Friday, April 29, 2016

Top 5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales This Year

My favorite junkin' time of year is upon us!  Coming up next weekend is the Indiana 38 Yard Sale.  You can read about my trips from 2014 and 2015.  Then in the beginning of June is the US 40 / Old National Yard Sale.  You can read about my trips from 2014 and 2015.  I have other new to me yard sale routes planned here and there this summer.  Then, to cap it all off, I'll travel the 127 Yard Sale route.  You can read about my trip and my finds from last year.  You can also read my tips for others wanting to tackle this route.

So, before the yard sale routes really get under way, I'm going to give you my top 5 things I'm looking for at yard sales this year.  Thank you Pam for the idea.  After Pam gave me the okay, I tasked other bloggers to put together their lists.  There's a link below to everyone's posts at the bottom.

1. Architectural Salvage

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I came across this stash by browsing craigslist.  I just had to haul them away for free.  The woman had replaced all the old windows in the new to her 1920s house.
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These came from a woman who had originally bought them with the intention to build a greenhouse.

Summer 2014 was the summer of windows it seemed!  I have sold every single last one of these now.  Now I'm picking up one here and there whenever I find them for cheap.  I've always sold quite a bit of windows, but now with my new southside booth I've been selling quite a bit of architectural salvage.  

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Everything from shutters, to ceiling tile tins, to pieces of chippy old wood... DIY is hot right now.  Everyone wants to be able to recreate that old look, but they don't want to hunt down the special pieces to do it.  That's where I come in.

2. Soda Crates

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Not only are the colors spectacular, don't they look just marvelous stacked like this?  I sell them by the dozen at both of my booths, so of course it makes sense to buy as many as I can get my hands on.  Generally on the yard sale routes I can find them in the $8-10 range.

3. Thermoses

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Thermos have been HOT for a little over a year now.  Lots of folks are picking them up for their summer and fall vignettes/decor.  It's another item I can't seem to keep in my booth. 

4. Vintage Christmas

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Remember this haul from last summer?  I got this 7ft silver/gold aluminum pom pom tree, color wheel, and box of shiny brite ornaments in pink and blue.  You'll never believe what I paid for this lot of stuff.  That's what I love about yard sales.

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So, I've bought a total of 3 aluminum Christmas trees and I can't seem to have enough.  Maybe I can buy more so I can actually part with one?  Not only do I want to look for aluminum trees, I'll be on the lookout for all vintage Christmas, because we always have to be on the lookout for stuff we love and never part with.  It's not as fun when you always sell it all.

5. Anything I can buy in bulk!

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I just recently bought over 700 never used fruit crate labels.

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I also recently bought over 500 insulators.

Buying in bulk is not for the faint of heart or the casual collector.  Sometimes it can seem daunting to lay down such a fat stack of cash.  I usually play by the rule that after I sell a small portion of them, the initial investment is paid off and the rest if just profit.

Well, I if you liked my list, you're sure going to love the other lists that were compiled.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Surprisingly Good Auction

I was not planning on attending any auction this weekend.  I planned to just relax and make final tweaks to my Capstone project for my MBA.  YOU GUYS... can you believe I graduate May 7th?  I can't believe a little less than three years ago I started this program.  Now, I'm graduating from the best MBA program in the state of Indiana! 

Anyways, about 40 minutes before the auction near my house was supposed to begin I woke up to a text from my mom asking if I was going.  I probably would've kept sleeping, but I took it as a sign that I was supposed to get up and go. 

I hadn't been too excited about this auction.  The pictures for it weren't awesome... but it was only 15 minutes from my house.  Anyways, somehow I arrived there just at the stroke of 10AM and I was rewarded with a front row parking spot to the onsite auction.  I should've taken that as sign number 2.

I got my number, while the auctioneers were trying to figure out a computer issue before they began.  I was looking around the tables of stuff in the front and thought that I would manage to take home a few decent things. 

Then an auction friend mentioned the backyard was full.  And guess what?  There were only about 20 people at this auction!  By the end there were only 5 of us left.  Sign number 3.

Needless to say... I ended up with a lot of treasures!

Here's my pile of treasures after I unloaded them out of my van.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen some of my favorite buys from the auction.

 This child's table and chairs went my niece and nephew.  I loved the little chairs.

 Not a full badminton set, oh well, but I will sell the racquets and the box will be nice to display them in.

 This never used cast iron pie iron was in the badminton box too.

 I got a few few awesome lamps.  They all work.

 Some lamps of the oil variety.

 I picked up some enamelware.

I can't resist an old radio.

Especially one that still works like the day it was brought home.  
I'll be keeping this one in the garage.

 Funny enough, I tend to sell a lot of vintage beer cans in the mantique portion of my booth.

 And served on a pretty tray.  Too bad it's got a rust spot.

 Odds and ends from a box lot.

 More odds and ends from a couple box lots.

 I love this canister set.  I'll be auctioning it off on Instagram this week.

 A few other box lot things.  
How about this awesome Roy Rogers thermos?  
I've got it up in my ebay store.

Another lamp!  Another box lot of stuff.

I also got these 2 pieces.
They each got a half quickie refinish.  Ran out of paint.
So, I'll share those once I get more paint.

OKAY, so I only got through half of my finds.  
I'll share the rest next time.

 I got these fun flamingo paper lanterns at Dollar Tree.
They take 2 AAA batteries to light them up.

Don't they look fun in The Beast?

A bunch of us bloggers have a treat for you this Friday.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Warehouse Pick

Friday afternoon I made a trip up to Windfall, Indiana to pick a local antique dealer's 2 warehouses full of good ol' junk!  I've picked her place in the past, but it has been a couple of years.  I spent a good 2 hours digging and here's what I came up with...

This massive collection of unused fruit crate, canned item, and soda bottle labels. 

Let me show you some of the graphics.  They're just so amazing and colorful.

See, I told you!

Anyways, here's the rest of the good stuff...

 Ahh, so much good new old stock and advertising!

I mean, HOW COOL is this display?  Can we please go back to the days of stuff like this?  You know, small town general stores, bright colorful displays, and these prices?

I found a whole box of these hair pin kits.

WWII era - asking you to save steel by reusing your hair pin kit.

The tiniest can of coffee.  Never opened.

So, I kind of went crazy and bought ALL of the baby oil bottles.  I just absolutely loved them.  And guess what... I can't find info on this brand of baby oil or baby talc (powder) anywhere.  Do any of you out there any blogland have any info on them?

 Because I never have enough of these.

 I bought this for the picture.
Okay, so the frame is pretty rad too. ;)

 I finally have aprons again!

 So, if you've known me for any length of time you know that I adore vintage Christmas.  This tiny village of putz houses is no exception.

 Check out this stash.  Too much cool stuff here.

 Odds and ends that didn't really fit into any of the above groups of items.

And, much like Diana @ Adirondack Girl at Heart, I can't resist a cheap piece of chippy wood.  These have not been cleaned.  I promise with a good hose down they look much better.

I saved the green pieces for myself.  I have a project or 2 in mind.  The 4 yellow are now available at my new south side booth.

So, I promised last week I'd finally get around to showing what else I bought at the auction I attended on Sunday.  I wasn't able to snap pics when I got home because it was pouring down rain.

 I got an old Singer sewing machine.  I took it apart.  I know, blasphemy, right?  But, it was honestly falling apart and the sewing machine disappeared ages ago.  So, now I've got this as a base for a new table.  I've got the perfect piece of marble for it.

 And I salvaged these off too.  I love that I was able to save their stands that they're in.  The sides of the drawers are so ornate!

 Plus a couple more ladders.  I've sold all but one here.  It still sits in the driveway.

On Saturday this past weekend I didn't have plans to do much.  I have kinda been burning the candle at both ends lately, so I decided to sleep in... much to the horror of all my dealer friends who exclaimed, "How can you sleep through all the good garage sales?"

 Because... I can always count on mom to find stuff.  She found me this globe for $2 at a sale Saturday morning she just so happen to pass (MOM - I know you're probably reading this and I still owe you $2 for this globe!)  Mom and I also went to a little pop up vintage market several hours after it had opened.  I was still rewarded the little tin tea set and the maple syrup tin.

After a quick 15 minute lap around the market, we went on to add more stuff to my south side booth, since several big pieces had sold.

Here's what it looked like when we left Saturday...

Oh yeah, this little metal shelf here I picked up for $2 at the pop up market too!

 Just as with my other booth, I know it takes time to grow a booth and make it what you really want it to be.  But, I can say I'm really starting to love it's look!

I finally installed some solar powered party lights in The Beast.  I just stapled them up to the padded material ceiling with a light upholstery stapler (which works great and is super inexpensive... if you need one, I totally recommend it) and 3/8" staples.

She's SO ready for an overnight junk trip somewhere.  I've got to plan one soon.

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