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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I'm Feeling Overwhelmed

With yard sale season in full swing here, it's really easy to get overwhelmed with the tons of ads on Craigslist and in the local newspaper.  I have to be really picky about the sales that I go to otherwise I'd be spending the majority of my day in my car wasting gas.  I have decided to mainly focus on the ads that advertise "antiques" and "collectibles.  Also, church rummage sales and estate sales.  This should narrow down my list considerably.  Now if I was looking for baby items (which I'm not), that would be an entirely different story. 
My most recent collectible obsession is anything cute and anthropomorphic.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but these cute little chicks have rhinestone eyes.  The shaker is the newest addition to Maddy's collection of orphan shakers. 
I found these Made in Japan green bell pepper shakers at an estate sale.  The lady running the sale was so nice.  I was one of two cars waiting out front and she came up to my window and told me that she was ready to open even though there was still 30 minutes and she invited me in.  I love it when that happens!  The orphan apple shaker was found at Goodwill. I scoured the whole store for the other one.  The tag on it said "Set of 2".  This isn't the first time I have found one part of a marked set.  It's so frustrating! 
Another case of items marked as a set but all the items aren't there.  The four Hazel Atlas pheasant glasses in the back were at Goodwill.  One had a tag that said "Set of 6-$9.99" and one had a tag that said "Set of 5-$7.99".  Um, ok.  Where was the tag for the Set of 4?  No biggie.  The checker gave me the set of 4 for $4.99.  The glass in the front I got for Sister at an estate sale (I think).  She is always threatening to take my pheasant glasses so I got her started on her own set.
I found the two glasses in the back at a thrift store for a quarter apiece.  I have a major problem with vintage glassware.  I can't ever seem to leave it if it's a good price.  I have a vintage bread box sitting on my counter top and do you think it has bread in it?  Oh no.  It's filled with juice glasses.  The Swanky Swig in the front was found unmarked at an antique mall.  I really wanted it.  Swanky Swigs are pretty hard to come across in person.  I asked the lady at the counter if she could find out how much it was for me and she said "Oh she usually sells her glassware for around $2.00.  How about at dollar?"  She didn't have to ask twice.  I only wish she had more in her booth!
And since I promised not to over expose any of you with too much Christmas decor too early, here is just a tiny bit more of the holiday decorations I've picked up lately.  Some people think knee hugger elves are creepy bit I think they are adorable.  Sister, who do these elves resemble?  The tiny Santa mugs are an addition to some that I already have.  They are so little.  The only thing I can think of drinking out of these are shots!  Hmmmmmmm.  That may be a festive idea.

And to give you all an idea of just how much I "collect", I cleaned out my bonus room today and hauled 14 boxes of stuff out to our shop for our Summer garage sale. I am loving all the extra space I have now.  I can't wait to fill it up!

Until next time.....

Thrifter Sister Erica


  1. I hardly ever find any good Christmas items, love your elves!

  2. I love knee hugger elves, am just waiting until my mother hands hers over - they have been put out every Christmas since I was a wee kid. Good will is terrible, I always find sets separated. I don't know about you but if I find two of a set separate in the store I actually bring one over to the other when I am not buying it so that the next buyer has the chance of buying the set.