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Monday, August 19, 2013
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!