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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Garage Sale Finds - Part 1 of Annual Sale

Hi Everyone,

So here it is...part 1 of my garage sale finds from the huge sale I went to at the end of April.

This year, we decided to arrive a lot earlier so that we had half a chance of finding some treasures.  Last year many people were already coming out with their purchases before we had even reached the entrance.  That's enough to send a person into a state of panic lol!!  The sale started at 8:00 a.m. so we arrived at 7:18 a.m. this year, we were already about 35th in line.  Oh no!!!  I could already feel my heart starting to race. 

When the doors finally opened, the adrenaline was pumping.  We walked into the arena in a calm and orderly fashion (Canadian style) haha.  My hubby and I decided to hit the furniture section first.  After our luck last year in finding our harvest table seen here.  I was hoping for more luck.  As we walked in I noticed aisle 1 was full, aisle 2 was full so I went for aisle 3, I wasn't going to waste any time.  My hubby later told me that one second he was behind me, the next second I was gone.  He saw me half way down an aisle walking at warp speed with my head scanning back and forth.  I had decided to do a power walk since I knew if I saw something I liked, it would jump out at me.   You had to be quick! 

 Once I reached the end of the aisle, I turned the corner to go to the next aisle (I think my hubby was just starting down the aisle).  I immediately found a small table, took a few more steps and then found a wonderful vintage wicker basket.  Now my hands were full and I was going to have to wait for my hubby to catch up.  Talk about stress!!  I needed to go and go quickly lol!!  The poor guy ended up getting left at the end of the aisle babysitting our finds, waiting for me to continue down another aisle.  I found a curio cabinet while he waited.  Unfortunately, our hands were full and we had to take everything to his truck.  We did this and headed back as soon as we could.

One of the things I was interested in finding was Ironstone.   The picture below shows my Ironstone finds for that day.  I had no idea I was going to be this lucky.  Four of the plates are from part 2 of this post.


The first thing I found was 2 Ironstone platters.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I managed to purchase this one for $6.00.  Based on the stamp, it appears it may have been made between 1890 and 1907.  This is a guess though.  If anyone has any information on this piece, I would love to have your comments.  This platter has a lot of crazing on it.  I don't know what it's value is, probably not a lot, but I love it for it's age and history.





This platter was also purchased for $6.00.



It's the stamp that's blurry, not the photo lol.



I was so excited about my Ironstone platter finds but awhile later I came across 4 Ironstone plates (3 are pictured below).  Now I was really excited.


I have been hoping for quite some time to find one of these vintage baskets, oh how I love this basket.  I think this is my favourite piece of the day.




As I was opening one of the boxes from the garage sale, I briefly walked away.  Upon my return, I found this...my helper.  The box was nearly empty so he sank right into the bottom of it but was laying on the box flap.


I will probably repaint this box and give it a shabby look, I bought it for the wood box itself.  Somebody did some beautiful work on it previously.



I purchased this for $2.00, my plan is to paint it and possibly use it in my sewing room.



This basket reminded me of one my mom had when I was growing up.


I love this vintage rack, I would assume it's for cooling baked treats.


These doilies will come in handy with my crafts.


This appears to be an old grate cover, I'm guessing.  I'm hoping to use it in some kind of a DIY project.  I love the vintage jar.  The rooster didn't work out as planned.  Once I arrived home and could see it in better lighting, I realized the other part of it was a duck.  I'll hang onto the rooster part for now and wait to see if an idea for a body pops into my head.  Maybe place it on a basket?  Any ideas?

The railway spike was purchased for $1.00.


I love this teacup, it is so bright and pretty.  I just couldn't resist.


Everything on this table (not including the flowers and jar) cost a total of $5.00.   There was also a separate wooden box with no lid which is under the basket.  I hope to paint it also.



As we were in the line up waiting for the sale to start, Sparky was walking around with a fireman so they could so some fundraising for the fire department.  I think they thought my hubby was crazy when he asked for a picture.  I made him do it as I was a little embarrassed lol.  Being the good hubby that he is, he obliged.  The fireman jokingly asked if my hubby wanted to be in the picture.  Needless to say, he passed.



This is how it looked before the doors had opened.  The line up went around the building and we had no idea where it ended.  We were so glad we arrived early.  I can't wait for next year!


So this is part 1.  We don't have any pictures of the furniture yet.  Part 2 will hopefully follow in the near future.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope everyone enjoys their week!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, we have nothing like that here, except for Auction sales. You certainly found some lovely things!

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  2. Some really super finds and great prices. Glad you arrived early and found some treasures.

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  3. I love that ironstone & all the rest. Baskets are also a favorite of mine. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you Mary. I have definitely fallen in love with Ironstone and can't wait to find more pieces. It's the thrill of the hunt. I felt so fortunate to find what I did at such a low price. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Killer finds. Our garage sale weekend kicks off next weekend around here. Can't wait.

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    1. Hi Valerie, thanks for visiting. Our "official" garage sale weekends starts next weekend too as it's a long weekend here. How exciting!!! I hope you find some amazing deals.

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  5. Wow!!!!!! You did hit the jackpot, what great treasures you found. Love Ironstone, so many wonderful pieces. Could not see your harvest table, would not let me, but I love them.Blessings Francine.

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  6. I get that anxious feeling too till I find some things, then I'm good. Love the old ironstone. The crazing only adds to the charm. Warm Blessings!~♥Amy

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  7. Oh I love that kind of sale. You found such good things. Love the ironstone especially, and the wooden piece you plan to paint is even dovetailed! Good picking. :)

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  8. Wow, that's the mother of garage sales! You scored some wonderful treasures and I like that the proceeds go to a great cause. Looking forward to seeing the furniture that you bought!

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  9. Omgosh! I need to go to a place like this! Score! ;)

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    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping in. I can't find an e-mail address for you anywhere so decided to respond this way. I love your blog and am looking forward to more updates.

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  10. Gosh Kelly, reading this made my heart race as well! I am so glad you got lots of pretties while you were there. Have fun transforming and decorating with them :)

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  11. You found some great things!! Hope you have great fun using them all!

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  12. Congrats on the great finds. I love the white ironstone,beautiful.. And that wooden shelf/box that you are putting in your sewing room..is just perfect.
    What a fun flea market.. I would love to be there early too.. What a sweet hubby to go and help you, and especially to ask the firemen for photos.ha

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  13. Wow that is some sale. You got some really nice things. I especially like the lidded basket.

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  14. So many great finds! Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

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  15. Great finds! That ironstone is my favorite. So beautiful!

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  16. Oh wow you did very good, great prices, I had to laugh when you mentioned you left your husband in the dust, you just have to get to the goods that is all there is to it :) That line was super long, glad you were able to get pretty close to the start of it all.

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  17. My goodness, I love finding pieces for my collections and best of all when they are at such great prices!

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  18. Oh my I can't wait for part two of this post. You found some wonderful pieces. White ironstone is a favorite of mine so I would have gone for it too. Sounds like the prices were good too. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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