Monday, June 20, 2011

What Were They Thinking?

My local Goodwill has gone a little crazy lately. Their prices have gotten slighly out of control. They love to print out the page for vintage china or an Ebay listing for an unsold overpriced item and place it with their overpriced goods. Even with these issues I still love my Goodwill. There is always something to make me smile and some amazing deals if you know how to look.

BUT sometimes I have to scratch my head and ask "What were they thinking?" See Exhibit A, B, and C below.

EXHIBIT A: Awesome vintage pillows -- I have actually been looking for some of these. The price was $4.94 a piece but that isn't the criminal act.

EXHIBIT B: THIS SHOULD BE A CRIME -- not just 1 or 2 plastic tags through fragile vintage textiles but 5 -- What were they thinking?

 The first time wasn't bad enough so they repeated the crime with the second pillow as well.

And since I was already in there I took a picture of the storage shelves my dear hubby set up in my craft room for me. We thought they would hold so much but they are already full. The 2nd shelf holds all the vintage labware I mentioned in my previous post.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Estate Sale Heaven

First I would like to start off by apologising for my lack of updates and the loooong post you are about to see. I have purchased a lot of really cool stuff lately but I won't bore you with all of it. I will just show the hilights from this week.

I went to the best estate sale this Friday. I didn't have to open so I was able to hit it first thing in the morning. It advertised vintage and craft items. I am a total craft addict but I don't always do anything with the stuff. I have not photographed all of it but I did get lots of crafty things including: knitting needles for my mom (all vintage), vintage WISS & Gingher scissors, tons and tons of vintage wrapping paper.

Here's what I did take pictures of:

Early Americana Pyrex MINT in original box. Absolutely no wear whatsoever -- A little pricey at $25 but I've never had any MIB.

Pink Flamingo Pyrex - This set is mint almost unused. Do you think it came as a set together? -- $10

Spring Blossom - $3
Non Pyrex Items:
 This is my absolutely favorite find of the entire sale and I didn't even realize it until I got home. I found this tucked away in a drawer with some knitting needles. It is a handpainted surprise ball from the 1950s. It is made from crepe paper that would peel away to reveal small toys and trinkets. It was made by Charles Gregor of New Orleans. So cool!!! I listed it on EBAY already.

 Cool Johann Gunter hand carved mushroom candle.

 Various Christmas items. This is a small sample. There is also a life size Santa poster I need to give some love to.

 Madonna statue and planter for my mom.

 Pipe racks and pipes.

 Accordian style sewing basket -- again for my mom.

 Skotch Kooler 4 gallon. So cool and retro. Made of metal. I have a thermos addiction and this was in the shed with all of the thermos containers below.

I bought these great Stavangerflint by Kari Nyquist mugs earlier this week at the Salvation Army.
This metal Doctors office shelf (pictured without the 2 glass shelves) was purchased two weeks ago at a yard sale for a steal at $35. I have sanded it in preparation for painting but I can't decide on a color yet. I bought a whole tote full of vintage Pyrex and Kromax labware at the same sale for $5.