Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend Mega-Pick

 This weekend I had the junk-luck on my side when I hit an estate sale that dreams are made of.  I saw it on line and it was close enough that I could dash over on my lunch hour Friday.  It was a zoo and I only managed to get into one room where I snatched up the vintage photos and cabinet cards.  I was out of time and, because I wasn't prepared, out of money.  They would only take cash and I gave them every dime in my purse.
 Saturday morning I got up, drank some coffee, and headed out without even a shower, something I NEVER do.  Well, I guess I should because I got there about 15 minutes into the second day and I was astounded that some of the things I saw while I was waiting in the line day before were still there.  The junking gods were smiling down on me!
 Debbie Reynolds paper dolls on the second day?  Really?  There was SO much stuff in this house that I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.  That big octagon box in the back is a vintage Wisconsin cheese box.  The graphics around the sides all show cheese making scenes.  I managed to get most of the Christmas paper off the lid but removing the glue is beyond me.  I'm guessing it is white glue.  Any ideas?  It is still a neat box but it would be nice to clean off the lid a little more.
 Lots of wooden spools, sewing trims and tatting.  Those watercolor pencils in the back are a very vintage set from Eberhard Faber.  The set isn't complete but I love the graphics on it and the way you can flip up the trays inside to make a stand for them.  You can barely see there is an old child's suitcase in the back.  The trim in the lower left is sitting on top of a vintage clothespin bag.  It was filled with old wooden and plastic clothespins and cleaned up quite nicely.
 This is all trims and tatted edging, NO DOILIES!  I am so proud.  Trust me, there were tons of them and I had to work hard at not going back on Sunday to rescue them.
 In the lower left you can see a couple of additions to my collection of satin lingerie bags.  Does anyone know what the little white purse-shaped thing with the pink roses is?  It doesn't open and it is filled with something puffy, not anything that feels like sachet.
 Underneath the cookie cutters, trim and pin box, you can make out a beautiful needlepoint rug.  I actually got two of them.  The colors are perfect for my bathroom so I am keeping the smaller one and the larger on will head off to Etsy.
 I adore those old tinted portraits and have to wonder why she didn't take off her glasses and how he felt about those bright pink lips they painted on him!  These things are all sitting inside the little suitcase I mentioned earlier.
 Click this picture bigger and you might be able to read a bit of the trip diary.  It is not very old, just the 80s but it was quite a trip.  On this page she is telling about traveling from Milan to Venice.  They even went for a gondola ride!  They visited Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
 Oh!  Here is a closer shot of the little satin purse.  A crochet sunbonnet girl does not count as a doily.  Just saying.
 A couple of sweet sewing baskets that are going to be filled with goodies for Etsy.
 A new satin dresser box for my collection.  My custom cabinet is just about full.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing??  Maybe I'll work on switching them out for boxes that match the color inside.
 Hankies and some neat playing cards with Norwegian Rosemaling designs.  The painting I did back in the day was heavily influenced by Rosemaling and Bauernmalerei.  I have a Norwegian heritage and my husband is from Germany so I suppose it makes sense those were the styles I gravitated toward.  Getting off topic...
One of my favorite finds of the day.  Some ladies out on the lawn walking their pet bear.  Seriously.  Click it bigger.  That's a bear.  A big bear. Good golly!


laurie -magpie ethel said...

Interesting to see what you uncovered at this sale. Some of it I saw and some of it is new to me. I agree there was a ton at this sale and glad you made it for a second trip.

oldgreymare said...

good golly is right!

Jewels said...

Oh my you really had the junk gods on your side - what a wonderful haul - going back to look at again lol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Isn't that little crochet lady sweet! I've never seen one like that! Love the paper dolls, too! Great finds my friend!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Wow! Lots of good things! Wishing you a happy day!! :) xo Holly

Andy's Attic said...

You are right, the junk luck was with you....for two days!! What a great amount of treasures. And such variety! Can't help on the little purse. I just know that I need to get over to Portland more to go to estate sales!!

vintage grey said...

Wow!!! Love those cookie cutters and photos!! So neat!! And, all the doilies and hankies!! ;) ox Heather

Blessed Serendipity said...

You got all this on your lunch hour? I guess you didn't eat - LOL! You did really good!

xo Danielle

CATHY said...

wow what a fun estate got some real treasures - love the cabinet cards! okay you are going to think I am crazy (or morbid) when I say this....but think about what our estate sales will look like - a young crafter coming in feeling like they hit the jackpot! : ) I tell the hubby if anything happens to me he is only allowed to remarry a crafter who will appreciate the value of my collection : )

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh shut the door....Man those sales are far and few between..Treasures and more treasures!!! You are a lucky girl


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a load of vintage awesomeness. Is that a word? Debbie Reynolds cut-outs, now I've seen everything. Love that basket and the it all. A doily free haul? What are you holding out?

Annette said...

Oh man, I just want to dive into my computer screen! I keep clicking the pictures and see something different each time.

I absolutely love the inspiration kit you put together for Lynn. The tote she made is gorgeous.

The Junque Seeker said...

Awesome! I would have gone without a shower, too, for a chance at that haul!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh my Kathy did you score or not?????
WOW! Love it all especially the wonderful photos and all the trims enough to last me years!
I see you love boxes too!
Do you ever come across satin jewellery

Barbara said...

Great finds, and on the second day! The bear picture is just THE best.

Curtains in My Tree said...

OMG did you get ALL of that ? WOW