September 11, 2009

I found the pot of gold...Garage Sale Gold!

I didn't think I would make it to any garage sales this morning. I was running late...After all, I didn't get out the door until after 11am! "It's probably too late", I thought, "Maybe I should just get on with my errands."
But then I saw it...a golden sign posted at the first corner, its arrow pointing me to the right...a few more streets and yet another sign luring me on...this time it pointed straight ahead...still another gold sign kept me on track and finally one more gold colored poster landed me right at my destination...a garage sale. I quickly exited my car and as I approached the wares I spied them...piled high on a sheet in the driveway with a sign that read,
"Vintage Table Cloths $5 each"

Oh My I browsed the stash of jewels I could see that each one was more wonderful than the next!
How would I choose? Which ones would I pluck from the pile?

$5.00 a piece could add up very quickly, I knew.
What to do?
I called my sister, Diane, in California for a little coaching.
She confirmed that $5 was indeed a great price for a vintage tablecloth in good condition and advised me to scoop it up. And that's when I told her there must be at least 25 or 30 in the stack! "Oh my!", she gasped.
After conferring for a few moments I knew what to do... I walked up to the proprietor and offered her a price for all of her treasures! She agreed and trust me...she was more than generous! She piled them into a jumbo sized baggie and off I went with my newly acquired treasure chest!
"Ah Yay"...I faintly heard myself say!

So here they are...each a gold nugget of "Time Gone By"!

The collection includes 13 state cloths, 5 Spanish Flavor Motifs and 11 gorgeous florals!

Boy do I feel lucky!
One sale and I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

I hope to get some of them up on ebay and etsy very soon...gotta keep some for myself.

Here are some pictures of a few of the highlights!

Is there a favorite that you see?


debi said...

WOW!! Looks like you hit the jackpot! Beautiful!

Holly said...

Way to go Carrie! ♥ I'm so glad you showed us some close ups! The Swiss looking one with the red dots is my favorite. Or the red and aqua or... ☺

Lori said...

Carrie, you really DID hit the jackpot!!! good for you:) i love the one with the dotted red border...and the red and blue floral...gorgeous!!!

Bev @ The 3 Clutters said...

Every Thrifty shoppers dream! Amazing colors and styles. Glad I stumbled across your blog. I love it. I am now a follower.

Pen Pen said...

OMG! You did hit the jackpot. How exciting for you. I'll bet you felt like "running" to the car, just in case she changed her mind. :o)

Deborah said...

Fantastic!!! I can't wait to see them on your shop. What a good deal maker you are!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would have gotten so excited...I would have passed out! lol What an amazing bag! I love the Florida and the one with the Grand Canyon and then at the bottom left of the last group photo there's one with palm tress and a guitar that looks interesting! It takes my breath away to see such treasures have survived! Makes me happy that you have them now!

Nancy said...

WOW! you did find a pot of gold! Great finds!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me at Southern Lady! Hope you will come back again! Nancy

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh I love the chicken on with the county fair on it...How much you want?


What a great deal and they look wonderful :)
I'm just a "tad" jealous!!
The post about John was very touching.
Happy Weekend.
Deb :)
P.S. Glad you called Diane!!! and bought all of them.

Elyse said...

OMG are these ever cute! way to go on making an offer and getting all of them!

i have seen very cool pillows made from the state tablecloths. might be a fun idea.

they are all so fun! way to go!!!


BECKY said...

WOW WEE, Carrie!! You did hit the jackpot for sure! I was just looking at some vintage table linens the other day, and sadly left without any. They weren't however at yard sale prices! :o(

I am ecstatic for you, sweetie! I know how much joy this brought you! Will you be able to part with any? The state maps are pretty collectible, aren't they?

Well, have fun!!
Love n hugs,

Country Dreaming said...

Oh goodness--
I just would want them all too!
I have a tendency to buy any I see
and use the ones with
imperfections on our deck table.
I save the "good" one's in the house.


PS Hope to see you soon over at Dreaming.

koralee said...

Wow....they are beautiful! Don't you love life when something like that happens..I bet you were singing all the way home in the car!

Utah Grammie said...

Those are great! What fun...and oh the stories they could tell, huh??!

I'm just learning about asking or "whole lot" far, it works every time:-)

Diane said...

You sure needed to hit a sale like that! It was time and I know soon the weather will change and you will have fewer Garage Sales, so this was a must! Congratulations (: Love, Diane

Renee said...

Carrie seriously, you always score the best stuff. I can never find anything.

Love Renee xoxo

Tracy said...

Wow!!! What finds! You definitely hit Garage Sale Gold. Way to go! = )

sweetiepie said...

Great find! Things like that are what make life fun.

Take care.

Charmingdesigns said...

They look like they are in wonderful condition.

creative breathing said...

Carrie, I am beyond excited for you! Truly this is a pot of gold. Your telling of the day made me feel like I had found the gold myself. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see which ones you keep! Elizabeth

Joy said...

You hit the mother load! Well I really love all of them but especially the one with the mexican theme going on.

Sarah said...

Absolutely wonderful finds. Love vintage textiles. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Hope to see you again soon. ~ Sarah

Courtney said...

Yay! Good for you, they are all really beautiful. I especially love the third one from the bottom. Something about the green really appeals to me.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love to use vintage tablecloths, and let me just tell you that you really hit the jackpot! What a deal. Those are some fabulous tablecloths. laurie

Kim G. said...

pot of gold indeed! You scored big time!

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, your blog name was intriguing to me…Cottage Cozy, so I peeked in for a look. You have a lovely blog; I just joined your followers.

Love & Hugs

Kindred Spirit Soap Co. said...

Those are great table cloths. You are very lucky!!! And you meals that you prepare look devine.
Have a great day>
Julie, Kindred Roses

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