Sunday, August 21, 2016

An Evening Boat Trip And One Friday Sale

The second week of August would be a short workweek. We were off on Friday. Counting this week, there were twenty-one weeks left in the year, Between holidays and carefully selected vacation days, only five of them would be five day workweeks. We were pretty happy about this. There would be a lot of long weekends in our future and this would be the first of three consecutive short workweeks for us. Before even getting to the weekend, we had an evening boat trip ahead of us.

On Wednesday night, the two of us took an evening ride to Fire Island. Rob and one of his co-workers were given two tickets apiece by their job for this trip. It was a beautiful evening for a boat trip and, given the very humid weather as of late, it felt pretty good to be on the water! 

The very beautiful Fire Island Lighthouse

The boat docked at Flynn's Restaurant and we were treated to an all-you-can-eat-buffet of lobster, baked stuffed clams, fish, shrimp, salads and vegetables and desserts. We were pretty full after this! 

We think the swan was looking for leftovers. Nothing was left on our plates, Mr. Swan. Sorry! 

When Friday, eventually arrived, we had one sale on our list and we decided to get there nice and early. Rob saw two things in the ad's pictures that he wanted.

The first was this New York Mets Ed-U-Cards game from 1964

The second was, potentially, this shoebox of baseball cards. Most of the cards that Rob saw near the top were from 1969.

So...we set the alarm for 6am and planned on leaving the house at 8am, take the thirty minute drive to the sale and be there an hour and a half before its start. It sounded like a great plan! 

The only was that at lest thirty-five other people had the same idea. An hour and a half early for a 10am sale and we would not be in this house any time soon. The sale was run by one of our favorite tag sale companies. They have several sales every weekend and have a big following. The sale was advertised as "overloaded house" and "vintage toys". Nothing creates a bigger early line than the phrase "vintage toys". The dealers were out in force. The first person on line was here at 6pm the night before. 

This was a view of the front of the house with part of the line to the left. 

All of the people in this picture were there earlier than we were. Before the sale began, we were instructed that there would be a second line for a specific room in the house where all of the vintage toys would be. Only three people would be allowed in that room at a time. We suspected that the baseball card game would have been moved to that room. We were reasonably sure that both the card game and the shoebox full of baseball cards would be a distant memory before we got inside. 

We were hoping to get inside as soon as possible and to stay in the shade as long as we could while outside. It was 92 degrees the day before and, with the very high humidity, the heat index was 105 degrees. It was supposed to be even a little warmer today. About 45 minutes after the sale began, we were inside.

We saw this mounted pencil sharpener very early into time inside the house and that is always a good sign! 

Maybe we wouldn't find the baseball card game or the baseball cards but we still wanted to find good things! We thought we might ask this little horse for some help but, if we said anything at all, we couldn't hear him. He was a little hoarse. 

One of the tag sale company's employees saw us and told us to go upstairs because the vintage Christmas was up there. It certainly was! We found some nice Christmas things up here and we were the first to get to them! We also found lots of books, a tiki and some other cool things.

We, eventually, got a peek in the vintage toy room but there was nothing of interest to us in there. It had been cleaned out very, very quickly by the toy dealers who we heard were paying upwards of $100 for many of the items (1960's Tonka Toys in their boxes were fetching almost $200 apiece and the dealers were gladly paying those prices). 

We never saw the baseball card game. We never saw the shoebox of baseball cards. We did see a 1960's New York Mets pennant, briefly, as its new owner passed us. We did have a great time, though, and we did find lots of other things to bring home. 

Friday, as it turned out, was our only day of saling this weekend. There were no sales that showed any potential to us over the weekend so we stayed home. Everything we found was from one single Friday sale. Here is what we found:

A 7-inch record

Two Mad Magazines from the 1960's, a New York Islanders yearbook from the 1974-1975 season and an old New York City roadmap from Sinclair

1950's and 1960's books about Indians

1960's How and Why books

More 1960's How and Why books

Some more 1960's How and Why books

A full set of New York World's Fair Attractions cards. 

Two plastic skeletons made in Hong Kong and a Howard Johnson's pin

A Popeye Christmas ornament (made in Hong Kong) and an aquarium tiki from the 1950's

Christmas books from the 1940's and 1950's

More Christmas books from the 1940's and 1950's

Lots of Gurley Christmas candles

Five Holt Howard Santa head mugs, a Christmas tree and a reindeer. Everything is marked Japan

More Christmas elf, Santa and reindeer salt and pepper shakers, a Santa, a plastic Santa, three pixies, a Santa in a sleigh and a Santa with a reindeer. Everything except the plastic Santa is marked Japan.

Well, how could we pass up this 1955 book about a duck? 

We spent Saturday and Sunday running a few errands and doing some chores but, for the most part, we relaxed. It was only getting hotter. On Sunday, the temperature peaked at 97 degrees and the heat index was in excess of 110 degrees! Too hot! Rob barbecued both days not only because he likes to barbecue but also because in was too hot to cook indoors (we have air conditioning in the living room and our bedroom but not in the kitchen). It doesn't mean we didn't make anything in the kitchen though! 

Monica had gotten all wrapped up in watching and reading "The Astronaut Wives Club" this past year and seeing Tang on sale months ago, we bought some. Recently, we found this Tang carafe at an estate sale and Saturday just seemed like the right time to make some! Neither have had it since we were kids. It was much more sugary than we remembered (and we followed the exact fill line directions on the Tang carafe) and we had to water it down a bit. In 2013, astronaut Buzz Aldrin was quoted as saying "Tang sucks". That was a little harsh. It may not have been great but it was okay. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy And A Two Sale Saturday

August was now here and, before we even got to the weekend, we had a free concert to attend. Every summer, there are a number of free concerts in parks in our area and we normally find at least four that we want to attend. This year, the pickings were slim with cover bands being the primary offerings and they don't interest us. The one band that we marked on our calendar was Big Bad Voodoo Daddy which was one of the bigger bands during the late 1990's swing revival. Free? Yes, we would be there.

 It was a Wednesday evening show at a park just fifteen minutes from our house. The evening was beautiful and they were really good. The most impressive thing about the band is that they have been together for 23 years and the seven members of this band have been there from the beginning. 

Monica's dad, sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece all came with us and we were amongst a crowd of over one thousand people to cheer on the band. It was a fun night! 

When Saturday came along, our list was limited to three sales that seemed to have any chance of being our type of sale. We were a little curious about the first one but not in a fun way. We'll explain as we detail that sale. With out itinerary set, off we went! 

Our first sale was described as "contents of prominent antique dealer's estate". This would be the second day of this sale. Monica will, often, google the address of the sale just to get a look at the house. She likes to see if it is an old house. When she googled it, it had an association to "Amity Galleries". That is a name we know well as they are an estate sale company whose sales we have gone to many times over the years and it is run by a nice man named Dennis. We hoped that he might just be retiring but when we got there, we got the news. Dennis got sick earlier in the year and passed away in April. We knew we hadn't seen any sale by them in months but hoped for different news when we arrived, Very saddened, we searched the house and found four records to take home. Rest in peace, Dennis, and thanks for being so nice to us over the years! 

Sale #2 was a twenty minute drive and was described, simply, as "contents of house" but, amongst the items listed was "Christmas", "records" and "8-track tapes". It sounded like there might be some old stuff here so, on a week without many choices, it made our list.

It definitely was an old house but much of it was emptied out like this basement. We imagined that this basement bar was once the center of some great parties. A search of the house brought us several old Santas, a record, a book and one pink flamingo.

We had only one more stop to go and, 30 minutes later, we had arrived, It was "65 years of collectibles" and, because it was pretty crowded with family members, we did not take any pictures. It was the second day of the sale and, it there was ever a lot here, it had disappeared long before we got there. Still, it was not a wasted trip. We brought home a couple of records and a poodle apron for Monica.

The saling day ended early so we had plenty of time to spend a few hours with Monica's dad before heading home to look, again, at what we found. Here is what we saw:

Some records

A book from 1963

A poodle apron for Monica

A pink flamingo. It is not that old (1987) but it is a Don Featherstone! 

Christmas things! An old blow mold Santa, two Christmas records and four Santas (two marked Japan and two marked Hong Kong)

Although the saling opportunities were scarce, it was a great weekend spent together. In the long run, spending this time together is what will always count the most! 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Twelve Posts In Twenty-One Days: Episode Twelve - Four Local Sales in Just One Saturday Morning

Our goal of catching up on our blog postings is complete! Our goal was to write twelve posts within three weeks of July 11th and today marks our twelfth post and right at the deadline. This post is for the current weekend!

This was a two-day weekend. We hadn't had one of those in several weeks. The workweek seemed really long but, eventually, Saturday arrived and, when Saturday arrives, it means saling. We had four sales on our list and all of them were fairly local. The first began at 8:30 am and was only five minutes from our house. We decided to be there before the doors opened so it was an early start for us. We got up early and got ready quickly. Off we went! 

We arrived a little early and found a line. This sale was described as "mom was a collector. It was her home for over 60 years". The sale was run a small tag sale company whose owner told us about this sale when we attended another one of her sales last week. We were #16 and #17 on line. Fifteen minutes later, we were inside the house with the first wave of salers.

This picture of three creepy babies and a pair of fish on plaques greeted us as we walked in. None of these would come home with us. It was a small house without a basement to search and our visit inside was not too long. We did not leave empty-handed. We left with a framed picture, a vintage greeting card and a cookbook.

Sale #2 was run by one of the area's busiest tag sale companies and one of our favorites. It was a "collector's estate" with "overloaded treasures". It sounded really good but this was the second day of the sale and we were not sure what would be left.

There were a lot of cool things in the basement like this old radio

This old chemistry experiment lab in a metal box was pretty cool, too.

The basement was dark and cluttered but Monica had her flashlight (well, a phone app for "assisted light") ready!

There was a very tacky statue of Adam and Eve for sale.

Upstairs, there was this great Perry Mason Game but the box was the only part of this that was in good condition. The inside of the game had almost completely deteriorated.

The house had belonged to an antique dealer and it was filled with antiques throughout the house. Most of the items were not our style though several things came home with us. The radio, the chemistry set, the Adam and Eve statue and the Perry Mason Game did not make the cut. Instead, several squeak toys, some old astronaut buttons, two Christmas things, a pink elephant drink book and some other things did. 

Sale #3 was simply listed as an estate sale but it was in the neighborhood we would be in so it made the list. Most of the contents inside were new but we did find two records here so the trip was not wasted.

Our fourth and final sale was listed as contents of a house just purchased with many items from the 1940's and 1950's. This sounded very familiar and when we got there, we found out why. This sale was run by a guy that buys run-down houses, many with the contents inside, and flips them for a profit. This is the third time he has had a sale of the contents he "inherited" inside a purchased house and we have been to all three of his sales. This time, we found three old plastic deer, a pineapple toothpick holder, a hula mug and a Mexican salt shaker (missing its mate).

By noon, we were done with our saling for the weekend and had the rest of the weekend to ourselves. Monica's dad would not be home so we, instead, went straight home where we had plenty of time to relax, run errands, do chores, relax some more and look at what we found. 

This is what we brought home this weekend:


A pair of books and a vintage Valentine's Day card. The Peanuts book is from 1958

A very old wooden portable baseball game (it has a drawer that pulls out where the accessories are stored), a pair of old astronaut pins, an old baby rattle with a clown and a pink elephant drink mix book in its box from 1958

An old Donkey Party game

Inside the Donkey Party game was this second board, a pin the tail on the lobster game along with the tails. The game appears to be from the 1950's though the restaurant did not close until the 1970's

This framed cat picture. It was hard to get a good photo of this

A pair of ceramic Thanksgiving candle holders, a ceramic pineapple toothpick holder, a ceramic hula mug by Orchids of Hawaii, a ceramic Mexican salt shaker and some old squeak toys. Everything, except the squeak toys, are marked Japan

Three old plastic deer and a pair of snowpeople (marked Japan)

Our blog is now completely up to date! It took twelve posts in three weeks but we did it! We'll see you all next week!