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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Estate Sale Finds

I am participating in the thrifty party over at Southern Hospitality, so if you would like to see other bloggers' finds, stop in. All of these items came from an estate sale. I have a love/hate feeling about estate sales. I love that there's a houseful of stuff, so you're bound to find something, but I hate the sign-up at 7AM (or getting a number), and then I have to come back at 9AM and can't get in a moment sooner. I hate that the pros running the sale have to get their cut, so alot of times the things are overpriced to me. AND, as I've mentioned before, it makes me sad to go through a deceased person's stuff. All that being said, I am done whining! I went back two times, and here is what I got:
Three little tablecloths, in mint condition. $3 each. They're so pretty, I can't stand it!

A cherry tray, which went behind my vintage glasses right away! It was 50 cents.

The bottlebrush wreath, which I have a collection of (big surprise...what don't I collect?), for 50 cents and the elf was also 50 cents. I loved these little guys when I was little, and I think everyone had one, didn't they?

The little windmill was $1.00, and went on my shelves on the back porch right away.

I'm real excited about finding one of these birdfeeders! When a squirrel sits on the bar, it closes access to the food! I had stopped feeding the birds the good stuff (sunflower and safflower seeds) because the squirrels were getting up on the feeders and just chowing down. With this feeder, the cardinals and bluejays will come back again. Yay!

Now, you may be asking, why would she spend good money on a squirrel figurine when she just said that they drive her crazy? Well they do drive me crazy, but they're also so cute when they chase each other up and down a tree, or hold their food (birds' food) in their little paws. And I feel bad because I just had to scrape a headless one up with a shovel in my garden and dispose of it. Oh, I hope I don't encounter that head somewhere else in the garden!

This cement cat statue was $5.00, and worth every penny to me, although I just noticed that she is missing the tip of her tail! I have named her Penelope.

I got this lunchbox and little purse on the second day, when everything was half off. I guess that is another good thing in favor of estate sales: everything is usually half off on the second day. I bet that purse was some little girl's Easter purse! The lunchbox is a little mod, but it's cute. And now, for the piece de resistance:

Isn't it so pretty pretty?! I had two others at one point, and I sold them. I'll enjoy this one for a couple days, but then it's going on Ebay this week. I hope you found some treasures this weekend. I will be spending this next week decorating for the 4th, and weeding. I am so behind, but what with all the vacations, it wasn't a priority. I'll also show you, on the 4th, something else that I got this weekend, and it will help explain why I chose the name "Old Glory Cottage" for my blog!

44 comments:

Susie's country cottage said...

I love your finds, especially the table cloths. That little elf you bought is exactly like one my mum puts on her Christmas tree. I remember it as a child so she must have had it since the 60's!

PAT said...

Great finds, Carol. I especially love those tablecloths.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Carol, those are some very nice vintage finds there. I'm with you on the estate sales. I hate waiting in line too, I usually go a little later to avoid that. They are fun to look at though, even if they are overpriced.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love your finds! That cherry tray and purse are Awesome!

Melanie Elissa said...

I love your cat statue!! If you ever get tired of it, I will give it a good home!!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Love your buys. You found some great deals

Gwen said...

I inherited a whole slew of those little elves and I love them.

I really like the tray!

Linda said...

Love those tableclothes - gorgeous colors! (Oh, I agree with you about estate sales!) Linda

Kathi said...

I love everything you found! Especially the tablecloths and the windmill, and the bird feeder, and the cat, and the ... did I mention I love everything you found?!

Kammy said...

I love the cloths ! So pretty and estate sales are the best !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Lisa said...

Super great stuff!! I need to go to an estate sale, thanks for letting us know about how they work!
Hugs, lisa

Keetha Broyles said...

I'm heading up to "our" state early Wednesday morning with my dad.

I've got A LOT to get done before I go - - - but I'm already getting excited.

Suzanne in TX said...

Hey there! I love all of you treasures, but that is the PERFECT place for the Cherrie tray! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you over my way one of these days!

Rhonda in OK said...

nice things - and I am with everyone else, the tablecloths are so nice!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Hi Carol, you found some beautiful things! I love the tablecloths...so pretty! The little purse is too cute! And I adore the cat statue! It's so darling, such a sweet expression on it's face!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Nancy said...

Cool stuff! The tablecloths are my fave. Those are wonderful!

Nancy

prof en retraite said...

Hi Carol! I love your finds! I must be vintage, because I remember most of it! lol And I must say I could not keep my eyes off your dear sweet Mimi Lucy! My staff would never be so cooperative! Baby Kitty sends his regards and says, yes, she is puuurty! Have a great week!...Debbie

Martha said...

Great finds -- love the cat -- see our cat with the missing ear! He's much better than the perfectone!

Nissa said...

That little red birdhouse us adorable as is the pink clock :)

Kristen, The Pajama Mama said...

penelope is adorable, maybe she was mischievous in an early life (they have nine, right?)

Mary said...

I love all of your cute finds! :O)

Embellished Bayou said...

Oh, I love that clock, and that elf is so cute, my mom has several of those too. Great finds! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sandra said...

Ooooh! Great finds! I like the little tablecloths. I also like the birdhouse. :)
Blessings,
Sandra

Bonnie said...

Great finds Carol! I've yet to go to an estate sale but I'm anxious to try one.

and thanks for visiting me at cottage hideaway. Us retired models need love too! :0)

Goodwill Haunting said...

Great vintage finds! They're all great! I feel the same as you do re: estate sales; love going to them but a little sad too. Love the picture of your cat Mimi Lucy - had to show her picture to my kids! BTW, you have a beautiful daughter!

Merrie said...

Such cute and cheerful things! Great job!

Sue said...

These are very nice vintage finds, Carol. The little cherry tray is adorable and the tablecloths were a REAL bargain! Thanks for visiting! I'll stop back again... weeding, cleaning ya know.... Sue

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Visiting from Rhoda's party. :) WOW!!! I love the cherry tray, and the squirrel and cat figurines. So sweet! The little clock is just beautiful. And you got great prices too. :)

Melissa Marie said...

Oh my goodness, you made out like a bandit! I love the tablecloths...and the cherry tray... and the windmill! Everything is darling! I've never been to an estate sale...maybe I should try my luck at one. ;)

Kelli said...

The bird feeder and clock are my favorites!! Enjoy your special finds!

Christie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I love your vintage glasses- I have a couple and hope to collect more during future treasure hunts!

Kim said...

Great finds. Love the tablecloths. And you think the prices you paid are high? You've never been to an estate sale in California.

Carrie said...

The pink clock and the wood windmill are my favorites of your great buys!

Bill Hickerson said...

Hi, Carol. What FUN finds! Congratulations. I'm afraid I'll never be one of those "up early, first in line" folks. I'm crazy about estate sales though -- I just get there when I get there and hope for the best. I can usually (too often actually) still find plenty to purchase.

Thanks for stopping by Affordable Accoutrements. Hope our paths cross again soon!

Anna Sophia said...

Oh dear, that sweet little clock is just so yummy! I am in love with that! Great finds!! And thanks for visiting my blog! I was pretty pleased with outcome... :)

Vanessa said...

Love the clock! It's beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Wow what a good sale! I know what you mean about going through a deceased person's things. It's just so sad.

That cherry tray is so darling and I love those tablecloths!

Manuela

Christina said...

Truly fun finds. I love the tray that you have your vintage glasses on. The little clock is adorable too.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Good finds Carol...love the tablecloths. I never mind going thru the things of a deceased person...curious to see what they saved and I feel like I often get a sense of what the person was like. I love it when I find a note tucked in something, or the bottom of a vase marked with masking tape and the persons name. I always save these little links to that person.

Courtney said...

You know, I've never been to an estate sale, but after seeing all your cute things I may have to find one! LOL! That's for stopping by my blog-
Blessings!

Shanda said...

I Carol, so nice to meet you, glad you stopped by to say hi. Love the name of your blog and your blog. Will be back for more as I see we love the same things in life. Take care,
Shanda

Vanessa said...

Wow! I simple adore that clock! Lovely!!

Angela said...

I just realized you have a follow button. I bookmarked your blog a few weeks back and have come to visit you quite frequently. I LOVE your home. I LOVE that front porch of yours. I LOVE all your red..my favorite colour!!Now I have clicked on the follow button and keep track of you this way and your wonderful posts that you share with all of us.

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