Searching for Treasures One Yard Sale at a Time – Everything Coming up Roses

We had another gorgeous day for treasure hunting at yard sales. We focused on one end of town where there seemed to be a lot of yard sale signs. I love it when we can find treasures without having to travel too far.

This little bunny planter was my first purchase of the day. He has a cute face and looks vintage, even though I don’t think he is. For 50 cents, it wasn’t much of a risk.

This rolling pin is what got me going at another yard sale. When I asked how much and the owner said $1, I snatched it up immediately. It is a little smaller than most you see. She had a table full of nice items and  as I stood there tightly grasping my bargain rolling pin, I noticed the beautiful embroidered tablecloths. The two pictures above show the first tablecloth I picked up. It’s large enough to use on my dining room table.

This pink cross-stitched rose embroidered cloth is square and would probably be great used on a card table. I can really appreciate the amount of work that goes into creating these beautiful tablecloths.

Here is a close up of the corner designs.

I was intrigued by this little bag which the seller said her mother-in-law told her was for storing napkins. I’ve never run across one of these before, have you?

Inside were 12 napkins with a sweet floral design embroidered on each one. I didn’t even notice the matching tablecloth, can you believe it? Thankfully the seller pointed it out to me!

It is quite large and will look stunning on my dining room table. (It will look even better once I iron it, lol!)

Here is a close up of the large flower, which looks like a variegated rose in bloom. Now for the prices. Are you sitting down? I purchased the tablecloths for $1 each and the napkin with storage bag for 50 cents. I know. I know. I fully expected the yard sale police to arrest me. I can’t figure out if the seller really didn’t like her mother-in-law (who I assume owned and/or created these beauties) or they just weren’t her style. Either way, I was on cloud nine with these purchases and could have stopped treasure hunting for the day right then and there. But I didn’t. 🙂

I credit my YSCE for finding the next sale. As he was finding a parking spot, which involved driving down the street to turn around, he came upon another sale which had very little traffic. Based on what he could see from the road, he was eager for me to stop there.

This was a three-generation sale with mostly the grandmother’s things. She had recently moved into a condominium and didn’t have room for all of her treasures. The set of dishes above included many pieces by Rosenthal in the Aida-Winifred design. The rose design has almost a wild-rose look.

There were also four rose-patterned salad plates by L&M in their Pompadour Rose design.

This platter has a small chip in the edge, but is otherwise in beautiful condition. I have a fondness for platters so added this to the stack for $1. I found two Pyrex Cornflower pieces, too. A square 3-quart lidded casserole and a small saucepan. Earlier this same day I had found a large rectangular casserole dish in this same pattern. The size will be perfect to use in the silver-plated, lidded casserole stand I found earlier in the season.

This hand-crocheted doily called my name.

Here is the detail of the pansies on the edging. A little pressing and some mending and this will be a sweet accent on a tea tablescape, don’t you think?

I also bought a round mid-century modern side table. While I was gathering the dishes, the price had gone down from $10 to $5 so I added it to my bundle. After paying for my purchases I had to call it a day. I had spent all my allotted cash for treasures!

We passed a yard sale sign on the way to our neighborhood and decided to stop. Good thing I had my tiny change purse or I would have had to pass up this find.

A vintage West Bend “Buns” Serving Oven. The seller said it had been her granny’s. Four quarters from my little coin purse and this slightly grody treasure came home with me. With a little elbow grease (well, quite a bit of elbow grease actually), she is shiny and clean. While my family didn’t use a warmer such as this, the YSCE does remember one similar to this from his childhood. Who doesn’t love a warm roll?

I hope to visit the parties at Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Knick of Time’s Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, Today’s Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality, 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.
This entry was posted in Dishes, Garage Sales, Linens, Tablescaping, Uncategorized, Vintage, Yard Sales. Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Searching for Treasures One Yard Sale at a Time – Everything Coming up Roses

  1. Paulette says:

    How lucky you are to have YSEC, I am very jealous! The embroidered pieces are stunning. Such beautiful hand work will make for a stunning tablescape. Your area sells some really nice item in their rummage sales. In my area I am seeing less vintage and a lot more Walmart items :((

  2. Lisa Jackson says:

    I love everything you found! The rose napkins and tablecloth are such a treasure and those dishes – oh so beautiful!

  3. Beverly says:

    you hit the jackpot! i love the napkins with the matching tablecloth 🙂

  4. Betsy says:

    Wow! What a treasure filled day you had. I sure can appreciate all the work that goes into the napkins and tablecloths and those dishes are gorgeous! Don’t you love it when you can start making a pile at a yard sale because the prices are so dirt cheap?

  5. Tammy, my mother in law had a bun warmer like that and when we visited it was always filled with her homemade yeast rolls…yum yum. Strolled down through your earlier post……. wow… have some great yard sales in your area. 🙂

  6. Love your linens and I have a soft spot for vintage cross stitch on linens.

  7. Such beautiful linens.

    – The Tablescaper

  8. linens2lace says:

    I can’t keep the handstiched linens in my store. You have a great eye. Great post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s