Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Last Day of an Estate Sale

So, I kinda put myself on a buying ban for the time being... ya know, while I purge, clean, and organize the junk I already have in my house.  It's kind of amazing what I've accumulated over the last 7 years of living here and junking on a nearly weekly basis.  A lot has found new homes.  Some, I've forgotten I bought.  You know the routine.

Buying ban or not, I read about an estate sale that was so close to my house that I just HAD TO go.  I mean, it would be weird if I didn't.  I had held off and held off.  It was finally the last day, so I went, figuring I wouldn't buy a damn thing.  I've known the guys who were running the sale for about as long as I've been in the business.  If I don't come to one of their local sales, I hear about it.  So, after chatting a bit, they were exclaiming "You SHOULD have been here the first day.  You SHOULD have seen the stuff people were digging out."  Oh yes, did I forget to mention that this was a digger sale?  With 2 outbuildings and a once stately mansion-esque house (or at least it was in the early 20s when it was built in the prominent part of town).  Apparently people were pulling out amazing primitives from the outbuildings and gorgeous furniture from the inside.  Well, you snooze, you lose.

So, I decided to just explore what was left and see if anything caught my eye...

Once packed full of goodies, here's what remained.

People were pulling all sorts of primitives and architectural salvage from here.  What was left wasn't worth salvaging.

I was getting a little weak in the knees over this green house.  I mean, look at those hand cranks that pulled the windows back!  I would love to have one on my next house.

But, as any good junker does, they dig.  They dig in places other junkers, who were in a rush to get the really good stuff, forgot to look.  So, here's what I came up with.

I hate to tell my secrets, but if you don't know about how much boxes of vintage matches sell for, do yourself a favor and go look at the sold listings on eBay.

Most of the Christmas was gone.  I saved this little santa head marked 4/10¢ on the back.

Also, why do most junkers/pickers leave behind vintage wallpaper?  If it's a fairly large roll and in decent shape, I can usually make a pretty penny.

Useful stuff for the office that sent me back a buck.
A bunch of new envelopes and a file folder.
Not exciting, but whatever.

Pulling out an old-school trunk shot here.
The Beast is STILL in line at the body shop to get the new door hinge welded on.
Anyways, this pretty primitive pink shelf was just sitting in one of the upstairs bedrooms.
It was full to the brim with books.  I offered to remove all the books if I could buy it.
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

Well, there's a good reason why I bought this shelf.
Either at the beginning of March or April I will be moving my southside booth from the basement to the upper level.  And, I get a whole room to myself.  The ideas have been spinning.  I can't wait to get to work on it!

Well, that's it for this week.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January Finds

On Saturday, January 14th I attended the 41st annual Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale at the state fairgrounds.  We had to watch the weather closely, because an ice storm was supposed to move through.  However, there was enough of a window, that I was able to go to the fairgrounds and do some shopping for a few hours.

I visited the same husband/wife couple I did last year and bought more ice cream wrappers from them.

I also bought a whole box of  milk caps.  I promptly sorted them when I got home.  See below for some close ups!


I also bought a whole bunch of "Magic Holetite" Pencils.
Check out the sold listings for these on eBay!

They had a stack of vintage wrapping paper sheets.  I picked out these two.

How awesome are these boxes?  One still have several sets of taps in them.  I asked the hubby if he needed taps for his shoes... and he just rolled his eyes.

I laughed out loud at this box.  It's empty, but hello... HEALTH UNDERWEAR.  I had to have it.

Apparently I suck as pictures and cut off the top of the thermos.  Aren't those little onion anthropomorphic S&Ps so stinkin cute?  They come in a little mesh onion bag too!

Another holiday is coming up, so I found a few Easter items.  Plus this adorable dream pet.

I never pass up a cheap doily.  I sell a lot of them in my booths.

Bags upon bags of vintage matches.

I don't have any clip-on birds like these.  They will go into my personal collection.

2 tins for a buck.  Sold!

I will happily buy fun, colorful license plates.
The Mooresville Pioneer one was a lucky find.
My southside booth is in Mooresville.
Should be a quick sell.

Another good seller for me are feed/seed sacks.

Ugh HOW CUTE is this little toy sink?

AND from a different seller, this cute toy ironing board.

 FINALLY!  I have my rotating Christmas tree base!  They are always priced at an arm and a leg.
I asked the seller to demonstrate that it worked and then happily handed over my money.

I surprisingly sell quite a few of these.  No old Barbies, etc... but lots of clothes and accessories.
Still trying to get the damn permanent marker off the big one.  Tried a few things with little success.

A bakelite bracelet for a buck.
Hell yeah!

I bought this stash of old bank bags from an Instagram friend, Vanessa of Salvage Nation Vintage.  They came from an estate where the guy was an armored car driver for many years.  Most of these date to the 60s and 70s.mstan She posts some really neat stuff and you should totally follow her, if you don't already.

On the day after the Indianapolis Garage Sale, I went to an auction.  Ugh, SO MUCH STUFF that I wanted.  The prices were insane, like I couldn't even resell anything and make money.  I'd actually lose money.  However, I managed to get one box.  It was the whole reason I really went.  It had all these little items.

And these 2 Pyrex fridgies in excellent shape.

And this set.  It was given to my best friend's parents.  They had the set that had been passed down from one of their moms (they can't remember which one) who are both gone now.  So, this set was very special to them.  Well, one day, the pepper fell off the stove and broke.  Let me tell you how hard it is to get a pepper shaker with a matching script P!

And this is why I LOVE what I do.

Last, but not least... I randomly went in to the Salvation Army on the northside of town.  I haven't been in over a year or more.  They closed the one by my house about a year ago.  Well, I wasn't expecting to buy anything until I saw these new old stock Baby Toothie (Cabbage Patch Kids) stuff.

Well, that's it for January, probably.  I don't know how much I will be buying.
I just talked to my realtor friend about listing our house.
Time to purge like it's no one's business.

Do any of you antiques dealers out there have any advice about trying to sell your home (and maintaining merchandise)?  Is there a "good way" to have it in my home without it looking crazy?  What about the garage-- do you think that matters? Ideally, I don't want to get a storage unit, but may have no choice.  I appreciate any and all input!  Ugh.  All, I know is that I'm not moving ever again after this.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January Booth Updates

A cool sign I picked up at an auction on New Year's Day.
Let's take a look at my south side booth first!

(If you're curious where I've been the last 6 weeks... READ THIS!)

I left Christmas up at the booths for longer than needed, so it was time for a refresh and new items!  I didn't get time to take a picture of said new items (although there were many!), but I'll try my best to point them out.  

This seed sack is one new item.  They are great sellers in my booths.

Ah yes, sheet music.  I bought probably 1000+ 1920s-1930s pieces.  There were roughly 125 already packaged for me.  All I had to do was slap on a price sticker!  I hope they go quickly!


The medicine cabinet it not new, but is making it's debut (finally).
Bought HERE.

This shelf Beechnut display shelf was purchased at the New Year's Day auction too.  See below for a picture of it not loaded with stuff.

The perfect display...

...for some tiny...


Here are the Putnam Dyes and Beechnut displays from the New Year's Day auction.  I love them both and will have a hard time ever parting with them!

Dr. Ellis' Beauty Aids is finally making it's debut.  I have hoarded it for over 2 years (maybe 3?  I apparently have never photographed it for the blog before), thinking I'd use it in my bathroom one day.  Ah yes, one day... the junker's mantra.

Lots of Coke bottles from THIS auction.

Will someone please buy this adorable typewriter table and typewriter?  Please?
I didn't buy them together, but don't they look cute together?

This little printing press was a New Year's Day buy.

If you enlarge this pic there's lots of new little spice things that I got at the auction on New Year's Day.

I decided to leave some Christmas up year round at this booth, as it was a very good seller for me in November and December.  I mean, if I buy vintage Christmas year round, someone else out there does too!

Yeah, I got this shot of my northside booth after switching up the front displays - blue/white for winter and a little red for Valentine's day.  I need to get my valentine's decorations out.

This picture also reminds me that I left up my Christmas lights.  Oops.

I hope to be back soon with pictures of my buys from the 41st Annual Greater Indianapolis Garage Sale.  It's on my to-do list for this week.


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