Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Estate Sale Finds

My husband has Saturdays off now, with his new job. While I miss having a week day to fool around, the plus side is that I can get to estate sales and auctions without disrupting his work schedule and bringing three kids by myself! Yay! 
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I saw this Playskool mailbox at an auction last month and I paid entirely too much for it. But I had to have it. It came with the original three "letters" which fit into their own holes on top of the mailbox. We have all three, but for this photo shoot, the red one was off being played with. I've really grown to love 1950s & 1960s toys.
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There is a third letter block, but the girls were playing with it and so it was missing for this photo shoot. But darn, if I don't love vintage toys. Instagram has definitely fine-tuned my taste in the vintage goods! Vintage toys are sort of "in".
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Vintage cookbooks. Love 'em. Especially when there are clippings and hand written recipes tucked inside. I've seen plenty of Betty Crockers and Better Homes and Gardens, but I had never seen a vintage Pillsbury cookbook until I spotted this one at an estate sale. I picked it up for $1.
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Also $1/each, these vintage cigar boxes. I'm saving them in my studio to hold and organize supplies.
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I once paid $25 for a pretty cigar box from an antique store. Never again! I do love them though. So pretty and so functional.
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At the same estate sale, I found a bag full of hundreds of vintage cards. I'm a sucker for vintage cards! No way I was leaving without them.
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There was a handful of Valentines in there too, lucky me!
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I resell these, I use them in crafts, I copy and edit them...vintage greeting cards have SO many fun uses for a crafter.
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The bundled included an handful of really unique cards, such as this "piggy bank" card which stores a dollar's worth of dimes.
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BABY cards, my weakness.
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Every time I got to buy a greeting card, I cringe at spending $5 for a piece of cardstock with a corny poem I would have never written. Why can't they make cards like they used to??? Short, sweet, adorable.
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So, as you can see, finding a huge bag full of vintage greetings cars {some signed, some not} at an estate sale was an especially exciting find for me.
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Then, I saw the pillows.
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Souvenir pillow cases, that is. These fringed squares of state pride or family love used to be a staple in souvenir shops. They were easy to pack and take home, cheap, and pretty. Nowadays, these pillows can be collectibles.
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I happened upon eight of them at a yard sale recently. For 50¢ each, I couldn't say no. I plan to stuff and sew up every single one.
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I'm apparently not done showing off my vintage stationery yet.
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Then, at one estate sale I saw this canister set. Vintage, yellow, and adorable. And OH SO complete, what, with the cake saver and the cookie jar even. Folks, you rarely see this, feels like. "Five bucks," they quoted me. "For the whole set?" I asked. "Yep." Sold.
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What are your favorite recent vintage finds? How have you been faring at estate sales this summer? I'd love to see your vintage goodies!

Cheers,
Heather

6 comments:

  1. Oh man, that canister set is perfect!

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  2. Hey! I recognize one of those amazing pillowcases. It fits right in with my vintage souvenir collections. Thanks again, Friend! :-)

    So happy that you get to hit some estate sales now. Aren't they so fun? Especially when you can find so much great stuff. Those prices were crazy good. Can't wait to see what kind of craftiness you pull out of your hat for all those cards. Keep us posted!

    ~Erica

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  3. Love seeing your finds! The canister set is amazing - especially the cake carrier. I have never seen one in yellow before. It looks like it was never used. I also love vintage cards. They are so charming. I put them on display and also craft with some. I always pick them up at sales if they are affordable. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. WOW!! what a haul you made there!! Love it all ESPECIALLY THE VINTAGE CARDS, I do so love those and have a bunch of the valentine ones myself, from husband's Grandpa. My favorites are the sweet baby congrats cards----aren't those so precious?? What a fun find!!!

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  5. Whoa! A Blast from the Past! I had that canister set when I first got married!!! I bought it at a yard sale for $1.00!! That was in 1980! I have no idea whatever happened to it! Great finds

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  6. The canister set is good and very useful for carry cookies and cack...and canister have great coulor
    Thanks for sharing it

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