Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yard Sale Victory!



Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for yard sales, which is why it has been so much fun to write this Deadly Notions mystery series. My heroine, Daisy Buchanan, goes to all the places I love to go – auctions, estate sales and flea markets – in search of merchandise for her quirky vintage sewing notions store.

This morning, I think I made one of the best finds of my junking career. I’d seen these Milano balloon wine goblets at a yard sale yesterday for a decent price (but more than the five bucks I had in my wallet at the time!) I went home and checked prices on the internet and was staggered to find that just two of them would cost about $50-60, and there were eight on that trestle table.

I hurried to the bank, took out some cash and rushed back to the yard sale, but he was closed for the day with a sign saying he’d re-open at 8 a.m. on Sunday. I swear I dreamed about those wine glasses all night, and hightailed it back there this morning. To my relief, they were still there, and now were HALF PRICE! I couldn’t pull the money out of my wallet fast enough, and cackled with delight all the way home.

I have someone special in mind to give these wine glasses to, but if you guess the price I paid for them (or whoever comes closest), there’s a giveaway of a copy of A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR, plus a sweet little hand-painted glass container I picked up on my last visit to Nannygoat Antiques.

Leave your best guess in the comments! I'll announce the winner on Monday night.

45 comments:

  1. I would say originally $10.00 each, so when you bought them they would have been $5.00 each for a total of $40.00. Hope I am a winner because the jar is adorable and I can't wait to read the book. Thanks! kuzlin at aol.com

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    1. Good thinking and good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. My guess is $3 for the set! Great find!!!!

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  3. Let's see, more than the 5.00 you had in your purse so I'd say 12.00 then half price 6.00! I adore yard sales. Daughter used to get hauled around on my back when she was a baby. While at college I asked a local (well known) auction house if they accepted interns. Yes! They also sent her to appraiser program so she now does appraising..she will be taking LSAT in December for law school. She would love to work for the Smithsonian in estate bequests or for Forbes. My house has beautiful things like a "touch museum". I don't believe in just look at it. Those are beautiful goblets.

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  4. Had to add, mother did minature rooms as in the Thorne Rooms.

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    1. That's so interesting! I refer to Mrs. Ward Thorne in the book. She created amazing historically accurate miniature rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 20's, even designing most of the textiles, rugs and upholstery herself. Your daughter sounds like she will have a wonderful career!

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  6. I would say the seller was asking $50.00 originally but then at half price it would be $25.00 for the set of eight. Either way it sounds like the sun was shining on your wallet today.

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  7. I am going to guess $15.00. Why, I have no idea! Glad you found a deal!

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  8. i think they were $20 at first marked down to $10 Love the painted container!

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  9. My best guess is that you ended up paying $7.50 for that lovely set of glasses.

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  10. I love to go treasure hunting too. My guess is $20.00 for all eight. Hope I'm close!

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  11. Beautiful glasses. I'm going to guess $12.50

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  12. I'll guess $16

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  13. I'll guess $11.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. I'd say $26. I always wanted to play Price is Right , finally a chance. kphans08@gmail.com

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  15. I'm guessing the original price was $1 each = $7.00. The next day, you ended up paying $3.50 (half price sale)! Great find. Very cute.

    cb (at) carolbee (dot) com

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  16. I will say 25.00
    Candace7399@aol.com

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  17. $25.00 original and you paid $12.50 at half price.
    lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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  18. I love estate sales...always looking for fabric and sewing notions. My guess is $17.00 for the 8 glasses at half off the original $34.00.

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    1. ooops! Here's my email addy...sxygrndma48(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Probably someone who didn't know what they were worth. I have seen that happen many times. Or just want to be rid of them. I will say $35.00 for the set. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  20. 4.75 @alilbitoffaith@gmail.com crossing fingers

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  21. Thought I added the email: meow@marjimmanor.com

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  22. I think $25.... They are beautiful! afarage(@) earthlink.net

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  23. I'm guessing you were really lucky and walked away with these treasurers for a mere $1.75!

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  24. Love making finds like that! BTW, I've gotten to where I look them up on my I Phone while I'm there...gotta love new tools we have today! ha I will guess you paid $10.00...think they were $20 for a set originally. Can't wait to find out who wins!

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  25. Adding email...jenny@jennyhanahan.com

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  26. I'll guess $25. Can't afford to go antiquing myself, so have no idea what things cost. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  27. The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Linda Rima, Malka E and Jenny Hanahan for the correct answer (see next post). Please email me at cate@cateprice.com with your mailing addresses and I'll send your prizes right away. Thanks so much to all who entered! This was fun!

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