Monday, August 22, 2011

A Family Run Estate Sale….Yes I Broke my own rule.

 

I decided since I have made some sales on Etsy,  thank you to everyone that has bought from me, that I would reward myself and go to an estate sale on Friday morning.  Estate sales are my favorite and I thought that this one was being run by the family based on the ad.    I am so glad that I did.  I was early and figured I would sign in if need be and wait and read a magazine.  Well when I pulled up I saw people already going in.  Nothing was priced and that is usually a bad thing.  Not here.  They had fabulous prices and awesome stuff.  On my first run through I bought:

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I got everything here for $30.00  The basket in the back is full of linens, mostly large tablecloths.  I will have to show them off on a future post.  The two tins are full of hankies, most of which had never been used and still have the tags on them.

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There were 64 hankies in the two tins.  My favorite are the ones with the roses.

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I also got a little tin filled with buttons and misc. sewing supplies.

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Then after paying for that I went back in a found this.

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It was in rough shape but it is sturdy and for $2.00 it is just what I needed.

I have already given it a little makeover and I love it.

Then I went back in after lugging everything to the car.  On round three I found:

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I loooove this!!!!  I have already switched it out with another lamp shade in my living room.

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ALL OF IT was $5.00!!!!

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Then I went into the basement, they thought it was empty(I found that out after the fact), when I did I noticed the curtains(the basement was finished).  So I went to ask about them….$3.00

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There are six panels this size!

If that was not enough I found a pile of vintage cards and pictures that were being thrown away!  They were on the top and it was all just clean garbage sooooo, yea I got those too!!

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So what do you prefer yard sales or estate sales?

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Friday, August 19, 2011

My Little Baby Turned Two Today

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My youngest turned two today.  He has grown and developed so much over the last couple of months.  I can’t believe he is not a baby anymore.  He is so cuddly and cute I can’t be sad that he has gotten bigger.  He has the nicest personality he is such a joy to be around, he makes everyone smile.

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His sister Miss A, who is 12 baked the cake.  It was the first time she had made one.  She called up her grandma and got her recipe.  It was delicious!

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He really liked his presents!

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But it seams like just yesterday………

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Happy Birthday Baby!!!!

Do any of you wish your babies were babies again?

 

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Thrifting with Mom

Well I broke down and spent this weekend.  My parents live an hour away from us,  so I don’t usually see them all that often.  Probably about once a month  usually.  Up until last year my mom worked full time.  Now because of a bad back she can’t do the drive back and forth in one day.  However last month my dad had a stroke.  So now I am traveling up there three days a week.  Mostly to see and spend time with my dad at the hospital, but my mom is lonely so I am spending time with her as well.  Well this week she asked me if I could come up and spend Saturday with her and then we would go see my dad.  So after my husband came home from work I traveled up to spend time with my mom.  We had a wonderful time.  We passed a couple of garage sales and stopped and we went to the thrift store.  She also made me a fantastic dinner.  If that wasn’t enough she gifted me a box of groceries!  We then sat and talked for hours.  I finally left at 11:00 pm.  We always talk on the phone each day ( always have) and she is already plotting when we will be able to do this again.

 

So here is what I splurged on.

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This was the end of a three day sale and they wanted the stuff gone.  The lady said if I was interested in these I could have them all for a quarter.

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At this sale they had bunches of interesting things, but you  could tell that the wife didn’t want to part with anything.  She originally wanted $5.00 a piece for the beaded greenery and the candelabra.  I walked away from the greenery and her husband said “three dollars”.  With the candelabra there is a small chip on it so I pointed it out and she said “you make me an offer”  mind you it was after three by this time.  I said “ how about $1.00”  Yes I low balled her, she kinda got on my nerves by this point.  She said how “about two”  “ok two”.

 

Then I thought that the thrift store was going to be a bust too.  We went down several aisles, and I found nothing.  Finally in the back of the store I found a few things.

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It seemed like they had really marked up their prices since the last time I had been there.  I think that I found stuff that had been priced before.  Most of the purses were $4.99. This one is an Ann Taylor Loft and it was $1.99. The Thermos mug was .99 cents.  The milk glass compote was also .99 cents.

Then I found this Gymboree jacket for my baby for $4.99.

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Perfect for fall.

The best find of the day.

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This adorable little seersucker Gymboree jacket. It was on clearance for $1.59!

 

But that’s not all folks.  Our Rescue Mission Thrifty Shopper in my town is part of the same company as the one near my mom.  They have a frequent shopper card.  I had $5.15 cents on my card, so I got all this stuff for $5.99 including tax!

 

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Friday, August 12, 2011

A Wonderful gift from my mom! And a Good Friend!

I have been doing so good this month not spending any money.  I even passed by a bunch of yard sales on Friday…and didn’t even stop at one!

 

So tonight when I was visiting my mom she tells me she has something for me.

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So she pulls this huge bag out.   Full of LINENS !!!!!  Yea!  She thinks that I am going to just take the bag and be done with it.   Oh no, I LOVE LINENS, I open them up and go through each one.  I am so glad that I did because there was a story with many of the pieces. 

 

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Most of these were made by my grandma.

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There were small plain white ones.

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Large plain white ones.  I so love the one on top!

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Hot Pads.

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Colored ones.  I remember that flowered one throughout my childhood.

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Rectangle ones.

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One with a rooster.

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Hankies.

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Fabulous embroidery.

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Eight brand new pillowcases.  My mom said that my grandma was saving these just in case.  Grandma died in 1983.  They were not my moms style, so they never got used.  I am going to use them!

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They were crocheted  by my grandma.  This pair she embroidered.

The detail is amazing.

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I love these, I think they used to be used as dresser scarfs.  I use them all over the place!

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More beautiful embroidery. 

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Then this huge full sized table cloth.  I have wanted one like this forever.  This one is better than any I could have bought.  It was made by my grandma and given to me by my mom!

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With a matching runner for my buffet.  All it needs is a little pressing!

And if all that wasn’t enough she also gave me grandma’s hand forged aluminum server!

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On top of all this the next day I get a call from a good friend who wants to know if we would like two tickets to the Cortland Repertory Theater.    This is a wonderful opportunity to see excellent summer theater.  So me and my oldest went to see Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced.   It was so good!

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Well all these linens have prompted me to do a little fluffing.

 

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