Monday, May 18, 2015

The Best Garage Sale Find Ever

First - let me apologize to those of you who have commented and haven't received a response from me!  For some reason I'm not receiving an email for every comment I receive, which means I don't see them until I log in to write my next post.  So, if you don't hear from me, that's the reason.

Now, onto this past weekend's finds.  Rain put a damper on things and I didn't get to hit as many sales as I would've liked before the rain really started to come down.  However, I wasn't disappointed.  For the few sales I hit, I did really well.

In fact, at my first stop I got all of this!  A 7ft gold and silver aluminum pom-pom Christmas tree, a working color wheel, and a huge box of pink and aqua blue shiny brites.  And, since I'm keeping it all, I'll let you in on a little secret - I only paid $25!  After posting it on Instagram and Facebook, I actually had an offer of $500 for the tree.  I had to pass, because I'll probably never find another one like it in my life.  Not only is it 7ft tall, it's silver and gold, and in the original box!  This haul is so good, it truly rivals my suitcase haul as my best garage sale find.




Look at the box.  I couldn't believe the woman was selling it.  She said it was her aunt's and she didn't want it.  Well, I'm happy to give it a new home!


While driving around to the garage sales on my list, I happened upon an estate sale.  If it had been listed on estatesales.net, craigslist or the newspaper, it definitely would've been on my list.  I wonder where they listed it to get buyers?  They did have lots and lots of signs.  The house was built in 1956 and it was all original.  The owners had only bought new furniture in 1956 when they moved in.  They never replaced it.  I missed out on some truly wonderful mid-century pieces.  I took a picture of the original mint green bathroom.  I wish I could've bought it and moved it into my house.  I loved it.

The rest of my finds are actually all from this sale... so I'm glad I found it!


My first full set of "aqua blue" Pyrex fridgies.  I know they're DWD (dishwasher damaged) like crazy, but I figured for $4, it was well worth it just for the 4 lids!  I only use DWD Pyrex in my kitchen, so that my fiancee knows he can put it in the dishwasher, so these (sans lids) will get used in my kitchen.  Although, I will say I was really proud of him the other day when he used one of my shiny Autumn Harvest 444's and HAND washed it.  He's learning.  I think I'll keep him.


 The lime Pyrex 232 is the first in this size that I've ever bought.  I'll also buy any Pyrex fridge dish - no matter the pattern - for a buck!  The swan milk glass pepper shaker is already sold to an Instagram friend.  The puppy planter was too cute not to buy.  I also bought my first Glasbake Lipton mug.  This one is a true opal.  They had a yellow one at the sale too, but it was too damaged to buy.


I also got this pink Club pan.  Isn't it awesome?  And this cute sifter.


ANOTHER wood tennis racquet to add to all the other I bought the last 2 weeks.  And another wood folding ruler.

That's it for the finds this week.  Lots of fun things coming up!  A nice long 3-day weekend, which hopefully bring a lot of garage sales.  I've gotta get my garden and flower beds planted this weekend too.  The US 40 / National Road Yard Sale (follow that link to see what I found last year) is coming up the following weekend.  Finally, the weekend after that is the Woodruff Place Flea Market.  The only event I've done to sell my wares (besides a booth/online).  Check out last year here.

Have a great week!

Melissa's Antiques

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Another Garage Sale Haul

In the spring/summer I fully expect there to be a ton more awesome auctions to attend.  This is my preferred avenue to buy vintage goodies.  However so far this season, I have yet to attend one.  It's only slightly disappointing until I log onto craigslist and see hundreds upon hundreds of garage sales within a short drive of my house.  I tend to narrow down the search using key words such as: estate sale (this is how you find awesome, cheap, family-run ones!), antique/antiques, vintage, collectibles/collectables, treasures, old, and a few other key words depending on what I'm looking for.  I usually search for midcentury/mid-century/MCM and pyrex.  Lately I've also been searching for wedding decor.  All of my wedding decor is going to be 100% authentic vintage, most people don't list it that way.

Anyways, enough of my rambling.  I'm sure you're here to see what I found this weekend...


Here's the group shot!


3 more wood tennis racquets.  Can't keep 'em in the booth and I have no idea why people are buying them.  Although, I'm starting to get a fascination with them...


More vintage Christmas!


Kneehugger family photo.  They look a little drunk here..


Chippy white metal plant stand that is holding a yellow Pyrex 503.  The horizon blue 444 has white crud on it that I hope BKF will take right off.  Also - more ugly Pyrex (Homestead), but when it's cheap, you buy it.  Also, a roll of vintage wallpaper.


More Pyrex and another cheap ugly one (Forest Fancies).  Also, always buy Ball jars when they're cheap, even if you have a million already.


 This guy to the left was my favorite find from Saturday.  It's a pixie playing a piano planter!  His face looks like he's whistling.  Plus 3 Americana pieces.


A midcentury metal plant stand holding an ugly Pyrex Early American 444.  Plus a Fisher Price "popcorn popper."  Think my 18mo old niece would get a kick out of it.  And some unused Yahtzee score pads.


Mom hit one sale on Friday and picked up all of this for like 2 bucks.  I kept the green handled cook cutter you see there.

Well, that's it for this week.  I'm back in school until June 17th, so if I'm a little silent around blogland, I'm sorry in advance.

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Finds from the Indiana 38 Sale


Mom and I left bright and early Saturday morning.  The sun was barely up.  We hit the third day of a family run estate sale.  I managed to snag quite a few things still.  The prices were great.  I wish I had gone on the first day, because I'm sure I missed some great stuff.  As I was paying the lady said "Oh, you found some Christmas stuff.  I thought we sold all of that when we had the first sale."  She proceeded to tell me that they had a holiday only estate sale a couple of weeks ago.  It was ALL vintage.  They had 3 rooms full of stuff.  UGH... AND I MISSED IT!

After the estate sale, we went up to Noblesville, where the start of the Indiana Highway 38 Sale started.  We drove from there to New Castle and hit tons of sales!  The prices were pretty good at most places... but it's pretty amazing how quarter, fifty cents, and dollar items add up!



I shared these above 2 sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram yesterday.


Here's half of it!


You may recognize the Pyrex bowls.  Mom bought those at a sale a couple of weeks ago for fifty cents each!  I am really excited for this wedding topper.  I bought it at the estate sale.  The lady said it was her mom and dad's from 1949.  I can't believe she didn't want to keep it!


Adorable child's toy ironing board to match the toy iron I got a couple of weeks ago.  Gosh, Early American Pyrex is ugly, but when it's less than a buck, you buy it.  The 2 old green jars are keepers.  This is the first time I've found a Glasbake whipped honey jar with the lid.


Full set of mint condition Pyrex was one of the great buys of the day.  I've owned all of the bowls before except the orange 442.  The Anchor Hocking fired-on orange ball pitcher was a great buy also. It should match some fired-on juice glasses I have.  Those mercury glass beads down in the bottom right were what prompted the lady at the estate sale to tell me about the vintage holiday sale they had a couple of weeks before the estate sale I attended.


I found the crinoline at an antique store and it was 30% off and already marked cheaply.  I had to get it to go with the pieces I picked up in January.  See that little dog figurine with the 6 holes around it?  It's a cigarette holder!  I've never seen one and thought it was cool.  The McCoy planter will stay with me.  It's one I don't have... and for a buck I was happy to add it to my ever-growing collection!


 Now, onto the second half of my buys!


The typewriter needs cleaned up a little, but it still works.  3 more yardsticks to add to my collection for a one day project.


 All the tins and old boxes of nails were found by digging through the workbench and shelves in the basement at the estate sale.  Only one had a lid, but oh well.  I got a great deal on the crates... they are one of those things that I can't keep in my booth.  The green trim enamel bucket will be added to my collection. 


A couple of old wood tennis racquets... another thing that usually sells as soon as I bring it in.  A red trim enamel bucket which I think I may hold on to for my wedding decor and then sell it.  Also... a bunch of oilers. I think I have a good stock of these now.  I've never bought a bug sprayer before, but it was the right price, so I jumped on it.


When you see vintage games for a buck or less, you have to buy them... even if you definitely don't need another bingo card!


 Here's a good close up of the cases mom bought a couple of weeks ago.  They were at the same sale as the 3 fifty cent pyrex bowls.



Here are the insides.  I'll be doing some research on these and a few others and will likely list them on ebay... unless one of you is interested in buying them.

Not a bad haul, right? 
You can see my finds from the 38 sale last year HERE.

Have a great week!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Garage Sale Haul + One Special Auction Buy

There wasn't much going on sale-wise on Saturday, due to the weather forecast.  It was a tad cold and misting all morning which turned into heavy rain by midday.  The auction I planned to attend was postponed to another day.

Even though the weather was a bit dreary, I was able to hit some sales on my way up to auction I never planned to attend... but they had one very special item that I had to have.


At the first stop I picked up this large metal American Chain Center sign.  The graphics are fun.


 One of my stops yielded lots of great old books.  My stock of fiction was running low.  I had replenished my text book and non-fiction a little over a month ago.


Although this set is non-fiction, they're intended for children.  I love having some things in my booth for the kiddos.


At one stop, I bought all of the vintage items the woman had in her garage sale (pictured above). 


As I was paying she asked if I liked old stuff and what I liked.  I told her I like vintage Christmas and kitchen.  I'm so glad I told her because I got all of this.





 I also got all of these vintage kitchen tools.


  At the same stop as the Christmas and kitchen tools I also got the postal scale.  The fenton hobnail vase, old ketchup bottle, Green Bay Packers mug, and Lefton Miss Dainty shaker came from a free pile at one sale.

The 444 Pyrex Balloons bowl was the one item I stopped at an auction for.  I got it for a steal.  I don't think I'll be letting it go anytime soon.  Why am I started to keep pieces that I had no problem selling before?  I don't even collect turquoise!


These items will be for my wedding.  This crock water jug will hold iced tea or lemonade.  I'm also dead set on serving everyone's dinner on vintage floral china, like these.  I've got about 10 so far.  I need 100.  I'd also like smaller plates/saucers to serve dessert/rolls on, as well.  That would mean I'd need about 200 of those.  Saucers are a lot easier to come by than dinner plates. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Garage Sales, Estate Sales, and Flea Markets - OH MY!


 Saturday I left around 7:30 in the morning to start hitting garage sales.  I generally only hit ones that list antique, vintage, or collectible items, since there are hundreds upon hundreds every weekend in Indianapolis and the suburbs.  However, even those words, I'm finding, are being overused and taken as an excuse to overprice their junk.  

Unfortunately, with the first 2 garage sales I hit - that was exactly the case.  I talked some sense into the first seller.  The second seller told me was an " experienced antiques dealer" and was getting rid of her booth because she didn't sell much.  Hmm, I wonder why?  Her prices were insane.  She didn't change them for her "garage sale" either.  I did manage to pick a few things that were reasonably priced.


 The third sale I hit was the last day of an estate sale.  I picked up a few things for 25 cents each.  The house was nearly empty.  My guess is because the prices were great.  I really wish I'd hit that sale on Friday before I headed south to spend the day with my niece and nephew.

I hit a couple of flea markets next and picked up a few things.  One of them I frequent at least once a month.  I was really happy to see that they had gotten some nicer vendors.  It was a lot let laundry detergent and tube socks and a lot more antiques and vintage.  Plus, the prices are always reasonable.


 Then, I hit an estate sale that STARTED AT NOON (!!) for a man who had been a dealer for the last 20something years.  His son and daughter-in-law were selling off the remainder of his stock.  Everything was half price of what was on the tags.  Most of the tags had been priced 10-15 years ago, so half price was a great deal for the items I was able to snag.  The place was packed and I was there right at noon.  Finally, I ate lunch, then went off to the last flea market of the day.


Some mantiques for my booth.  Can't seem to keep these little oilers in stock.


My Magpie Ethel-inspired buy of the day is this pink and blue Undie Washer.  Looks like Erica has picked one up too.  Plus you can see a close up of the sanitary cabinet I picked up from one of the last flea market I went to on Saturday.  It was my favorite find of the day, I got a great deal on it, and I will definitely be keeping it!  I really want to use it in my bathroom to hold towels, TP and other little nick-nacks, but both my bathrooms are tiny and it doesn't really work!


 Such a cute chalkware piece.  This tin full of buttons was a great deal.  Lot of neat ones plus many on their cards still.  I also got this box of about 50 vintage greeting cards.  I can never pass up vintage greeting cards.  I have SO. MANY.


 I got this spring blossom pyrex bowl for 50 cents!  I never find them this cheap anymore.  The casserole wasn't that cheap, but was still a great deal.


Lot of little dimestore and made in Japan ceramic pieces.


Momma cat and her 3 little babies.  The babies are probably each the size of a dime.  The 2 little puppies are marked Japan.


These 3 little guys are about the size of a quarter.


These 4 are super tiny, too - about the size of a dime!

This wraps up MY finds from Saturday, but wait until you see what mom bought me.  Pardon the pictures, because they're ones mom took with her cell phone to show me what she bought.  I'm proud that she can even send picture messages.  She used to call me to try and describe the things to me to see if I wanted them.  It was interesting when she was describing Pyrex Patterns... ie: she would say "the ugly mushroom one" or I remember once she said "it has a bunch of blue dots and its only 25 cents."

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Yep, that's right, Pyrex bowls for 50 cents each (even though they're not a popular patter).  AND 4 1960s Barbie dolls with accessories in their cases... AND they were a great deal.  I have a few from an auction I attended the first day of November last year.  Mom did good, yet again.


These finds aren't nearly as exciting, but they're from a flea market that I stopped at on my way to visit my niece and nephew on Friday.


Jadeite and Pyrex at a great price!


2 chalkware piggie banks - aren't they cute?!  A plastic Baby Bank.

AND - these vintage flash cards.  They're a story all by themselves.  There was a "HUGE BARN SALE" advertised about 15 minutes from my niece and nephew live.  The ad sounded like a huge stock of vintage and antique goodness.  I had to go, right?  Well, I drove 5 miles down a narrow, half washed out gravel road to come to this barn.  There was one other person there, besides the owner, so I didn't feel too weird about getting out to look.  I walked through this barn of junk, only to find these flash cards.  It turns out that the owner buys out what's left of estates after estate sale companies sell everything they can.  So, what's left?  The junk that no one wants.


I also got these 2 Dietz lanterns for a great price.  They'll be heading to the booth.  Another mantique item that I can't seem to keep in stock.  I have bought a super rusty one with no globe and it still sold pretty fast.

Well, that's it for this weekend.  Not too bad.  Still hoping for another mega suitcase haul.

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