I didn’t post anything from last weekend because, basically, I didn’t really find much of anything interesting. It was another rainy day but I got up and out early anyway, since the week before had been so successful despite the rain. I absolutely DESPISE getting up at 6 am and coming home empty handed. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE, I ask you?
This week was much better. It was chilly! So chilly I actually had to wear a sweatshirt for the first couple of hours of the morning. (The weather for the past week, in fact, has been spectacular — most unusual for August in Arkansas. We turned our air conditioning off for two days in a row and the house smelled SO GOOD with the fresh air wafting through the windows. There is no scented candle that can compare!) My friend Barb had gotten to the first yard sale I hit right before me, so she got all the good stuff there.I followed her up to the next one on my list, at the home of a local appraiser she’s worked with in the past. It consisted of all old stuff, not Barb’s idea of a good time, but, of course, my ideal yard sale, so she moved on and I proceeded to fill a box up with fun stuff. The woman running it was so nice and funny — she’s the wife of the appraiser, who was out yard saling while she ran the sale! She said the basement had gotten so full she insisted they get rid of some stuff. Hilarious, when he is going to just bring home more stuff from his shopping trip that morning. But, it’s a disease, as those of us who suffer from it know too well. She was selling almost everything for a buck.
These are the tiniest little hand-painted bells you’ve ever seen. All of them for a dollar. They’re so delicate.
Cute, old magazine rack. $1.
This lamp is awesome. It needs some refinishing but the heft and detail of it is really beautiful. However, it does not work. I didn’t even ask, I was so pleased with its appearance. I might look into getting it fixed and keep it. I’ve never had a lamp repaired so I have no idea how much it would cost.
A little pile of cute dishes, which included…
…perhaps my most favorite hand-painted dish purchase ever. These are so handy, too, for the top of dressers and desks to hold your what-nots.
The bunting came from the everything-for-a-dollar sale, but the toolbox was from a different sale…my last one of the day, that I drove forty minutes for. When will I learn? I did get this cool toolbox, but had to pay $5 for it, which seems like too much to me. Also at that same faraway sale…
…I got this little stool, for which I also paid $5. I’ve already painted it but haven’t taken a picture yet. The big ironstone bowl came from the dollar sale. Yes! Just a dollar for that giant bowl!
This little table/bench is the last thing I got at the faraway sale. I paid $10 for it. Really, I paid more for those three items than I would ordinarily, but I had driven so far that my attitude was “I’m not leaving empty handed so WHAT CAN I BUY?” The sale was advertised as a “hoarder’s” sale and she really did have a ton of great stuff but it was all really, really expensive. Basically, I grabbed the only three things I could afford there.
I drove to the edge of Fayetteville for a sale that sounded interesting at about 9:30. It had started at 7, so I figured I had probably missed all the good stuff, but…
…I got some great stuff! (The smaller, darker frame came from this sale; the larger one, which is over four feet tall, came from a different one. $5 for each of them, which makes the profit margin on the chalkboards I’ll make with them pretty darn good. The nesting bowls aren’t old, but they’re in perfect shape — they’re Mason Cash nesting bowls, and the big one sold several times over the past month on eBay for around $60, so $10 for all is a pretty good deal. I really don’t want to pack these up and mail them, though, so I’m going to try and sell them at the Barn Sale first before putting them on eBay.
I’ve been working on several different projects for a couple of weeks now…will be taking photos of those to show you soon!