Serendipitous Estate Sale!

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 . . .

Sharing my Serendipitous Estate Sale today with:

Kathy’s Home & Garden Thursday at Delightsome Life
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. How fun! I like the teapot napkin rings and pretty domed cozy~ Sounds like you owe daughter’s boyfriend a plate of brownies 🙂

  2. How exciting! I love to browse sales like this. It’s kind of sad to think of so many years of loving collecting being sold off, although I know it has to happen…and its good that in your case it has gone to an appreciative home!

  3. What wonderful treasurers – you sure did GOOD!

  4. I could feel your excitment while reading and then I got excited!
    This is an estate sale for the record books.
    I did peek at your goodies and the teapot with the bird is precious.

  5. I will follow you also. Thank you for your kind comments. You have a beautiful blog and I look forward to reading more! Blessings, Lori

  6. I just had time to look through your pictures in today’s post. I love pawing through old stuff. I want to thank you so very much for the Bible verses you left me this morning. It was manna from heaven. Read the post I wrote today. I am constantly humbled at the great gift we have in Christ of the community we have in other sisters and brothers, even among strangers.

  7. Your “new” tea cozy’s my fav!

  8. Oh how wonderful!! Is it okay that I am a bit envious of all of your wonderful goodies?giggle. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  9. Oh wow…what a find…and I loved that boyfriend already knew to let his girlfriend and mother know…Wow! He is still in the impressing stage…LOL…I have to laugh because my daughter’s boyfriend is like that…my boys wouldn’t have even noticed.
    Enjoy, enjoy your treasures

  10. OMG Miss Kathy, just had to write that! I would have had a major heart attack. WOW WOW WOW! How blessed you are to stumble upon this sale. I can’t wait to see your future posts.
    How are you doing, but the way? You are in my daily prayers. I was talking about you to a friend the other day…all good.

  11. Oooooooh Kathy, you hit the MOTHA LOAD! LOL!

    Now why couldn’t I have been in town for this??????

    I see some sweeeeeeeeet stuff you hauled home.

    How fun, but sad they never opened the shop!

  12. I wish I could have been there- my hubby would have loved to go exploring there too! What great finds! Treasure! I am hoping you will join us at the journal link eventually…looking forward to seeing you there- when you can! 😉 In His Grace, Dawn

  13. Oh wow — how in the world did you get from “overwhelmed at all the goodies” to actually shopping…I’m still back at overwhelmed! Looks like you had a fun day and found some treasures to add to your collection!

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