I enjoy going to auctions, not that I’ve been to that many, but I have enjoyed those I’ve attended. So when the local auction company sends me an email about an upcoming sale, I check out the online photos of what’s on the auction block.
Recently I spotted a vintage green Sears Roebuck & Co scale. I’ve had my eye out for a scale and have not seen one within my price range. I considered going to the auction just to bid on the scale. Well, life got in the way and the auction night came and went – without my attendance.
Fast forward to the weekend after the sale. The YSCE (Yard Sale Chauffeur Extraordinaire) and I were stopping at one last yard sale on our way home after a not-so-successful day. We realized the sale was at a long-time acquaintance’s home. It looked like he had lots of tools. After our unsuccessful morning, I didn’t expect to find anything. Then I saw her.
I did a little Snoopy happy dance and squeal (in my head). I saw the price was more than I usually pay for anything at a yard sale, but a very reasonable price for a scale. And not just any scale, the exact scale I would have bid on at the auction if I had attended. Yes, our friend is a frequent presence at the local auctions and he had won the scale in a lot! He told me what he paid and his price was a reasonable mark-up. I was delighted to buy the scale from J.
J. also had some vintage bottles for sale. I have always been partial to vintage bottles (but not quite as partial as he is, I don’t think; he is quite the collector), most especially blue bottles.
These bottles are from a pharmacy that was once located in Baltimore, Maryland. Aren’t they beautiful?
J. is quite a generous fellow and offered to share a very special vintage bottle with us.
She may not look like much, but to the YSCE and me, she’s a beauty with a history we can appreciate. Thanks, J, for turning a not-so-hot yard sale day and turning it into a win!
I hope to visit the following bloggers and parties this week and I hope you get a chance to as well. Knick of Time’s Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove, The Penny Worthy Project at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom?, Helen and Her Daughters, and Cheerful Thrifty Door and Her Library Adventures.