Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tag Sale Scores

Today my mom and I went around to a bunch of local tag sales. I love tag sales. Always have. But I think I love them even more now that I have a big old house to fill up. 

The first sale we went to was an estate sale that happened to be on my street. It was an early 1800's house, and everything in the house was basically from the late 1800's to mid 1900's. They had a really cool barn with a lot of old tools and farm equipment, but I mainly focused on everything inside the house. I spent only $40 and got: 
Two pewter dishes, one copper dish and a pack of old sewing pins

 A big envelope of old, unused stamps

An early 1900's Winnie the Pooh book

A Presidential Inauguration invitation for Ronald Reagan
 A beautiful Hitchcock arm chair and matching side table (which folds up) 
We then drove up to Wethersfield and went to an "estate sale" in the historic part of town. I had looked up the address and saw that it was a center chimney house like ours, so I was really interested in seeing it. When we got there, it wasn't an estate sale in the true sense of the word. It was just a regular tag sale, with not that much stuff. I spent $2 and got a small metal tin full of cotter pins and a small glass jar that is empty but is from Keene, NH, so that made me want it. But the best part was that when my mom asked if this was it and there wasn't anything in the house, we brought up how I live in a center chimney and one thing lead to another and pretty soon we were given a tour of the house. It was about 25 years older than house, but was in pretty good shape. Not as wide (deep?) as our house, the funeral door had been removed, a couple small additions were added and the fireplaces weren't as tall, but it's still cool to be in another center chimney!
Next door to the center chimney was a tiny tiny little tag sale, but we actually ended up buying a lot. The owner of the house home schools, so my mom bought a ton of books for her classroom. I spent $1.75 and bought:
Two barbecue cookbooks for Ryan
A patriotic wooden tray that I had to have for my Kitchen as soon as I saw it!
A workbook to learn French for when we have kids someday (It was too cute to pass up!)

A little bit further down the street was another old house having a huge tag sale to support the local softball team. There I spent $2.25 and got:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
A Dairy-Free Cookbook
 The Green Mile by Stephen King
A double boiler for melting chocolate (I got the apothecary jars at a consignment shop later in the day for $3.50)

Then we were off to Farmington for the tag sale that started this whole idea. My mom heard on the radio that a condo complex was having a huge tag sale and so she really wanted to go (and then I found all of the other ones online). Out of all of the tag sales all day, the condo complex was kind of a disappointment.. but we still got a couple good things.
This old map of New England for $5 (which I thought was pretty overpriced compared to my other deals of the day.. but whatever. It'll look nice matted and framed in my Living Room).
The only other thing I got was this bag of organic stuffing/batting for $1. My mom bought a couple things... but like I said, overall, not as great as we thought it was going to be. (I got the mandolin slicer at a later tag sale for $0.50 (or free because my mom paid for it).)

After a quick break for lunch (tag sales end at 2 or 3.. we only had time for the drive thru!), we headed back to Berlin. The first tag sale we saw what we wanted before we even parked the car.
A rocking chair that matched the arm chair I bought earlier in the day! It had two really ugly cushions on it, covering up how pretty it is, which is probably how it lasted so long at the sale! It was sitting right by the road too. I don't even think I looked at anything else these people were selling. I got the chair for $25 (and the guy even threw in the cushions!). We actually ended up needing the cushions though because the chair was too big to fit in my mom's trunk or back seat, so we had the trunk open and I used the strings on the cushions to tie it down (it still scared me though and my mom drove really slow). Luckily we were close to my house at this point. We went to one more tag sale the next street over before heading back to my house to drop the chair off.

This tag sale had a huge blanket filled with Beanie Babies. I used to be obsessed with Beanie Babies (ok.. maybe I still am.. but not as in I buy them constantly.. just as in I can't get rid of them!). A quick glance told me that there were a lot of Beanies on this blanket that were worth some money, so I quickly grabbed them up.
Patti, Cubbie, Quackers, Peanut, Mystic, Happy and Chocolate. All for $1.50. Well, technically I guess $0.50 because my mom gave me $1.
Also got Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King for $0.25.

After dropping off the chair it was only 2:00 and we weren't ready to stop yet. So we decided to just drive around and find tag sales based on signs. We drove to Middletown and finally found what my mom had been looking for all day: a cheap ($7) playpen (for the chicks because they're too big for their cage now). For $2, I got:
A cute mason jar with a bicentennial (1776-1976) logo on it
A cast iron skillet (I've always wanted one to cook with but this one might only be for decoration.. unless I can clean it really well) (This skillet, by the way, is worth about $80. And I got it for $1.)
And my mom got me this for my office for $2. It looks similar to one I've been eying at Pottery Barn..
One more to go. This one had a ton of stuff.. and since it was toward the end of the day the lady was basically giving it all away (once she heard my mom was a teacher she gave her basically all of the holiday decorations for free).. For $5 I got...
 Two Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks (Casseroles and Hamburger/Ground Meat Recipes)
 A cute basket (tall, like for magazines)
 Some apple/pinecone garland (hard to see in the picture, but I love it! Very country!)
 Three Beanie Babies
A cute chicken box I love chickens!
An interesting box that she said is at least 100 years old. It definitely looks at least that old. And it has a really cool old leather handle. I'm planning on using it somewhere in my Kitchen I think. She wanted $5 for the box, so basically I got everything else for free.

All of my tag sale purchases (plus the jars from the consignment shop) totaled $88.25. Not bad for 3 pieces of furniture, 5 cookbooks, 2 regular books, and a bunch of other treasures (and stuff I can re-sell online for even more!)


  1. Shelley, what great finds!!! I am trying not to shop until we are actually living in our house, but I did buy a cute embroidery on Saturday. LOL
    I'm currently on the hunt for an unlacquered brass kitchen bridge faucet! Everything new is lacquered but we want the brass to get the patina!

  2. Thanks Ann! I did the same thing.. I waited until we were living here before buying things. It's a lot easier because you can picture the room when you're in the store or at the tag sale.

    That faucet sounds beautiful! I hope you find one!!