Monday, June 28, 2010

A good haul for a weekend of lawn saleslaw

Well this weekend's sales were so much better than last week's, although the temperature was still just as hot. I filled up the car with goodies which is easy to do as my car is so small. Fortunately, it is 4 doors and I can creatively pack my treasures. It is like watching a dozen clowns come out of the small car at the circus when I start to unload, and unload, and unload.

My first sale of the day was at the Lion's Club annual sale. It started at 7:00 and I arrived there at 20 minutes before. I pull in just in time to see a truck pulling out, their first customer of the day. Now I still found a ton of treasures there so it makes me wonder just what other goodies I missed. Oh well. That is what I get for hitting that snooze button the second time. For the next 15 minutes I had the sale all to myself and found an old meat grinder, dishes, books, pottery and so much more, all for $20. The gentlemen running the sale were all in the 70's and they were cracking jokes and other such silly banter. I asked them if I should pay extra for the entertainment. They were delightful.

Okay, if you read my last post about my "sputnik" dishes and fried devilled eggs, you will recognize these plates as being the same pattern. My heart skipped a beat when I saw them, 10 plates for $.50 cents. Unfortunately, no cups. Nonetheless I was still pretty giddy about this find. I just think it is so funny that this is the second time that after posting about a certain collection, a week later I find more of that collection! I might have to post some of my other harder to find collections and see if it works.

The guys thought it was funny that I was going through a box of coat hangers that they were tossing out. I collect wooden hangers. The top hanger is from a store, sorry I didn't get a close-up of the store label, the bottom one is just a nice simple wooden hanger, and the fancy white one in the middle is my favorite.

It actually had a sticker on it marked Nevco Japan. The guys just gave me the hangers, after all, they thought they were just throw aways.

The photo does not do this vase justice. It it textured, gold, tan and white, the blue sticker you see at the top is marked West Virginia glass. Vase $.50 cents.

I love love love suitcases and will be using stacks of them in my shop for display. I got 2 suitcases, both Samsonite, both beauties, both for $1.00 each. They are in excellent shape and more importantly, no musty smell!!! That is one of the drawbacks to finding old suitcases.

I have been looking for an old lunch box for a vignette that I have planned and found this plaid beauty. It is solid; however, there is a lot of rust on the inside. But it will look perfect with my collection of Stanley Thermoses. The little bottle with the red metal cap was in a box of rusty nails and tin cans. Honestly, the whole box looked like trash, but that is why you have to be willing to dive in and dig. I took the photo before I had a chance to clean up both pieces.

This was my favorite find of that sale and for the whole day. A Philco radio. All its parts are intact and I should have taken a photo of the backside of the radio, the tubes are really cool looking. The radio can be tuned in for overseas and displays settings for Rome, Japan, South America and London. I didn't care if it worked, but was assured that it did. I plan on cleaning up the wood and knobs and using it for display only, anyway. I am researching the piece for the year it was produced. I then thought I would pull up historical information from that year, by certain dates and print it out as news bulletins to go with the radio in my shop. Just something for fun. The radio was $3.00.

This next piece came from a neighborhood lawnsale in Scarborough, that was a true neighborhood sale, with over 25 houses participating. I am not as familiar with the town and inadvertently went down the wrong road. The homes on this road overlooked the salt marshes and were easily all multi million dollar homes. When I saw the homes, I knew I had missed my turn, as these places didn't look like they did lawnsales. Oh my, can you imagine the treasures.

One of the houses from the neighborhood sale, was only selling plants and some garden stuff. The plants were nice; however, I knew that if I bought any, it would drastically reduce my cargo space in the car. Just as I was turning to leave, I noticed in the garage a shelving unit filled with the owner's own garden supplies, tools, gloves, plant pots. I could see this gorgeous blue and knew it was just not a pot from the Christmas Tree Shop. I asked the lady if she would be interested in selling it, that I just loved the color. She said yes and guessed that the price would be $1.50 like the other pots (the Christmas Tree Shop pots) that she was selling. I gave her $2.00 and told her to keep the change. I was feeling a little guilty. Here is the hard part. I love this color and it will look fabulous on a white table next to a glass jar filled with white shells, in my home. Or does it go in my shop?

Pickle server in its original box. $.25 cents. Church sale. To be the hostess with the mostess, one needs a pickle server, doesn't one.

My last find of the day. Neighborhood sale $8.00. Sewing machine base. I knew I could get it in the already stuffed-not-one-spec-of-available trunk- space-car, I knew I could, I knew I could. I would love to find just the right piece of wood, perhaps an old wooden sign, to make the top.

Yes, Saturday was a good day for lawnsales. Thanks for letting me show you a few of my finds. I am joining these fine ladies for a few vintage/thrifty finds parties. Won't you join me?

Just click below for your party invitation.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality for Today's Thrifty Treasures
Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
Diane @ A picture is worth a 1,000 words for Second Time Around Tuesday
Suzanne @ Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursdays

I got it at Goodwill


Linda ★ Parker's General said...

Delicious finds! I used to have a Samsonite like that! I never find ones that are in good shape like that. It is usually the smell that drives you away or that little bit of mold growing along the bottom.

Coloradolady said...

Great things...but my favorite is the suitcases!!!WOW, those are amazing!!!

Diann said...

Oh you got lots of awesome retro/vintage things! The radio find was amazing and a great price!
Isn't it awesome to find more pieces of a retro set that you already have! I have been lucking out a bit with that lately!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Awesome finds! I love the suitcase and the lunch box. I want that little blue planter! CUTE!

Mel said...

Hi Sherrie,

I'm visiting from Sunny's life in rehab.

You have some fabulous stuff. I am pretty sure that I had that plaid lunch box, and it contained a small thermos, when I was about 8 (let's just say it was a while ago, ha ha).

I'm a happy new follower.

Mel @ Junkin' Junky

★Carol★ said...

Wow Sherrie, you found so many great things! That pot looks like a McCoy. It's gorgeous! And that lunchbox was a great find. I keep watching those plaid ones on Ebay, and they're always too $$$ for me. I'm still hoping to find some sputnik dishes one day. Can't wait to see what you'll do with that sewing machine base!

Sylvia said...

WOW! My hubby flipped over the radio. For $3... stunning price.

Unknown said...

Great haul Sherrie! I have one of those sewing machine bases. I cut a piece of plywood a little bigger than the top, put an old pillow on it, and stapled a piece of cutter quilt over it. It makes a wonderful bench to put at the bottom of the single bed in my spare room!

Kati @ Housewife_Swagger said...

love 'em as usual!
Someone tied in with the Thrifty Treasures post found the gravy boat to your sputnik collection this weekend!!
I love that West Virginia glass vase!

Rose said...

you did very well just loved the radio.

Anonymous said...

Quality is better than quantity.................................................................

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, Sherri, those are so great. I only found the gravy boat with nothing to go along with it. I'm so happy you stopped by my blog... wow... and you had to dig through a mess of thrifty Tuesdays blog posts to find me? Holy smokes.

Yep, it's by the Salem company and I believe they are called the "North Star" pattern.

Awesome finds, by the way. LOVE the suitcase and the lunch box. Totally love the plaid lunch box. And the radio. Oh, you found so many wonderful treasures. I can't wait to go out again this weekend and see what I can rustle up. Good luck on your future hunts!

Oh, I'm having a giveaway at my other blog... hop on over and check it out if you'd like.


Marla said...

Sherrie, I see what you mean that green handle scoop really is your color. I love that scoop, I have a beautiful chippy red one the same size too and then I have a couple large metal ones, guess I officially have a collection of scoops. I love your lunch pail find and that wonderful green flower pot. Isn't GW the coolest? Have you heard about I just discovered it last week, alot like e-bay but maybe cheaper, still not as fun as finding things in the store. Have a nice day.

Sue said...

Sherrie, Your finds were truly amazing and at such good prices!! Love the suitcases, the sewing machine base, and my favorite- the Philco radio!! Wowie -that is unreal.
I'm visiting from Diane's blog.
:-) Sue

Dog Trot Farm said...

Sherrie, I saw your suitcase find and remembered my parents have a set just like the one shown in your photo. The sweet little vase you discovered was it a Roseville? Please remind me when your shop opens? Hope to stop by.

Marigene said...

Oh, I would love to have that sewing machine base...I'd put a piece of marble on the top (great for rolling out cookies/pie crusts)
and use it as a pastry table.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I have a friend that found one of those. She bought a very thick butcher block piece of wood and had it attached to the top and put it in her kitchen. Every time I visited her I envied her that lovely little island work center!
What great finds!!

Laurie said...

Great finds and even better prices! I gave away a sewing machine base once, now I feel bad about it. What will you do with yours?