Cindy’s Secret Sale
Now, Cindy will tell you that she’s been “doing this stuff for YEARS,” but she was mainly an antique-shopper, rather than an estate sale junkie. Now she has crossed over to the dark side.
On Thursday last week, she mentioned to me that she had been out looking for treasures and found a sale that was not listed. SECRET SALE! SECRET SALE! (My mom probably didn’t know she was supposed to chant this when she found it, but now she knows for the future.) She said it was packed full of stuff, and it was all priced reasonably, and that she wanted to go back. I trust her judgement (usually), so we started out the day by meeting there.
My mom wasn’t kidding. There were so many old things inside this house. Right away, I saw some cool stuff.
I mean, I don’t know what any of that stuff on the table IS… it just looks cool and old.
I was glad to discover that my mom is quickly becoming a true DTT convert—she picked up this terrifying doll and commented on how much she liked it…
…which, if she had purchased it, would clearly could be featured on TTFYHO. By the way, is that Santa wearing some business casual clothing?
Speaking of TTFYHO, I really wanted this photograph and my mom insisted that it would freak Adam out:
I ended up buying it and he likes it! Also, those are two boys, not girls, and the one on the right was the woman running the sale’s dad in the 1920s or ’30s.
The wallpaper in the dining room reminded me of something Erin would be down with. It was gold with lion-like creatures.
All in all, a really good sale. I found some cool stuff to keep this time around, and then a few things to sell too. Here are some of the things I’ve already listed on eBay:
That’s a little hay-filled black bear with a rubber snout. Apparently, these were souvenirs bought at Yellowstone in the ’50s and ’60s. I bought him and his mom for $10 total. A little overpriced but we’ll see if someone snatches them up. He’s freakin’ adorable but his mom is a little scarier looking.
Also, they both have collars with leashes. I don’t know about you but it seems to me that taking a black bear on a walk is a bad idea.
I also bought this little snowbunny that someone bought for $13 already.
As far as keepers go, I got an old Towne Club bottle carrier, a bunch of minis, and lots and lots of cookie cutters that my mom pressured me into buying for my future children to use to make Christmas cookies. Now I know where I get it from…
The second and last sale of the day was a bit of a letdown, mainly because of how hyped up we were about it. We had really been looking forward to it because the pictures looked excellent. It was all the way in Taylor, which Erin and I have had mixed luck with in the past.
It was supposed to have a “HUGE” amount of antiques, and it was written that way in the listing, so maybe they weren’t just misusing quotation marks—maybe they were trying to tell us something. I did end up finding a few cool things, but for the most part, it was just filled with overpriced ceramic stuff (including these Medusa cats),
books you’d never want,
and old crafting supplies.
I did find some cool treasures to sell, though. First, some vintage and adorable Dream Pets:
A little pile of vintage pictures of this girl and her Boston Terrier, living inside a cool old trailer:
And a weird Dachsund statue that Adam said looks like a snake.
Even though my mom didn’t find anything that great at this sale and it was a letdown, I’m still glad we went. I ended up finding two more beagle statues and some pretty cool old (early 20th century) postcards. Here’s one thing I passed on, even though $6 is a steal: