Saturday, August 27, 2011

Some Very Local Estate Sales

There were two local estate sales today. I could almost see the back of one of the houses from my window.

My favorite find of the day were these Napco ceramic figurines. One is a planter, one is a bell and the other is just cute. 

I also found this large vintage bottlebrush wreath. It is about 16" across.

I have always loved illustrations by Charles Harper so I was thrilled to find this book in nearly perfect condition.
I haven't had a chance to sort these yet but I found a large bag of buttons.
My last find was a folding ruler. The hinges appear to be made from copper. I've collected so many yardstick and rulers but this is my first folding ruler.

My postings have been rather sporadic lately. A lot of self-imposed changes have been happening in my life. A few weeks ago I suddenly decided that I wanted to move from my condominium to a house. I talked to my lender and she gave me the green light. I talked to a couple of realtors and started looking at houses. But everything in my comfortable price range was either a fixer-upper or in a location that I didn't like or move-in ready but tinier than my condo. I was becoming very discouraged.

At the very least I wanted a house that had an updated kitchen like mine, in a safe neighborhood like mine, and had a nice view like mine. But I also wanted a flower garden, a fireplace and more square footage. After many discouraging hours of looking at houses online I finally {and quite suddenly} decided that all I needed to do was to remodel my condo and remove anything that I no longer enjoyed.

So beginning today my Dear Handyman has started remodeling my upstairs bathroom. I can hear things being ripped out as I am writing this. I hope to use a lot of my vintage treasures when it comes time to decorate. I still plan to find time to attend estate sales and share my discoveries. My creativity will now be sidetracked towards decorating the various rooms for a while.

Has anyone else ever decided to move and then changed their mind? My Dear Handyman doesn't know if we're coming or going.

This is linked to:
Apron Thrift Girl, Coastal Charm, Common GroundCreating a House of GraceHer Library Adventures, Hey What's For Dinner Mom?, It's a Very Cherry World, Savvy Southern Style, Tales From Bloggeritaville, The Brambleberry Cottage,  The Thrifty Groove and Very Merry Vintage Style


  1. Lucky you to pick up those great Christmas items! Good luck with the remodel!

  2. Those are some sweet Christmas finds!

    I hope you will share your remodel and newly decorated rooms with us.

  3. PS - I enjoy your blog so much that I've "awarded" you at

  4. Wow... it sounds very exciting, Lynda. Good luck on the remodeling project. :-)

    Greetings from a rainy Denmark...


  5. Great finds! Godd luck with your renovations.

    E :)

  6. I love the ceramic Napco figurines !

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  8. I like going to esate sales and do so most every weekend. Still in a way it depresses me. I know one day that is what will happen to my things. You really had a good day at this sale.

  9. We considered moving and then decided the newer places didn't measure up in one way or another so ended up doing a huge kitchen and family room remodel. It's hard to live through... but worth it! Good luck with your reno and thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  10. Those are some really sweet finds! I love estate sales too and lately Goodwill, the Salvation Army and local Rescue Mission are places I frequent. I hope your condo remodel turns out as cute as it sounds with all your vintage things!

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  12. The Christmas figurines are ultra cute!


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    Better that than blue, they say.

    Red is such a cheery shade,
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  13. Great thrifty finds. The Christmas figurines are wonderful. Good luck on the remodel. Than you for joining TTF and have a fun week!


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