Monday, February 4, 2013
The EWWWWW of Thrifting
Here are some of my most memorable "finds" from the past year, all things that make me go "EWWWWWWW".
1. Drafting Book:
I purchased a whole bunch of vintage books from an estate sale early in 2012. Most of them were old textbooks. One in particular was really cool at first glance. An early 1900's drafting book worth a bit of money from completed and current listings at the time. The initial inspection and photo shoot went great! As I was writing up the listing, I had the book open next to me on my desk. A glint on my desk caught my eye. It was a small, perfectly round ball of silver I couldn't catch with my finger. Suddenly, a light went off from high school science and I knew what it was! Mercury! The binding and binding edges of the book contained many, many, many little mercury balls. I still cringe to think of all the places that book went in our place, how many times it was looked at, all the while dropping little balls of mercury all over!
2. Jewelry Box:
We went to a garage sale packed with great stuff last summer. On the table we found a jewelry box/garage storage box full of old odds and ends. We could only get a couple of the drawers open as some of them were so full they would get stuck opening a little bit. We bought the box for under ten dollars. When we got it home and started looking through all the stuff in it and we opened some of the stuck drawers. One of the drawers contained 3 human molars, complete with cavities, fillings, roots, and crevice gunk!!!
3. Pretty Sweater:
This happened recently! I am always cold in the winter, so I am always on the lookout for big, bulky sweaters to wear around the house. I found a pretty, pink sweater that was nice and thick so I bought it for a dollar and brought it home. This particular sweater had two small pockets on the bottom front. I wash ALL second hand clothing the minute I get it home and I reached in to make sure that there wasn't anything in the pockets before it went into the wash. My hand closed around something kinda hard, kinda soft. When I pulled it out, it was USED KLEENEX!!!! Not just "I blew my nose on it" Kleenex, but the gross "Grandma spits phlegm balls" kinda Kleenex! Both pockets were full of it and I had to use kitchen tongs to get the rest of it out, washed the sweater twice, and washed my hands like I was prepping for surgery! (It's cold and flu season here. No chances!!)
4. Meatloaf and Salad and Ketchup- Oh My!
I love to buy flatware at estate and garage sales. What I don't understand is the amount of flatware that I bring home that looks like it was scooped out of the sink after dinner or pulled from the dishwasher before it was actually washed!!! Is it too much to expect people to wash their flatware before putting it into a ziplock to sell?!?
I have also brought home a number of items that were Febreezed, sitting next to a fan, or air freshener only to realize later there was a reason:
Cat/Dog Who Pees Wherever He/She Pleases
And some smells you just can't identify.
I have also found my share of rat/squirrel/mouse poop.
OK, share in the fun! Tell me some of your most memorable "EWWWWWWW" finds from thrifting! I need a good laugh! :)