A Winning Week!

I was the lucky winner of The Thrifty Groove‘s anniversary giveaway. I chose to receive Better Homes and Gardens as the subscription I will enjoy for the next 12 months. Thank you, Diann!

I also won some bids at an auction we attended in our neighboring town. The estate of some life-long community members was up for auction. My husband had a connection to this family. We spent the entire sunny day watching the lovely items from the household go to the highest bidder.

She was a true southern belle. She was always dressed to the nines, grew and arranged beautiful flowers and had a home filled with fine furniture and china. She was best of friends with her sister (who was married to my husband’s uncle). They could often be seen about town together, sharing coffee and shopping excursions.  They even competed against one another in the annual 4-H Fair. One of the lots that I won included many of her First Place and Best in Show ribbons for her gladiolas, flower arrangements, apple pie, and even one for furniture restoration. She also collected post cards and there were several of these in the same lot.

I bid on many items unsuccessfully. I had a limited budget and was determined to stick to it and not get auction fever. This was my first time bidding at an auction so I was a little nervous in the beginning. Some of the items I lost bids on were a lovely sterling plate flatware set in its box (sold to a silver dealer), a set of aqua snack plates (I’m a little sorry I didn’t go higher on them), a tole-painted tray, a sewing tin, and an empty flatware box. You can really tell the dealers at these sales, can’t you?

I did win these lovely amber glass salad/desert plates.

Also included with this lot was this Grandma Moses scene plate.

I’m not familiar with these plates so will have to do some research on it. I didn’t see this plate until we were home. It was a happy surprise. The nursery rhyme is written on the back of the plate.

I put a bid on a box lot when I saw these little Scotties peaking out.

This little pin cushion needs a a bit of clean up, but isn’t it adorable? In the box with the pincushion were several other fun things, including this teacup and saucer. It is from the Royal Albert Flower of the Month Series, November Chrysanthemum.

This double-handled teacup was also in the box. She has a few chips, but I think I can still put her to use as a container or maybe even turn her into a pin cushion.

These items were in the box as well. I don’t know anything about them and there are no markings. If you have any information to share, I’ll be happy to listen.

Another plate that appeared in one of my boxes was a 1964-65 World’s Fair souvenir plate. My husband was especially pleased with this find as he attended this fair.

We spent most of the day in the back yard where the man of the house used to grow the best tomatoes in the county. Each year we would anxiously await those harbingers of summer which he gifted to my in-laws. We all loved Mr. W’s tomatoes!

We had such a fun day, visiting with many old friends. And to think I spent less on my total purchases than my husband spent at the food truck. It was a win-win kind of day.

I hope you will visit 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?



About tammylovesdishes

I love searching for dishes for tablescaping. That leads me to yard sales and thrift shops and fun, fun, fun.
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15 Responses to A Winning Week!

  1. Verna says:

    Sounds like a very lovely day at the auction. I think the little scottie pin cushion is my favorite. I haven’t been to an auction in a long time but after seeing all your treasures I think I will have to remedy that situation.

  2. Michelle says:

    Sounds like you had an awesome time 🙂 I am terrible at auctions, I get competitive and pay way too much. I like that purple glass thingy in the unknown things.

  3. Deb H says:

    What a fun day you had and plenty you were able to find plenty of treasures too! My faves are the amber plates and of course, the Scotty Dogs. Glad you enjoyed your first auction too, Tammy!
    Deb H.

  4. Kathy says:

    I can imagine how exciting auctions can be! I would have a hard time keeping to a budget! You were able to come away with some wonderful things. I hope you have a great week,

  5. Laurie says:

    Oh the auction sounds like so much fun, and you obviously got the bidding thing figured out, because you made some great purchases. Love the pin cushion with the Scotty dogs, and that World’s Fair plate is so neat. I love to buy a box at auction and find wonderful things inside. Your amber plates will be beautiful in a tablescape. laurie

  6. This must have been a fun day. We haven’t been to an auction in years..used to go every weekend.

    You brought home wonderful finds!

  7. Laurie says:

    I have started going to auctions within the past year and they are a lot of fun, huh? And yes, you can tell who is a dealer for sure! I love the little pincushion and the prize ribbons. I wish I could tell you something about your mystery finds, but I’m sorry to say I can’t. But how wonderful that you were able to acquire some of the things from the estate of a friend. Hugs!

  8. Paulette says:

    I love a lively auction – I”m afraid I often times get bidding fever and go over board. Such lovely things and so much fun to find a treasure in the bottom of the box. The Scotties found a good home, they are darn cute.❣

  9. BeckyKay says:

    Nothing like the thrill of an auction! I’ve been known to end the day with hands shaking so much from adrenaline that I can barely write my check! LOL!

  10. What fun! I am glad you stuck to your budget! Love the amber plates!

  11. Great wins Tammy! I love auctions. I need to go to a couple soon just for the “auction high” LOL Thank you for joining TTF and have a great day!

  12. Betsy says:

    The auction sounds like it was a great experience. I’d love to go sometime, but I know I’d be a bag of nerves:-) Love those Scottie dogs and that nursery rhyme plate. Those ribbons are awesome too and it’s so nice that you have the history behind them.

  13. Hi Tammy,
    I bounced over for a visit. You are girl after my own heart. I’m glad you stopped by my Blog and I look forward to following your adventures.

  14. Gina says:

    It looks like you found some really great treasures! Enjoy them!

  15. Love the postcard, I collect vintage ones too. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

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