Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Twelve Posts In Twenty-One Days: Episode Four - Memorial Day Weekend!

We're moving right along on our plan to catch up on our blog posts within three weeks of July 11th. This is the fourth "episode" and it is for the fourth week in May.

Memorial Day weekend had arrived. It would be a much needed three-day weekend and we hoped to find plenty of time to rest, have fun and, of course, do a little saling. We knew we wouldn't find too many sales. Almost every tag sale company took the weekend off. We did manage to find four private sales that looked to have some potential and those sales made our short list for Saturday. We crossed our fingers and began our trek.

Our first sale was supposed to be an estate sale just fifteen minutes from our house. It was described as " contents of house accumulated over 60 years". It was supposed to be our first sale but we passed a garage sale along the way and stopped. It looked like it had potential. It had nothing. Back to our planned route.

Here was the house that held sixty years of accumulation. Much of it had been updated over the years though the kitchen was great. We didn't take any pictures of the inside of the house since there were a lot of family members round and it didn't seem like a comfortable thing to do. Anyway, the basement was packed with many boxes and we had to spend some time going through them all. There were other rooms to search, too! We loved the description of the sale but really didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be a winner. By the time we left, we found some old Christmas things, some records, a little Niagara Falls ashtray, some old Tupperware and a few other things. It was a great start to the saling day.

Sale #2 was described as "55 years" and listed Christmas decorations amongst the items for sale. It turned out to be a garage sale. There were some great old Noma lights in their original boxes though the boxes were falling apart. They wanted way too much money for them. Although there were some old things there, the only thing we walked away with was one old ashtray for $1. 

Our third sale was supposed be at a house described as "1950 contents". It also had a tag line that "early birds will be shot on sight". We arrived to find a sign that said that the sale was cancelled. The bad news was that there was no sale. The good news was that there was no evidence of crime scene tape nor were there any chalk body outlines.

Our final sale of the day was listed as the "contents of antique store and four family accumulation". Let's call it what it was. It was a garage sale. It was a bad garage sale. It was a wasted trip.

 With the day only half over, we stopped at one of our favorite places to each lunch, All American Drive-In. Why not? It was Memorial Day Weekend and this was All American Drive-In, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and shakes since 1963! 

Here is what we found on our Saturday saling adventures:

Some 10-inch records

A glass ashtray from an old New York City restaurant which is long gone

A small personal ashtray from Niagara Falls

Here is the inside of the Niagara Falls ashtray

Some old Easter cake toppers

An old carafe, an old butter dish and some old Tupperware. The white Tupperware bowl is from the 1954 Tupperware Millionaire Line

Copper twinkle star pan hangers

Christmas stuff: two small candle blow molds, two packages of old bird ornaments, a package of Christmas decoration lamps, a tree topper angel and some small Christmas decorations in the front.

It turned out to be a weekend of barbecues as the weather cooperated and we barbecued Saturday and Monday nights and we went to a barbecue at Monica's sister's house on Sunday. We had time to take a few evening walks, spend some relaxing time at home and, simply, enjoy some time together and that, more than anything, is what makes our hearts smile. 

Note: this was our fourth post since our goal of twelve posts in twenty-one days. Now, we have eight more posts in the next twelve days. We can do it! 

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