Go East, Middle-Aged Women

I’m writing two posts in a row because Kathy did more than her fair share while I was off traveling.  I’m home again with no excuses for not being productive besides driving 3000 miles!  I have I-80 memorized between Wyoming and Chicago; talk about a waste of brain cells!

Some time around the end of November and the beginning of December last year, we went to an estate sale that sounded amazing.  It was in Greeley, which is about 30 miles to the east of Fort Collins.  We don’t typically go that far for an estate sale, but lately we’ve been a bit more venturesome, and 45 minutes of driving didn’t seem that far for some interesting items.

Immediately upon walking into the kitchen, we noticed this shelf:

The kitchen was tight, and there were lots of folks in there, so I couldn’t get a straight on picture.  The picture on top of the shelves was a print of this famous bronze statue:

End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser is located in Waupun, WI.  There are many, many copies of this work of art.  In fact, I’ve seen the print numerous times without realizing that it was based on this bronze.  That seems like a really sad picture to be over a shelf full of goofy things; I’m looking at you, giant squirrel and silly owl.  This style of decoration was pretty much all the homeowner had.  It isn’t our thing, and really no one seemed to be putting this stuff in their baskets.

This sign confused us:

Why would anyone want to climb a prairie dog?  Is it okay to climb them outside?  Is this such a big problem in Greeley that a person would pay 25¢ for a misaligned second-hand sign?  We came up with a couple of scenarios where prairie dogs might be a problem.  If they were infected with bubonic plague, well, you might want to steer clear of the area.  If you were to get bitten by an infected flea, you could get the plague.  It is treatable with modern antibiotics, but why risk it?  The other problem might be if you were riding a horse through the area and the prairie dog town holes might lead to your horse being injured.

I couldn’t get my camera out in time to snap a photo of this suit:


Do yourself a favor and click on the picture.  On the hanger was a casual jacket and a pair of matching pants.  It was the wildest vintage outfit that we’ve seen in a while!  The man who bought the suit was really proud of it; I think he was planning on wearing it!  I apologize for the long distance picture through a screen, no less, but we were desperate to capture the craziness.  I’m hoping that Kathy can add some information; she got a better look at it in the house. ( note: it was a full suit done of faux leather, read Naugahyde, patchwork!  It was probably worth a small fortune, to clothing collectors, but we hope to never see one again! )

Not only was the house chock-full of stuff, so was the backyard:

It was all cheap junky kind of stuff that we aren’t all that interested in.  I think we picked up a few small things, and I did buy one bigger nice thing, but for the most part we just looked around stunned.  Usually when there is this much stuff, we can find a few things.  It was hard to look in the backyard since there was snow on the ground, and lots of unpacked tubs.  You don’t want to get things wet, and there was nowhere to safely sort though them.  Just bad planning and bad luck that the weather didn’t cooperate.

This was right up by the check out:

I’m not sure that anyone will buy that terrarium for $15.  As a fad, it’s sort of long gone, so you would need to find a crazy plant person.  They would have to start over because this is just a big ole mess.  I could see growing some tiny orchids or tropicals in there because it would be easier to manage the humidity.  It might also appeal to a fairy gardener to set up a little diorama, or even several dioramas.  Half price would make it a lot more attractive, but I wasn’t about to drive back over there on Saturday to see if it was still available.  This is big enough that I wouldn’t be able to hide it in the house, and I already have a bazillion house plants, to boot.

I did buy this teapot:

I really loved the color and shape of this old McCoy teapot—I’ve been finding and buying quite a bit of Art Deco stuff lately.  If this were the 1990s, this teapot would have been long gone, since McCoy just flew off the shelves.  But, being 2019, I bought this for only $10.  Antique Roadshow is right that no one wants old pottery, glassware, and dishes.  This ended up going to MI with me; my sister has an amazing teapot collection, but didn’t really have a good Art Deco one.  I still get to see it, but don’t have to find room in my crowded display cabinet.  Win-Win!

We went to the thrift store afterward, and continued to find the same style of things:

This tile-topped table would have fit right in at the estate sale house.  It needed work to make it a dull, but okay plant table for outside.  The wood needed some TLC—sanded, painted, stained, and sealed  and then it wobbled.  I think there are better options out there.

I think this is the ugliest tankard I’ve ever seen:

I’m not sure why anyone would bother saving this from the trash can.  It seems a fitting end for brown and yellow pirate!

That’s all for this week.  We will be shopping together tomorrow for the first time in about a month.  I’m sure we’ll come upon lots of mayhem and craziness; check in to see what we find!

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2 Responses to Go East, Middle-Aged Women

  1. Great Teapot find, and Yes, I wouldn’t bother digging outside in the cold through packed unpriced bins…LOL.

    • kathy & deb says:

      It was quite the lazy man’s estate sale. Lots of unpriced things, and tons of stuff in tubs—two of our biggest peeves! If there had been a hint of something vintage or fun in the tubs we might have looked at a few, but ugh, it was all pretty trashy!

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