Last Thursday I woke up to an amazing looking ad on Craigslist. 60+ years accumulation in an old farmhouse about 40 minutes from where I live. Well, I only had to look at a few of the photos to know that I needed to get to that sale. Fast. So with barely one cup of coffee in my system, minimal makeup, and a baseball cap, I was out the door, leaving Brian to deal with Maddie and the dogs.
I got to the sale at 6:00 and was #1 on the list. The sale was to start at 9:00 am. You guys must think I'm crazy to get there that early! But in this area, it is absolutely cutthroat at the estate sales. You have to get there early if you have any hope of getting anything good. These sales can get completely picked over in about the first 30 minutes. And just in case you still aren't convinced that I haven't completely lost my marbles, #2 on the list showed up about 5 minutes later and by 7:00, the whole street was lined with cars.
Want to hear a crazy story that has nothing to do with the junk at the sale but everything to do with estate sale etiquette? When #2 got to the sale, she got out of her van and I assumed she was going to put her name on the list. WRONG. When the sale started and I had to line everybody up (the task of #1), she wasn't on the list. She said she didn't know that she had to put her name on a sign up sheet and why the heck wasn't that posted in the ad?! Someone told her that it was a common practice to have a sign up sheets at estate sales, even family run ones. And that if the people giving the sale didn't have one up, then the #1 person on the list needed to start one (hence the reason I always have a notebook in my car). So after waiting 3 hours in her car for the sale to start, she lost her #2 spot and had to go to the back of the line (#63). She said she had been going to sales for years and had never seen a sale where the sign up list wasn't posted about in the ad. Wonder where she has been going to sales?
Anyway....on to the junk! It was a jam packed sale and I spent about 2 hours going around and around it, always seeing something I hadn't seen before. I even wondered if they were adding things as the sale went on!
Just in time for Summer! This Raffiaware Thermo-Temp set colors had my name written all over them!
What I first thought was Lustro Ware actually turned out to be made by Burroughs. So similar!
Two old freezer baskets waiting to be painted and repurposed.
A stack of Pyrex, including two authentic unmarked Opal's!
Like I have asked so many times before...who gets rid of amazing family heirlooms like recipe tins full of handwritten recipes?!
The top two binders are also filled with newspaper cut outs of recipes along with more handwritten index cards. I picked up the orange book with the black polka dots to put with my Halloween decorations this year.
These people had so many cookbooks! Before I checked out, I planted my behind on the floor and sifted through all of the boxes. If the sale wasn't so far away, I would have gone back for more!
I spotted the big metal scoop in the pictures online. I has happy to grab it. It will be perfect for our giant commercial ice machine that we have in the garage. What can I say...we like ice! I bought the jar because I always can find uses for old jars but the lid is what really drew me in.
Isn't this lid great? I promptly filled the jar up with drink packets and put it in my pantry. See, I actually do use the junk I drag home!
I am going to foster these cute children's shoeboxes, complete with shoes, for a while. Then they will head off to Magpie Ethel! Surprise, Laurie!
I've had some pretty good luck selling these old souvenir trays and the match safe was one I didn't already have!
I picked up the sweetest children's dish that spins in the original packaging along with a super cute plastic bib for Miss Norah. The bib is reminiscent of Hanna's "Spaghetti Coat" that she had to wear when she at spaghetti when she was little. She was quite the little hog.
Look at the bunnies!!
And there is more! Lots more! I'll post Part 2 next time. I've got tons to do today and I'm in a mad rush to get caught up around here before I get the phone call that Miss Norah is on her way.
Until next time...