Monday, October 29, 2012

Estate Sale Finds

After several months of disappointing estate sales, we've found a few good ones the last couple of weekends.  Two sales on Saturday yielded a few items to sell and a few things to keep.  I bought a bag of buttons that included about forty cards of 1960s to 1980s era buttons, plus what you see in the tray below.  I also picked up the baby shoes and two little dresses from the 1940s.
There are some of the tiniest buttons I've seen, along with a few rhinestones and wool-covered buttons. The LaMode buttons are fairly old, based on the price, and there are a few glass buttons.  I especially like the metal button with the pair of birds, and there were six of the little enamel Santa faces. They're not very old - probably 1980s or 1990s - but cute just the same.
At one sale I entered an upstairs closet and found a stack of 1950s turquoise glass ornaments in their original boxes.  These will be going on Etsy as I have more glass ornaments than I know what to do with, but they're vintagey and a bit shabby and it's oh-so-tempting to keep them!
The second sale of the day was at a very nice newer home. The interior was painted pink - very feminine and lovely. On first glance I thought there would be only newer items for sale, but I found some gloves and hankies. Then in the study I found treasure - this wonderful scrapbook/photo album from the 1920s!

I'm not sure why other people's memories make me so happy, but my heart started beating a bit faster when I saw this.  I'll probably keep it to enjoy for a while, but will eventually list some of the items and probably the cover on Etsy. Here are a few pages for you to enjoy.

I've been told there's a sale next weekend and the homeowner is 100.  She's just now moving into a "retirement" community, and the home she's moving from belonged to her mother before her.  I'm planning to be there!


  1. You did really Kaari just listed the classes for the next Art of Craft...some good ones, but I can't go this year. :(

  2. Ooooooh! I am experiencing scrapbook envy! ;) You did great! I can't wait to hear what you find at the home of the centenarian!

  3. wow you found some great things...i love the little girls dress you found...i love looking for vintage clothes now for baby having button ornament envy..

  4. Oh I would be so excited over the turquoise glass ornaments too. Maybe I will be visiting your etsy shop soon. I haven't been to very many good sales lately. I am getting ready for a craft boutique in one month. Crafting away night and day! Thanks for the visit. I love the scrapbook too. I have one from 1889 that is amazing!

  5. I want ALL the stuff you bought! lol ;o)

  6. Interested in a job as a personal shopper?
    Love your finds!
    enJOY a lovely week,