Estate Sale Score!

13 Jun

It is truly one of the great pleasures of my life to go to estate sales.  I don’t know what it is – feeling like I’m giving a second life to the very personal possessions of someone who can no longer take care of them or the thrill of the hunt and fighting off other treasure-seekers.  Either way, this Betty is H-O-O-K-E-D!  This weekend I hit up a great estate sale of a departed professor who had some really lovely, old things.  I went in to momentary cardiac arrest when I saw the gleaming pink Atlas sewing machine.  But $100?  Not today thanks.  My shopping partner found some great jewelry, sewing notions, and farm dresses (lucky girl – good thing I didn’t see them first!) and another shopper made off with some frothy pastel nighties.  But I still left happy!

The Mister was giddy with happiness when I came home with that Brownie for him. (We have a burgeoning collection of obsolete yet beautiful old cameras)  I could not be more thrilled with those adorable recipe cards.  Every self-respecting granny needs cutsey recipe cards, right?  I totally heart the ones that say “Kissin wears out…cookin don’t!”  Not pictured are some turquoise and pink Tupperware containers.  Love me some vintage Tupperware!  I also got a pretty rockin olive green sharkskin 50’s dress that turned out to be a perfect fit.  It was languishing at the bottom of a box and is in bad need of a dry clean which is why I didn’t photograph it.  Did anyone else out there score anything great this weekend?


5 Responses to “Estate Sale Score!”

  1. denise June 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    wow. my mom had “Here’s what’s cookin'” recipe cards, a Brownie camera that I have now, and she was a ‘tupperware Lady’ that’s what they called themselves. She sold tupperware.

    Found your blog by way of, looking forward to seeing what else you find, and the rest of your house. I can feel your excitement over it all. Congratulations, the stars were all in alignment for you. 😉

    • bettycrafter June 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! Sounds like your mom and I were kindred spirits 🙂

  2. Lisa T. June 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Love your kitchen! Last weekend I found an almost complete set of Blue Heaven dishes at an auction for $5.00!

    I’m so putting you in my favorites!!!

    • bettycrafter June 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      Ohhh! Blue Heaven for $5.00?? I’m so jealous! The most awesome/frustrating garage sale I ever went to was packed full of mid century modern deliciousness like George Nelson lamps and Eames chairs that were already sold but I did manage to score about 3 boxes of china that included some Blue Heaven. But I paid more than $5.00! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Nick Klaus June 18, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    My mom also had those exact same recipe cards, and I also came here by way of retrorenovation. It’s been ages since I last went out on the hunt for goodies, but I think I’ll have to pick up the pace for that soon. Can’t wait to read more!

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