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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rummage Sale Goat Cart

A few weeks ago I found myself at a church rummage sale, hoping I would find a few pretties. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would  find an authentic wooden goat cart!  I’ve been hearing about goat carts from my friend Susie Q @ Rabbit Run Cottage ever since I met her.  Years ago, she saw one in a shop, passed it up, and has wanted one ever since.  I’ve never seen one for sale anywhere, until this rummage sale.

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I first saw the cart leaning up against the wall in a room filled with antiques, crocks, and old china.  It had a “sold” sign on it and I was really bummed that I had missed out on buying it by not getting to the sale right when it opened.  I asked one of the cashiers about it just to make sure and she told me that it was definitely sold.  I overheard another customer ask about it about 10 or 15 minutes later. She was told that it had been sold, along with the pottery crock sitting inside it, but that the purchaser still hadn’t come back to pick it up. That comment just didn’t make sense to me. Why would anyone care when the woman was coming back for it if it was already bought and paid for? The gears in my mind started spinning…..

 

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Soon after, one of the women in charge of the sale told the cashier that the cart would have to be put back out for sale if the purchaser didn’t come back soon.  I discreetly approached the women and asked if the cart had been paid for. “No,” was the answer. Apparently, the inexperienced cashier thought she could hold items for customers by marking them sold!  I immediately offered double the amount of money that I had been told the items had sold for and asked that another crock be thrown in as part of the sale. I also said that I would pay for them right then and there. “ Sold,” the woman answered.  I was ecstatic, since I know that these carts sell for upwards of  $300. I checked E-bay and even saw one listed for $800. You never saw anybody pay for something as fast as I did!

 

 

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I just love this little goat cart!  As you can see, I’ve filled it with seasonal finery- pumpkins, gourds, leaves, silk mums, pomegranates, and dried oranges. For now, it has found a home in the kitchen.

 

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 I was so excited after buying this that I immediately called up Susie Q and told her I was coming over to show her what I bought. I was so excited, I wanted her to share in my delight!  What do you think, Sue- do you like it decorated for fall?

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I think that my little cart will look amazing all gussied up for each one of the seasons, especially the upcoming Christmas holiday- don’t you? I’m thinking greenery and berries, a twig tree, maybe even a few wrapped presents….  Okay, I’m getting way ahead of myself now- I still have to put out a few more Halloween decorations!

I’m linking to the following parties:

 

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Mary @ Mosaic Monday

 

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Linda @ Coastal Charm

 

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Laurie @ Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie

 

Vanessa @ Southern in my Heart

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Debbie’s Garage Salen Party

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Jan’s Boardwalk Bragfest

 

63 comments:

La said...

Sue, you shopping goddess! I love your goat cart. It looks fabulous with your fall decor and I can't wait to see it all dressed up for the Christmas holiday season. La

Barbara Jean said...

OH. TOO. COOL!!!!!
So glad you got it, and such a great deal and great find!!

blessings

barbara jean

Stacey said...

You lucky girl! I've never seen one for less than 200 or 300 dollars.

Jennifer said...

I love it too!!!! So pretty!

Happy Sunday!!!
~Jennifer~

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Sue, you were in the right place at the right time and what a steal!! I love it. Lucky you!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You did get lucky!! I have no idea where I would have put it, but I would have bought it also. If they had originally sold it and the crock for $25, they are not very knowledgeable of their inventory - sounds like a place I need to go shopping. :-D It is so pretty with all your Fall decor.
Have a great week.

Jo said...

Lucky Lucky girl!! What a great find - you have to be besides yourself.!!

Suesan said...

I love great finds like that! What an awesome steal. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun finding ways to use it.

Susan said...

That is one awesome find!! I love it!!

Kathy said...

Sue!!!!
$200.00 is the very LOW end of the price range for those little carts!!!!
Way to arrange that deal!
You've cuted it right up for fall...what a find.
You'll remember that deal forever!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Love love love the cart Sue, and man did that inexperienced cashier payoff for you!! Can't wait to see the Christmas cart(looks fab now!)

Pat said...

Wow Sue! What a deal! I love it, now I will be looking for one.

Olive Cooper said...

It is very old and handcrafted. I have only seen one other one before. Well done on not passing it by. olive

Debby said...

$40, you are kidding. I love it. I have an antique wagon in my living room. It usually has bears in it.
At Christmas it holds tiny trees. It's my favorite antique.

Blondie's Journal said...

Congratulations on such a successful deal, Sue! I so wish I had room for one of these little babies!! It looks fantastic all done up for fall and I too, can already see it dressed up for Christmas! You are such a lucky girl!

XO,
Jane

Debbie said...

What a steal Sue! I just loved how you dressed it up...the pomegranates are nice touch. I am thinking you will dress her up per season...no wonder you are ready for Christmas. Thanks for joining me this week.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That has got to be the find of the century! It looks great with all your fall things.

Great score!

A Hint of Home said...

What a great buy! Looks great with all your Fall goodies!
You really hit the sale at the right time.

Terra said...

How cool you found a goat cart, and it looks great with fall decor, and you can change it for the seasons.

Vanessa said...

What a great find Sue! I absolutely love that and how it is all "gussied" up! :-) Can't wait to see what you are going to do with it for Christmas!
Vanessa

Sheila said...

That's a wonderful cart and I can just imagine how it will change with the seasons and special days of the year. I'll be waiting to see the little people on March 17th. I loved the time we spent in County Kerry. you live in such a beautiful part of Ireland!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This is my first visit to your blog and it's very nice - I'll be visiting soon! I love your cart, what a nice find! And you've decorated it beautifully! If you'd like to "visit" me in New England I love company and new Followers are so exciting!

Vee said...

Very nice find and I'm so glad that you spoke up when you did...there's a lesson there. The possibilities for seasonal decorating are endless...it looks fantastic decked out for autumn!

Jemsmom said...

Talk about perfect timing! You go girl!!! That looks fantastic!

Custom Comforts said...

Sue,
What a wonderful find and what beautiful pictures. Isn't it always amazing what you can find out there over time? Treasures more unique and special than anything at the mall.
Cindy

Dishesdone said...

Great deal, it beautiful! So pretty all dressed for Fall!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Ok...that is so LUCKY! Good thing you had your antennae up and took notice of the conversations going on around you! True test of a GOOD shopper! It looks really great decorated for Fall and I can see why you are already planning for the Christmas holidays!~Hugs,Patti

bj said...

A goat cart?? Great Balls of Fire, those must be very rare indeed...and also must come from other countries?? I don't think they use goat carts in this country, do they? I just looked at one on Ebay ..$399.00 so your buy was one of a lifetime...WOW..
Now, I can see it chock full of Christmas gifts, with a few spilling out onto the floor.
Really, REALLY cute cart....

dogsmom said...

I have never heard it called a goat cart. It is gorgeous. You sure were in the right place at the right time. Wonderful lurking and listening skills too!
If I did not have enough cash to pay for that you can be sure I would have left an arm or a leg behind as collateral, and been back in less than 15 minutes!
I know your ideas for it are endless. Hope to see it featured here on different seasons.

Congratulations!

Snap said...

Good for you! I love your little goat cart, too and it is beautiful with all your Autumn decorations. Well done!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Absolutely stunning. Your seasonal decorations are perfect. Love the colors. Beautiful photographs.

Carol

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a steal! I love it and it looks fabulous decorated for Autumn. I look forward to seeing how you adorn it throughout the seasons.

~ Tracy

Pam @ Frippery said...

You are the Queen of good finds! What a deal. I love the way you have dressed it. Glad you had such good fortune at the sale! Pam

Lorrie said...

What a fabulous find! It will indeed look beautiful decorated for every season.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sue it is a wonderful buy and such a pretty decorative piece! I love it filled with pumpkins and gourds and as you said you can decorate it for eavery season. You are a savy shopper! I bet Suzie Q loved it! I hope you find one for her someday

Jane said...

Well if that's not the best garage sale item I've ever seen! It's a beautiful cart and you have it decorated so nice for the fall. A great find.
Jane

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sue,
I just love how you got this awesome item!!! I have also been looking at these for years now and wanting one...you are going to have soooo much fun with it! Thanks for sharing your story with us at NTT!

Blessings,
Linda

Chrissie said...

What a great buy. I love how you have the cart decorated for Fall. It looks lovely~

Pam said...

What an awesome find. Glad you kept on top the sales people until it came home with you.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What an adorable find, and I love the sweet story that goes along with it. It pays to keep your eyes and ears open, doesn't it?
Blessings,
Marcia

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is just adorable! I love it and that you managed to get it when it was 'sold'!! Just an FYI Debbiedoos is taking a blogging break and I will be taking over her Garage Salen Party stating Friday. It will now be called 'JUNKIN FINDS'....hope you will still join in!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sue...

Ohhh my goodness...what a treasure find, my friend! You know, I have only seen goat carts in pictures...never have seen one personally! Ohhh...I'm just sooo excited for you, Girlfriend...and to think that you got this little beauty for a mere $40! It's fabulous!!! And...you have decorated it soooo beautifully...I just adore it! Ohhh yes, you are going to have sooo much fun decorating this pretty little cart! Thank you for sharing it with us...this was a real treat, Sue!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

eileeninmd said...

What a great find, congrats! It looks lovely with the way you have it decorated.

eileeninmd said...

What a great find, congrats! It looks lovely with the way you have it decorated.

Rettabug said...

Oh you lucky stiff, you!!! Snatching that right from under her nose. I hope she's not a blogger!! LOL

It is absolutely D-A-R-L-I-N-G!! The possibilities are endless, too. I can't wait to see all the millions of ways you decorate with this.
GREAT SCORE!!

Thanks for your prayers for baby sis's DH. Tests on Friday will show if treatment is even possible. If not, he's got less than 2 yrs. (only 59) UGH!

Come see my Pumpkin Party for some smiles. I needed some laughs.

Rettabug said...

Yes, the spiders on the HB eggs are done with olives. The two flies in the center are rubber, though.

Globe came from Tues. Morning, last year, as did the witch shoes.

Thanks for your kind words. :-)

Lisa said...

STUNNINIG FIND!! I would have done the exact same thing. It looks fabulous the way you have it displayed. I have major 'find envy' on this one.
Good hunting!
Lisa

Cori said...

Sue:

That cart is simply amazing! I hope I stumble on one of those somewhere along my junking journey...WOW. Love what you did with the pumpkins and gourds...wonderful.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my music sheet dresser. For the "aging" I use a mixture of regular clean paint glaze, brown acrylic paint and a little bit of copper paint pigment that I get at my local artist supply store. I also use this glaze on the music sheet dress forms that I create. Something about adding that copper pigment gives it a little iridescence that I love.

I'm your newest follower : )

So nice to meet you-

Cori
Starview Sonnet

Balisha said...

Love it, love it, love it! Balisha

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Sue, that little goat cart is the cutest thing, and even cuter the way you have it "fixed up". I have never heard of a goat cart. So glad you came to my blog, or I may not have found ya. You just found yourself a new follower.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous...fantastic!!!! What a find--and a blessing!!!
XO

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

A goat cart it is then! haha!!! GOOD FOR YOU! I really do love it. Think of all the wonderful uses you will have for it. I particularly love the way you have it displayed with all the bounties of fall. Lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your great bargain at the Boardwalk Bragfest!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, I am absolutely green with envy! What an amazing find! Oh, I do love church sales, but like you, I would never have expected to find a goat cart at a church sale. And lucky, lucky you to have been there when they decided they might need to put it back out for sale. And how brilliant of you to make a higher offer so quickly (and to pay so quickly!) It looks so pretty all filled up for Fall. I look forward to again turning green every seasson when I visit your blog and see the changes in your cart! So glad you'll be linking this to Favorite Things (so I can turn green looking at the thumbnail on my blog) laurie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sue, What a great find! I love this little cart and you practically stole it for $40.00. I can imagine it decorated for all the seasons.
xo, Sherry

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a treasure. I am now so interested in goat carts! You filled it with bounty of the best of Fall. Gorgeous!
I love it against that stunning wallpaper too.
It will look lovely decorated for all seasons.
Yvonne

podso said...

The goat cart is amazing. What a find you discovered! I like what you're doing with it.

Carrie said...

What a wondeerful find...and you are certainly an astute shopper!

Kathleen said...

It looks wonderful, Sue. You find such interesting things! I can see it at Christmas.
I have been MIA with pneumonia, sorry I have missed a few of your posts.

Susie Q said...

I love it! I knew I would of course but it is perfection! Now, if you ever find yourself missing it...you know, like if someone breaks in and steals it...it will NOT have been me. Nope. Don't look at me...not me.
You hit the Motherlode...and I am proud of you! Of course I would have barreled over you to get it first if I had been with ya but hey...*grin*
See ya soon!
Love,
Sue

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a great cart! I've never heard of a goat cart before, but yours sure is cute! And I know you'll have lots of fun decorating it-enjoy:@)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, are you LUCKY!! Enjoy the heck outta that sucker...it a BEAUTY!!

Blessings!
Gail

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh Em Gee!!!! I would have sprinted to the car pulling this goat cart behind me!! WHAT A FIND!!! And you were so smart to hang around and "listen" and pick up on the sitution!! Oh My Stars! I LOVE this!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! And, oh yeah, Christmas? Greenery and berries and presents all piled in it...some pine cones (glittered of course)....can't wait to see it!

Lou Cinda :)

Arlene said...

I found a goat cart just like yours at an estate sale in nj last week. I absolutely love it. I have it in my bedroom with old quilts stacked in it. Looks so cute!