As much fun as we have at thrift stores and garage sales, probably one of our absolute favorite things is an Estate Sale. I think it is because nothing is held back at these, and we are connoisseurs of the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life. Buttons, needle cases, cocktail stirrers, postcards, pamphlet cookbooks and craft books, bits of jewelry etc, all find their way to us, so estate sales are a bonanza for us. The one this past week did not disappoint, and we even found stuff to share with you!
Deb was busy looking at postcards and stereo cards in one room, and I had to run get her, as I didn’t want someone to buy this, and cause us to miss this photo.
You also need to see a closeup of the deer.
Apparently, the deer figure behind her needed a closeup too! In case you can’t pick it out in the photo, the poor thing’s head was on a spring, and she is dressed in a green sparkly dress. It’s a wonder her head is not hanging in shame, but she is strong resourceful doe, and holds her head up high!
We also found this gem in the same room:
Perfect for cocktail hour at the Tiki Bar. You can just hear Martin Denny’s Quiet Village playing in the background.
This lady had an affinity for cats and dogs as they were everywhere including here:
Again, I know she made it herself. This was one of those pressed cardboard boots that you used to see. I have never seen one made into a diorama before, but it sure was a hoot. I would have saved this till Christmas, but it comes with a great story, so I had to share. While we were taking a photo of this, a delightful little girl, (and I mean this, she was about 5 and the best behaved little girl I have seen in ages!) asked what we were doing. Deb told her we like taking pictures of things, and said we had a blog. Her mom immediately asked what our blog was, and committed it to memory. We were delighted. Then just a few minutes later, as we were in the garage mom called out across the garage “Hey, Second Hand Roses, you need a picture of this”. Well, she was right.
The giant box of dirty cat food tin lids. WHAT? Yes, you read it right. We have absolutely no idea what the reasoning was behind this. I am sure there was a perfectly logical one. Any day now, the cat food tin lid commodities market will explode right before our eyes. [Deb: I think she was trying to recycle her lids, and the box got too heavy; but what did she do with the cans? No one does that many crafts!]
Moving into the bedrooms we spotted this treasure.
Have you ever seen the whole set in such amazing condition? Makes you want to paint your bathroom pink doesn’t it? It’s a good thing all those fifties hubbies were so manly, as this might have done them in.
Deb and I both loved this fifties house. It was in amazing condition, and every ceiling in the house was different. This one was our favorite.
One more crazy thing to share this week. I spotted this at Saturday garage sales with Hubby and the Summer Intern.
Now there’s some decorations for your bathroom. Guess it is to remind you that no matter how cold that bathroom floor is, Grandma and Grandpa had it worse, although it looks to me like they sleepwalked to the outhouse, so maybe it wasn’t so bad. Don’t miss the box of cereal to the left of the picture; nothing says garage sale like used food. ;- )
Don’t forget to send in your 100th post photos, and we have another estate sale this week, so wish us luck, and we will be sure to share it all with you.
P.S. A reader just sent a link to a video about estate sales, so I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled blog post to insert a link. If you like estate sales, you’ll love this video by Cheryl Wheeler!