Welcome back to Fun Friday Finds!!
A friend from church and I went yard sale-ing yesterday so I have some fun finds to share with you. We didn't find very many sales, they're kind of sporadic on Fridays around here anyways, but it had also been rainy all week so I think that may have scared a lot of people off. We drove through three different towns in our search. One place was like going 'round Robin Hood's barn trying to find it as the arrows on the signs pointed in opposite directions. Then once we finally found it, after following some other randomly placed arrows, we had to be careful where we stepped so as not to fall through the floor of the poor 'ol trailer. I think the bike they had that my friend wanted (that was NOT for sale) was nicer than the entire home and its contents combined. Yikes!
We finally saw another sign in the 3rd town and I almost didn't even go to it because the sign was in a not so nice part of town. But my friend convinced me to forge on ahead because it said the sale was 4 miles down the road and she said there were nicer homes further on down. So on we went. And boy am I glad we did!! It was the vintage jackpot! And they were making some serious deals. I probably could have bought and resold everything they had if I had been so inclined. Well, all except for the vintage Playboy magazines that is.
I got these license plates for $1 each, one even still has an old reverse light still attached! I've been wanting a few more to put in my son's room, but they're usually around $10 each most places I've seen them.
I also picked up this little prescription pad holder for $1. At least I think that's what it is. It caught my eye because it says "Eckerd Drugs." The town where I grew up had an Eckerd and then it later got bought out by CVS. I think I'm going to keep this piece and see if I can turn it into a "to do" list holder for my ktichen. I love the little metal spring pen holder.
I found two more things at this same sale, but they were my most exciting finds of the day so I saved them for last.
We couldn't find any more yard sales, but we did see a sign for a Lion's Club flea market that neither of us had ever been to so we stopped in. I picked up these sailor caps for $1 each. The woman in charge told me that the person who donated them said they had belonged to his grandfather and they were from WWII. BUT....after I got them home and took the time to look closer, I don't think that's true. I think they're much more recent than that. So I'm not sure what I'll do with them now.
We also checked out a thrift shop that we'd never been to, and I found this cute little dress for my daughter for $2.
At the same store I also got this set of 4 little French porcelain dishes. I think they're called Au Gratin dishes.
The design on the "handles" is delicate and sweet. I've sold a little creamer pitcher of this same brand previously so I was willing to plunk down $2 for the set.
Now for my favorite find of the day!
As Shawn from Psych would say,
"Wait for IT......"
(anybody else love that show?)
A set of 2 very solid wood, very heavy, very sturdy, made in the USA, vintage library/banker style chairs!!
Aren't they gorgeous?!?
Just look at all these curves!
My heart was doing a little flip flop when I asked how much they were asking for them. The wife said, "Welllll......" and while she was standing their contemplating a price the husband calls out from behind his newspaper, "Ten bucks for the pair." SOLD!!! They asked me if I planned to paint them or fix them up and I said, "Nope. They're going straight into my shop as is." Someone else may want to refinish them, or they might love them in their current chippy and worn state. Now I love me a good painted wood makeover as much as the next girl, but personally, I think it would be a crime against humanity to paint these. They need someone who will either leave them as is or put in the time and effort to restore them to their former wooden beauty. I REALLY want to keep them. I am seriously in love with them. But....I know I will never get around to putting in the time it would take to restore them and since their worn patinas are so different I wouldn't be happy with them as is. So...in the shop they will go.
After our fun morning of shopping my friend offered to come back home with me and help me with the process of photographing and logging all the information on these finds so that I can get them listed. We worked for a few hours and got these ones done plus a whole lot of other ones that I haven't yet been able to get to. So I'll have lots of pictures to edit this week and then I'll be able to start getting my shop restocked finally. After all that free help the least I could do was feed her so when her husband stopped in to pick her up I talked them into staying for supper and we chatted the evening away and had good Christian fellowship until just about bedtime. It was a good day indeed!
We're planning to do it all again next Saturday. :D