Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to the Epic Yard Sale

Since I actually cleaned out my car last weekend, I thought now would be a good time to post the rest of my finds at that epic mid-century modern/atomic yard sale.

I grabbed this pink album case for $2 right when I was about to leave. It was probably the thing I was most excited about, but my roommate didn't have any clue what it was. I don't have a ton of records, but at least now I can get them out of that old milk crate :)

This is the nifty melamine ashtray that I mentioned before. It probably isn't worth the $2 I paid for it, but I like the look of it.

I see these Trick of Treat blow molds all the time online, and I see them selling for $12+ plus shipping online. I paid $3, but when I was taking it out my car, I saw that someone sold it at a yard sale for 75 cents and my seller paid 59 cents for it at Goodwill. I don't care that he made some money on it, and since I have a ton of real black cats, this one is staying here.

Blue Heaven! I bought this for $3 before I found the other bowls and pieces the next day at his sale. I now have this cake plate, a bunch of berry bowls, and a bunch of coup bowls, and my roommate has the matching juice glasses. I hope I can find more!

Speaking of the roommate, this is his awesome bullet lamp that he got for $3. The funny thing is that he has so many lamps that I'm actually using one of his in my room and that was before he bought two at this sale. The seller warned him that it needs to be rewired so it's currently sitting in the garage on top of the MCM desk that I got for free at a sale last year. 

I don't necessarily collect ET stuff but I don't leave it behind either. It was the first movie I saw in the theater, and it created a special bond between me and my dad. He bought me the very expensive limited edition boxed set of the movie with the book and soundtrack a few years ago, and I bought a lot of stuff when they rereleased the film. I also have the card game that came out around the same time thanks to a gift from the ex.

If ET is me and my dad's thing, Holly Hobbie is me and my mom's thing. She bought me the Holly Hobbie doll cradle when I was a kid. I used the hell out of that thing, and I still have it. This game was only 50 cents, and the ET game was a buck.

I love this pattern! And unlike a lot of the pieces that I buy, I don't mind sticking these in the cabinet for every day use. They look a little like the pieces that Target sells in the summer, but these are Texas Ware melamine dishes probably from the 60s. I got four plates for 50 cents each.

I'm obsessed with the confetti ware look, but I can't really afford the prices found around here on the bowls. For $1, I'll settle for this ashtray.

I've been looking for one of these sets for so long that I grabbed this without really looking at it. Once I got home, I realized that it's probably missing something from the top and it looks like the salt and pepper shakers don't match. The salt is solid without any lettering like the pepper has. This set was only $3 though and the only other set I've seen was $15 plus tax.

This was probably my favorite find of the entire sale. It's a blow mold bank! It was sitting right next to the guy's table with a $1 price tag on it. I decided to throw it in my stash, and he told me to just take it. Here's the bottom:

It's marked A.J. Renzi Corp. out of Massachusetts. This site has some great information on the company and the blow molds they made. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for the black and orange cats and the My Little Pony blow molds!

This was one of the best yard sales I've been to in my entire life. He had so much more stuff that I've seriously thought about getting in touch with him to ask about picking his garage again :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Rummage Sales!

I probably shouldn't have used the exclamation point, because the rummage sales this weekend were far from exciting. The roommate now works third shift, so I figured he wouldn't be in the mood to hit a church sale with me yesterday. We'd never gone to that one, but they had tons of ads on Craigslist, so I thought it might be fun.

The parking lot was ridiculously full, but I have no clue what people were buying. The first room was full of new-ish Christmas stuff exactly like you'd see in dozens of thrift stores. When I made it to the main room, there was someone from the church standing in the middle of the room and auctioning off whatever he picked from the merchandise. I found a few unmarked things, but the people running the sale claimed they didn't know how to price it. Sigh, and I really liked that orange ashtray too!

I found exactly two things, and while on my way to get in line, the auctioneer guy started handing out boxes to people and randomly writing down a number. Then he would shout that these were professional pickers that were there to get all the good stuff so we better start buying. Yeah, sure.

I grabbed this little set because the larger soup style bowls on the bottom are the perfect size for snacks. When I flipped the bowls over, they were all marked Oneida. I never realized the company made anything but utensils! The little plates on top of the soup bowls have a completely different mark, and the two smallest bowls on top are Texas Ware. I know Texas Ware is melamine, but I don't know if the rest are melamine or plastic. I also found this: 


I was a huge Strawberry Shortcake fan back in the day. My mom still picks things up for me here and there, and she has a soft spot for the doll too because she still uses a vintage set of Strawberry Shortcake salt and pepper shakers in her house! One time, she even carried a kid's SS rocking chair all over this big ass flea market just to replace the one I had as a kid. It's marked 1980 on the bottom, but I think these actually came out around 83 or 84. Many of the American Greetings dates refer to the trademark on the characters and not the toys.

It even has space inside to store my dolls! Well, if I had any of the dolls LOL.

When I went to check out, one of the "cashiers" had me cracking up.

Cashier 1: What's that apple for?
Cashier 2: That's not an apple!
C1: It looks like an apple.
C2: Have you ever seen a pointed apple before?
Me: It's actually for the old Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
Blank stares from both.
C1: But you could use it for carrying berries, right?

Sure. Oddly enough, whoever priced this put it in the kitchen stuff, so maybe they all thought it was some kind of berry transporter. I paid 50 cents for this and $1 for the dishes. I totally need to track down some of the dolls now!

We then headed out to a "big sale" advertised in a former school that was turned into a business space. I have no clue where the stuff came from, but it was one of those sales where you walk in and walk right back out. They had everything from old hotel dressers for $100 to Avon bottles for $10. The two people working the sale sat on the opposite side of the room and kept yelling to make an offer on anything. No thanks.

We also managed to make it to a church "flea market." They call it a flea market, but they really just hold a big rummage sale. This morning was half off everything, so we got there as early as possible. I've found Pyrex for 25 cents there, and both my roommate and I bought these cool mid-century modern cabinets two years ago for $10 a piece. The church used them to store records and art supplies for their classes. I only picked up a few things though.

The roomie gave me one of those puzzling looks until I explained that they're the trays for the old Corning casserole dishes, of which I have many. One was priced 25 cents and one was priced 50 cents.

The little red fired on Fire King bowl was $2 and the blue flowered one was $1.

I was once a HUGE NASCAR fan. I've been to multiple races, met 10 to 15 different drivers, and even have a nice collection of autographed die cast cars and race used memorabilia. Even though I don't follow the sport as closely now, I still consider myself a Kyle Busch fan, so I have to love the M&M! The ex used to pick up M&Ms stuff for me all the time, but this is the first one I bought for myself.

This was another weird pricing thing. One was 25 cents and one was 50 cents. These aren't super old, but I have a Santa one that my grandfather gave me before he died in 84 or 85, so they're probably early to mid-80s. I can't seem to leave any behind.

Not old or cool, but I want to try my hand at making a wreath this year, and these were only 50 cents. There's something on the side that says these were made "exclusively for K-Mart," which is funny because we live five minutes away from the only K-Mart left in Dayton.

I really couldn't resist this little guy! The roommate had no clue what it was, so I explained to him that it's for making whipped cream. Turns out that it's actually an egg beater. It's marked Federal Housewares on the bottom, and I found another one priced online for $18. All in all, my total came to almost $8, they cut that down to $3 something, and I gave them $4 and had them keep the change.

Not only were the sales disappointing, but I was so looking forward to some homemade brownies. This church sale always, always, always has a huge bake sale every year. This year, they had some store bought donuts sitting out, and the lady working the sale told us that they were serving breakfast.

There were three sales going on on the same street, but all were a bust. One was run by a woman who had a bunch of clothes and books and was sitting in a tent in her yard. Every time someone came close to her house, she would hop out of the tent and run up to this comfy chair and take a seat. We didn't even bother walking up the driveway to another. As soon as we got close, we heard the sale guy screaming at his neighbor and his neighbor screaming back at him. Fighting in the middle of a sale probably isn't a good idea.

The last sale could have been good except for two things. One was that the woman had two dogs, one of which barked and snarled at strangers. She (for some reason) decided to leave the door open so both dogs could run in and out of the house whenever they wanted, which left the dog barking constantly. The other issue was that she set up last night, it rained, and she didn't bother covering anything. She was literally moving stuff into her garage while we were there and made a comment about how she left her sign out in case people wanted to shop while she was cleaning up and that she's made some great sales that way.

Since I didn't want to dig through the box of soaking wet vintage Christmas decorations, the vintage cookware covered in rain, or the musty boxes in her garage, we just took off. She did have a vintage hamper that I liked, but she wanted to sell the linens she stuffed inside with the hamper. She had everything priced per piece too, but all I wanted was the damn pink hamper! It was an okay day all in all, but nothing too exciting.

Monday, July 14, 2014

1950's Esquire Cookbook

Over the weekend, I had a family reunion in Monroe, Michigan, which is around three hours from where I live in Ohio. Since I was the one in charge this weekend and pushed for a noon start time, we got up at seven and got out of Dayton around eight-ish. Did I mention that I didn't get to sleep until after four the night before? Needless to say, it was an early morning.

A little after noon, only a few people showed up and an aunt needed some spoons for the dishes she bought. Myself, my dad, and the roommate took a short drive to the most random dollar store I've ever seen! They literally had party hats and streamers for "Biker Mice from Mars" and party accessories for the original "Powerpuff Girls" cartoon right next to lighters, the same random tchotchkes you might see in the Dollar Tree, clothing, "designer" perfumes, and god knows what else.

We also managed to make it to one thrift store, but I only spent around $10, which included a few 10 cent items from their outdoor sale. After spending most of the day outside, we finally managed to get out of Michigan around six or so, and after a stop by Lima's famous Kewpee Burger, we made it home. Since I still haven't had a chance to go through the rest of the yard sale finds, I thought I would post some of my favorite pictures.

Remember this book?

It's an Esquire cookbook that I picked up at that epic yard sale. Originally published in the 1930s, this is the (I believe) third reprint, which came out in the early 60s. Still too tired to even think about working or really doing anything last night, I kicked back with "Forgotten Planet" on Netflix and pulled out the book to give it a flip through. The illustrations in this book are so amazing! I want to make them all into decorations for my kitchen LOL

And for my absolute favorite! How cute would these look framed and hung on a wall??

Hope everyone had a great weekend and found some great things!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and found some great things!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and found some great things!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and found some great things!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Anyone Know Anything About This?

Does anyone out there know anything about this casserole dish? A few months ago, my roommate and I took a trip to Columbus and stopped by a few antique malls. The one was so expensive that we only spent a few minutes there before turning around the heading off. It was the kind of place where $100 might (might) get you a single piece of Pyrex, and if you want a metal sign, you're looking at spending a few thousand.

One of the other ones was a little more affordable, but I ended up spending $15 to buy a book on Heywood Wakefield and an ashtray, and he spent well under $10 for this. It wasn't until last weekend when we were unloading the Best Yard Sale Ever stuff that he found this and remembered buying it. It didn't click in my mind until he unwrapped it at the house that, "hey! That looks like a Georges Briard piece." Sure enough, it's marked right on the lid.

I have absolutely no experience with stuff like this. I can identify a Glasbake, Fire King or Pyrex dish from 20 feet away (and sometimes have!), but this is way outside my area of expertise. I'm hoping someone in the blog world can tell him if this was a good deal or not. I believe he paid around $8 for it?

My concern is that the cradle doesn't match the casserole. It looks similar to a small one I picked up from a rummage sale that goes with a Corningware dish. If anyone knows if it matches or goes with something else, let me know!