Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Let the Garage Sales Begin!!

And they have in my area.....

It only takes a few good sales to get those "picker junker antique hunter" cells moving again and getting into it full swing for the most wonderful time of the year :-)

When two garage sales happen to be next door to each other, it's even better!

This past weekend was a score for me and I have been furiously listing my treasures in my Etsy shop since then.
(If you see something you want without it being highlighted, send me a message).

These were all from one sale, run by three generations of the family. The eldest lady there had an eye for vintage!

I fell in love with this sweet mirror made in Italy in the 1800's.

And the crate/box it is sitting on was a last minute 'gotta have it' buy. It is painted aqua with shelves and a really nice label on the top.

and I was glad to take them home with me.

What vintage lover could resist chippy, rusty metal plant holders? Not me! I scooped both up.

These cedar cigar boxes are always good sellers in my shop. This one is in excellent condition and perfect for keepsakes, trinkets and jewelry.

She had a box full of vintage cigar boxes, which are quite collectible, but I resisted taking them all except the White Owl Invincibles cigar box.

I never pass up a tool box, especially when it is aqua! 

I never pass up galvanized buckets or enamel graniteware pans either. The rustier the better! They make great planters or fairy gardens.

This next item is for me. I am going to try this in my garden this year. I love the idea of an old drawer filled to the brim with flowers. I have to plan my colors and varieties still.....ya know we shouldn't plant anything here in the Northeast till Memorial Day, so I have time. I really try to stick with that. I wouldn't want to have to crush this drawer full of flowers by covering it for an impending frost.

Also great as planters and lots of other things, are these wooden advertising boxes.
This one held Libby's cooked corned beef...blech. It's a cute box though!

On to two other sales where I found these Holt Howard roosters.....

this cute anthropomorphic (defined as something having human characteristics) teabag holder

a 1960ish set of vanity containers...

and this set of really cool 1950's pennants.

I have been thrifting all winter but there is something about the hunt at garage sales when the weather turns warmer that makes me want to share what I found.

Gotta go finish listing all this stuff so I can go buy some more!

AnnMarie xoxo

One more thing.....I think I have a new collection starting.....

You may have noticed that I consistently sign my name with an xoxo after it. 

Before Christmas last year I found these cute sterling xo earrings from a local jewelry artist. I wear them almost everyday.

Then at one of the garage sales this past weekend I found these XO letters and of course I had to have them....

I guess that's how it all starts!

I am linking up to these blog parties:


  1. Awe, you done good Ann Marie. That mirror is a sweet girl! Love the little vanity type boxes with the names like swabs. Love me a good yard sale. Happy Mother's Day to you dear Lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Oh I love all these finds! How fun :-) There's nothing like finding a good yard sale or vintage sale nearby! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week!


  3. What a great haul, AnnMarie!!! My mom had those little 60's vanity canisters....I still have one of them, I don't know what happened to the rest! So cute, you did great at that sale!!

  4. AnnMarie, you certainly made some good scores. I would have such trouble letting go of anything..Hope you are having a great Wednesday..Judy

  5. What great finds! I think I would have bought almost every item that you did...LOL Great minds think alike, I guess! I hit an epic sale last year. They had it three weekends in a row and I bought a car full each weekend!

  6. Oh, you found some wonderful treasures, AnnMarie! Love your idea of planting in the drawer. The beginning of your new xo collection are darling. I love the song by Elle King - Ex's and Oh's. I can picture you dancing around to it while you organize your finds! Happy Garage Sale-ing! xo (of course), Karen

  7. Hi AnnMarie, oh I too love the yard and garage sales this time of year. You can find so many neat things. I love all of your ideas for planters. I will have to find some unique things for planters for my yard this summer.
    Have fun at the sales. Also I love the earrings, they are so neat! Have a nice Mother's Day.
    Julie xo

  8. Yes! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Now I’m singing that song and cat get it out of my head lol.

    Love the metal containers Ann Marie! Good finds :).


  9. I loved your finds. I think I'd love turned legs on that bureau drawer to keep it up off the ground (I'm not fond of whatever those beetles are that live under something damp! Plus, as I get older, anything NOT on the ground is a good thing. Remember that rule for containers--a filler, a thriller, and a spiller. One that fills in, a tall or flashy one, and one that hangs. I love the lime green sweet potato vines with dark purple petunias and whatever! OK, I usually do red, white and blue. Geranium petunia and lobelia! Happy Mother's Day!

  10. You go girl! You found some great things.

  11. Yes that is how a collection one pretty and then one seems to keep happening upon others to add to it. You have had the best time, haven't you. I can just see you fossicking amongst all those treasures in that lovely Spring weather. How wonderful for you. LOVE that mirror; what a gem and how sweet is that cute little tea bag holder. Have a lovely week, lovely AnnMarie. Xx

  12. Some pretty fine treasures you have there!
    I love the earings!! Perfect in deed.

    Happy Spring ♡

  13. You had some great finds! I might have fought you for that blue crate with the decal! Loads of fun stuff. Happy week! xoxo

  14. AnnMarie, those pennants are so very cool! They truly are a thing of the past. I'd be very tempted to keep those for a vintage cabin / cottage that somehow will not leave my dreams!

  15. Girl, you make me smile! We have the exact same taste. I would have bought everything you did. Love the rusty planter and crate. I have the swirl jadite. It's one of my favs. I've always been attracted to pennants too. You scored good!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Wonderful finds, AnnMarie. That little tea bag holder is so fun! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  17. Fabulous finds. I love that mirror. It's gorgeous. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

  18. Hi Ann Marie, just hopping by to let you know that you will be featured at SYC this week.

  19. A good haul, AnnMarie! Looking forward to seeing that drawer full of flowers! Love your xoxo's! I've got a feeling we're going to be seeing more of those from you!

  20. Wow, you really did find some wonderful things AnnMarie! I find it hard to pass up the metal rusty vintage yard art too... my garden is full of it! I also love the idea of using a drawer for flowers too. I have started using succulents for just about everything in my garden, as they come back year after year. I have one of those turquoise tool boxes filled with succulents, and it makes me smile to see it. Yard sale season is so much fun :) Blessings and hugs!


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