A lovely reader asked me how I did on the estate sale I went to last Friday, so instead of just telling her about my antique haul, I thought I’d show all of you! Last Friday, all I found was this desk some lace curtains and an enamelware bucket. BUT, when I went back today, I found sooo much more! Bob and Mark, the gentlemen who run the estate sale, decided there were too many treasures in this particular house for just one sale, so they spread it out over 3 weekends.
Let’s start with last Friday’s desk.
I made myself a promise not to pick up any more furniture unless it’s really unique. I think this little desk really fits the bill.
This may end up a keeper. I’m thinking of stripping down the top and re-finishing it and then painting the rest white. My husband decided he wants a nice place in one of the upstairs guest rooms to sit with his laptop and write his next novel. I guess he’s getting tired of being locked away in the basement without windows! I think this might be a good addition to the guest bedroom I’m re-decorating.
Next up are what we call “the smalls”. I am concentrating more on smalls these days because although we’ve done well at our last two shows, we’ve been selling smaller furniture, but not so much the big furniture pieces, so I’m trying to hold back on furniture buying. I had to pretend not to see a lovely oak dresser with mirror for only $65.00. You really have to dig into boxes to find the treasures at these over-stuffed sales because there are just too many boxes for the estate sale planners to go through.
Wait? Did you just say “Shut it and get on with the pictures”? Okay…okay!! This is my loot from today! Minus the two doors (one pink, one blue) and the tin cabinet I bought, also.
I’m always on the look-out for good lamp shades. I like to tear apart the cloth ones and make what I call “skeleton shades”. The nice big drum ones are just super easy to cover and they sell well. I love the wire milk crate, red and white enamelware bucket and if you look closely under the fan, you can see a glass toothbrush holder right next to the taps for shoes and the flame bulbs!
I collect cookie cutters and tiny purses, so those are for me. My husband has a small collection of typewriter ribbon tins. Not so much that he wanted to collect them, mind you…I started the collection for him. (All he collects are books and postcards…I figured he needed to branch out a little). Don’t know what I’ll do with the paper ribbon and the glass bird, but I thought they were cool!! The locket with the “G” on the cover is actually a belt buckle! Weird, right? I thought it was so unique and different.
I was short on money for the items I had purchased, so I ran down to the store to replenish my cash. When I got back, the crowds were gone, so I decided to head back in and check out the sale one more time. I started rooting around deeper in the basement boxes. I was elated when I found all of these glass beads!!! The pictures don’t do them justice…they are just gorgeous! And they’re so hard to find. I held on to the box of them like they were the Hope Diamond of junking.
A new mirror for my collection. Aluminum garland…another rare find! A fleur-de-lis, an old coat rack, more lace curtains, a Meadow Gold milk crate and an enamelware platter.
A yellow fan in amazingly good shape…awesome! I love those flame bulbs…another rare-to-find item here. Not sure you can see it too well in the pictures, but those Wearever Protectors are like taps for your shoes! I also picked up some Halloween ephemera for my son who just LOVES retro Halloween stuff.
I also hit another sale after this one and picked up some Hoosier cabinet drawers and a couple of nice horse hair brushes. Guess what? There’s another estate sale tomorrow!! This kind of shopping is so much fun, but it’s not getting my bedroom re-decorated, now is it?
Bye from the bungalow,