Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Halloween Weekend

This post is for the weekend of October 31st and November 1st, 2015. We are almost caught up! 

Halloween fell on a Saturday this year. It would be a good year for the trick or treaters who would have all day to get their bags filled with candy. It would not be a good day for salers. Many estate sale companies took off that day, knowing that their foot traffic would be considerably lighter. We combed the ads for sales, anyway, but found none to our liking on Saturday. We did, however, find one of interest on Friday and we knew that we could make it there before they closed. That sale would begin our weekend.

Friday's sale began at 9 a.m. and we would be at work. The sale was listed as "antiques and entire house estate sale" and that was enough to catch our attention.  There were no pictures in the ad so we weren't sure what to expect but we did know that we could get there before they closed the doors at 5 p.m. and we were anxious to see what we would find. Monica was happy to start the saling week and just as happy that the work week had ended.

The garage was the first place we looked and we saw this great box for a vintage automatic skillet. Alas, it was empty! 

Our indoor search was limited to one main floor with four different rooms. The house was being renovated so everything was laid out on and around tables in the middle of the rooms.

Monica was very happy to find some things quickly! 

It was definitely an old house and this old pink bathroom still stands there but probably not for long. The house was being renovated and this will probably be one of the casualties.

It was a good stop and we came home with a vintage jewelry box, a vintage slicing knife, lots of vintage glasses, some vintage greeting cards, some memorabilia from the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair and several other things

Saturday arrived and it was Halloween! We did not have to rush to put up our decorations. They had been up since the first weekend in October

Honeycomb decorations

Blow mold pumpkins and trick or treat bags

We tried to fit them in wherever there was room

Sometimes, the spacing was a little tight! 

We spent the afternoon trick or treating with the kids. Peter was a pirate, Marissa was a vampire and Shannon was still in her soccer uniform from her morning game.

Their sacks were ready to be filled with candy

Monica dressed as a leopard lady while Rob just wore the appropriate shirt for the day

We went trick or treating in town where all of the stores gave out candy to the kids. Well, Rob may have gotten a couple of pieces of candy too! 

Almost every store participated, The streets were crowded!

Unfortunately, this store was "close"

In town, Rob got to hang out with Elvis! 

When we got home, we had to carve our jack o'lantern. We normally do this a few days before Halloween but we have been pretty busy so today had to be the day.

This was our pumpkin this year. He was a fine representative of the pumpkin world

The carving of the pumpkin

The pumpkin was gutted. He didn't feel a thing. He was just in his transformation stage

We roasted the pumpkin seeds

Meet Jack O'Lantern! 


Sunday arrived and we saw one sale of interest. It was a few towns away and the description read "entire contents" and "50's and 60's furniture. There were no pictures but it sounded promising

We arrived to find an outdoor garage sale and one that did not have much. We left without anything. We stopped to get some breakfast and then went home where we did some errands, barbecued (Rob will continue to barbecue every weekend until the propane tank is empty) and found some time to relax before beginning the workweek again. 

We only went to one sale this weekend that had anything of interest but we found lots of good things there. Here is what we brought home:

An old New York vacation guide and some souvenirs from the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The postcards are attached to scrapbook pages but we will figure out how to carefully remove them

Some vintage greeting cards; all from 1959

A vintage Pyrex bowl

A scarf from the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. It needs ironing

A vintage Hawaiian scarf. It REALLY needs ironing

A vintage jewelry box for Monica

Vintage Pussy Willow glasses with matching spoons that are still sealed in their packaging

A close-up of the side of the box that has the Pussy Willow glass set

Two old wall hangings, a vintage slicing knife in its box, a pair of ceramic cats and a vintage shot glass (with black cats)

Although the saling opportunities were scarce, our weekend was action packed and filled with great memories of the times we spent together in our adventures amongst the ducks. More memories being made every day. More memories being made together. 


  1. Happy to see all the kiddos (including you and Monica) enjoying Halloween. I envy the jewelry box Monica found. I hate that ugly bathroom you photographed. What were those people thinking with that sink?

  2. Thanks, Granny Annie! We hope you had a great Halloween too! I wouldn't give that bathroom too much thought. I think that bathroom was scheduled to be gutted! (Rob)