While I was out going to the Grocery Store today I ran across a couple of estate sales and decided to stop and see what kind of neat things I could find. The first one was just down the street from me and I was wandering around and found a pair of fruit cake tins sitting in a bedroom and shook them to see if anything was in there. Of course it rattled and I had to see what it was.
I found a bunch of notions in the tin and shook the other one and after opening it I found more notions and parts to a Singer sewing machine. After going through both of the tins and finding just a few spools of thread and a tube of Singer oil that dates to my 500A I asked where the machine was. They said they didnt have a machine at this sale which was odd and when I showed them what I found they said the family might have taken it before the sale.
The second one was really interesting because a couple of ladies were walking out, stopped me and told me "You really do not want to go in there....." After walking in the door I can see why they said that. Sanford and Sons house was spotless compared to what I saw.
This was a several million dollar home I was in and the person that lived there must have picked up every piece of garbage and brought it home with them. From the front of the house it was very neat and clean but inside I had fleas jumping on me and it smelled like they had 200 cats living there. The back yard looked like a scrap yard with old a/c units, cars, trailers, bottles, appliances, you name it it was there with the grass over growing the place.
I found a 1965 Buick Wildcat Convertible buried in the backyard in extremely rough condition but complete that they said they wanted $14,000 for it. After hearing that I told them they were nuts and just walked back to my car and left. I figured I couldn't afford anything there and I was not even wanting to stay in that filth.
So needless to say when I got back home I took another bath!!
Oh well At least I scored some more wooden spools of thread and and a few vintage nick knacks to display in my studio and all for the low price of $3!!