Saturday, March 26, 2011

Polite Estate Sale Etiquette PART II

I admit that I have had shopping fantasies since I went to that amazing estate sale last month where the seller was stressed and unorganized. There were so many unopened boxes that she was just not ready to sell at the time. Happily, patience has paid off a second time. Not only did the seller have a second estate sale but she remembered me as being the polite woman from the previous sale.

She was still stressed and only slightly more organized and she still refused to sell sentimental items but it was a fantasy come true to see what other treasures were hidden in the unopened boxes. There were a lot of Roseville and other vintage pottery but they were priced out of my thrift budget range.

Best find of the day was this beautiful green glass cake stand.

I also found this small, mercury glass vase. I don't know if it is old but it looks like it has been in storage for quite some time so it can't be a recent reproduction.

I love the shapes of these items. The tray is dated 1957 and has grape clusters around the edges. The larger urn and bud vase will be refinished in a shabby chic look. The small bowling pin is solid wood.

There were a lot of needleart pieces at this sale. I bought several embroidered linens, crochet doilies and lots of vintage lace. Plus several bags of thread spools, of which some are lovely silk threads.

There were also lots of vintage floral millinery supplies and these great little paper maché heads that were probably used as cupcake decoration picks.

I don't know why I needed this but I found a Bell and Howell 8mm projector in a case with an instruction book. I just had to have this. I think this reminds me of watching family home movies.

I only went to one other garage sale after this and picked up an Olympia typewriter in a case.
I am happy to have had a second chance to return to this sale and quench my curiosity. Life doesn't always give you second chances and I am grateful for this odd bit of luck.

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27 comments:

  1. Love the silver you got and the linens. Don't you love the hunt!

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  2. I love the spools of thread! Im a collector of them and love when people can find big chunks like that! ;) Great finds!!

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  3. So many great treasures, being nice sure paid off! I love the vintage mercury glass and the doll heads!

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  4. Love the lines! So beautiful. Great treasures you found there. Thanks for sharing them.

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  5. Your projector would look lovely in any living/media room...what a cool find!

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  7. Visiting from Apron Thrift Girl - love your finds. Will you be selling the doll heads? These are high on my thrifting wishlist. (First comment deleted to massive amounts of errors.....)

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  8. Hi Shara - Yes, I will sell the doll head cupcake picks. I will contact you via email to discuss further. Thanks for visiting and for your interest.

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  9. I think you hit the jackpot..I love that mercury vase...oh my..be still my heart!
    Sincerely,
    Shirley

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  10. Loved seeing all your goodies--I like that typewriter! Thank you for linking to my Share the Love Wednesday party!
    Mary

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  11. The thread spools are so pretty. I always pass on doilies...might need to pick those up more often :)

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  12. You have found a lot of fabulous treasures !! The spools are too sweet ! I am waiting for flea markets & garage sales to start !!
    Eunice

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  13. It is a good day when the thrifting gods smile upon you. I say you are one of their favorite people.

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  14. Wow, that looks like one amazing estate sale. And it pays to be polite! Love all your finds, especially the cake stand.

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  15. You were lucky to find all these things. Most of the estate sales are priced high and everything marked. I like all your buys, but the linens are my favorite.

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  16. What a treasure trove. The linens are beautiful, as is the cake stand.

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  17. Oh, you found a lot of fanastic things! I would have picked up a lot of them too! LOL love the linens and the old spools of thread. The cake plate is gorgeous!

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  18. Wow, you found some great things! I love the lacy edge on the green glass cake plate! And I adore vintage embroidered linens!

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  19. Love the silver and the beautiful cake stand!

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  20. The cake plate is gorgeous! All your finds are great!

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  21. Love the linens and that cake plate is to die for!

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  22. I love the cake plate! Bargain hunters have to know the prices! :)
    I gave away both a typewriter and projector like that when we sold my mom's house. I guess I should have tried to sell it.
    Enjoy your treasures!

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  23. I want to go shopping with you, Lynda. You seem to always know where to find the goods. ;)

    Thanks for joining the party.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  24. Happy finds! Glad you went back the second time. Thanks for sharing these lovely items. ~ sarah

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