I had a wonderful time going to estate sales today. Since I moved I’d been relying on yard sales and was pretty dismayed that it was too cold to find many more. I went to an auction here for the first time a few weeks ago and knew it was time to start looking for tag sales. Back home most people do auctions rather than tagged estate sales, so this is a bit of a new thing for me. I’ve heard tales of long lines and large crowds at such sales but I was pleasantly surprised the sales I found today were pretty calm and there weren’t many other people there. I happened upon two that had a great stash of vintage items, particularly mid century kitchen and bar items. I bought four sets of glasses that I adore!
Gold printed Culver glasses
Blue printed-on crackle glasses
Vintage Libbey daisies
Georges Briard Icicle set of 16
Here’s a picture of the whole day’s haul. I was particularly excited about the silver tree and the large and totally bizarre 18″ cat candle. It’s almost large enough to startle an actual cat.
I generally buy anything I can second hand. Since I spend a lot of time searching for inventory, I get a chance to go to a lot of estate auctions, yard sales and thrift stores to find things I need for myself too.
This weekend I happened upon an estate auction where I found more than I expected (or thought would fit in my hatchback). I’d been wanting to trade my old bicycle for a while. The one I had was a bit too small and I wanted one a little bit more functional. I like running errands by bike and wanted something I could put a basket and saddle bags on. I found this great vintage Western Flyer bike for $30 that is just my size and even matches my style. It’s the first single speed, girl’s bike I’ve had in a long time. I cleaned it up a bit and put new tires on it and now it rides perfectly. I’ll probably be spending the next few weeks getting my legs in shape enough to ride a single speed bike for more than a few blocks before cursing myself.I also came home with a old school sweeper that I can use to sweep up under-the-couch crumbs without electricity, a hot dog maker I probably didn’t need and a set of Yaktrax, which I’ve been wanting for a while since they’re predicting a bad winter here. I paid $1 for each one of these.
I also bought a wonderful vintage coffee table that simply spoke to me. The top is solid brass and the legs are collapsible (fitted together with hinges that allow them to fold up flat). The juxtaposition of the mid century style wooden legs and the opulent decorated brass top was unexpected. It was so unique that I’d never seen anything like it. I did a little research and found out its a Hollywood Regency style piece from sometime around the 50’s. They were very popular in the middle of the century, and people would often hang the brass tops on the wall for decoration. I can see myself making a template of the legs and using them to design something similar when I start building furniture after our next move.