Friday, September 4, 2009

Foul smell, foul sale

Today started out as a disaster, junk wise. There was only one estate sale listed and it was a total bust. It was the kind of sale where the prices are so high, your blood starts to boil. The kind where a small, chipped Roseville vase was priced at $65. The kind where, when seeing me looking at a vintage Christmas doodad, the woman running the sale says: "I picked that up in Paris." Please. I wanted to say, "Well honey, you better get a crate ready 'cause you're going to be shipping all this overpriced crap back there!"

In the basement, I was snorting and sneering about the prices to Beth and Gail. I even said (very loudly) that the place smelled like cat urine. There was another gal lurking...I assumed she was another shopper. As we started to stomp out of the place in righteous indignation, the gal said sarcastically "Thanks for stopping by!" Only then did I twig that she was working the sale &/or was the homeowner. Oooops!

Anywho, on my way home, I stopped at a local thrift which is always hit and miss. Today I hit.

2 glass flower frogs, silver plate sugar & creamer, and stylish candle holder, vintage vanity jar,

bowl of cherries, sweet little purple basket, a 1970's era pie plate for Thanksgiving and the largest strainer known to man. Not such a bad haul after all!

9 comments:

Lemondrop Marie said...

I am the same way about overpriced thrift stores like Goodwill. They now go on ebay and compare prices for things that have been donated and price accordingly. Takes all of the fun of the find out of thrifting. So I donate to the Salvation Army instead!

JustJoan said...

L-O-V-E that pumpkin pie pan!!!

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

You scored anyway...even though your allergies were probably screaming from the basement experience!

Franny said...

Cat urine smell is really hard to get out of anything. You may as well call it quits if it smells like that!
I love that pumpkin pie pan, too!
:+)

trash talk said...

Don't these people know we're in a recession? No one is getting the prices they were even 2 years ago. I guess someone forgot to tell the PWTB the news. Estate sales have gotten where they are higher than shops. What are THEY smoking?
Debbie

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Us JUNKERS hate the days of no finds or sales where people really like their own junk so much that they price it high in order to keep it all!! Smell of Cat urine will make me run for the door everytime. Usually after you have that bad sale there is a fab one to follow, keep up the hunt it is on it's way!! Have a great weekend, Tootles, Janna

Theresa said...

Well it looks like you got some good stuff anyway:) Have a blessed day!

Kate Spike and Her KatS said...

A thrift store shouldn't be allowed to call itself a thrift store if they're pricing stuff like they an antique store. The wooden cherry bowl is my favorite!

Leilani said...

There's one estate sale company here in Chicago now I steer clear of because of their ridiculous prices (even on the last day they don't bargain!). It's one of my pet peeves, if we have to dig through filth to get the treasures it should be priced accordingly!