Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Last Day of an Estate Sale

So, I kinda put myself on a buying ban for the time being... ya know, while I purge, clean, and organize the junk I already have in my house.  It's kind of amazing what I've accumulated over the last 7 years of living here and junking on a nearly weekly basis.  A lot has found new homes.  Some, I've forgotten I bought.  You know the routine.

Buying ban or not, I read about an estate sale that was so close to my house that I just HAD TO go.  I mean, it would be weird if I didn't.  I had held off and held off.  It was finally the last day, so I went, figuring I wouldn't buy a damn thing.  I've known the guys who were running the sale for about as long as I've been in the business.  If I don't come to one of their local sales, I hear about it.  So, after chatting a bit, they were exclaiming "You SHOULD have been here the first day.  You SHOULD have seen the stuff people were digging out."  Oh yes, did I forget to mention that this was a digger sale?  With 2 outbuildings and a once stately mansion-esque house (or at least it was in the early 20s when it was built in the prominent part of town).  Apparently people were pulling out amazing primitives from the outbuildings and gorgeous furniture from the inside.  Well, you snooze, you lose.

So, I decided to just explore what was left and see if anything caught my eye...

Once packed full of goodies, here's what remained.

People were pulling all sorts of primitives and architectural salvage from here.  What was left wasn't worth salvaging.

I was getting a little weak in the knees over this green house.  I mean, look at those hand cranks that pulled the windows back!  I would love to have one on my next house.

But, as any good junker does, they dig.  They dig in places other junkers, who were in a rush to get the really good stuff, forgot to look.  So, here's what I came up with.

I hate to tell my secrets, but if you don't know about how much boxes of vintage matches sell for, do yourself a favor and go look at the sold listings on eBay.

Most of the Christmas was gone.  I saved this little santa head marked 4/10¢ on the back.

Also, why do most junkers/pickers leave behind vintage wallpaper?  If it's a fairly large roll and in decent shape, I can usually make a pretty penny.

Useful stuff for the office that sent me back a buck.
A bunch of new envelopes and a file folder.
Not exciting, but whatever.

Pulling out an old-school trunk shot here.
The Beast is STILL in line at the body shop to get the new door hinge welded on.
Anyways, this pretty primitive pink shelf was just sitting in one of the upstairs bedrooms.
It was full to the brim with books.  I offered to remove all the books if I could buy it.
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

Well, there's a good reason why I bought this shelf.
Either at the beginning of March or April I will be moving my southside booth from the basement to the upper level.  And, I get a whole room to myself.  The ideas have been spinning.  I can't wait to get to work on it!

Well, that's it for this week.
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  1. Looks like you hit the jackpot again, even if it was the last day. Wow, that house must have been really something! I would love to have just SEEN it, then of course, pick it too. I'm on a buying ban myself, but when it's close to home, I go anyway. Good luck with your purging! It's a little hard sometimes.

  2. "Movin' on u-up..." This is an exciting move for you, minus having to cart everything upstairs! Have fun creating the room you want for all the goodies you seem to find. Fonda

  3. Oh I would have loved to see that greenhouse back in the day. Bet it was awesome!

  4. OMG, I love sales like that! I hardly ever go to estate sales on the first day and I still usually find some good things. I know I would probably pass out if I saw everything I missed but ignorance is bliss right?!

    How exciting that you get to move your booth upstairs! I can't wait to see what you do!!


  5. Great news about moving the booth. Can't wait to see what you can do with a whole room to yourself.

    1. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  6. Looks like it was a great sale, Melissa! I love estate sales on the last day! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  7. Digger sale sounds awesome! The digging is as much fun as the treasures. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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