Friday we went to a fabulous yard sale - it is open once a month, held in a big metal barn, spilling out on the the driveway - and always full of wonderfully affordable treasures. We have been going now for three years - and this year was excellent, as always.
My weakness is dishes - and they always have plenty to tempt me with. The set I'm focusing on today was 10.00 - for 12 plates, 10 luncheon plates and 10 soup bowls - how could I pass that up? And yet I did, and we were in the car - which was packed so full there wasn't an inch of space left - and then I decided I wanted that set of dishes - back into the barn, cram one more box into the car - and off we went. It was a fabulous day - pouring rain - cold - and fabulous.
The main thing I am focusing on is the set of flowered dishes from the yard/barn sale, but everything else in this post was either from a thrift shop or was a gift (purchased at a thrift shop). We are a very thrifty bunch.
Well, except for the tablecloth - it came from ebay - and was the deal of the century!!! It is exactly the same tablecloth on the cover of my book about growing up in Alaska (see top of the blog) and I have wanted one for years. On a whim I searched ebay and found this tablecloth, in perfect condition for just 12.00 and free shipping. I was shocked - and talk about quick reactions - it was mine before you can say click, click, buy-it-now.
The pattern on the china is perfect for springtime
This silverware is similar to what we had when we first got married - we got it from Betty Crocker, using coupons only - I hear you can't do that anymore, you have to send money along with the coupons. Somehow the silverware was lost in a move, and I've since found pieces of it here and there in thrift shops. I tried ebay - but Betty Crocker silverware now seems to be very spendy, so thrift shops it is - I only need more teaspoons and my set is once again complete.
The translucent white dessert dishes were from a flea market in town - there were lots of pieces and we later found a large platter to match.
Napkins from a gigantic flea market at the Skagit Vally Fairgrounds. 1.00 for a gallon baggy full of assorted vintage linens - I spent several dollars at that booth.
The green goblets from a second hand store on Camano Island
Six sided green depression glass from a friend in California, doily was in one of those zip bags at the Fairgrounds
Green handled silverware - had those so long I can't remember where I got them - was someplace in California
Pink Depression Glass bowl and small glass were a gift from my SIL Jason, they had belonged to his mother
Ready for luncheon
White translucent bowl - part of that set from the flea market in town.