Garage sale shopper’s $50 find now the pride of her china cupboard

Last year’s Antique Trader Favorite Finds contest resulted in dozens of entries ranging from the funny to the downright amazing. To get you in the mood of sharing your story, here’s one reader’s tale of triumph.

One beautiful spring Saturday, a few years ago I was doing some unplanned random garage sale stopping. I was in a neighborhood of middle class cookie cutter homes. The usual stuff scattered in the driveway, but then at the rear, there was a sheet spread out with a funny china set.

Well, not really a set, just odd pieces. They were all painted with flowers and most had little bugs painted on the pieces. I turned one piece over and the mark was like a pair of crossed golf clubs.

I was captured by the bugs, and puzzled by the golf clubs mark. The woman wanted $50 dollars for all, and then she showed me it included more pieces, all in an old cardboard box, covered with dust, and mouse droppings inside everything. 

The woman said the pieces were her aunt’s. They didn’t match her pattern. Her grown daughter was helping her mom with the yard sale and the mother gave the daughter one last chance to hold on to old Aunt Polly’s china. The girl declined, and I bought the pieces, I didn’t haggle, because I felt it was a fair price. 

As I was walking back down the driveway, box in hand, not knowing what I had, behind me walked an older couple, the husband was chewing out his wife quite loudly.

“Next time you see something like that, don’t come and get me, just buy it” he sternly was lecturing her.

I realizing that I had the box of china that he probably wanted. For a moment I thought, I’ll bet I could sell this to them for $100 and make a quick profit.  But then, I liked the bugs, and wanted to go home, look in my book of china marks and find out it the crossed golf clubs were in the book.
I came home, washed the tea pot up. It was cute, with a little rose bud on the lid. I found the mark in the book. 

Ooops, not crossed golf clubs, crossed swords. Of course, they were!  The pieces are all very old Meissen/Dresden.  Looking with a magnifying glass, I could tell, no transfers, these were really all hand painted pieces.

The set has 40 pieces in total and is now the pride of my china cupboard. Although one young lady rejected her aunt’s china, my daughter has told me never to sell them; they are her inheritance.

 Hope you enjoy my story as much as I enjoyed sharing it. ?

Elizabeth DeYenno,
via e-mail

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