I was supposed to participate in a yard sale with my friend and fellow thrifter “S” this past weekend. I am a fair weather yard saler, especially when I am in the seller’s chair. Due to the threat of rain, I begged out of these plans. Boy, am I glad I did. The rain held off until late morning, but it was cold enough to sleet. Definitely not my kind of weather.
Now, did that stop me from attending a few yard sales? Heavens, no! After a lovely morning spent at breakfast with my darling husband (aka, yard sale chauffeur extraordinaire or YSCE) and many of his childhood friends, there were yard sales to find.
On our way home, we passed by a sale at a local assisted living facility. After applying the brakes, my YSCE found a close-by parking spot so I could explore. I believe the participants in this sale are employees of the facility. I found a few things at their sale last year and hoped to do the same this year. My timing was spot on today as the table at which I noticed the most interesting things was packing up to leave. One of the items left on the table was a red-lidded glass spice bottle priced at $1. When I expressed an interest, she pulled out five more glass spice bottles. Her husband called them Hoosier spice bottles. Two have a sliding lid, two have open-holed shaker lids, two have solid lids. I got all six for $6. I believe five of them are Triple-Skip Hoosier glass spice jars which I determined after I got them home and researched them.
She didn’t have a bag, so picture me with my winter coat pockets stuffed with two jars each and me holding two jars. Before I left, I stopped at another table. In a cardboard box filled with kitchen utensils, I found three Court silver plated iced tea spoons, a random Rogers silver plate teaspoon, a red wooden-handled scoop, an old cheese slicer, and a small server with what is possibly a Bakelite handle. I got the lot for $2.
I happily waddled back to the car with my pockets stuffed with spice jars and my hands filled with kitchen utensils and jars.
The next stop was a multi-family sale. We were here a while so we could visit with the families and their neighbors, once we realized they were acquaintances of ours. Here I scored goodies from the Free pile. I found a square wooden tray which will look great once refreshed with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a giraffe mug for someone I know who likes giraffes, and what I believe is a pewter vase. The vase is marked “1975” on the base and stamped “Clinton” on the side. Anyone know anything about this piece or the maker?
It was getting colder by the minute, so we headed out to go home and the sellers started to pack up their items. On the way, we saw another yard sale sign and decided to stop there as well. The man of the house was on duty and instantly recognized my YSCE as we pulled up. He told me to make an offer if there was anything I was interested in. I found a silver plated casserole holder with lid and two cool old frames.
Here is some detail of the corner of the larger frame. Beautiful for $1, wouldn’t you agree?
I happily paid the full price for these items as I felt they were fairly priced. And also because I didn’t want this guy to think my YSCE was married to a yard sale cheapskate, especially since that is exactly how YSCE had just depicted me to our many friends during breakfast.
I think I found some fun things and made some good buys and also managed not to embarrass my YSCE so he’ll drive me again next time.
I hope to visits 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?