Adventures in Pennsylvania & Auctions







A few weeks ago B and I had an adventurous day exploring our way through Pennsylvania. It may be the state we live in, but its a big one and that means there is always a lot to explore!
Our adventure actually started because on instagram someone had tagged Molly & I in an online auction that looked like it had a bunch of cotton spun cupcake picks. I was curious so I looked for the auction online and saw it was just outside of Lancaster. We decided to take a chance and bid on the auction, which was currently at $12. We bid $15 and waited. We were actually out to dinner together when the auction ended and I cannot tell you how excited we were to win it for $15! I actually bid on a few more items from the auction since there was a lot of craft supplies, and I knew I’d be making the trip regardless.
So the day for auction pick-up arrived and you needed to show up between 5 and 7pm. B and I headed out in the morning and slowly made our way toward Lancaster. Some of the places we stopped along the way were…
Holey Joes – for coffee & donuts. You choose your donut flavors and they make them hot and fresh for you.
the Haine shoe house – they even have a little shoe shaped dog house!
The PA Fabric outlet – Where they had a bunch of older Lizzy House fabrics for under $5 a yard!
Weaver Nut Co. – which is a huge candy store, we got lots of fun stuff
and a used book shop, thrift shop, and antique store…
Then at 5pm we arrived at the auction house. This was my very first time doing an auction besides ebay, and was quite exciting. You go inside and pay for your lots, then they had flyers up explaining where each numbered lot was located. So many people were there picking up their stuff, it was crazy. B and I headed to the basement and I was so excited when I saw the lot of cupcake toppers was even better then I thought. The online photo was very hard to see, kind of far away, and there were many more toppers then appeared. Once I got back into town I drove over to Molly’s house so we could sort and split it all. I took some better photos of the toppers by themselves and I’ll post those tomorrow.

Thrift






Since it’s been awhile since I shared any thrifted finds on here I thought I’d make a post. My sister and I have stopped the weekly thrift shopping for awhile because the stores were just having a lot of the same stuff. We still pop in now and again, but do not go every week like we used to. So the stuff you see here is from the last three months.
The top photo is most recent. Thomas and I took a trip up to Penn State to help Kurt pack up his dorm room, put most of it in storage up there, and bring him back home for the Summer. Since next year he will be in an apartment in State College this could be the last Summer we have him home. It’s really so strange to think about. The drive to State College is a little under three hours, so we made a stop when we saw a billboard for a big antique mall right off the highway. I found the bunka doll first and she was $15 but came with a doll stand. I justified buying her since I have never seen an actual bunka doll in real life, and they seem rather unusual to stumble upon here in the states. Then in another booth I found the kewpie doll for $3 and the bunny planter for $2. The whole booth was filled with items marked down really low. I am kicking myself for not buying the beautiful vintage umbrella quilt that was only $30. That one can live in my mental list of “ones that got away” along with the beautifully decorated metal tree stand covered in smiling snowmen. I had decided not to buy it at the time even though it was only fifty cents.
The set of doll dishes I bought on a day thrifting with my sister. It was the only thing I found that day, but totally worth the $5 it set me back.
The egg salt and pepper shakers were $2 and I found them the day Thomas and I went on an adventure.
The record and book were quite awhile ago, before Easter even-so I don’t remember the details, but they had to be cheap. I don’t like to pay more then $1 for books and $2 for records.
The next photo was from a really good day with my sister, again before Easter so I’m not sure about price details. Again I am cheap when it comes to cutesy knick-knacks so I am sure they could not of cost me too much.
And some final photos from the last couple months. More fun kids books, really cute atomic bowls, and a glass jar for iced coffee. I do remember the jar was only 25 cents because I figured you can buy them knew for about $1 so that was a wonderful price.
Besides buying up fun knew things I have done some cleaning out over the last 3 months. The first time I took 8 bags of goods to donate, and the last time I had ten. I like to think of it as a lovely cycle of always sending items off to be enjoyed by others, but still being able to find cute things to bring home.