Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Behind those empty walls estate sale haul #2


Every house that holds an estate sale tells a tale. Most are former homes of the elderly or those making a move and are selling everything. You get a peek at a persons collections - their dolls, their LPS they may have purchased on the day they were released, Christmas decorations which will have been strung up for generations to quilt patterns carefully stored away for that rainy day. Estate sales give second, maybe even third or fourth chances to items, to allow you to come across vintage pieces you might not necessarily get the chance or be able to afford elsewhere, or find treats that otherwise would have been thrown away.

We came away last Saturday with some delightful items - an old candle snuffler, 1980s video game cartridges to a Rogers and Brown teapot with it's fallen off handle [it was already fallen off - we're hoping to reunite them]. After rummaging like crazy I spotted a collection of Petter Rabbit tales and a pile of 1940s crochet and knitting patterns to an old King Edward cardboard cigar box. They might be another persons junk, but to us, they are vintage delights.

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  1. Love estate sales, they can be so much fun, it's like treasure hunting.

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    1. That's why they appeal so much to me - the hunting and what you can find!

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  2. delights like no other! I love going to estate sales, but I rarely come out with anything :(
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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    1. They can be really hit and miss i've found.

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    1. Thank you - Joe has a really good eye for spotting things - I can't take all the credit.

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  4. Ah I imagine they're like boot sales? I love them, I always come out with a snese of pride with a bargain!

    Love, Elizabeth xx

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Kinda - yard sales are more the equivalent to boot sales. With estate sales you can be dealing with antiques, furniture to literally junk. It's more hands on rummaging too.

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  5. I LOVE going to estate sales. It's amazing what you find or what other people once held as treasures! Great finds!
    xo,
    nancy

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    1. Thank you - I personally find half the reason why I love going to estate sales so much is just looking at what other people love[d] and what they may have collected. I guess i'm a little nosey!

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  6. What fabulous and interesting finds! I'm loving the look of that lace patterns book! x

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    1. The lace pattern booklet is a delight - the pieces to make are so intricate!

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  7. Estate sales are so fascinating to me. It is so strange to rummage through peoples homes, but also so interesting. You can always find the most unique items. You found some great pieces :]

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    1. Yeah - at first it was really odd going around houses but I've started to think if it helps them or their family with money or clearing out the house and there's something I can rehome then i'm all for it!

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  8. Great post !

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    Love,

    Janice
    the-fashion-milkshake.blogspot.nl

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  9. Oh what fabulous finds, I just love a great estate sale. You feel so lucky to see and find someone's life in treasures.
    The lace patterns look gorgeous.
    Love v

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    1. Oh they are - keeping the booklet safe in particular as it's from the 1940s.

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  10. I'm loving the Peter Rabbit, I am so very envious of the estate sales you go to xxx

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    1. Yeah my original childhood Peter Rabbit book is back in the UK and when I saw it I knew I had to have it. It has all his tales in too so it's a great little collection.

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  11. I am the biggest Peter Rabbit fan, I should definitely dig those books out of my attic. I love your estate sale finds

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    1. It was great rereading the tales - they don't age at all!

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  12. Pacman AND Peter Rabbit? I want to visit these estate sales!xo

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    1. Haha yeah - Pac Man was certainly Joe's find!

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  13. Oh gee. Estate sales are my favorite things! It's always radical to peer into someone's life so personally, and to get some of their treasures that someone else might not value.

    xoxo mama wolf.

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  14. I LOVE all of these great finds! I need to visit an estate sale soon... love those treasures...!

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  15. wow, you managed to get some great finds! Never heard of estate sales, they sound great. :)

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  16. i'm totally jealous of the video game stuff. and estate sales kind of make me really sad, it's like someones life all in one place.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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