Monday, July 26, 2010

Thrift Share Monday-July 26th

Two days in a row my kids and I found ourselves up at 6 o'clock in the morning. We've become accustomed to sleeping in with school being out, so the early hour was a rude awakening. We were up and out the door by 7 or so to set up our stuff at my friend's house for a community-wide garage sale. Thankfully, kids and I had loaded up the car the night before, so all we had to do on both days was set up. On the first day of the sale, there were a lot of early birds, even an hour before the sale. Early bird garage shoppers usually annoy me but I was in the mood to get rid of stuff, so it didn't bother me too much.
The first day was also our busiest day. We did about $60 on the first day which isn't a lot but I had a lot of low-priced items. The second day of the sale was much slower. There was an arts and crafts show and a neighboring town's festival going on.
We had a dresser with a matching mirror that we were trying to sell for $20. Last week, my husband had wanted to set it out on the curb but I wanted to try to get something out of it first. My husband showed up at the second day of the sale later in the morning and remarked that the dresser was still there. He jokingly said we should have just put it out on the curb. So I made an even larger sign than the one that was already hanging on the side of the dresser and put it on the front. A few people showed an interest in it but it either wasn't the right size or color. I was feeling a bit discouraged that my husband might be right (which I'd never hear the end of) when our last customer of the day purchased the dresser and mirror for $15! After the customer left, I did a happy dance in the driveway, chanting I told you so, I told you so. :) I had not been looking forward to bringing it back to my house. The second day of the sale we did a whole $25.
Even with all of the work of pricing, loading, unloading and re-loading everything, it was worth it. My friend has two kids about the same age as mine and they all hit it off. We enjoyed kicking back and relaxing in the sun and spending time together. The money raised will be going toward to back-to-school shopping.
As for thrifting, my friend and I walked to a couple of sales on her street. I found a necklace for my oldest kiddo for $1 to use for formal school dances and a pair of earrings and a 1928 brand necklace.

The best finds came from my friend's garage. She used to be a reseller and mentioned she had packing supplies that she wasn't going to use and were taking up a lot of space. I got two huge garbage bags, a large box and a large storage bin (she wanted me to keep the bin) of packing peanuts for free. She didn't want any money for them so I'll be taking her out to lunch sometime in the near future as a thank you.
I'll be shifting gears on my thrifting in the next month as I'll be on the lookout for school clothes and supplies and beginning my holiday shopping instead of shopping for inventory.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Thrift Share Monday-July 19th

At the beginning of last week, our hot water heater decided to go kaput and that led to a small chain-reaction of other things to go haywire throughout the remainder of the week. By Friday, everything seemed right again in the world and I ventured out after noon to some sales. At a rummage sale, I chatted amiably with some older gals who were putting on the sale. I ended up with a very large box of finds. I thought I could manage by myself with it to my car. Instead I managed to twist some lower back muscles in the process of lifting the box and someone came over and helped me load it into my car. I went to a couple of sales on my way home and found a lot of vintage goodies.

Here are a couple of personal finds I found.

The cover of this cookbook sold me. It was $1.00.
This set of plates aren't vintage but they are definitely retro-inspired. I'll be hanging them on a wall in my office. I'm tempted to use them in honor of the season premiere of Mad Men that starts soon. I'll be using the box they came in for office supply storage.

This is a quick post as I'm decluttering my house as much as I can this week in preparation for a multi-family garage sale coming this weekend. I'll post how the sale went and my finds next Monday.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Thrift Share Monday-July 12th

Well, I made it about two weeks into my thrifting break before my resolve cracked. Sigh.
I hit a thrift store last Thursday which was during one of the hottest days we've had so far this summer. The store was not air conditioned but had fans going which helped keep the temperature somewhat reasonable. I was thoroughly enjoying my time, shopping alone with no children, as I leisurely took my time flipping through the racks and enjoying the quiet in the uncrowded store. That came to a screeching halt when a family of four came through the front door of the thrift store, talking loudly and their children whining that they didn't want to be in the thrift store and could they please leave now. I was about to pop in my ear buds that were attached to my mp3 player when I realized I had left it at home.
As I continued along a circular clothes rack with my finger scooting the hangers along as I flip, the mom from the recently arrived family of four comes over, stands directly next to me on my right and cuts me off of the row of clothes I'm looking over. This is one of my major thrifting pet peeves.
I turn to the rack behind me. Pretty soon, the mom tires of the circular clothes rack and starts over to the rack I moved to. So I turn back to finish browsing through the circular rack, at which point the mom returns almost at my hip, holds up a shirt and asks my opinion of whether or not it is cute. I nod my head and move completely to the opposite side of the thrift store to get back into my zen of peaceful shopping. A few minutes pass and the dad of the family of four plus the two kids come by the section where I'm at. I have nowhere else to go to try to escape. The kids ask in 5-second intervals if they can have this or if they can have that while the dad sidesteps their constant questions. After a few minutes, they head back to the front of the store where the mom is. I cross my fingers and toes that they are finished shopping. Nope. The mom, followed by the two kids who are still asking for everything in sight, gravitates to the corner of the store where I'm browsing. In a desperate attempt to lose her, I start looking at anything that is broken and hideous and try to make facial expressions that look convincing that I'm absolutely enthralled with what I'm finding and putting in my basket. Perhaps I overly exaggerated my looks because she quickly moved away with her kids after that and the entire family leaves the store shortly thereafter.
As I put back the hideous items that I used as decoys and go through the final selections in my basket I intend to purchase, one of the store clerks comes over with a smile on her face. She's putting out jackets on a nearby rack and shows me them all saying, isn't this just too cute, this one is really cute and oh, this is so cute. By this point, I'm hot, irritable and all "cuted" out. I practically ran back to my car in the 95 degree heat in hopes no one else would talk to me. Normally, I'm don't let the hip-hugging folks or the chatterers bother me but it had a been a long, hot week and lack of sleep was making me much less patient than normal.
On Friday, I ventured out, much more rested than the day before, to two rummage sales, one yard sale and a thrift store. The first rummage sale was kind of a bust with higher prices and smaller selection from the year prior. The thrift store was where I found the majority of this week's finds. I went into a neighboring town for a church rummage sale that I'd meant to get up early for but I couldn't drag myself out of bed at 7:30. It was pretty picked over by the time I made it there a few hours later but I ended up finding some vintage 80s clothing and a cashmere sweater. On my way home, I came upon a yard sale and spent the last 50 cents in my purse.
On Saturday while running errands with my DH, he pulled off to a garage sale. I was a little flabbergasted as he goes out of his way to avoid any yard sales or thrift stores. The lady holding the sale had a wonderful turn-of-the-century solid wood chair and matching hide-a-bed with red cushions. I didn't have several hundred dollars with me nor anywhere to put it in my house but a girl can dream, right? My DH spotted a TV for sale that was exactly like the one he owned as a kid as well as the new in box portable CD player he owned as a teenager. We left empty-handed.

Here are this week's finds:

Oodles of ribbon.

Retro reproduction Oreo tin that will be used for office storage. Two 1917 issues of Woman's World magazine.

Vintage gift books.

Holly Hobby linen calendar and set of owl plaques.

Vintage children's books

Old cash box and vintage recipe books

Vintage 7-Up glass

Vintage McCall's sewing book, California pottery divided dish and an eel skin purse

Washington state coasters, vintage manicure/pedicure set and vintage cocktail napkins

Time Life Nature books from the 1960s

New in box light fixture. I'm unsure of the age on this one. Any ideas?

This find is actually from a few weeks ago. I'm trying to bring some bright colors into my office as I redecorate it. This clock was $2.00.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Etsy Vintage Market Team: Christmas in July Sale!

You are invited to attend the Etsy Vintage Market Team's Christmas in July Sale!

Dates: July 10th-July 17th

Place: Visit Etsy, go to the Vintage section and search vmteamxmas to see the wonderful selections available. This is a great way to get a head start on your shopping for dressing up yourself and your home! Be sure to check out the individual shops for specific sale details.

Pardon My Past will be offering 15% off sale items tagged vmteamxmas. I will be adding more Christmas-related items during the week. Check out my store's announcement page for more details.

Hope you have a great time!