Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

On a recent trip to South Carolina, my daughter and I went to several antique shops. Between the two of us, we found several vintage thingies that we added to our collection of old stuff.

But for today, I wanted to share about something that I had never seen before. It was a vintage Farm Master Egg scale from Sears Roebuck & Co.

We first saw this scale in a little shop in Florence. I thought it was such an interesting thing, but passed it up. At $12, it was more then my usual thrifty spending habits.

We picked up a few business cards at this particular shop, and headed out in search of more bargains. We landed at the Thieves Market, which was a huge warehouse, packed to the gills with stuff! And guess what? They also had a vintage Farm Master Egg scale. But the price was not $12. Oh No!! It was marked.......... $48! Whoa!

Now here was something that I had never seen before, and now I've run into it twice, with a $36 price difference. Boy, now I was wishing that I had picked up this little gem.

With our prizes in hand, we headed back to the hotel for a night of rest, so we could venture out again the next day.

Georgetown SC is a historical landmark town. We've never visited there before, so we thought we would take a buzz through this little town. And low and behold, there was an Antique mall. Guess it would not hurt to take a browse through.

And yes, of course you know what I am going to tell you. Here it was again! The Farm Master Egg scale. But wait! What's this?? What did you say the price was?? But it is in such poor condition!!

I called my daughter over to take a look. Surely my eyes were not seeing the price right. Oh, it is?? You mean to tell me this egg scale is..... it is.......

$78!!!!!

Auugghhhhhh!!!!!

Now I have been thrift hunting for a lonnngggg time, but I cannot ever remember finding something with such a huge (scalping) I mean difference. A difference of $66 from the first one that we saw!

So you know what we did?? Yep, we jumped in the car, and we drove back to Florence! We not only found the egg scale for $12.00, but my daughter found several other items while we were there.

So what is the moral of this story?

Buy it when you see it the first time :-)


Now be sure to stop by Coloradolady's blog and visit all the other incredible VTT posts. Also visit Thrifty Thursday for more great vintage finds.

Happy thriftin'!


29 comments:

Postcardy said...

I have seen some really ridiculous price differences too.

Angela said...

What a story! Who would have thought that you would find the same item at 3 different places with 3 way different prices? I have learned the hard way that if you see it and you want it you had better buy it or it won't be there when you go back to get it. That has happened to me too many times! lol

Do you have chickens? I think it would be cool to use it if you did.

Vintage Thingie Thursday!
Angela

Jane said...

I have seen very few of those egg scales when I have been antiquing. Based on what I have seen you got a great deal for $12.00!!! It's a great piece!!

CC said...

What a cool find,the difference in prices is amazing. I've never seen an egg scale before and thank you for showing it. Happy VTT...

LV said...

What an interesting story about the egg scales. I am so glad you smart enough to go back and get them. I will have to be on the lookout for one. I have never seen one. Always remember, something is worth only what someone is willing to pay for it.

Maureen said...

Great score! I've never seen one before but I like it.

Terri said...

Gosh what a price difference....Dh(an auctioneer/antique dealer)said he used to them go for about $40.00 @ auction...then the dealer/purchaser would have to mark it up to make a profit to sell...usually a dealer will mark things 3x their purchase price and go down from there as they need to sell it....prices have really changed alot these days...

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a FABULOUS post and ain't it the truth..never let an opportunity pass you by..i'm ssoo glad it was still there waiting for you, it was meant to be yours!!..if i see something i like i will pick it up & walk around with it for awhile that helps me decide whether i really want it or not!

Pat said...

WOW...what a deal you got!!! And how funny you'd not seen any of these and then saw THREE all around the same time!!!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, what a difference in price. I have seen one of these somewhere.....once maybe. You definately got a great deal.

Debbie

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

What a fun item, I think I would have had to go back and get it too! Very cool!
Valerie

Roslyn said...

Oh but if you bought it the first time your daughter would have missed out on all those other treasures!
It is an interesting object & obviously worth a miserly $12!

Allie said...

That's an amazing difference in price! What a fun object.

Diann said...

What a fun story and an awesome find!

Debbie said...

Eggs must have been a big business in that community. What a fun find and an adventure to go with it!

Ulla said...

I seem to learn something new every Thursday. The price differences were huge, sound like the sellers didn't know the real value of the scale and were all just guessing.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Holy cow, what a price difference. I wonder sometimes where prices come from...

Jingle said...

LOL! Well, at least you know it was a good deal afterall! Your scale is great!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is so true! If it is something very unique and under $25 (that's my cut off point for thrifty things), then I will buy it. Now, if it's something I really want, I can be persuaded to go much, much higher. ;-)

I passed up two of the neatest small oil paintings years ago, and went off to have lunch. When I returned, they were both gone.
I have regretted it ever since. Glad your egg scale was there waiting for you along with some other goodies.

Happy Thrifty Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Miri said...

Oh I love this story! Glad you got that very unusual egg scale! Brilliant!

racheld said...

How sad the regrets of a second-thoughts non-purchase!! What an interesting item!! It looks too sturdy and heavy to measure such a light item as an egg.

Thanks for dropping in at Lawn Tea!

rachel

Lisa said...

What a neat gadget...I never knew these existed!

Coloradolady said...

What a fun story. Very interesting vintage piece, never have I seen one around here...love it.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful VTT!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Yep...you learned your lesson! I've never seen one before so I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Protector of Vintage said...

What a fun piece to own!! And...I would so love to visit South Carolina. I hear it is beautiful.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a precious scale! I havent ever seen one of those. Adorable!Thanks for participating in Thrifty Thursday this week! Some great finds, my friend!
Hugs!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
wwwlbratina.blogspot.com

Notjustnat said...

I haven't seen one before and it's so cool. Good bargain - hugs Natima

Becky said...

Wow! I have seen some price differences but none quite that drastic. I have never seen an egg scale. It looks really neat. Gotta look for one some day.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

So glad that you got the scale at the best price.
That is a huge difference!!!
Have a great weekend.
Deb :)