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
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
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
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.