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!
I went out on Friday to a complete DUD sale. Driving home I passed an estate sale sign. Had to hunt that sale down and was glad I did...family run and almost no one there. I hit another sale on Saturday. My finds are from both days.
The folding table came in the original box. I like to use them for shows sometimes. I have about 5 folding tables in my stash. This one has a bright yellow top and the underside is turquoise.
At the Friday sale there was lots of Christmas to dig through. I love that dig and the end results.
I found three big rolls of old blueprints. At the Friday sale after I paid for everything I brought it out to the car. I decided to make one more dig through the house and was glad I did as I found an box with the old Christmas lights and reflectors attached. I am always on the hunt for reflectors.Those glass jars with the metal lids are on a lazy susan! Super cool. The spun head Santa heads have been made into earrings...I can't believe the stuff I find sometimes.
I'm a sucker for puzzles. This box of children's puzzles is a jumble. I have no idea how many puzzles or what kinds, but I think it will be fun to figure out. (thank goodness they are not multiple adult puzzles with a gazillion pieces as I would have never attempted that)
Hard to pass up a plastic garden chicken.
Lots of littles.
I am always happy to find these little glasses. I found a box for $2 with a ton of other glassware on my second round through the house on Friday. The glasses original held shrimp cocktails. I have a bunch of the ones with the seahorses ringing the glass, but the ones with the fish, shrimp and crab ringing the glass are new to me. Beach house bound.
I've been collecting vintage clocks for my upcoming Junk Bonanza show. The sweet little chalkware bird is already hanging on my wall with the rest of that collection.
The sale I hit on Friday was about an hour drive from my house. I may have not ventured that far for it but the ad said.
Worth the DRIVE !! 70 years in this house - NOTHING WAS THROWN AWAY
I got in my car and went. It was worth it. A bit of a digger and lots to sort through.
The sale included a house and a couple of outbuildings. There were also things under a tarp in the yard. So many spots to dig.
Tons and tons of littles came home with me.
A trio of old candy boxes and some candy canes for crafting.
One of my most unusual find was this old tin toy baby stroller featuring Blondie and Dagwood. Dated 1949. It is not in the best of shape, but it has pink wheels and the graphics are still clear and bright. My friend Tom, popped these two great bunnies in my basket. I was also excited to find an old sand bucket. Heehaw with this old cowgirl costume. It came with the little holster and the skirt and vest set. A cowboy hat came with it too. I was pretty excited about finding the old Halloween horn. The plastic raised scene beside it is Little Bo Peep.
Winky Blinky ball with lenticular eyes. Ceramic fish and an old Dig game. The game box is in horrid condition, but I love those letters for crating.
A couple of winking Santa mugs and a great bottlebrush tree.
The skeleton will head to my Halloween both at Junk Bonanza. The floral blanket will head to the beach house.
I saw the box of sewing cards in the ad for the sale. I really wanted them as they had a sailor. I was happy to find that card in the box. I also scored on the MIP box of Halloween candles. I have never found one of those in the wild.
I will play around with the ears on this sweet dear so they stick out more. He will be gussied up for Christmas.
Worth the drive for sure. Hope you found some treasures this weekend too. Happy Day!
I hit the second day of a digger sale on Saturday. I couldn't go on Friday and ended up hitting it Saturday a.m. There were still many treasures to uncover. The house had been closed up since 1968. The woman passed away and willed it to her friend. The friend (who had her own home) basically just locked it up after the woman died. It was a time capsule.
Digging was good. I found thee wood cutlery trays. I like to use them to organize my glass garland. I found lots of littles for crafting.
I went into the sale really hoping to find some old ribbon spools. I found some in the pantry in the basement. I am always hunting them down (and these were good old ones with great graphics).
The basement had tons of old tins and containers. I brought home quite a few. I also found three corner shelves like I used to display my sand buckets at the beach house. The chalk box was one I don't have in my collection. I hit the digger sale both Saturday and Sunday. I bought all these photo corners on Sunday...I had not even seen them the day before.
I found some old beachy postcards. Two of them are for Cannon Beach which is the town just south of Seaside.
I could not resist the scary labels on these old pesticide containers. I am doing a Halloween Booth at Junk Bonanza this year and I may use them for part of the display. I could not resist this great pesticide spray gun. It is in very rusty shape, but most of the graphic on the label is still fine. GETZUM GUN. The fellow is wearing a hat that says "General GETZUM" and he holds the pesticide sprayer in his hand aimed at a flowering weed. The expression on the weed's face is terror. "Gets every weed. One shot and they're dead!" I can't find a date on the can, but thinking 1940s or earlier.
Playing cards with darling dogs.I dug under the kitchen sink and found this old enamel container. I also dug out two really great wire dish drainers. The whisk brooms were scattered all over the basement.
I dug through a pile of wood and found these two treasures. The fish, I think is a woodshop project. It is dated 1942 no the back. The plywood piece is pretty cool. This piece of plywood is from the 27th annual Elks barbecue, September 19, 1968. The menu is printed on the plywood and at the bottom it has this message " these plywood plates furnished through the courtesy of United States plywood corporation, Oregon division, Willamina, Oregon". I'm thinking the meal was served on these "plates". I love that is dated and has the menu. $1 find
The cabin scene is actually a box lid, but the graphics are amazing. It is dated 1956 and reads "Cabin in the Woods" on the side.
His and Hers towels with matching washcloths. They are soaking right now and hoping they come clean.I saw this purse on Saturday, and it was still there on Sunday. It came home with me.
I can dig for hours at a good sale. This one was pretty good. Glad I got my weekend junk fix!
Just a reminder that I have mermaids listing tonight at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time)
(A word of caution also. My sales are often quite crazy and things go fast. An item is not safe in your cart and can be in multiple shopper's carts. It is only YOURS after it is paid for. If you end up with multiple orders I will always reimburse overpaid postage. Thank you for the mermaid love!)