|Small brown tables with retro desk lamps|
Saturday was one of those odd days where the peak came at the very first sales and then everything else was downhill from there. Whenever that happens, there's a weird vibe that results. I almost lose the thrill of the hunt as soon as we finish that first sale. It becomes a struggle to keep going. Add into this my stress over booth sales and situations, and I was having a really hard time keeping the momentum up. Nevertheless, I persevered! Shop on, I say!
So what was that first sale that was so very freaking awesome? Why, the one put on by my very own neighborhood association! They rent out spaces in a vacant lot not too far from the house and wonderment ensues! It's always a good sale and there are bargains galore! I made three trips back to the car before I finished the first row of booths. I look forward to this one every year. It's the sale that sets off the home stretch of fall sales for the year. There are one or two other awesome mega sales coming and then the season will be over. Sigh!
|Painted shadow box|
Many of the large things in the Mazda shot came from this sale, including the orange top tables and the blue wicker bar stool. They're all set up at the new booth.
Back to the yard sales. After making like a jillion trips through the neighborhood lot sale, we set off to tackle my list. Next stop was one that included this tantalizing phrase in their ad: "vintage(?) comic books." You know I was there! I walked off with the whole lot after this little dialogue:
|SCORE! Good stuff in here and I got to take the tub too!|
Me: How much for the lot?
Seller: Count them up.
Me: There's about 16 dollars worth in this stack. (I counted by threes.) The other stack is about the same size. Could I get them both for $20?
Seller: Can't do that. I'd do $25.
That is how negotiations should work, my friends. Bulk Buy Offer. Counter-Offer. Boom!
|Tin picnic basket. Repro?|
After that, it was hit or miss. The next few sales yielded little to nothing. The peak had been reached. It was 9:30, and we were heading downhill quickly. And there were too many choices and uncertainties. Do I go with neighborhood sales that might waste time? Or drive way out of my usual way for sales that might or might not be good? I had a real battle with indecision going on.
In the end, I targeted a large adoption fundraiser sale and a small street sale as definite stops. The adoption sale yielded a cheap Ikea end table and some smalls. You can see the Ikea table in the Mazda shot post. It stayed at the new booth, too. Leaving it we saw a sign for a sale that I had considered going to, but thought it was too far away. We followed the signs and found two sales. I piled up so many cool things at one of the sales that the seller stopped totaling me up at 20 bucks and just threw the last four of five things in. Love it when that happens!
|Hulk like Elmo!|
Across the street, I bought a really odd (for me) item--a weight bench. It's just one of those plain ones that you lay on and hope you don't end up dropping something very heavy on your throat. It's totally not me, but it is something I can place other things on it for a display. It also has no moving parts, so customers won't be tempted to do stupid things in public on it. And it was only a dollar. Okay, so that last bit may have influenced me more than a little bit.
On way out of this neighborhood, we stumbled across a fundraiser sale for a Doberman rescue group. I got a huge pile of enamelware dishes there (most with lids). Happy dance! The last sale was a vintage junkie kicking the habit. I got some nice things there, but there were a couple more things I wanted (chalkware Madonnas!) and she wasn't budging on the prices.
|Love the red one! All have lids, except the top one.|
We rounded out the day trying to pick up a free sofa from a work friend, only to find out that our wondrous Mazda does indeed have a limit. Just wasn't going to work. I ended up putting it on Craigslist for her and hauling it to the end of her driveway. It's gone now!
Oops! I am out of things to say. Photo parade from here on out!
|Betty Boop Witch|
|Love the old hymnals!|
|Palm Tree Candle Holders|
|Crafty filled light bulbs|
|Awesome Oreo tin|
|Sweet vintage Madonna|
|Bar stools are quick sellers for me.|
|Hand-painted wooden elephant/pull toy|
|Finding Peanuts collectibles is always a plus!|
|More Peanuts stuff and a Fisher-Price repro|
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