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Treasures I Got At Yesterday’s ‘603 Estate Sale’ In Manchester (N.H.)

by Anura Guruge


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In my old age I don’t go crazy anymore. I am extremely selective — mainly because we have basically run out of room. I just look for exotic items that tickle my fancy and you should be able to see the theme here.

There was no way I was going to bypass the ‘Prayer Feather‘. Not only was blinking beautiful it was (supposedly) Native American art (though I, in all my travels, have never seen such or heard of them). As some of you know I collect Native American art and have quite a collection. SMILE.

The straw family is American folk art — and beautiful too. I found them in a box of miscellaneous and mainly ‘tat’ Christmas decorations. I was lucky to find the baby.

As for the lobster trap Christmas ornament. Remember, wife’s father was a lobsterman and it has Maine connotations.

As for the b&w picture. It is on metal. I think it is quite an old ‘tintype’ — or ferrotype. It is well worn and the metal is bent. Judging from the subject it could be close to hundred years old. I like old pictures. So ….

Then the $15 (pre-discount) leather jacket. It is a ‘Wilson Leather’ women’s jacket in XL. Fits I. SMILE. I tried it on. Had it on for a few minutes. Folks said it looked good. Looked new. New or not used often. I am a sucker for lather. Plus, the less obese I need new jackets. The old ones are way, way too big.

So, that is what I got. Delighted with all of it.

My prized buy from the last ‘603 Estate Sale’ — in Derry, in November. You should be able to see the motif.


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Another ‘603’ (As In ‘N.H.’) Estate Sale — This In Manchester.

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These ‘603 Estate Sales‘ are addictive. Lot of fun. Very nice folks that run it and you can always get a deal. We go for what I call ‘the sport’. Nothing we want. Nothing we need. Nothing that we are getting to resell for a profit. Mainly to see if there is anything — somewhat unique — that catches our eye and we can get at a deal. They, after the first few hours, will majorly discount prices and entertain offers.

We did NOT get any of the items pictured above. We got a few items and I have NOT taken any pictures of them as yet. We spent $40. I think we spent $60 at the last onein Derry.

We have been to about five or six of these — once every few months. Miss some due to other conflicts.

This one, in Manchester, was a lot of fun. Least crowded we have been to, which was good as it was also the smallest of the houses we have been. Not as frantic as other sales. That was good. Lot of good deals. But, we really didn’t want any.

The ‘cricket’ poster for $40 cracked me up. I have seen it and I am sure I have a smaller version of it, in printed form, somewhere in my extensive cricket collection. Wonder if it sold.


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‘C & K Restaurant’, Derry [N.H.] — Great Food, Wonderful Folks, Greek Cuisine, & You Can Have A BALL.

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We had a BALL.

A great, fun, convivial dining experience. Everything was good. Helen (from Greece), the co-owner’s wife served us and tool wonderful care of us. Made sure that it was memorable and that we would come back again — though it is well off the beaten trail for us. She was so good and persuasive that she even got me to break my diet and have some rice pudding — which she had made. It was delicious. Now I will have to starve myself for a week, but it was worth it. SMILE.

We found it serendipitously.

We had gone to an Estate Sale in Windham, on Route 28. We were done by 1:45. Got to Derry and 2pm and was looking for a place for lunch.

This place is big and dominates the Main Street, with plenty of off-road parking. So, we gave it a spin.

Sure glad we did.

Between us we had: calamari (good), coconut shrimp (v. good), chicken tenders (more than ample), grilled lamb (outstanding), baked haddock (v. good) & soup of the day (good) with side salads. It was very good.

Teischan had the baklava and I the rice pudding. It was all very good.

We have already promised to go back.

Highly recommended. Two thumbs up.

Make sure you ask for ‘Helen’. She says she is there everyday — Monday to Saturday. They are closed Sundays.


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‘Wason Pond’ Covered Bridge In Chester, New Hampshire.

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As with the amazing scarecrows, this too was a serendipitous discovery in Chester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, October 28, 2018, on our way to an estate sale.

It is relatively new — i.e., built in 2011. We were in Chester around that time to pick up Maya. Don’t think we noticed it then. Maybe it was still being built.

Very picturesque. Nice job. Another kudos to Chester. Obviously a justifiably proud town. Bravo.


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The Amazing 2018 Scarecrows Of Chester, New Hampshire.

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We stumbled upon this extraordinary display of creativity, historicalitybonohime, serendipitously, on our way to an estate sale in Chester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

It was certainly different and worth lingering over. And that we did, on the way back from the sale. We stopped at the Town Center and got out and walked — taking these pictures.

Appears that it is a yearly tradition — and I assume that it is time to coincide with Halloween. How cool. Bravo Chester. Kudos Chester. It is a lovely town. We do have an association with the town though I only recalled it when we were driving through. We got Maya, from Chester, in 2011. So, we have an emotional connection with Chester.

Definitely worth going to see, though I suspect, alas, that all the rain we have had over the last few days, including today, would have taken a toll — though the beauty of their design is that they appear to drain well.

Hats off to Chester. Great job. Very clever.


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Estate Sale In Chester, NH, With Some Incredible Antique Toys & Memorabilia.

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Deanna saw this on the Web. Some pretty neat antique toys — NOT that I want any of them, anymore. I have a few similar. We no longer have the space.

We went to one of these “603 Estate Sales” in June in Alton — had a lot of fun and made out like BANDITS. We were there at the end and they basically gave us a ton of stuff for $15 (I think). At that stage they just wanted to get rid of as much stuff as they could.

Sadly the weather is not going to be nice on Saturday. That might be a damper. Sunday might be ‘OK’ but all the good stuff would be gone by then since I am sure diehard collectors will be queing up for this Sale in the rain.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXVIII; Alton ‘Estate Sales’ — June, 2018.

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Today was our ‘Town Wide Yard Sale‘ day. Though we really didn’t want (or need) anything we decided to hit a few places mainly out of nostalgia given that we used to be avid yard sale pickers a few years ago.

This year there were two huge ‘Estate Sales’ taking place too — one associated with somebody we knew. These two pictures were taken at these two Estate Sales; one at each.

The mirror I used in the second picture was old and mottled. It gave the picture an interesting ‘sheen’. The other mirror was new and spotless. Couldn’t resist. Had to be quick. The places were packed and buzzing.


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