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A Picker’s Heaven – I’m Out Shopping Again!

I recently went to a picker’s Heaven.

Picker's Heaven

Yes, I’ve finally sold down enough of my stuff-for-sale-accumulation (or put it out somewhere for sale) that I feel free to start shopping again. I’d stopped actively buying for over a year! Gasp! I was having the occasional bout with depression and I’m beginning to think it was withdrawals. It feels so good to be out on the hunt again.

This particular sale isn’t widely advertised and people have actually been shopping it for a year. I went once last year. See the pile of chairs in the back of the picture above? There are stacks of tables under them. Table tops separated from their legs so they stack better. Nobody has had the nerve or energy to unstack them yet. Maybe that’ll be me. Next time.

Picker's Heaven

The deceased loved to collect. He seems to have been a bit of a hoarder of good, fun, junk. There are prices on most everything, but it’s unclear if that was the price he paid or if he hoped to sell it all some day. At any rate, the family is so overwhelmed, we just make a pile and they give us a price. They’re not exactly giving it away, I’d like it to be cheaper, but it’s not over much, either.


Picker's Heaven

There are several buildings full. The building in the picture above was said to be unpicked. The family had cleaned out some more and put it in an empty building. It’s amazing that there is still this much stuff left. And way, way, way more than is in these three pictures. It’s makes a junker’s heart go pitter-pat. There might have even been someone hyperventilating in the corner. Okay. I made that up, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone new to the scene did.

God bless this man. I do love a good sale.

What did I buy? I haven’t got back into the swing of taking pictures of everything, but here are the things I did photograph for Etsy.

Items For Sale

All of these are, were, or will be in my Etsy shop, JustVintage2 . A yelloware bowl and lid, the ram’s head bookends sold almost as soon as they were listed, a copper samovar, a huge, Zanesville Stone Age Modern bowl, a mantle clock and a pipe box.

Magnolia Tray

The paper mache, magnolia, tray is one of a set of four. They are currently in my booth at Longleaf in Alexander City, Alabama. Stand at the desk, look slightly to your left and there it is. The second booth on the left. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes not. Right now, it’s a not. Right now, the booth is rather embarrassing. I reeeeeally need to work on that.

I did actually buy a lot more than pictured. A trunk full of table legs comes to mind, but I don’t remember everything else. There’s been another sale or two since then that have clouded my memory. More about them next time.

I’m excited to have something to blog about here again! Don’t want to fall down on the job like I did over this past year.

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Latest Sale Finds and the Baby’s First Estate Sale

My goodness! How quickly time flies and I get behind on blog posts!  There were several sales going on last weekend and even Monday and Tuesday. I was out there, in the trenches, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Digging and hunting. Searching hard for the bargains and treasures. All the while trying to avoid the big and tall people who don’t see me and tend to bump into me and step on me and push in front of me…. Does that happen to you?

I haven’t photographed everything that was bought, but  here are some of the things:

Yard Sale Finds

The wreath above is made from cotton husks. I’ll probably keep that to use in patriotic decorations. It’s not in great shape anyway.

Yard Sale Finds

Cool, Rubbermaid canisters and La Solana shakers. La Solana isn’t a big seller, but I always buy the pieces I find. It was a give away at a local drugstore and is a fond memory for me. I only collect the plates and cereal/soup bowls, though. And glasses, but those are very hard to find. So any other pieces are for sale.

Yard Sale Finds

A mid century snack set/cheese tray/fondue set/whatever and an ice bucket.

MCM Wood and Marble Lamps

Mid century wood and marble lamps.

Restaurantware Egg Cups

These restaurantware egg cups are already listed sold on Etsy $12.00

Globe Bank

Iron Console Set

Candelabras - Girandoles

There’s a story about these candelabras. My friend Jeri called Sunday and said she was at an estate sale and I might want to come. Well, ya don’t have to twist my arm. I was off as soon as I could throw on some clothes and slap on a dab of makeup. Took me about 10 minutes, if that, to get out of the house. The sale was 45 miles from here and it seemed like it took HOURS to get there. When I finally, finally made it there and started looking around, I was shocked. The things that were actually priced were terribly high. I’m sorry, but I can’t pay $40 for something I can only sell for $20. Jeri whispered that they’d make deals, but she didn’t know just how good of a deal. She had a pile, but hadn’t asked how much yet. So I started a pile.

I was cautious. I really liked 3/4 of the things there, but just didn’t know what to do. When I was fairly satisfied that I’d got the things I thought I might could afford and asked how much, it was way, way lower than I expected so I went back for more. That’s when I decided perhaps I could get the candelabras. I’ve seen how much these things cost and know I’m not likely to ever turn loose of that much money to buy any for myself, so I’m probably going to keep these. Although, the money would certainly come in handy. Still… Why do I do this? So I can get pretty things for myself that I couldn’t otherwise afford. So there.

Monday took us to another estate sale. Prices were high and I don’t think I’ve got any pictures of the few things I bought there yet. This sale was our Dani’s first estate sale. Just 2-1/2 weeks old. We’re starting her off right. Carrying on the tradition. My grandmother, my mother, me, my daughter and now my granddaughter. All of us love(ed) the sales. Well, we don’t know if Dani loves them yet, but she slept the whole time and she doesn’t always sleep. Maybe she does like them. Everybody sure liked her!

Baby's first estate sale

I went to a few sales this morning, but that’s a tale for another day.