Our neighboring town sponsors an annual tag sale in October. There are sales all over the downtown area and on the outskirts of town and they offer trolley service to help people get around since parking is very limited downtown. I had an appointment in town on the morning of the tag sale so I had the opportunity to drive through the jam-packed streets, trying not to hit pedestrians as I gawked at the tables set up along the route. I decided I would not brave that crowd after my appointment, but head further west to the outskirts of town where I hoped it would be less crowded. My strategy was well rewarded.
My first stop was at a church sale. I spotted little Spotty and he was just so cute.
Spotty is a little chippy and shedding some of his paint, but for 10 cents I just couldn’t leave him behind. Yes, 10 cents! I also found a blue star-shaped doily which you will see in just a little bit.
I spent my the rest of my morning in one older neighborhood. My first stop was at a garage filled with shelves and shelves of books. The man holding the sale said he might be willing to sell his hardbacks for $5 each. Really? Thanks, but no thanks. I left there and walked up the street. I immediately spotted this pillow.
Brand new for $1. I love black and white, checks and toile. This pillow was for sure a keeper.
I then saw these. I had to ask what they were because I had no idea. I thought they would be an interesting item for my talented friend “S” to use in her basket weaving.
I was told they are boot pullers. I live in an equestrian area so that made sense; lots of riding boots around here. Oh, and there is that blue doily I paid 50 cents for at the church sale.
At this sale an elderly woman was cleaning out her home, I guess in anticipation of moving elsewhere. She had lots of old books at super reasonable prices (no $5 prices here). I think she may have been a music or piano teacher as there were lots of music-related books. This is the inside of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavichord.
I bought the booklet with the intention of using it for crafts in the future. If anyone thinks it’s more valuable for possible resale left intact, please let me know. You can see it’s not in the best of shape.
I also found a coverless history of the States of America book. Each state has its own entry and several pages of history. Again, I had crafts in mind. I love the things that Angie from A Knick in Time creates from old book pages.
And see that box of vintage ornaments? When I saw this box with a price of 75 cents, I scooped it into my arms in a hurry.
See the gold ball on the right? It has jewels encrusted on it.
All this from a stop at the church and then one yard sale! I’ll show you the other wonderful vintage items I purchased at other sales in the neighborhood in a future post. But before I go today, I want to show you what I found when I stopped at a sale in my little town on my way home. This is the “before” picture.
And this is the “after” ironing and starching picture:
Blue and white oval-shaped pin, blue earrings and blue embroidery on the oval shaped linen. Can you tell I like blue? I also liked the square designs in the rectangular linen piece. The fine work on the edges and between the squares is very delicate and really appealed to me.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back again to see more vintage Tag Sale items.
I hope to join the parties at Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday, Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove, and The Penny Worthy Project at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom?
The linens look gorgeous!
What a lot of lovely things! The Christmas ornaments are beautiful as are the linens!
That last picture with the linen napkins and jewelry? gorgeous. (don’t you love ironing linen? maybe I’m weird but I love getting the wrinkles out). great finds!
You did good! Don’t you just love those church sales? Their prices are always the best around. I went to one on Saturday and it didn’t disappoint. I love using sheet music in other projects, just go for it. Love the linens and pretty blue jewelry. Thanks for sharing.
Those Christmas ornaments were quite a steal. I love the linens and blue earrings. It looks like you had a successful day.
Wow! Such great finds. A little bit of ironing can do wonders, they look so smart now. I love the old books and I’m like you $5 for secondhand books, he can keep them.
Spotty is adorable. Worth much more than the $.10. I think he would be so cute as decor in a boys’ room.
Tammy what great finds! You are really good at spotting the worthy items to bring home!
Oh I have a Designer Pillows Giveaway! I hope you will join! ( a great resource as well)
Art by Karena
great buys, Tammy! I especially LOVE the Christmas ornaments — you know how I am!
Aw, Spotty is so cute!
I’d say you had a very successful day! I love the vintage ornaments. I can’t pass them by. I have way too many but now I’m just buying them and giving them to my kids. The linens are great too. Can’t wait to read about part 2.
Love everything that you shared with us today!! You really made out good!
My favorite is the vintage ornaments. I am actually putting up my tree in the master bedroom today and it is decorated with all vintage ornaments!
Yep, you read that right. I have started to decorate the upstairs for Christmas. With 14 trees in all sizes and shapes and working full time, I have to start early!! So the downstairs is all Fall and Halloween and I am starting tree number 3 upstairs!!
Great finds Tammy! Love that pillow and the linens are beautiful. Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun week! Hugs, Diann 🙂
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I love tag sales. I wonder how many books the man sold for five dollars each. I think he wanted to keep all his books. Beautiful things you found.