The Penny Pinching Pickers’ Picks 2013

So we had another Penny Pinching Picker’s event again this year. To refresh your memory from last year, the players are:


Below are the four items picked by Karen, Lynne and the two Erics at the Fryeburg Flea Market in Maine:


So the rules of the “pick” were… Well, there were no rules! Except no item could be more than $20. But you could pick anything… new, old, repro, antique. Didn’t matter. And then we were judged by our two brilliant judges, on what they thought was the “best pick” for the money spent.

They do no research and have limited information about each item. So it could be based on necessity, or perceived value or if it’s one of their favorite colors. Could be anything that strikes their fancy.

Brief info of each item:

Pick 1: 1950s military issue shower pail (or solar shower). Picker paid $13

Pick 2: A beautiful “slump glass” dish, signed by maker. Picker paid $5

Pick 3: Originally a “what’s it?” but we now know what it is — An alligator tool used for a conveyor belt. Technically, still a “what’s it?” since it’s unsure how this is used with a conveyor belt! Picker paid $5

Pick 4: Antique industrial blue-green enamel metal basket. Maybe a dipping basket of sorts? Picker paid $15

Do you know who won the “best pick”? I’ll let you know tomorrow, plus who bought what! (just like a soap opera… you’ll have to wait…)

(If you want to see last year’s picks, see post here, and who won the prior year, see post here.)

2nd Annual Penny Pinching Pickers

As I’ve written, last weekend was our 2nd Annual Penny Pinching Pickers up in Maine with our great friends Karen and Eric (a.k.a. “the sherpa”). So we each “picked” our items and have submitted them to our esteemed judges. While we wait for the results, I will share some pics from our penny pinching day.

fryeburg-fair-penny-pinching-pickers-1Not sure what Eric (Mr. Basketmaker) and Eric (“the sherpa”) are laughing about, but I wish I knew! And above is my dear friend Karen. I literally would not have survived my life up in Maine without Karen and her husband Eric.


Above are some snaps that Mr. Basketmaker took while we were looking for our picks. The kitties and the milking cow pic is plain weird. I expect him to be interested in that. But why did he shoot all these little, large-faced dolls? I find that even more weird.


Here’s Karen, giving me some pointers. When it comes to flea markets and yard sales, when Karen speaks, I tune in intently! Her knowledge of vintage items is absolutely amazing. She is a true creative, professional all the way.

Ahhh… and our rusty wheels. These are not one of our picks but it is our favorite. We will be using these for the bottom of the barn door we will be building to separate our kitchen and living area from our bedroom and the rest of the living space.


Here’s me whining to Eric (“the sherpa”) that I have yet to find my “pick.” I started to panic a little, however, I eventually found my item. Will post all four of our “picks” tomorrow! Hopefully, the judges will get busy judging and send us the results soon!



And The Penny-Pinching Pickers’ Winner Is…

Thanks for all the visits, comments and emails about yesterday’s post! Most popular by far. Without further adieu, the final results from our two-person panel of esteemed judges for the “Best Pick” are in!

Drum roll please….

Yes, it’s the Mirror!

The order of the other picks:
2nd Place: Statue  –  3rd Place: Radio  –  4th Place: Golf Putter

Who did the judges think bought which item?

Mirror – Eric (the basketmaker) – WRONG
Statue – Karen (the expert) – CORRECT
Radio – Eric (the sherpa) – WRONG
Putter – Lynne (the basketmaker’s wife) – SO VERY WRONG!

Below are the REAL buyers for each item:
Mirror – Lynne (the basketmaker’s wife)
Statue – Karen (the expert)
Radio – Eric (the basketmaker)
Golf Putter – Eric (the sherpa)

We all had a great time and it really doesn’t matter who wins. (Yeah right. I’m only saying that because I WON! Yah for me!) And I received many guesses via email and some by blog comments and nobody got it right. Even the judges! My own brother and mother thought I bought the golf club! In their defense, they thought I was trying to throw everybody off but come on. You don’t need to think that much! LOL.

And I saw Karen’s entire stash after we left the flea market. We took two vehicles because Karen easily fills up the back of a truck. Below are all the items she walked away with in the two hours of browsing (You can see her reflection in the back window looking everything over). I know she might’ve “threw” the competition because there were some awesome items in there! Keep an eye out on her online store because some of the items will be listed soon!

Now who do you think schlepped all those items into the truck bed? Yup, you guessed it. Her husband, Eric the sherpa. Even though Eric hought he was inexperienced to participate, (and coming in last did not help) nothing is further from the truth! Can a climber reach the summit of Mt. Everest without their sherpa? No! Karen and Eric make a great team. How does the saying go? Behind every smart woman there’s a strong man?

And then I wanted to finish off with this pic. While I was busy looking for items to sell at my online store, Eric (the basketmaker) was checking out girls in white skirts and cowboy boots.

Do you agree with the judges? If not, who do you think should have won the “Best Pick”? Vote below: