Sunday, October 18, 2015

Yesterday was a perfect fall day in Richmond VA. Blue sky, golden light, a few red leaves, and neon yard sale signs. Who could resist?

I truly would have stayed home in the morning and attended to housework, but I needed to visit a friend in the hospital, so off I went. And since the hospital route took me through some nearby old neighborhoods... well, you can guess the rest.

The first sale was a bust; new items mostly. I wished the young couple well and headed onward.

Then, another sale sign caught my eye so I turned down a promising street. Tables laden with old drawers full of tiny items caught my eye; this one was worth a stop.

I zoomed to a stop and then proceeded to stroll casually among the tables. My heart pounded when I saw two large  old plastic horses. One had General Lee on his back, and the other held Roy Rogers. This guy had good stuff.

As I was trying to look casual, someone spoke to me and I turned around to see... my Avon lady.

Turned out that the guy having the sale is her son.

We chatted and she introduced me to her son. Clearly, he is a dyed in the wool, old style collector, right down to his three day beard and a very ancient cap.

We talked about a local flea market ( a tip I filed away) and kindergarten. Interestingly, we attended the same one. He has sales several times a year, he told me, and I promised to keep an eye out for his signs.

Bond established, I got good deals on a baby head vase, a plastic jewelry box with KITTENS on top, old Halloween paper items, a hanky box, and some old Donald Duck Christmas cards, never used.

The baby head vase has a major jagged crack on the back, so she cost 25 cents. Doesn't matter, since she is for me.

Couldn't afford either Robert E. Lee or Roy Rogers, but I did get a free Avon book.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Happy Friday to all! Should be a good weekend for estate sales, yard sales, and general treasure hunting.

I have had fun shopping this week in the houses of two friends.

One is downsizing due to illness; a friend and I have helped her get ready for a sale of her many antiques. I'm happy to report that the sale was a grand success.

And some pretty things came to live at my house: celluloid jewelry, doilies, Flow Blue, and lots of vintage baby girl items.

It was great to help her and shop at the same time. I especially enjoyed rooting around in the attic! 

Another friend is divesting herself of 40 years of collectibles, stored in her attic.

I am no longer a fan of Hallmark ornaments from the 80's and resin Halloween figures, but I climbed the attic stairs, determined to find SOMETHING interesting.

I was rewarded with some great items to consign for my friend --- an old coat rack, shabby vintage cookie cutters, and a ton old Shiny Brite Christmas balls.

SO... a 2 attic week! I call that a rare opportunity. I had a ball and hopefully helped some friends out as well. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

No posts lately because sadly, I haven't been shopping. Unbelievable but true.

I tried very hard this morning because, after all, Hurricane Joaquin is heading for the East Coast, and that is  surely a reason to go hunt for vintage.

Hit one of my favorite thrift stores but no dice. No treasure today.  Especially sad, since today was 25%  off day.

In the absence of any new finds,  I'm posting a photo from one of my last great adventures, the Day of The Pink Cowboy Boots. I'll have to exist on  my memories.

Stay safe, everybody.