Friday, May 8, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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

For most people, the most wonderful time of the year is the holiday season.  Okay, I love it, too, but my second favorite season is Yard Sale season, which in these parts is from May until early October.

Weeee! What a lot of fun it is to go on a treasure hunt.

Last weekend was the BIG Browncroft bi-annual sale. I haven't been to it in many years and felt the need to treat myself. Of course, the last time I went, I was still a vender in an antiques arcade, so I was shopping for bargains I could turn around to resell. These days, I have to be a lot more discerning.

In the old days, I could buy what I wanted, live with it for a while, and then sell it on a kind of catch-and-release basis.  Today, I had better have a specific purpose in mind. Okay, I'm still buying pretty teacups and square plates, but I'm also being practical.

I needed a new egg timer. I keep one in my office to remind me to let the cats in on a cold day. (Or to remind me to get off my duff and go do my exercise or GET OFF THE INTERNET.)  I found a super-duper one that not only goes for an hour (on the right side), but has a 20-hour timer on the left.  Well, I HAD to have that!  (And for the bargain price of only $2.)

I have NEVER seen my (good) china pattern at a yard sale before, so when I saw the Royal Albert Silver Maple sugar bowl (again for the bargain price of only $2), I bought it in a heartbeat. I asked the woman collecting the money if she had any more pieces and she said her daughter "got it at a yard sale."  (Obviously another catch-and-release item.)  Of course, I already have a  Royal Albert Silver Maple sugar bowl and oddly enough, I don't take sugar in my tea, so it doesn't get a lot of use.  But hey, I might one day, right?

The square plate is from Germany. It's just pretty.

The little elephant has a broken tusk. (He's showing his "good" side in the picture at right.) The person at that sale wanted 50 cents. I said, "But he's wounded."  Okay, then a quarter.  (Hey, I'm into saving elephants, whether they are alive, or tiny orphans like that little guy.  I have a whole herd of wounded orphaned elephants. I love them.  (Somebody has to.)

The pansy picture under glass with copper tape holding it together is a Christmas tree ornament. I'm a sucker for pansies, so ...

I also bought a couple of bangles.  Hey, bling is quite fine. I particularly love the one of the left with all the little hearts and the tiny rhinestones.  The woman selling them said she was doing a whole-house purge and was selling a big box of jewelery for 50 cents each.  I wish I'd taken more time to go through it. She had some really nice "chunky" necklaces, too.



And I bought my very first painting. It's an original watercolor (I just love watercolors). I'm in the process of  redecorating my enclosed porch, and I'm doing it in BEACH style, so this picture should work out nicely.  I also bought a rug for the porch, and a heater for my office.

In all I spent $26.  Not a bad haul for my first yard sale foray of the year.

What do you look for when you go to yard sales?




15 comments:

Patty Degmetich said...

Love garage sales ! Always look for craft supplies for one. Also books is a big draw for me. Then finding things that I didn't know I needed is always fun.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You got some awesome buys. I haven't been to yard sales in years. Maybe I need to try them, again!

emilia.m said...

wow!!! I'd love to put my hand on that box of jewelry:)
When I go, I look for books (preferably old ones, the most recent buy would be "Boule de Suif" -and other short stories by Guy de Maupassant, dated, if I can read it correctly, in 1921 :) ), cute teacups and other stuff :)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I look for colored glass, especially amethyst. I love it. Great post, Lorraine! XO MJ

Margaret said...

Nice haul! I am not a yard sale shopper, but I love antique stores and fairs. I love Bouckville, but I just wish it wasn't in August. Too hot!! But since it is not quite 2 hours away (we are in Schenectady) we have gone a few times. We have never tried Brimfield (MA) but would like to. And sad to say even tho it is only about 50 minutes away; we have never been to the big Warrensburg (NY) Garage Sale in October.
I love finding the perfect treasure,stumbling across something that strikes a pleasant memory or just browsing all the unique and unusual wares.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Love the watercolor. Check this out Lorraine. Have you heard of it?
http://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com/

Alison Marable said...

I love garage sales, flea markets, and estate sales. We have an 180-mile sale here in Michigan in August, which is fun but exhausting!

Laurie Fancy said...

LOVE yard sales!!!!!!!!! I say farewell to the thrift stores until fall... right, who am I kidding? I just tone it down a lot! [grin] I scour the city for vintage Pyrex, Fire King, glassware, bakeware and kitchenware.....Tupperware and everything in between! These last couple of weeks I've been looking for vintage dessert dishes: ice cream, sundae, banana split, parfait and the nice long parfait/iced tea spoons. If I find one, I snag it!! :-) THE THRILL OF THE HUNT!!!!!!!!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I've got a tendency to buy pillow stuffing. The problem is ... I don't make pillows. I should haul out the sewing machine and try.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I've been looking for a stained glass window for years. I keep hoping one day I'll find that magical piece of glass.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Yeah, Brimfield is supposed to be the epidome of junking. One day!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I think I'd need an 18-wheeler for that sale!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

That's exactly it. The thrill of the hunt. Sometimes I'll go out to a bunch of sales and not find anything, but that doesn't stop me from going out the next week!

Anonymous said...

I DID NOT get the shopping gene except for bookstores! I always feel weird saying that because I think the love of shopping is very feminine. I love to eat but actually don't even like grocery shopping. Part of that has to do with the number of people in a confined space. Lorraine, I really like a lot of the things you got but would have never gone to a yard sale to look for them. Cordella

Annette N said...

Books, that is the first thing I seek. And then pretty pieces of china. I used to do a log of green depression glass, and I still have some lovely pieces. You need to go to first Monday - Canton TX. Every month with wonderful stuff - everything from antique furniture to livestock....one never knows when one might need a goat. I have found an antique dry sink from 1859, a Hoosier cabinet with all sorts of wonderful things built in and a small Hoosier cabinet that works wonderfully as a microwave table with storage. Alas, I no longer do that. I will need to keep it in mind if a need for a goat arises.