Saturday, June 4, 2011

Frequent "Estate Sale Shopper" Miles

Estate sale listing descriptions can be very deceiving. For example, I read a description that said "Saturday only. Family run estate sale. Everything must go." Sounded great so we drove quite far and quite early to be at this sale. It appeared that the family had already taken everything and what was left were a few pieces of furniture. :(

The next sale was described as "Friday and Saturday. Lots of vintage items." Usually most things that I like are gone on the second day so my expectations were low. We were surprised to find lots of fun stuff (probably because their prices were high and there was no bargaining).

There are several items that are my favorite finds this week. Suitcases are always tops on my list and these are smaller than my other ones. These were from a garage sale where the owner said that they had once belonged to her grandmother.

I rarely find any old Halloween items so these are special. The seller had a lot more but he was asking a lot of money for each piece.

This doll suitcase isn't in perfect condition but it is so adorable and I love the pattern on the inside as well. It was filled with bits of doll clothing and lots of mis-matched doll shoes.

I don't usually pick up aprons but the fabric caught my eye and I fell in love with these.

I like finding board games and was fascinated when I found this cardboard version of Chinese Checkers. The copyright on the board is 1937.

We drove far and wide and had a lot of fun. Finding good treasures at estate sales is such a hit-or-miss adventure. There is just so much to discover.

Don't forget to check out my Stuff to Treasure Shop. I add new items regularly.

This is linked to:
Apron Thrift Girl, Blue Creek Home, Brambleberry CottageCoastal Charm, Common GroundCreating a House of Grace, Finding Fabulous,  French Country CottageFrugalicious MeHer Library AdventuresHey What's For Dinner Mom?, House on the Side of the Hill, It's a Very Cherry World, Me and My Shadow, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style, Tales from Bloggeritaville, The Colorado Lady, The Thrifty Groove, The Thrifty Home, Type A and Very Merry Vintage Style


  1. Cute finds - I especially like the luggage. Estate sales are a mixed bag - I tend to go to the ones organized by the professional sellers that I know to be fair and reasonable and don't bother with the ones that I know from experience aren't.

  2. I love that cute little doll suitcase!! Great finds!!!

  3. Great Vintage suitcases! I'm a sucker for vintage suitcases...hubby says I must have more in the closet than at the airport baggage claim!

    Last week, I bought a bunch of vintage treasures from a lady, who's mom passed away a year ago - she wanted to sell all the stuff. So weird, a few days later she called me and wanted it all back! Um, no way! :(

    Now, I see a BIG benefit of buying from an estate sale run by a professional estate sale company and not by the family...(esp if they have your phone number!)


  4. Hi Lynda,

    Great finds! Especially I'm in love with the Doll suitcase and the little doll shoes. They're really cute!

    We had our very own estate sale this weekend. Lots of people visited... and we sold a lot of stuff (more than expected, which was great of course!)! For once I was the seller, not the customer. :-D

    Have a great week!

    *SMILE* from Denmark/Lisbet

  5. Ohhh the checker board is really cool. I have a hard time driving all over creation these days with gas prices so high. Looking for balance there. Thanks for the linked post on The Penny Worthy Project, glad to have you along.

  6. My favorites are the Chinese checkers and the doll suitcase. There is something about even the lot of mismatched shoes.

    I hope you join a few more thrifty link parties. I have many links on my blog.

  7. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! You did AMAZING! Love the suitcases and the Halloween goodies! Why can't I find them here?! Coming over from Coastal Charm and your newest follower!


  8. Great finds!! wow!! I especially love the suitcases, they're awesome.

    Visiting from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.


  9. great finds lynda

  10. LOVE the suitcases, AND the aprons!

  11. What a fabulous bunch of finds. I think I like the doll suitcase most of all. Thank you so much for linking to Tuesday Treasures.

  12. Oh my! That doll suitcase IS adorable. Great find!

  13. Great finds. I loved Chinese Checkers when I was a child....brings back great memories.

  14. I love those cases and the apron!!! I am feeling really inspired to go thrifting! although it is always a challenge as the boys always want soooo much from the shops I spend a fortune!

  15. i LOVE those suitcases and the halloween stuff. those are fabulous finds!

  16. Love all of your finds.
    I understand, I hate to drive many miles to find a few items for sale, really people!!
    Love the suitcases. These make for great decorating items.
    Thanks for sharing all your goodies

  17. You had some very interesting finds ,love the little doll suitcase!

  18. All amazing finds!I love the suitcases and the cute Halloween goodies.

  19. I'm swinging by from Rednesday and I've become your newest follower. I can't believe how many vintage goodies you and I share a common interest in. I collect Chinese checker boards and have several hanging up in my craft room. Your suitcase is just charming. I love the graphics. I have a string of vintage aprons hanging on a clothesline in my craftroom too. And don't even get me started about my Halloween collection. Amazing finds.

  20. Chinese Checkers--the only kind that I can usually win!


    Yellow or red—which shall it be?
    Red for you and yellow for me?

    Perhaps you’d rather have yellow instead—
    Which leaves me, of course, with handfuls of red!

    Whichever hue you decide to choose,
    I’ll take the other—no one will lose!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Flag over USS Arizona

  21. What a great collection of goodies. The doll hatbox/suitcase is so cute...and all the little shoes precious. I remember using old suitcases like these when I was young...that was a long, long time ago. Happy Rednesday

  22. The doll suitcase is adorable. The adult ones aren't bad either. Great finds all around.

  23. I love the suitcases, I'm looking for some more too at the moment!

  24. Great suitcases and Chinese checkerboard. I had a large metal one in my porch sale last week. It came back home with me. Maybe I should hang it as a display item like a previous commenter. :-) Visiting from Mary's party. ~ Sue

  25. Love the suitcases. What great finds.

  26. My fav is the cute suitcase.

  27. Great finds! Those suitcases are wonderful and the doll suitcase is as well. The apron is also lovely! I can never seem to find vintage suitcases in all of my thrifting stops. Maybe someday... :)

  28. Love the suit cases and the dolls case is so cute

  29. It looks like your far and wide journey paid off. Those are all great vintage things.

  30. Wow, I would hang that game board on my wall! ♥

  31. Great finds. Love every one of your treasures! Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  32. Okay, I can't pass up vintage suitcases either! Great finds!!

  33. I used to do lots and lots of estate sales.... not so much any more. Long lines to get a number, then stand in line again waiting for your turn to tour. You found lots of wonderful finds.... and it sounds like you had a great time too... a Win-Win.

    Have a great weekend.

    Warm blessings,

  34. I love old suitcases also! Great finds and those aprons are really cute!!

  35. Love the suitcases and classic look they create.

  36. Love the vintage Doll shoes and case!
    Thanks for sharing at Pinkalicious Thursday!

  37. i LOVE old suitcases [and dolls clothes & shoes too]...i adore your darling little case!!

  38. Love all the cases. The doll case is so precious.

    I'm visiting (and following) from The Thrifty Home. I hope your day was full of joy and your weekend holds some fun and sunshine.


  39. The vintage suitcases are awesome!!!!


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