 40/Historic National Rd Garage Sale. I've got to start planning our route for this. We'll be going for either 2 or 3 days. Anyone with experience know great towns to visit along US 40 in Illinois, Indiana, or Ohio?
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