Fresh Finds and Fall Booth Rearranging

Last weekend took me to a small estate sale and a few yard sales. I was first – #1 – numero uno – at the estate sale. For about 5 minutes. It was good while it lasted.

I knew I was going to get several of these things out and into booths quickly and had to do hurry up pictures. So…. please don’t judge me by these horrendous pics! Late afternoon light streaming in through the sheers. Horrible shadows. Ugh.

Yard Sale Junk

All but the Pyrex came from the estate sale. A “glitter plastic” ice bucket, cute change purse, Italian ashtray, blue, cardboard suitcase and an Anchor Hocking, Prescut dish I’ve never seen still with the label attached. The Pyrex was just down the road at a yard sale. Not priced. I don’t usually bother to ask when things aren’t priced. It’s just too awkward when it’s more than I want to pay. I’m kinda shy like that. But this time I did ask and the price was just fine.

The Pyrex and the ashtray will go on Etsy. The ice bucket and suitcase are in my booth at Angel’s. Haven’t decided on the other things yet.

Yard Sale Finds

The basket had leather (or leather like) strap hinges and is already sold. Sold the second day it was at Angel’s. Got the lamp because it was cheap. I really should leave lamps alone. The red bud vase looked like a good Christmas thing to me. The towel rack I had to take down from under the sink at the estate sale. It has really good, green paint and the paint on the fingers has worn away from wet rags hanging on them through the years. I do believe that was my favorite find of the weekend. It will probably be going on Etsy.


Chest of Drawers

This chest was at the estate sale, also. I don’t believe in painting something when the finish looks good. Y’all know our kids or grandkids are going to moan and groan that we painted everything in sight, don’t you? The chest is in my booth at the Pickle Patch in Sylacauga.

I also bought a mid mod desk that went straight to the storage unit. I plan to keep it and use it as a sewing table.


I did some fall rearranging at the Pickle Patch booth yesterday. Here are a couple of pictures:

Fall Banner

Gah! My eyes! The picture is so blurry!

Fall Booth Vignette


So there you have it. God awful pictures and all.

A Picker’s Heaven – I’m Out Shopping Again!

I recently went to a picker’s Heaven.

Picker's Heaven

Yes, I’ve finally sold down enough of my stuff-for-sale-accumulation (or put it out somewhere for sale) that I feel free to start shopping again. I’d stopped actively buying for over a year! Gasp! I was having the occasional bout with depression and I’m beginning to think it was withdrawals. It feels so good to be out on the hunt again.

This particular sale isn’t widely advertised and people have actually been shopping it for a year. I went once last year. See the pile of chairs in the back of the picture above? There are stacks of tables under them. Table tops separated from their legs so they stack better. Nobody has had the nerve or energy to unstack them yet. Maybe that’ll be me. Next time.

Picker's Heaven

The deceased loved to collect. He seems to have been a bit of a hoarder of good, fun, junk. There are prices on most everything, but it’s unclear if that was the price he paid or if he hoped to sell it all some day. At any rate, the family is so overwhelmed, we just make a pile and they give us a price. They’re not exactly giving it away, I’d like it to be cheaper, but it’s not over much, either.


Picker's Heaven

There are several buildings full. The building in the picture above was said to be unpicked. The family had cleaned out some more and put it in an empty building. It’s amazing that there is still this much stuff left. And way, way, way more than is in these three pictures. It’s makes a junker’s heart go pitter-pat. There might have even been someone hyperventilating in the corner. Okay. I made that up, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone new to the scene did.

God bless this man. I do love a good sale.

What did I buy? I haven’t got back into the swing of taking pictures of everything, but here are the things I did photograph for Etsy.

Items For Sale

All of these are, were, or will be in my Etsy shop, JustVintage2 . A yelloware bowl and lid, the ram’s head bookends sold almost as soon as they were listed, a copper samovar, a huge, Zanesville Stone Age Modern bowl, a mantle clock and a pipe box.

Magnolia Tray

The paper mache, magnolia, tray is one of a set of four. They are currently in my booth at Longleaf in Alexander City, Alabama. Stand at the desk, look slightly to your left and there it is. The second booth on the left. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes not. Right now, it’s a not. Right now, the booth is rather embarrassing. I reeeeeally need to work on that.

I did actually buy a lot more than pictured. A trunk full of table legs comes to mind, but I don’t remember everything else. There’s been another sale or two since then that have clouded my memory. More about them next time.

I’m excited to have something to blog about here again! Don’t want to fall down on the job like I did over this past year.

What’s in this week’s box?

Here are a few of the things that came out of storage this week. I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of everything, as some went straight to booths. And… I forgot to take pics at the booths. Of course. This is me we’re talking about here.

All these things have been added to my Etsy shop.

January 17 Items on Etsy

I don’t mind telling you it’s killing me to sell the trim and the lamp shades, but I’ve had them for years and still don’t have a plan for them, so it’s time to pass them along. I also had a hard time deciding to part with the big lot of seam binding and trim. Sigh. But I can’t keep everything.

Don’t skip the last hours of an estate sale!

My friend, Tiffany the Cranky Queen , and I have started conducting estate sales locally. And let me tell you, it’s Work! Hard Work. But that’s another story. (We’re Sentimental Suitcase Estate Sales.) What I want to share today is some of the things left at the most recent sale that nobody noticed or wanted — and should have, especially if they’re resellers. We price for dealers on the first day, so when it’s half price, they’re great bargains.

Silent Movie Wall Paper

A roll of silent movie wallpaper from the 1970′s

A bathroom was wallpapered in this. It was original to the house which was built in the early-mid 70′s. This roll was extra.


Record Caddy

1960s record caddy for 45′s


Vintage shelf paper

Vintage contact paper. The one front is double sided. Yellow flowers on one side, orange on the other.


1940's Purdue Pennant

1940′s Purdue Pennant

Okay. I understand why this was left. We’re in Alabama. You’re either for Alabama or Auburn. There are no other teams worthy of attention outside the SEC. But if you sell on the internet (ahem… like me…cough), then this is a pretty neat thing to have for sale.


Arensbak Troll - 1978

Arensbak Troll from 1978

Yep, he’s ugg-lie. But click here to see what they’re asking for them on eBay! No, it won’t pay next month’s rent, but any dollar earned is a good dollar earned. I’ll choose a price somewhere in the middle.


Jack's Hamburgers Vintage Poster

Jack’s Hamburgers Vintage Poster

I think this is my favorite. Jack’s Hamburgers is a fast food restaurant I believe exclusive to Alabama. At least I don’t know of any other states that have it. It’s been around since at least the 1960′s. Their ’60′s jingle was:

Jack’s hamburgers for 15 cents are so good… good… good. You’ll go back, back, back… to Jack’s, Jack’s, Jack’s… for more… more… more.

There were more things, vintage clothes and books mainly, but these things were easy to grab and take pictures of. So don’t always assume that an estate sale won’t have anything left at the end of the second day. If I were going to keep any of this, it would be the shelf paper, but I’ve got so dang much of that kind of thing. Which brings me to why I haven’t been posting this summer.

I haven’t been buying. The move out of the old shop was a real eye opener. I never dreamed I’d stored that much stuff in there. I need to work all that out, into booths and on Etsy before I go out shopping again. I’m thinking about starting a series called, “Let’s See What’s In This Week’s Box.”

I’m also having trouble multitasking. If I’m working on an estate sale, that’s pretty much what I’m doing. Ain’t no house cleaning or internet stuff going on. I’m doing good to be wearing clean clothes. But maybe I’ll manage to get into a groove with it all.


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The move out of the shop is done

No pictures today. Haven’t had time to take any! In case anyone has been following the few posts I’ve made recently I thought I’d give a quick update. (Ha! Quick? Me?)  The move out of the old shop is finished. We locked the doors for the last time at 5 minutes til midnight July 2. Two days after the goal.

There are approximately 30 storage tubs of booth worthy items. A 10×30 foot storage unit is packed with those, seasonal booth stuff and furniture waiting to be readied for the booths. I don’t have to shop for inventory for a long time. We… uh, hubby, Got bless him… hauled countless truckloads to the house for a yard sale. The amount of stuff grew and grew and grew. I had no idea. Where did it all come from? I pick and choose stuff to buy. How did I end up with so much crap?

A lot of things had been given to us and there were things from the remains of a few estates, but still. I was mortified at the amount of just plain ol’ junk. The past week was spent preparing for the Big A** Yard Sale. We started putting it out Thursday around noon, stopped about 9:00 that night, and still had stuff to put out Friday morning and again on Saturday. And I forgot the things I’d brought home from the booths that had worn out their welcome!

To give you an idea of how much stuff we had, there was maybe $100-150 of $20 items. The rest was under $5-10, with the majority, probably 80-90%, being 25¢. We pulled out just over $600 and still hauled 4 truck loads to the GW!!! Crazy, right?!

Let this be a lesson to you if you are or want to be a vintage/antique/junk dealer. Take care of things as you buy them. Don’t let them sit more than a week before they go to the place where they’ll be offered for sale. Get ‘em to that booth or on Etsy or eBay or wherever they’re going. They will breed and have babies.

And what do you think we did yesterday afternoon? Brought home the last of the stuff my late friend Lena’s family so kindly gave me. A truck and a 12′ trailer load. BUT… nothing came home with us that doesn’t have a place to go quickly! I went out to take pictures, but hubby had already unloaded most of it. He’s not as slow as I am.

On another note, I’ve decided to take a break from selling on Etsy. I’m too slow to list, which is the reason for all the storage tubs of booth stuff. I wanted it in my Etsy shop and at the same time have it housed at my booth in the local mall. The result was that I didn’t have enough in any of the booths and great stuff in storage. So at least until I get this all under control, no Etsy for me. (I stopped selling on eBay a couple of years ago.) Besides I had a harrowing experience during the move where I lost an item and the buyer was way less than pleased. If you go to my Etsy account and read the two negatives he left, you’ll get an inkling of the turmoil I was going through. But don’t even go look unless you’ve got about 10 minutes and the patience to read them. Sigh. It’s all blown over now, but my feelings are still deeply hurt.

That pretty much does it for the update. Now to recover from the move and the yard sale and get this house cleaned up! Find a new normal routine with blogging and readying things for the booths and homemaking. Sounds like much more fun that I was having. :-)


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A friend’s booth at the Pickle Patch

I took these pictures of my friend Teri’s booth at the Pickle Patch in Sylacauga a couple of weeks ago. She always has the neatest things, specializing in beautiful, creative painting.

Pickle Patch Market in Sylacaua, Alabama

Pickle Patch Market in Sylacaua, Alabama

The next time I went in, maybe as much as a week later, the booth was almost empty. It’s no surprise almost everything had sold! Way to go Teri!

These particular things may no longer be available, but they are typical of her work. If you’re in or visiting east central Alabama, try to make a stop by the Pickle Patch!


I will try from time to time to feature some of my favorite booths in the malls we’re in.

A pretty decent buying weekend

I’ve not been out buying much at all this year because… well… look at the previous post. I hardly need to. I’ve got to work out all the things causing the storage problem. Got to get it all in booths. And we are making progress! Deciding to bypass Etsy has made a huge difference. I can just slap a price on something and get it out of here. But there was a moving sale in my neighborhood last weekend that I knew I couldn’t miss. Prices turned out to be a bit more than I was willing to spend, but I still came home with some pretty good things. These are a few. I didn’t get pictures of everything. It was a case of didn’t get a lot, but what I got was good.

Then there was this little green tin.

I thought it was so cute! All blue-green and small and stuff. But when I got home, I discovered this written on the side in permanent marker:

Because these were inside:

So I’m estimating these letters and toolbox to be at least 35-40 years old. But the writing on the end will never do. I tried rubbing Goof Off on the writing and got the dark black off, but the writing remained, albeit faded. What did I do then? Something really stupid. Will I ever learn? I let the Goof Off sit. Whaaaaa!!!

Let my stupidity be a lesson to you all. Do NOT let Goof Off sit on paint. I know better! Another thing not to do with Goof Off? Don’t use it on brushed aluminum. It takes that brushed finish right off, too. Maybe the lesson here is to not use Goof Off. I used to always keep lighter fluid around for sticky residue, but have been out for ages. And yes, I know there are many other things to use. I’ve tried and used most of them. Hair spray might have worked on the permanent marker. It’s just that Goof Off was the only thing I had around that day and I was in a hurry. :-(

Changes they are a comin’

We get on a road, following a plan, a plan that has deviated and become twisted, then sometimes we have to stop what we’re doing and reevaluate. I tend to get off balance. Like an unbalanced washing machine. I’ve had way too many irons in the fire and too many things going undone and plans not coming to fruition. I’ve had my Etsy shop that I was struggling to keep up with, booths in 3, yes three, antique malls. We have 3 booths in one of those malls alone! And we were still paying rent on the old b&m shop. Using it for storage until we could get the time and energy to reopen. That was the plan. Keep up 5 booths in 3 different cities, wanting to have a large Etsy store, and run an antique shop at least a few days a week. I took pictures of the shop last month in preparation of The Big Clean Up to get ready to open in June. Here’s a partial shot of one of the rooms:


I hear what you’re thinking out there. Gasp! She’s a hoarder! False. 99% of that is for sale. That’s what they all say. Well, in this case it’s true. Most of this was waiting to be put on Etsy before going to the local booth. How did it get to be such a mess? Ricky thought he’d put his woodworking shop in my shop, so I was moved to one, small side room. Quickly. Things were stacked in the beginning but, like hoarders, they started being tossed in, shoved in, strewn around, left that way… But he didn’t move his woodworking shop in there. He rented a building next door. And the mess expanded:


Now, you’ve got to know that weighs on your mind. Or it does mine. I might not even see the mess for a week, but it’s in my unconscious mind. Nagging me. But we had plans and I needed to get down there and get to work. But I haven’t yet.

Then one day last week I started thinking. Yes, it hurt. Why do you ask? :-) I “was burdened” with the thought that it was time to let the shop go. We were never going to get around to cleaning it up and opening again. We were paying rent on something that was giving nothing in return and it’s not been open to the public in two years. As slow as I am it would take me the next 10 years to work all that stuff out. Yes, it was time. Ricky wasn’t home that morning, but when he came in, he made a bee-line to the room I was in and said, “I need to talk to you about something.” At first I was kinda scared the way he said that, all serious like, but when he said, “I think we need to let the shop go”, that burden was lifted! Keep in mind neither of us had mentioned this before. Both of us were proceeding with the plan to reopen. But when we were thinking the same thoughts, independently, all morning long and couldn’t get it off our minds… well, there’s no question that this is what we’re supposed to do.

There’s more to the story, more changes in the works, but I’m not ready to share all that. It’s still in the maybe this or maybe that stage. So to pay tribute to the little brick and mortar shop I had for a couple of years, here are some pictures (some that I could find quickly) of how it used to be:

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

(The same room as the picture above.)


Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk




Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Thanksgiving was not forgotten

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk


Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk