Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring is here! Time to junk

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

One of the things I love most about spring is ... yard sale season starts!  I had a booth in an antiques arcade for 12 years and the best part was finding stuff to fill it.  I loved the thrill of the hunt. Just because I no longer have a booth doesn't mean I've lost that desire to keep looking for something fun, useful, or interesting.

Friday evenings Mr. L studies the yard sale list in the local fish wrapper and on Saturday mornings he and I hop in the car, turn on WRMM-101.3 on the radio and listen to Miss Beth and Gary the (supposedly) Happy Pirate.  (Honestly, the man is miserable and is constantly putting down sweet Miss Beth. And he's supposed to be a role model for children?  But I digress.)

You never know what you're going to find on one of these magical mystery tours.  Here are a few of the "treasures" I've picked up.


 This little beauty was a buck. The people having the sale had cleared out the pig sty (yes, they did!) and put their wares up for sale. Out back, was this GIGANTIC pig named Roscoe (and do you think I can find those pictures? Nope). He was quite friendly and seemed to enjoy all the attention from the yard sale customers, and posed for pictures.  They also had a miniature stallion. (He preferred to munch grass than be sociable.)


Ahhh...Aunt Sally's mashed potato bowl.  I have no idea if  this bowl ever actually had mashed potatoes in it, or if there ever was an Aunt Sally (I certainly don't have one), but that's what we call it.  I love the decoration on the rim.  We usually use it for popcorn. It cost a quarter.  (Did I mention that I rescue old dishes?)


Aren't these little butterflies sweet?  They came in a box lot for $2. The little glass was from the same lot.

One of my favorite finds was this old telephone.  I keep telling myself I'm going to go to Radio Shack (and since most of them are closing, it had better be soon) and get a new cord so I can actually use it.  (Tricia has one like this sitting on her sales counter in Haven't Got a Clue!)

I call this "Black Beauty"

And of course, I also rescue teacups in need of loving homes.  I've given away quite a few of them on my Dazed and Confused blog on Teacup Tuesdays.


I got this sweet little framed picture of a rose for a buck.  It hangs over my computer monitor.


What do you look for when you go junking?

15 comments:

Rosemary Harris said...

I'm totally getting the itch! I look for vases, pitchers - anything to p0ut cut flowers in. Also love old china - thre are a few patterns I collect like Syracuse Old Bombay, but i'm a sucker for anything with flowers or birds on it. LOVE iris and herringboner glass. Oh..and prints of fdlowers and birds...really should have a tag sale of my own! Good luck on the hunt!

Anonymous said...

Old jazz records and books

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I don't go to yard sales but now you have me thinking about it. I'm going to Vt in May and want to go to antique shops. Still looking for a two teacup, pot and sugar and creamer set.. If I get stuff at the yard sales, I wonder where I will put it in my small 5 room apartment.

Jeannie D. said...

Love to junk. I look for old books. Love old teacups. My Daddy loved antiques and had a whole set of the pattern of your popcorn bowl.

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

Okay, now you have me itching to go to some sales tomorrow after a visit to the farmer's market. I love finding treasures for less than $1!

Lynda said...

I LOVE going to yard sales, and don't have particular items that I look for. But I currently have a lot of cool stuff sitting in boxes because I have no place to put them.

When I moved into the home I'm in now, I had set aside a room with a lot of shelves for my "treasures", but when I retired and became a volunteer at the animal shelter and with a local feline rescue group, my treasure room became a Kitty Nursery. And as I'm sure you know, kittens and breakable treasures do not mix. I don't regret my decision, because I have fostered and saved the lives of many cats and kittens. However, I now don't have any space to display my treasures.

I should probably have a yard sale of my own to get rid of some of the things I've packed away, but 1) yard sales are a lot of work, and 2) I hate getting rid of the stuff. But I have been trying to avoid yard sales (which I am successful at MOST of the time).

Liz Straw said...

I have very few new things in my house. I bought my couch, I do need a new chair for the living room, but the rest of my furniture is from hand me downs or flea markets (cheep cheep) but good quality. I look for what tickles my fancy. ;)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for this fun little road trip,. Lorraine. Like you, I treasure the thrill of the hunt and the chance to rescue objects. Someone save me!

Aurian said...

I used to go every month to a big flea market in the city (where I now live) especially to look for secondhand books and whatever else caught my fancy. I have collected cottage shaped teapots, but have no more windowsill to put them.
Nowadays, I buy almost everything on the internet, especially my books.

Maggie Sefton said...

That brought back memories, Lorraine. We were 15 years in West Lafayette, Indiana when husband was prof at Purdue. We started going to estate auctions on Saturdays because he loved to collect old books from 1800s. And they would usually be thrown in a box and auctioned off last. But the other treasures we found there when those lovely old family homes auctioned off all those family possessions----we bought a beautiful solid cherry table we used for decades. And beautiful Carnival glass, if you can beat the dealers to it. :) They were all over, buying. Our first 2 girls were younger then and it was family fun. There was food for sale and it took most of the day till the books were auctioned off for a song. :)

Lorraine Bartlett said...

LOL--I collect Syracuse Americana (because it was used in a B&B we used to go to--now lost in a fire). I'm a sucker for china that has roses on it. And pictures of roses!!! Ahh...I just love kindred Spirits!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Do you know the name of the pattern?

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I save my quarters and dollar bills all winter long just for yard sales.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

What great memories, Maggie! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

We don't usually go to yard sales. But a time or two we have ventured out when our town hosts the 30 mile yard sale between Camden and Paris. I think mostly we just buy books. I feel like I've really done something when I get a good book for a quarter.