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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Alameda Weekend....Erica's Finds Part 1

Hi Everyone!

Well, Hanna and I both made it home safely from our road trip to the Alameda Points Antique Faire last weekend.  The 16+ hour drive there and back wasn't too bad.  Hanna and I can entertain each other pretty well.  From making up our own words to songs (sorry, we tend to veer off of the PG rated path so we won't be sharing those here) to spewing obscenities at the GPS to making the people who are in the hotel room next to us wish they had stayed somewhere else, we have got the whole traveling without the husbands thing down pat.  They can come to Vegas with us but junkin' adventures are all about sister time. 

But even with as much fun as we had, there were still some bumps along the way.  How about the fact that at both of our hotels, which were entirely different chains, our hotel keys didn't work every time we tried to get into our room.  Or that some jackass decided to park behind us at Alameda completely blocking us in (check out that photo on Instagram).  Or that with the tons of food trucks at Alameda, not one served alcohol!  Don't they know how much more likely we are to spend money if we can booze it up?  Take a few notes from Las Vegas, Alameda Flea.

Our Instagram friends are well aware of the non junk stops we made along the way....In N Out, All Star Liquor (unbelievable how much cheaper booze is just across the state line!), a wine tasting room conveniently located right next door to Alamada.  But we also stopped at numerous antique malls, a few thrifts, and a surprising amount of garage and estate sales.  It's gonna take a few posts for both of us to get through it all.  Hope you all enjoy it!

Our first stop of the trip was at an estate sale about an hour and 15 minutes south.  Hanna found it on Craigslist the night before.  We got there not knowing what to expect.  Every company does things differently.  There was no sign up sheet and most of the things had no price.  Kind of odd for a business that gives estate sales.  We were probably 25-30 back and thankfully they let everyone in at once.  Here is the crazy part.  Nobody, and I mean nobody, was going for any of the more vintage type of items.  There was a shelf of stuff in the garage that people were just walking by in order to get into the house.  Oh, and did I mention that there was no one at the sale under 60, except for Hanna and I?  You can imagine the looks we were getting.

Here are some of the aforementioned items that people were just walking by in the garage.  For a quarter and 50 cents apiece that had to be crazy to leave them behind. But maybe since they were all older, they already had all this stuff at home?  Anyways, Brian has been promising to get a camp trailer forever.  So I've been stockpiling dishes for it.  These Thermo-Ware cups will be perfect.  I normally don't buy Glasbake but I do love the colors of these individual casserole dishes.

Awesome vintage pillowcases perfect for Fall.

I told Hanna that there weren't many things more exciting than finding vintage sheets at a sale and seeing that they are for a king sized bed!  She told me she was going to write that quote down as a memory of our trip :-)

Another king set!

10 minutes into the sale and this Pyrex Navajo 045 was still sitting on the kitchen counter. In my town, it would have been gone in the first 10 seconds.  Not a fan of the pattern or color but I think it's uncommon enough that I should be able to make some money off of it.

A couple of cute cowboy themed books for my vintage cowboy/cowgirl display and an old aqua cookbook bought simply for the color round out the rest of my finds from this sale.

So that's it for Part 1.  We hit quite a few sales in Redding on Saturday morning so next time I'll share those finds.  Plus Hanna has tons to show you too!  Hope you'll all stick around!

Linking up with We Call it Junkin' for History & Home & Jann Olson for SYC Thursday.

Until next time~



  1. It was fun riding along with you on Instagram, what a weekend you had!!!

  2. Keep it coming!! You guys looked like you had a blast. That Pyrex surely wouldn't have lasted here either. I read some hotel clerks like to disable the keys just to inconvenience the guests, lol.

  3. Too Fun! I'm a bit jealous about this trip of yours. But happy I get to see everything you girls brought home. I didn't know about that Navajo piece. Cool!
    Erica :)

  4. WONDERFUL finds! Looks like you guys had a good time.

    Okay, Erica, I was perusing your instagram and I fell in love with your headboard to your bed. Did you/your hubby make it? What did you make it out of?

  5. Sounds like a great trip! Looking forward to more!

  6. You found Navajo!!!! That one is on my wishlist, I want it for my sister.

    I love how you and Hanna teamwork to power through these sales.


  7. Definitely loved all the sneak peeks on IG. You two are a riot! Definitely a fun trip to share with a sister.

  8. oh wow, what a heartbreaker piece of pyrex - never seen this pattern before but it's just love at first sight!

  9. Oh my, you two have too much fun!! lol! Sounds like a great trip and can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing with SYC.