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Rotary Phone Shaped AT&T Tiepin From The 1960s.

by Anura Guruge


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Today was the ‘Town Wide Yard Sale‘ day in Alton, NH. We went to a few places just out of curiosity. Saw this tiepin. Asked the lady about it. It belonger to her dad who worked for AT&T. I was surprised she was selling it and told her that she should keep it. She was not interested. So, I bought it. She gave me a total of 5 pieces, two tiepins, one masonic medal and some jewelry, for $3. These yard sales are amazing.

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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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Alton (NH) Town Wide Yard Sale Was Another Success. Thanks All. I Am Already Planning For Next Year.

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Alton Town Wide Yard Sale — May 30, 2013.
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>> May 16, 2013.



We spend 3.5 hours (and, in reality, more money than we should have), doing the rounds — though we didn’t get much beyond New Durham Road. It was good. It was fun. Some very good stuff out there. Some very nice people.
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I bought 3 BIG toys including the above ‘Visible V-8 Engine’. Don’t even bother going there. I am not in my 2nd, 3rd or 4th childhood. I never stopped being a kid! OK. So, I don’t make any excuses about buying toys. This just happens to be the 3rd, ‘way, way, way beyond a bargain‘ kit that I have bought at a yard sale. But, unlike with the other two, I was a bit naughty today and bargained on the price, even though I knew from the start that the original asking price was a bargain to begin with. The difference was that there were no kids involved and the lady selling it knew exactly what she was selling. She played along. We bought a few other things anyway.

GItankI also got two old G.I. Joe toys: the black Tiger Shark submarine and a tank. I bought them both from the same lady and she gave me a discount because of that. I was delighted with the price. Of course I don’t need them and over the years I have bought enough toys for the 4 kids not counting what I had. But I like having toys around. So, what the heck. And please do NOT worry. I am way, way too old now for a mid-life crisis. I had plenty of those starting when I was 30 and in my case none of those ever involved buying toys or sports cars. That would have been way too simple.

It was fun. We had fun. We got a late start. But that was OK.

We didn’t rely on the map too much … BUT … Steve … gone fishing?

Well, now for some work to make up for this indulgence.

Alton (NH) Town Wide Yard Sale This Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9 to 3, Rain Or Shine.

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Just the top part of the map. Click to access complete map from Alton Town Website. It is printable.

Just the top part of the map. Click to access complete map from Alton Town Website. It is printable.


The Alton Town Wide is on our ‘Annual Do List‘. I don’t think we have ever missed it since we moved to Alton. A couple of years ago we went even though it was bucketing down. Proved to be a lot of fun. A few folks still had sales in their garages or in front porches. Not many intrepid pickers about. Some good finds.

The official map is already online (in contrast to Meredith, which wouldn’t divulge it until the day of the sale to prevent pickers from going to the sites early). Deanna will print the map out and bring it along, though we on the whole poke around Alton independent of the map. For a start only those that ‘registered’ with Parks & Rec, obviously, appear on the map. There are many more who decide to do it, on the day, without getting on the map. As the map shows, and as we have found, much of the ‘activity’ is away from the ‘Lake’. The side streets and ‘estates’ tend to have some of the more interesting sales — dirt roads usually promising to be quite interesting.

Just noticed that New Durham is having their Town Wide on June 8. Don’t think we can make that. We promised to help out at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House — at some point during the day. Maybe we can get both in. Enjoy.

We Went To The Meredith, NH, Community Yard Sale Today, Saturday, May 18, 2013. It Was Pretty Good.

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As planned we made it to Meredith for this town-wide yard sale around 9:20 this morning. It was picture perfect weather for yard saling, not too hot, not too chilly — the Sun beating down.

Since we were coming in from the Weirs we started on Rt3 (Daniel Webster Highway) – I having stopped at a sale in Weirs even prior to that.

We started at the communal sale at the Meredith Chamber of Commerce Office, since we also wanted to get a map. The map was the only ‘downer’ as far as I could tell. It was atrocious and a number of folks who were doing yard sales commented on the negative remarks they had heard about it. It was atrocious. It appeared to have been created using computer technology from the mid-1980s! That the locations of the sales were handwritten on the map epitomized the woeful inadequacy of the thinking that had gone into creating this. I now remember that inadequate exploitation of technology was also the only ‘negative’ in what was overall an outstanding ‘Trick or Eat (Got Lunch)‘ event in Meredith in October 2012. C’est la vie.Having lived in Meredith (in what was the original, just 5 houses, ‘Mile Point’) for a few years, 1997 to 1999, I kind of know my way around and had a fairly intuitive idea as to where the sales would be — plus most, enterprisingly, had realized that they better have signs of their own to attract traffic.

We probably stopped at about 20 sales — in some cases being able to walk from one to another without having to get back in the van. We shopped until close to 1:30 pm. We did the top part of Rte 104, Annalee Place, Waukewan St., Hillrise Lane, Pleasant Street, Meredith Neck Road, Whittier Highway etc. By about 1:30 pm we were done and we had run out of money. For a change we stayed within ‘budget’ and we didn’t take any checkbooks with us (not that there was any money we could have drawn upon). Altogether we spent about $90. That was enough. We didn’t get anything outstanding. Lots of knick-knacks. Some oriental stuff, including an authentic Chinese coolie’s hat for me. The only thing that I needed, that I managed to get was a set square. I seemed to have lost the pretty nice wooden one I have had for 40 years. The one I got, for 50 cents, is plastic and rusted but the right-angle is still good.

So that was it. It was good to be back in Meredith. Nice folks, as ever. Didn’t meet anybody I knew, which is unusual. I guess they all left town to avoid the yokels.

I happened to see this neat braided tree just off Main Street in our travels in Meredith today. I can’t recall ever seeing a tree like that before. I am sure somebody will educate me on what it is or how it was created. Click to ENLARGE.

Meredith, NH, Community Yard Sale This Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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We plan to go this year. We have not been to this event in Meredith in a long time. We are all avid pickers. It is difficult for us to drive by a yard or garage sale without stopping. The Alton Town Wide Yard Sale (on June 1 this year) goes on our calendar months ahead of time and we try to never miss it — even going out in the rain a couple of years ago and picking up some ‘good’ stuff. Our biggest problem is lack of space! I am an eclectic, impulsive collector with no rhyme or reason. If it catches my fancy and the price is right I buy it. Then we have to find a place to put it, and that is the problem. Of late I am into toys not that I ever lost my interest in toys. About a month ago we stopped, by habit, a Saturday yard sale not far from home. There was only one thing that caught my eye. It was this 3′ model:

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They were asking an extremely fair price — though I actually didn’t have that amount of cash on me. There was a little boy around. I asked him whether he wanted to keep it. The Mum and Dad were both adamant that they didn’t have the time to build it. I told them about all the models of ships and planes I build for my son — and how he took over. They still were not convinced. We told them to hold it till we rushed home and came back with a checkbook  When we came back, I again tried to convince them to keep it. No, they didn’t want. So, I wrote them a check. I am in the process of building it. It is a bit tricky. Helps that I have built 20 or so model ships, including the Titanic. Not sure where I am going to put it when it is finished. It really is 3′ long. No, I am not going to tell you how much I paid for it.

This model, though it was a ‘pick’, was by no means my best pick. Four years ago at the Alton Town Wide I saw this Lego kit, unopened, at a house not far from Alton Central School.

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I asked the lady how much she wanted for it. I won’t embarrass anybody by saying what she said. I was shocked. I asked her whether she realized that it was a collectible. She said that it might be but that she was not interested. She went onto say that she had bought it a ‘few’ years ago as a birthday present for one of her son’s friends but it had not worked out. She had kept it and now she wanted to sell it. I asked her twice more whether she really wanted to sell it. She was adamant. I handed over what she wanted. I did not bargain as I sometimes do. When she gave me the box I took it and ran to the car. I could not believe it. Yes, I checked it on eBay when we got home. Deanna told me to list it. I said: “Heck no. I am going to build it. Plus it would not be right.” It was great fun to build. A bit fiddly and some parts didn’t fit that well. But, what a model. So, I go to all yard sales hoping that I might find another great pick like one of these.