Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside!

What do you do when the temperature is a chilly 16 degrees on the last Saturday before Christmas?  I've discovered that it's the perfect time to attend an estate sale!

Estate sales during the winter months up north are few and far between, and a sale that starts on a Saturday (when I'm not working) is even more rare. This sale was being held on a Saturday and Sunday, so I planned to be one of the first in line.  Also, the house is a twin to ours, so I wanted to snoop around the house a bit, too.  I got up before the sun and was parked outside the house by 7:00 for numbers at 8:00.  I was number 2!!!

An hour later, they opened the doors and there were less than 20 people in line, so everybody got in anyway.  I could have slept another 3 hours!  Live and learn.

I don't know about you, but I never know where to go first.  Basement?  Main floor?  Upstairs bedrooms?  I hit the basement last and that's where I found my purchases of the day.

This thermos in a nice Christmas plaid is perfect next to my ski boots.

  For $2.00, I'm thinking gift bag.

An older gentleman said $3.00 was waaay to high for this folding ruler.

Now this is not your ordinary vintage potato masher, it's child size!  It was in with the tools.

50 cents and I'd already removed all the pink and silver balls to add to the wreath I made!

Very heavy old mirror.  The owner removed the art and replaced it with a lovely page from a 1960's House Beautiful.  I'll probably paint the frame and I found a few ideas at The Graphics Fairy that I could add instead of the current photo.

For a powder room........

or a child's bedroom.  Future project.

I still had room in the plaid picnic bag, so for 75 cents, why not? 

The Find of the day!!!

56 inches of architectural beauty!

completely forgot my manners as I shoved nudged aside a very large man to get to this gem tucked in a dark corner of the basement!  He followed me around for the rest of the sale, probably hoping I would get tired of lugging it around and put it down.  He underestimated my superhuman strength when it comes to holding onto my stuff!  Ha!  

Now it was time to go back upstairs to see if I'd missed anything good.

I probably paid too much for this set of books at $10.00, but after waiting in my car for an hour listening to Christmas music, I thought they would look festive on an end table.

The perfect red.

Pretty graphic border.

What good are books without a bookend?  Sorry, only one bookend, but two dogs!  Woof! Woof!

I couldn't resist this Schnauzer art!  Mmmm, hmmm.  Finley is going to LOVE it!!!  ( 50 cents )

Now here's a piece of sequined red fur deliciousness that any girl would love!

Just look at that handwork!

 A drawstring handbag?  A nightcap for Mrs.Claus, perhaps?  Why no, it's a.... 
bright red faux fur tiolet seat cover!!
Even Santa would remember to put the seat down!

I did find one more thing in that old basement, but it's a Christmas present ( Jan. 21 at Ranger 911 this year )  and the secret's safe between me and .......

Mr.Bunny.  Or is it Sir Squirrel?  Either way, he's not telling.

Linked to:


  1. I need to get to more Estate sales for sure. That's got to be my new goal for 2012! Love the toilet seat cover, so funny! hugs, Linda

  2. A good estate sale gives me a junk high. I need another junk high soon. There hasn't been much happening here in the winter either. Glad you found some things. It makes getting up early worth it.


  3. Hi Vickie ... just got through going through your blogs and love every one of them. Stories and presentations are great. Great finds at the Estate sales. Love the architectural beauty. I love Estate sales and find lots of treasures to share. Thanks for visiting my blog and the sweet comment.
    Happy 2012. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

  4. Hmmm...what could that XMas present be ... can't stop thinking. OHgoodness I love the shelf! And the 'dog' items ;0) Where do you find listings for estate sales? Search my area! ;0)

  5. oh, i love the big shelf--i don't know if we even have estate sales around here, but i'm gonna find out:) tfs, vickie and had a wonderful new year!

  6. This makes me want to take a trip to Buffalo!!!! ;) Good finds. Especially the toilet seat cover!!! HAHA.

  7. Time well spent! My favorite...the doggie bookend.Newest follower.

  8. Oh, wow! That oak piece! It's awesome! Thank goodness you have superhuman strength! You found some great stuff. $3 is about what I pay for folding rulers. New ones are closer to $10-$15, so what was he even talking about?? :) Old guys are the funniest at estate sales. I always get this "What are you going to do with THAT?"

  9. Super cute finds! I have a mirror like that with a very faded picture. What a fabulous way to bring it back to life! I love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!
    Oh, we have a linky party that you are welcome to join. We'd love to have you share.

  10. Your bookend is very cute. I'm in the mood for a good estate sale. And I always hit the basement first, BTW. It's always me and some old guy down there digging through stuff.

  11. Wow - you scored!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday! My favorite is that little box "thing" with the screen in it - LOVE it!

    You are being featured at this week's party, so feel free to add my "I've Been Featured" button!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  12. Oh my gosh...I love the little schnauzer and it has a white beard! The bookend is darling as well. Very enjoyable post. Have a great weekend!


Your comments make it all worthwhile. Thanks for visiting today!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...