Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Weekend Sale-ing

My sister, (I can see a pattern emerging here) rang me excitedly on Friday to tell me of some exciting garage sale ads she had seen for the next day. One street was in a nice neighbourhood with 11 houses, another street with 4 houses and a few others here and there.
It was a fun morning out and the street with 11 houses was a LOT of fun. A bit like trick or treating but with trash and treasure! There was a nice atmosphere amongst the sellers and buyers. 
These pics of my vintage "treasures" are in random order and not necessarily bought together.
First up, 3 rather shabby  vintage editions. Two have lots of lovely illustrations which will hopefully star in some future crafty creation. Behind are 4 excellent condition pillowcases. And everything here was .20c each.

Another two books included an old Wide Range Reader that was the same as one I learned to read with 43 years ago or thereabouts. This particular one has stories that I will always remember fondly. Alongside it is an old diet book from the late 1940s. That should be an interesting read. To find the clues of what we have lost or perhaps where we started going wrong with our modern diet. A 20c read too!

My sister found this pretty duck egg blue Bessemer sugar bowl. And then kindly gave it to me, along with two Fire-King milk glass rose bowls.
I have a set of butterfly gold Pyrex mixing bowls so this sweet casserole in the same pattern was a quick pick for just $1. Not exactly practical though. It's a nice size for a family of maybe 2 or 3. A family of 12, not so good! Inside is a sandwich bag full of jewellery bits and pieces. Handy for anything crafty and dress-ups for my 4yo.
It was quite serendipidous to find this pretty green compote. I already have 2 the same, so now I have 3. I only need another 9 now. I have seen some priced ridiculously expensive at a local antique store and didn't expect to fine one at a garage sale for a few dollars.

Probably my favourite find was this busy bee basket with black and yellow stripes. There's something about baskets like this that remind me of fairy stories and my childhood. This was made by the grandmother of the  family holding one of the garage sales. I spotted it under a table of rather mundane stuff and my heart skipped a beat. If my Grandma had made it, I wouldn't be selling it!  Inside is a lovely textured vintage table cloth, a mens tweed hat (whaaaat!? my boys love silly hats, you never know when you need one for dressup or a play) and a .50c sheet with pretty blue flowers. It's funny about the sheet because as I was leaving with it, the seller picks up another random sheet from the tub and insists I take it too! It wasn't a lovely vintage pattern, but I wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth so accepted it with thanks.
This cute little pyrex bowl was marked $2 but even first thing in the morning, I was offered it for .50c. I didn't need to haggle, the sellers were doing it for me! LOL I really like the diamonds and the fact they are green is even better. I wonder if the diamonds were different colours in a set when they were new?

This cute little portable record player is just waiting a new lease on life. I love the textured case and interior. Sadly it's not working but again, the sellers told me their price, and then halved it! How could I resist for only $5. Lucky my sister's husband is a sparky. I'd love to get it up and running again.
Lastly, I found some lovely pink fluted wine glasses. I already have some of these so I was happy to be able to add a dozen to the collection for our lemonade drinking celebrations, ;) . They are marked France, so perhaps they are made by Arcopal? They look so pretty all together on a white shelf.


  1. Wow this post is a trip down memory lane, especially the Green compote My Mother had a set of those The green pyrex dish as well and the yellow pyrex casserole dish and the pink fluted wine glass and I had a record player just like tat in my teens! We used to live in Adelaide "perhaps they were my Mums" :P

  2. That is a funny coincidence lol.


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