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:

  1. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

    xoxo

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

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

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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!

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

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

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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!

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

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

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

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  19. ohhh....those books are gorgeous Megxx

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

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  21. 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!

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

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  23. I'm jealous of your jackpot!

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

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  25. 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!

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  26. 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!

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

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

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

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

    xox

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

    Carol

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  32. 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

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  33. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  41. 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.

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

    -pamela :)

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

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  44. 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

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

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

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  47. 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!

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  48. 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

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

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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

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