Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chipping Away

So there’s this pair of nice red French bowls, just the size we like for things like soup. Or ice cream. Plenty of room for the hot fudge sauce. And certainly the price was right.

Spiffy French bowls

When I got them home and peeled off the price tag…


it was covering up the chips. Can you believe someone would do that – for a quarter? Sheesh!

But not all chips are bad chips. We also met Chip and Belle.

Springer spaniels Chip & Belle

Yup, named for the Disney characters. Friday was a fun day and Judy and I both found good stuff, though the biggest stuff was hers.

How much can a convertible hold

We were rocking that Beverly Hillbillies look. Judy’s trellis and vaccuum and my vintage plant stand came from our first stop, and the rest of the morning we fielded comments about our need for a truck

A lot!or how Judy could hold that sofa they wanted to get rid of on her lap.

Happy hat

When we paused for a sandwich there was no way to put up the lid on the car so we parked where we could keep an eye on things from our table. But the place was chock full of sheriff’s deputies on some sort of outing so we felt pretty safe.

I found practical stuff

Batting Candle cubes

Sleep colorfully

and entertaining stuff

TonySweet sounds

and inspiration.

Cheap entertainment  Cool idea

Isn’t this clever? They made a cool midcentury bench from two coffee tables. Guess what’s on my look-for list now.

Picked up a couple of yard things – the aforementioned plant stand

Vintage wire plant stand

and something I’ve wanted for years but never before found on a driveway: a weathervane.Cat weathervaneThe irony is that at last I’ve found a weathervane…and I don’t think we can mount it on our metal roof. But he’ll look just find on a post in the yard.

Also picked up something that’s been on my list just a few weeks, since I rescued a warming stand from a free box that just needed the right dish to be complete.

Corning Ware

I’ve passed up a few that were too spendy, but this one was only a buck.

Corning Ware elevatedMy niece told me the other day to keep an eye out for a good food processor for her, so I was thrilled to spot this deal.

Great deal on a Cuisinart

Totally made her day, and she just emailed me to say she sold her old processor on Craiglist for the same $10 this Cuisinart cost. Score!

At the same sale I spotted a beat up old camera bag

Goodies inside  with what looks like some decent equipment inside

Vintage Pentax

that I’m hoping to resell. And since it came from the same sale as the chipped bowls, I hope I make a very large profit. The sellers seemed very happy to see it go, and I heard them talking about how they’d been going to throw that old stuff away. But a Pentax film camera is a workhorse and I know students like them.

In the photos of the loaded car you can’t see one of my favorite finds of the day – two happy African violets.

Happy violetOther happy violet

They were down on the floor getting a bit squished by all the other stuff, but came through just fine. Now we’ll see if I can keep them as happy.

Violets together

This kitty thought the day was too hot. Everyone at their sale had to step over or around her.   Hot kittySpeaking of cats, don’t you love this switchplate cover?

Singing on the switchplate

Reminded me of someone…

Noll Baxter, photo assistant Our last stop was at Judy’s friend Betsy’s house. There was a neighborhood sale going on. Her neighbor across the street had been by earlier with her seven-year-old granddaughter, who had looked at the purses Betsy had for sale. “Ohhhh, Grandma, look,” the child exclaimed…Purse heaven“I’m in purse heaven!”


  1. That sure is a big healthy cat on that sidewalk!

  2. That weather vane was made for you! Good idea to put it on a post!

  3. "I'm in purse heaven!" Ahh she's one of us.

    You make me smile, Cousin Sharon, writing about your treasure hunts.

  4. The bench from the MCM nightstands is a REALLY good idea. Maybe scan the article and post? or if it just the picture fair enough.

    1. I know, I love that thing! Magazine just had picture and description. I'm guessing they are bolted together underneath with a metal strap to keep them steady and sturdy. That's what I would do anyway!

  5. I've missed your posts! Good to see a picture of Zoey. Hope you are doing well.


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