Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Love a Good Church Parking Lot Sale

I went out early on Saturday morning with my well organized list of yard sales.  I didn't have a long list, but there were a few that looked promising.  My plan of action literally took an illegal U-turn when I noticed what was going on in a church parking lot just a few blocks from my house. How did I miss this one on Craigslist and the newspaper?

Church sales around here always have the best prices and these folks obviously didn't want to pack up anything at the end of the day.  Everything except the stereoscope/cards and hardware came from the church sale.

Don't the Shiny Brites look appetizing on the milk glass egg plate?

The milk glass cake plate, dishes, compote, floral frog, glass rolling pin (it's hiding under the cake plate) and clip on earrings all came home with me for less than the cost of a latte.  I also bought a old wooden suitcase, but completely forgot about it when I was taking these pictures.  

On to a few other sales....
Two porcelain black doorknobs and the chippy old hardware to match. 

I almost passed on this antique stereoscope with 22 Biblical Keystone cards.  The little slider thingy that holds the cards in place was missing, so the nice lady made me an offer I couldn't refuse. 

 I went back for one more round at the church sale before coming home.  I found a humongous roll of packing foam for $1; very useful, but not picture worthy.  Knowing that they were practically giving things away, this was worth a closer look.....

1963 Mattel in great condition.  So different from anything I usually bring home, but so much fun taking a trip down memory lane.  I had the Barbie and Ken case in red. 


The famous bathing suit and shoes.  Very cool glasses Barb!

Her messy closet was packed full.

 One of the ladies helping out at the sale, pointed to the table and informed me that Ken went along with the case.  I took one look at him and decided to leave him behind because he was missing a limb.  After I got home I noticed these in one of the drawers....

So sorry Ken.   Poor guy, his shoes aren't even the same size.

I'm linking up my vintage finds with:
ColoradoLady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday,
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday, and

43 comments:

kpaints said...

What an eclectic group of goodies! Nice job...been missing your regular posts. Slim pickin's up here so I have to live vicariously!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Lol, that is so funny about Ken! I love the Barbie case from the year I was born. I love looking at the clothes in the case and the case itself. Anything from 63 catches my eye! The clip on flowers are so pretty too. As for the milk glass, always beautiful especially with shiny bulbs on them!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Oh, my....wish I could have gone to that church sale with you. Great finds....loving the vintage ornaments and the old hardware. The ornaments really "pop" in the milk glass bowl!

d e l i g h t said...

You found a ton of great stuff! Poor Ken!

Cheryl said...

What great finds! Love the old ornaments on the milk glass.
Cute story on the Barbie case.
Have fun,
Cheryl

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

I adore the milk glass, and that Barbie case is awesome!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Kelly_Deal said...

You found some great things Betsy! I love the hardware!
Kelly

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Poor Ken but you scored with the Barbie case and clothes! Love the milk glass and the ornaments! Wow, I do love sales like that!

Loretta said...

Pretty finds! I like the vintage jewelry. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

great finds and Church sales ARE the very best. The ornaments were well worth the stop and you would do very well with all that Barbie stuff on Ebay....I'm just sayin'.
happy day!
jana

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Nice finds! I love the Barbie case and the fact that poor Ken lost a limb and probably has a matching pair of shoes somewhere else. :)

The Christmas ornaments are very nice!

Have a great day.
Pam

Into Vintage said...

I have to agree about church sales - at least the ones around here - and their incredible prices. And who hasn't made an illegal u-turn for a sale...? :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Please don't ever tell me how much you paid for the Barbie case! I would probably FAINT if I found one! I need to walk away now....heehee! ♥♥♥

Diana said...

I'm drooling all over your drawer hardware. I love it. The barbie case brought back so many memories.

Jeanne said...

Serioulsy fabulous. I am equally as jealous. Most excellent finds!
fab fab.

xo jeanne
bees kees bungalow

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You had a successful day of shopping. To bad about Ken.

Cat & Cricket said...

Love vintage christmas ornaments!! What a great find.. also am loving your vintage hardware!!!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Smiles~
C

Town and Country Gals said...

Betsy,
you got some great stuff, the xmas ornaments are fab! Also like the hardware, all white and shabby!
Poor, Poor Ken, now he will wander life as "one armed Ken"! BTW, I've awarded you with the Versatile Blogger award, check out my post, Wed, Oct 19 for instructions. I'd love for you to let me know when you do your post so I can read some new things about you!
Rebecca

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

I brake for church rummage sales too. They always have the best stuff! And you found some great things!

Bohemian said...

What great Scores you came away with! A bounty of eclectic Treasures.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Flora said...

What a find!! Love those Christmas Ornaments! I remember when...plus the Barbie case...I had a black one...what memory makers!

Faire Notions said...

Great finds!I didn't see a single thing I wouldn't have bought myself. Love the milk glass!
Lisa

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I love all your finds. It is great to find treasures at garage sales!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

What amazing goodies you found! The Barbie clothes are quite collectible. I just sold a couple of dresses in my etsy shop for $22 to someone in Japan. And they weren't even in very good condition. Your stash looks wonderful. And I love the vintage earrings! Lucky you! Thanks for sharing your happy finds. I sure wish I had my Barbie and Ken. Mine would've been about the same age.
Lynn :)

Nelly said...

Great finds and I cant believe that barbie set was still there later.Hope you can reunite Ken with his arm evebtually

A Cottage Muse said...

What great finds...love the ornament with the crown!

I sold my Barbie collection years ago and paid for my family to go to Walt Disney World!

Coloradolady said...

Fantastic finds!! I can not believe someone did not snatch that barbie case up!!! Love the ornaments and the milk glass. Church sales are the best! I love to find them and stop and see what treasures you can find! Happy VTT!

Redo 101 said...

Are you kidding me?!?! You're taking me with you next time you go yard saling - you know where to find some great things!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment about my childhood treasures. I'm now following your blog because I want to see what you find in your treasure hunt next week :)

Mary

Queenie said...

What fun finds! Soooo worth an illegal U-Turn lol! I can't tell you how many of road violations me and the hubby make while out yard saling...it probably wouldn't seem like a Saturday without one :) Love your shiny brites and the Barbie stuff...too cute that one of Ken's shoes are too small...what on earth will he do? :) Thanks for sharing this fun post...
Big hugs,
Queenie

LV said...

This is the time most churches have their sales. They are some of the best places to go.

michele said...

ha! i love a good sale like this.

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come visit anytime!

michele

Mrs. Mobunny said...

I had to drive by a church parking lot sale this past Saturday....we were on our way to get some furniture that was given to us and couldn't stop. I wish I could have gone.
I got some PRISMA colored pencils at one for a song. I LOVE those colored pencils and use them almost every day.
I also love hinges. Chippy paint is the best.

Laurel said...

Fun treasures...we like the same kinds of stuff. That chippy hardware is my fave :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Fabulous & Oh So Fun, Finds.... I Love the Milk glass & the Shiny Brite ~
Cheryl

pat said...

Poor Ken... that was so funny. I just love to find treasures and I really did find a treasure tonight with all of these "vintage" blogs. My life will never be the same!

Diane Writes said...

Great goodies Betsy! You are really the best. I would love to see how you will be to upcycle and repurpose them.

Ann said...

Looks like you hit the mother lode! I love the Christmas ornament with the crown on it. This is all near and dear to my heart: I collect flower frogs, milk glass and vintage jewelry. And, church sales are my absolute favorite. I find the best treasures there at prices that are much more reasonable than most private garage sales.

Laurel said...

Me again :) Funny thing, I've been trying to "follow" you but for some reason I can't??? Must be techinical difficulties? I'll try back again another time...chat soon, Laurel

Honey at 2805 said...

Church sales are often very good, especially for those vingtage things that an older lady may want to give away, not realizing that vintage is all the rage! Great finds, Betsy!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

Pamela said...

What awesome finds Betsy! I was loving the vintage ornaments but then I saw the Barbie case and clothes!! Love um! Thanx for coming to the party! Hope to see ya next week!:)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

You got some gorgeous things!!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

I love a church sale, too! I am almost always blessed when I attend them.

The milk glass items and the ornaments are great finds! But the Barbie stuff really sent me back to some very happy memories.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Ya gotta love a good sale! The fully-loaded Barbie case is just fabulous. I remember my first Barbie - received at Christmas, oh so long ago, in the 60s. One of my sisters got a Midge. Remember her? ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/