This year, my mom and I decided to make an overnighter of it. We had grand plans to leave on Friday, drive all the way into Ohio, spend the night, and work our way back slowly over the weekend. Sadly, our plans were partially foiled by atrocious weather. On Friday morning we set out in rain, heavy dark clouds overhead. At first the yard sales were few and far between or closed down and wrapped in tarps to keep the merchandise dry. We finally hit a good stretch of sales (and a patch of dry weather) about an hour into the trip, but shortly thereafter we were treated to a monsoon-like deluge. On the recommendation of a local, we took refuge at the Flamingo Diner (just like it sounds ;) and waited out the storm.
Thankfully, once we got going again, things cleared up and the sales started to appear.
Like last year, there was good and bad. Some obvious dealers with vintage items priced at full retail, but also lots of small, cluttery sales with vintage and modern and pure "junk" mixed in, all at great prices.
|A Pyrex collector's paradise|
|Mid-century barber chairs, anyone?|
|This dealer turned everything upside-down so his kitchenware wouldn't fill with rain!|
We worked our way all the way to the Ohio border before finding a hotel for the night. That evening, we ventured out to a Goodwill we had spotted in the town where we were staying and made some great scores, then returned to the hotel, only to lie awake all night monitoring threatening tornadic storms that were heading our way from Oklahoma City. (Gotta love the Midwest!)
The next day, we meandered our way back home, and although the weather wasn't much better, we didn't run into anything severe and hit some really fruitful sales.
All in all, it was still a FANTASTIC weekend, a memorable adventure, and a great buying trip all rolled into one. Although the sales weren't as prolific as last year due to the rain, we still managed to fill our SUV to the brim (and then some)!
We spread everything out on my mom's dining table when we got home, to inspect and divide it all. My mom got some amazing milk glass pieces for next to nothing, which are perfect for her Etsy shop Trellis Weddingware:
I hit the jackpot with loads of vintage glassware and brass pieces, as well as some other fun odds and ends:
Here are a few of my favorite Highway 40 finds:
|A plethora of fabulous glassware...|
|A cool set of vintage brass bar tools with marble-based caddy. You'd weep if I told you how little I paid for these! ;)|
|This Art Deco amber glass vanity set is so pretty in person! I love the ring holder and all the triangular pieces.|
|A veritable zoo of gold animals...|
|I was soooo excited to pick up this vintage aqua fan for just a few dollars. It even works! |
And the piece de resistance...
|A set of four mint-condition Shoji glasses! You may remember my ongoing obsession with this glassware...I paid $20 for all four, which (believe it or not) is a bargain for this pattern, especially in this condition.|
Thanks for bearing with me through all these photos. I guess I needed an "epic" post to describe my epic thrifting trip! How about you: have you ever tackled one of those "endless yardsale" experiences?
Happy thrifting, all!
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