One of the things I’m hoping to do on this blog is to review my weekly yard sale, estate sale and thrift shop finds. Hopefully I can pass on a bit of interesting information along the way, and you can see what kind of items I find that are worth re-selling. This week I visited no less than 20 garage sales and 2 estate sales. I found some nice stuff along the way.
My first find this week was a set of 4 wooden kitchen canisters from the 1960’s. I found these at a garage sale.
They were in nice shape and very solid, but were showing their age with a layer of dust and grime. After a good soak, scrubbing and a nice oil massage they look amazing. Sometimes when you’re out hunting for vintage and antique items you have to look past a bit of grime. You need to see the potential that’s hiding under decades of dust. Just like old furniture a good cleaning and some polish can mean all the difference between $5.00 and $50.00. I’m planning to post the set for sale for $35.00 CAD on my Etsy shop.
My next two items were 2 different colored green Pyrex mixing bowls, both a #403.
They both have really good gloss and are free from chips and cracks. I find I do well selling individual Pyrex pieces on my Etsy shop. Sometimes people just need to replace a missing bowl from their already existing nesting bowl set. I never pick up any Pyrex pieces that are sick from the dishwasher. I always make sure the color is shiny and the bowl is glossy inside and out. I don’t want to have an ugly piece of Pyrex on my shop.
Another amazing piece I picked up was an Indiana Glass Co. Amber Diamond Point Covered Compote with Gold Flash from the 1960’s.
This piece of glass was hiding in the back of a sweet old lady’s garage. She wanted too much money for it, but I got her to sweeten the deal and she threw in a Fire King Cereal bowl. (I am a sucker for anything Fire King). I was a bit disappointed with myself for buying it, but when I got home and washed it up, it came out absolutely gorgeous! It looks like whiskey when the sun shines through it.
Next I found a Red Dot Federal Glass Milk Glass Bowl.
Federal Glass items are very desirable and I find that they sell just as well as Pyrex. The red dots are not as bright as I’d like but it’s in great condition and I am going to pair it up with another Federal bowl I already have and make it a set.
Lastly I found a little gem at an estate sale. There wasn’t much there that I was interested in but I found this tiny little set of cocktail knives still in their original box that appeared to be unused.
When I got them home I realized that the handles were Bakelite! It turned a nice find into an amazing find! I love it when I find small unique vintage items. It’s so much easier to ship something like this versus a large casserole dish or nesting bowl set.
Some of these are items are already up for sale online and the rest will be available soon.