We decided to drive into Los Angeles today to check out an interesting sale listed as a two-day, Saturday/Sunday sale. Shame on the estate sale company for not mentioning in their ad that they had a pre-sale for their email list clients on Friday. So we drove all the way into L.A. for a picked-over sale. Some of the things we specifically went for were already gone but we still found some great stuff.
My favorite find was this 1953 Mattel tin toy in excellent visual condition although it does not work mechanically.
I found this old cigar box with some unusual dominoes. I need to do a little more research but they are very old and don't seem to be made of regular plastic.
Note: After a bit more research and close examination, these appear to be handmade of bone and ebony.
There were also several bags of stray buttons.
Note: After sorting these I discovered that most of the white buttons are made of shell.
I've never seen a Coats and Clark's thread box. I liked the tiny wooden spools.
I also picked up a sewing tomato. I have several old tomatoes but I just noticed something very different about this one. Look at how the pins are organized by type and color.
The last item at this sale was a two-deck set of playing cards with scenes of old Florida.
We stopped at a couple other garage sales in the area. I found this cast iron item with the words "Taylor and Ng" imprinted. Back in the 1970s I was fascinated with the graphic design style of Taylor and Ng based in San Francisco. I didn't know what this was until I turned it over and saw the bottom. It was a bacon press and is much too rusty to be used on food although it will make a perfect doorstop.
We also found this sculptural Eiffel Tower lamp. Works great, looks cool, so I bought it.
The last item was the funniest thing I've bought in a while. My new dog tends to curl her legs under when she rests which makes her look like a deer. I've started collecting resting deer figurines and only had two until today. I could not resist this chippy old cement lawn ornament.
This time I remembered to take some photos of Los Angeles in the early morning hours before tourists and locals were out and about. It was overcast and the sun had just barely risen so street lights were still on. I got a photo of the Wiltern Theater and later one of the Sony Studios entrance. Welcome to Los Angeles!
The Art Deco front of The Wiltern.
Looking up at the Wiltern into a street light.
Entrance to the Sony Studios.
Hope everyone had a great day of thrifting.
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