Treasure Hunting in Littleton

Any time you spend 7 hours checking out yard sales, a flea market, and a store that sells the leftovers from yard sales, chances are good that you’ll find something fun.

This is exactly what happened to my parents, sisters and me last weekend.  The above picture is a sampling of some things I picked up.  Don’t worry, the painting is NOT becoming part of my decor.  The frame, however, is.

It’s seen better days, but I only paid $5 for it.  I’ll give it new life with a fresh coat of paint.  It’s going to be beautiful.

This vintage set of eight silver plated goblets will be right at home with my collection of vintage silver.  Later in the day I added a 9th to the mix for less than a dollar.  The size is a bit off, but it fits right in.  If  I can find one more, I have enough for my whole family!  I love the patina of old silver.  So beautiful.

I scored the mirror for only $1.00.  Again, paint will give it a whole new life.  Please don’t ask me to explain why I can’t seem to leave mirrors behind.   They just call my name, I guess.

I found a silver bread plate, a gravy boat, 4 napkin holders, 6 china butter pat dishes (for my little girls’ toy kitchen)  and a couple more silver pieces for a total of $4.00.  The card games were 10 cents each.

I am not a collector of vintage tin canisters, but every once in a while one gets my attention.  I liked the green illustrations of different herbs along the bottom of this one.  I paid 50 cents for it.

I also found a US flag on a nice wooden pole for $2, a pair of crutches for $1 (which my children haven’t stopped playing with yet), and a Littlest Pet Shop set for $2.    I’d say that the best deal of the day went to my sister who found an awesome little dresser for $3.  My favorite find of the day was also $3, but it deserves a post all its own.  I’m excited to share.

It was a fun day full of surprises, good memories, and some fun finds.  I’ll take shopping like this over the mall any day!

Hopeful Homemaker


  • How fun! I don’t have a creative bone in my body, that’s why my wall hangings are still on the ground. No one has come to hang anything up yet after we painted.

    My mom goes shopping like you and she always finds great treasures. I wish I inherited a LITTLE creativity. Sigh…

  • Janelle

    You always find a gold mine when you go to yard sales. Thats awesome. I’m in New Mexico now but I went with my sister to a bookstore that had a deal where you get a grocery sack and give them $5 and you can load it with as many books as can fit in you’re bag. I had so much fun looking through all these chidren’s books. Some were published in 1920 and a little later. They were all hardback books. I stuffed almost 30 books into that bag. I was so excited. We’ve been enjoying reading them. Hope you’re doing good. School started for us this past Tuesday. We got them registered on Monday and off they went Tuesday. My insides were a mess with worry and just the unknown. The blessing came on Tuesday when they all came home and liked their teachers and had a good day. My biggest worry was Julia with middle school but she likes her teachers real well and I think she’ll be okay. They go for a whole hour longer than they did there so thats been a little tiring. Sorry to leave such a long reply but I hope you enjoy whats left of summer and good luck. Take care.

  • jennifer

    I’ve been thinking about you! I’m so glad that things have gone well so far and that your kids are off to a good start with school. You said it so well, that your insides “were a mess with worry and just the unknown.” I feel that way every year. It’s like I’m starting school all over again, but multiplied by 5. I’m glad you’re enjoying those old childrens books! Sounds like a lot of fun. And thanks for saying hello!

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