Wednesday, March 30, 2011


For almost wordless Wednesday I am sharing a plaque that hung in my grandparents home and now is displayed in mine. It has hung on the walls of my homes, at this time is on displayed with my Civil War collectibles.

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue
Flowers streum pathways all our lives through.
God hath not promised sun with out rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace with out pain.
But God hat promised, strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light on the way;
Grace for the trail, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

The Lord is good to all ps 145:9

I love vintage religious plaques and especially when I know they were hanging in the home of my grandparents.
Thanks for stopping by.. I hope that you stop by again real soon.  Grace


Like many of you, I love my collectibles. I love to search for something that is different than my neighbor.  I avoid big box stores with piles of the same thing.  I would rather go to thrift stores, garage sales and my favorite is flea markets.

One of my interests is genealogy. Ever since I heard that one of my great great grandfather's fought in the civil war, I started to collect books and then a few small item from the civil war.

On this shelf is 4 over size books on the Civil War book.  The little glass display case we found some time ago at an antique store.  When new it displayed shaving items. It now displays my civil war  items.
There is a knife, belt buckle and several bullets. These were all found on a Civil War battle field.
I have displayed also some small soldier and 2 more buckles.

Also on this shelf is a vintage clock, 2 lamps that look like candle holders and a old religious plaque that belonged to my grandparents and the fun piece that is a hand that holds a business card.

I am sharing this at
 Feathered Nest

Thrifty Thursday

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you visit again real soon. Grace

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thrift Sharing Monday ~ BARBIE DOLLS

Thrift Share Monday .. time to share some of the things that I have found over the week.
I had shared this over at my other blog this morning but feel it belongs here even more.
We normally look for books first then we will search other areas of the thrift stores or estate sales.
Last monday I found alot of church spiral cook books. Not only are they fun to read and use but I also sell them usually on eBay on auction. Not big money makers but if I buy them right the profit margin is good. I put alot of work in my listing of these by listing all the recipes. This takes a lot of time but helps to sell them.
On Saturday we went to a church sale and hubby found a few books but I found nothing until we were about to walk out.
Sitting on one of the tables was a doll box with some dolls and hand made clothes. They wanted $30.00 for all of it. I said that was more than I wanted to spend as most of the dolls were not anything special.
As I was about to leave one of the ladies said " You can have the dolls for $1.00 each. So I grabbed 3 of them. Two are from the barbie family and the third is a male doll. I have no idea what he is and probably is nothing but for a $1.00 I brought him home.
Now I have to try to figure out exactly what I have which will take research at the library or going to barbie doll owner expert sites. At one time I had Barbie reference books but sold them years ago, now I wish I had them.
First doll is marked on her right back side Skipper 1963 Mattel Inc. Bottom right foot says Japan. So I know she is an early Skipper, not sure exactly when but research will hopefully help me. She had hair when I grabbed her but it is a wig and she has no hair. Question I have is did she come this way or did she get scalped. No matter what she is a pretty little girl, showing some wear but she has all her fingers and needs some cleaning
My next doll is marked Midge Barbie there are dates under each name but I can not make out and marked Mattel Inc on back side rear side and on the left is the number 13. Bottom of her right foot is Japan. She has molded red hair. Her condition is not as good, her head is cracked at front and back and she is missing her pinkie finger on both sides. Her condition is used and played with and needs a cleaning also.

Now the male doll is a mystery and probably from around the same time period. At his back waist area is maker mark hard to read and copy right symbol and the date 1961. Mark looks like EEGEE
So if I have any Barbie experts out there I would love to hear from you. I will be heading to the library one of these days to do some research before listing on eBay

Thanks for stopping by.. If I have any Barbie doll experts out there I would love to hear from you . You can see more pictures if you are interested by going to thriftycheapskate. I did get a comment over at my other blog telling me that I had an early skipper, Midge and that the male was Tammy's boyfriend , Ideal's
dolls of that time. Grace

Hope that you stop by again soon. I will be sharing this at

Friday, March 25, 2011

Orphan Photo # 98 MEET JAMES MURRAY HUMPHREY 1916 Sepia Saturday

I have so many old family photos of my own, but I am at an estate sale or antique store and I come across a picture like this I just have to have it.

Hopefully I will find the family it belongs to. Someone who will treasure this wonderful picture as it deserves.
What an adorable photo with cute hair cut, small smile and sitting on a wonderful old bench.
On the back of the photo is written
For Aunt Sue from James Murray Humphrey age eighteen months four days November 9th 1916.

I am assuming that this means the photo was taken on this date which would mean he was born may 5th 1915.

I went to ancestry and found what I believe is his obituary. I will be doing more research on him this afternoon. Obituary dated 22nd of Jan 2004
Navy veteran James Murray Humphrey, 88, of 1536 Meadowlark Drive, died of natural causes Thursday at Peace Hospice.
A private family memorial service will be held Thursday. Schnider Funeral Home is handling cremation and arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth S. Humphrey, of Great Falls; a daughter, Jean Kaimakliotis of London, England; sons James Humphrey and Mark Humphrey of Great Falls; granddaughters Katie and Hayley Kaimakliotis; and grandsons Andrew and Luke Humphrey.
James was born May 5, 1915, in Fosston, Minn., to James L. and Elva M. Humphrey. He graduated from Great Falls High School in 1933 and from Dartmouth College in 1937.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1941, and served as an ensign in communications at Pearl Harbor throughout the Second World War.
He and Elizabeth Schneiderhan were married in San Francisco on May 17, 1943. At the end of World War II, he assumed operation of the James L. Humphrey farm management business in Great Falls and continued in that livelihood through most of his career. He built a ranch in Chouteau County, which occupied his energies in his later years.
James enjoyed hiking, his cabin in the Sun River Canyon, and the outdoors. He was an avid reader of history, political economy and fiction. He promoted the philosophy of free markets and individual liberty, and sponsored students who attended educational seminars at the Foundation for Economic Education.
As a member of the Dartmouth College Alumni Council during the '50s and '60s, he actively recruited aspiring high school students from across Montana to attend Dartmouth College. He was a 50-year Mason at Cascade Lodge No. 34, a life member of the Scottish Rite, and a lifelong member of the Great Falls Rotary Club. Throughout his life he was a Christian Scientist.

I am offering this beautiful photo to family members for $10.00 plus shipping. This will reinburs me for my purchase and time hunting and reuniting family photos. I am also leaving messages at about the photo. If you can help reunite this photo and family please email me at

I will be sharing this at Sepia Saturday
thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, March 21, 2011

Estate Sale Treasures Vintage Cookbooks

Saturday we went to three thrift stores. Last two were a bust but at the first one I found some great vintage cookbooks to sell on eBay.
I love these old cookbooks. Fun to look at and read plus very collectible. Thanks for stopping by..
I will be sharing this at

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Orphan Photo # 97 Sepia Saturday ~ Adorable Little Girl From Georgia

This precious little girl is the same as the 4 photo strip of the adorable baby in my header on my blog. I bought several photos of her at different ages years ago.

Here she is standing in front of her front door in an adorable post. At one time I had her name written down. I do remember that she was from Georgia.
If I ever come across it again will try to find her family on

Till then I will just hang on to them. I will be sharing this over at Sepia Saturday
thanks for stopping by for Sepia Saturday... Grace

Friday, March 18, 2011


I posted this over at my other blog couponloversunite and felt that it should be shared here since some of you may sell on eBay as I do.

To read the article written by auctionbytes and my feelings on eBay sticking it to us the seller one more time by rising our selling fees please go here.

There is no selling option that is large and has the traffic as eBay or Amazon so they have us in the palm of their hands.

The option is for us to just raise our prices to cover this new fee.

Thanks for stopping by... If you sell on eBay or Amazon I would love to hear your thoughts on this new fee of eBay now wanting to charge on the shipping costs beside the purchase price. They already charge us on this same thing with our pay pal payment from the buyer. So we are getting hit twice.. Grace


Vintage Victorian Advertising cards can be collectible. Pretty pictures of a child or animals and then on the other side comes the advertising.

This one is an adorable little girl with her shoes and socks on the floor in front of a beautiful fireplace. Advertising the John Mundell & Co Philadelphia .. Solar Tip and Pansy shoes for Children. This one is damaged front and back but a wonderful piece of Victorian advertising.

These two are asian design and as I look at them I have a feeling of saddnest as the I think of the people of Japan. My prayers are with them. Some where I think I have a blue asian style hankie. Will have to find that and share sometime.

This adorable card has a child, big dog and a puppy. Advertising Helper Stoves and Ranges ... They are the best. Sadly the back is damaged from some one having pasted it in an album which was popular in the Victorian times.

And the last one is a adorable winter theme. Sweet child with long hair dressed in a beautiful green dress with fur trim reaching out to a little bird.

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing these vintage advertising cards. I will either sell on eBay or use them in some craft/decorating item.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thrift Store And Estate Sale Finds

We went out a few times this last week looking mainly for books to sell on the Internet. My goal is to get out more often and work to get the books up for sale faster than usual. You can read about this here.

I found some wonderful vintage romance books that are desireable. Hubby found some Time Life Old West books to sell. Most Time Life Books are not very sellable but he did find 4 or 5 that should sell fairly fast. Already sold one on eBay. Here are a couple of them.

At one sale the books were slim .. nothing bought. Otherwise over priced glassware but I did find this adorable little childs hankie that I could not pass by. Adorable little bears in rocket ships and airplanes.

Did you find any treasures this week... I will be sharing this over at
Take a look to see what others found. .. Grace

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I love this old photo of these two adorable children. One is on Roller skates and the other is on a small bike. I love their vintage clothing and hats. No names so do not know who or where taken.

Here is another adorable old photo I picked up at a sale. Two darling little girls standing on a swing. It is marked Juvenile and looks well made. Not sure if it is two little girls or a girl on the right and boy on the left. Little girl on right is wearing glasses. Nice big old house in the back ground with big porch. Not sure of the age of photo. Once again no names on photo.

They are all so adorable and it is sad that they get separated from their families.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope to see you again soon.. Grace

Reseller Needing To Get Her Butt In Gear

Are you a reseller on the Internet like I am? Do you put in the hours you know you should to make the money you want to?

I have been selling on the Internet for over 10 years and at times have made over $2,000 a month gross but could never get past that level. Lately we are lucky to make $500 gross. I have come to the conclusion that I am not prioritizing my hours like I should.

A couple days ago I found a reseller who is putting in the hours she does because she needs to.

At this time she is the main bread winner.

I read about the hours she works and realize why my income is so low. I spend to much time with busy work.

Take a peek and meet my newest inspiration Apron Thrift Girl.

Yesterday instead of wandering around the Internet I spent over two hours re listing books and lowering prices of books on eBay and Amazon. We then went to two thrift stores. I did not find anything but hubby found some books in the Time West series that are sellable. Not all Time Lifes bring in enough money to make it worth while to pay almost $2.99 each but these fall with in the range that it is probably worth buying them.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.. thanks for stopping by.. and if you are a reseller I would love to hear your stories and know about your blogs on reselling.. Grace

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


This last weekend we went out hunting several thrift stores in the neighboring town. We had spent the weekend with grand daughter so took her out with us. As of yet I do not think she will get the thrifting bug but I am not done with her yet.

Not much found I am afraid to say and usually prices are way to high. First place we head when we walk into a thrift store is the book area. We are ex bookstore owners and have bought and sold books for years. After I go through the books I next head to the other areas of the store.

I am really looking forward to Spring and the start of garage sales. Prices hopefully will be better than the thrift stores.

What I found was four vintage romances to resell.

Three by Jayne Castle who is also known as Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Taylor,

and a rare romance by Diana Blayne

who is also known as Katy Currie, Susan Kyle and Diana Palmer.

All four will be put up for sale within days on eBay and Amazon.

Did you go thrift store hunting this last weekend? I hope that you found some real goodies. I will be sharing this at

Thrift Share Monday

Penny Worthy Project
Flea Market Finds

Thanks for stopping by... Grace


Here is a cute little black and white photo I found some time ago.

Young girl probably around 8 years old in what looks like her swim suit.

She is posing on a tree trunk holding a flower with one strap of her top undone.

Sadly no names so can not be identified to who this bathing beauty is.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Orphan Photo # 94 1905 Vintage CDV Stockholm Handsome Man

Here is a great vintage CDV I found a while back at an estate sale. Young handsome man from Stockholm and dated 1905 and 1907 on the back of photo.

Dressed in a high collar shirt with his hair slicked back. He is so cute. Sadly no name on back of photo.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace
I am sharing this at vintage thingie thursday