Monday, July 25, 2011

Estate Sale Thursday

Normally, I don't get the chance to attend many estate sales, simply because I'm usually working during the week. Sure, I could go on Saturdays, but by Saturday, I figure most of the good stuff is gone, plus, Saturday is auction day. Last week, I took a few days off, because I had friends coming down from Canada for a visit, and I kind of thought we might try to squeeze a quick little mini-vacation in over the weekend. The vacation didn't happen, but that's okay. It's been a nice little break from work anyway.

So, Thursday, my plan was to clean my craft area! HA! Instead, I went over to Craigslist and found a couple estate sales down in Wichita that looked interesting. Driving down to Wichita is always a little scary for me. I don't have the best sense of direction, and I'm a nervous driver. But, I poured over the Google map and got it all sorted out in my brain.

The first stop was okay. Nothing that really got me excited but I picked up three salt dips and headed on to the next sale. The second sale was advertised as being the estate of a woman who used to own an antique store! Now, we're talking! There was so much stuff! It was overwhelming! I probably went through the house five or six times!

It was a little scary, because nothing was priced. There were price tags on some of the items, but they assured me that those were old store tags and everything was much lower. (Some of the price tags were downright terrifying, so I tended to steer clear of some of those items, because I was afraid that "much lower" would still be "too much".) So, I gathered up some things, took them to the front, and we discussed prices. I was pleasantly surprised! We seemed to be on the same page pricewise, and I didn't have to put anything back!

Roger and I have been wanting some colorful things for our booth, and this teapot was just perfect! The bright color is so fun. I am also completely in love with the picture frame, chippy paint and all! Roger thinks we should strip it. No, dear, it's perfect just the way it is!

The tray was the first item I picked up. I didn't even realize it was a Pepsi tray until I turned it over and read its old tag. I just liked the cute beach scene. When I looked at it closer, I realized that nearly every person is holding a Pepsi bottle!

The sunbonnet sue table set was too adorable to pass up. (Plus, it's red!) Now, I'm trying to get it cleaned up and silenting swearing at the person who thought it was a good idea to tape the napkins together...

That thing in the tube is a soap thermometer. That's all I know about it. I don't know why you need a special thermometer for soap.

These sewing cards were right up my alley! They're so bright and fun! And, they're flocked, so they're fuzzy, too!

I found these three sets of embroidered pillowcases. I'm pretty sure they are brand new, and the lace on them is probably handmade, too.

I found this birdcage in, um, questionable condition. It was a little hard to see what was underneath all the holly, ribbon and, well, birds. I am happy to say that once it was de-birded, it was quite the little cutie!

See more great vintage and thrift finds at Her Library Adventures!


Laurie said...

I lurve that birdcage, and the picture frame is awesome, too! What an amazing estate sale -- I would have probably spent too much there!

Miss Howe's Curiosities said...

I love the hand-embroidered pillowcases! I have found a few of those recently, and will try to clean them up with some Oxy-Clean and good old-fashioned sun bleaching.

Small Things Simple Pleasures said...

Love that yellow coffee pot. So sunny and friendly.