What a week.

I have been trying to put a post together for days now, and I owe some of you e-mails. My apologies. It’s been one of those weeks — first a stomach bug for the kids, which Justin then got, then a cold, which Justin then got, and now I’ve got whatever weird stomach thing was going on with everyone else at the beginning of the week. None of this, however, kept me from having one of the best shopping weekends I’ve had in a long time, thanks to my friends Kristie and Bailey and my wonderful husband, who allowed me to go to an auction not only on Saturday but Sunday as well, meaning he freely gave up his “day off” from child responsibilities. What a guy, right?

But first, let me start with mid-week of last week — the kids and I were heading out for some thrift shopping on Wednesday, because Justin has started an exercise regimen that required some work out gear and I SELFLESSLY offered to go to a few thrift stores to see if I couldn’t find something that would work before paying retail. I know, I’m a heckuva wife. We had just gotten down the driveway when Barb called and told me about a moving sale going on just on the outskirts of town — a family was turning their family cabin into a rental and getting rid of all of the stuff that they had furnished it with. Barb said the prices were insanely low because they just needed to get rid of everything. Barb comes through again with a heck of a tip! The two women having the sale were so nice, and really just interested in cleaning out and not that concerned about making a huge profit.

These bookends are so cute — I may spray paint and keep them for Emme and Jack’s room.

This is the cutest little chair. Not quite child-sized but not adult-sized, either.

I really like this little wooden truck. Also may end up in the kids’ room.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record…I will probably save these cute pillows for Emme’s big-girl bed.

This is a huge pitcher.

My new little raccoon friend weighs about fifty pounds.

Can you even see this plant stand, posed as it is against the disorganized mess of my garage? It’s really cool. I think I’ll wire brush off that flaking green paint and sell it as is. Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of stuff that would be more appropriate for Spring/Summer — like this plant stand, the garden raccoon, the lemonade jug, the wicker rocker, etc. — I think I’ll try and hold that back until March/April.

So I got this stuff, along with a lot of things for the kids (they had a ton of toys and stuffed animals) for $25.

I ended up getting to yard sale on Friday and Saturday — Justin had a late meeting near our house that he stuck around for on Friday morning — but it rained on Saturday, so I didn’t get just a huge haul those two days.

I got this stuff from a really nice lady who was selling some things for her son. She had a ton of tools and I probably should have bought more than I did. That set on the stool is a metal letter set, for embossing metal with letters.  I have a cheap set, but this is a really nice quality one, for when (IF) I ever get around to trying to make some jewelry. This lady was so nice, and you guys, she had a Bakelite Mah Jong set that was TO DIE FOR. It had Bakelite racks, the little scoring discs, and looked complete (to my untrained eye) . I asked her how much, and she told me that a guy who had been there right before me told her she ought to hang on to it and sell it to an antique store because “410 Vintage (one of F’ville’s antique malls) has a set like this for $90.” So I think to myself, curse you, sir, for ruining my sale, because everything else at her sale was priced extremely low. I was thinking the set was worth about $100, so I wasn’t going to offer her $90 to resell it. When I got home, out of curiosity, I checked eBay and realized it was probably worth so much more than that — upwards of $1000 or so, if it was complete. Of course my devious mind thought, hmmmm, I’ll go back and offer her $100…but then I thought about her living in an apartment, with an adult son, and how some of the things she was saying about her other son, whose stuff she was selling, made it sound like he might have died…and I took her the eBay pages to let her know if was probably worth more than $90. The set was still there, and I told her she should probably go ahead and take it inside. She was astounded, and said she was going to see if she could get $60 for it. A little bit of me died when she said that, because I could get two rooms painted for what I could resell that set for! But really, she was so grateful, and I knew it was the right thing to do. Do you ever run into this conundrum? The delight of getting something great for nothing is cancelled out by the guilt of buying something from a seller who doesn’t know what she’s selling? My Dad is fond of asking me, “What old lady did you rip that off from?” when I’m excitedly talking about my Saturday bargains, and though he does it just to needle me a little bit, it never fails to give me a pang of guilt. However, it does NOT stop me from continuing to yard and thrift sale. Ahem. I wonder what that says about my character?

ANYWAY. Sorry for the tangent.

Here’s the other stuff I got on Friday:

I got all of these really current sewing books for a quarter each! I thought I would give them to my Mom, but I realized they’re really all aimed at new sewers — and with nearly 60 years of sewing experience under her belt, she’s anything but a new seamstress. I’ll put them in the booth for a couple of bucks each; I like having books in the booth — they’re so decorative as well as functional (did you ever see Auntie Mame? There’s a hilarious quote from that movie — the ditzy blond that Patrick almost marries (and that Mame hates) says “Books are awfully decorative, don’t you think?” It’s one of my very favorite movie quotes).

I really like this pretty little candlewick compote. I may keep it. Although I’ve been keeping way too many of my purchases lately, and I do not have anywhere to put them. Must stop this.

This is the cutest little cookie jar. The owl has a tiny little nick on his nose, but he was so cute, I bought him anyway, along with this set of measuring cups:

So, that was it for Friday. Saturday, I had decided I would go to the auction Kristie and Bailey had found, which started at 9:30. Because it was being held at a house, we knew parking was going to be an issue, so we were going to meet at 8:30 and head over together to make sure we got a parking space, which didn’t leave me a whole lot of time for yard saling. It wasn’t an issue, though, because there weren’t many sales to begin with and it was threatening to rain. I tried to maximize my time by going to a supposed neighborhood sale on the outside of town, but as it turned out, that consisted of two sales, neither of which had anything I was remotely interested in. Barb had told me about a sale she had gone to on Friday — an estate sale for a woman who was a borderline hoarder; she had so much stuff, they were still pulling stuff out on Friday to sell. Barb suggested I stop by there just in case she had found any more stuff. I got a big box full of goodies.

Literally, a box full, and this is the box I packed it in. Nifty old wooden fruit crate.

A handful of Little Golden Books. This woman had boxes, and boxes, and boxes full of Little Goldens, sometimes three or four copies of each title. I didn’t have a lot of time because it was closing in on 8:30, but I grabbed the older ones I found. I’m sure there were a ton of other really great titles in there that I didn’t have time to find.

I love this pitcher, but realized when I got it home it has a chip on the lip. So I won’t be able to put it in the booth, but wouldn’t it make an adorable vase?

Cute painted wooden sign.

These were new in the box, had never been opened. These were the ones my Mom had in the kitchen when I was growing up — they were wedding presents of hers, and long since broken into pieces except for maybe one of the jars. Years ago, I found a set just like this, and have always held on to it for sentimental reasons but now that I have two, I’ll be able to part with this one in the booth.

Four canning jars with zinc lids! I have been searching for zinc lids for some really cool lid-less jars I found some time back, and they’re way too expensive these days to order online. I’ll use the lids on the other jars and the jars for some reclaimed wood projects I’m working on. So excited about this find.

I paid $10 for all of this, so I am quite delighted with that stop and have Barb to thank for yet another tip. The lady having the sale was so sweet — she let us unpack a few boxes and kept apologizing for us having to dig and I was like, lady, you don’t understand, WE LIVE FOR THIS.

On the way home, I stopped at a sale right around the corner from my house, in my neighborhood, that I had completely forgotten about. It wasn’t open before I left that morning. I was astounded to find all of these souvenir glasses still there.

They were about fifty cents each — I got them all for $5.

That covers Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday morning. It’s 11 pm and I’m sleeeeepy so THE AUCTION will be a separate post. Let me just say that THE AUCTION has got me REALLY EXCITED about going to future AUCTIONS. It was so, so, so, so fun. Also, after the auction: dumpster diving. It was a jam-packed weekend, peeps.

October 15, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Shara OH MY GOD. You got SO much good stuff and you still need to blog about the auction? Unbelievable! Love the old crate and the souvenir glasses. Give Barb my number so she can call me to, okay? KIDDING.

Can’t wait to see what you SNIFFED out at the auction……….:D

October 16, 2013 - 8:23 am

Melissa I’m sorry to hear about all the cooties that seem to be attacking your family! You did find some awesome stuff though. I’m in love with that plant stand. I bet even though it’s getting chilly, you’ll still sell it pretty quickly. Maybe for someone who is bringing small plants inside for the winter or something.
I hope you all feel better soon and the cooties leave you alone!

October 16, 2013 - 10:38 am

Laurie Oh man! I need friends like yours!! Also, I need an auction buddy… 😉

October 16, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage You found awesome stuff! I love those souvenir glasses. Can’t wait to see what you scored at the auction!

October 17, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Shannon Totally keep those bookends. LOVE THEM. Then save them after the kids outgrow them for their room so you can give them to me when I have kids!

October 17, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Shannon PS. I miss yard sales with you immensely.

October 21, 2013 - 7:59 pm

jenny Just found you through Monkeybox and love your lucky finds!! I have a booth of my own and often sell chippy pitchers or bowls and mark them as-is with a much lower price and they usually sell anyway. I don’t know if where you sell is picky about that, but you may want to try selling that pitcher anyway, it’s gorgeous! I went to an auction and picked up a big Rubbermaid box full of glassware for only $4. About half of it was chipped stuff, but I managed to sell most of it in the booth! Already made my $4 back and then some just on the chippy stuff!

October 28, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Lara Jo Thanks for finding me, Jenny, and for taking the time to comment! You’re right, I could try and sell it anyway. I’ve sold some chipped things, and heaven knows I BUY chipped things. I think I MIGHT be looking for an excuse to keep that pitcher — I can’t stop picturing it with an arrangement of flowers in it!

November 28, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Kristi Hi! I know I’m coming to post a year after you wrote this, but I’m wondering…Did you buy the Mah Jong set? I couldn’t tell from the way you wrote about it when you went back to see her.

November 28, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Lara Jo Hey, Kristi! Thanks for writing. I did not buy it from her — just gave her the eBay info and recommended she either sell it for around 60-75% of what it would bring at eBay auction or put it on eBay herself. I hope she was able to do that…hadn’t thought of that story in a while. Thanks again for writing!