Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Junking Weekend

We were so blessed last weekend with beautiful spring weather, perfect for another junkin' adventure.  I spent a few days at my mom's house so we could explore some "new to me territory" over in Grass Valley and Nevada City. We got a little sidetracked when we discovered a huge estate sale in a nearby town.  We spent a couple of hours there going through every room in the house, garage, and yard.  Oh, the stuff that got away!  Why weren't we there thirty minutes earlier?  The prices were amazing and well worth the detour.

Saturday morning was spent going from one yard sale to another.  Unfortunately, the pickings were slim and I only bought from two of the dozen or so on our list.  No need to fear, I still had the Sacramento Antique Faire on Sunday.

One of my favorite finds from the weekend is an antique tool box/trunk I bought for $15.00.  I wanted to clean it out before bringing it home and ended up leaving it behind in my mom's backyard.  I'll have to show that old thing off some other time.

This old shadow box was marked $5.  I was more than willing to pay that until they guy said his prices were all negotiable.  I offered $3 and he accepted.  I think the wood scoop thingie will be perfect to use as a display container for all my glass knobs.

Lovin' the rust and chipped paint on this little tool case.

More keys = more jewelry.  The receipt book from the 40's still has the little pencil attached.

The estate sale had piles of old books, so I bought two of these from The Nature Library Series, published in 1926.  This one is about wild flowers and is full of beautiful pictures.

The other volume is about animals.  More specifically, Animals Worth Knowing.  This book can tell you everything you've always wanted to know about the Star-nosed Mole, Virginia Opossum, Marsh Shrew, and everyone's favorite - The Hoary Bat.

I don't think I'd want to know this guy.

I couldn't pass up Betty's diary, and it looks like Opium-Eater has been eaten by something.  I haven't read her diary yet, but I'm sure it will be very interesting.

Pearls, beads, lace, and rhinestones.

Lots of vintage earrings.  I've been looking for pink and yellow - score!

I have repurposing on my brain.

I see a few bracelets vintage buttons.

These old rusty crusty hooks were on my "focus list." They'll go on my next batch of yardstick coat hangers.

Tarnished and mismatched flatware.  Yep, on my list.

I have a mental list and a written list when I'm out treasure hunting, and most of what I buy isn't on either one of them.  I'm sure you all know how that goes.

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