After a long, rough winter, estate sales are back in season, to be followed by garage sales in six weeks or so. I got off to a great start:
This is my favorite find, a chunky silver and bead multi-strand necklace. It was in pretty rough condition when I found it - crusty with tarnish. I purchased some tarnish remover, which cost more than the necklace ($5.00 vs. $4.50). After 15 minutes of polishing to little effect, I went to the expert, my friend Melissa. She suggested mild dish soap, possibly followed by toothpaste on an old soft toothbrush if that didn't work. I went right for the toothpaste.
The second successful sale yielded some great crochet hooks and a J Crew merino sweater in my favorite blue-green - and all for $3. (You gotta love the half-price bargains on the last day of the estate sale.) The sweater has a hole in the back (just visible between hooks in pic), so the yarn will be recycled. I am always on the lookout for nice yarn in a hand knitting gauge. The crochet hooks are a happy addition to my collection as I much prefer the wider handles. And, the never-used vintage long wooden hook is a size I didn't own - P - and should work for Tunisian crochet, too. All in all, a great shopping day.