Today we took Marnie’s daughter, Aryn, to a bunch of estate and garage sales so she could see how it’s done. We went to quite a few sales, but we started at one that was supposed to have been the estate of a lady who had once been an antique dealer. She had a lot of Asian art and things and Aryn found a beautiful kimono for a very reasonable price. Marnie got a few things too, and I ended up with quite a selection of goodies from that sale. And we all got quite a selection of goodies throughout the day!
One of the things I brought home from the first sale was a “grab box” full of random things for $5.00. After unboxing this box I wished I had bought all the other grab boxes they had as well! Here are the unboxing photos:
Pretty neat stuff, huh? The magnifying glass and files alone are worth much more than $5.00. If you know what is in the mystery tin, do tell!
The pièce de résistance of our day for me was this:
Finally, I got an old typewriter!! I’ve been looking for one for a long time that was in good shape and the right price. Yay!! (It’s still in the car because it weighs a ton and I need to clear a space for it before I have The Hubs bring it in.)
So a great day for estate and garage sale-ing! Success!!
YOU GUYS!! You know how I said I was disappointed not to have the glass percolator thingy that should have come with my old coffee pot? Well, guess what? It was in the coffee pot strainer!! I opened it up to wash it and the percolator fell out. How cool is THAT? Hooray!!
Thought I would share the stuff I got yesterday at an estate sale and the Goodwill. I found a lot of good deals!
First, we drove to West Salem to an estate sale put on by Joslynn House Estate Sales. I think it was actually at their own home, and it was supposed to have items from 5 different estates. I made the rounds and found this neat old coffee pot. I’ve been looking for one for quite awhile to display in my kitchen. This one looks like it’s been through the wringer! There is no glass percolator on top which is disappointing, but since it was only $4.00 and I’m going to display it on a high shelf, that wasn’t a dealbreaker.
Next I found a bag full of small things and 50 cents was written on it. I asked the lady if the whole bag was 50 cents, because I had seen these little porcelain Dutch children in it and wanted those.
She said no, she just hadn’t gotten everything out of it yet, and asked for $4.00 for the little Dutch people. I agreed, even though I think her price was a little high. It’s hard to tell with this estate sale company. I’ve been to many of their sales and sometimes the prices are way too high, and sometimes they are quite reasonable. For instance, I got all these vintage books for $1.00 each. Very reasonable!
I plan to sell all the books except for the Peanuts books, which I will put in my collection. We might already have them at Mom and Dad’s up in my old sleeping loft, but I can’t remember which ones we had and which ones we didn’t. When we were young there was a used book store called The Book Bin in Albany, and we went there at least once a month and stocked up on books. We were voracious readers (had no TV to watch growing up)! We had a big collection of Peanuts books and various other cartoon books, and I have our large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books here at the house. I’m still collecting those! There was a lot of furniture at this sale, dining sets, dressers, and some nice headboard/footboard combos, but I have filled up my storage room already and can’t bring anything large home with me.
Later on yesterday morning I decided to stop at the south Salem Goodwill on my way out to visit Mom and Dad. I was looking for a white bowl to keep the measuring cup for The Hubs’s special laundry detergent in, because those cups do tend to get awfully messy and I don’t want soap all over the shelf. I found a good bowl right away, and since I still had time I puttered around in the store and found a few more things. These were all very good buys!
I can sell the Snowbaby sculpture, and I’ve been looking for a gray sweater to go with a skirt I bought last year. It’s a cotton sweater so won’t make me too warm, I hope. The store had a bunch of sets of these little garden tools, and I thought they’d be perfect for my container garden, they are wood and metal just like our grownup versions and were just $1.99! I’m not sure where I’ll put the laundry sign yet, but, you know, somewhere in the laundry room probably, ha.
I don’t plan to go to more estate sales this weekend because I have so many other things to do, but I may change my mind if there are any that sound especially good. Today I want to wash the van and scrub all the moss out from around the door handles and windows. We have no garage so it sits outside, and since we live in a wet climate moss grows on it. I ran it through the car wash the other day and it just didn’t get all that clean, especially around the bottom edges. The parts just inside the doors are also filthy. I haven’t washed it by hand in ages. And it needs a good dusting and vacuuming. I don’t know how so much dirt gets inside the car!
Marnie and I went to an estate sale today and found all sorts of goodies. I even missed some of the items for sale because there were so many things to look at! All the items for sale had been moved to the barns on the property and some items were very dirty. In fact, one of my items was marked $3 but the lady only charged me $1 because it was really filthy. Dirt for the win! Right now I’m going through some of the things I bought, hoping to find things I can sell in my Etsy store. I got a whole box of sewing notions – vintage patterns, thread, buttons, and zippers; a bag of game pieces; some Christmas decorations; a bowl made of English walnut that is worth far more than I paid for it; a concrete bear statue for the side yard; two wind chimes; some other things, and most interestingly a box of cards and letters originally owned by a Mennonite girl named Irene. I think this is her senior picture:
Right now I’m going through the box and wiping off all the dirt and spider webs from the cards and letters. They are mostly just letters from her friends with a few newspaper clippings, such as this one about some giant waves at the coast. I do wish there were more newspaper clippings, as I enjoy reading the ads and other little articles.
Irene was very detailed in noting on each envelope that she had answered the letter. I assume she would have gotten many more letters than this in her life and I’m not sure why these are the only ones left, but I imagine that her family had looked at these and didn’t feel they were important. There are no photos in the box except the senior photo. Plus, they are all dirty and webby and there was an actual spider in the box.
Of course, you don’t learn much about a person from reading the letters sent to them. I don’t know if the estate was hers or how she was related to the person who left the estate, but I found her obituary online and she indeed passed away in the last few months. It sounds like she was a wonderful and generous woman who loved to help people. But she had no children of her own, and some letters from her teenage years would have meant little to her nephews and niece, I think.
Anyway, I always find it very interesting to read old letters and postcards. I was hoping to find some postcards in the box, but only one has turned up so far. It is a photo of Giant Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, from 1961.