Monday, November 21, 2011

Junk and Rubbish

Same estate sale.........part two........2 weeks later

Some of these pictures are for Vix........who told me that where she lives
they don't have estate sales like we do, where you actually
go in the house and rummage around. 
This was a fairly good size log home, and you can see from the driveway 
how much traffic there was at this sale over the course of several weeks.
This couple, one deceased and one now going into an assisted living 
situation, had owned several antique stores. 
Thus accounting for the amazing amount of accumulation.

Inside the house........ I didn't spend much time inside since I had been in there 2 weeks ago.
Just a quick walk through on my way to the back, to see if they had added anything new.
I know, it doesn't look like a lot now, but remember, this is after already having a 3 day sale
two weeks earlier.(and marking everything 50% off the last day) The company handling the sale said they had been there for a month and a half getting ready.

There was different items, but the same type of things  as before.
Nothing for me.

This was the second building, a carriage house with a loft.
Again jammed packed, and they had brought different things from the warehouse into here as well.

Looking back at the house I just came from, you can see that the porches
were packed too. Things like metal bathtubs, cream separators, nautical things...
metal lockers, antique stoves of all sorts, giant scales,
just stuff!!
See the lighter ring on the house? Someone took a wheel of some sort
from there.

Back side of the carriage house.
The first day of first sale this area was packed with galvanized wire
type items. Baskets, carts, etc.
YUP!! Gals wiped it out fast!!
There were two cute young gals getting their picture taken with their
huge pile of "loot". They were starting a business and this was the first stuff they had bought for it.

OK, here we go....... the big draw for this part of the sale,
a huge metal warehouse, packed to the rafters,
laid out in aisle after aisle after aisle.
You had to dig, but actually it was pretty well organized,
boxes were labeled fairly well.
clock parts, fuses, lamp parts, bottles, dishes,
horse tack parts, bins and bins of nuts and bolts and that type
of thing.

This place was full of in their glory.........
men not talking........ just digging!!!
And of course several women as well.
This doesn't show how big the place was because at the front right there is a workshop .
So farther back it opens up again to the right.
Someone mentioned they had seen a rat.......that cleared
out some gals.

 So here's my loot. Not much.
And so dirty I probably shouldn't have even put it on the rug.
A box of rusty stuff for jugs, some glass canning jar lid thingies for
my upcoming leaded glass project.
cigar boxes, a spool of wire, chain, a big conk,
an old fire alarm sprinkler head that is kinda cool.

Two sewing baskets, no beads and coins on top,
but I am thinking of playing with them a little.
I don't know what that chain thing on the cigar box is.
It has a mans name, a town in Mass. and the number 60.
There was a lot of old horse tack and civil war stuff.
Could this be old tack?
I would love to hear from anyone that has any idea.

Two weeks ago when everything went 50% off I went back and bought 11 old crock whiskey
jugs for making memory jugs. I was hoping to find a lot of "stuff" to use making them. Didn't happen.
The sale had been open already for an hour when I got there.
And wouldn't you know, there was a guy with his truck loaded full!!!
Smack in the middle was the front grill from an old car. DAMN!!!!
I have been wanting one of those for a lonnnnnnnnng time. 

Oh Well.................................


I did see my neighbor Jennette from Smashing Rubbish  at the sale.
So after going home and cleaning up..(really really good...did I mention rats??)
I drove over to her shop, and visited a bit with her.
Look how cute her shop is!!

She had two fun customers in there shopping that were all
dressed in vintage complete with furs. She carries quite a bit of vintage clothes
and they were in checking it out.

Hey! Speaking of conks!!!

It's not a large shop, more boutique like,
plus her studio.

You can find Jennettes blog Smashing Rubbish here.
She has better pictures.......
check it out!

So my question to you is............
when you are in that type of situation.....dusty, musty,
possible you wear gloves? mask?
I do on occasion see people doing that.
I am thinking it might be a good idea.
What do you do/think?



  1. So amazing! I love estate sales, and I would love to someday have a little shop like your friend Jennette's.

    I've been to some nice estate sales where gloves weren't necessary, but I always have them with me. You never know what kind of place you'll be digging around in. Never thought to bring a mask. May have to include that in my kit.

  2. These pictures are amazing, Gayle!!!
    We have (very few) estate sales in Germany too, but I have never been to one where gloves or a mask woukd have been necessary. I'm sure it isn't allowed here.
    I would take some gloves with me, and maybe it's a good idea to wear a scarf or something. If necessary, you can put it on your mouth and nose. It's not as safe as a mask of course, but I think it will do in most cases.

  3. That looks so fascinating! Thanks for taking us around. I think both Jon and I would be in our element, him rummaging for vintage car bits and me just rummaging.
    Maybe you should just shout "rat" or "cockroach" at every sale you attend to frighten off the rest of the buyers!
    Your friend's shop is stunning. x

  4. I'm feeling whiny. We have NOTHING like this in Las Vegas. At least I can live vicariously through you!

  5. The best sale I ever went to was the liquidation of an old apple orchard, the fun part was when I got to go through after the sale...tiny buildings dotting the landscape, some with roof cave-ins, but they were the best about rats n mice and raccoon poop, but what a haul...where no man has gone before, well, for quite some time anyway...and yes, this sale I wore gloves AND BOOTS...and bleached it all afterwards. You should've seen all the great stuff the metal salvagers were getting:(...but, like ya say...once a junker, always a junker!!!

    But, I was happy, you couldn't squeeze another item in the back of my truck...SWEET!!!


  6. Love your blog and posts! Just so real !!!

    Need a bit of time to go quietly through all...

    Welcome to my blog, thank you very much for visiting and comments!

    Many greetings from the PĂ©rigord,

    By the also 'once a junker always a junker' ! How true!

  7. i'm thinking...
    where was i???

    talk about motherlode!

  8. What a fun post! I enjoyed the visit, thanks for sharing this... Gloves... maybe or some antiseptic wipes... and yes, Janna's idea about the scarf... Wish I could have been junkin' with you! Ok... no badminton tonight so more bead making time! Big Hugs to you!

  9. We are a hardy lot aren't we? I missed this was the sale of the year I think! Fun!


  10. I wish I could have gone to that sale!! and there were still some gems there after three days!! I would have loved to been there on day 1!!!

    Yes gloves are always a good idea...

    Thanks for sharing...Have a wonderful day :)

  11. I want to go to sales with you! I've lost all my estate/junkin' buddies and it's always more fun with a friend! You got some great stuff, that box of goodies looks interesting. I always find more in the out buildings!! I try to remember to wear gloves, the brown recluse spider loves to hide in dark old buildings. I have a friend that even keeps a make ship haz-mat suit in her car! Now she's serious! Glad you had fun, hope you had a great Thanksgiving,xox-cindy

  12. Thanks for blogging about Smashing Rubbish Gayle! And thank you for bringing down some of your stunning, amazing, and gorgeous jewelry to show me! You have an incredible and creative gift! Wasnt that a great sale?! I LOVE to dig and really hunt for treasure. I really scored on the vintage clothing but also found some other great "smalls". next time, neighbor, we can carpool! xoxoxox jennette

  13. i just posted my yearly invitation for twelve days of mary! why do i think you could do this so effortlessly and well?

    what could be brighter than a virgin a day?
    come follow my link and see if the shoe fits wear it!

  14. WoW! This is how I imagine heaven to be! I adore going through old stuff to find treasures, components for my folk art, and resale items. I have never used gloves or masks, but think it might be wise in a case like that. I'm off to check out your friend's site - what a cute space she has! Great post!