Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Good Karma Sale Day

We met a lovely, old woman while waiting to go into an estate sale today. She said that she had never been to a sale like this before but there was one thing that she wanted so badly that she woke up early and used her gasoline to come there. She said that she had even done a "dry run" the day before so as not to get lost. The dear lady even had her fingers crossed that no one else would buy the item before her. I told her that if she found what she was looking for then she should hold on to it or someone else might take it.

She was right behind me when they called the numbers to go into the house. I skirted from room to room and came across her as she was looking at a sewing machine. I asked her if that was what she came for. She smiled like a little girl and said "Oh, yes!" I told her to put her hand on it and not let go while I got someone to help her. She was the happiest person at the sale.

So often I go flying through a sale hoping to find some special treasure. This time it was the sweetest thing to see someone else get the treasure they had been seeking.

But we didn't do too bad ourselves. My favorite find was a bunch of yardsticks and rulers. I'm saving these up for a future project.

I found a lot of large and small wooden spools. The larger ones are carpet thread and about 3" tall.

I liked these heart-shaped Candlewick glass bowls. The seller said that they were ash trays but I think they are candy dishes. I think they are from the 40s or 50s and have that slight old-glass, purple tint to them. Wouldn't they make a cute Valentine project.

The same seller also gave me a bunch of her grandmother's hankies. Because I bought all of her grandmother's sewing notions and Candlewick glass, she said that her grandmother would probably have wanted me to have her hankies as well. I think she gave me about 12 of them for free. Thank you grandma!

We had a fun day, did a good deed and received some lovely treasures for free. I love thrifting!

This is linked to:
Apron Thrift Girl, Coastal Charm, Common GroundCreating a House of GraceHer Library Adventures, Hey What's For Dinner Mom?, It's a Very Cherry World, Mod Vintage Life, Savvy Southern Style, Tales From Bloggeritaville, The Brambleberry CottageThe Colorado Lady, The Thrifty Groove and Very Merry Vintage Style


  1. Such a cute story. Happy that the old woman got her sewing machine.

    WOW! - can't believe you found all those wooden spools. A real treasure! :-)

    *SMILE* from DK, Lisbet

  2. It does make your heart smile to help someone such as the older woman you met. Good Karma indeed!

    Love all the things you found. Those candlewick candy dishes are gorgeous. How sweet to get those hankies to go with "grandma's" other things.

    Your post is a great example of part of what makes thrifting so much fun. Great stories; thanks for sharing!

  3. What a lovely story! The hankies were your Karma return. : )

  4. I'm happy that the lady got her sewing machine..what a cute story.
    All those spools..such a great find. x

  5. Oh, I'm intrigued about your yardstick project! You found a great big bunch! I also think your valentine dishes are inspiring...

  6. I love to read about folks being to nice to other people and look what it got you!!

  7. Thread...on wooden quaint--and adorable!


    What is there about the color red
    That makes me want to stand on my head,
    And give a loud shout or two of praise
    For crimson tints that brighten my days?

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Bits of red here and here

  8. What a great story - I definitly think that good carma goes around - not that you would guess it with my post today about almost pushing my sister out of the way for an awesome bird cage..... :)

  9. What a great day you had and a charming story. That is one of the charms of vintage goodies, their stories. It is wonderful when we can become a part of them.

  10. You found a lot of great vintage items. Should post on VTT.

  11. Ahh, what a sweet story. So glad the woman got her sewing machine. And you got some really cool stuff yourself.

  12. OH how wonderful! Free things are nice! So glad that these treasures have found an appreciative home. Love the old spools of thread. And I can't wait to see what you are going to do with the yardsticks. I'm your newest follower!

  13. Oh I so love those wooden spools! That is an awesome collection of hankies!!

  14. You got some great treasures! And those free hankies are fantastic! thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

  15. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  16. Oh...I loved this story. You got some great things yourself. I love the vintage hankies...I can always think of lots of things to do with them. I once made potpouri sachets with them and handed them out at a bridal shower. Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

  17. What a sweet story! It is fun to see others happy, isn't it. And, you still hit paydirt with all your finds, Lynda - even after taking out time to be a good Samaritan. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  18. Great story! Your collections are adorable


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