9/26/10

Some interesting estate sale finds

I love an estate sale. Especially one where I don't know the estatee. And, I much prefer an estate sale where the estatee is downsizing over a sale where they...well, deceased. That's pretty sad. Our next door neighbor's parents have moved into a smaller place and they had an estate sale on Saturday. We got there 30 minutes before it was supposed to start to get a little bit of a head start over anyone else. They had an antique dealer that came in and helped with the pricing so there was a lot left at the end of the day and they are thinking of having another sale with more negotiable prices. But, because I knew them, I wasn't going to haggle over prices anyway, so I found some things I liked and thought the price was fair and I hauled them home.


I got this book on dyeing fabrics and a little brass box. See how the spaces in the box are shaped? Clearly to make it easy to dig things out. Rob asked for that when we got home. I think he might put change in it.


I also got these nesting baskets, which I immediately came home and found a perfect use for under a sewing machine and filled with all my new quilting books that I'm still stroking and can't put in the book case yet.

And, I got this slop bucket. When I saw it, it was full of a matchbook collection. I asked them if I could take the bucket and leave the matches because I have a 12 year old. They were good with that. I asked Sydney not to carry it by the handle, so she clutched it to her chest and carried it in the house. As she put it down, I explained it's original purpose and that people used to poo in it. You never saw a girl run so fast away from something. It was one of those moments that makes all the trouble of parenting worthwhile...the chance to get revenge for all the attitude we live with every day. Don't know what the ultimate purpose will be, but for now, it's making a terrific trash can in the sewing room. Right now, it's full of thread snips that I've cut off the quilt that's in the machine.


o got a black padded desk chair that is very comfortable. As soon as I got it home, I took the arms off and put it into action in the sewing room. My old chair was a very old, solid oak secretary's chair. It creaked and moaned and with a really thick pad, it was comfortable enough. But, the new chair is more comfy. As I get older, comfortable chairs become ever more important. And, I can already tell I'm not as sore after a long stretch of quilting.

I got some other things that I'll show off during the week, including a really cool one for Vintage Thingies Thursday.

Take care and have a great Tuesday. I'm still quilting straight lines. I guess the thought that I was near through with them was more of a wish than a fact. But, the more I do, the closer I am to through. Lane

11 comments:

oldbatt said...

Lane, what great finds! I love estate sales especially when I do not know the people but it makes me feel good to give their stuff a good home and that I will enjoy it and it doesn't end up in the garbage. That is where I found the bulk of my buttons. Have a super day! Lisa

Rhoda said...

You got some great things there! I laughed at the whole chamber pot scenerio! Kids can be so funny, can't they?

Shevvy said...

Thanks for the laugh on a dingy afternoon - running away from the chamber pot! Great. And the perfect description, stroking quilt books. That is so spot on! I have a lot piled next to the bath for that very reason!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Love the finds! I also collect chamber pots, both enamel and porcelain and stoneware....Love them!

Bonnie

Becky said...

Great finds, Lane! Perfect use for the thunder pot!

Freda said...

Love your finds but expecially the slop jar story. Gave me my laugh for the day.

Hazel said...

Oh Lane you are priceless ,poor Sydney . I just know you enjoyed every minute of her surprise and discuss . Bad Lane LOL

Coloradolady said...

Ha! I can see Sydney now...only because I did something similar once...it was a old galvanized one and my daughter was swinging it around in the yard, I asked her to stop, but she kept going. That is when I exclaimed what she was tossing around and what it was for...and I sure hoped all the poo was gone....dropped it on a dime I tell you!!

Great finds.....can not wait to see more!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Love the poop bucket, and love the story that goes with it. 1 to Lane - 0 to Sydney . For today at least.

Cynthia L. said...

You are always so lucky at antique shops and estate sales. You found some really great items. I find teenagers to be a good source of entertainment, I see you do too. Can't wait to see your other goodies.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hey Lane, stopped over from Charlie's blog and just wanted to say hi and nice blog!