When I received my weekly email regarding estate sales in my area, I noticed immediately that one of them was Friday (today) in Duane's neighborhood (big surprise). However, poor Duane has been sick as a dog since just after Thanksgiving with a horrible cold and cough so, although she feels a little better each day, she's still not up to going out. Linda couldn't take time from work so I went to this sale solo. Just me and Mrs. Peel.
I also came across an array of knitting supplies that had been put together to sell as a lot for $40. The biggest reason for the price was a complete set of nice circular needles (including their case) along with some extra circulars and various other items like vintage straight needles and crochet hooks. I asked the lady holding the sale if she would consider selling me just a few items from the lot. She didn't want to do that, though, because her mother (apparently it was her mom's house) wanted all of it sold as a lot. If I had thought about it at the time I would have asked again before leaving about selling me a few of the items. I was only interested in the plastic straight knitting needles and the crochet hook. She could have made more money by selling those 2-3 items to me for a few bucks and still kept the bulk of the lot for $40. The set of circular needles was worth that much alone. I just prefer to use straight needles and didn't think about striking a deal with her until I was driving away. It never hurts to ask.
pattern if anyone reading this is interested in making one. I did leave off the little wire rimmed eye glasses. I thought they were cute without them. All I have to do to the one pictured is run a silver or gold cord through the top of his hat and he's ready for hanging on the tree.
UPDATE: I researched the info on the little porcelain vase with the flower and I did score a nice find! The artist was Hawaiian. Her name is Dorothy Okumoto (now deceased) and it's signed and numbered. There's a nice array of photos of her porcelain pieces on a Pinterest page here. Woot!