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What? Is this all?

Let’s start with Friday. The sales around here were, um, just a little less than enticing. But there were three estate sales advertised in Birmingham. Do I go or do I stay? What do you think? Ready, set…. GO! Lena drove.

First sale was very nice and neat, but was a fancy yard sale. A real fancy yard sale, only it was inside. Not a moving sale. Not an estate sale. I overheard the lady saying she and her husband lived there. It was in two rooms, no three. The porch, living room and dining room. Of a tiny, but older and charming, apartment/garden home type dwelling. And boy, did they have nice stuff. Fine antiques at fine antique store prices. Really fine. And they’d done their research. A book of Maxfield Parrish prints – $700. Because someone had sold a book in similar condition on eBay for that much. Ummm… sell it on eBay yourself, then. Lena actually said that, but in a very nice and tactful way. The lady said she was going to get someone to do it for her. She’d bought a watch off eBay once and found it very hard to figure out.

So, OK. Lena bought a basket and… and… uh… something else. I do remember she managed to only spend $12.00. $10 and $2. She probably bought two of only 3 things priced at less than $100. I bought nothing. Too disgusted. Junk! Gimme junk! So on to the next.

We found the house easily. Felt quite proud of ourselves. But where are the cars? Has everyone already come and gone? The ad said 7:00 and it was about 10:00. Whatever, not a good sign. And speaking of signs, there was a large one tacked to a tree in the middle of the front yard. Lena looked at it, apparently without actually reading it, and thought it said “now”. We look at the house. There’s no sign on the front door to tell us to enter or go around as they so often do. We considered walking up to the front door and walking in, but things just didn’t feel right. I walked around back, following the driveway to the basement garage. There was stuff in the driveway and some in the garage and a lady working with it. She turned around and said it didn’t start until 12:00. Oops. She said to come back, but I had to be back in town by 11:00. Couldn’t come back. Lena asked could we go ahead and look, but nothing doin’. Disgruntled yet again, we left.

There’s still another sale which means there’s still hope. (There were quite a few yard sales that all started their ads with baby stuff, toys and clothes. Those weren’t on our list. We can do that in Sylacauga.) The next sale turned out to be in the basement. And overpriced. Belts $5.00 each. Lena observed that half burned candles were 50¢. And there was absolutely nothing of interest there. Well, I did see a pretty, yellow, home made dress from the 60s, but at $10, passed. However I did buy something there. My only two purchases for the day:

No, that’s not a giant rooster. He’s only 2″ tall.

Can you believe that? What a waste of time and gas. But the company was good. Lena and I haven’t been able to get out together in awhile.

Speaking of Lena, we got to meet a marble carver from Italy. Next post. Tomorrow? Maybe if I go ahead and write it, I’ll post it tomorrow. Yeah. That’s what I’ll do. Actually, I have several posts in me this week. I’ll have to do that for all of them.

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Shirt – Drunk Uncle or Cool Surfer Dude & More Fun Vintage

Weekend update:

It was nice to have Lena for company at the estate sales yesterday. Had a great time! I was kinda excited to find this man’s, Mr. Cabana shirt:

Mr. Cabana beach robe. Is it cool or does it look like somebody's drunk uncle?

Lena wasn’t impressed. She rolled her eyes, groaned and said it looked like somebody’s drunk uncle. Me? I immediately thought of The Beach Boys. Or Barbie’s Ken. The inside is white terry cloth. So what do you think? Cool or uncool?

I rarely find good vintage clothes. It’s usually old lady, 1980s stuff, but yesterday was a good one. Certainly not like those of you who live in Vintage Clothes Heaven, but unusually good for my area. I’m going to apologize right up front for the crummy pictures. They were hastily taken, not on a form, but a hanger and I think I’ve got my jitter control setting wrong on my camera. Some are blurry. But here they are:

1970s bias stripe jumpsuit.

With its jacket.

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1960s suede, beaded, fringe vest. Uh, how do you get sweat stains out of suede?? I bought it wrong side out and it didn’t even occur to me to check the underarms.

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This might be very talented home sewing, but it’s really pretty in person.

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Not sure the age of this skirt, but it’s wool plaid cut on the bias. 1980s maybe?

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Short 1980s coat.

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1980s blanket coat.

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1970s wool cape.

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1940s? Long coat. Looks like boucle to me. I hate that the picture is so fuzzy.

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Got stuff, too!

Don’t know where that school was.

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This little tote has a place for an umbrella. A long gone umbrella, but I just loved the design of it. Had to have it!

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2 straw purses, a red, kitchen clock, clothespin bag and a little make-up case.

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Owl glasses marked M. Petit and a drink mixer/stirrer thing.

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And a small Dansk covered pot.

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There were a few more things. A tin used car lot sign, a felt Christmas tree skirt, a candle in the shape of a poodle, books, umm…. can’t remember… oh, yeah. 2 mens ties, a 1940s velour beanie… anything else? Probably. It was great getting some fun stuff after the lean weeks. It comes and goes, ya know?

Oooo! I gotta run! I’ve only got an hour to get ready for our nieces 1st birthday party!

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Pics of last week’s thrifted vintage clothing finds

As promised. I’m amazing myself! I’m actually following up on yesterday’s blog. Ha! I CAN do it!

Erin’s Versace dress. It’s really Versus by Versace, but how cute is that?:

My 1970s Mr. Dino dress:

And a flashback to the 1980s. Did I mention these? I don’t know if anyone will ever buy them, but I’m just sticking my big toe in the vintage clothing waters and the price was right, so… why not, right? Don’t answer that.

What was with the baggy things at the hips back then??? It’s a straight skirted dress with Hammertime things at the hips. The way it hangs not on a body you can’t see the straight skirt.

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Power dress? Needs gold chains at the neck, doesn’t it?:

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Oh, can’t you just see the curly perm and bright lipstick? Ready to par-tay!:

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Deanna at Timeless Things tagged me for 8 Things. Hmmmm… let’s see.

8 things I’m looking forward to.

1. Getting my bladder tacked! I’m tired of wetting myself. (Nothing like starting with a doozey, is there?)

2. Getting the wedding behind us…er, I mean, Erin’s wedding!

3. This weekend’s sales.

4. My first million.

5. My second million.

6. My third million.

7. Heaven, but I can wait.

8. My fourth million.

8 things I did yesterday:

1. Put some stuff on eBay

2. Blogged

3. Put one thing on the web site

4. Twittered

5. Facebooked

6. Ate, oh yeah. I ate!

7. Met some fun new people

8 things I wish I could do:

1. Reach middle and upper shelves without a stool.

2. Live a life of luxury.

3. Travel a lot. (Is that the same as #2?)

4. Loose this weight

5. Keep a clean, neat house (Translated: afford a maid).

6. Regularly find things for a couple of bucks that would sell for thousands of dollars. (Hasn’t happened, yet.)

7. Have lots of time for family, friends and fun.

8. Be 30 years old again.

Shows I’m currently watching:

1. The Office

2. 30 Rock

3. I think I might be liking Parks and Recreation

4. Ghost Hunters & GH International

5. Mad Men

6. The Tudors, but I’m just now tuning in, so having to watch from the beginning

7. Breaking Bad (same as above)

8. True Blood (also same as above)

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And who’s on my Pandora station right now? Billie Holiday. From Billie to Led Zeppelin. What a range!