Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Love yard sales

Last week I stayed with my cousins Thursday through Sunday on Cape Cod. My cousin and I took a ride to Provincetown, while there we both enjoyed a delicious lobster roll at the Post Office Cafe.

 Friday and Saturday we spent the day stopping at yard sales. I didn't buy much this time, but I always have fun looking. I did finally find several heavy aluminum pie plates, and was thrilled because I've been looking for a long time, a bargain at 25 cents each. I like the heavy, metal pie plates better than Pyrex glass pie plates.The bottom crust brown much better.Before I left for my cousins, I bought a bag new Jersey Mac apples, the first of the season. Last night I decided to make apple pie and use a couple of the pie tins that I bought at the yard sales. I will bring one of the pies to my parents today.

( last week I made 2 custard pies..one for my parents and one to bring to bring with me to my cousins. I didn't take pictures, sorry.) There was enough egg mixture left that I made a custard for Tom. Here is the custard pie recipe that I found on Facebook from the website below.

Old Fashioned Custard Pie

1 unbaked pie shell (I use Marie Callendar's deep dish)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
2-2/3 cups of milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat your eggs slightly, then add sugar, salt, nutmeg, and milk. Beat well and poor into the unbaked pie shell. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle the top of pie with fresh ground nutmeg and serve. ( I found I had to cook the pie much longer than this recipe called for.)

In one of the yard sales we went to on Saturday, I came across a vintage, Minnesota VS treadle sewing machine...$10.00, but it was in horrid shape. The cabinet was all but disintergrated, the machine itself was pretty rusted. The iron legs were good and it did have several long bobbins. I passed it upas I have 3 treadles that I need to work on. I didn't take any pictures of this machine.I had never seen a Minnesota brand treadle sewing machine before. I did buy an old wooden needle holder tube that had been in one of the drawers of the sewing machine, for a 25 cents. Approximately 2.5 inches long.

In another yard sale there was a working, 1957 Kenmore sewing machine. The price was $50.00, but they would take $35.00. For that price..The machine was in a cabinet, had a chair that the seat lifts up to store the manual and attachments.(which the machine also had) I passed on this machine too.Sorry the machine was in the shade and I took the picture with my cell phone.

At yet another yard sale, I found a small white kitchen hutch for $20.00 that I picked up for my son and daughter in law. It will be repainted.

My son and daughter in law, and granddaughters are moving into my grandfather's farm house that was built in1841. My dad was born and grew up in that farmhouse. The kitchen doesn't have a much cabinet space, but it does have a wonderful pantry. I love pantry's and wish our house had one.

                                     Old photo of the farmhouse..My grandfather, his horse Jerry, 3 of my uncles and                                                                                        aunt.


Saturday night we took a ride to Sandwich near the Coast Guard station to watch the sunset. The Sagamore bridge can be seen in the background. A huge tanker was being pushed through the Cape Cod Canal by a large tugboat.

Just before sunset I saw a herring gull catch a crab, drop it on the rocks for it's evening meal.

I love poking around at yard sales, garage sales and thrift shops. I just love bargains and not knowing what you will find when you least expect it. How about you, do you love yard sales?


Barbara said...

What fun. I have a couple of those wooden needle holder. Gorgeous sunsets?

Joanne Huffman said...

mmmmm...lobster rolls and pies! It looks like you have a great eye for yard sale and thrift store bargains.