Summer Break

Birds1Hello readers! The Snag team will be taking about a month off to recuperate, reorganize and probably clean all of our various garage sale finds. These two paint by numbers were needing a good cleaning after finding them last weekend at a garage sale for $0.50 total!

Let us know if there are any posts or topics you would like to see. We are always on the lookout for ideas and would love to hear from you. Have a great rest of the summer and we will be back soon!


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Christmas in July

I went to two fun sales last week. The first was a Thursday evening church sale and the other was a tag sale. Oh my, did I get my fill of holiday goodies!

These Christmas boxes all came from the tag sale. Vintage Christmas boxes can be just as amazing as what’s hidden within. Aren’t these boxes stunning?


Now lets take a peek inside the boxes! Christmas candles that would have been used in clip-on Christmas tree candle holders to light up the tree before electric lights were used. The boxes are full and most are in unused condition.


The “NOMA” box was super fun to open! Inside I found this fragile tag still attached to the cord of lights.


A patent date of “Oct. 21st. 1924″.

And then there were these lights in the box…



I also found a few Santas. A paper mache Santa candy container, an old card box with Santa on the front and a Santa stuffed toy.


I paid $0.25 at the church sale for the Christmas card box. Once I opened it at home, I was pleased to find it filled with vintage bell ornaments.


The last two Santa’s came from day two of the tag sale which was also 50%-off day! I was second in line to get into the house and knew exactly what I wanted and it paid off. I paid $20 for this paper mache candy container Santa! He is in great condition!


The bottom of one boot has “Patent Applied For” markings on it. Super cool!


The Santa stuffed toy is the cleanest I have ever seen! So I couldn’t pass him up for $5.00!


I paid $10.00 for this 10 piece village of Pulz houses at the church sale. They are all stamped “Japan” on the bottom.


A view of the rooftops.


I love the two separate trees that were also in the bag and also marked with a “Japan” stamp.


My last two finds are not Christmas but Easter. They were the first items on my radar at the tag sale on the 50%-off day and the first items I was able to grab. They are both old Easter bunny candy containers. The people running the tag sale had marked them both as “German” on the price tags. Each would have each been filled with candy for children to find on Easter morning.

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This bunny still has his paper plug with some marking which I’m unable to make out. Can anyone tell what it says?

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This last bunny was the main reason I went back for day two of the sale. I couldn’t believe he was still there and I was able to bring it home!

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I couldn’t be more happy! I also have a lot more non holiday finds from these two sales that I will be sharing in an upcoming post. I am always so surprised with what can be found at sales at great prices!

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Stalking the Chiclets

This past week I got to live out one of my thrifting fantasies: being there the minute something great walks through the door. Seeing that terrific thing pull up in a truck and get carried through the doors—and making a move on it before a single other person lays eyes on it. As I was leaving a thrift store parking lot, I saw these pull up:


They were buried in a huge pile of junk, but even at 20 yards there was no mistaking Ray Wilkes’ modular seating group designed for Herman Miller in 1976 (affectionately known as chiclet chairs). Thoughts of running up and offering the donor cash did cross my mind, but he was giving them to a charity, after all, so I decided to wait at a safe distance.


Once the donor left, I went back into the store and asked for the manager. I told him I had just seen the chairs come in and wondered when they’d be out on the floor. He said they’d probably be out the next day. Knowing their floor was overcrowded with furniture and their donation area is the size of a shoebox, I countered with, “I could take them right now.” Sold. The best part is he shot me a price that is exactly what I would have offered the person donating them. Everybody wins! Well, except the guy who gave them away, but presumably he feels good about making a donation.


The chairs still bear their original Herman Miller tags as well as a date stamp identifying their origin as 1981. It’s hard to find information about the line, but I suspect they produced into the 1980s or 90s.

IMG_7914While these might not be the most amazing things anyone has found in a thrift store, they certainly make up for all those times I just missed something. This is also a good reminder that finding great stuff in thrift stores means going there often. Like really often. This particular store I visit once a week—if I had left the store five minutes earlier, these would have come in and sold by my next visit. Of course the last thing I need is any sort of justification for visiting thrift stores any more frequently than I already do.

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Front Door Dilemma

You know when you wake up one morning and shout, “I’m tired of looking at this maroon front door!” That’s where I am. Despite fifty other projects halfway started, I’m on to thinking about paint colors. Sorry everyone who lives with me and my project ADD.


Oh my, our front entryway is so sad. Except for our cat, Truffle, peeking through the glass. Back to the maroon. I’m pretty sure it is the original color, because there are heavy aluminum awnings in our back with maroon stripes. The storm door was aluminum originally and is now black. We’re going to replace it with a door that is one panel of glass so you can actually see the door. Our doorknob is currently gold, and that will be replaced with a black knob to contrast with the escutcheon.

Here’s the fun part. Paint! I’m glad I put these in Photoshop, because some of the beautiful colors in my mind look…less beautiful on the door.

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In my mind, the pencil yellow color was perfect and now I’m definitely having second thoughts. What do you think?

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Don’t Forget the Free boxes

A few weeks ago I had one sale on my radar. That day it just happened to be raining but it was an indoor sale so I ventured out in the pouring down rain. I was disappointed when I left the sale. There was not a single item that interested me and if there would have been something, the prices were crazy high anyway. Still pouring, I made my way to the free boxes outside beneath a tree by the curb. To my surprise it was one of the best free boxes I have ever dug through.

You might call me crazy but I was not alone, another lady who was equally disappointed by the indoor sale, was also digging though the boxes. We both drove away from the sale smiling and soaking wet!

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A handful of amazing wooden fruit and a wooden leaf tray.

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The hand carved wooden tray is marked “Blair Hawaii, Monkey Pod”.

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A ceramic owl and a large wooden bowl.

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My best find was this owl candle holder.

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I’m so glad nothing was ruined by the rain or broken in the free boxes!

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