Hi everyone! Is anyone else champing at the bit to get out there and do some garage saling?!! I did attend a few decent estate sales over the winter, but I’m suffering from a little bit of withdrawal. I say, “Let the garage saling season begin!” With a couple of exceptions, all of today’s vintage finds came from a recent trip to Goodwill, which merely acts a s [poor] winter substitute for a good tag sale. Do you agree?
I acquired my first find, this colorful vintage quilt, at a fall garage sale. Along with it, I picked up a large selection of other linens, which I had planned to photograph and post about little by little, but that never happened (LOL). They’ve just been sitting in a basket in my office, but I finally decided to start tackling it. I consider this double-sided quilt to be one of the best buys of 2016 (cost: $5.00, value: $100-125.00).
I brought it up to my booth last week, priced at $125.00. We’ll see how it does. [Note it does have some ripped out seams on one side.]
This extremely large coffee table book, published at $95.00, sat on my coffee table for a while, but now it’s available in my booth (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00).
A Williams-Sonoma New American Cooking (cost: $1.00, value: $8-10.00), published originally for $35.00.
A Newman’s Own Cookbook, published at $25.00 (cost: $1.00, value: $6-8.00).
Read more about collecting cook books here:
Cook Books Part I
Cook Books Part II
Remember the cooking pamphlets from last week that my sweet sister-in-law gifted to me from her grandpap’s living estate? This thick cutting board came from the same estate (cost: free, value: $10-12.00). I have since given it a good scrubbing and seasoned it. Read about what I use for scrubbing and how I season bread boards here.
I initially bought this antique, framed scripture thinking I would use the frame for a project, but the longer I’ve owned it, the more enamored I’ve become with the graphics. This look is popular right now–using wide spacing and filling the entire “page” (cost: $4.00, value: $15-20.00).
A vintage metal tray (cost: $1.99, value: $8-10.00).
A vintage glass jar with a ground stopper ($2.00, value: $10-12.00 if not chipped!). Learn from me friends–check for chips, cracks, and crazing before you buy, not after!!
A couple of months ago, I bought a very large box of these vintage jars for 50¢ each at an estate sale. I am now the proud owner of 20 of these jars. They sell quite well for me in the $10.00 range, and sometimes I fill them with quantities of things that people might be interested in buying separately, like spools of thread.
In October, I scored several boxes of old bottles left on the curbside at the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg (NY). I have been slowly cleaning them, including these two (cost: free, value: $4-6.00 each).
The amber bottle contained Lysol.
While the bluish bottle contained “Sawyer’s Crystal Blueing.” In fact some contents remains adhered to the bottom; it’ll take a little more elbow grease to finish cleaning it. For tips on how to clean old bottles, check out this post.
Final Favorite Find: No, it’s not vintage, but it sure is nice looking. It’s a Target boxwood tree marked down at Goodwill and then purchased half-price (final cost: $7.50). I expect it will look nice on an urn I have “in stock.” That’s it for me, friends! Happy Hunting–
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