We are simple folks. All we ask is a decent sale here and there, time to share with friends, and a good lunch. Well, last week gave us all that in spades. We always have a good time on Friday, giggling and shopping. Lunch has been at the same Indian place since the Summer Intern was a baby, so that was taken care of; now all we needed was a good sale. The Re-Sale Gods provided! Normally, we are not super fond of this estate sale company, as their prices are higher than most, and they are really particular about how many folks they let into a house, so we tend to wait till later in the day to head over there. We got to the sale about 10:30 and they were still parked out to the main street, but we braved the crowds anyway. It was one of those sales that was just full of super pretty things, and lots of it was our style. We were in hog heaven and both of us spent more than we probably should have, but how often do the good ones come along? We thought we would go in together and show you what we saw, and what we bought.
There were a lot of lovely vintage clothes at the sale. We passed on all of those, but we like to look:
There were several doll-sized things including a couple of darling tea sets:
And check out the spout on this white set:
I have five or six toy china tea sets, and really how many do you need, so passed on these too.
On the other hand, little vintage stuffed animals do call to me:
These were cute, but not as cute as the bunny I did buy:
I don’t know how he ended up in my hands, as I really don’t need more of these, and he was not a Stieff or anything, but he just pushed off with those bunny hind legs and landed right in my pile. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
There was a whole room full of wonderful jewelry. It was pretty crowded, so we didn’t get a pic of the whole room, but here is what I dragged home:
I purchased the blue butterfly and the two filigree pins the first day, and being a glutton for punishment, I came back the second day and snagged the tiny bar pin, the circle pin and the contemporary earrings. I adore enameled pieces and they are so hard to find, so yep, these were mine.
To appease beloved hubby, I found a book, and not just any book:
This is another book that has been on our long-term want list for quite a while, and this is a lovely copy. We have been collecting Maxfield Parrish works for many years, and this fits right in with the collection. The illustrations are wonderful. On a crazy side note, I found out several years ago that his grandson lives in our town. Sure would love to see what he owns from old Granddad.
I figured if I brought the book home (and it did happen to be a pretty good price!) I was in the clear for whatever else I wanted.
I passed this up the first day:
But succumbed to it on half-price day. I drag tiny hand-made doll furniture home on waaaaay too many occasions. It is not the right size for any doll I own, but just look at it. Actually, I wouldn’t mind it in my size, either. Still can’t figure out why one chair has blue stripes on the seat, but oh so cute.
This did fit a doll I own:
I was going to pass this small jewel chest by, but it ended up being way older than I thought, ’20s or ’30s at the latest, and it is dolly size. Can you tell that my dolls are just like me?
Deb here and I bought all my loot on the first day. I wasn’t going back to look again because I spent PLENTY the first time.
Okay, we both have admitted on numerous occasions that we have it bad for jewelry—all kinds. But, when it’s Victorian, and enamel, well, we’re pretty helpless:
Take all the above conditions and add bar-shaped pins with pearls and I was scooping them up as fast as I could find them. Really, thank goodness the room was crowded with jewelry enthusiasts; I needed saving from myself. I only ended up with two bar pins, but they are so pretty. The blue one has the tiniest pearls I’ve ever seen! I took a picture of the back so you can confirm that what stylistically looks like a Victorian era pin, isn’t a fake. The pin part of the clasp is usually longer than the hook clasp. The hinge is usually very simple, not like the hinges on modern pins. The clasp is usually a simple hook, or it could have a safety, like the gold bottom pin. This isn’t foolproof, but it starts you on the right path.
I also managed to snag two reasonably-priced flower pins, also enamel:
These are Victorian-era also. Victorians loved the language of flowers and frequently incorporated forget-me-nots into jewelry (left pin). I’m not sure what the flower on the right is, it could be an apple blossom, or just a generic flower. I wear a lot of flower pins and this will be out on the town, often.
I also bought a book, just because it was filled with wonderful prints and I liked the Art Nouveau cover:
Why Holland, you ask. Who knows, but there are quite a few prints (75) and I really like the style of them:
The book was printed in 1904, and I probably paid the going price for it. It’s a good thing I can splurge now and then. I guess this means that it’s time to visit the Netherlands!
The rest of my buys weren’t really amazing, but of course I liked them:
My mom still bakes lots of cookies for my dad, AND she loves birds. This seemed like a no-brainer for $2.
I also bought some 1903 advertising needle books that are the oldest ones I own:
They are advertising giveaways for an insurance company, and the fronts are not interesting in the least. But, inside there were pieces of fabric, kind of like a flat pincushion, to keep your needles in! I’ve never come across anything like these before.
Next week is our 500th post! Can you believe it? Have you been here since the beginning? To celebrate, we are going to do a Grand Give-a-way! The prize package will include THE Elusive Cranberry Server (see here, here, here, and here ) at least one hankie, one pamphlet cookbook, swizzle sticks, and a vintage recipe box. Here are a couple of pictures to whet your appetite:
You can start entering this week: just post a comment here, on the boards, or on Facebook to be entered to win. If you like, let us know how long you have been reading our blog. You can sign up this week, and next. By next week, we should have a photo of all the loot. Drawing will be held on Sept. 6th, and announced on the blog post of the 7th of September.