Thursday, June 9, 2011

Estate Sale Finds

Well, I have started the hunt.  The hunt for vintage items that is.  I started out Saturday morning with a list of four estate sales/garage sales to attend.  The two garage sales said they had vintage items so I wanted to check them out.  My first stop was to midtown, which is an older section of town.  This was supposed to be a yard sale with some vintage.  I must have been their first customer because they were still setting things up. I found a couple of things, first was this heavy weight stainless steel omelet maker.

It probably dates back to the 1940's.  This has some normal wear and tear but still in great shape.  The wooden handles are still intact.  I find myself wondering who may have used this and was it in a home or a restaurant.  If only things could talk to you and tell its story.  I will be adding this to my Etsy shop.

I also found a box of miscellaneous silverware.  Most of it need to be polished but I did manage to find a couple of pieces that were in good shape.  I have some pictures but for some reason they would not download for this blog.  You can find them here.  I'm not sure of their value  but I have seen some really cool craft ideas out in blogland that use vintage silverware.  When I was ready to purchase my goods, the lady running the sale was not very well prepared because she had no change.  She asked me if I was going to the sale around the corner and if so she would go to the bank.  This was an unexpected surprise as this was a four family sale.  I bought one thing there but for the life of me I can't remember what it was!  I know, that's a sign of aging. *sigh*  Whatever it was, I was able to make change for the other lady.

My next stop was to an advertised Estate Sale that was obviously not taking place because as I drove by the house appeared to be empty and there were no cars in the driveway but the sprinkler was going!  However, when I was driving to my next stop, I happened upon a house with an "Estate Sale" sign in the front yard.  This one was being ran by family members.  They had it set up pretty well with things in every room of the house.  I found several things here. At this point I am very angry.  The only picture that will download was the omelet maker!  There is a server error on all my other pictures!  So, anyway, the typewriter is probably from the 1970's.  It is a Sears Best!  Oooh La La!  I am planning to add that to Etsy but I have to figure out the shipping charges for it first since it is rather heavy.  Next I found a stainless steel butter dish.  It needs to be cleaned before I can put it on Etsy. I found these lace collars.


They are really pretty.  I really like the cut work on them.  Am I the only one that remembers wearing these collars as a little girl?  These are already in my Etsy store.  Finally, some pictures downloaded.

My last stop was meant to be.  This was another yard sale that mentioned having vintage items.  As I looked around I inquired about several things and their age.  As it turns out this lady also sells vintage items on Etsy!  What a small world.  Her shop is here.  Please go visit her shop as she has quite a bit of very nice vintage jewelry.  I spent awhile asking her questions about starting an Etsy shop.  She really gave me some valuable information along with the best places to find vintage items.  I didn't buy anything here but her knowledge was priceless.

So, what did you find last weekend?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Whatcha' wearing Wednesday

Well, my photography skills leave a little something to be desired!  Anyway, what am I wearing?  A dress I haven't been able to wear in 2 years!  That's what I'm wearing!  I'm just sayin!  Yay me.

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