Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Look at the pretty crib.

Sorry that I haven't posted in a while, it's been a bit hectic here with classes at the college beginning soon.

A few weekends ago my mother and I went to some great estate sales a ways out from where we live. We found plenty of fun things including a nice free pile and a table that has come in quite handy.

At the first sale we got these cool aluminum lawn chairs and a game called Score Four. I'm always on the lookout for good aluminum chairs with webbing in nice condition and good metal arm rests. These are wider than most and such a fun color! I love them.

At another sale we found a lot of things for quite cheap including some Tupperware, Barbie dolls and clothes (including actual PAIRS of shoes), fun books, and this cute little puppy dog planter.

Mom and I had a slight difference of opinion. It went something like this:

Me: Look Mom, a cute puppy planter!
Mom: That's not cute.
Me: What is wrong with you?
Mom: You seriously think that's cute?
Me: I think it's adorable. And I don't even like dogs much.
Mom: How much?
Me: 75c
Mom: Okay, for 75c, it might be cute.

The yellow rake is from the same sale. My mother saw one like it a while back, and was disappointed to find it was not for sale. It's for my father so that he can rake in between his irises.

This is a child's ironing board that we got with the Barbies. It had a cover on it when we bought it so imagine our delight when we took the cover off and found this:

A family tree of the world's cutest owls! Isn't it just the most darling little thing?

While I was looking at childrens books, Mom noticed a Cosco cart full of cleaning supplies.

Mom: Look!
Me: We don't need anybody's nasty old chemicals or used soap.
Mom: Well, actually, I'm out of baby powder, but...
Me: (eyeroll) Mom!!!
Mom: The cart. Look at the pretty cart.
Me: We already have one of those we want to fix up and paint.
Mom: Looook at the pretty cart. I think this one's bigger.
Me: I don't think so... but probably won't fit in the car. (Thinking: I ain't cramming that big thing into the back seat of the car)
Mom: But look at the pretty cart.
Me: Is it even for sale?
Mom: (to seller) Is the cart for sale?
Seller: $5.00
Mom: (To me) Not a bad price, but you're probably right. We already have one and it might not fit in the car. ...But I can always use another Cosco rolling cart.
Me: eyeroll
Seller comes over: Do you want me to take the stuff off the cart?
Mom: I don't think so. I really like it, but I'm not sure it will fit in the car.
Me: (Thinking) Yay! I don't have to stuff it in the car.
Seller: If you want it, it's $3.00, and I have a screwdriver if you want to take it apart.
Me: (muttering to myself) Crap! I'm gonna have to fit that thing in the car.

(And it wasn't bigger than the other one anyone)

The third sale we went to was in a lovely Victorian house in an older neighborhood. The woman running the sale said her parents had bought the house in the 1950's and she and her sisters had grown up in it together. She had a large pile of free things at the curb that we picked through before even getting up to the house and finding the front porch full of free things including this:

Look at the pretty crib. Yes, that is the cutest freaking crib of all time. And it was FREE. We wanted desperately to take it home with us but had only taken our small Kia out and couldn't get the truck out there to be able to take it home. Later that day we went to IKEA for the first time and I was shocked and a little bit disgusted to find that their cribs look more like animal cages than something I'd want to put a baby in.

From the free pile we got a few things for use in gardening, a cup from a boy scout camp set, a plastic dinosaur (my favorite), some oven mitts for my brother's new place, a large wire laundry basket with liner, and my mother's favorite: a roll of chicken wire! When we went to pay for our things the woman running the sale told us we had to take a clock as her mother had collected them and there were far too many to dispose of otherwise. We carefully chose this tacky little beauty:

At the top of the hour it plays the sound of the animal it is pointing to. It battles with the Rugrats clock I got for my 10th birthday as to which is tackier. I just can't decide.

As we were leaving the sale I saw this outside:

That is a Handy Table and Chair Set made by the Milwaukee Stamping Co. It's a picnic table that folds down into the size of a slim suitcase but is very heavy. There was also a yellow one but it was in much sadder condition.

Deja Vu conversation:

Me: Look at the pretty table.
Mom: It won't fit in the car.
Me: Look at the pretty table.
Mom: eyeroll
Me: But it folds...
You get the drift.

So for only $5.00 we brought home the green one. My father, upon seeing it, told us that in the late 50's his Mother owned one and used it to take dinner to his father out in the fields (they worked a farm). He believes she got it with green stamps.

And this box of jars was also $5.00. It contains mostly short pints with glass lids but also a few blue jars and one half gallon size clear mason. I used my mad packing skills and got everything into the car, but we were pretty much out of money and out of space. Time to head home.

On our way home we hit one more sale and found a fun souvenir apron (I have always had a love of vintage aprons) from Reno, Nevada.

Here is the table with a few of the best things we got:

The Score Four, Scrabble, and apron pattern are all from the first sale. The box of card stock "Christmas leaves" came from the second sale, and the circus pillowcase is from the third sale (the dinosaur is from the free pile). Isn't the Reno apron just so fun?

I'm linking this post to:
Thrifty Thursdays at Bloggeritaville
Garage Salen Party at DebbieDoos
Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday
Thrify Treasures at Southern Hospitality Blog
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm


  1. Hi Betty, So nice to see you!~ Wow you and your Mom know how to find the score. That ironing board is way too cute. I just love that you find the coolest deco items...hard to find those! Thanks for joining me. Have a great weekend. Debbie

  2. Betty, I saw the crib in the link thumbnail and had to comment. That is the very same crib that we grew up with. I remember my brother being in a crib like that when I was 5. I used to spin those balls over and over. I bet it drove my mother crazy! Thanks for the memories!

  3. What a great day you had! Lots of fun things. That table is beautifully designed! Like a piece of modern art. Love those owls....the dog...the chairs...the apron...Great stuff!!

  4. I'm so glad that the crib is too far away to tempt me. I've bought two small cribs in recent years because they were so cute and my daughter's 13!!

  5. What a fun and ecclectic group of finds! Sounds like my kind of weekend!

  6. Be careful about putting a real baby in your cute crib. The restrictions about how close together the slats must be have changed since that crib came out. Babies can get their heads stuck and they can be a real danger.

  7. That dog is cute. Don't listen to your Mother! I love that table. It's cool that it folds up like that and you can carry it around. Great finds.

  8. hi betty, thanks for stopping by my blog...i need to get out to some better sales....you really scored some great finds.

    i love your blog and will put it on my fav's list...


  9. Betty - Thanks for stopping by my blog! That box of jars is KILLER -- so many uses for old jars and they look super cute.

  10. Your finds were great but what I really enjoyed were the stories you shared of thrifting. So much fun! That folding table would have been queezed into my car any way I could to make it fit :) Thrifting with you would be fun.
    Thanks for the tip about the Pyrex collective, such temptation! I'll have to check it out.

  11. Crib: You want to make certain it meets current baby crib safety standards, because babies were getting their heads caught in the vintage/older ones. I know of one case that took a family down a horribly regrettable road they never dreamed they'd travel. Surely a vintage crib could somehow be brought up to current safety standards. You're right: They are the cutest ever!

    Happy week,


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