Saturday, July 26, 2008

Estate Sales

Inspired by Lisa, I set out this morning with a list of two estate sales and one block sale. I had my route planned out so as not to waste gas and only got side tracked by three yard sale signs, (all a waste of time). I drove about 32 miles and didn't spend too much money.

At the first estate sale I got hankies, white gloves, white love birds, salt/pepper shakers, beaded purse accessories and a small bag of lace pieces. They had some pretty tea cups but wanted $5 each since they had seen tea cups on eBay for $25 each. And they were pretty set on their prices, since they had "researched" the items.

The second estate sale was two house on one lot. The lady passed away two years ago and the homes have been in trust. Both houses were PACKED with junk. She had cabinets in the back house with decades worth of clothes. Unfortunately they were decades not worth repeating.

I did a lot of digging, fortunately someone else found the spider's nest full of spiders, in a room full of linens. The people running the sale had actually thrown all the linens that weren't in boxes out on the floor in one room. It was a random mess of vintage items and newer tacky stuff.

I left behind a box full of small perfume bottles because they wanted more than I was willing to pay. And I also left behind a few other things. I did score BIG with some vintage buttons. The lady running the sale said she was going to sell all the buttons on eBay but someone found two small containers of buttons in the house. She passed on them and the vintage hankies because she didn't like the prices. And I was in the right place to scoop them up. They gave me a great deal, I think because I was being nice and not complaining about their prices. What a gift!

So I left this estate sale with hankies, buttons, two aprons, two metal birds, two glass jars with needlepoint lids, a glass pitcher with no chips!, some retro Christmas cards, gorgeous cat coasters, and a scrapbook. Oh, about the scrapbook. I read it when I got home. The woman and her mother took a trip by bus from Ohio to NYC in 1935. It has typed journaling and postcards, photos, playbills, receipts etc. And I only got it just because I liked the cover and thought it would look good framed. Turns out to be fun inside too.


~me said...

OMG your cat is so cute. Thanks for visiting my blog. My daughter has a cat that looks exactly like yours and ironically we were out 2 hours combing the neighborhood for him last night because he got out. Bad kitty. Love you blog... I will put it in my reader now.

plg said...

Now these look like some fun finds! Good job lady!

toners said...

I really like those jars in the bottom photo :)

Sues said...

Those are some great finds! Good planning sister!

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