Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tennis, anyone?

Our vacation was winding down and we wanted to get our kayaks out on the water one more time.  Living in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" we have plenty of choices in every direction.  That morning I chose Murphy Lake, which is about a 30 minute drive from our house.  We had never been on that lake before AND I spotted this little ditty in the morning newspaper.

We had to park about a mile away from the cabin on a dirt access road because some poor woman put her new SUV in the water filled ditch, blocking all traffic coming and going from the sale.  Not a good morning for her.  Bill stayed in the car while I walked down the road, my pace getting faster, and faster as I spotted all the goodies the early birds were carrying to their cars!         
Darn!  I knew I should have gotten out of bed earlier!

I kept in mind that anything I bought would have to be carried back to the car by me.  Luckily, I didn't find any big ticket items. 

I've been looking for a few of these exercise/juggling pins and these were pretty reasonable.  I think they are the perfect autumn accent for the mantel.  Maybe I'll even work out while I'm watching HGTV.  Or not.

Now why do you suppose nobody nabbed these at only $12 apiece?  We all tried, unsuccessfully, to pull the tennis balls off to see if the finials were intact.  I decided to chance it.  Really, how bad could it be?

The rubber was actually petrified!  I had to use a hacksaw and pliers to pry the tennis balls off the chair.  Quite a workout, but look what I found underneath.............

Perfection!  One for Finley, one for Mack.

My arms were full, but I had room for one more thing.

Did I mention that   I.  Love.  Old.  Clocks!!!

Just look at the marvelous details.

A sweet message from the previous owner.

Price $20.

Right about now I can hear my mother,"Jack come and look what Vickie just paid good money for!"
Really, all it needs is a good cleaning, some wood glue, and a battery powered clock mechanism.


I'm linking up to Junker Newbie's "Would You Buy It?"
So...........would you?

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  1. Mack loves his lil chair. I see a photo shoot in his future. ;)

    Love the juggling pins! Super cool!

    Hopefully we'll find some good things at Junk Bonanza, too :)

  2. Yup ... Finley has just been a sittin' + a readin' in her chair all weekend ... heh heh. Ok, maybe not yet! But I know she has been dreaming of it!

    Thanks Gwamma!

  3. Fun finds! Wonder if my sister & brother in law got to that sale?? Oh, and fun seeing you on Miss Mustard Seed.

  4. Absolutely love those bowling pins. You got a few great things at that estate sale.

  5. Love those cute little chairs! The old clock is amazing! My Mr. loves old clocks so I am always on the lookout for them! I enjoyed my visit to your blog!


  6. Those tennis balls on the children's chairs....who would do that? Maybe it was a safety precaution so in case they would bump into those, they would be protected. Weird. Anyway I love your blog and am going to sign on as a new follower. Would love a visit from you.


  7. You scored some fabulous finds, Vickie! The little chairs are so sweet. I actually saved the child's wicker rocker I bought for my daughter when she was two. I just passed it on to my granddaughter last year, when SHE turned two. Aren't grands the greatest!!! ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  8. Love the clock and the cute little chairs! I'm just about out of room but I would have bought the chairs for the doll room! The dolls are having a tea party sitting on boxes...pretty boxes! heehee! ♥


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