Hi everyone! I promised yesterday I’d give some details about time I spent with my sweet husband this past week-end, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. On Saturday, we puttered around town, stopping at whatever garage sales caught our fancy. We made several vintage purchases and then decided around 1 that lunch was in order, so we popped into our favorite Indian restaurant, Karavalli’s, in Latham (NY).
After a delicious meal, we drove to nearby Valatie to enjoy their 5th annual downtown craft fair. Live music played and the sun shone as we strolled down the main street. Later, when we drove south out of town, we began to follow some estate sale signs. In the small town of Stuyvesant Falls, we found ourselves pulling into the driveway of a beautiful old home. We had barely walked through the front door when we overheard someone say, “Everything outside under the tent is free.” Music to my ears, of course. I began to walk with great decorum toward the back door, then gave up and sort of trotted out to the tent. Yeah, you gotta run, not walk to the free tent, right?
Here we go–free stuff. Shaker cookbook (value: $3-4.00), hand broom ($8.00), jelly jars ($1-2.00 each). Interested in learning more about the Shakers? Check out my post on the Shaker Heritage Society.
Also free. I have a small collection of orphan ironstone lids going. I’ve seen them arranged artistically on a gallery wall. Might do that. If you’re looking for more info about ironstone, check out my Ironstone Price Guide.
Isn’t the alligator (I think) bag on top something? It’s handle is in pretty sad shape, but otherwise it’s not bad (also free, value: ?). The leather briefcase below (also free, value: ?) has certainly seen better days, but could not be passed up. The stool they’re sitting on, I actually paid money for, can you believe it? Its bottom brace needs reattachment and then I think it should be good to go (cost: $3.00, value: $20.00).
While the wooden stool has a bit of a balance problem, I think it can be fixed (free, value: $25-30.00). Both amazing pairs of cowboy boots came from one sale (cost: $1.00 each, value: $25+). I’ve got to do some research on them as I’ve never sold any before. The pair on the left are “BILTRITE” brand, the pair on the right, “DURANGO.”
Vintage blue willow platter, unmarked, likely American made (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00). The International Willow Collectors website offers some interesting FAQs you might want to take a look at.
I occassionally buy country accessories for my customers, like this weeping tree, especially when priced right (cost: $1.00, value: $15-18.00). I thought the basket was so unusual, I had to buy it (cost: 50 cents, value: $20-25.00).
Final Find: I’m not sure what to call this piece–a postal sorting station(?!!). Maybe you all have some ideas for me. The poor quality photo is due to the fact that it still lays in the back of my van–until I find some room for it in my garage. I want to bring it up to my booth (after a good cleaning) as soon as possible. I think it’s a pretty amazing piece (cost: $10.00, value: $100-125.00). Be sure to come back next week when I’ll be sharing the rest of my free finds from under the tent.
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