I hit four estate sales this weekend. Two on Friday and two on Saturday. Some were better than others, but it was definitely a good weekend of junk. At the first sale I hit on Friday I was the first person in the door. There were only about 3 of us when they opened the door early and it was ceramic figure heaven. (A few of these were from the other sales too)
It was good for beach house bound fish. The figure on the left is a seahorse but for some reason I cut the head of this shot!
TweetI got a whole bunch of new kewpies from one sale. Vintage craft supplies and a couple of scotch tape dispensers.
This owl has a rotating head. It will join three others that are heading to my Halloween Booth at Junk Bonanza in October. I also foumd a cute pose doll couple.
These vintage wreaths are great colors. I have one more in blue that I have had in my studio forever. I think this is the year it will get gussied up and these will head to my holiday shows.
It was a good day for deer.
A gal (who follows me on Instagram) came up and handed a pair of swan towels to me at the estate sale. She knew I loved swans and said they should head to the beach house. I think she is right. I also found another fishy beach towel. This crazy beach towel came home with me too. Ive been using my collection of them at the beach house. I'v either been making pillows out of them or they have been hanging as wall art.
This little sailor doll baby rattle made my day with her cuteness.
I found a whole bunch of boxes of vintage greeting cards. I also found a whole bunch of loose cards....various holidays. This is my favorite kind of thing to sort through while I watch television. I was in the bathroom at one of the sales and a woman was rummaging through a bin of random. She found a pair of false teeth and said "Who on earth would buy these?" I would of course. They add some fun to Halloween decorations.
I did okay with vintage Christmas. After last weeks Putz house score, I was pleased to add a few more to my crafting stash. This funny little holiday scene lights up.
On my second round of one of the houses I found an old campfire vest hanging with the womens clothing in a closet. I am always happy to find campfire beads for crafting. A sweet little bead couple I will add to my St. Patrick's Day decorations. It was a good weekend in estate sale land. The season should be winding down soon, so I feel lucky with the what I have found the past few weekends. Nice to stockpile some stuff for the holiday season and for crafting. Hope your weekend was happy too.
I hit one estate sale this weekend. I got there early and stood in the rain and waited. The photos online looked promising and I had my fingers crossed.
I have not hit a great estate sale in awhile. This one was good.
One of the photos that enticed me to this sale was that of a whole bunch of Putz houses. I wanted them. I got them. I think I ended up with 24 of them. Perfect for holding flipping for Ethelville. The wire rack they are sitting in was also a great find. I got another spinning rack as well.
It was a good day for holiday blow molds.
This was the second phase of this sale. (I did not go to the first phase) The attic and the basement had been cleaned out for this round and the sale was pretty much toys and Christmas.
A forest of bottlebrush trees.
I really like finding the littles for Putz house flipping. Unfortunately all littles are not created equally and some end up with REALLY bad paint jobs. That strand of wood beads was also a perfect find for my spun heads.
It was a good day for all those little ornaments I love to find and craft with.
I did find some fun Halloween. Lots of older trick or treat bags. A great cardboard witch. I also picked up a couple of old Halloween costume witch capes (they are in some of the other photos).
A pair of celluloid soldiers and some old Hazel Atlas Jingle Bell mugs.
A pajama doll with a darling, darling face.
I pick up nativity scenes all year round and then sell them at Christmas in groups of three. I have never found one as large as this one before.
I think I have a new collection with vintage aquarium pieces. I dug these out of an outdoor pond at the estate sale. I have a few more at the beach house. Over three...officially a collection now.
It was a good day in estate sale land. The paying station was outside and I got wet while waiting to pay. Luckily my hair is curly and just curls up more in the rain!
I hope you found some treasures this weekend too. Happy day!
TONIGHT! 5:30 p.m. (pacific time) Lots of Halloween goodies.
Black cats may cross your path.
Witches may be flying through the skies. Other unusual creatures may show up as well.
Also a reminder that an item is not safe in your Etsy cart till it is paid for. (something can be in multiple carts at once). I will reimburse postage for multiple orders. Hope to see you tonight to join in the spooky fun.
This Halloween my crafting has been popped up a notch. In addition to my regular Halloween on Etsy I will have a booth at Junk Bonanza that will be Halloween themed. A mix of vintage and crafted.
The Junk Bonanza show will be October 14th and 15th at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington (a short drive over the river from Portland). I've never done a Halloween themed booth and am excited to see it all come together. I shopped this show last year and had a great time...fun vendors and great vintage shopping!
Of course I have been crafting for Etsy too and I'll be listing it on Thursday, September 15th at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time)
If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I set aside the whole month of August (minus one week to paint the beach house) for Halloween crafting. It was fun to share as I crafted and what fun I had in the studio. I've divided up my inventory so some will head to Etsy and some to Junk Bonanza.
Excited for Etsy. Excited for my Halloween booth! Lots of spookiness to help decorate for the holiday. I'll be listing more than I have pictured here.
Come join the Etsy fun on Thursday, September 15th at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time)
We have had the beach house closing in on four months now. Much progress, but still lots more to go. The family room has come a long way and although, still a work in progress, it is turning into a really fun room. The room is long and narrow. It was originally a garage and then converted to a family room. (There is still a garage in the backyard) They put a slider in one end and a skylight so the light is decent and I am happy to have another room besides the living room to hang out in. I painted the walls white, but kept the gray color on the one wall.
My swim cap collection FINALLY has a home. I have collected them for years. I couldn't figure out how to display them and after googling a bit stumbled upon WIG stands. They come in colors, and I have mine displayed on pink and white stands. I love, love how this crazy collection came together. I bought that outdoor orange chair BEFORE we closed on the house hoping, hoping it would work out. It is super fun in this room and I love the pop of color. The curtains were an estate sale find. They were too short for the door, so I had my Mom sew a bit of fabric and trim to them and they work like a charm. Thanks Mom!
I used an vintage beach towel from my collection to make a pillow case of sorts. I put it on a red and white striped pillow and left some of the stripes peeking out. I like the repeat of the stripes on the outfit of the duck.
Looking back from the swim cap wall to the front of the family room. I bought the couch at a vintage shop. It is 8 foot long and super comfortable. I like how it takes up the whole wall. One of these days I will find a cabinet that will sit across from it (a tv will go there too). The lifeguard sign was a recent find at an antique shop. It could not have been more perfect. A few more swim caps in a netting poofy style and some old swim cap boxes.
My mannequin that I got at Farm Chicks is definitely a show stopper. The ceilings have a funny drop, so she hung nicely tucked in against that. One of my vintage swim towels hangs in the background.
Another vintage swim towel was hung. Silly wall decorations, but they work in a beach house!
I've always wanted a puzzle table at the beach house. A table where you have a puzzle constantly in progress and you walk by and pop a couple of pieces in. We also replaced the light fixture with this clear glass globe one...it reminds me of a Japanese fishing float. The pink cabinet in the background holds puzzles and games. It was on the wall of the garage at the beach house. We pried it off and added vintage casters to the bottom. It fit just perfectly under the yellow glass cabinet/shelf that I had hanging on the wall already.
I love having a spot to display some of my vintage puzzles. They have the best themes and illustrations on the boxes.
I painted this side door. I wanted a color that would pop, and I got that when I painted it a color called Clementine. The sand bucket display worked like a charm. There was this odd little corner area coming down from the kitchen. I had a bunch of corner shelves and they fit there perfectly and ended up being a super charming display for my vintage sand bucket collection. Old shovels round out that corner. I will replace the linoleum floor down the road. Old sea glass and a funny little vintage fish shaped squirt gun. A fun old store display that I purchased from Shara of Monkeybox fame. Gotta love those swim caps!
This wall by the sliding glass door has the electrical panel on it. I have a collection of old seascapes that hang there nicely. One of them hides the electrical panel.
I hung them with old binder clips.
I'm so happy with how it is all coming together. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the fun yellow floor lamp I bought the other day for the family room. I will bring it down on our next trip there. Such fun! We also got a new roof and gutters. Next up is to paint the exterior. Landscaping will probably happen next year. Winter is coming.I'm sure happy that someday beach house became real! SO HAPPY!