Saturday, September 6, 2008

Finds and Treasures (9)

Yesterday morning I picked up my dear little mother and we went to garage sales, followed by lunch out together. This is the first time we have had a 'normal' Friday garage sale day together for quite awhile because of her recent illness. She is feeling much better and told me that she felt better yesterday than she has for a year. What an answer to prayer! We had a great time together and found some wonderful things at the sales we found along the way. My best buys were from my neighbor's garage sale - just across the street! I couldn't wait to show you the treasures I found there. My neighbors are a bit older than my sweetheart and I and have purchased a 'winter' home in Arizona. Now they are downsizing and cleaning out a lot of things that they don't want to keep here where they will spend Spring, Summer and part of the Fall each year. I was their first customer when they opened the garage door! Even before I picked up my dear mother and brought her back to the sale! I'm so glad I was over there early because I got things I will treasure. More special because they belonged to my dear neighbor lady.

Nearly three years ago we bought a new dining room set. It opens out bigger than the one we had before. Tablecloths I had for years only fit when it has no leaf or just one of the two leaves added. I have been collecting new tablecloths since then but have not added many to my supply. I was delighted to find that my neighbor had decided to sell two of hers! They will fit my table when it is opened up. This one has fruit in baskets. I didn't open the table - or even press the cloths - for the pictures.

Along the sides of the table. . .

And at the edges, the vine and fruit pattern is elegant.

The other tablecloth is the same Ecru color in a floral pattern.

The sides are filled with flowers and gorgeous designs.

But I really love the corners!I found some old opera glasses in a little leather case.See their name? Turtle.I couldn't leave this little, old, silver ladle. It will be perfect in one of my gravy boats!I love the detail on the handle. Roses!I was thrilled to find each of these beautiful things but that wasn't my best find of the day. When I saw this box I had to check it out. Couldn't leave it there without seeing what was inside.Oh, my goodness! Look what I found.A delicate, exquisite tea set. Made in. . .Luncheon plates. . . cups and saucers. . .And a sweet little teapot! Service for four with a couple of extra plates and an extra saucer. Did you see the price? I couldn't believe my eyes. When I said I would take it our neighbor man said, 'Oh, I feel so much better about this!' He told me this little set had belonged to my dear little German neighbor lady's grandmother. He really didn't want her to sell it. Now he was pleased that I had it and would always treasure it.

I bought some other things through the day. Grandma books for my grandkids, some puzzles and games, a few Christmas ornaments, a tabletop tripod for my new camera and a darling little wooden storage chest that needs a bit of work before I show it to you. I know where it will go when it's finished. But you have to wait! I promise I'll show it to you.

Yesterday's adventures meant a lot to me. Because my dear mother felt good again and had such fun. And because I have some wonderful treasures that belonged to my sweet neighbor. Now how can you have a better day?


  1. What a special time you must have had to be able to go yard saling once again with your Mama. I'm so glad she's feeling better. Hey, I have an idea ~ with that gorgeous table cloth and exquisite tea set, all you'd have to do is make some scones and brew some tea and you would have everything you would need to have a tea party!!

  2. You really hit some great sales..and were rewarded with some fabulous finds!

    Loved the story about your hydrangeas...
    Blue ones are so gorgeous!

  3. Good to hear that your mom is feeling better and that you spent some time together.

    That one tablecloth with the fruit will be so special for Thanksgiving.

  4. Wow, you did great at the neighbor's garage sale. What a darling, beautiful and priceless little tea set. I. . . can't. . . believe. . .it was priced for $1.50!! I'm so glad the precious little tea set found YOU!!

    Can't wait to see what else you have to show us :)



  5. I loved all your treasures Adrienne but I loved it more that your mother felt like going with you! blessings, marlene

  6. How lovely! Your tablecloth is exquisite.
    Looks like we're both on-line at the same time and visiting the same places. (I just saw your comment at Jewels'.)

  7. What a precious treasure in that tea set and in getting to spend time with your mom feeling better.

  8. Oh my goodness is right! What wonderful finds! I love your beautiful tablecloths and the Bavarian tea set is a treasure! And the rose handled silver spoon --- what wonderful yard sale finds!!!

    :) LaTeaDah

  9. WOWOWOW on your finds and the price!!!
    I have noticed that junkin' has healing powers with my own 80 year old mother :) I hope SOMEONE will take me junkin' when I get that way too...I think I'll get a medical bracelet stating that fact...

  10. Hi Adrienne
    You got some great things at yard sales! Hope this week is a good one for you.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  11. oh iam so happy your mom is feeling better..I lost my beloved mom, and miss her each and every min of the day..
    beautiful little treasured you found...

  12. The early bird sure got the worm!! The tablecloth is gorgeous, and the tea set, oh my!! I'm also glad you got it, how sweet of the little man to say that.


  13. I happened upon your blog and just love your vintage table cloth. So pretty. I hope you have a lovely day.

  14. ooooh the tea set is just scrumptuous! What lovely finds!


  15. You found some really great the teapot & cups......aren't yard sales great! So glad you got to spend time with your dear mom.
    Take care, DebraK

  16. Hi there!
    I just found your blog and am enjoying reading!! I just had to comment on this post- you have some LOVELY treasures!!!! What a blessing to find some wonderful things!

    Mrs. U


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