Rhoda is back from the beach and is hosting Thrifty Treasures once again. So why don’t you you stop on over to see everyone has found to add to their own treasure troves….
I had been thinking that the lack of yard and estate sales over the past few weeks was due to the fact that fall was fast approaching and most people had already had their sales earlier in the season. But after last week and the proliferation of sales that were held, I’ve come to the conclusion that the procrastinators who didn’t hold their sales earlier in the summer are now rushing to get their sales in before the weather changes. I don’t think we’ve seen the last hurrah quite yet.
Last week Mr. Sullivan and I hit some interesting estate and yard sales. He started accompanying me a few weeks ago to see what the yard sale hoopla was all about, but he was feeling a disappointed because we never found much of anything. Estate sale prices were high and yard sales didn’t seem to yield anything but a few bargains. He kept saying that homeowners valued their junk too highly! But last week we hit the what he called the mother lode of sales.
We hit an estate sale where we encountered a few things I can re-purpose or paint. I told Mr. Sullivan to look past the “ugly” and not to shake his head at me like he kept doing! These two prints are Spanish Rococo and not quite to my taste. But once I spray paint the frames and perhaps add some toile fabric, they will look much better to me.
The pair was a bargain at $2.00 each.
I loved these footed compotes/candy dishes. I’ve placed Halloween candy in one of them. But it probably won’t last for very long….. I am a bit of a chocoholic!
The heavy ladle called to me when I saw this $6.50 silver server. Nothing flimsy, here. I can see some tasty sauces being served out of this dish. Think I can avoid curdling the hollandaise?
These eight sundae cups were full of dust and hiding in a basement storage cupboard. I don’t think anyone would ever have thought to look for glassware in there. I paid $3.50 for the lot of them. I’ll be serving hot fudge brownie sundaes in them tonight.
I’ve been needing a five foot ladder ever since I fell off my wobbly, old one and it got smashed to pieces. So what do I find hiding in the corner behind the above named cupboard? A sturdy $2.00 wood ladder. Mr. Sullivan checked it out personally and it withstood the test with flying colors. I don’t care how paint splattered it is - that shows character!
I think these might be butter pats, but I’m not sure because I’ve never seen them in silver. What do you think- is this what they are? I found six of them for $4.00.
I took him to an estate sale I had gone to the day before, hoping that a set of wicker furniture I had liked was still there. I hadn’t wanted to pay the price they were asking, even though I know now that it wasn’t really priced that badly. I took the chance that it would still be there and I could get it for 25% off on the second day, but I was, as the saying goes- a day late and a dollar short! Well, I actually had more money in my pocket to spend since I didn’t buy the wicker!
We looked at all the left overs and I found this large Pyrex bowl. It’s the perfect size for mixing cakes and cookie dough. I paid $4.00 for it.
Mr. Sullivan loved this $1.00 wooden gavel and he placed it in the study when we got home.
I’m using these three spindles in a tabletop display in the kitchen. You’ll see them when I post for Rhoda’s fall decorating party in October.
Before we went home, we stopped at a yard sale where two men were manning the fort. Seems that the wives had gone to a garage sale down the street. The homeowner was quite willing to deal on prices and I think I made some good bargains on the few things that I bought.
This Johnson Bros. plate is gorgeous. The gentleman let me have it for a dollar.
These bakers were fifty cents each.
I decided I want to do an entire section of wall with blue and white plates, so this $3.00 10-inch floral will begin my collection.
If Barb at Bella Vista ever decides to host another rooster party, I’ll be ready with this small plate that I got for fifty cents.
I’ m so glad that Mr. Sullivan finally got to see what fun it it is to unearth treasures at estate sales. I told you he had caught the bug for yard sales a few weeks back, and I know that he isn’t looking forward to them ending anytime soon. Just wait til I tell him about auctions!!