Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Best estate sale ever

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Usually, when I think of estate sales
I think sadness
Some one passing
who has collected their whole lives
and there is no one left
who would love on what they have
for free

Enter estate sales
and the vultures
(like me)
who will pay no where near
what the person valued their treasures at
just so that it can be taken away
to another loving home
to start a collection anew

When I came across a Craigslist ad
that was a tiny bit false advertising
because they said everything was 90% off
and the title was like "Free Stuff, come get it"
I got over the tiny bit of dissapointment
as I took some time to scan through
the stuff

Inside the house, only a couple of gets.
But outside in the yard...
THAT was where the action was at.
Check out my great gets
from the great
"Moving to Florida, Young Folks Estate Sale"
in Issaquah this past July.

African Ceremonies Cloth Bound dual set
great estate sale 2010
$15 for the set

This was the best find of my life. 
And I almost left it behind
Thank goodness for that false advertising ad
on Craigslist
so that I could email them and beg them to hold them for me.

That dual set is awesome. 
Beyond awesome
Best bookset I ever bought
They are a coffee table set
of VIVID photographs
of African Ceremonies.
Just GORGEOUS photography.

We haggled for a good hour on those.
She wanted $30.
I wanted to give her $30
(aka, my lunch money for the week)
on my pile

Which was a lot.
She finally agreed to do it all
for $35

I left her $7 and went to get my cash
Came back
loaded up the car
and took everything
EXCEPT for the books.

Got all the way home that night
Unpacked everything
(thank GOODNESS since I usually
leave it all in the car
for weeks on end)

Truly broke into tears
when I didn't see the books

Went online, searched for the sale
sent them a message
Loved the fact that in the PNW
everyone is friendly enough
to tell you their name
especially if you spend 2 hours
in their front yard
and put out a personal plea for the books

Thought she had a change of heart and pulled them back
Come to find out I was just forgetful
(what else is new)
and left them by the door

AND they got back to me super quick.
I can only hope to be that organized
(and still connected to the internet)
day before the next time I make a move.

Just a mere peek at the rest of the awesome
I picked up at that sale

Wood ladder | great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Sears Vintage Orange Ten Key
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)
Hacks Lemon Drops and Barnum's Animal Crackers
Vintage tins
great estate 2010 sale | $3.00 for set

As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs.

Nothing but awesome vintageness.
Lots more that I got from this sale
that isn't pictured here
including fantastic shutters
the BEST little yellow waste bin
for my scrap room redo
some glass goods
some linen goods
and various other odds and ends

It was a two loader
(well, three if you count having to go back for the books)

Awesomeness and I wish my mom was here
in Seattle
so that she could go thrifting with me
She has a GREAT eye for this stuff

Now that we're all gainfully employed again
maybe we can get that world domination plan
back on track.

1 comment:

  1. i so wish I had thought to take you to the collingswood collective sale when you came to my neck of the woods.
    you would have swooned, swooshed, and purposely pulled a 'nikki dugan' with drool.
    but perhaps when you managed to get a foothold in the world you plan to dominate, you and I can have some playdates again.


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