Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Quiet Weekend

The second weekend of May was the first weekend in many weeks that would be a quiet weekend and this was not a bad thing. For weeks, we have had very busy weekends. This week, our calendar was clear. We would not be engaged in anything big. It came at a good time because Rob spent almost twelve hours at work every day during this week. We both needed a quieter weekend and that is what we would have. This doesn't mean we stayed at home with the blankets over our heads. Nope. We had saling on our minds and it would be saling that began our weekend. We had our list prepared by Friday night and there were seven potential sales on our list. We wouldn't be able to make them all but we would attend as many as we felt would be worthwhile. That is exactly what we did. 

There were no standout sales on our list so we started with the one closest to home. It was listed as a "massive accumulation of antiques and collectibles". We arrived to find a backyard and garage filled with all sorts of things, 90% of which would have looked at home in Fred Sanford's yard. It was the second day of this sale and most things were covered by tarps because of the rain. We didn't stay very long as it was clear that we weren't going to find much. We left with two records.

Our second sale was the one that we didn't want to miss but not because we saw much that we liked. It was because it was run by one of our favorite tag sale companies and, because of the last few very busy weekends, we missed their last few sales. It was described as "contents of mid-century home" and that is always an attention grabber for us even if the pictures of the sale showed nothing that we wanted.

Upon this old chair in the garage sat this very old canister set (flour, sugar, etc) that was missing some of its labels. 

In the basement, we found this old insect science kit

We could have built a giant insect...but we didn't.

Dennis and Ron were in the basement to greet us

We found this safety wall plate there and while we were very tempted to protect our family from shocks, burns, shorts and fires, we did not get this. We did not, however, leave empty-handed. With us came lots of books and two small ceramic squirrels.

Our plan for the end of the day was always to visit Monica's dad in Monica's childhood home. With that plan in mind, we decided to end our list with the two sales in Monica's hometown. The first of these was run by the tag sale company whose sale was the site of the ceramic clown cookie jar purchase of the week before. There wasn't much in the pictures of the sale and there was even less in person. This was a bust.

Our last sale was also run by a tag sale company that we like. It was described as a "picker's paradise" but it was the second day of the sale.

The basement could only be accessed by walking outside the house and down some cement steps. When we got inside, you could see that regular access from the house had been compromised by some broken steps. Although we hadn't found much, you can tell that Monica was having a good time anyway! 

The basement was cluttered and was mostly filled with tools. We could tell that the cabinets and sinks once were in the kitchen because...

...the countertop was boomerang! 

Like all of the other sales that day, we didn't find much. Two ten inch Christmas records were all we brought home. After this, we spent some time with Monica's dad before going home to relax and look at what we found that day. Here is what we saw:

A Paul Revere & The Raiders record

A Christmas 12-inch record

Two Christmas 10-inch records

Some Peanuts paperback books from the 1960's

Some Dark Shadows paperback books from the 1960's

Some nature books from the 1960's

More books

A pair of ceramic squirrels marked Japan

It was a quiet weekend of saling and a quiet weekend for us as we spent most of Sunday doing a few errands most mostly relaxing. We're allowed. Not every week is going to be filled with adventures. We like to think that just spending life together is a wonderful adventure all by itself. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cinco De Mayo Weekend!

The first weekend in May means it's time for our annual Cinco de Mayo Party! We have been holding these for a few years and they have been wildly popular with our family! Cinco de Mayo fell on a Friday this year so our party would be held on the Saturday afterwards, aka Seis de mayo, but we still called it our Cinco de Mayo Party. We were very preparing for it during the week and we found ourselves ahead of the game by Friday night. This was good because we still wanted to go saling Saturday morning. We kept our list short with four potential sales making the list. We prioritized them based on potential and got an early enough start to do the best we could. With a plan in place, off we went! 

Sale #1 was located 25 minutes away and was described as a moving sale with 60 years of accumulation. "Vintage holiday" and "records" were amongst the items listed and this seemed like a worthwhile sale even though there were no pictures to support their claims. This turned out to be more of an outdoor/indoor garage sale than a traditional estate sale. There were lots of records to look through and we chose a few to take home. There were also some vintage Christmas things though all but two were broken. We took the two that were in good shape. We also found a package of sketches of the 1969 Mets drawn by Bruce Stark, the sports artist for The Daily News. These packages were issued in limited supply and are not seen much anymore. That, too, came home with us.

Our second sale was a short distance away and was described as loaded with vintage and antiques. It was run by a tag sale company we know and, although the pictures were limited, we felt that this one had potential. When we pulled up, it looked as though everything was in boxes outside and had been pulled from a garage. At this point, our expectations dropped a bit.

Oh...but the boxes. There were lots of them and there were lots of things inside! 

Speaking of inside, there were lots of things inside the house, too! 

There were lots of boxes inside this trailer, too, and that meant lots more to search! 

We spent well over an hour here and we enjoyed this sale a lot despite our initial reaction when we first arrived. It was here that we had our find of the day and we will save that story for later in the post. After this sale, we decided to call it a day so that we would not be rushed making our last minute preparations for our party. 

Saturday evening arrived and with it came our annual Cinco de Mayo Party! 

The kitchen was was decorated to celebrate Mexico and Cinco de Mayo. Our vintage Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass poster made the wall! 

Everyone knows that falling asleep when Rob is around means risking finding your picture on The Wall of Siesta! 

The wall gets bigger and bigger every year!

We decorate the house for the occasion

 More Cinco de Mayo decorations

A few more Cinco de Mayo decorations


Lots of Mexican food! 

Lenny and Richard. Everyone had kazoos. You can spot some on the table next to Richard

Monica and Valerie with their kazoos and tiny Mexican hats

Dad with his sombrero! 

Peter and Marissa had personal pinatas to break open. They were filled with treats and toys (including Flickin' Chickens!)

We even had a wall with bad hombres.

They were defeated before they shut down the party

The party was a success and we had a great night! The next day, we got to take a look at what we brought home from our morning of saling. Here is what we saw:

Some records

The 1969 Mets Portfolio Of Stars. This was a 20 piece package of drawings by Bruce Stark, sports cartoonist for The Daily News, and was issued in 1969. The folder is a little damaged but all 20 drawings were inside and all are in great shape! 

Also inside the folder were drawings of New York Knicks players, Willis Reed and Bill Bradley, which were drawn by Bill Gallo of The Daily News

A Christmas record and two ceramic spaghetti trim Santas (marked Japan)

Ceramic St. Patrick's Day elves (marked Japan)

Ceramic Jam, Onions and Mustard jars; all marked Japan

A tiki mug, a ceramic clown teapot, a ceramic Easter decoration, a ceramic Niagara Falls toilet ashtray and a plastic New York City snow. The three ceramic pieces are marked Japan.

A spice rack with ceramic duck spice holders. Marked Japan

Pineapple salt and pepper shakers, frog salt and pepper shakers (two for salt and two for pepper) and a chef salt and pepper set with a toothpick holder. All are marked Japan

We got one more thing, too. Now to the story about our find of the day. When we entered the kitchen of the second sale, one area of the floor was dominated by old cookie jars. Rob was talking to the owner of the tag sale company and commented on how many cookie jars there were. She said "Please, buy some". Rob told her that we didn't really collect cookie jars but couldn't believe how many there were, She walked him over to a closet and said that there was another whole closet full. He opened the door to look inside...and there it was! 

This is a picture of Rob's grandmother's kitchen in 1956. His dad is dressed in a dress shirt and apron (evidently just having made breakfast for Rob's grandparents). He had fallen asleep standing up! This was during his senior year in college and he was probably exhausted! To the left of his dad, on the bottom shelf, is a clown cookie jar. It was ever-present during Rob's childhood (Rob lived next door to his grandmother) and that cookie jar was one of his favorites. When he was about seven or eight years old, the lid of the cookie jar (the clown's head) slipped out of his hands and chipped. Still, even after the accident, the clown cookie jar was always there. 

This is Rob's grandmother in her kitchen in 1963. You can see the clown cookie jar sitting on the shelf. You can also see ceramic Scottie Dog banks on those shelves. One went crashing to its demise many, many years ago but we still have the other one. 

When Rob's grandmother passed away in 1994, Rob wanted the clown cookie jar but it was not to be found. No one ever knew what happened to it but Rob never forgot about it. So...what did Rob see when he opened that closet door at that second sale?

The cookie jar! It has some paint loss but is, in otherwise, great shape! It is a 1940's Pan American clown cookie jar and it is now ours! Rob's grandmother was smiling at us! 

It was a great weekend af fun and adventure made extra special because these times are spent together and that is all we ever need to smile!