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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

When You're Hot You're Hot

Well, I am hot.  It's like 90 degrees here.  Luckily the Salvation Army in Pawtucket and the Goodwill in Attleboro had the AC cranked and I was able to do some great thrifting today.  Found this sweetie shown above--a vinyl electic mixer cover with a scottie dog on it.  Still in the original packaging.  You can't really see it in the photo, but he has a cute copper-color eye and studs on his collar.  I may have overpaid at $3.99, but I couldn't help myself.  I'm a sucker for vintage kitchenwares.

As Wednesday is Family Day at the S.A. and that means 50% off all clothes, I got a few good buys on some swimsuits and leotards I will resell.  Felt like I was on a roll, so I moved on to the Goodwill where I picked up a portfolio with American Girl Doll dress patterns for Samantha (now retired, in case you're interested) made by the original makers of AG, Pleasant Company.  Thanks to my eBay app on my trusty Droid, I paid the exhorbitant $4.99 (similar items are selling for $18 and up on eBay).  Another fun purchase--a bag of vintage Christmas ornaments--white flocked deer, drums and stockings, for .99 cents. 

I'm off.  To cool off.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Well, the Sominex bottle didn't sell. But, my looms (pictured above) did~for $104!  I paid .50 cents.  I just recently discovered these hand looms.  Found one at a church sale and had no idea what it was, but it was only .25 cents, so I bought it.  Now I know they are highly collectible Donar Weave-It looms.  The one pictured in the box above is aparently the rarest, made of all wood in the 40s.  It's a rug loom.  The other one pictured here has metal pins which is more common.  The piece running across the loom is actually the needle.  They come in different sizes.  I also sold two mini (2") looms made by Hero for $51.  All found the same weekend at various sales.  Now if only I can have such luck again.

Am not happy that my thrifting efforts will be curtailed the next few weekends by hubby's work schedule and lack of childcare.  But I am going to try a new bribe this weekend (in the past, I've offered the kids $10 to spend as they want if they come yardsaling with me--didn't work so well).  I promised them a new DVD to watch in the car along with donuts.  I'm hoping to maybe get an hour or so of cruising time while they hunker down with their movie and sugar fix.  We'll see....

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Many Sales, Meager Pickings

Plenty of sales today, but little to be had.  I did find these cool skates for $3 with the key.  Hard to believe we actually wore these things, metal wheels and all.  But I remember strapping them on.  I still have an old key, which I recently dug out of a box and put on a cord, then wore as a necklace.  I receieved quite a few compliments from people who had no idea what it was.

Also found today:
  • A long-sleeved pink Odille top (fancy brand from Anthropologie) for $1
  • A vintage paint-by-number painting of a German Shephard and her pups.  It's really big and already hanging in my daughter's room.  Paid $2.
  • A box of vintage white cotton hankies made in Hong Kong.  $1.
  • An ameoba-shaped Anholt ashtray for .25.
  • A vintage box of milk glass snack trays with matching cups--all 4 still in the original box.  $5.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sewing Boxes~Chests of Buried Treasure

I love vintage sewing stuff, so when I see an old sewing basket, I tend to grab it.  Last weekend I purchased one along with a bunch of other stuff.  My two bags full of treasure cost $10, so I can't say exactly how much the sewing box was, but it was cheap.  It was tied up in a plastic Target bag, so I couldn't even see what was inside.  I just figured it was worth the 50 cents or so.

What fun when I got home and finally was able to sort through my booty!  Aside from the many wooden spools of thread, vintage needle packets, great buttons and sewing scissors, I found other treasures:
  • An old Sominex bottle filled with pins.  Complete with label.  It's currently listed on eBay.  Will let you know what happens.
  • An old Peruvian coin and a penny from the 30s.
  • A pocketknife.
  • Mending wool.
  • An old Adolph's meat tenderizer bottle filled with hat pins.
A lot of history in one sewing box.  Because some of the stuff was labeled from the 50s, I could get a sense of how old most of the items were.  And I learned a great lesson--people tend to stash little things in their sewing box (just like the junk drawer), so you never know what you'll find inside!

Happy hunting!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Highs and Lows of Yardsaling

I'll start with the lows.  What is it with people who think they can sell their stuff for consignment store prices at their yard sale?  This morning I perused a rack of clothes with kids winter coats priced at $25--and they were not North Face, or Hanna Andersson.  And it's not winter.  Later in the morning, like around 11 a.m. I was at another overpriced sale.  A customer asked for a price on shorts and the seller said $2.50.  So the customer asked if she could do any better, to which the seller replied "no, I've already marked them down twice."  Obviously she hadn't marked them down enough if they were all still sitting there at 11 a.m.  I'm always tempted to say "have fun hauling all your crap back into the house."

And then I came across Arthur's sale.  It was a cottage hidden by shrubs overlooking the bay.  Perched out front amidst there wares were two aging queens sipping cocktails. It was 11:30 a.m.  I didn't buy a thing, but the scene made my day.