Ah! So our good Kathy at Delightsome Life has challenged us with a post about thrifting and crafting this week for her Home & Garden Thursday link-up party! Thrifting and crafting happen to be two of my favorite things so, of course, I must share with Katie’s Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner.
Timely idea – this is – and perfect for my debut post at both of these parties! I just happened to have been to an estate sale this past weekend, and was so over stimulated with the thrift experience and inspiration that I just couldn’t think to plan out a more interesting post than to snap some shots and fill TWO bins!! And, even in that I didn’t have the brains about me to properly record my bin finale for “post-terity”!
So, here’s how it all happened!
Daughter called me on my cell phone while at our church’s clothing swap on Saturday to tell me that Boyfriend called her to tell her to tell me that he just passed a monster estate sale with tons of tea things for pennies! THIS was decidedly added to my list of things to do that day – directly after leaving the clothing swap where I filled a bag with all sorts of free gently used wardrobe finds.
Onto the estate sale! Upon arriving – THIS is what I saw first . . .
Imagine my heart skipping a beat. Tripping and falling all over itself, in fact, with anticipation of treasures buried and interesting blog posts to be! I could barely think to snap the camera – I was dumbfounded at the sheer wealth of junk!! Tarp after tarp full of all manner of do-dad, kitchen gadget, tea thingy, or seasonal decor!
Apparently, this was the estate of – um – collectors – collecting for some 70 years! Though, quite a bit of the furniture I saw dated further back to the ’30’s and ’40’s. The house had been in the family for decades and three generations had lived there. I missed the first day of the sale – so I knew the really valuable stuff was already gone with dealers. Surely, there would be more found in the digging . . .
And, digging is exactly what one would be forced to do to find much of anything – valuable, practical, and whimsical!
The older couple who had owned it all had plans to open a shop. Hence, the large three car garage arranged like a shop. Only thing – it had been sitting like this for YEARS – never opened.
Dirt and cobwebs were everywhere. Carefully displayed items according to theme had been placed – and forgotten.
It seemed never ending. While there, people were filling their trucks with furniture pieces and boxes of china sets. I loved this Lily of the Valley set – the whole thing was there.
And, I found this Independence Ironstone in the white shape I collect – but with a red flower motif.
I started filling my bin.
By the time I was done – there was another smaller bin added. And, of course, I forgot to take the picture of the final haul. But, here’s a teaser shot of some of the pieces all clean and bright after some time in sudsy water.
Don’t look too close – fun posts featuring them all are on the horizon for this coming year! Presently, though, I’m off for some closet cleaning in my own domain so I have some place to store them . . .
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