Sunday, November 13, 2011

Breaking the Rules

 I have this rule.  On Saturday mornings I have to do my housework before I can go out picking.  Yes, this means I am never the early bird who get the worm.  But going picking is my reward for getting my work done and if I didn't bribe myself it might not get done at all!
 Saturday morning there was an estate sale right around the corner from my house.  It was so nearby I figured I could dash over there, get back home, and still get my housework done.  Oh.My.Gosh.
 The woman had been a crafter and especially a quilter and there were three entire bedrooms filled with fabrics and notions.  The buttons were mostly gone by the time I got there but still tons of notions.  The pile of lace and trims was so big I didn't want to take the time to sort through it all so I asked the staff to figure out what they wanted for the whole pile while I ran over to the ATM.
 When I got back they said $75.  Well, holy smoke, that's just a tad rich for my blood so I ended up on the floor picking out the pieces I really wanted after all.  There was a lot of modern lace I wasn't too interested in and that is what they wanted the high price for.  They didn't seem to think much of the older stuff.  Works for me! I wish I knew more about vintage fabrics because there were piles and piles.  They haven't started on the basement yet and will continue the sale in early December.  I plan to be tardy on the housework again.
 There were also three big jars of miscellaneous jewelry and interesting bits an pieces.  Are you ready??  ONE DOLLAR per jar.  I'll buy those all day long just for the chance to poke through them!
Right after I put them in my box another woman dashed into the room and cried, oh no, they are gone!  She said she came back just to get them.  They were a dollar each and she couldn't make up her mind??  Anyway, a woman on the staff said oh, that lady has them and pointed to me.  The gal followed my around for a while and finally begged, please, could I have just one of them?  I felt sorry for her so of course I handed one over.  I know they would have haunted her if I didn't and I was happy to share.  One. 8+)  For once I was the early bird!
When I got home I put the whole pile in the art room and didn't let myself look until I got the housework done.  I did it good enough and we won't have to move away this week.


Linda Carole Bloom said...

You LUCKY duck!! You are going to have such fun! Enjoy! Love, Linda

Diane said...

Oh-- Love this! The jewelry is such a rare find around here. It's usually gone even before the sales start. Great Saturday !!!

My Vintage Mending said...

Ha! I have this rule! Just did mine last night so that I could get right to work today. Love these dollar jars. You did so well I am green with envy...smiles...Renee

Barbara said...

Clutching my chest a little bit at the thought of unsold vintage fabric ... I'll be OK, don't worry. You got a PILE of lovely stuff!

CATHY said...

what a fun morning and you are sweet to have given her one of the jars - I would have had to think long and hard on this one : ). But karma...some thing special will come your way!

Andy's Attic said...

You must have been in heaven!! Great that you gave the lady a jar. I would also enjoy poking through all the the bits and bobs inside the jars.

Annette said...

Oh, be still my heart!! I would put off cleaning any day for that treasure! Wow!! I probably would have given up a jar too...but only one!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Great sale for you! (and nice of you share) I was out of town looking at colleges with my daughter so did not hit sales this weekend. DANG. Keep me posted if you hear anything about that next phase.

oldgreymare said...

Those jars - oh my!!!!
Be still my heart too :D

Laurie said...

Wow, wow, wow...those jars! Sigh! That was SO NICE of you to give a jar to that lady! It's wonderful to share!