Monday, April 28, 2014

Friday Finds

My air conditioner started acting up last week, so I decided to take Friday off and have someone come and look at it. If you've ever been to Texas, you know it gets hot here fast and you have to have air conditioning. Anyway, I made the appointment for the afternoon so I could get out in the morning and hit a couple of estate and yard sales.
I hit the first day of an estate sale first. I was about 20th in line, but I still managed to find some great items. These vintage ornamants were .25 cents each. They had a shoebox full, and the lady running it said she'd sell me the whole box for $1.00, but the others were in terrible shape, so I opted to just get these.
I got these old jello molds for $2 a stack at the estate sale. Great for vintage inspired crafts!
This pretty Fenton rose bowl was $6.00 at the same sale. I love Fenton ruffled glass items.
This bag full of cookie cutters was $3.00. I picked out what I wanted and will donate the rest. There was even a green handled one in there. Yea!!
This little shell doll was .50 cents. I'm going to display her with my shell boxes.
These vintage rose tumblers were .50 cents each.
These swanky swigs were sitting on a window ledge in the kitchen of the estate sale, and I nearly missed seeing them. I think that's why they were still there when I made my way into the house. I got nine of them for .50 each!!!
My final purchase at the estate sale were these two millifiori paperweights. I collect paperweights, but don't have any like these. They were $3.00 each.
I hit a different estate sale and found this Holt Howard Santa cup for .25 cents. It still had the HH sticker on the bottom.
After I hit the two estate sales, I decided to swing by the Goodwill. Why not, it was on my way home (kinda sorta). I found this wire stand for $5.99. I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but it was unusual, so I went ahead and bought it. I got home and started to wipe it down and the light bulb came on. I put phone insulators in the holders and they fit perfectly. Add a few votive candles and there you go! Instant patio ambiance. This will look cool on my patio in the evening.
The second I saw this candle holder on the shelf at the Goodwill I snapped it up. It reminds me of a french crown. A Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle fits perfectly in it. I recently broke my mercury glass candle holder that sat on my coffee table, so this is a great replacement for $1.99! All in all, it was a good thrifting day, except at the end of the day when the air conditioner repair person showed up. My fan motor had gone out and the total bill was $738.00. Ouch! I may have to stop thrifting for awhile. ; )

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Finds

Hello everyone! I've been out of pocket for several months. I don't really have a good excuse, just busy doing other things I guess. Mom and I closed our booth at the end of February. Business kept getting slower and slower, and we felt that the antique mall we were in was getting away from vintage and antiques and letting people rent booths that were filled with new purses, jewelry and clothes. What kind of antique mall is that? It was more like a flea market. You know, the ones that have lots of new stuff made in China, not good vintage items. Anyway, I have been going to some estate sales, yard sales, and the thrifts since the demise of our booth. I was sad to give up the booth, but someday we will open another booth, but for now we are junking for ourselves, or future booth if it's something too good to pass up haha!. I've found lots of stuff lately, and below is just a portion of what I've found over the past few months.
I found these Spode pieces at an estate sale. The four cereal bowls were $2 and the set of four highball glasses were $3. I have lots of Spode Christmas Tree, but none of these pieces. Score!
These two Fenton rose bowls came from a yard sale for $3 each. The 1960 Wales Japan Cinderella came from an estate sale for $6. I collect vintage Cinderella items, so I was very happy to find her. The Avon royal coach was $1 from a thrift store, and it had stinky old perfume still in it. I thought the coach and Cinderella looked cute together, even if the coach isn't a pumpkin!
I bought a huge bag of assorted cookie cutters at the Goodwill for $4.99. These are the only ones I'm keeping, the rest will go to a non-profit thrift store near my home. The red rimmed coffee pot was $8 at an estate sale and the black rimmed coffee pot was $6 at a different estate sale. The green Wedgewood mini plate was $3. I have a piece of blue Wedgewood that I bought when I went to London on my honeymoon 16 years ago. The plaid thermos was $3, blue Ball jar was $1. The old Burma Shave and Vicks jars were $1 each. The yellow Tupperware scoop was .25 cents. I have a blue one for my sugar jar, but I needed one for my flour jar.
I saved the best for last. I'd been looking for some satin balls to make myself some spun head figures similar to Magpie Ethels, but not to sell, just for my own decorating purposes. I got both of these boxes for $1! The Lefton Holly pieces were $5 and $6 dollars each from an estate sale. I also found the mini Holt Howard Santa cup at the same estate sale for $1. Ucagco angel bells were $1.99 each at the Goodwill. I'm not into bells per se, but they have the sweetest faces, and they were vintage Christmas, so I couldn't leave them behind. The cute snowflake tablecloth that the Christmas finds are sitting on was another find from the Goodwill for $4.99. It is brand new and I believe it may have come from Target. That's all I have for today. I'm going to try and get organized enough to photograph the rest of my recent finds and post those soon. Have a great week!