The Mister Goes Rogue

10 Nov

The Mister’s Haul

So, I had an estate sale I wanted to go to in Madison this morning that I thought was going to be better than this epic sale in Inglewood that I knew a bunch of dealers were going to. But, there was a jadeite juicer at the Inglewood sale that I would have liked to have, so the Mister said he would go over and see if he could find it. I took off for Madison bright and early, and the Mister dropped my daughter off at school and hit the Inglewood sale at about 8:30 a.m.  Which is way to late to be finding any jadeite in my experience…but he was going to give it a shot.

A few minutes after his arrival at the sale, I get a text. “Got it. $8.”  Well, cool. Can’t believe jadeite made it past the 30 minute mark and wowee, was it ever priced low, but go, Mister! Then “The glass fridge dishes are $5”.  I did think they looked good in the pictures and I kind of like their unique shape and that’s a great price. So, I okay’ed it. I was very satisfied with this haul and was prepared to knock my own sale in Madison out of the park because I was first in line for a 9:00 a.m. opening.

Then, “A chrome 2 slice toaster for $15.” Hmm. The Mister seems to be going off script here, but I tell him that if it’s a very cool toaster and has a good cord, $15 is fair and we can take it. After that text, the door opens at my sale, and I quit paying attention to his texts, figuring that he was going to check out and head on to work because he had gotten everything he was sent to get. Plus a toaster.

Except…the toaster was just a warm-up. The Mister has just enough of an idea of what I shop for to be dangerous, which he combines with a deep love of a bargain. Apparently, if you let him go to an estate sale without me to drop the hammer, it is like what happens when you feed the Gremlins after midnight.  The above picture shows his (mostly unauthorized) purchases. Remember how I am trying NOT to buy more trays? The Mister interpreted that as buy more trays.  Even he admits that the denim one is not cute. Apparently he just got carried away. Well, happens to the best of us!

Also, remember how he said he got the juicer? Do you see a jadeite juicer in this picture? The one I said I wanted? Or, perhaps, do you see a green glass juicer instead? I told him later that I would help him understand the difference between jadeite and green glass if he was unclear on that point, but apparently he was quite clear, he just was so excited to find a juicer, he was buying it no matter what. Um..okay? The glasses set in the caddy came from a totally separate sale that he also went to, ostensibly to buy a rake. And JUST a rake. He also found himself a New York World’s Fair drinking glass from 1965 (not pictured). But that wasn’t for the booth, he just wanted it. He was authorized to buy the ice cube trays because I have actually been looking for some for awhile, but the cashier talked him into buying a broken one along with a good one, and the Mister, not knowing what to look for, figured that she was telling him the truth when she said it just worked “differently” than the one with a lever. (He now knows that by “differently” she meant “I am selling you a broken piece of crap, buddy”)

When I finally came home from my sale in Madison, a Pure Barre class and a trip to the booth and Trader Joe’s, I found all of his purchases on the table with this note. Ah, the Mister. What would I do without this guy? I would have a LOT less fun, that is for sure! And I would own fewer trays. But he’s really the best. He is so willing to help me and support my business and he deserves a ton of credit. And a little good-hearted ribbing. I love you, Mark! xoxo, Lauren


6 Responses to “The Mister Goes Rogue”

  1. Shirley Turcotte November 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    AND to think, I had most of these items in my cupboard at one time or another. I still have a few items like a chrome bread box and canister set that Mark would not let me sell in a
    garage sale. So guess what? They are still in my cupboard with his name on them. Happy that he is so supportive of your Vintage collection and shop..Love, Shirley

    • apronstringsvintage November 11, 2012 at 1:27 am #

      Shirley, he has told me about your chrome bread box and canisters. Sounds like good stuff! Hope you are having a good weekend.

  2. raesock November 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    that is sweet. i’ve sent travis out to sales for me before, and he usually comes home with something good. once i sent him after a whole box full of knee hugging elves and he is STILL pissed that a man elbowed past him and took them all. i’m cracking up about that denim tray! i and just picturing him hanging his head in shame showing it to you.

    • apronstringsvintage November 11, 2012 at 1:26 am #

      The denim tray might not make it into the booth, I admit! lol…But his heart was in the right place.

  3. Linda December 12, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    how can i find out the appx age of my 3 pc glass refrigerator dishes??? were my Grand’s and passed to mom now me

    • apronstringsvintage December 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Linda! Thanks for asking. Refrigerator dishes were popular from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. If your set has a manufacturer’s name stamped somewhere on the lid or under the dish, that might give us a clue. Or sometimes the shape or material (glass or pottery) gives an idea of age. The Pyrex sets date a bit later than earlier glass sets, but glass sets continued to be manufactured until the 1960’s. If you would like to send me a picture, I can try to get more specific. Thanks for commenting!

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