Thursday, February 25, 2010

Auction Goodies!

Years ago Sean and I used to have a great time going to the auctions and finding up inexpensive things for the house. It's been a long time since we've gone, and last week we decided to go again. And I'm hooked, again. I guess you could say I relapsed LOL! I've been busy going to flea markets with friends, going thrifting, etc, all of which is a gateway to auctions... as a friend on facebook put it, "the thrill of the auctioneer pointing his finger at you" yes - I know this feeling! YES! I've won! It's mine! It's a rush!
Last week I got some awesome finds, 3 turn of the early 1900's typewriters were the pinnacle of my winnings, I'll have to snap some pictures of them. They're great. The best part is, Neil, my son, loves them - and I paid so little for them that I don't mind if he types away on them. It's definitely a unique way to teach him his alphabet haha.

My first win of the night was this big shopping basket sized wire basket. It has handles, and what looks like a small fishing lure wired to the front of it. I have no idea why that's on there. Maybe I don't want to know. What I do know - it's slightly rusty, well used, and still very sturdy. I'm not sure where it's home is going to be, I think maybe upstairs in the bathroom with some towels rolled up in it. I scored this baby for $4!
I also scored a box of "junk". Now, as I have been on a purging binge lately I told myself I would absolutely NOT buy boxes of "junk" but this one I rationalized.... it had a small Singer box in it full of sewing machine attachments, a few bobbins, some old wooden spools of thread (which I am a major sucker for) and a few other sewing odds and ends. So, I went for it... it was $2. It was practically carrying itself to my car. As for the stuff in the box... there were 2 blue bell jars, I'm keeping them, an old Pepsi bottle - keeping that. A few other oddities - like a "squirrel call" that my MIL claimed..... I said, "why would someone want to call a squirrel" and she told me that you use them to lure in animals that prey on squirrels and then killhunt the bigger animals. The old bait and switch. Works every time. I'm still not completely convinced that I'd want to sit out in the woods and pretend to be a prey animal, but hey, to each their own. The rest of the stuff in the box- a weird holiday tiered app plate, a matching mug thing, a strap on horse feeder thing..... they'll all be taken straight to goodwill. I'm not even taking them out of my car!
From the second we walked in I saw the coke crate. I figured, it's Coke, collectible - no way I'll get it - but I'm gonna try! I set a limit in my head of how much I was prepared to let it go for.. and I got it for less than that! I am stoked!
After that I was very pleased with my purchases. I could have left but rationalized "well I might as well stay and see what _____ goes for. I ended up bringing home a porcelain lamp that has what I call a "Washington-esque" couple on it. It was $2, I couldn't say no. And I always need lamps. It will match my bedroom..... if I need it in the bedroom, I don't know. But it was $2!

All in all I spent a whopping $21! That's including $4 for 4 solid wood folding tv tables that my MIL got for crafting on too!

Blogged with "Thrifty Thursday @ Bloggerville!"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

EtsyNJ Team Tuesday- Saying Thanks!

The amazing and talented group of etsy sellers from New Jersey - EtsyNJ has decided to host a team blog hop every Tuesday. Each Tuesday EtsyNJ members will be blogging about other team members in order to get the word out about all the wonderful handmade goodness that is available right here in New Jersey.

<--- Thank You Card by AJKArtistry

Today is a rainy, dreary, dismal day in New Jersey. However, there is something I am thankful for - the fact that it is rain and not snow! I am so sick to death of snow! Rumor has it that we are expecting snow Wed/Thurs but hopefully nothing that amounts to anything!

<---- Thank You Card by SiblingStew

So, my feature today is about Thank You cards, my way of sending a virtual "thank you for not snowing" to the great state of New Jersey! I have had the pleasure of meeting each of these three designers in person ( I even went to Elementary School with Sibling Stew! We were great friends then!) and seeing their work up close, and it is even more beautiful in person! So, if there is someone in your life that deserves a thank you - send a beautiful one! These are just as affordable, if not less expensive than Hallmark cards, and so much more beautiful!

<---- Gratitute Card by Collective Elements

To see more great finds from EtsyNJ Team Members, Search "EtsyNJ" on! Check out the links below with "McLinky" that will show you the other EtsyNJ bloggers that are participating in Team Tuesday this week!

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Welcome to the EtsyNJ Team Tuesday blog hop! This is our very first edition. Here's how it works - write a feature about any EtsyNJ team member on your blog (as long or as short as you'd like it to be) and then add the blog hop code at the end of this post and check out all of the other great features - get to know the EtsyNJ street team!! More details can be found on the EtsyNJ Team Blog - Here!