Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Quiet Beginning To August

We decided to combine the first two weeks of August into on blog entry which means we are now up to date except for the end of 2016/beginning of 2017 when we took a break from blogging. We will post those weeks in flashback style soon. For now, at least we are current! 

The first two weeks in August were quiet. There were no trips out to Uncle Bobby's house to do more cleanup and there was not a whole lot of saling. It would have been two great weeks to do lots of saling but there just weren't all that many good sales. Before we got into the first weekend of August, we had our first free concert of the summer to attend. There are always lots of free concerts in our area each summer but there weren't many of interest to us. There were too many cover bands and too many bands that we didn't find interesting. Wednesday evening, August 2nd, was the only one we circled on our calendar. Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits' fame) was playing a free show just fifteen minutes from our house at a beach park. We have seen him twice before and he always puts on a great show.

The bandstand is great and Peter always puts on a great show. 

We can always walk up close to the stage here.

One of the stagehands saw Rob trying to get a good picture from the side of the stage, motioned to him to lend him his camera, and took some great pictures for us on the stage.

After the show, Peter signed some autographs (all for free) and met with his fans. After Rob took this picture, he yelled "Thank you, Peter". Peter looked up at him and said, with a smile, "You're welcome. I hope you enjoyed the show. See you soon!". He is a class act! 

When Saturday rolled around, we had a few sales on our list but it was raining. We checked the listings again on Saturday morning to find that some were cancelled or postponed. Others, listed as outdoor sales, would also be a risk. In the end, we only took a chance on going to one. It was not too far away and definitely appeared to be indoors. 

This sale was described as "moving after 56 years" and listed a "vintage six-piece dining room set" in the description. We knew it would be a private sales as opposed to being run by a tag sale company. Although there was no line, it was a little more crowded than what we expected though we should have realized that we would not be alone. After all, there weren't all that many quality sales out there! 

There was a basement and a main floor to search and in that basement we found this mounted pencil sharpener. That is almost always a good sign. Although we didn't get all that much here, it was not a bust. We found some books, a gently used Cuisinart chopper, an old Tupperware condiment caddy set and an old  Mexican-themed linen for our annual Cinco de Mayo party.

We spent the afternoon bringing bags of clothing (from Uncle Bobby's house and some clothing that Monica's sister wanted to donate) to the local thrift shop for donation. They were happy to have them...all eleven bags. While there, we did a little looking around and Rob found a sports book he liked. 

On Sunday, one of the sales that was postponed on Saturday was rescheduled for Sunday and, since it was only twenty minutes from home, we went. It was a garage sale that listed "tons of vintage housewares" in the description though there were no pictures in the ad. We saw a vintage pair of skunk salt and pepper shakers that we liked but at $10 for the set, it was about $8 more than we were willing to pay. We did find a vintage box of cocktail forks from Niagara Falls (box marked Japan) and a pair of vintage lamps so we did not leave empty-handed. Around the corner, we spotted another garage sale and we stopped there, too. A vintage Christmas blow mold and an old vinyl patio table cover came home with us. 

The second weekend in August gave us a little better weather than the first weekend. We saw four sales of interest for Saturday and our goal was to get to all of them! We got an early start and were ready for whatever the day brought us.

The first sale was an estate sale with "everything imaginable". That's a pretty strong statement because we can imagine a lot! There were some pictures in the ad and while nothing specifically caught our eye, we could tell there were old things here. When we arrived, we found that the sale was run by a tag sale company who had not run sales for a few years before stepping back into the tag sale arena. 

There was a main floor and a basement. The basement had a carefully placed sign warning us to "Watch your step"; a good idea when walking down steps and a good idea, in general.

There were records but they were being sold as a lot and we were not interested in taking home records we did not want. There were boxes of Life Magazines but, like the records, they were being sold as a lot, too. That saved us from looking through them, No interest. When we left, it was with a single cookbook. Slow start. 

The second sale on our list looked to have the most potential. It was run by a tag sale company and it was definitely an old house and definitely had old furniture judging by the pictures in the ad. We arrived thirty minutes after its open to find a pretty long line. We decided to go get breakfast and come back. A little over thirty minutes later, upon our return, we found a line that was just as long as when we first arrived. This sale didn't look good enough to support a line that long and the fact that it had one spoke volumes about how weak the sales were that Saturday. We chose to move on rather than get out of the car. On to sale #3.

The third sale was listed as "contents of home including vintage pieces". Holiday decorations and a mid-century television were listed as some of the things we might find. Well, we didn't. Aside from a few pieces of furniture inside the house, it was an outdoor garage sale with nothing even slightly interesting. If there was a mid-century television there, it was gone when we arrived. This was a complete bust.

The fourth sale was supposed to be "over 50 years of accumulated stuff" including "decades of memorabilia". What we found was an outdoor garage sale run by someone who appeared to be divesting himself of excess flea market items. We took home one book.

We got through the four sales and much more quickly than we would have hoped. It gave us plenty of time to visit Monica's dad at her childhood home. On the way home, we stopped outside of her hometown post office.

It's been around for a long time without any noticeable changes made since Monica was a little girl. Can you see what is behind the flag?

A Fallout Shelter sign. Nowadays, it's not a bad idea to know where we can find one! 

When we got home, our neighbors across the driveway (we have a shared driveway) were having some of their trees cut down. About twenty minutes later, we looked out of window to see this in our driveway. Yes, those are bees all over the truck. There were thousands of them swarming all over the place! Evidently, a lot of honeybees lost their home. We took this picture from our closed bedroom window through a screen. 

Rob: We really don't have any reason to go outside for awhile, do we?
Monica: Nope. Not at all
Rob: That's what I thought.

It took about two hours for the crowd to disburse. Those two hours gave us plenty of time to look at what we brought home the last two weekends. This is what we saw:


Sports books

A vintage Mexican-themed linen for our annual Cinco de Mayo parties.

A vintage vinyl outdoor patio table cover with fringes! We left it folded neatly for the picture.

A box of small cocktail forks from Niagara Falls. The box is marked Japan.

An old Tupperware condiment caddy with spoons

A pair of small vintage lamps. They work. 

Our lamps are very similar to the ones in Lucy and Ricky's bedroom. Their lamps are a little larger.

A 1960's Poloron Santa blow mold. It will need a little touching up with paint.

On Sunday, Rob was happy as Manchester United's 2017-2018 season officially began (and they won). We got all of our chores done, barbecued steak and had time for a post dinner walk around our favorite lake.

 The lake always has lots of geese and lots of swans.

It had been awhile since we were here and this swan wanted an explanation! 

There were so many swans! 

They stopped swimming long enough to say hello.

Let us not forget about the ducks! We never forget about the ducks! 

Although we had to go, the ducks knew we would return soon. We always do! 

After the walk around the lake, we walked through town as the evening light began to fade and made a stop to get some ice cream and sit on one of the town benches to take in the evening. The church was lit and looked beautiful. 

We love saling but it is only part of our life. The most important part of our life will always be the time we spend together! 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

July, 2017, Comes To An End

We are just one week behind on our posts now and will be caught up mid-week! 

The end of July brought us another abbreviated saling Saturday and yet another trip out east to Uncle Bobby's house. There will be several other trips out east as we look to have cleaned out by mid-October. We had to keep our saling list short on Saturday and the list of six sales listed we compiled during the week would have to be chopped down considerably. By Friday night, we settled on two which one town over from us. This would give us a little saling and still afford us an early start on our trip out east. We awoke Saturday morning. Coffee for Rob. Tea for Monica. Showers for both. Off we went.

Sale #1 was listed as a yard and tag sale. Antiques and collectibles were words that caught our attention in the ad and there were no pictures to change our feelings, for better or for worse. It was exactly as described. A yard sale with some antiques and some collectibles. Nothing was of much interest to us which is good because everything was way overpriced. Time to move on.

On the way to the second sale, this house caught our attention and we had to stop to look closer. It was a plastic pink flamingo party on the lawn! 

Just a couple of minutes up the road was our second sale. It was described as having generations of items and that everything must go. Again, there were no pictures in the ad but we were hoping that we could help some of those things go with us. 

There was a garage, a main floor and a basement (though the basement had been almost entirely cleaned out and its items scattered about the main floor. It was a pretty fun house. We helped them in their goal of making everything go by leaving with some records, a hobo ashtray, a coconut mug and some Christmas things.

After stopping to get some breakfast, we unloaded the car and here is what we brought inside:

Some 12-inch records

A 7-inch record

A ceramic coconut mug (Trader Vic) and a hobo ashtray (marked Japan)

Christmas things. Two records, a ceramic Santa planter and a plastic boot with an elf. The planter and boot are marked Japan.

After the long drive our east, we made it to Uncle Bobby's house and continued with our cleanup. Alas, there were no candy bars to be found anywhere but we got more done and that means we have less to do the remainder of the summer. 

As per the norm out there, we were not alone. When we arrived, there were two bucks and one doe in the yard.

They seemed comfortable with us, at first, but they ran away after a few minutes.

This woodchuck looked at us with some suspicion. When Rob got just a little closer, he crouched down and hissed at him! Maybe he saw Rob's shadow (woodchucks are also known as groundhogs)

Hiss! Snarl! 

Although most of what we dug out went into a room reserved for the future estate sale, we did take these few items home:

Some records

A book

Very old Valentine's Day cards

A groovy old record case for 12-inch records

This wall plate. Monica has been fascinated with is since she was a little girl. Now, it is ours.

 A record player. Uncle Bobby's best friend, Janet, told Monica that Uncle Bobby always told her that he anted Monica to have this.

Here is the inside of the record player. One side separates to provide the second speaker (the first one is built into the record player). We played a record on it. It works!  

It was a very long and adventurous day and we were pretty tired on Sunday especially our workweek seemed so very long. We did our errands and chores on Sunday and Rob did barbecue but we went nowhere other than to the store to get fruit, vegetables and yogurt. We needed to relax and gear up for the long week ahead and that we did. Even when not in high adventure mode, the days are fun when spent together. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Busy Summer Continues

We are still a week behind on our blog but we are almost caught up! This post is about the third weekend in July.

The summer seems to be moving along so quickly. It seemed to take awhile to get to the summer weather but it's been around all month and the weekend outdoor activities have not been ruined by rain. Of course, we have been very busy making frequent trips out east to continue the cleanup of Uncle Bobby's houses in anticipation of their sale within the next year. This weekend would see us making another Saturday afternoon trip after an abbreviated Saturday saling schedule. We have been keeping the list short knowing that we had to choose wisely. We had three sales on our list on Saturday and we hoped to get to all three of them. An early start was required. An early start we got!

Our first sale was about 45 minutes away from our house and was being run by a tag sale company that we like but don't get to see as often as we would like. They run a majority of their tag sales on Fridays and, since we work monday through Friday, we miss a lot of their sales. This one was a Saturday and was described as a "huge estate sale with tons of vintage stuff". It sounded good to us. The pictures in the ad supported their claim. There was one picture that caught our attention immediately.

In the upper left corner was a large set of dishes from the Metlox Poppytrail set; a vintage set that we love. We have a few pieces from it but, based on the picture, we could quadruple the size of our set, easily, if we could get to this first. The sale began at 8:30am and we would have to leave our house at 7:45am to get there at the open, if traffic cooperated. Of course, if we could see the set, so could the dealers and this set sells. So, realistically, we would probably have to be on line two hours before the open, 6:30am and leave our house at least 45 minutes earlier to even have a shot at getting these. The odds were against us. We decided not to wake up that early to make a trip that probably would result in failure. We, instead, left early enough to get there just after 8:30am and feel rested. We did not get the dishes. We did not even get a look at the dishes. Our instincts were correct.

The house was cool. The kitchen had so many great things going on that it is hard to name them all! 

An old pink and blue bathroom.

The wallpaper in the bathroom was very unique and very busy!

This old table desk, in one of the bedrooms, was pretty cool.

We found this mounted pencil sharpener during our visit in the house. It wasn't perfect (nor was our visit here since we didn't get the dishes) but it is almost always a good sign and we did not leave the sale without some finds. Some books, some records, a pink plastic toilet brush holder and a great hat for Monica. We are saving the story of the hat for a little further down this post.

After getting some breakfast, we made our way to sale #2 which was near the first sale and listed antiques, vintage Christmas and vintage board games among the items there. Unfortunately, with our saling time limited, we could not afford to wait too long and after twenty minutes of not moving any closer to the inside, we had to leave.

Our third and final sale was an easy choice. It was in the town where we live and that put us close to where we needed to be. It was listed as a moving sale which lots of vintage stuff. Everything here was either outside, in the garage or on the patio. There were definitely some vintage items here and we worked quickly to find what we wanted. We left with some records, one book and a great vintage cooler.

It was close to noon and our saling time had run out. That was okay because we knew we found a few fun things. Here is what our Saturday morning brought to us:

James Bond paperbacks

More books and a vintage matchbook from Dino's Lodge 

Here's the back of the matchbook

Some records

More records

A few more records

Christmas records

Some old picture frames

A vintage pink poodle toilet brush holder. We already have the identical one in black. We will have to add an eye.

A great vintage cooler

An outfit for Monica which may have once belonged to Carol Brady

Monica's new hat. She has always wanted to find one of these "in the wild".

Made in Italy, it is a "Joni Je".

Years ago, at the famous "cat house" sale, Monica found this one but it was damaged beyond any hope of repair. The "cat house" sale was at a four level house of a woman who passed away at 104 years old. She had many cats and it is rumored that the remains of one was found on one of the upper floors when the tag sale company was getting ready to run this sale. The house smelled of many cats and the windows had to be kept open to allow us to breathe. We spent hours at that sale and took home so many things. This hat was not one of those things.

Monica made her own a few years ago! 

She wore it well. Now she has a second one! 

We soon made the trip out east to Uncle Bobby's house with Monica's sister, Monica's dad and Uncle Bobby's best friend, Janet, and made some real progress after hours of hard work.

Of course, breaks were taken to walk quickly around the property to see the sights. The abandoned car from the 1940's still sits way back on the property.

We were not the only ones there. These wild turkeys were wandering around the property, too. They had three babies with them but they were too short to be seen in this picture.

We had another successful day of getting things together for the future estate sale but we did pull a few things to bring home with us...

Lawrence Welk records

Tropical records

More records

A few more records

We couldn't resist taking these 7-inch records home.

Vintage seed and bulb catalogs

Some books

Archie comics from the 1940's

A 1951 calendar and a 1924 shoe store ad

Two pin-up calendars. On the one on the right, you change the page each month. All of the pages are behind the one shown.

A fish can opener, an old plastic Indian and horse, a pair of Ken L Ration cat and dog salt and pepper shakers, a ceramic chef shaker (missing its mate), a small squeak dog, a vintage plastic Thanksgiving turkey and an old plastic snowman

It was a great Saturday but a tiring one and we spent lots of Sunday relaxing in between the necessary chores. Rob barbecued Sunday night which is something he likes to do every summer Sunday. 

We always enjoy that Sunday barbecue and it relaxes us. Monica's pickle, on the other hand, looked nervous.