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Monday, August 24, 2009

Unexpected finds on an unexpected day and a bite of the bug…

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Mr. Sullivan expressed interest in tagging along with me to some yard sales this past week, as he wanted to experience thrifting first hand. Unfortunately, the yard sales seem to be dying down in our area right now. And they usually begin on Thursday. Strange, isn’t it? One would think that the weekend would prove to be the more lucrative days. But that is what is the norm for this area. Go figure…

However, there were three sales advertised in the newspaper for Wednesday, which is his day off. We hit two sales that were busts- one had over-priced “antiques” from this 60’s and the other had baby items and household stuff that should have gone out to the dumpster instead of being put out on tables to sell. 

The last one we went to was an estate sale where I found this tureen buried in a cupboard in a bedroom.  It was brand new and I only paid $2.50 for it!  It doesn’t have an opening for a ladle, so I will can probably use it to just serve a casserole, as well. A perfect accompaniment for my growing collection of all white dinnerware and serving dishes.  We didn’t find anything else and I felt bad that he was not getting the full experience of the hunt. We were on our way to breakfast when he spotted a bright fuschia sign on a street sign advertising a sale around the corner. I’m so glad he saw this sign because it was the highlight of the day. We spent about an hour browsing through these two ladies’ things. I found glassware galore at fantastic prices!  And you know how I love glassware…

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This large bowl (12 inches across) will be perfect for salads or fruit. It cost me a whole dollar!

 

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I’m always on the look-out for these glass snack plates. They’re perfect for a tea party. I have paid $2.00 for a plate/cup combination before. When I asked how much they were, she said I could have them for 25 cents apiece. I thought she meant that it would cost me 50 cents for the set. NO… she meant 25 cents for both pieces! I bought all that she had. There 12 in this style….

 

 

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Four in this fan style….

 

 

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Four in this teardrop style…

 

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Four different teardrops…

 

 

 

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And four of these contemporary bubbles…

 

 

 

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This covered butter dish was 25 cents, also.

 

 

 

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There were ten each of the scalloped edged dinner plates and ten of the dessert plates.  ~Twenty pieces for $5.00.

 

 

I think Mr. Sullivan had fun. He got to see that it can be hit or miss with the sales. He related that he likes going to antique and vintage shops better than traipsing around all over town. What would he have thought if we had gone to the number of places I usually make it to?  But guess what? He’s already been talking about our next outing. Seems he’s already looked in today’s newspaper listing of estate sales and auctions for the upcoming week. I think he’s caught the bug!  But not before it bit him…

*** Oh, and if you want to see the update on how my great room is coming, please visit my previous post here.  I don’t spend ALL my time looking for treasures….  *grin*

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Once again, thanks to Rhoda, the Queen of Thrift  (my opinion)  and our hostess from Southern Hospitality, for hosting this party. Please visit her and all of the other participants who have found their weekly treasures.

51 comments:

Dawn said...

I love all those little snack plates. I see them at goodwill but they often don't have the cups. Did all of those have cups? You're certainly set for a great party. I'm sure it will be nice to have Mr. Sullivan tag along with you, as long as you each have your OWN spending money! I have a feeling you'll be looking for different things.
Dawn

Aimee said...

OH! I LOVE the covered butter dish. They are all beautiful finds you found...

If you get a chance, stop by my Blog for a visit and say hi! I JUST put up a New Post...
Have a great day,
Aimee

Gwen said...

OH MY GOSH! You got such a deal and I can't believe there were multiples of so many. I never find that many pairs like that!

I am so glad that your husband had a good time and may have been bitten. It is a lot more fun to bring them along:)

Sue said...

Dawn, I have 28 complete sets of cups and plates. Just didn't show the cups w/those particular plates. I couldn't NOT buy them all up for only 25 cents a set! Actually, Mr. Sullivan and I have almost identical tastes... He often spots things in stores that I have missed. It's probably because this is still so new to him! LOL

Jo said...

If you want more snack sets let me know I know a place that gets them frequently.....My hsb loves to go to yd sales esp when they have tools. We find it fun just looking and then we go and have lunch, a fun afternoon. We have found neighborhoods I didn't know abt.......Jo

Frippery said...

Great finds! I collect those snacks sets too. I have about 40 now. I think I have all the ones pictured except for the fans, those are so amazing! Great finds altogether. My hubs likes to thrift too. We usually are on the hunt together. Easy to catch the "bug".

Shelia said...

Oh glad you got your hubby to go with you. Did he catch the bug? :) I love that beautiful white tureen! Your little snack sets are precious. You know, I have so many of these and some just like yours. But the fan ones are so pretty and unusual! I love these!
Hope yous Sunday is going well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Sue, that's so cool that he's sorta caught the bug. That thrill of finding a little treasure for pennies just can't be beat and I am gaga over those fan snack plates you bougth. I found a gorgeous vanity item this past Saturday. It was a pretty glass dish with a silver plated lid of roses and a monogram in the middle. Great price too. xo Lynn

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sue, those snack trays are just darling! I've seen other collect those & if I had more storage space, I might do it too. And that first piece is a soup tureen. Love, love it!! Gorgeous piece, you really scored on that. I have 4 white ones now & am on the lookout for more.

Wendy said...

I love the handles on those cups! And the bubble tray is my favorite.

Kelee Katillac said...

Love your party plates!

love, kelee

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Sue I wished I knew you liked these snack sets...I had 4 of them and just gave them to Hospice last week...Girl I would have send thm to you had I known...Oh weel day late and Dollar short again...Glad you got the Hubby to go with you...Now Len brakes for every yard sale and I will tell you he also brings home junk...that I give to Hospice ha ha!! Love the soup tureen...You did great girl...May you have a Great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lori E said...

I really have to get out more. Who knows what I may find.
Great deals. Think of the ground you two could cover if you split the yard sales up and each went hunting on your own.

Brenda said...

You must be in glass heaven! I use to have some of those snack plates with the indention for the glass. And I gave them away once when I was moving. I have kicked myself a dozen times or more for that. Well, I just kicked myself again.
Brenda

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Wow, So awesome! I love all that pretty glass! Great finds!!

Deana said...

Oh that little covered butter dish is so cute!

The Lazy Peacock said...

wow - what a great sale to have found! and such amazing pieces at amazing prices. i love everything!

Tracey The AVON Lady said...

Wow, you got some really great stuff! I never find anything like that. I love the snack plates. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Sue...Whoa! Looks like you had a very productive shopping day! How exciting when you get so much for so little! My husband loves to go everywhere with me when I garage sale or antique. He knows what I like and sometimes sees things I don't. Always helps to have another set of eyes!~Hugs, Patti

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Oh! My! You really scored with the snack sets! It made me smile that your husband enjoyed his first thrifting experience. I can't imagine my husband asking to accompany me thrifting...or shopping of any kind! Well, maybe to the grocery store but that's only because he really loves to eat. :)

The Tattered Cottage said...

OMGosh!! You really scored on the snack sets!! I am so green with envy! I have a couple sets, but I am always looking for more. Great Score!!
Toni

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

WOWWOWWOW!!! I love the contemporary "bubbles" tray. It's so pretty!! :) I have that same large bowl with the flowers etched on it. Mine is a punch bowl and came with all the matching cups. $1 is a great buy! Thanks for the visit!

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

You found such pretty things. The cover on the butter dish looks like a little crown.

Lisa @ akawest said...

Everything you found is great, but the fan plates are really nifty. I will have to show my husband that other men get to go on treasure hunts, as well.

Rhonda in OK said...

I am a fan of the fan shaped luncheon plates - I've never seen that design before
you need to have a party!

Leanne@Organize said...

Wow, you found some incredible, beautiful treasures. I should go thrifting with you.

Kathleen said...

Holy Moley! You hit the mother lode.
I can't believe those prices. The covered casserole is great, and the butter dish, and well, everything!
DH would have kept saying to me, you don't NEED it!
What fabulous prices..and so nice they went to someone who will love them..(ahem, is Mr Sullivan getting you another dish cabinet? :) )

Katie Kubler said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting! Be sure to follow so you can see more transformations & thrifty finds:) Happy Blogging!

Kim said...

You definitely scored girl!!!

Anne said...

Boy you sure are one lucky girl. Your husband must have brought you some luck. Good for him. I wish my hubs would come and tag along with me. Your a lucky girl for that one to. But I just love the glass bowl you found with the flowers. It would be perfect for fruit or salad like you had mentioned. I also like how your displayed them on the blue fabric behind then for better viewing. It made the glass almost look like ice. And the prices you got everything is unbelievable. You and your hubby lucked out there as well. Have a nice day!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very pretty finds!

Kelli said...

You did great! I love, love, love the tureen! Thanks for sharing!!!

Rue said...

Hi Sue :)

I have one of those fan plates! I had no idea what it was for until now LOL

Your great room looks GREAT!! I love your fireplace :)

Now I'm off to deal with chaos...

xoxo,
rue

Chari said...

Hi Sue...

Ohhhh myyyy goodness!!! Girl, you made off like a bandit in this week's yard/estate sales!!! I just love that beautiful creamy white tureen...it's gorgeous and you got a steal-of-a-deal at just $2.50! Ohhh...and all that fabulous glassware...beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I have the exact same set of dessert tray sets like the first photo...they were my late MIL. They're so pretty and those dainty little cups with the candlewick handles!!! Ohhh...and I really liked the fan shaped dessert trays!!! It's all so pretty, my friend! I'm so happy for you...you did great!!! It was so sweet that your honey wanted to go with you and that he actually enjoyed it!!!

Also wanted to tell you that I went through your "Great Room" post. Girl, all that new moulding looks fabulous!!! Ohhh...I just loved looking through all of your photos...you have such a beautiful home!!! Thank you for sharing it with us...and I'm looking forward to seeing more of that Great Room transformation!!!

Thank you so much for coming by my "Celebration Giveaway" and for your sweet birthday and blog well wishes...that was so kind!!! Just would like to take this time to tell you thank you for being a follower of Happy To Design...I have really enjoyed getting to know you, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari
PS...wishing you the best with my book giveaway!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh goodness such a lot of wonderful thrify finds!
love
Alison
x

blondiensc said...

What a boat load of goodness!! love all the glass and so cheap! wow...you did good, maybe your hubby was a good luck charm?

Blue Creek Home said...

No way did you get all those cute snack sets for a quarter each. That's just crazy!!
You can host a tea for all of Bloggerville now! Rhonda

Housewife Savant said...

I've seen the luncheon plates with little ASHTRAYS where yours have cups. Go figure (and say, "Ew.")
Lovely treasures again Sue. Thank for sharing!

imjacobsmom said...

You hit the mother lode with that estate sale. I always see the snack sets, but never at that great of a bargain! I love your first find and that flowered bowl, too. ~ Robyn

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Score!!!! I love those fan plates...you have made me want to thrift today!!!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Are you kidding me??? I just picked my chin up off the floor. Why was she selling these beauties? That has got to be the most amazing yard sale score EVER! And because I really like you...I am only slightly jealous.

:)
~Amanda

Jane said...

You scored some great finds. The fan plates were my favorite. I'm glad your husband enjoyed himself....or will that be a good thing if he wants to come along all the time now LOL!!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I am sooo jealous! I have been looking and looking for some sandwhich plates! Lucky you! What a score and love the white tureen too!

Manuela

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Dear Rooster Party Participant,

Just a reminder that the Rooster Party is this Friday, August 28th. I am so glad you joined and I'm really looking forward to seeing your Roosters.

Hope you have a wonderful time!

Barb

The Stylish House said...

Sue,
I love the glass fan plates you bought. They are whimsical and classy. Also thank you for the information about my Henry Link Thrifty Treasure dresser!
Cathy

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I can't believe all the great things you guys find at yard sales...I never go. I need to start. Thanks for playing today, I loved your comment, one of my favorites.

Susie Q said...

To actually SEE all of this together, and to know what you spent, well...wow! I love it all. I am tickled that Murph has the bug. Did you tell him there is no cure?? :)
'Course, after this last haul, he won't WANT to be cured anyhoo!
LOVE all the treasures and the wonderful photos! Look how fancy you did the shoot!! Cool!
Love,
Sue

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Sue,

Oh - my goodness - you found so many beautiful treasurers and what fun you had finding them. The perfect size for all sorts of delicious treats.
Have a lovely week.
Blessings,
Erin

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wow! You found such wonderful deals! And you might not have even seen them if Mr. Sullivan had not gone along with you! I think it was meant to be! Now that he's been bitten, you'll have another set of eyes, and even better, another set of arms to help carry your packages. Love everything you bought, and especially the prices you paid! laurie

Balisha said...

I love glassware too. Your snack dishes are so familiar except for the fan shaped ones. I've never seen those. Love them!
Balisha

alley cat chic said...

Hi Sue-Thanks for your help! Teri