So I recently moved to a bigger city and am still finding all the best yard sale routes. I’ve had a few weeks practice now and am getting pretty good at finding the best sales. This weekend was probably one of the last great yard sale weekends, as the mornings keep getting chillier and chillier. Still I had fantastic luck and like usual met quite a few friendly people.
This weekend was definitely the time for strange little ceramic creatures! The one in yellow intrigued me the most. It took a good bit of internet sleuthing to find out that it was mostly likely a little 50’s Japanese import of a pixie/devil and would have originally held a trident. I was more than a little confused at first, thinking it was a child in a cat costume with real hair on it’s butt and a hole in its hand.
This vintage Kodak camera isn’t going to be much use to me but it is absolutely beautiful and in the original box. I bought it with another, newer SLR camera for $5.
This “Souvenir of France” is likely from the first world war. It’s a little postcard with silk embroidered pocket holding a die cut bouquet and a photo of a soldier.
Set of 4 original Apollo 14 glasses
Vintage plastic napkin holder
Set of 49 vintage West Bend flatware
Set of 6 vintage Georges Briard tumblers
So this fall I picked up a new hobby and started running. I thought it would be a great excuse to get myself outside during the winter and make winter suck a little bit less. Also exercise is good and shame on me for waiting 25 years to start. I did Couch to 5k which I would certainly recommend to anyone wanting to get into running. It’s a program that starts out alternating between walking and running, increasing the amount of time spent running each session. In about 2 months I went from being unable to run for more than a minute or two to being able to run a 5k. I kept running all winter when the weather permitted and can now run pretty close to 10k.
When I got started I went thrift store shopping and bought every manner of cold weather athletic wear I could find. I soon realized that even when it’s freezing, I wouldn’t need the down jacket to keep me warm but put the sweats to good use.
Now that spring is getting close I’ve decided to do something I never thought I’d want to do. Later this March I’m running in a 5k. It’s a big step for me. The last time I ran with a group of people for the sake of competition was in high school when we had to run the mile once a semester. Back then I spent most days hiding in the bleachers trying to read during PE and barely cleared a 16 minute mile. I still run slow, but I enjoy it now. My average 5k speed is about 36 minutes. Since I hadn’t been able to run much last month due to weather, I’m setting a realistic 5k goal of running the entire time without stopping. I mailed off the application today and went thrift store shopping again, this time to find everything I’d need to run in the spring and summer. Not only did I find everything I wanted for running (armband, shorts, capris, tank top and massage ball), I lucked out and found they had new bike tubes for super cheap. I stocked up and bought several of the size my bike tires take. Bring it on warm weather!
I had wonderful luck at an estate auction over the weekend. They had several boxes of jewelry and luckily, almost no one else bid against me. Two other bidders won a few individual pieces but I stuck with my strategy of buying whatever is left when they offer it up as one lot. The 200 pieces of jewelry I bought will be cleaned, photographed and will soon serve as fodder for my Ebay store. I found a few pieces though that I absolutely loved and wanted to share. I’m a complete sucker for small functional pieces like lockets and pill cases. The first piece I bought was a set of cuff links, shaped like books that open to hold a picture of a sweetheart and a St. Christopher medal (the patron saint of travelers). I’ve never run across the book/locket/cuff link/religious medal combo before.
I also bought this little hinged sachet piece by Florenza. I feel like it was likely worn as a pendant and could have held some sort of fragrance
This cute little tiny pill case in the shape of a book has a hinged lid and was made in Mexico. It’s the one piece out of this lot I’m going to have a hard time parting with.
This last piece is not quite a locket and not quite a picture frame. When its folded up it measures just 1.5 x 1 x .5 inches. I’m not quite sure what you’d use it for but its just adorable.
I’m always in search for old costume jewelry when I’m out looking for things to sell. It’s easy to find, store, photograph and ship. Also (even though I don’t wear jewelry much), it’s all pretty cool and fun to look through. While I’m rather nearsighted I’ve found that I have better luck making out the tiny brands stamped on the pieces than most. I’ve been selling jewelry for a while and just from buying a researching small pieces, I’ve learned a lot more about it than I ever thought I’d know.
I generally buy anything I can second hand. Since I spend a lot of time searching for inventory, I get a chance to go to a lot of estate auctions, yard sales and thrift stores to find things I need for myself too.
This weekend I happened upon an estate auction where I found more than I expected (or thought would fit in my hatchback). I’d been wanting to trade my old bicycle for a while. The one I had was a bit too small and I wanted one a little bit more functional. I like running errands by bike and wanted something I could put a basket and saddle bags on. I found this great vintage Western Flyer bike for $30 that is just my size and even matches my style. It’s the first single speed, girl’s bike I’ve had in a long time. I cleaned it up a bit and put new tires on it and now it rides perfectly. I’ll probably be spending the next few weeks getting my legs in shape enough to ride a single speed bike for more than a few blocks before cursing myself.I also came home with a old school sweeper that I can use to sweep up under-the-couch crumbs without electricity, a hot dog maker I probably didn’t need and a set of Yaktrax, which I’ve been wanting for a while since they’re predicting a bad winter here. I paid $1 for each one of these.
I also bought a wonderful vintage coffee table that simply spoke to me. The top is solid brass and the legs are collapsible (fitted together with hinges that allow them to fold up flat). The juxtaposition of the mid century style wooden legs and the opulent decorated brass top was unexpected. It was so unique that I’d never seen anything like it. I did a little research and found out its a Hollywood Regency style piece from sometime around the 50’s. They were very popular in the middle of the century, and people would often hang the brass tops on the wall for decoration. I can see myself making a template of the legs and using them to design something similar when I start building furniture after our next move.