Saturday, May 30, 2009

If it's Saturday..it must be estate sales....

Now I used to say that about yard/garage sales. But what I am looking for has changed..now I want retro and old, well loved items, not just someone else's cast-off gifts, or change-of-mind stuff..

So I look for estate on Friday and try to get to some on Saturdays. I'm usually home by ten..

Half of me thinks it's the "thrill of the hunt"...and the other half thinks it's a little creepy..then the last half thinks they would be happy to see some of their prized possessions were going to someone who would really like them..and the other half thinks one day someone will be going through my stuff like that..

See? Creepy, huh? Told ya.

Anyway, today was a fun one - with a total of 3 to be shopped..here's what I found.. Oh, disclaimer...my camera's battery must be going, even though it appears to be fully charged, these photos and some that I took at the graduation last week are sort of dark-ish..like the old 70's photos..

Got some great old rulers..all of them are different...well, I mean they have the same 12 numbers and all..but they look different..

This is a cute teensy jar..with some artificial flowers..

I have no idea what this is...but it was only a dollar!

This is not old but a reproduction, but it's really cute - its a book-purse ..

Then I found a whole shoebox with all these darling patterns from the 40's and 50's and 60's..

Cute, huh?

These were actually found in Colorado last week-end - and yes, the "cookie" and "cracker" tins are not new, but I love that enamel ware..the mugs are old...as well as the plate..there's also a claw-thingy fro the garden that I am having Mr. B drill a hole through the wooden part of the handle so I can run a pretty satin ribbon, hand it on the wall for necklaces ..and he thinks the other thingy is a ravioli cutter? It looks like a fat tracing wheel used in sewing..but it too fat..

Anyway, that's my day. Thunderstorms and hot tea in the evening..

How was your day??

Have a great Sunday :-)

me

16 comments:

Brenda Eason said...

I love enamel also. I bought some in the Ozarks and love it. I need the cracker and cookie ones bad! I have a big bowl it looks old,but isn't. I use serving watermelon and big salads when we cook out.

Jason said...

I love going through old treasures. My mind quickly drifts away to the stories that must be behind each item. So fun.

diane said...

You are one for collecting interesting stuff. My mind boggles where you put it all. You must spend many hours pouring over all the different items and wondering where they come from and who owned them. If only they could talk I bet you would have some great stories to tell.
I think that thingy is a pastry cutter. My mum used to have one. She would cut crimpy strips of pastry, twist them and put rows of them criss crossing on a jam tart.

madrekarin said...

I know exactly what you mean about the creepy factor but, you got such cool stuff!! Your $1 item is a wood stove damper. :) The patterns are absolutely amazing! I can totally see you in some of those dresses.
Looks like you had a great day.

Altered Glass said...

That thingy that you said you didn't know what it is but it was only a dollar, I think it is a draft adjuster to like an old wood burning stove or furnace of some sort. You would turn the handle to let out more heat or less heat. You usually saw them on a wood stove or flue. I may be wrong, but that's my guess! Have a wonderful last day of May.

Heather said...

you found some great items. i love love love that book purse!

wendy said...

I'm with you on the Estate Sales! Same feelings too!

Charmingdesigns said...

Yeppers, they're right that thingy goes in the pipe so you dont smoke up your house...really...you didn't know? We use to have a Franklin wood burning stove...I think they are illegal now.lol.

The Feathered Nest said...

Such wonderful goodies Colleen!! I love finding things like these and giving them a new life ~ I hope you have a wonderful week sweet friend! xxoo, Dawn

Betty said...

I'm so glad you live in an area large enough to have estate sales. We don't have very many; the people flock to them...you know how I am about crowds. I'll probably never get to the front of the line, but I'm sure glad you did..and made some wonderful purchases!

Laurie said...

Here here to Estate Sales! I scan the paper every week and go in for the kill!!

white o'morn cottage said...

Oh, I love the patterns.So cute! I love it all. Well done...Pam

Karen said...

Great finds! I always want to make time on the weekends to go "yard-saling" but never have the time.

Pearl said...

Colleen I believe your mystery picture is a "Spindle in the flume of an old wood stove" 6inches would be about normal. Google it and maybe that will tell ya. I think I'm right, but there's always the possibility of me being WRONG???

debi @ life in my studio said...

Looks like fun finds! I LOVE the old patterns!

Pen Pen said...

Great finds! I love yard sales and thrift stores!