Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yard Sale Jackpot

I had to spend my allotted garage sale time wisely last weekend.  I almost didn't go out at all until I spotted this ad on Craigslist:  "Lifelong collector is thinning the pile, vast collection of vintage collectibles, hundreds of items spanning several decades." Say no more!  As soon as I arrived, I started my little pile in a corner of her garage and kept a close eye on it.

My decision is final.  I'm keeping the milk glass pitcher and glasses for myself....
for now.

This little trinket box is lined with red velvet.

I love the tarnish patina on all of these pieces and won't even attempt to remove it.  There's still another box of silver platters and glass I never took pictures of.

The sweet monogrammed sugar and creamer are marked Brooklyn Silver Co. Quadruple Plate.

These came complete with salt and pepper.  Thanks, but no thanks. 

She has a repair at the bottom, but no chips or missing parts.

Miscellaneous fun stuff.  The glass jar feeder is already full of buttons.

I love these!
Student's Handy Shakespeare, 1881.  Eleven books of a twelve volume set.

The covers are tattered and torn, but all the pages are intact and in excellent condition.

"How much for the whole box?"  When I asked the sweet lady having the garage sale this question, she told me that there was nothing good inside; she told me twice just to make sure I understood.
Her definition of "good" was not the same as mine.  I didn't find any gold or diamonds, but that's not what I was looking for.  The box was full of rhinestones, glass beads, and all kinds of treasures just waiting to be repurposed.  I even uncovered a few pieces of sterling.

I was like a kid in a toy store.  She even gave me her phone number for when she gets the rest of her garage cleaned out.

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53 comments:

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

What a HAUL!!! I can just hear the excitement as you described your finds! That box of old jewelry will keep you busy for weeks!!! Congrats!!!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

I want that box of vintage jewelry!!!
My goodness - great finds!!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What wonderful finds! Love the box of Vintage Jewelry! Enjoy your day

Anne said...

Whoa great finds.I am loving silver lately.I am displaying it more and more in my house.
Anne

Connie Mercer said...

awesome, awesome finds Betsy!! what a deal girl!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

O-M-G Betsy, what a HAUL!!!!! I am a wee bit pea green with envy over that jewelry stash LOL

xoxo

Goldie said...

I think its funny that everything you brought home i would have too! That jewelry box is screaming brooch bouquet at me :)

Karen Bates said...

Whoa!!!! What a fabulous batch of goodies...so much silver...lucky you! And the bobbles...over the top!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

JACKPOT! Wow~love the milk glass and I have the same pitcher and glasses and I love them. I can't believe you scored so much at one sale. Way to go!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Oh wow, you hit the jackpot! I don't blame you for keeping the milk glass, I would too, so pretty. The big box of jewelry....amazing find!

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing the "thrill of the hunt" with us. You got so many pretty things...score!

marie said...

What an awesome pile of loot!! The milk glass is beautiful and that box of jewels....wow!

Susanne said...

Oh man, what treasures! I'll take some of that good junk anytime! Good thing we can't shop the same sales cause I'm sure I'd have to start a fight with you.
I got my giveaway up finally, check it out.
Susanne.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! What a haul! I can see real fast her definition of "not anything good" and mine and yours are entirely different. :-D
Yep - Think I would pass on the salt and pepper also. :D
Have a great weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I was admiring the books and trinket box...and loving all of your wonderful finds until I saw that box of jewelry! OH MY! That is the BEST box of treasures I've ever seen! I am drooling all over my Netbook! heehee! Way to go, girlfriend!

Chelsea said...

Sooooo? How much for the whole box? I am dying to know! I love all the brooches!

Donna said...

I am so jealous! My word!!! Too bad you plan to keep the milk glass because I would gladly buy it from you!

Maggie said...

Wow, you SCORED! That box of jewelry!! Love that you traded phone numbers with her :-)

Meg said...

ohhh....those books are gorgeous Megxx

Meg said...

Ohhhhhhh.....the books are gorgeous. Meg xx

Kathy said...

This post just took my breath away - what a score!! Especially that poke box of jewelry. I could just dive in there. Lucky, lucky you - yay!

JunqueMagnet said...

Oooh! Those are the BEST kind of sales. Too much fun. Enjoy the loot!

Cindy said...

I'm jealous of your jackpot!

cynthia lee designs said...

Great goodies that you found!! Love, love, love that box of jewelry!! What a lucky girl to get it.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

ouch! let me pick myself up off the floor after falling off my chair! wow! you scored BIG time! soo jealous!Love the box full of costume jewelry the most!

Into Vintage said...

My heart is racing just reading this post! What a thrill to come across a sale like this and as if all the milk glass wasn't reward enough, to find that box of bling ... lucky you!

Laurie said...

Drooling!!!

Deserae said...

Wow, you found soooo many wonderful treasures! Lucky girl :o)
~Des

Jeanne said...

Dear god. Holy Mackerel. Gee Whiz! The mother load.
Beyond fabulous. Jeannie is jealous!!
good for you!
xo jeanne.
bees knees bungalow.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Heaven in a garage! Oh my goodness, what a day you had. Good thing you checked Craigslist, too. Wow!!

Anne said...

Oh those BOOKS! What a find! love all your treasures.

xox

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, that's what keeps us out on the hunt!! to die for that jewelry!

Carol

Faire Notions said...

Hey I'll drive up from Simi Valley for this one but it looks like you already got all the good stuff. What a stash! Have fun with it. Lisa

Diane Writes said...

GOOD thing you didn't listen and believed easily to her nothing GOOD opinion :) Look at your haul, I'm sure you are bound again to a great art from the heart.

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

My mouth dropped when I saw the picture of the jewels! Love your find!

Mom of 12 said...

Looks like you won the jackpot! Have a fun crafty weekend.
Sandy

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

You sooooooo got the good stuff! I would have snatched that stuff up too. lol. And a call back! Are you kidding me! Score!

Loretta said...

I can just see the creative wheels turning in your mind...what a treasure trove! Great finds! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hugs

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow...what a great day you had!!
Loving all the silver with the perfect patina!

Maria Ireland said...

Wow wonderful finds. I love the creamer and sugar bowl.
Hugs Maria

Joy said...

Love the vintage books and milkglass. Have a great weekend!

Cap Creations said...

Yard sale jackpot indeed! I'll say! I love it all. Stopping by from the thrifty groove. You and your readers are welcome to join my thrifty love link party every friday.

Stampin D Amour said...

OMG Betsy!!! WHat a yard sale JACKPOT!!! These are the treasure hunting finds we only dream of...LOVE it all!!! xo

-pamela :)

Laurie Marshall said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Silver and milkglass, two of my favorites, and then the JEWELRY!!! I'd have to go lay down! :) Have fun!!

Vicki said...

OMG, what a pile of loot. All of it is just gorgeous. Love the jewelry and books. I am so glad you found each other. I know you will put her former treasures to good use

Stephanie said...

I'm ready to move to your neighborhood. The yard sales out there are so much better than around here.

Diann said...

OMG! I am drooling over your awesome haul! Beatuiful treasures!! Thank you for joining TTF this week. And have a great day!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

You made a great call! These lovely pieces looks like they should have been at an estate sale instead of just a garage sale. You found some great treasures. I agree, love the patina on the silver. So very pretty!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

What a great score ~ how lucky! You've got a good eye for sure. Thanks for visiting my blog. Can't wait to peruse through yours and see all your goodies.
Blessings & hugs,
Karen

Bohemian said...

Oh my you really hit the Motherlode here! Everything is fab... but those Books in particular really caught my eye!

Dawn... The Bohemian

~Betty said...

new follower! Such beautiful finds. No better therapy than a good treasure hunt. Excited to follow along.
http://betty-southerngrace.blogspot.com

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EllenaElizabeth said...

The early bird catches the worm....what a great haul! Love it all.