Estate Sale-ing

November 13, 2012

My good friend, Erika, came in town this past weekend to visit and I suggested we get up early on Saturday morning, get coffee, and hit some estate sales! Erika, being the best, enthusiastically responded so off we went on an estate sale-ing adventure!Β She’s a perfect hunting buddy because we both enjoy taking time and looking around, but our tastes are different enough that we don’t often compete over the same item. ;)

We ended up visiting 6 different sales (!!!) before 1pm and I got quite the haul of goodies! I drug along my DSLR and tried to get decent photos to share, but it’s often awkward pulling out a fancy camera in someone’s home and asking to take photos, so hopefully what I did get will suffice!

#1 was set up in a super cute little store front in the historic Soulard neighborhood.

Ahh, what an exciting mess to sort through! ;)

This sale had some interesting, quirky items. For example, an old lightbox used for dental x-rays and the gas mask pictured above!

No photos from sale #2. It ended up being in an upscale apartment complex for seniors and there wasn’t much that was too pretty to look at.

#3 was a gorgeous, huge home in the fancy Ladue area. Erika and I love getting peaks into beautiful houses, so naturally we tried to pick some fancy places to go investigate!

Erika found this cute wooden paperweight(?) of the University of Chicago–a perfect little gift for a friend who graduated from there. How sweet is the little cat?!

The basement was full of cool stuff! Notice the white lacy dance costume and box of wallpaper samples–how did I resist, right?

Sale #4 was the most interesting. This one didn’t open until 10am–in fact, a lot of the sales we found online didn’t open until 9 or 10. What gives?! I woke up at 7:30am, ready to go! That is no small feat for me. This home was pretty close to the last one and it was about 9:50 at the time, so we figured we could see all the good stuff by showing up right when it opened.

It was nuts! There was a long line outside the door and signs warning that prices were final, silver was priced above scrap value, and scales for weighing precious metals weren’t allowed! Hardcore. Kind of intimidating. They were at capacity inside the home and only let in a few people at a time as others exited.

It was worth the wait! The family that used to live there had my kind of taste! Gorgeous furniture with custom upholstery, lovely floral wallpaper, crown molding everywhere… and all the goodies for sale were great, too. I almost snatched up that super cute bird embroidery!

This adorable chair has Erika’s initials! Haha, well, her maiden name initials. If I was her, I wouldn’t have been able to resist it. And how stunning is that yellow wallpaper?! It killed me!

No photos from #5 either. It was pretty modest, but I found an amazing gem there that I’ll share another time! 8)

#6 was suppose to be our grand finale. A four family sale in a beautiful historic home in the dreamy Central West End neighborhood.

It ended up being a mediocre yard sale. Didn’t even get a peak inside the house. Boooo.

And here’s what I ended up taking home with me!

1. 2 Metal Card Holders (50 cents each)
I’ve been working on collecting these sorts of things for displays on my craft sale table–creeping ever closer! December 15! Eeeep. These guys will be for postcards. :)

2. Roll of Butcher Paper ($2.00)
This is seriously a jackpot for me! Drawing and painting on brown butcher paper is my favorite!

3. Vintage Bag ($5.00)
I’m not sure if this is an old doctor’s bag or just a carry-on type, overnight thing or what, but it’s so pretty. I have such a hard time resisting a big old vintage bag!

4. Rectangle Basket ($2.00)
More for my sale table display! I thought the basket would be a cute touch. I want to spray paint all the displays to match–maybe white or pale pink.

5. Vintage Fur Stole ($15.00)
Okay, okay, I know this is a controversial item. I’ve always been against wearing real fur, even vintage fur. I just feel like it’s an unnecessary cruelty in today’s society and it just kinda weirds me out. I’ve been slowly warming to the idea the vintage fur, though, and this stole is the perfect accessory to make my old pea coat feel different and special again… idk, y’all. It still makes me conflicted.

6. Vintage Christian Dior Coin Purse ($2.00)
This little purse is in perfect condition and still has a little hand mirror inside! I couldn’t resist!

7. Box of Envelopes (50 cents)
So great for thank yous and miscellaneous mailers! I was really excited to find these.

8. Clip-on Bow Ties ($2.00 each)
Bows. Typical Michelle weakness.

9. Mouse Clasp Belt ($6.00)
This cost more than I’d usually pay for a second-hand belt but that mouse clasp is AMAZING! I’ve been wanting a belt with a cute animal clasp and this felt like destiny.

10. Scarves ($2.00 each)
I try to be a careful judge when buying scarves. It’s so easy to go overboard and just want them all, but these two were lovely little additions to my collection.

11. Gold Bow Necklace (25 cents)
Again, bows. Enough said. I’m sold!

12. Belt ($2)
Always on the look out for belts in this style!

13. Floral Blazer ($3.00)
My eye was immediately drawn to this baby from across the room, but I dismissed it as maybe not so practical a choice. After trying on some sweaters and a little urging from Erika, I tried the blazer on and the fit was so perfect, I just had to take it home with me!

All-in-all, I got some practical items and crossed some things off my long time thrift hunting list, but I still spent every penny of my allowed estate sale budget. Haha, this is why I don’t let myself go very often! ;) It certainly makes for a fun Saturday morning, though, and hopefully Erika will be in town to go with me again soon!

  • Alex

    so many goodies! i am in love with that blazer and the bowties SUPER CUTE!

  • Oh my gosh that mouse belt!!!!!!
    It deserves every one of those exclamation marks I just gave it. I want to go yardsaleing this weekend now.

  • Amy

    !! THAT MOUSE BELT. oh my goodness we totally need to go do this sometime!!
    : D What an awesome bunch of goodies!

  • erika

    You were a great companion to go estate sale shopping with! :) I keep thinking about that chair with my monogramed initials on it! Haha… If I had a house, it would have been a sure thing. Someday…….

    This post made me smile. :) Thanks for sharing it! Let’s go again when I’m in town next! I should be in town in December!!!