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! 


  1. Congratulations on a job well done...both with meeting your posting goal and with finding great things to purchase. I would,however, have left with the statue of Adam and Eve and the Perry Mason game just for the cool box. You guys are THE BEST!

    1. Thanks, Granny Annie! To be honest with you, we had no interest in the statue but would definitely have taken the Perry Mason game if it wasn't so damaged. The inside looked like it sat in a flood. The top of the box was the only thing that wasn't in really bad shape. (Rob)

  2. I liked the radio. I also find peanuts books often and yes I buy them. Liked all your posts and missed your posts when you went m.I.a :)

    1. Peanuts books are great, aren't they, Liz! Thanks for the kind comments. We will try to stay up to date from now on! (Rob)