I fully did not intend to go treasure hunting this day, but I glanced on craigslist at a yard sale, and in the posted photos, there was a phone I have been looking for! I feel like the trail has been getting closer, like finding small pieces to a treasure map, with hints that the find is close at hand. At my very first estate sale in Florida, I found a red one of these. I liked it but didn’t want to pay the high cost the estate sale company had on it, and that was on 50% off day! Ever since that day, I’ve been seeing them in photos for other estate sales. They were mostly black in color. I knew that they made a pink color.
Well here it is. I got a late start, and figured it would be gone. But I guess no one covets a pink replica payphone, as much as I do. I also went fully intending to leave without it, thinking the yard saler would want a high price for it as well. I thought $20 would be a good price for it, so I had that number in my mind.
I drove first to an estate sale with lots of jadeite, and vintage glassware, but everything there was priced at antique dealer prices… so I headed to the yard sale with the pink phone.
As I pulled up, I could still see it on the table, in all its pink glory. When I asked how much, I was shocked to hear her say $20. I bought the Anchor Hocking Fireking blue floral casseroles for a song, and this little squeaky rubber vintage doll. Of course I had to counter offer the phone, and I walked away, (to a garage sale the next house over). There I scored the vintage Samsonite train case for $3. And I also texted Hubby to bounce this pink phone idea off of him. He told me to get it.
When I came back the girl selling it told me she would do $15 on the phone. Her mom said she originally wanted $30, so I think I got a good deal. It has a crack along the top, and is missing the drawer where the change would go, and also has a smiley face drawn on it in sharpie, but a new one costs at least $70. I still haven’t a clue where it will go in our someday home… but I’m sure I’ll find a place.
Stay tuned because that rubber squeaky doll will soon make her debut in my Etsy shop. I’ve been working to get things cleaned, and listed!