Category: garage sale

Recent finds

It’s been a while since I have posted (5 months to be exact).  It’s not that I haven’t had good finds or that I haven’t thought about it.  It seems I either don’t have time or I don’t have good pictures and I hate to throw up a post with no pics.  Sometimes downloading pictures is more time consuming than writing a post.

I have pics of some of my recent finds so I decided to get back in the saddle again and share.

I’ve picked up several industrial pieces.  I really like the old mail cart and the patina on the file really spoke to me.  I’ve had a similar medical cabinet once before and did well with it.  I always do well with industrial stools and even though I prefer pairs I snapped this one up at a great price.

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I picked up these duck decoys on a whim.  Don’t know much about them but the price seemed good and it appears I have sold them so I guess following my gut was a good decision.

Fisher Price always is a good choice and I especially enjoy the Little People collections.  Not sure if it’s a bit of nostalgia for my own childhood or because my youngest daughter  has accumulated quite a collection of vintage Little People.  Whatever the reason I picked up a whole tote of mostly vintage Little People items at a recent tag sale.

Toys have been a theme of late it would seem.  I bought these old toys at a swap meet.

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Old steel trucks usually bring more than I am willing to pay, but these seemed reasonable and when I was able to bundle some other items with them I couldn’t help myself.

This cool wooden Coke carrier was part of the bundle.  Soda stuff is my favorite!

My final items are among my most recent finds and are season appropriate.

I found these vintage Christmas ornaments at a garage sale.  Once again I suspect some nostalgic tie to my childhood, but these are really cool.  The  lot includes some nice West German ones.

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Finally, A great estate tag sale

I’ve came up empty for several weeks when trying to find a good garage or estate sale leaving me to limit my picks to auctions or flea market booths.  Thursday night I am looking at the usual sites where sales are advertised and I stumble upon an ad for an estate tag sale.  It’s ten minutes from work so I know immediately what I’m doing for my  Friday lunch break.  Not only is there an ad but there are pictures… lots of pics.  Now when sifting through estate sale pics its almost like a game of eye spy.  As I click my way through the pictures one jumps out at me.

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Tag sale pics aren’t always great and in this case what I see is a familiar piece of pottery hiding behind a soda bottle.  It’s a style that I am familiar with and in my favorite color.  I now have a target item, but my fear is that by noon it will have been snatched up.

Lucky me!  Somehow it was still setting there on the counter and at an awesome price!  I selected a few other items including another piece of pottery from the same maker

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and then headed back to work.  There just wasn’t enough time to look as much as I would have liked.

I am always up for looking through cool old junk and would have been happy to walk away with a few things I could flip for a few bucks, but today I found something that will go in my collection.  Something that makes me happy.  Something that looks good on my mantle.

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Ready to trade the cold and snow for a good garage sale

I am not a fan of cold weather and it sure cramps my picking style.  Aside from a few auctions I haven’t had much of an opportunity to get out and search for the rusty junk that gets my blood pumping.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a good auction, but somehow it’s not the same to win an item that someone else has found just by outbidding the other guy.  The real fun is when you have to dig for the good stuff.  Any significant garage sales are at least two or three months away so maybe I need a good barn to dig through.  The one advantage to the cold weather would be the absence of wasps.

Garage sales good source for pottery finds

The central Kentucky area where I live is known for it’s pottery.  Numerous potteries sprang up in the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s and at least one (Bybee) continued to produce pieces until they recently closed their doors.

You can find contemporary pieces still made in the area by much newer potteries, most notably from the Tater Knob pottery near Berea Ky.

One of the neat things about pottery is it can be both utilitarian and beautiful artwork.  A variety of colors and glazes add to the appeal.

It is pretty easy to find bargains at garage sales for just a few dollars,  but it can be more expensive to buy pieces sold at auction.  There are lots of collectors willing to pay good prices and bidding wars can result in high prices.

Whether you are searching for a turn of the century pitcher or a colorful vase chances are you might find something to take home if your searching through the garages of central Kentucky.

Lunch break treasure hunt

My place of employment is located in an area rich with antique and high end consignment shops.  I often use a portion or all of my lunch break to wander through displays of pottery, primitive farm tools, vintage advertising, furniture, and any number of other items.

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I don’t  often make purchases on these trips but occasionally I will find a great deal that I can’t pass up.  Mostly it’s therapy.

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Because of the obvious time constants on these lunchtime jaunts I always have certain spaces I will search first, usually based on typical contents or past deals.  Dealers who have consistently good prices draw the most attention.

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There’s no better way to relieve the stress of a hectic work day and occasionally you find something really cool.

When junking worth isn’t always determined by monetary value

“Junking” is sometimes a family affair.  I have been bitten the hardest I think, but we all enjoy the occasional junking adventure as a family outing.  We each have our favorites.  We search high and low to find salt and pepper shakers, Elvis albums, vintage Fisher Price toys, and of course soda related items.

We also have a game of sorts.  My youngest daughter plays it most enthusiastically.  Of course there is a back story, so let’s begin there.

My wife’s grandmother (also a junker) gave us a punch bowl and cups shortly after we were married.  It was unique because of the square shape of the bowl and cups.  She told us that it was rare and that we wouldn’t see another like it and because we never had, we accepted this to be fact. After her death, the punch bowl meant much more to us and we found a place where we could display it.

Several years later we were at an outdoor flea market and discovered another exact bowl and a few cups and naturally we bought them.  I found two more that summer and it became a game to see who could find the first cup or bowl any time we were out.  Over the years we have accumulated fifteen or so of these “rare” punch bowls and probably two hundred cups.  Do we need them?  No, but the memories of a loved one past… yes we do.  Sometimes the rarity of an item isn’t where value is found but in the memories that it brings.