Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Sheer Trash Road Show

Anthony Andrews as The Scarlet Pimpernel

I seek it here~
I seek it there~
My Roadshow seeks trash

Welcome to my newly rechristened garage sale showcase, The Sheer Trash Road Show. Why be limited to only one day of the week to discuss one's  junking finds? And anyway, the title "Friday's Finds" was just too blah to truly encapsulate the variety of dubious second-hand items I typically find myself hauling home from yard sales, estate sales, rummage sales, and thrift shops to share here on this blog.

Without further ado, let the unveiling begin. I'd like to show you some of the goodies I found at an estate sale yesterday morning.

One of the advantages to having no class and even less taste is that the kind of stuff I'm gravitating to at sales isn't usually the stuff anybody else pays much attention to. Case in point: look at this terrific vintage Hallmark cardboard expanding file. It's in good condition, the graphics are a true 70s kick, and I got it for $1.50. A little high, probably, but I was glad to fork out for it.

Also among the cardboard and paper ephemera items was a big stack of vintage calendars, priced from 50 cents to $1 apiece. I nabbed three of them--two Hallmark floral calendars from the 70s and a 1991 Cleo calendar of Grandma Moses primitive prints. My camera is showing them a bit faded out here, but they're all bright and unmarked. I plan to dismantle them, keep a few of my favorite pages for framing or crafting somehow, and put the rest up to sell. Here are some samples of what's inside each one:

I'm always on the lookout for small animal-related vintage items to list in Peppy's shop, and I found a number of little figural Avon bottles that fill the bill. Most of these are from the 1970s, also, and they were priced from 30 cents to 50 cents apiece.

For the benefit of readers who may be new to this blog, I opened MyPalPeppy on Etsy to raise money for some expensive surgery which my pomeranian Peppy desperately needed. Once that was accomplished, I started donating 15% of the proceeds to animal rescue efforts (Displaced Pets Rescue) and any profits remaining I use to pay vet bills for my own fur companions. 

 It was with Peppy's shop in mind that I really splurged and bought this set of six vintage hand-embroidered dish towels. I paid $14, which is high for me, but they're so cute I felt I couldn't resist. I feel certain I can sell them individually and still come out ahead. Here's one in close-up:
I love it that the tiny writing beneath the dog's tail says "Screech" as he slides to a halt before the spraying hose nozel!

For a couple of days more, my shops will continue in vacation mode, but I'll be reopening them July 1 if you'd like to check them out.

Okay, a couple more photos and I'll stop for today. Anyway, Peppy's over here barking up at me, which means he's fed up with my sitting at the computer and wants to go outside.

This terrific old Fisher Price "Pull-a-Tune" toy makes a wonderful chiming sound as you push or pull it along. It was a steal at $2, even in its somewhat shabby condition.

Lastly, here's a lovely pink flocked chiffon scarf embellished with colored sequins--fairy tale stuff!
I shall add it to the dress-up collection I'm storing up for little girls to play with when they come to visit.

Speaking of little girls, in my next post I'll show you some of the projects I've just finished for the upcoming grandbaby. 

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