I walked up the street to a yard sale this past Friday, and started digging around in some bags and boxes that were out in the front. I had found a couple of things, and then I heard the lady telling someone else that "all that stuff is free".
So, I had picked up this book from 1950.....
...and even though the cover was warped, I liked the illustrations and information inside well enough that I wanted it - especially for free:
These little vintage Christmas things were sitting near the "check-out" area, and I was afraid to ask the price because everything that was neat and/or vintage that I'd asked about had been way more than I could pay. But I asked anyway, and she said 25 cents each.
All righty, then - I think I can handle that:
This little sweetie-pie was in with the free stuff - not sure why she was relegated to that - surely she's worth something? I would have paid for her, but nope, free:
More free books - I figured I could add these to my collection of books on Victorian homes:
I spotted this little gal, below, when I first walked up. She was with the Halloween decorations. And unlike her days gone by when I imagine she was used at a cosmetology school or something, she was having a REALLY bad hair day. Like Fright Night bad.
She also has some smudges on her face that don't seem to want to be removed. I told her "That's all right, honey - we've all had dirty faces at one time or another. And, as it so happens, I could use a little lady just like you to model hats for me, so we'll just cover that hair right up - and don't you worry your pretty little head about it".
"And you can also model some of the vintage Vera scarves I've been finding lately."
I thought I caught her smiling at me when I said that. I was given a price of one dollar for her.
So, I spent $1.75, and walked home with my finds in a plastic bucket - also free. And we were all happy about the whole experience.
And anyway, you know what they always say, don't you?
Two heads are better than one.