Category: yard sales

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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Hwy. 68 sale

I spent the past couple of days traveling one of Kentucky’s designated “Scenic Byways”.  Highway 68 runs from Maysville through central Kentucky and across the western part of the state.

The “400 mile sale” is held annually along the 68 corridor and while it may not be as famous as the 127 sale it has gained some national attention. I decided that I was going to tackle as much of it as I could this year so I set out with my thirteen year old daughter early Thursday morning. We concentrated on the area between Lexington and Harrodsburg.

Our first stop gave us some of our best finds of the day.


My first purchase was a bundle of the three pieces pictured above. The two gallon oil can is a Gulf product.

I also found this Happy Days lunch box at this location. Thermos included.

 Other finds on Thursday included a really cool birdcage

 and a great wooden reversible game board among other things


I had decided to “divide and conquer”. Living 45 minutes from Highway 68 allowed us to make short day trips rather than traveling and staying overnight in a hotel. Day two found us traveling to Paris Kentucky and heading northeast.

I bought my second birdcage in Millersburg.


It always amazes me when people try to sell filthy items, but my daughter pointed out what may have been the most gross thing I’ve seen while picking. A large trailer was loaded with varies items including a stove and refrigerator. The fridge was turned on its side with food spilling out the partially open door. In 80 degree temps how long do you think it took for that to really smell. I did manage to hang around long enough to buy a turquoise Pyrex baking dish for $1.

While I have not yet photographed all items here are a few other pics of other purchases.

  
  
  
Real shame that the Royal Crown sign had been cut. Still I like what is left.

Overall I’d say it was a successful two days and I enjoyed the time with my girl.

 

The odd and unusual 

When I’m junking I always look for the odd and unusual. Today I think I was successful. 

 
This set of denture molds caught my eye and I had to have them. Now depending on who you ask they are either really cool or really gross. They appear to be made of brass.  

 
I also got these old wooden boxes. Two of the small square ones are from a jewelry store. 

   
I really like this thermometer and think it’s pretty cool that it has survived.

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.

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.