Even though my kids have been out of school for two weeks, we have finally slowed down enough around here for it to feel like Summer vacation. Just because school ends doesn't automatically mean that everything comes to a screeching halt. But the last few days, I have found myself with no appointments, errands, or projects that need to be completed. So you know what I have done? I have spent the last two days on my back patio with my dogs, a stack of books and magazines, and when it got a little later in the day, a refreshing glass of Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade. Heaven, I tell you.
Needless to say, I didn't go to one, single sale yesterday. And you know what? I'm okay with that. I spend enough mornings throughout the year scrambling to get out the door early in the morning. It was so nice to just get up and have a leisurely cup of coffee and browse the Internet. Plus, there were no sales that screamed "YOU MUST GET THERE 4 HOURS EARLY AND BE 1st IN LINE!!" otherwise I would have. But last Friday? A completely different story.
I have mentioned in the past an estate sale company that always has amazing write-ups but no pictures. I hate that. It really is a crap shoot as to whether or not the description actually fits what is in the actual sale. "Vintage" could actually mean 1980's which is not the kind of vintage I'm looking for. But last Friday, the sale they were running promised a "Full Vintage Kitchen" and for some reason, I felt that I had to be there.
The sale started at 10:00 and guess what time my little trooper and I got there? 6:45! Obviously we were first in line (well, I was second. Maddie put herself at #1). I have been so sick of the dealers at the sales lately. They are grabbing absolutely anything and everything remotely old looking and if you aren't in front of them, you seriously lose out. Well, Maddie and I weren't taking any chances.
There were two other sales being given by companies that started before this one so I wasn't surprised when nobody else started showing up until a little after nine. These sales didn't really appeal to me so I was okay with missing out. As we were standing in front of the house, one guy was looking in the front windows and said "There are ALOT of linens in there". So I took a peek too. He was right so my trusty little assistant and I had a little meeting that went something like this
Me: "When you go in, head to the bedroom directly on your left and grab all of the linens."
Maddie: "Okay, mom".
Me: "You know which ones, right? Only printed linens. No embroidery."
Maddie: "Okay, mom.
Me: "The first room on the left".
Maddie: "Mom, I've got this. This isn't my first time at a sale, you know."
Sorry guys if this post is getting wordy. I'm on my second cup of Foglifter coffee. Good stuff.
So we took our spots at #1 and #2 in line. The door opened and we immediately went to our designated areas. Pyrex lovers, be prepared to gasp.
I was the first one in the kitchen followed by about 20 others. I didn't even hesitate and grabbed this stack of bowls. You can't wait otherwise they will be snatched up by the next person. Besides, was I really going to leave them behind? I didn't look at the price right away but I knew they were coming home with me regardless. I mean, how often do you see pink Pyrex bowls at estate sales? Ready for it? At the bottom of the smallest bowl was a $10.00 sticker. Those of us collectors know that ten bucks for the 401 is not a bad price at all. You know where I'm going with this, right? There were no stickers on any of the other bowls meaning it was $10.00 FOR THE WHOLE SET!! Are you dying? I am. My dealer competition saw what I saw and literally said a string of 4 letter words. Even though she was about 15 people behind me in line, she went through the garage thinking that she would get to the kitchen before me. Obviously that didn't work out for her.
In case you have all been paying attention, I am now two 404 bowls away from completing two more sets.
Okay, enough babbling. Here's what else we found.
I tore the house apart looking for the other pink refrigerator dishes. No luck. I recently told someone that I hadn't found a vintage cocktail shaker in forever so I was stoked to find this mini set.
I decided a few weeks ago that I really wanted a hand mixer like my Grandma Gloria had. Do you know how much those suckers sell for on eBay? I just told myself to be patient and that I would find one at a sale. I must be psychic. Maddie is convinced that the knee hugger is one of the Rice Krispie guys. The frog, cookbook, and mini fork set will be added to my collections.
So true to her word, my girl grabbed all of the printed linens. They weren't tablecloths as I had hoped but super cute dishtowels. There are a lot more but I set those aside for Sister. I will let her share them with you. Maddie said to me "Mom, wait till you see what I got. I did good". Have I told you before that she is my secret weapon?
Not shown are the NOS white bathroom hand towels from Montgomery Wards (not very exciting but something I needed). Also, a brand new unopened box of Q-Tips. You should have seen the look Maddie gave me. But they were a dollar! Have you seen how much Q-Tips are at Target?
So in typical fashion of this company, the write-up promised a bigger quantity of items than was actually there. But seriously? What I got was definitely worth the 3 hours sitting in the car. Plus, my trusty assistant was rewarded with Jamba Juice so she was happy too.
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