Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Bought a Domain

Hey guys!  Along with the new branding that I've started (slowly) around here, I also took the plunge and bought my domain!  Unfortunately someone owned .com to the one I wanted and didn't want to sell... so I'll be .net.  That's fine.  That's me above with my suitcase haul from last April.

So along with the new domain, I have added a new online shop.  I'll slowly be adding some fun stuff to it.  You guys who follow along on bloglovin' I am trying to get them to transfer you all over.  Everything will take some time.  Or you can follow by clicking this button:

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Monday, March 23, 2015

First Outdoor Auction of the Year

It was a very beautiful spring day on Saturday!  I first went to an estate sale in the town over from where the auction was.  I was the only person in the sale when it opened at 9.  I got to pick up everything I had seen from the pictures at a great deal.

The first outdoor/onsite auction of the year was also on Sunday.  Above is a picture of the line of cars down the dirt road that the auction was on.  Even though there wasn't anything I was particularly interested in, I really just wanted to be outside.  It only lasted about 3 hours, so thankfully I didn't feel like I was wasting my day.

Here's my favorite buy from the auction.

I was able to head to my booth after the auction and bring in all my buys from the last few weeks.  The cooler filled in a big empty spot that was in the front of my booth.

I also got all of these books for a steal at the auction.

These Big Little Books can be quite valuable.  There are some that can be worth $1000 or more.

 I got the big primary yellow 404 at the estate sale.  Here it is in my booth with it's unnumbered true opal twin.

I got this metal advertising parts cabinet with plastic drawers at the estate sale also.

The linens also came from the state sale.  The little dress pot holders are my favorite. 
I forgot to take a picture of a yellowware (so I found the exact same one on Ruby Lane).

...and stoneware bowl that I picked up at the estate sale.  These bowls are not it - they're from an auction I went to back in November - but the one I got is similar to the light brown ones in the back, except it's white.

 And after all your comments on how to sell my sheet music, I decided to bundle it.  I tied jute twine around each set and tied a pretty vintage wallpaper tag on each one.

That's it for this week.  Keep your fingers crossed that a big ol' farm auction will come up soon.  I really need a big truck full of stuff.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Few Finds From Edinburgh, IN

Hey guys!  Life has been pretty busy around here.  After a two week Spring Break from my Master's program, I'm back in school.  It was rough going back, but at least the semester is half way over.  I did get to go to an auction last Saturday.  They had a lot of goodies, but prices were high since it was the first auction in Edinburgh in quite awhile.  Anyways, I did get to come home with a few goodies.  And before I start showing pictures... I DID buy 2 pieces of furniture.  I had them both sold before I even left the auction!

Like these piles and piles of books.  I could've bought more, but I restrained myself.  Not pictured here is the HUGE box of vintage sheet music I bought.  What's the best way to sell that in the booth?  Bundles?  By the piece?

Here are my few smalls.  I've been pretty lucky with Pyrex lately.

Not sure what this orange fire-on jar originally held.  Don't think I saw a maker's mark.  The orange 442 is mint and belongs to the Friendship set.  I thought the glass juice bottle was cute, even though it isn't very old.

The aqua and pink Pyrex sell pretty quickly in my booth.  I bought this jar full of clothespins just for the clothespins... but upon further inspection, I think I'll just leave them in there and sell as is.  I also sell a lot of bottles, so these amber ones will head to the booth.

I can never have too many ball jars.  The wire bail ones with the glass lids will hold small stuff such as wood spools, clothes pins, buttons, etc. and head to the booth.  The others will be used for future tomato canning in August and September.

That's all for this week.  It doesn't seem like much, but I was able to spend time with an auction buddy, so that made the day worthwhile!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


I've designed a new banner and grab button for the blog.  It's pretty basic, but that's what I like.  I like black and white.  I like hand drawn images.  I like clip art.

Here are my images...

That being said, I'm still open to ideas.  If any of you out there are excellent graphic artists, feel free to email a sketch or two.

Either way, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Little Sunday Thriftin'

Since I've been more focused on getting my house ready to put on the market, I haven't done a ton of junk hunting lately.  However, Sunday afternoon, while I was waiting for the fresh coat of paint in my kitchen to dry so that I could apply another, I decided to do a little thrifting with mom.  We hit 3 different flea markets.  The first was a bust.  The second we found a few things.  The third was a success.  After that we went to the Goodwill Outlet to see if we could come home with anything.  I haven't been in a regular Goodwill in ages, since they basically don't put any of the vintage stuff out anymore.  However, I still have a little luck at the Outlet.  

So, here's what I came home with:

 All of these pieces came from the 3rd flea market we went to.  Told you it was a success!  I haven't found this much Pyrex in one day in a long time.  Let alone in one flea market!  I also found this Pepsi crate in that same flea market.

The wishing well chalkware piece is a bank.  For $2, I thought it was quirky and I'd take a chance on it.  The delphite shaker matches one I already have.  The thermos is in pristine condition and pretty cute.  I found those 3 things at the 2nd flea market.  The Anesco camera mom found in one of the bins at the Outlet.  The 2 rolling pins - one came from the 2nd flea market and the other from the Outlet.  I know I've been saying it, but I'll say it again - I can't seem to keep old wood tennis racquets and rolling pins in stock!

I found both doilies and the vintage pillowcase at the outlet.  They're pretty pristine for sitting in a bin with a bunch of other linens and clothes.  The Bride and Groom champagne glasses came from the 2nd flea market.  They were TEN CENTS EACH!  How could I pass that up?  We probably won't use them to actually drink out of at the wedding, but they'll look super cute just sitting on the table!

Mom found this empty Shiny Brite box in one of the bins at the Outlet.  I will ALWAYS buy empty boxes, since I seem to acquire so many ornaments without boxes.  This just helps resell them easier.  I found this roll of tickets at the 3rd flea market for a buck.  Couldn't pass it up, since I've been using them to make my booth tags.  That's cheaper than a box of 100 Avery hang tags from WalMart that I usually use.  Think they cost about $2/box.  These may take a little more work, but they're cute!

That's it for this week's finds!  It's finally starting to thaw out here.  We're supposed to be in the 50s all week.  Most of the snow is now gone.  Hopefully that means GARAGE SALE SEASON!  You better believe I'm going to start browsing Craigslist more frequently.  It was about this time last year that I got that amazing suitcase haul.  I hope the rest of you are thawing out too.  Can't wait to see the amazing hauls you guys start coming home with.

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Monday, March 2, 2015


My 2 booths are now rearranged into 1 extra large space - and I love it!  Mom and I were at the mall from opening (10A) to closing (7P) completely moving everything around.  It took us about 3 hours to figure out the furniture arrangement and to tear up the nasty old carpet that a previous booth owner left.  It took the remaining 6 to try and get all the stuff back in to the booth on different shelves than they were on before.  We had several moments of panic.  We thought we'd never get it all back in.  We were certain we weren't going to be able to come back tomorrow because we were expected to get between 4-7 inches of snow.  We did end up getting 7.

As you can see above, it's nearly impossible to photograph now.  So I pieced together 4 pictures to try and give you an idea of what the front looks like.

If you're so inclined, here are some shots of the entire booth below.

 My "mantiques" shelf.

 Here's the new bookcase I picked up last Sunday.

There's a few Made in Germany paper mache Easter eggs on this shelf.

Here's the 18 drawer cabinet I picked up at the Valentine's Day auction.

 Added a few Easter Gurley candles from my stash.

The mini corner cabinet I also picked up picked up last Sunday.
I accidentally got my finger near the flash on this one... 

 This green washstand is over 100 years old.  It belonged to someone in my family who no longer wanted it.  So, it's here in my booth with a green and white pitcher and bowl that I happened to have in my stash.

 These shelves didn't move.  They were best where they were at.

Another of my new furniture pieces along with Coke crates from last Sunday.

 I hope to eventually make one of these a clearance shelf.

 I wanted to use up every inch of space I could.
So, on the back side of the booth I added some crates.

And lined up a lot of flat items.
I plan to do something on the backside of these shelves, since they're pretty ugly.
I'm thinking I'll paint or wallpaper them and maybe add some chicken wire to hang things from.

That's it for this week!

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