Saturday, November 26, 2011

Back to estate sales

I haven't been to a great estate sale in so long! I got spoiled over the summer with houses just stuffed full of awesome vintage! Last weekend Travis and I went to a sale at a house up a long long driveway, with gorgeous views. Sadly, even on the first day of the sale the house was pretty empty. But they did have this...

a table full of beautiful vintage photos! i keep expanding the parameters about what i "collect". So now it is pictures with dogs, vacation photos, christmas, cute outfits, sassy guys, or anything weird. i just got one of a lady holding a baby out of a window. so hilarious! i kind of wish i had gone back on the last day and scooped up some more of these photos. i don't know if it was a collection, or just ALL of their family photos were great.

table of linens. i've had to cool it on embroidered doilies. what am i going to do with them?

estate sales are so glamourous. haha.

there were a bunch of pictures of that fat little terrier. i wish i knew his story!

Christmas and a dog! (dixie) if my door wasn't so cute already (it is bright red with a sweet little window), I would wrap it up like that! Travis picked the picture of the ladies showing off their fur coats. The back says 'Margaret and I got mink stoles for Xmas so we thought we'd do a little modeling"

My first pug! this one is from the 70s and isn't something I would have normally gotten, but it was a pug so I had too! The back says "sassy hess (5 years old) isabel baby hess (11 years old)" so cute.

the rest of my stuff. from a few different sales. fabric, hand made shelf, my first fridgie!

mushroom soup bowls! 25 cents for two.

some super sharp sewing scissors. 25 cents!

ANOTHER cookie press. Now i have three! But this one had the box and recipe book! and was only a buck. Now that I think of it, I have four if you count a modern one.

I love the doggy plate. Obviously.

and a handful of pretty spoons to use in my lunch box. I like the ones with the letters best.

Have you ever had an estate sale dry spell? I can't wait for it to be over! It took me all day, and 5 sales to get that little haul!


  1. My three month estate sale dry spell ended this morning & I was so relieved! It was a 35 minute drive, but well worth it & I found so many goodies ... my estate sale basket was overflowing. I too have a small collection of mismatched fancy vintage silverware, it is tucked in my picnic basket for picnics & camping & river days.

  2. I love reading what people wrote on the backs of photos. I need to go to one of these, they look like a hoot!

  3. No estate sales here They are done for the season. My hubby does go to auctions but never comes home with stuff I like. I love your old photos. I wish I could find some more. Its kind of sad if you think about how now everything is digital so old phots will be a thing of the past (or at least all mine photos are on the computer) Love the fridgie. I just started collecting those. I only got 2

  4. Congrats on your first fridgie! that is such a wonderful feeling to finally find one! yay!

    The Joyful Thrifter

  5. S-weet stuff! I love the photos and the spoon with the cursive "L" on it. We went to one last weekend - first in a long time. Got a bunch of 50's cleaning products to display and an amazing aqua Swingline stapler still in the box. Lucky day.

  6. wow, great finds! i've never been to an estate sale... will have to check it out! :)

  7. looks like the drought has broken! Heaps of fun things but I especially love those mushrooms - too cute!

  8. Just found your blog & I love it, and I am from the Nashville area too! I haven't visited an estate sale in so long, I need to put that on my to do list. Great finds!


  9. Those soup bowls are making me crave cream of mushroom soup!

  10. Congrats on the refrigerator dish! I was so psyched when I found my first one. I think I was shaking, LOL.

    I collect vintage pictures of dogs too, but only pit bulls. Don't have any yet though, but I want some, so can I still say I collect it? IDK.

  11. Old photos are so fun. I have boxes of them from my grandparents who were photo fiends.

    The little scissors are so nice and a great price! I love the corner shelf; I am always drawn to little shelves like these but am starting to run out of "spots" for them.


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