Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lots of Stufffff

Look at all the stuff! A black side table. An apothecary jar... or whatever those things are called. A cool vase thing - that is going to be painted black... or white. A couple of silver trays. A white tray. A cake stand. Red high heels - woo hoo... okay they were $9 but they were brand new! 2 crosses. A brass chandelier to be experimented on in painting - any advice? A cute lil birdhouse. Some Mammy Aunt Jemima things for my mother in law. Cuz she likes stuff like that. A white window. An screen door frame of some sort. And finally if you haven't noticed all ready... the find of the week... the antique fan. Guess how much it was...

Another look...

A closer look... Have you guessed yet?
I saw the fan. I found the man selling it. I said, "How much for that fan over there?" He says, "Oh. Umm it doesn't work..." Hahah YAY! I said, "Oh... okay..." He says, "I don't know... $5?" Nonchalantly I say, "Oh... hmmm" He says, "Well, when you turn it on, you can hear the motor running so it could be probably be fixed." I said, "Oh okay." Then I ran back to the fan and snatched that bad boy up.
At an antique store a few weeks ago, they were selling fans for $50 and up! And those had NO hope of ever working again. Sweet! Isn't it awesome? I gave it to my aunt because she's the bestest.
The end.

I promise to post today

Dear Amy (possibly the only person who reads my blog),

I promise I will write about all the awesome things I have found in the last week or so... this evening. Prepare yourself :)



Saturday, April 5, 2008

As Promised

Finds of the Morning:

2 wood picture frames (to be painted white)...............................................$3 ea

1 shabby chic chandeleer.................. $5

1 Toile Pitcher.................................. $2

1 Robin's Egg Blue Candle Holder.... $1

1 Wire Basket (to be painted black).. $4

Plus an armload of Banana Republic, brand new condition, clothes I grabbed for a dollar a piece. I'll have to tell what I do with those later this week... And 50 cents for the first season of Sex in the City!

Yard Sale Ettiquitte

1. Please have proper signage! A piece of copier paper scribbled on with pencil does not work. Duh.

2. Please open at 7 or 8am. Opening at 9am is just laziness! And DO NOT rope off your driveway and guard your sale looking at your watch until the opening time. I will leave because that is dumb. And here's a hint to you bargain hunters - the times I have waited were never worth it!

3. Similarly, I can clearly see if you are still puting out your boxes but I can get the jist of it. Please don't have a heart attack about me looking in your unpacked boxes! It's not hurting anything. Either a) I might find some things I'd like to buy or b) I'll leave without ever looking at them! There are lots of sales people. I'm not waiting for yours.

4. Do not sell stuff that should be put out on the curb. There's good bric-a-brac and there is bad bric-a-brac. As our crew walks away from your sale, I will drop an egg or two in your driveway, depending on the ickyness of your crap. Okay, just kidding. But we always talk about doing it and we just might one day, so watch out.

5. I understand that people have emergencies, but hopefully there are not so many emergencies to account for all of the cancelled yard sales. If it is perfectly sunny out and I'm looking at your house and it's the same address that's in the paper and there's no sale and you weren't hugging the toilet all night, shame on you! (This may also call for the eggs...) At least put out a sign so we don't check back 30 min. later!

And I have a little annecdote for you... At a house today that was in the $700,000+ range, my favorite yard-salin' two year old found herself a tiny dog figurine. This was also the sale with the above pictured candle holder. Emily Kay was holding the dog and I asked her, "Do you want the dog?" And the lady having the sale rushes over and says to her, "Do you have a quarter?" Emily Kay smartly answers, "No, I have a doggy." So I shopped around and found the candleholder. As I was paying, Emily Kay headed back to the car with the rest of our crew and I said, "Here's a dollar for the candle holder and a qua--"

The lady interupts me. "Hold on!" She runs down the driveway yelling, "Did she like the dog?! Is she getting the dog?!"

Seriously. She was chasing the two year old for twenty-five cents. And if she wasn't being such a ding dong worrying about a 2 year old thief, she would have seen me holding $1.25 and heard me finish my sentence.

Again, this was in the million dollar neighborhood. Whatever lady. Oh yeah.... and here's Emily Kay with her treasure.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Why I have not updated

March 22nd I had my own garage sale, which was disappointing. It was Easter weekend, which never does good for garage sales.

But we had a great Easter Sunday. How sweet is this?

Then last Saturday, it looked promising - lots of ads, then it was cold and raining after going to only a handful of sales!

So this week has to be better! I'm ready to find good stuff!

I'll have to take pics of my yard sale crew this week in our 6:30am Saturday morning glory. And I'll have to start sharing with you the Rules of Yard Sales. There are rules that we have come up with over the last 10 or 15 years for people who have yard sales, as well as shoppers - you have to have something to talk about in the car!

So be prepared for a big yard sale post!!! Rain date 4/12/08.... just kidding.