UGH. I know you have to lose a few, but I had my worst Estate Sale mistake tonight.
First off, I got a call last night, around 10pm from a lady who runs sales. She invited me to a sneak preview of a sale set to start Friday. So I went tonight and quickly found that the house didn't have much for me. It was an amazing house, however...
Anyway, in one room I found some kids' books, including lots of Little Golden Books. I am starting to study those, and remembered reading that if they didn't have the covers they were basically junk. So I look through and grab ones that seem older.
Besides the book, I didn't find much so I headed to the checkout. I overheard a lady checking out who had all the cool stuff in the house. She must have gotten there a few minutes before me and she liked funky town as much as me, great stuff in her box. I overheard her ask about the prices of Little Golden Books, and after that, I assumed she had picked hers out before me and found all the good ones.
So I offloaded the ones with the bad spines. And I carried four books and an old Imperial Pure Cane Sugar Cookbook to checkout. While she was packing to leave, I made the ill fated decision to put down one of the Golden Books with an iffy spine. She snapped it up.
Probably because she knew it was the Holy Grail of Little Golden Books, Little Black Sambo. Too bad I really needed to save that dollar it would have cost me, because they sell for between $50 and $125 on eBay.
No biggie..... AAAARRRRGGGHHH...
by the way, the winners I kept were worth about a buck each. Woo hoo.
These little Christmas Trinkets were being sold in small lunch bag sized bags.... all you could fit in a bag for $5! I bought one and a half and probably got 500 tiny Christmas trinkets....now, what do I make???................
Tavern Candles (by Gurley), Martha Stewart collects these!
I was thrilled to find this. $5! I listed it tonight and had a bid within 5 minutes. I sort of want to keep it, but David is convincing me to send it on its way... I will use this to finance my Par-Tay Girlfriend Trip later this month!
Word to the wise: The Cheese Stands Alone.
OK, I'm back on my game. For the last 48 hours I've been listing items like a fiend on eBay! All the old stuff, that I sort of loved, it's all on the way out. Yes, I value space in the closet over sentiment. Also, I'm just less lazy than I was for the last few months.
I'm also getting back into the saddle with Estate Sales. I went to two today. My expectations were low, since I was hitting them on day two instead of my usual practice of being one of the first in line. But with the kids home for Spring Break, I just couldn't break away for Friday sales.
Anyway, first house was owned by elderly cat fancier. There was cat stuff everywhere... Franklin Mint collectible sets in glass cases, amateur art cat paintings, Garfield stuffed animals, cat books, cat mugs, cat clothing. It was an almost empty sale, so the Estate Sale guy followed me around asking if I wanted anything. Nope.
Second sale, was in a fancy house, and was filled with art. Real art. Hockney, Pissaro, etchings, engravings, oils, all in the multi-thousand price range. But I found the goods.... the Gurley/Tavern Choir Boy candles and the Fisher Price Farmer in the Dell Music Box. I also found a magical third item... but I'll post those pictures next time!
Big Beautiful Bluebirds of Happiness Chenille Bedspread. Very cool, but no one in my house actually wants it on their bed, so it's off to eBay! I'm finally getting some stuff listed, so I'll post photos to this site as I snap them.