Some of my favorite memories of my mother, are the times we spent going to yard sales together on the weekends. She would plan our route carefully using the local paper’s list. We would get up early in the morning hours on Saturdays and head out bargain hunting, not returning home until we had hit every yard sale on her list, and the ones that we just sort of found along the way. What fun we would have!
My sister and I still love to go “yard saling”, and her daughters are no different. This past Saturday, we were off for the first trip of this year, and what a fantastic time we had! We found some really fantastic deals, went out to eat, and then went to our very first live dog show! We had a blast! But boy we sure were worn out when we got back home!
The bargains that I found were fantastic! The very first yard sale we went to had some vintage jewelry that the lady knew nothing about. She was asking $1 for each item. I found some Trifari earrings, Marvello earrings, and a fabulous made the U.S.A. brooch. Well, $1 a piece simply was not going to sit well on my conscience, so I gave her more than she asked, which she was grateful for, as well as helping her to identify some of her other pieces that she might want to get appraised. And I made a new friend! What a sweet person she was, and my husband has known her other half for years! Bonus!
We also went to a large estate sale, which are among my favorites to go to. Always lots to look at and rifle through. I just love the boxes of miscellaneous ‘stuff’ to go pillaging through, hunting for that perfect item that you didn’t even know you needed. I like to dig for the treasures of yesteryear that are in need of a little love, and a new home.
I found a fantastic set of carnival glass butterfly candy dishes, for quite a steal! I think the they may be quite the find because all of the others that I have managed to find have all of the outer blue ‘carnival’ coating washed away already while mine still have quite a bit remaining. I think they are just lovely, even with part of the coating washed away, what do you think?
We also went our favorite Salvation Army Store and Goodwill, where my nieces were able to find some great deals on some adorable summer clothing, and accessories, and my sister and I found some really cute craft items.
If you’ve ever been shopping at a Goodwill store, you know that they have colored tags and each week is a different color ‘special’, such as half price, or $.99 items with those colored tags. I happened to find an adorable set of hand painted Raggedy Ann and Andy figurines from the 1970’s that were priced at $4.99, which I felt was a pretty good deal as the pain job was really very good and they have very little wear. They are not porcelain, or hollow, they are quite solid, with golden yellow velvet on the bottom. When I got them to the register, they were tagged in the color of the week (green! my favorite color!), and I actually paid much less than that!
For these, I have been unable to find another set like them on Google Photos at all. Not one set of standing Ann and Andy like this out there? Surely not. The closest I was able to find was a set of matching wall plaques, and even they had no information on them other than that they are from the 70’s. I am going to forward these photos, along with a few more, to a few collectors and see what I’m able to find out about them. During my research, I learned about how Raggedy Ann and Andy were ‘born’, and it’s quite a lovely history. I’ll include a link.
I also found a few little personal things that I simply had to have, a lovely ceramic sea turtle tray, a tiny plastic turtle toy to put in front of my living red eared turtle (his name is Fred) tank, and a hardly worn pair of adorable sandals.
Read about the dogs show afterwards and see photos in tomorrow’s blog!
We had a fantastic time and all returned home late that afternoon worn out and tired, but with lots of great memories, bargains, and photos! (Not to mention all of the ‘strange’ dog hair and scents for our own animals to be jealous over! LOL)
Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled Day!
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