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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Cold, Crisp, and Lovely Nov.9 &10

Friday morning was cold, crisp, and lovely until I
stood outside in line for 2 hours waiting for Sales By Helen to open. After
about 35 minutes, my vanilla coffee was gone and I had to pee. I couldn't
leave since I was sixth in line out of about 100 people; 9:30 was a long
way off. I had a great time talking to everyone else who,like me, kept
shivering and checking their watches. Finally, Helen opened the door and it was a mad rush to get inside. Everything from the food in the cabinets to the underwear in the drawers was for sale. The house was a small rancher, totally bursting at the
seams with wonderful antiques. I was able to find a nice
selection of things and lost out on quite a few things, even with my
tote bag and sold stickers, I could not move quick enough. Why is it that men
attending with their wives, bored stiff, just stand there in the way?
They do not move and when you ask them they look at you like you are from outer
My pile was getting large, and I knew I was going to have
to write a check, but the finds were waiting but I really had to pee.
You can't use the bathrooms at these sales because everything in there is
for sale too. Finally, I was able to slow down after a quick walk threw, grabbing what I could, in the pile they went, and back for a slow walk threw
each room. Found a few more items, go to check out, and someone had
taken the best of the best from my pile! Well, turns out I didn't have to write
any checks after all. I was bummed put what are you going to do? It was
a case of to many people, a small house and Helen couldn't be everywhere. I found out the next day that it had happened to others too.

Saturday morning was cold, crisp, and lovely. Picked up Connie and
headed for West Chester to an estate sale that we found on Craig's
. Well the lady had some nice things, she was
downsizing,her husband had just recently passed and she was selling. I
found a beautiful little blue china platter with roses. I asked her how
much, $3 she says.( Everything was priced high but you just knew she was
having a hard time with all of this. She also forgot to list the time of her sale. She wanted to start at 9am, and she was frazzeled because people showed up at 7 am. I did not have the heart to tell her they would have done that anyway!). So I bought the platter, but that was all.

Off to Helen's sale, Connie had to work on Friday and could not go with
me, so we had to go back on Saturday since I wanted to see what was left. I picked up
some small crystal plates and headed for home. On the way home we
stopped at an unadvertised sale. The lady was selling QVC left overs. YUCK!!!
Going back to the car we ran into one of the dealers I had stood in
line with on Friday morning. I told him not to bother walking the long
driveway to this sale unless he wanted QVC stuff. He said no way, and then proceeded to tell us about this sale he had just come from. Unadvertised and up in Guthresville, off route 100. He showed us civil war pictures, and lots of old toys
from 1960's that he had just bought; Barbie dolls were in their boxes never opened. Well you know Connie and I wanted to know where this sale was. He said, "No way!" I
said to him, " Oh come on, you already got what you went after and you
know from standing in line with me that I buy china, furniture, and
linens. Come on, spill the beans" He agreed and gave us directions. Off
we went. We made out like bandits. I scored on two old farm chairs, a
piece of gold carnival glass(in it's original box), some crystal and a
ceramic bird to put in my antique bird cage.

We were cold, hungry and had to pee again but I only spent $17 all day and that included two vanilla coffees! Maybe that's why I had to pee all day. No, it couldn't
be the 20 oz. coffees, had to be the cold, crisp,and lovely day!


P.S. I am asking the family for a really nice camara for Christmas,Thats not to much to ask for is it?


Connie said...

The chairs look like a million. Great job in restoring them.

Wanda said...

Your post made my emotions go up and down, almost as if it were happening to me. Maybe because most of that actually has happened to me. I was angry that someone creamed your pile and miffed when that guy didn't want to tell you where the sale was. (Why are some people like that? I'm a firm believer that there's more than plenty for all of us.) Then I was happy, happy that he finally told you and you got lots of good stuff cheap. Whew! I need to go rest, now.

Linda said...

Hi Dona, all in all you had some ups and downs, but got some neat tresures. Why do people think they can just take goodies from someone elses pile and whay not share an address? Oh, well I guess that all part of the experience:) Have a happy day, Linda

FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh Dona, the ups and downs of a dealer, thrills a minute!

What a total bummer. Glad you still got some wonderful finds, though!
xo Lidy