Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Estate Sale Fix and a Ramble.....

Had been a while since went to an estate sale, and since the heat and humidity is settling in for the Summer, I thought I better stock up on a few bits of bling to work with.
When weather  is extremely hot/humid or cold (especially with frozen stuff), that is usually when I make jewelry.
So checked the sales, and one had pics of lots of bling. Fell out of bed   
Got up early on a Saturday morning, fluffed and puffed a bit (never know when will run into some you know). Did not take time to make coffee - will get some on the run.
Arrived well before published opening time - yeah right! The place was already packed and many already leaving with their purchases. Went inside and immediately to the tables with jewelry - well dang!
This is what was in the ad !
Click on pic to enlarge.
The pile of purple and green in the middle pic appeared to be leftover from a Mardi Gras party , but looked liked there was some possibilities in the boxes, and on the tray in the bottom pic.
Unfortunately for me, apparently someone had inside connections prior to the sale date. Like I said, I arrived well before the open time, and very little was left - most of which was damaged beyond usable, or cheap/plastic from a big box store, etc.
Went thru what little was left and did find a few pieces that had promise.

Have not checked for marks yet, and the dark amber, glass  prism is very heavy, so don't know yet how well it will work in a piece of jewelry. The clear prism is heavy, but usable. The rest consists of a couple of buttons, a couple of clip on earrings, screw on earring (no mates), small pin.  The rest I don't know what they were originally as backs are missing.  Middle piece, bottom row is the only one missing a rhinestone, but pretty sure I can work around that.
There was also a couple of wood doll houses,  lots of miniature furniture, and mini furniture kits for sale.  However, I  already have a lot to work with. - not to mention I have not worked on my dolls houses and minis in a long time.
The estate sale itself, unfortunately was another example of a hoarder, and very ill kept home.
 I checked out the kitchen for any vintage glassware for daughter.  If there had been any, it was already sold.  I can not imagine a meal being prepared in the kitchen.
Heard numerous comments on the situation. One lady said "every time I come in a house like this, I want to go home and clean".  I laughed and said I was glad I was not the only that feels that way.

Did I get a bargain on the bits and pieces of vintage bling? No biggie, but it has gotten harder to find reasonable priced pieces at estate sales.  I seriously think those selling on ebay, etsy and repurposing have their connections/friends with the companies holding the sales. Have seen a big difference the last couple of years.

All just part of the hunt!!
Linking up with:  "Share Your Cup Thursday"

Stopped at a yard sale not far from the estate sale. Gorgeous - Repeat Gorgeous home ! Did not appear to have anything in the sale I was interested in,  but wish I had thought to bring camera along to take pics of the house and surrounding  neighborhood. But then may have been chased off by a security company.  I decided to explore a bit and drove around the area. I knew the area was known for its beautiful homes, but it had been while since I had been in the neighborhood.
Well...Driving around the area got me lost!!!  Saw a lady walking and asked her how to get back to a certain street, and turned out it was the next corner just ahead.
Would have kept going and found my way out on my own, but noticed my gas was getting "low, very low"

Quick stop at McD's for a sausage/egg biscuit and coffee. One bite - biscuit dry and coffee not made the way ordered.

Had thought to take grocery list along,  so stopped and took care of that chore. Check out at the grocery store will definitely send your bank account into shock.
Oh - rewrapped and put Mc biscuit in purse and took inside so would not spoil in hot car. Knew those huge purses came in handy for something!

Got home, cold/frozen stuff where it needs to go (including the sausage, egg biscuit), enjoyed lunch, cooled down - Then light bulb came on!!!        Dab of This and That - You did not fill up the gas tank, the mail is still in your purse that you should have taken to post office, not to mention you forgot to get the car washed.  Back out - bought gas, mail to post office - car  washed (?). NO --- Dang thing out of order again.

Oh! The next day, heated up  the sausage, egg, and slathered some butter and cherry preserves on the biscuit after zapping it in the microwave for 7 or 8 secs.. Made for a tasty, quick brunch.
Don't you love it when I add all those unnecessary Dabs of information ?!? What can I say - It is hot and humid outside, blogger's reading list has gone bonkers, so hard to find out who posted recently, and I am not in the mood to tackle anything on the "L" right now.

Another Dab of This and That Ramble...

ETA: Thank You Blogger!!!! Typed this ramble of a post yesterday, and when logged in to my account  this morning the "reader's list" had been repair. Doing the "Happy Dance"!

Car wash repaired, so finally got car washed today. One problem - the grounds crew just came thru with their turbo blowers and left a coat of dust on everything. Sigh!!!!! 


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think you did pretty good for having to dig through the leftovers. I'm looking forward to seeing the pretty creations you come up with. I've been to some sales where the smell is so bad I almost get sick, and I'm always happy I save the shower for after I get back home. Don't know how people live like that.

bj said...

I've not been to one garage sale or estate sale this whole year.
I;ve been to a few thrift stores, tho. :)

Our Hopeful Home said...

I've only hit one estate sale this season and I got a good deal on a globe, but otherwise I haven't gotten a thing. You're much more adventurous than I! I had the same blogger problem and it was very frustrating. When I reported it I saw that MANY people had the same problem, so we were in good company:) I'm also glad it's been fixed.
xo Kathleen

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I guess if the ad doesn't say no sales prior to start time then you've got to be early! I'm sure family and friends got the first pick. Glad you found a few things.

20 North Ora said...

Your days sound like mine! LOL I
quite frequently go out on a mission and return home without doing what I went out to do in the first place. Oh well, there's always tomorrow!


Julie said...

I love what you found! The estate sale prices can be a little steep sometimes. I have found quite a bit at garage sales. Of course, you have to go often to find the good stuff ;)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Oh I was going to tell you it was fixed but I see you discovered that!

You found some nice pieces anyway. I'm sure ebay, etsy etc has had a huge impact. I used to sell books on amazon and ebay and it's next to impossible now to find books to resell at thrift stores. All the book sellers come in with their scanners or phones and scan the ISBN # - it's very high tech now!

Terra said...

What a hectic day and then to have to go back out and buy gas, etc. It is easy to get side tracked. Glad you found a few blings.

must love junk said...

Oh, that's so disappointing when you expect to get some goods at a sale and they're already picked over when you get there! Same at my flea...some days are great, others not so much.
Sounds like you got all your errands done, though :)

Decor To Adore said...

What amazing treasures you found. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Have a beautiful 4th of July!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I have not been to an estate sale that was hoarder type yet. Not sure if the company sees to it that the place is clean, but I doubt it. Went to an indoor yard sale that was so filthy that I could not stay inside. Can't wait to see what you create with the pieces you got. I am finding that the prices at our estate sales are generally a little higher than what they use to be. Thanks for sharing with SYC.