November 1, 2012

Estate Sale Finds

Last Saturday I spent the whole morning cleaning my garage.  When I finished I had a little talk with myself "You cannot stop at one more garage sale, thrift store, or estate sale, until you transform and sell what you already have"


After I finished I decided to run out and get a bite to eat, and there it was..........The homemade estate sale sign


It might as well have been framed with flashing neon lights!!

I actually said out loud "Oh no you don't, drive by"....But, I couldn't.  By 3pm on a Saturday....They practically give things away!

I bought everything for 80%-90% off the marked price!  First up, this adorable telephone table


A stack of vintage maps, check out that Pan American map of Rome!


I have plans for this cute little shelf


I love this solid antique wicker chair with a metal seat.  I plan on taking a wire brush to it, glueing the loose wicker, and sealing it all....Chippy at it's best


I bought this trivet because it was 50 cents and adorable, it was marked Lefton


Check out this card album from 1911


Now, I don't do a lot of paper crafting, but I just know I will find something to do with this book full of 1911 calling cards


Look at this card...Hemmingway...Hum, this is Florida, I'm sure it has to be one of THE Hemmingways!?


And finally this very heavy antique beveled cabinet door


I have plans for this baby


So, I had just cleaned my garage and decided I had enough stuff, then bought and shoved in more stuff, but I reminded myself of the many times I've had an empty garage and the thrifting well ran dry.....I have to buy it when I can......RIGHT?

Happy Creating!
Carol

Partying with The Thrifty Groove

51 comments:

stefanie said...

hahahaha, you sound like me!!!! its an addiction

Donna said...

Such treasures! You were rewarding yourself for cleaning the garage, LOL...

The Pink Geranium said...

Your treasures are great!

I am beginning to think we all need a 12 step program...as this is a serious (and can I say fun?!) addiction..!

Plus I would of bought all of the stuff you did, with the thought..I will find something to do with that. I don't know any hoarders personally, is that what they say?!!

Jan

Amy Jo said...

It looks like you hit the jackpot!! I was wondering if they were going to have the Fancy Flea this month? I haven't seen anyone blog about it.

Blessings,
Amy jo

Jane said...

Wow, such a nice "haul"! Good thing you'd just cleaned out the garage so you had room for your new goodies!

Old Time Cindy said...

Ya have to pick while the pickin' is good! :)

Createology said...

Nothing is found when we are searching for something specific...However...take all you find when you are not looking and it arrives right in your arms! Your transformations are always stunning and you know everything you touch will sell!!! Blissful productive day dear.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Yup, tell myself every day "NO MORE STUFF" and I mind myself just as well as mind you .. LOL.
Those are great finds (())

NanaDiana said...

Carol- Soooo...Now you are talking to yourself and NOT listening?;>) What great finds! I'm glad you went back and ignored your "sensible sister" that was talking in your ear. xo Diana
ps. My Aunt Erma had a trivet just like that one-

Chris said...

Advice is always subjective - even from yourself, right? RIGHT! And the nicest surprises are found when you least expect them. Can't take a chance of driving by those opportunities!

Wendi Galczik said...

*Sigh* I am so jealous! Never find anything remotely like that, even when I do get the chance (rarely) to go to estate sales...and every late sale I've attended had nothing worth buying, even at a massive discount..
My fave is the chair, so interesting...but the bevelled glass is worthy of coveting, too...congrats!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

LOL! You should consider it as "inventory" Carol! : ) Well, really it is, right? You got some great things and I think it was meant to be since you got it all at a great mark down. Love that table and the shelf is wonderful. I can only imagine how beautifully you are going to transform these items.

Laurie said...

RIGHT!! Great finds and now you can work that magic that you do so well!!

Debbie said...

I had the same talk with myself. Apparently, I don't listen to myself any more than I listen to anyone else.

I wouldn't have wanted to pass that stuff up either, especially that first little piece. Can't wait to see what you do with it. I'll be interested to see what you come up with for the calling cards, too.

Kathryn Ross said...

A bit overwhelmed with all your goodies, here - and moreso thinking of my own basement stocked full of "to-do" goodies. Though, a shrinking purse and space to put things is keeping me home and picky about where I'm estate sale-ing. Am going tomorrow to a bi-annual one - will post - and hope I don't break the bank . . .
Joy!
Kathy

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your finds--especially the shelf!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

That'a my girl!!! I can't tell you hao MANY times I've said the same thing...anyway Great Buys!! Love the telephone stand and mirror!
23 days until the wedding!!!
Warmly,
deb

lvroftiques said...

Awww Carol I woulda done exactly the same thing! Lol! No way I could pass up a sign like that. And great scores too! I hope you'll share your "afters". Vanna

Susan Erb said...

Carol,

You do not want to let your inventory get down too far! ;)

I tell myself weekly that I am not going to buy one more thing until I get some projects done...but a homemade estate sale sign - COME ON! Those are too rare to pass up and look at what you got. I cannot wait to see what you do with the telephone stand - after the wedding, of course. I would think projects are taking a hiatus until after the wedding.

I think the trivet would be a fun wedding gift, BTW!

Sue

Nancy said...

Great stuff, Carol! I don't blame you at all for buying more. You got them for a steal and it would have been a shame not to get them. You'll transform everything beautifully!

Nancy

CathyD said...

But you always find the greatest things and then do the greatest things with them! How could you NOT stop?

marda said...

What great finds.. and you know you'd have kicked yourself if you had just driven by. You NEVER find what you're looking for when you go looking for it, right?
Can't wait to see what you do with all of those wonderful pieces.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
Well I have had the same talk with myself, by myself does not listen. LOL LOVE your finds. WOW are you going to have some fun creating your magic with those treasures.

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Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Nice. You know the best deals come when you're not really looking for them!

Claudia Tyler said...

Of course you needed to buy these! Think of it as economic stimulus! Looking forward to seeing a transformation of these special finds. Have a great weekend.

Shelly said...

Great finds! I can't wait to see what you create with them. I can't pass up a sign like that either. Usually the Serendipitous ones are the best.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I just love it, Carol. I swear I had this same conversation with myself!! I'm working on painting and upholstering a bunch of things just to rationalize stopping at another thrift store, sale, etc. I think the key is to have a designated spot to hoard, oops, I mean store stuff. When it's full, start fixing up and moving out, otherwise, it really gets out of hand. How do I know this? We've had a storage unit on our property while construction is going on and it's leaving in 10 days so all my finds have to go somewhere. Yikes!! Talk about a reality check!!!

Connie said...

Hi Carol, You just described a moment that we have all experienced . . . I love the line, "It might as well have been framed with flashing neon lights!!" That said it all.

You do have to buy, when you see it and when the price is reduced by 80 and 90% . . . well, that in almost a sign from God, LOL.

Great finds.
Happy weekend.

Your blogging sister, Connie :)

P.S. Did you get any winds or flooding from Sandy down there? All the news is New York and New Jersey, but the storm maps is much larger than that. Just wondering.

Diann said...

Well, I for one am glad you stopped because these are awesome treasures! I can't wait to see them transformed! Thank you for sharing your recent finds with us at TTF. Have a fantastic weekend!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Of course you do!! ("have to buy it when I can") It makes perfect sense to me...especially when you come home with treasure like these.
Debbie :)

GrandmaSoucie said...

I'm in love with the mirror!! How much?

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Great finds! I love the little shelf that you got. I know how you feel about the goodies you find. I'm the same way about fabrics :/

Heart Vintage Design said...

I don't blame you one bit for stocking up. You can't sell from an empty cart, a wise dealer told me once.

Marlynne said...

We are hopeless1 But a least you have a booth to sell them at!

Jeannie-JB said...

Oh Carol {and all you other ladies posting comments here} - we could be such great friends! The only thing I love more than a great thrift store, garage sale or estate sale is looking at the treasures that other people find. I'm going to have to start looking for a booth - I just have too!

sandy said...

You just described ME! Haha. But you can't turn down "finds" like that!
Have a great weekend!
sandy

Shelly said...

Have you ever drug one of these furniture treasures home to find it had mold? Last night I did and opened a drawer and had a terrible allergy coughing, itching attack. How can I kill the mold without ruining the chippy table (enamel top). It is so cute but has mold in the drawer and little spots on the legs about killed me. Or, do I give up and trash it? I'm afraid to touch it now.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Isn't it impossible to reach a happy medium? I promise myself to go to zero back up inventory and then I find treasures I can't pass up as well. Only it's not the garage that is my catch all, it's my office. Can't wait to see what you do with the mirror and that adorable telephone cabinet.

Something Special said...

Yes, how could you pass that sale up!
Love your finds!

Amy Jo said...

Carol,

Thank you for letting me know about the Fancy Flea... I had planned on going until the last minute this morning.. I went to an estate sale instead. I hope you have a lot of fun...I'm already regretting my decision.
Blessings,
Amy Jo

Amy Jo said...

Carol,

Thank you for letting me know about the Fancy Flea... I had planned on going until the last minute this morning.. I went to an estate sale instead. I hope you have a lot of fun...I'm already regretting my decision.
Blessings,
Amy Jo

Galina Hristova said...

Hi Carol!Very fun indeed!I look forward to seeing the transformation of these things!I think you made ​​a good choice!Hugs!

Melanie said...

Carol life is far too short to stop thrifting and flea marketing ! lol
My garage is bursting at the seams with projects and furniture that I 'simply had to have'!
Just enjoy your finds ! x

*Susycottage* said...

But how wonderful your blog!
Two hours and I'm looking at me .....
I really like your style, your taste.
Congratulations six talented and perfect
in any work you do!
Love Susy x

Debbiedoo's said...

Of course you have to buy it:) You scored some good loot. I have never been to and estate sale. Many garage sales but no estate. I want to go to one someday.

Debbi said...

the best estate sales are the ones the family hosts rather than a liquidation company because they scoop up the best for themselves! Fab finds Carole..I would have loved to get my hands on that chair!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You and me both! I don't know how many times I've told myself to sell what I already have before buying more. You never know when you're going to need more and won't be able to find it. Love all your fabulous finds and looking forward to some awesome transformations.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

OF COURSE! You HAD to buy all of those treasures! What great finds!!! You're gonna be busy transforming all those finds!!! Can't wait to see the results!

Pat C. said...

What wonderful finds, Carol! And you would have been foolish indeed to pass on them, what with the mega-markdowns and unforeseen "dry thrifting well spells"!

Can't wait to see what you create with these treasures!

xoxo

hopeandjoyhome said...

Things just stack up so quickly! I move things out and as fast as they go, new things needing "help" come in!

Rose Broadway said...

DUNCAN, Evelyn Merle (Hemmingway) formerly of Montgomery passed away in Crestview, Florida on 1/5/10 surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 27, 1930 to Amma LeRoy Hemmingway and Bennie Merle Brand Hemmingway of Live Oak, Florida. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Marion F. Duncan. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory, Mike Duncan (Palm Coast, FL), David Duncan (Montgomery, AL), Mary Lynn Duncan Lindsay and Lissa Duncan Hunter (both of Crestview, FL); grandchildren, Michelle Lindsay Sandler, Sarah Lindsay, Ashley Dice, Patrick Hunter. Great-grandchildren are David-Paul Lindsay, Hannah Sandler, Alise Worthy. She graduated from Leon County High School,1948 and Orange Memorial Nursing Program, 1953. She also did her pre-nursing courses at Florida State University and was a majorette in the band. She leaves behind many friends and coworkers in the Montgomery area. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any Disabled Children's charities.