I know you hard-core junkers are going to think I'm a total wimp, but we never made it to Renninger's Kutztown Extravaganza on Thursday. The June show is frequently smaller than the April one, and with temperatures hovering around the 100° mark (and the humidity almost as high), we were sure many more of the vendors wouldn't show and feared it would be a wasted trip (we knew for sure our pal Mike wasn't going). There was also a HUGE storm that hit in the afternoon, causing much damage and power outages with its 60mph winds, so I'm kind of glad we didn't get caught in it.
We had thoughts of heading to Shupp's Grove for their Summer Extravaganza on the weekend, but our little princess's BIRTHDAY Extravaganza cut short those plans as well. I had to settle for a few weak yard sales on Saturday.
Found these lovely big Christmas balls (made in Poland). They always make me jump for joy.
Other finds included some tin molds, an ornate silver tray, and a painted tin match holder.
Cute pale yellow teapot with creamer (no chips) and a sweet purple floral embroidered linen runner.
The house I found the Christmas ornaments in was advertised as an "estate" sale. I think more and more sellers (in my area) are advertising their yard sales as estate sales to draw in the crowds. Hey, people, selling your yard sale junk INSIDE your house does not an estate sale make!
This one wasn't totally bogus, but does come with a good story. We were able to go into the basement of the house, which I usually enjoy. This basement, however, was filled with boxes of screws and nails and tools and such. Strictly work table-in-the-basement vibe. I wandered over to one box that looked like it might have something interesting in it... and I'm pretty sure lying on top of it was the mummified corpse of a very large vintage rat! Or a lizard. I couldn't tell (and wasn't going to get THAT close, believe me) if it was something that had at one point been alive or not, and I have no photographic evidence to corroborate it (drat!), but I did see a spine. And a long, long, tail. And then, quickly, the stairway out.