Saturday, May 28, 2011

Late Night Estate Sale Run

Maybe I am getting a little out of hand concerning estate sales. At 10 p.m. on Thursday night I happened to read an email from one of the estate sale companies announcing that the sign-up sheet would be posted that night. My son and I drove out to the location at 10:30 p.m. to put my name on the list. Call me crazy but I was able to find some great treasures the next morning.

I found two vintage suitcases. The first one has old travel stickers from Cannes, Florence, Rome and Venice. It is huge. The second one reminded me of an old Barbie suitcase shape.

There was a lot of vintage Christmas ornaments at this sale. I went crazy and bought all of the Shiny Brites and then some.

More Mercury glass sprays to add to my collection (which is also getting out of hand by the way).

I also found two Christmas corsages still in their boxes. How sweet to decorate a Christmas present with these instead of a bow.

I found some vintage Rayon seam binding. Did you know that Rayon was invented in 1855? These aren't quite that old but the colors are beautiful and I can use them as ribbons in craft projects.

 I also bought a bag of old wooden spools (maybe my wooden spool collection is getting out of hand too).

I love this sweet, bisque and wood, jointed doll. 

I also love Found objects. These wooden shoe trees are such classic shapes. 

The last treasure I found was this floral frog in the shape of a lily pad. It was just a unique and beautiful piece but when I turned it over I discovered that it is by Dept. 56. Does anyone know anything about this particular piece by Dept. 56? I haven't been able to find any information regarding this piece.

What an absolutely fun day of estate sale hunting. But with my collections getting out of hand I have decided to sell some of my found treasures (read that as "my family has strongly advised me to sell"). You might have noticed the new button on the right sidebar near the top. My shop is called Stuff to Treasure and it is now open. I have been working to fill my shop with many of the wonderful treasures that I have shared on my blog. Many items will now be available for purchase. Check back often because I will be adding things on a regular basis. 

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  1. Lucky, lucky, lucky you, Lynda! Those finds are awesome(!!!)

    Have a great Sunday! ☼

    Greetings from Denmark,

  2. Wow, you did very well! I, too, have LOTS of vintage Christmas ... some of which is going to make its way into my Etsy shop soon. It's time to share!

  3. Love finding Christmas things ! They would stay with me forever !!! Happy I found your blog! Jules ♥

  4. It's routine for antiques dealers to sleep in their car to be the first one in the door for estate sales here in Chicago so no, you're not crazy!

    Fun finds and congratulations on the new shop. I've been trying to cut back on thrifting/trying to get rid of some of my vintage but it's so hard.

  5. Drooling over all of your finds! LOVE the vintage ornaments -- SO pretty!

  6. What incredible finds! I'm particularly coveting the mercury glass ornament collection. Gorgeous! Many years ago, in San Francisco, I saw the most incredible mantle garland made of vintage mercury glass. Some day I'd love to make one.


  7. Love the vintage ribbon and sweet doll. Great job.

  8. Love the round suitcase and the shiny brights! ♥

  9. It's always worth it to go get your name on the sign-up sheet, even if you have to go in the middle of the night! And it obviously paid off, because you came home with some real treasures. I'd love to show my daughter the picture of the suitcase with the travel stickers, but I'm afraid it might make her cry. She'd LOVE it!
    Happy REDnesday,

  10. The red stuff catches my eye immediately!


    A seeker of crimson and red
    Did part her fair lips as she said,
    “A daiquiri’s fine,
    And so is red wine,
    But I prefer claret instead!”

    ©2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Still Life with Red Blossoms

  11. Oh, what great finds! It was obviously worth your late night drive!

  12. WOW, I love all your finds! I love old suitcases, vintage ornaments, old spools, and seam binding. I probably would have purchased the same things.
    Great finds!
    ~ Julie

  13. You scored! Cool suitcase and I love vintage Chritmas anything!

  14. Great scores, love the ornaments!

  15. Love the suitcase, the old ornaments and wooden spools! I know you had a big time finding your treasures :)

  16. It paid off for you to put your name on the list. Those are all very nice vintage finds.

  17. Great finds. That Dept. 56 was part of a collection they did with floral desiger's in mind back in the early 80's I think...been a floral designers for 39 yrs.....they may have had other leaves and flowers too.

  18. So way worth the trip, you founds some great stuff.


  19. Looks like the late night drive really paid off for you! Ahhhhhhhhhh, shiny Brite ornaments - so pretty...Happy Thursday - Tanya

  20. Wow! Great finds. I have never run into one that lets you sign up at night. Cool idea, because only the hardy shoppers will get up at night to sign up.

  21. Oh you found so many wonderful things! That round blue suitcase is fantastic! And how wonderful to find all those Shiny Brites! And all the other things, all great! Thank you for joining TTF. have a wonderful day!

  22. wow, those ornaments are gorgeous! and that suitcase with the dream to have one. don't know what i'd do with it, but total dream. lucky you!

  23. WOW!!! All great finds! LOVE the suitcases!!! Everything is so FAB! :)


  24. You need to create a blog treasure chest with those wonderful suitcase finds. I did that a while back and love adding each and every piece of parcel that arrives in the mail.

  25. What a Lucky Lady you are. Those are fantastic finds! I am a collector of old luggage and trunks and can NEVER pass one by. and although I love everything here. My FAVORITE is the Christmas Corsages! They brought me "RIGHT BACK" in time!!! LOVE THEM. I used to think they were TACKY and NOW I think they are SO Nostalgic! Hmmm, I'm going to have to find some of my very own! Thank you so much for sharing.


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