Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Vintage yard sale stash plus a WTH item
Well I mentioned the yard sale that consoled me from my auction loss. I almost didn't stop, as it did not look at all promising, plus it was about 4:00 so I imagined there wasn't much left. But stop I did. Everything was nicely arranged on a few tables and you would think her prices would be high, BUT the yard sale gods were kind and she was dirt cheap. She said she was cleaning out her cluttered house and had a lot of her late mom's stuff to dispose of. She had inherited a lot and was parting with the stuff that she was not attached to.
I cleaned her out of linens and took a huge chunk of her costume jewelry. I have never been into jewelry but these were grand.
I think these are all cocktail napkins, but maybe they are hankies. How does one tell the difference? I do know they are divine and appear unused! I did read that cocktail napkins often have roosters on em, as folks found it quite witty to have "cock" tail napkins. Am I the only immature one who smirks at that?
The rooster napkins are a set of 6 I think, I paid 50 cents.
The cherry napkins said set of six, but once I got them home realized there were 8, and also got em for 50 cents. They are so thin and delicate. The cross stitch napkin set was, yep you guessed it...50 cents. It's a very thin material, but stiffer.
The lacy one is a pillow cover. Isn't the color nifty?
I got a set of these three doilies too and a couple of embroidered ornaments and a few doilies that were 25 cents each.
I saw these two lil figurines at the center of the table and when I looked at em, she explained that they were pie funnels or pie birds. She explained that they provide ventilation whilst baking a pie. I used to bake a great deal and though I had never heard of them, I had to have em. These were made in England. I've now realized they were quite a steal at 50 cents each :)
Then I saw yet another silverplate tray to add to my collection :) Can you ever have enough of these? You can still see the price on this beauty. Cheaper than my local thrifts where they are asking between 4 and 10 generally.
Then I spotted my favorite of all thrifty stuff that day...the vintage though unfinished child's Christmas apron. It was the brightest happiest thing I'd seen all day. I needed some Christmas cheer. I don't care that it's February. I swear this would have made the yard sale rock even without all the other niftyness. Plus it too was 50 cents, see a pattern yet? :)
check out the tushy :)
Then I was on to the jewelry. She had her jewelry marked at 50 cents a set. 50 cents is such a fabulous price isn't it? Here are the ones I picked out :) Pretty aren't they? I assure you the picture does not do the pieces justice! The green stone ones on the bottom left are Trifari. There is also a Vendome set on the top row. I LOVE the sterling mongrammed ones. Can't make out the letters well, but who cares. I never saw a monogram I didn't love. These were almost all in perfect condition.
This set was just delicious in all her lavender glory. They are unmarked. I think they look like fireflies.
This brooch is the only one with damage, but she was beautiful and couldn't resist her. It's missing a couple rhinestones and the bottom piece is attached with a string. The back is marked Hollycraft copr 1957.
Wouldn't you agree that this was a fantastic little yard sale? Oh I picked up two unbuilt car models for Mr. Nifty too, they were a whopping $3 each but they were from the 50's and would look great in his collection. Those models meant I wouldn't get a lecture about bringing home more stuff. :) or as he calls it: junk.
I would have taken a picture of them, BUT they were quickly taken to the Mr. Nifty's lair, the garage.
Now on to my WTH mystery find at the yard sale. These were 50 cents each and I bought both. They are round as you can see and they sorta look like a sand dollar because of the little loops in the center. Those are loops not embroidery. They have very delicate ric rack edges, and they have what look like pockets or dividers that go all the way around. What could this possibly be used for? Any ideas??????? The yard sale lady said they were doilies, but I really doubt that. Why would they be so complex then? They seem utilitarian more than decorative. Input would be most appreciated as this is making me nuts not knowing. I have a habit of researching everything that comes home with me and this is my newest mystery. anyone care to tell me WTH it is?
Today, I have joined up with:
Vintage Thingies Thursdays with the very kind Suzanne aka Coloradolady.
And in the same vein I joined Leigh's party at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday.
There are fantastic things to see at both. I have included their buttons below and in my sidebar. I love seeing everyone's treasures. Please go and enjoy the finds at Vintage Thingies Thursdays.