Monday, June 9, 2014

Holy Grail

Every collector has a handful of items that they covet. The kind of thing that they would love to add to their collection. Most of the time, those items seem kind of unattainable, especially if you're the kind of collector who doesn't have the money to just go out and buy what you want at any price.

But, sometimes, you get lucky....


The kids had Bible School a couple weeks ago. It was held about 20 minutes from our house for two hours for four days. I didn't want to drop them off, drive home and drive back every night, so I found ways to amuse myself. The last night of Bible School, there was an auction in town. A small auction. And, of course, it fell on the one night where I had to go back to Bible School early to watch the kids' program. But, I still had an hour to spend. I got there about an hour and a half in to the auction. They were just getting started on a trailer full of household items. I scoped it out and found an entire box full of Pyrex and Fire King bowls. The best was a PAIR of these pink striped Pyrex mixing bowls. I have been wanting this bowl for a while, but I wasn't seeing them "in the wild", and I wasn't willing to pay the shipping on eBay. I ended up getting the entire box for less than $45. It had three out of four of the Pyrex primary colored mixing bowls, these two pink striped bowls, a pink banded Fire King bowl and a white painted fruit Fire King bowl! That's a lotta bowls for the price!


So, I was thinking had found my prize for the night. Until I saw them hold up this Fire King tulips range set. This is a true holy grail kind of item. This set sells for about $200. Apparently, I was the only person there that night, who recognized their value, because I paid less than $40. I was giddy!!



Apparently, I've been a very good girl this year, because this past Saturday, Roger and I were visiting an estate sale on our block and I saw this Singer Featherweight machine sitting on the floor. I took a look at the price, shut that box and declared, "MINE!" These little beauties sell for at least $300. I paid $75. Now, THAT is a true holy grail moment!

All three of these lovelies are staying in my personal collection, because frankly, they are things I love, and I'll never get that kind of deal again.


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8 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

ALL great items - I'm so happy for you. What finds. I've actually never seen that tulip set before.

Over the week end I found the 4 bowl primary color set of pyrex at an estate sale - in excellent condition. I have been wanting that set for years and it's always been too much. My husband bargained them to $ 15.00 and I was thrilled.

Jill said...

Lucky, lucky you - a pair of stripes - what's the chance of that? Slim to none around here...

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Fabulous finds! Can't believe the auction price on the Pyrex and Fire King...amazing! Oh those range shakers, be still my heart, lol. Great score on the sewing machine too.

Visiting from Thriftasaurus.

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

Oh wow, you really scored! All items on my wish list (aside from the Singer), so I am green with envy. The lids on the shakers are in such great condition, too!

Donna Wilkes said...

Definitely Holy Grails - all of them. I have a hidden glamor shot somewhere. love the Pin-up pic present.

Anny said...

WOW! That's so great when you can find so much in so little time. The tulip set is truly a holy grail for anyone who knows pyrex!

Greenmare said...

lucky you!!!!

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