For many, many, many years my dear mother-in-law volunteered with the local hospital ladies board. Every year they have a huge rummage sale to raise money for hospital programs where she would help to sort, tag and then sell items. It was a social time as well; as they worked in the dust and must, these ladies would catch up with one another’s lives. Sadly, although she would dearly love to help, my mother-in-law is no longer able to withstand the rigors involved with this event.
Since I was on vacation on the Friday of the sale, we decided she would come along with me to see some of her friends and shop. Little did we know the heavens would open up with pouring rain just as we approached the sale. I dropped her off at the entrance since there were no handicapped spots available. She braved the pelting rain as I parked the car. My trek back to the main barn soaked me from the bottom of my rain slicker to my shoes. Dedicated thrifters are we.
It rained so hard that they had buckets and pails set up all around the barn to collect the leaks. The barn was packed since no one wanted to go out into the torrential rains. We managed to get some shopping in and to see some friendly faces among the workers.
This is my mother-in-law guarding our purchases. She found two beautiful plates which I wish I had gotten a picture of. Over the years she has purchased some really lovely things for herself and her family at this sale.
I found three mugs; two are pictured below. The third mug featured some pretty birds admired by my mother-in-law so that one stayed at her house.
The Irish mug is also a music box which plays “Irish Eyes Are Shining”. It was worth buying it for the song alone. The other mug is Toile by American Atelier. I was also drawn to the interesting colors of this embroidered piece of vintage linen. The lone bird salt shaker looked like he would be at home with my other white bird salt and peppers. I was right; he fits right in with the rest of the flock.
This was part of a three-piece set for $2. Isn’t the edging so pretty? This piece has edging on both ends; the other two pieces are smaller and are edged on just one end. I can imagine the set displayed on a dresser and night stands.
In the “antique” section I came upon an envelope stuffed with vintage cards. The moisture caused some of the gummy flaps to stick, but I managed to salvage most of the cards. These tiny birthday greetings were part of the grouping.
I spied this set on my first walk around the dish area. When we were almost ready to call it a morning, I went back to see if they were still around. Yes! I hastily picked up the box and proceeded to the check out.
I spent about $15 total at the sale and had dried off somewhat when we decided to make a break for it between the rain drops. Although the sky opened up once again to soak us on our way out and thus prevented us from visiting other barns, our spirits were not dampened as we had a fine time.
I hope to join the parties at Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday, Knick of Time’s 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?