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estate sale fever

hey y’all!

please excuse my recent prolonged absence from the blogging world. the texas heat has all but suffocated any creativity or enthusiasm that i had for blogging. and it’s almost done the same for junking. lordy me, but it’s hot out there.

partner in crime and fellow FAG bonnie and i bravely (and stupidly) hit the pavement at the crack of 9:30 saturday morning. there were a few estate sales that i wanted to visit before the heat melted me into a puddle of pink sweat.

the first one we hit was the remains of a three-day sale. sad, v. sad. you junkers know what i mean. however, IF you should find something you like, it’s usually priced to GO because it’s the end of the sale. in this case, i did find a couple of things … a vintage piece of luggage which was marked $3, but everything was 1/2 off, so i got it for $1.50. i can dig it. also got an electric pencil sharpener (it worked, i plugged it in at the sale) for the same price.

the second sale was somewhat difficult for me since i knew the deceased and her children. in fact, i grew up right next door to this house. it was good to see the children (okay, they’re not children any longer … they’re MY age) but it was also sad because their mother passed away recently.

and that brings us to my subject title. am i the only one who feels sort of … well … out of sorts at an estate sale? i mean, even when i don’t know the people, which i usually don’t, it has a sadness and morbidity to it … almost like we’re vultures coming in to pick over the remains of the deceased person’s stuff.

honestly, walking through a stranger’s house, looking at their personal things, in their bedrooms, in their bathrooms, closets, kitchens, etc. … it’s v. disconcerting. or at least that’s how i feel.

now, having said all that, does my uncomfortableness keep me from going to these estate sales?! hell no. because i’m a treasure hunter looking for a bargain … just like the rest of you. but i will say this: when i’m at an estate sale, i do try to maintain a somber and respectful demeanor (don’t be so shocked. my mama taught me how to act like a lady) just in case any family members are in the house. after all, somebody they loved has died.

usually.

case in point. hubby and i went to an estate sale in round rock recently and as i was perusing the living room, i noticed this sweet little old lady sitting on a recliner, under a blanket. she was yapping on her cell phone and having a discussion with her daughter, who was running the sale.

after negotiating a price on something (i can’t say what it is because it’s an upcoming birthday gift for one of the FAGs) i was told that mama was moving in with daughter … and so they were selling off her stuff. yikes! can you imagine just having to sit there, while strangers roamed through your house, buying your junk?!

bonnie and i hit our third (and final) estate sale of the day at the veranda (an upscale retirement community comprised of duplex-type housing). we were greeted by a genteel lady who announced that “everything is half off” as soon as we walked in the door. she further explained, “except anything that has a red mark on the tag. if it has a red mark, then it’s priced as marked. NOT half off. or if it’s on that table (she pointed to said table), then it’s not half off.”

sheesh. don’tcha just love it when they have to EXPLAIN their pricing rules to you?!?! reminds me of steve martin in “the jerk” when he was a carny and had to tell the dupes (carnival goers) that they could win ANY prize in this case. but being honest to a fault, he added, “anything between here and here” (carefully pointing to one little section of a shelf, filled with sorry-ass prizes).

BUT. i digress. i did find an adorable pink vintage apron (like i needed another one!!). it was marked 25 cents. but behold! it was half off! can you say 12.5 cents?! also got a sweet pink rose tin with note cards for a few pennies and a roll of tulle (whoop!), a pfalsgraff bowl and sundry other trinkets. my total there: $2

after we left, bonnie said there was an old lady on the sofa who was crying. i am sooooo frickin’ glad i didn’t see her. would’ve felt horrible about buying her apron for 12 cents. sigh.

next time i junk, it’ll be in the fall … or somewhere up north where it’s slightly cooler and less humid than central texas. it’s been over 100 degrees for a week now. i’m taking craigslist off my favorites list and will NOT look at the classifieds until october. seriously, i mean it.

i just hope nobody dies until then. okay, that was a joke. haha

enjoy the pics. they’re estate sale goodies and some project re-dos i’ve been working on. inside.

love and hugs,
terry lee

the estate sale treasure collection

the estate sale treasure collection

vintage luggage piece for $1.50. are we seeing pink yet?!

vintage luggage piece for $1.50. are we seeing pink yet?!

goodies in a bowl ... love that old ice cream scooper!!

goodies in a bowl ... love that old ice cream scooper!!

precious, precious sweet bowl, one of my faves this weekend

precious, precious sweet bowl, one of my faves this weekend

a great old aluminum cake lid

a great old aluminum cake lid

crusty old bird bath, with sweet pink-highlighted bird!

crusty old bird bath, with a sweet chippy-pink painted bird!

duck!! this treasure (who's v. heavy) was in the yard next door to where i grew up. he'll now live in my garden and quietly remind me of childhood days gone by ...

this treasure (he's v. heavy) was in the yard next door to where i grew up. he's gonna live in my garden now and quietly quack about my childhood days gone by ...

trash-picked mirror. v. heavy! found it tossed to the curb on a busy street nearby. whaa?!?! hauled it home (with the help of the FAGs). gotta love FREE.

trash-picked mirror. v. heavy! found it tossed to the curb on a busy street nearby. whaa?!?! hauled it home (with the help of the FAGs). gotta love FREE.

the mirror, after. hanging in my living room. painted it country white and glued sweet green/rose fabric to the frame.

the mirror, after. hanging in my living room. painted it country white and glued sweet green/rose fabric to the frame.

close up of yummy fabric

close up of yummy fabric

here's the church bench i mentioned in an earlier blog. found a great place for it too. in my b'fast nook! covered the cushion with an old pink chenille spread, added some sweet pillows. makes a wonderful sitting or reading area (or you may pray if you wish)

here's the church bench i mentioned in an earlier blog. found a great place for it too. in my b'fast nook! covered the cushion with an old pink chenille spread, added some sweet pillows. makes a wonderful sitting or reading area (or you may pray if you wish ... haha) oh, and this bench was free, compliments of FBC killeen, of which my children are members. they gave away the old church pews when they moved into their bigger and better building recently. praise the lord.

this was the only pic i could find of my china cabinet before the redo. anyway, it was a pretty oak ... just not shabby like i wanted.

this was the only pic i could find of my china cabinet before the redo. anyway, it was a pretty oak ... just not shabby like i wanted.

yanked off the window doors and the middle post, painted it pink and added cuphooks ... rather sweet, eh?

yanked off the window doors and the middle post, painted it pink and added cuphooks ... rather sweet, eh?

close up of my mama's virginia rose plates and cups

close up of my mama's virginia rose plates and cups in my cabinet

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paris roses

hey y’all!

wish i could stay on top of my junking trips and keep them all blogged up for you. seems i’m always running behind. almost wednesday and i’m just now getting to last weekend’s adventure.

the FAGs set off early saturday morning (8:30, that’s early for us). had a semi-agenda of which sales we’d hit and jannetta brought along her trusty GPS (that annoying, bossy, know-it-all woman who tells me where to go (!!) … “turn left then turn left then turn left.” geeeezzz!!)

but she (we call her the “GPS bitch” … or “miss thang” if we’re feeling charitable) did help us out a time or two. other times, she had us going in circles … over and over again. sheesh. you’d think three grown women would know better. “recalculating” she kept saying.

recalculate THIS, miss thang. arghhh.

anyhow, first stop (after the circling) was a little rummage sale put on by the east trimmier community center. normally, i don’t name names. however, i feel it is my duty to do so this time, in the manner of “yardsale bloodbath” (this blog is a HOOT. you should click over there … AFTER you read mine.)

it was a smallish affair, some furniture on the outside, a bbq grill smoking away with brisket (YUMMY) and a sweet old dog running around the grounds. inside there were several tables covered in your assorted yard sale crap. nothing spectacular. two or three women were roaming around, apparently running the show.

i quickly sorted out that i wouldn’t be buying anything, but since jannetta and bonnie were still looking, i tried to amuse myself with the junk. as it happens, jannetta found a little geegaw that she wanted; a wooden piece that she’d use in her laundry room. how much? 75 cents. sold! jannetta paid the lady and we took our leave.

we were seriously considering buying some of that yummy-smelling brisket, but as we were walking down the front steps to leave, one of the women inside came running after us.

“excuse me! did you PAY for that item?!” she yelled at jannetta.

oh. my. gawd. she did NOT just ask that question.

jannetta replied, “yes i did. i’m not a thief!”

by the time i processed the situation (my brain is often foggy and cob-webbed), it was over. but i turned around and said, “how insulting!”

geez. great comeback. of course, after the fact we thought of all manner of things we could have said. or done. but you know what they say about hindsight. 20/20 blahblahblah something.

so we didn’t get any brisket. but we did get an apology from a DIFFERENT lady. she was working the sale and told us she was sorry for how we were treated. she had overheard it all. it helped, but our feathers were pretty much ruffled by then. being accused of stealing (ANYthing, much less something at a yard sale for 75 cents) really is … well … insulting.

they obviously did not realize with whom they were dealing: the FAGs. yard sale aficionados, veterans of the junk wars. we have seen it all, bought it all, sold it all, lived it all. we have no desire or need to steal a 75 cent laundry sign.

having said that, i am happy to have shared our experience at the EAST TRIMMIER COMMUNITY CENTER in KILLEEN, TEXAS with all my blogland buddies.

don’t. mess. with. the. FAGs.

okay, on a positive note, as we were leaving said sale, we saw the funniest sight. my bad, my very bad for not having my camera in tow. just across the little country highway (a very small two-lane job) there were four cows, all lined up in a row, as if they were watching the sale. but they were smelling and watching the bbq grill, smoking away with the delicious smell of … their brother? cousin? friend?! yikes! it was sooo funny. a priceless picture. and i missed it. damn camera-less FAG that i am.

we made the yard sale rounds that morning … from east trimmier to belton lake to belton proper. met a few v. nice folks and found even more treasures/bargains. oddly enough, i didn’t buy all that much. usually my junk takes up most of the space in my trunk. this time bonnie and jannetta found more than i did.

whatever. it’s not the junk that counts. it’s the fun and fellowship of friends.

and getting even.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

the yard sale pics are scarce so i added some random things around my house … enjoy!

sum total of my yard sale loot. $2.80

some of my yard sale loot. a giant quilted tote, a chenille sham, a retro turquoise compact, and a lovely white laced runner. $2.80

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

my foyer (entrance area) display

my foyer (entrance area) display

close up of one of the displays

close up of one of the displays

sweet cup with roses

sweet cup with roses

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

lovely hand with pearls

lovely hand with pearls

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chickie

hey y’all!

okay, so it’s taken me a while to get around to posting my recent treasure finds. but here we are.

it’s friday night and let me start with this: SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!!! (okay, you have to imagine me playing an air guitar and screaming, ala alice cooper).

i know, i know. i’m not school nursing right now and my son matt is home-schooled … BUT, my hubby is still serving time in the public schools, and he is VERY happy to see this particular year END. WOOHOO!! i know it was a tough year, babe … but you made it! congrats on the taks scores, in spite of all the challenges! you’re the BEST 4th grade teacher ever!

alright, alright. enough hubby praises. on with the show. instead of blathering on and on, i’ll let my pics do the talking (i just want you to know how painful that is for me. not talking.).

but before we get to the pics …

last weekend i went solo to a few sales in the ‘hood. some a bust, some a blast. this weekend started TODAY with a couple of yard sales in belton … one of which was sue’s friend cindy’s. got some cute things there (thanks for the sweet deals cindy!), pics are below.

and one final note. i recently redid an old cedar chest. well, not sure how old it is, probably about 25 years, which really isn’t that old as far as the vintage world is concerned. but old enough. it was dark, very dark. and the seat was upholstered in colors and a pattern that didn’t suit me.

it sat on my patio for a couple of months before i finally started the project (THIS is why i could never have a booth … i can’t produce fast enough). and then it took me several days to complete the re-make. but i must admit, it looks pretty good. am v. pleased with the results. pics below.

okay, now i’m truly done talking. for now. hope y’all find just what you’re looking for this weekend.

love and hugs,
terry lee

sweet, sweet yellow and rose fabric ... TONS of it from the GW bins

sweet, sweet yellow and rose fabric ... TONS of it from the GW bins

THE simply shabby chic. yummy curtains from last weekend's yard saling

THE simply shabby chic. yummy curtains from last weekend's yard saling

close up ... love those roses!!

close up ... love those roses!!

sweet little valance from the same sale

sweet little valance from the same sale

i think all of these lovelies are from the same sale (note the precious miniature lamp on the tin ... it has roses on it)

i think all of these lovelies are from the same sale (note the precious miniature lamp on the tin ... it has roses on it)

these guys are adorable! bunnies made from chenille. in great condition too

these guys are adorable! bunnies made from chenille. in great condition too

ohmygawd sweet chickies, on a linen and a little planter or votive holder (??). VERY precious! from cindy's

ohmygawd sweet chickies, one on a linen and one a little planter or votive holder (??). VERY precious! from cindy's

another thingy from cindy. what it is, i am not sure. but it's pink and crusty and rusty and i think she said i could put a cup and saucer on it and hang it.

another thingy from cindy. what it is, i am not sure. but it's pink and crusty and rusty and i think she said i could put a cup and saucer on it and hang it.

collection of little saucers and a sweet cup from cindy's sale

collection of little saucers and a sweet cup from cindy's sale

HUGE (the pic does NOT do the size justice) terra cotta pot from cindy's sale. yes, cindy ... i crammed my hanging fern into it for the pic

HUGE (the pic does NOT do the size justice) terra cotta pot from cindy's sale. yes, cindy ... i crammed my fern into it for the pic

okay, these lovelies are from the other yard sale in belton ... sugar bowl and creamer with rooooossseeessss!!!!

okay, these lovelies are from the other yard sale in belton ... sugar bowl and creamer with rooooossseeessss!!!!

also from that sale, two little cups and saucers. v. dainty and feminine

also from that sale, two little cups and saucers. v. dainty and feminine

a group picture. note the plate also in back. sweet. got the lot and a candle to boot (see next pic) for $5.

a group picture. note the plate also in back. sweet. got the lot and a candle to boot (see next pic) for $5.

and finally, from the same sale, a (damn) yankee candle ... sweet honeysuckle. smells SOOO divine. and yes, it appears to have been lit a time or two (who among us hasn't been?!) but it's still almost new. and for free, who's complaining?

a (damn) yankee candle ... sweet honeysuckle. smells SOOO divine. and yes, it appears to have been lit a time or two (who among us hasn't been?!) but it's still almost new. and for free, who's complaining?

cedar chest, before. the sander's hand belongs to matt. i gave him the hard work!

and here's the cedar chest, before. the sander's hand belongs to matt. i gave him the hard work!

after! too sweet, eh?

after! too sweet, eh?

painted it an antique white and the old brass handles pink

painted it an antique white and the old brass handles pink

and for the seat, i recovered it with a yummy vintage pink chenille bedspread cutter.

and for the seat, i re-covered it with a yummy vintage pink chenille bedspread cutter.

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