Saturday, April 28, 2012

Estate Sale Spoils

The junking season is back and this Saturday the junking gods smiled down and we found some good items. Here is most everything that we bought on Saturday morning laid out on the dining room table.

We went to 2 Estate Sales in the same town. Both were true estate sales - an entire home's contents up for sale. The best part was both sales were being run by the family and not an estate sale company, so the prices were very reasonable as the family just wanted to clean out. I kid you not when I say that at the second sale they were selling things for 5 and 10 cents each! We filled several bags and I think we only ended up spending about $20 in all.

Here are some highlights:

Most of the items in this picture were bought for a dollar or less. My favorite: the milk glass vase, which was a quarter. Other cool stuff - an old camera, planters, a flower frog and a cool wire basket.

Love this little doll bed. It was $1.

Some old books. Love the cover of this one by L. Frank Baum.

This old tin was $2.50. Not sure if I will keep it or sell it. It would make a cool garbage can.

Some flags. These were a nickel a piece.

A wicker planter

Some linens

All in all it was a lot of fun. I admit that I get a bit frenzied in the heat of the moment and buy stuff I just don't need. It is hard to pass up something old and cool when it is only 5, 10 or 25 cents. Much of this will go to a flea market I am selling at in a few weeks. I will be able to price things reasonably and still make a profit.

Hope you had a great Saturday too.


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Monday, April 23, 2012


I own a few pieces of Jadeite. I absolutely love the signature green color! I found this set of 7 tumblers at a St. Vincent de Paul store a few years ago. Score! All the glasses were neatly tucked into a shoe box and sitting on the shelf. I think I only paid about $5 for all of them. It was actually my mom who spotted them first. She grabbed them up and told me to buy them. When your mom - who is a knowledgeable collector - tells you to snap something up, you do it. I haven't found anything this cool - or valuable - at a thrift store before or since.

I believe in enjoying my stuff and not just keeping it on a shelf, so these cups have been in use as drinking glasses in my kitchen for a few years. They are McKee glass and they are a very pretty milky green. They are heavy in your hand. Quality made glass - so vintage, so pretty. My 11 year old and 7 year old have used them regularly and they haven't got a nick or crack among them. If you look closely you can see variations in the color which look like fine lines. See below.

I also have 3 Fire-King cereal bowls in Jadeite. Again, these bowls are used regularly. The color of these isn't as cheery as the McKee green but more gray-green and muted.

Alas, all of these items are currently up for sale on Ebay. I've decided to part with them all. Hopefully some collector (either Martha or Alexis) will snatch them up. One can hope. It is tough to part with them as I really love them, but hopefully they will find their way to a good home.

I only have one other piece of Jadeite that I am keeping. A McKee jadite serving bowl. That will stay with me for now.

Keep your eyes out for great finds at the thrift store. They are rare, but when you do find one it will be a great score!

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Look what my husband bought me! It came in the mail today. (He buys everything on ebay - ha ha) I am a big fan of Pioneer Woman. Probably because she lives in the country and she is a famous blogger - two things I fantasize about doing someday. I watch her show on the Food Network and have made some of her recipes. The ones that I have tried are pretty yummy. Before this book arrived I was slowly downsizing my cookbook collection as I now get most of my recipes online. However this book is an exception. The pretty pictures and personal stories draw me in.

Looking forward to doing some cooking!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012


I like to group "like" things together according to type, color, style, whatever. Here are some groupings around my house.

Some Tablecloths

Pottery grouped by color

Nail polish left out on the table

And these.... found hatched next to my side door.

The last grouping has been moved AWAY from the house. Beautiful - but not exactly welcome!


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fun to Look At

I worked at the antique store this past Sunday - my once-a-month turn. While there, it is fun to look around and see what is new since you have been there last.
Here are my favorite things from today:

I love this chair. Love the red chipped paint and style. It was only $15. I almost bought it but didn't. Just don't need it - even if it is very cute. I'm trying not to buy stuff if I don't really need it.

Love this old book. Love the title, the color red - I could go on and on about it. I may even buy it the next time I am there - but for now it will stay at the shop.

I did end up buying some of these. They are adorable. I hope to show another picture of the ones I chose in a later post. Of course I will use the excuse that they are for my daughters, but secretly I am going to keep them for myself.

A vintage suitcase filled with vintage doll clothes. I dug in and found a few that I almost bought...but didn't. Still sweet though.

I did end up buying the white pot shown above. It has daisys on it. Love it. I broke my rule here. I don't need it at all, but I still had to have it. You know how that is!


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Weekend Finds

We tried some more sales this weekend. Slowly but surely there have been more listings. Here is what I was lucky enough to find: a chenille bedspread for $3, birdcage (to be painted) $3, Vintage Christmas glasses $3, tea cup basket $2.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Gee Bees

This past Saturday hubby and I got up early to go to some yard sales that were listed in the paper. Yard sales have been few and far between around here this winter so when a few were listed in the paper we got excited. Three sales, several miles and a few arguments later we came home with one item - this milk glass mug that cost 10₵. 

I have recently learned that some collectible milk glass mugs sell for a lot of money on ebay. Of course I doubt that this mug is one of those, but for 10₵ I couldn't go wrong.

Later that day we ended up at the Goodwill. I fared a little better there and brought home $14 worth of clothes and household items. I found this mug there. 

This mug is milk glass also but with a color coating on the outside in soft blue. Think vintage Pyrex, but in a mug. I like the embossed flowers. The fun part came when I turned the mug over to see if there was a brand name on the bottom.

Turns out that this mug was never used by whomever donated it to the Goodwill. It came from a store that is no longer in business, Gee Bee. As a kid I always got this name confused and said Bee Gee's - like the musical group. Gee Bee was a department store located in Pennsylvania and some other surrounding states. The original Gee Bee store opened in 1906 but branched out in the 1960's to suburbia. By the 1990's the stores were out of business.  So, maybe this cup is from the 1970's or 1980's? Not sure. I just thought it was a pretty shade of blue.

Hopefully there will be better yard sales on the horizon now that Spring is here. I am hoping as it hasn't been worth the effort to get up and go.

We enjoyed our Easter weekend. Here is a picture of the girls in their Easter dresses.

While out and about this weekend, we also stopped off for a photo at this place. It is pretty close to where we live. We are big fans of the T.V. show Dance Moms so the girls had to stop and ham it up for the camera.

Have a great day!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

Good Friday Greetings!

Here is what we did today to recognize the importance of this day for those of us who love Jesus.

We made a lamb cake.

"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"  John 1:29

I bought this 2 piece lamb-shaped mold many years ago before I had children - probably at a yard sale!

One of my favorite things to do is make a lamb cake each Easter with my daughters.

Iced with white frosting and covered with coconut. Yum!

This year we also made Resurrection Rolls. I saw the idea on Pinterest. This is a great visual way to teach kids about Jesus's body rising from the dead.

1 tube of Crescent Rolls
Large marshmallows
Melted butter
Cinnamon Sugar

Take a marshmallow and roll it in the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar to represent Jesus' body being treated with scented oils and spices.

"The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes." Luke 24:55

Roll the marshmallow up in a crescent roll. The crescent roll symbolizes the linen cloth that Jesus' body was wrapped in.

"Now there was a man names Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,...he asked for Jesus' body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock"  Luke 24:50-53

Bake the rolls according to the time and temperature on the package. When they come out of the oven the marshmallow is gone! - Just like Jesus' body. 
The tomb is empty - so is the roll.

"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." Luke 24: 1-2

They are delicious hot from the oven.

Wishing you a blessed weekend were we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior.

"Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:6-8

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8,9


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

More Easter Love

As we near the big day, more decorations are coming out.

A vintage child's doll stroller.

Plastic bunny egg cup

Bunny bobble-head pushing a cart of gardening tools. 

One of my favorite things to put out at Easter.

Vintage table decor

Rusty metal bunnies in flower frogs

Paper egg boxes

Happy Easter!

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