Estate Sale Plus More Pink

A friend dropped by Friday to tell me that there would be an estate sale down the street from us Saturday morning and knew I would want to go. I had to work at the flea market Saturday, but had plenty of time to walk down there and look around. I did get a few things that I think I can sell at my booth.


As you know, I love vintage Homer Laughlin dishes, and these oval serving bowls were a no-brainer. I have had a lot of vintage HL over the years (some I kept and some I sold), and I have never seen these bowls, except in photos, of course. Anyway, the one on the right is the Republic shape and the pattern is Jean. I have always liked the pattern, and I have another bowl in this pattern that belonged to my grandmother. The mark indicates it was made in 1950. The one on the left is Virginia Rose, and this pattern does not have a name, only a number. The pink and white floral pattern is one of the most common patterns seen on the Virgina Rose  shape, which causes many people to make the mistake of calling the pattern Virginia Rose instead of the shape. The mark indicates that it was made in 1951.


I also found this lovely vintage tureen. It is 100% complete {tureen, underplate, ladle, lid} with no chips or other flaws at all. I had one of these a few months ago that sold pretty quickly, and I should be able to do the same with this one. It has an old mark and is probably from the 40s or 50s. I was unable to find the exact manufacturer name when I researched the mark before; I only know that it was made in California.


I have never tried to sell any vintage celluloid, commonly called “French Ivory.” When I saw this little box, I knew immediately that it was French Ivory and very collectible. However, what I always have to consider is if it would sell in my market. I really just don’t foresee French Ivory collectors coming in to my small town flea market. However, I am willing to take a chance on it. Because I wasn’t sure about it, I asked if I could have it a little lower than marked, and the lady took a little bit off the price. This was probably a dresser or jewelry box; most dresser sets were made of French Ivory. My preliminary research does not show this box as part of a set, which is why I also think it could have been for jewelry instead of a dresser box. It is pretty dirty, the reason that I do not have a close up pic of it. I will try to take one after we finish cleaning it. It has Asian motifs on it, dragons and the bird may be a pheasant or even a phoenix. French Ivory cannot be immersed in hot water, so it will take me a while to get it clean.


This small black vintage pitcher looks an awful lot like Camark to me. There was no mark; however, remnants of the original price sticker were still on the bottom. I can’t be sure, but it surely looks like it could have been the Arkansas shaped sticker that Camark used.


I went on to work at the flea market and gave David instructions to go back at 12 when everything would be put on half price. Normally, we don’t leave at lunch, but Saturday was slow, so I ran home for a few minutes. Just as I was pulling into the driveway, David called and asked I wanted him to buy the Christmas plates. I told him that I would come on down, so just drove down there. I had spied the Christmas plates earlier but did not purchase them because I didn’t think I could make much. However, at half price, I should be able to make a profit. There are 10 of them in perfect condition.


I had seen a box full of Christmas glasses earlier, but like the plates, did not think that I could make any money off them. At half price, I snapped them up. This nice serving bowl was in the box, and I sold one like it last year, so hopefully it will sell.


Two different sets of mugs were also in the box. Last year my mug sets sold well, although individual mugs did not.


Both sets have 4 mugs in them.


I did not realize until I got to the bottom that this sugar and creamer were in the box as well as some matching salt and pepper shakers, which I did not photograph. I am working on dumping out the old salt and pepper and cleaning them up. I think that I can sell this set for what I paid for the entire box; everything else will be profit.


OK, here is what I saw in the box and the reason that I purchased it. I could tell that there were a good many of them in the box.  The down side was that nothing in this box was stored well–just sort of laid in the box with no packing as all, so I was not sure about breakage. When I was checking out, we tried to carefully unload and pack things a little better so that I could make it up the street. I am not sure, but I think we found either 3 or 4 broken ones. When I got home, I unloaded the glasses straight to the dishwasher, and I had 22 of them. I am thrilled and will have to decide if I am going to sell them as 1, 2, or 3 sets or individually.


I had spied a table full of Christmas items when I was there earlier. Although none of them were priced very high, I did not want to take the chance on purchasing any of them. Sometimes holiday items sell well; sometimes they don’t. When we went back at 12, very few of the things on that table had been sold. I asked the lady if she would make me a price on the entire table, and she did.  I am hoping that I can sell this cute snowman cookie jar with the Cracker Barrel logo on the bottom for what I paid for the entire table and everything else will be profit.


Some of the things on the table had never been used, like this votive holder. The candle goes in the base of the tree.


Then top the base with the tree, and the flame flickers through the holes in the tree (which really don’t show up in my photo).


This little plate should appeal to snowman collectors.


One of these candy jars was in the glassware box and one of them was on the Christmas table.


Most of the Christmas items, both the ones that had been used and the ones that had not, were still in their original boxes. The votive is on the back of this piece and will illuminate the scene.


I am glad to have the boxes for packing and storage.


I won’t use them in my booth, however.


They take up too much room, plus the items will sell better if they are visible.


I will admit to being a little nervous about this purchase.


Last year, my Christmas items just did not sell as well as I would have liked.


I had actually made up my mind when I started back at sales this spring that I would not buy a lot of Christmas things.


Well, that resolution just flew out the window when I saw the table and negotiated a good price for it.


Of course, anything we purchase for resell is always a risk. There is no way to ever really know what will sell and what won’t.


We decided to go for it.


Hopefully, the booth updates that I give you in December will report a lot of sales!


Speaking of booth updates, May was really slow. I did make a profit, but it was still down.


Our flea market owner even said that May was unusually slow for everyone.


So far, June has been a little better for me, but not much. We expected a summer slow down, but not quite this much or this early. I hope that June will improve over the next couple of weekends.


I could not photograph this peace  and do it justice. First light the candle that is in the votive holder.


Then place the holder inside the frosted glass. The flickering of the candle almost makes it look as if the design moves. It is really neat.


This is a 3 piece teapot.


It comes apart to show the teacup, pot and lid. Really cute!


OK, I have saved what I think is the best for last. I came really close to purchasing this pink tablecloth and 10 matching napkins when I went the first time, but didn’t. When I saw them still there and that I could get them for half price, I snapped them up. I started my tablescape with gold chargers.


Of course, you know what dishes I had in mind when I bought the linens, don’t you? I used the gold chargers to give a little separation between the solid tablecloth and the HL Sunrise plates.


For the top plate, I went back to the Danube. Love the way this stack looks together.


I decided to put the napkins in a simple gold napkin ring since chargers and plate rims are gold. The aqua flatware give a little unexpected surprise color to the setting.


Of course, my pink glasses and my  clear goblets were perfect with this setting. Are you ready for the piece de resistance?


Isn’t this soup tureen gorgeous! I fell in love with it when I first saw it at the sale, but didn’t get it.


When I went back at 12, I snapped it up at half price. The mark is Taylor, Smith, Taylor, an old company. I’m not sure if I am reading the mark correctly, but I think it was made in 1949. My preliminary research hasn’t turned up much, but I will continue and keep you posted.


Although I had planned to leave the table as is, I thought that I might as well used the HL bowls since they continue both the pink color and the vintage dish theme.


I plan to keep the table linens, at least for a while.


I plan to sell the tureen, but I will go ahead and admit to falling in love. I have to be realistic about my storage space, but I will keep it for a little while, anyway. I’ll keep you posted on what I do with it.


As you can tell, I had a great weekend of both tablescaping and merchandise purchasing. I wish you as much as I had in your bargain shopping and decorating this week!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 




About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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14 Responses to Estate Sale Plus More Pink

  1. paula1bob says:

    Do you have a place on-line that you sell items? Love the cream tureen above. Thank you.

    • Bev says:

      I tried an online store for awhile, but I did not have a lot of traffic. I find it is easier just to let readers contact me if they are interested in something, send me their zip coded so that I can get a shipping price for them, and then send their item as soon as I get their money order in payment. It does take a little longer that way than if I had an actual online sales site, but so far the customers that I have sold to do not mind. It is really up to you if you want to go any further with that. Just contact me by email. Thanks.

  2. Marigene says:

    Bev, looks like you went on a shopping spree! Your tureen does look like the ones produced by California Pottery. Your dishes look great on your new pink tablecloth!
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Bev, you HAVE to keep that tureen! It goes so well with your china; I think you’ll regret selling it…..just sayin’……Rosie @ the Magic Hutch P.S. All you finds were great ! Thanks for sharing.

  4. vickyhunt says:

    Oh my…you found some beatiful things! I especially love the tureens…they are both so pretty! The two bowls are also lovely. Great Christmas finds and hopefully you will sell most of it! There are some really nice pieces and a couple are unique which should peak the interest of Christmas lovers! Hope your week is going well…:)

    Blessings, Vicky

  5. Marianne says:

    Lovely, Bev.


  6. Melody says:

    Wow Bev…what a haul!!
    It;s all so….festive….just no snowy thoughts right now..ugh.
    Your table is beautiful. I love the color combo.
    Happy Rednesday

  7. LaVoice says:

    I would say you had a big day on this outing. You found some great things will definitely sell if you want to. Homer Laughlin is getting very popular again.

  8. Katie says:

    You hit the jackpot with some neat finds. I like that you found so many Christmas trinkets. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I love all the finds you have -the table setting is pretty -I especially like the Danube salad plates -thanks for sharing!

  10. plutrell says:

    Love the tureen…great find! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog hop!

  11. Patti says:

    So many nice finds! The tureen and the fabulous table scape are my favs!
    Thanks so much for sharing themHugs,

  12. Kathy says:

    Beautiful Estate sale finds! Love your tablescape too – I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Sherry says:

    I have been looking for awhile for a white soup tureen. And then to find that rose one! What a deal! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

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