First Yard Sale of the Season

Updated: Apr 23

The signs said Yard Sale, but it was definitely an estate sale. It was listed as an estate sale in the paper as well. Typically, estate sales have prices higher than garage or yard sales. This particular sale was not run by an estate sale company. It was the family liquidating a relative's estate. There were no prices on anything which can be good or bad. In this case it was good. They just said "Make a pile and we will give you a price." And the prices were GOOD! I made my initial pile, paid $20 for it, loaded it to my SUV and then went back through again, made another pile and paid only $8 for the second pile. Such a steal!


Let's take a look of all of the great things I found this weekend—all from ONE sale!


These two wooden tripods are going to look great as lamps. I can't wait to give them a makeover. Look for a future post with this project!

Wooden Tri-Pods

One of the tripods came with a telescope. I don't think I will keep the telescope with the tripod. The wood has such a nice patina to it, it really needs to be a lamp. I will find another tripod for the telescope.

Nice vintage telescope

There were stacks and stacks of books at this sale. So I took home stacks and stacks of books including this set of The Best of the World's Classics by Henry Cabot Lodge. I didn't notice until I got home that volume six is missing. It haunts me that I probably left it in the pile of books at the sale. It is still a great set of books.

There were also a variety of vintage textbooks at the sale so I scooped those up as well.

There were lots and lots of vintage children books. Again, I came home with a huge stack. This is only a few of them:

There was a pile of pillows, blankets, towels and other linens. Most were new, but I looked through the pile anyway—and found this treasure. A child size quilt with hand embroidery. So precious!

This little guy was sitting on a table full of glassware. It is a reproduction of a late 1890s cast iron bank, but it is still a reproduction done several years ago making it a vintage piece. The patina is amazing, just the right amount of chippy-ness and the color is stunning. I think my favorite thing about its is the lever that turns the head and drops the coin into the bank. How cute is he?

I don't know if this was from a wheel chair or a bicycle (if anyone knows, please contact me!), but it has the right amount of crusty/rusty patina. The inner circle is wood and I think the overall piece will clean up nicely.

I got both of these Toby jugs—one is a Burlington ware and one is a Kelsboro ware. Both are in really great condition.

This vintage paperweight is a souvenir from a lake about 20 miles north of here.


This Toshiba transistor radio was still in the box.


I found some old games.


I took home a bunch of miscellaneous household items.


Vintage cameras are alway a great find.

And when you spy a box that says "marbles", you grab it!

This tackle box is in pristine shape for its age.

And you can always find vintage suitcases. This one was a little dusty, but I think it will clean up pretty well.

There were a few other miscellaneous items as well. I do have to tell you about the one that got away, well, actually, it was stolen from my pile. There is an unwritten rule for estate sales—if it is in someone else's pile, it is off limits. I had a cast iron weathervane in my pile and someone took it. I didn't see anyone carrying it around so I couldn't get it back. I was so annoyed that someone would actually steal from my pile. Barring that incident, this was a great estate sale with lots of goodies. I am really happy with my finds.


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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.