Highway Sale

A few weeks ago my dad and I decided to haul my two boys along for a early morning highway long sale. I had never been to the sale and have always gotten mixed reviews but my dad and I were up for the challenge. My first finds was at a farm house right off the highway. We drove past it and I’m glad I made my dad turn around because I walked out with this light which they had just pulled out of the old farm house.

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At the same farm I found this world history map that had been bought from a school auction. It consists of 10 maps in all. I couldn’t believe the $20 price tag on it. Each map is full of lots of colors. My sister made claim to it so it will hanging it in her basement.

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At another farm stop I found a group of license plates for my husbands garage wall collection. Not too shabby paying $1.50 for all 6 plates.

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This “Made in Taiwan” floor-standing gumball machine replica, which is in great working order, is for my boys.

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I couldn’t resist these two miniature bone china bird family sets. They are so tiny and cute.

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I also had a wee bit of Christmas luck. Aren’t these two Christmas elves creepy?

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A very cute set of reindeer.

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Also a Knox Gelatine recipe book with a copyright date of 1927!

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Many of the recipes look tasty but I think I will pass on everything on these two pages.

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My favorite find of the day came from a teeny tiny town. I have been looking for a lightning rod at the right price for a few years now. This one was priced at $20 and came with not one but two milk glass balls. I asked the seller where he had gotten it from and he said it had come off of his older friend’s early 1900’s house in town. My boys asked me what it was and I was able to point two houses down from the sale to find a home with one still sitting on the roof. I love these things and finally have one.

IMG_3929Many times the ornamental lighting rod balls were broken when little boys with BB guns used them for target practice. Darn kids but it would be very tempting, don’t you think?

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2 Comments

  1. Victor
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Nice snag on the lightning rod and lightning rod balls! That’s a more than fair price on those, too!
    In case you hadn’t already found out more about it, the patterned ball is called the “Moon and Star” ball by us collectors. It was offered by the Goshen Lightning Rod Company, which started in the early 1900’s (but later merged with the West Dodd company. They called it the “Goshen Design.”

    • Tammy
      Posted August 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Victor! It was so fun finding it. I’ve heard about your amazing collection! Thanks for the information.

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