Well, I never made it to the longest yard sale on Friday, as planned, so I settled for some yard sale-ing here in town. I got up early Saturday morning, had my cup of coffee, read the ads on Craig’s List and in the newspaper, and set off to see what I could find.
My first stop yielded my best finds of the day. It was an unplanned stop- I hadn’t mapped it out on my list because silly me had completely missed it in the newspaper ad! I was tooling up Far Hills Ave.when I happened to glance down at the newspaper laying on the seat. When I saw the street name for this sale, I knew I had to hit it. And even better, it was a “Make an Offer” sale!
Now being able to read the ad was in itself was a bit of a miracle, because these eyes of mine aren’t seeing small print very well anymore! At least I was stopped at a light, so no one was harmed as I squinted and put the paper at arm’s length to read it. I think I better start looking for some fashionable reading glasses…. *grin*
As I pulled up to the house, I could tell immediately that this was not a junky sale. Nope, not at all. There were bird houses, cloches, new craft items, glassware, lamps, and more. I was drawn to the floral garlands and wreaths.
Such pretty colors, but no prices… “How much?” I asked. The reply was make an offer. “How about a dollar apiece?” I asked. To which she replied, “They’re yours.”
I’ll probably put these bittersweet garlands and the mums into a large basket with some white pumpkins next month. The weather has to start cooling off before it starts feeling like the fall.
These large ( about 14 inches tall ) gourds will look pretty in a fall vignette. Again, a dollar apiece. They were originally purchased in a specialty store in Waynesville, OH for the price of $32.00 each. The tags were still on the bottoms of the gourds, and I saw them in the store, too. Now WHO in their right mind would ever pay that amount of money for dried veggies?! Not me!!
These lavender colored swags will be perfect for a spring decorating project. $ 1.00 each.
This $1.00 bird house is nestled in a tree outside my dining room. Even though it’s too late to attract new tenants, it still looks kinda cute.
I made a few more purchases at this sale, but I’m waiting to unveil them at the upcoming rooster and cloche parties.
After this sale, I drove to a few more others in Kettering and some in Oakwood. While I saw a lot of things that were really nice, I was selective in what I bought. I saw gorgeous Waverly valances on decorative rods for $3.00 each, but nothing went with my decor. There were pretty Baldwin brass candlesticks and sconces, but I haven’t used much brass for a long time. But when I saw the pretty linens at one sale, I kinda went nutty. I have a large dining room table and it is rare to find quality linens in a 120 in. length. But I can often find 70 in. or 90 in. round cloths, which are perfect for my kitchen table.
This Quaker Lace beauty was brand new and still in its unopened, original packaging. It can be used everyday or gussied up for a more formal table setting. I paid $2.00 for it.
A green wreath ( another $1.00 find ) from the first yard sale encircles a $1.oo vase filled with lemons and limes. The vase is elevated on a lazy Susan that I purchased last week for $3.00.
This $6.00 tablecloth is embellished with green vines and bright colored flowers. I didn’t get a chance to iron out the wrinkles, but you get the gist of what it looks like. It came with eight napkins, but the other four are soaking in a mixture of Biz and Oxy Clean, which is Colorado Lady’s formula for cleaning vintage linens. They had some minor yellow spots on them, so I’ve opted to try her recipe, which she claims works wonders! I’ll let you know how they cleaned up!
***** Update as of late night, August 10- my linens soaked for about 24 hours and they came out beautifully! The yellow age spots are gone, as are some old lipstick stains, and a few unknown dark marks. This recipe worked wonders. I made up another batch of the mixture and soaked an unbleachable white shirt that had been stained with red wine. In an attempt to remove the wine I initially bleached it. This process left the shirt with yucky yellow stains~ Well, even those are gone now. Hurray! I have a wearable piece of clothing once again.
The glass candlesticks were a previous find from a favorite store that went out of business. They were included in a lot where I got over 100 pieces of miscellaneous glassware for an$8.00 bid.
This two foot tall candlestick will be spray painted a venetian bronze color. Another bargain at a dollar!
These two framed prints will most likely be a gift for a friend who collects tea cups. A little dark stain will muddy up the shiny brass on the frames. They were a $6.00 find for the pair.
You can see some of the detail on these two cups and saucers.
Probably my most thrifty find of the day was this outdoor lamp. It looks like a thrown pottery pot and has a linen-look shade. These babies sell for over $50.oo at retail stores. It’s being used on one of my back patios.
I bought it for…… Are you ready? …..
$4.00!! Wooo Hooo!
I had another lucrative yard sale-ing day, wouldn’t you agree? My friend Susie Q from Rabbit Run Cottage will be joining me next week. We should have a blast!
Thanks once again to Rhoda for hosting
Today’s Thrifty Treasures Party.
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