Friday, August 1, 2008

Yard Sales!!!!!!

So after I taught my preschool art class, I decided to check out this estate sale I saw posted on Craigslist. It was a bit of a flop...the ad listed said there were TONS of vintage linens and other items. I only came after an hour of it being open and there wasn't much to pick from. I did find three items that I fell in love with. There was this stainless steel collapsible cup that was beautiful, but I didn't get it because I don't really have much of a use for it. So here's what I got for $2.00:

I loved the colors on this little hook. I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I know it will find a place soon!!

The pattern I got in the mail today from one of the auctions I won on! I can't wait to make the heart shaped apron! The baby sign is an old ad from Gerber and the one with the skunks is a vintage birthday card for a sister. The card has silver glitter and awesome graphics.

I went to about ten different yard sales today and I have to say I am very pleased with my bargains! Here is the rest of the stuff I got:

Sterling Silver Bowl 50 cents
Before and After

I cleaned it with a home remedy that I have found works really well. Here's how to do it:
Place tin foil or use a foil pan (I do that and it works great for me) and place silver items in boiling water. Add baking soda and let soak for a few minutes. Remove and wipe clean!

I am still going to polish the bowl once my silver polish comes in the mail. I also wanted to add that the bowl had a label still attached to the bottom and is engraved with a serial number and the maker's name: REED & BARTON. I don't know much about silver dishes so if anyone has any information on it, I'd be glad to know more!! :)

Everything I got today at a yard sale except for the milk bottle. I got that at one of my favorite antique stores in Royal Oak. I love this milk bottle; it came from Detroit, MI and has a nice pattern on it - both with the graphics and the raised wavy lines. The jar in the back with the green lid I got for $2.00 and was so happy that it cleaned up so nice. I am planning on putting it in my kitchen someday to use as a cookie jar. The sherbet cups I got for a steal at 5 cents each!!!! I am thinking they are Depression Glass yet I haven't found the pattern yet in my books. Regardless, I know they are old because the lady running the sale said they were her mothers.

Today was successful!! I got all my items for a grand total of.... $4.60!! (That doesn't include the vintage pattern and the milk bottle). :)

I have been meaning to post all my other goodies that I got earlier in the week, but I have been so busy with school and nanny-ing. Earlier in the week, Adam and I went out driving and we past by an antique store that I had never seen before. Adam was a good boyfriend and let me stop in. He even came in with me. Going antique shopping is not really his thing. I spent a good five minutes looking around and didn't see much that sparked my interest. I didn't leave empty handed though!! I got a vintage tea towl for only $1.00.

Here it is folded in half. Both halves have the same pattern.

On the way home, we stopped by my "number one" favorite antique store. I wanted to inquire about any booth openings. There were two: a small one and a larger one. I was really thinking about getting the smaller one but backed out. I might go back later this month and see if it is still available. I still don't know if I want to do it or not. I think it would be so much fun going out to buy the stuff to fill it with and decorate it!! Anyways, while I was there I looked around, of course!! I walked out with these two tumblers for $1.50 each. They sorta matched the bottle (which was only $1.00!!!) I got there a few weeks prior. There are some taller glasses that I wanted, but I am waiting. I noticed that the lady has been marking everything down, so I am waiting till they are a little cheaper! The green bud vase is from my Grandma. My mom and I were over there the other day and she didn't want it anymore, so I gladly took it!!

So that's pretty much it! I am going to the Royal Oak Farmer's Market again this Sunday. This time I am going with a buddy!! I will post later about what I find there!!



Amy said...

You know, when I read your blog and see your treasures, my heart swells with pride. Emily you are the best gift God has ever given me...I love you too much!

Creations from my heart said...

I've enjoyed going on your blog. I would love to get some pointers of where to shop vintage. Also could you keep me posted about any good upcoming sales you see. My email is

Laurie Ann said...

I can't wait to try that silver cleaning trick. I have a lot of tarnished items.