Saturday Finds.

Last Saturday I managed to get up and out the door by 6:30. Anyone who knows me even slightly knows how amazing that feat is. I didn’t even take a shower, shaking off my OCD tendencies in an effort to be an early bird. There was a sale about 20 miles away from me that promised tons of vintage goods and I was determined to be among the first shoppers there.

Let me just say this: I am a poor judge of how far 20 miles is. And what it means to go to a sale that’s 20 miles out in terms of getting to the next sale at an early-ish hour. That is to say, I am making poor choices these days, compounded by the fact that I’m not as familiar with the locale as I was in Chicago. It turned out to be an okay sale, with really good prices, but there just  wasn’t much for me there.

I’m mostly excited about the little, folding, vintage stool. I plan to give it the decal treatment. The other two items were impulse items of the “I-drove-all-the-way-out-here-I-can’t-buy-just-one-thing” variety. I don’t know why I grabbed them; brass doesn’t really sell in my booth and I think the vase is cool but it won’t show that well without flowers with which to display it.

I shopped for about three minutes, then pulled out at 7:04; I chose the next sale based on the fact that it was supposed to be a neighborhood sale that started at 7. It was waaaaaay far in the other direction and I hit it at about 7:30, only to find three houses sporting yard sale merchandise. I overheard one of the women saying that it wasn’t supposed to start until 8 am, despite the ad on Craigslist. There was no way I was hanging around for thirty minutes, so I headed off to see what else I could find. I picked up a few things here and there…

A pair of heavy garden planters earmarked for springy spraypaint colors…

…three ornate frames also to be spray painted to fuel my new print-making obsession…

Five heavy, pink, flower-shaped plates. These are part of a snack set, but I thought the little ring where the glass goes (there were no glasses with it, only plates) was discrete enough that you could use these for a plate wall.

Then, because I am a glutten for punishment, I decided to drive out to another sale that was far, far away. I really had no idea how far away it was until I found myself slipping and sliding all over a gravel road out in the middle of no where. I wish I had brought my camera with me — it was beautiful. If nothing else, I figured, I was seeing a part of the area I had never seen before. I didn’t have a lot of hope for this particular sale, being as far out of the way as it was, but I actually found quite a bit there. Some of the prices were a little rich for my blood but when I asked about things that weren’t marked, they were more than reasonable.

7 pieces of W.S. George petal ware in lovely shape. I was going to use these to experiment with the water
slide decals, but maybe I will sell them as-is. They colors are lovely.

The flower frog is marked Dresden on the bottom, but the shallow dish is marked “Gerold Marzellan Bavaria” and “Made in Western-Germany” so they’re not really meant to go together. Still, they’re both beautiful, aren’t they?

Four small glass jars with glass lids.

Not too bad, I suppose, but when I go to the trouble of getting up at 6:30 am, I would like to see my car jam-packed with goodies. I need to get a little more efficient with my trip-planning, I think.



April 22, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Shara Have you seen the old brass things painted with bright colored spray paint. I don’t really like it personally, but it always sells.

I love it that you think the first sale out my way was a long drive, yet you went to Neosho just to hit sales. 🙂

Are you going to the Rescuing the past estate sale this week?