2/07/2015 Yard Sale Finds

There were no estate sale this week worth going to but I won some cool things at auction! Check them out below 🙂

This is a 1970 Diving Helmet ice cooler. I love the look and the fact that its vintage. I have wanted one of these since I first saw one a few years ago.


This wooden box was a happy surprise for me as it came in a box lot I won at the auction. It was emptied out of whatever old meter thing was in there and just this awesomely beautiful wooden box was left. Perfect to sit on a shelf and use as a shadow box. I love the industrial look it has and the fact that the glass in uncracked and it has the cool white metal “frame” still inside the glass, I am having a love affair with this box clearly, lol.


I saw this small metal pilot bust at the auction and thought he had a cool look to him so I bid. No one else wanted him so I won 🙂


These 4 pages are part of a 1920’s scrapbook I won. I simply bid on it because of these car pages which I fell in love with for some reason. They are magazine cutouts and then whoever glued them inside the book painted the car names underneath. I like how the white pating kind of yellowed, that way you can tell these are old:) I was thinking about framing them and putting them up for sale. I think they would look cool hanging on a wall.


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Thank you for checking in with my blog to see what awesome things I have discovered this week from estate and yard sales!

For this week I purchased a whole bin full of ninja turtles and a few other random actions figures from an estate sale. I’ve done well with vintage ninja turtles before so I knew if they weren’t too expensive, I should grab them. They are in good shape too, weren’t dirty at all, which is rare for 20 year old action figures. These are destined for ebay unless someone contacts me prior to make a deal. I am willing to negotiate on price because I am short on time.

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I found these 12 press photographs at an antique store. All airplanes, some really cool images. I love black and white photos. I have also had press photos before and did extremely well with them. And by extremely well, I mean, I purchased an whole box at a regular old yard sale for $20 and ended up making $1000 or so. But I had some real gems in there.. Kennedy, Woodstock, Nazis, St Valentines Day Massacre, Prohibition, just to name a few. I kind of wish I had held on to a few of them, they would have only gained value. But alas, on to the next deal. . .


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What I have been doing the last few months..

Less buying, more selling. That is why I have not had my weekly “Find” posts as I did all Summer. Yard and estate sales have died down, there are only 1 or 2 a week now in my area as opposed to the 20-30 that there normally are. I am selling now as much as possible on ebay and my local auction to get caught up before the season starts up again.

Below are just a few items I have acquired recently..

This is an autograph album from the 1980’s with over 80 signature photographs and letters from many famous opera singers including Placido Domingo. I paid only a few dollars for this as it was in a pile of items I purchased out of a very dirty garage from a local estate sale.

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I purchased this vintage brass sign from a garage sale about a month ago. I think I paid around $20 for it. Samuel Rappaport was a local Philadelphia, Pa real estate infamous “slumlord”.

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This is an industrial fan by Hunter FAN and VENTILATING Co. out of Fulton NY. I purchased it a few weeks ago from a local flea market for $20. It was a bit of a struggle getting this home but in the end, when it sells, I think the trouble will be worth it. It is very cool standing 6ft tall with huge fan blades and a heavy cast iron base. It still works and is surprisingly extremely powerful.


6/29/2013 Yard Sale Picks

Here is a really neat photograph dated 1935 and signed Sarony in Philadelphia. It depicts a Jewish nursing school class. I purchased this at a Quaker flea market for $25. There is something so interesting about antique photographs.