Timmy is trying to force antique collecting onto my mom by redoing her office. If you can’t tell, she’s a pharmacist.
Erin and I apologize for the lack of updates lately. We both have lots going on in our everyday lives lately and haven’t had many chances to get out treasure hunting. So today, I’m going to share more of my treasures from the ephemera sale from a week or two ago. All new, great additions to my collection of photos of people with their pets. Mad props to Erin for finding the lil’ man with Lassie at the top.
You Almost Hit Us
I’ll just tell you now…I get into a fight at the end of this entry. So stay tuned for that.
To begin though, Sarah and I visited a sale on Friday that looked GREAT. It was the home of a former skin diver and overall adventure man. There was a ton of ephemera and photographs so of course our girl Sarah was practically drooling looking at the photos of the sale online.
We had to bring the baby meatball with us to the sale, and he was nestled happily in a Moby wrap, which I highly recommend to all moms. Little man is pretty much pissed off in all other carrier options.
I know what you are thinking…yes, I have the cutest baby. Yes, it is as though he fell from a heaven cloud and is now an angel living on Earth amongst all of us lesser creatures.
Anyway, the sale, like mentioned was pretty paper heavy.
The photos at the sale did not disappoint:
All of the photos were interesting and fun! I didn’t buy any because I am not exactly sure what to do with other people’s photos, but I know Sarah snatched some up.
The basement of the sale was straight up Bear Grylls’ house.
I ended up buying only one thing—a set of Gurley pilgrim candles. They were $2 each and totally worth it.
They were in great shape!
Ok, so after we left this sale, we visited another nearby. We got out of our car and were about to cross the street when a crazy man in an SUV came flying 40mph IN REVERSE towards us. If Sarah would have taken one more step forward, she would have been toast. I even reached out to pull her backwards.
I was furious. I was carrying Everett and all of us could have been hit. After flying past us and throwing his car in park, the man literally jumped out of his vehicle and started racing towards the front door of the sale. You would’ve thought this was McDonald’s in 1997 and they were giving away Teeny Beanie Babies. This guy was a maniac.
I WAS SO FURIOUS. I felt hot all over. So I marched up to him and said, “I REALLY HOPE THERE IS SOMETHING IN THERE FOR YOU WORTH ALMOST KILLING US OVER.” He said really snottily, “I saw you. I didn’t almost hit you.”
YEAH RIGHT BOZO. I continued yelling at him and called him a “crazy man.” I then told the people running the sale (we know them) not to give the guy any deals.
Should we have been killed though, we wouldn’t have missed much at the sale. Except for this:
In case you can’t tell, that is painted on the wall.
Update from Sarah: Man o man, Erin was sort of a crazy person at that second sale. But honestly, I couldn’t believe what a giant d*ck the guy was. He really was driving like a maniac (reminder—IN REVERSE at about, if we’re being honest, 30 mph in a residential area), and he did almost hit me.
So Erin is right—I was so pumped about this sale! I even considered going and getting there early/standing in line. But I was too lazy.
If you look at that picture of me sorting through stuff with the diving gear hanging from the ceiling, you’ll notice a person standing on the left side of the picture. This guy was the worst. As soon as I got into the basement, I saw a big box of more photographs and started sifting through them. This guy had already been down there and had his chance to look first. Instead, he proceeded to just stand super close to me and stare while I sorted through the pictures. Note to you readers: If you frequent estate sales or other places where there are small things to sort through, DON’T DO THIS TO OTHER SHOPPERS. It is so annoying. I never hesitate to say things to people so I looked at him and said, “AM I IN YOUR WAY?” He said, “No, I’m just looking while you look.” UGH.
Anyway, I found very cool things at this sale. I am going to save a lot of the pictures for another post but here’s one of my faves:
Something sexy is going down there. There are THREE sets of shoes, y’all!
I also found very cool greeting cards.
And I also found some cool vintage baby animal prints.
Oh wait there’s one more picture I want to show you guys. It’s an old shot of Erin on a Thanksgiving of yesteryear.
I found these cool old children’s picture discs.
Finally, here’s a great looking log cabin quilt that I purchased. When the lady was ringing me up, she did the worst thing a seller can ever do. She said, “Oh wow. You’re getting a great deal on that. I usually price those at $80.” It was priced $40. I said, “Cool. If it was $80, I wouldn’t be buying it.” SO ANNOYING!
Erin might have the cutest baby but I clearly have the cutest dog.
Fave Find: Bisque Wedding Cake Toppers
Wow, hard to believe I still have stuff to write about from my trip to South Carolina. But I do… one last entry. After we left the Summerville Antique Gallery, we headed over to this crazy hot dog place called Perfectly Franks that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This was enough to make me completely sold! The hot dogs at this place were crazy. Just look for yourself.
I don’t know why none of us ordered something super crazy. I just got a Chicago style dog. In retrospect, I should have tried something more adventurous. Still, it was a…
After our hot dogs, we headed over to an antique store next door. There were some cool things to look at.
There were four of these hippie hangers but I liked this guy the best.
I thought this cool print by Hatch Show Print might be valuable but it was priced correctly.
I also loved these little Frances invites, but when am I ever going to use something like that?
Action shot of my mom and Ann discussing something important.
Ok, so I’ll bet you’re wondering what the hell the awesome find was here, right? Well, I noticed these adorable bisque cake toppers on a shelf, but they were all priced separately even though it was clearly a set.
When I brought them up, I questioned the price but the guy didn’t seem willing to bargain, and the price of each was $15. I wasn’t willing to pay $45 for all of them, so I left because I figured I could find them online.
We started driving to our next destination and I started looking these guys up on eBay, and they actually seemed to sell for more than that on there, so I felt bummed that I had missed out on something I really liked at a good price. So I did what any brave person would do—I made my dad drive back there, and I sent my mom in with some cash to haggle for me. I told her I was willing to pay $30 for all three and she came out with them in her hands! Yeah mom!
In celebration, here is a picture of me and my mom sitting on a moon in the Moon Pie shop in downtown Charleston.
Moon Pies are disgusting, by the way. But that backdrop is dope!
For everyone else who was unable to understand the meaning of my original sentence because I misspelled a word, you’ll be happy to know I fixed it.
I’ve always stayed away from buying vinyl records because they seem notoriously worthless on the resale market. Most sell for only $1 each, and even if you have a more valuable one, the record grading scale is super subjective and finicky. On top of that, they’re also impractical to listen to nowadays, so you’re only selling to true collectors (who, like mentioned, are annoying and finicky).
Recently though, my interest in records has peaked. The first thing that changed my mind about these otherwise frisbees was friend Organtitus selling a Misfits record he bought in the 80s…FOR OVER $600.
AND IT WAS IN BAD CONDITION. Wow.
Then, Zach went to Dixieland Flea Market to shop for old watches and stumbled on this:
Both of these albums are super rare. The first is The 13th Floor Elevators debut album in Mono, which is apparently important to collectors. This record in mint condition sells for over $1,000. Zach’s copy had definitely seen better days, but for $20, it was worth buying for sure.
What’s funny is that Zach looked right over this record because he wasn’t expecting to see it. When looking at record collections, you expect to see the usual 3 Dog Night, Pat Benatar, and Wings albums. You don’t expect to see a super rare and valuable album…especially not at Dixieland.
The second album is the Silver Apples self-titled debut album. While not particularly valuable, it is MEGA rare. Again, this isn’t in great shape, but it was $2.
Zach ended up selling The 13th Floor Elevators album for $100, even though the jacket was taped and the album had scratches. Amazing.
And get this, the other day I was watching American Pickers and Mike Wolfe bought a copy of the Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” album with the rare "butcher cover." The album was pulled for its controversial cover, but supposedly 100 copies still float around in existence today.
Mike paid $500 for his copy because it was pretty beat up, but this record can be worth as much as $15,000.
So what is the most rare record? Or perhaps the most valuable? Well, in 1999, a copy of John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy” sold for over $400,000 at auction. The reason? It was autographed by Lennon just hours before his death. And who did he sign it for? None other than this eventual murderer, Mark David Chapman.
Ok, so one last record thing. Check out this super corny deleted scene from High Fidelity. It features most of the rarest records out there. It also features the corniest content of a movie scene possibly ever.
Wow, hard to believe that over a month after my trip out there, I still have tales to tell about South Carolina.
After our two previous treasure-seeking trips were pretty big busts, we decided to head out to another nearby town—Summerville—to see if there was anything good to find out there. Our first stop was the Summerville Antique Gallery.
Right away, I knew it would be at least good for window shopping. It was a huge building with lots of little booths throughout.
For the most part, prices were more reasonable than they had been at the place the previous day. Some were still pretty high. My dad was really interested in this Coca Cola stadium carrier. It had a strap that you’d wear around your neck—you know, to walk around baseball games and sell pop.
But I looked it up for him and it was priced a little higher than what they sell for on eBay. Whomp whomp.
I thought this was a pretty cute ways to display cards and other paper items! I loved those teeny clothespins.
Here’s some of the cards close up.
Does anyone know if these civil war bullets are legit? I thought they were but maybe I’m dumb.
This thing was so cool…but what would you do with it?
Ok, so I found a few cute things to purchase. First up is this adorable little girl sitting with her dog on a dresser. I don’t really know why I bought this or if I really need it (answer is no) but it was too cute to pass up.
I also found a collection of these little trinket boxes. I’m almost positive that they’re new, but I still thought this one was too cute to pass up.
Yep! When you open it up there’s a tiny little dog bone inside!
I also bought this small, beat up chalkware dog for my mini shelf.
Anyway, we knew it was time to leave when I spotted this piece of sheet music.
I actually immediately hopped on a plane and flew home to Michigan.
Hey estate sale companies…DO NOT CHARGE $15 ADMISSION TO YOUR SALE. SERIOUSLY, DO NOT DO THAT.
On Friday, Sarah had an important work meeting (apparently more important than treasure hunting), so I headed out alone. There was a sale in Oak Park that looked AMAZING. From the online photos, I could tell that the house was packed. Everything looked kind of “tribal,” which either meant that the sale was of an extensive world traveler or of someone who shopped at Pier One.
This guy above was $40. I should have bought him. He kind of looked like one of those apple face dolls we’ve unfortunately come across in the past, except he was way cute and not that gross.
How cool is that giant sun? Seriously, it was amazing. I have no room for it in my house, otherwise I would have bought it for sure.
Here’s that tiny dude from the Twin Peaks Black Lodge, except he is wearing his day clothes:
This sale was lots of fun because, as I mentioned, it was packed. It was also stressful though because there were so many people and very little space to move around. I was also on a mission to buy stuff to resell, so I was constantly trying to look stuff up on ebay on my phone. This was problematic because I kept stopping and kept ending up in the way. I knew there were valuable items here, I just needed to figure out the best ones to buy.
At one point in the sale, I said to one of the men working, “Wow, this person sure was a world traveler!” To that, the man replied that in fact the owner was not. He had simply bought all of these things at estate sales. This made me kind of sad at first, but then I realized that our own home gives off the same impression. We have items from all over the world, and barely travel. All of the things in our house make me so happy and make me feel cool and cultured, so who cares really if we don’t travel much!
What did make me sad though was the basement of this sale! It was like that Grey Gardens house we visited all over again!
Ok, so I bought 4 things at this sale. The best two purchases were framed Carol Jablonsky prints. These regularly sell on ebay for over $100. I paid $15 each. They already have bids and so far I have more than doubled my money. Very cool! These are so cute so I am glad I was able to list them for people who collect her art.
I got my dad this Tigers pennant for $1! I don’t know why so cheap but I was thrilled.
Ok so my last purchase was maybe a bad one. I bought this old wooden horse with some sort of inlayed shell or bone. It was only $20 and I liked enough that if it didn’t sell on ebay, I would keep it. The thing looks really collectible to me.
When I did some research though, I started to think that this is a tourist piece and similar objects like it are mass produced in India. Whomp whomp. If anyone has info, let me know. They sell for all sorts of amounts on ebay, from as low as $15 to as high as $300, so I have no clue what the deal is with this thing!