April 5, 2009Hitting An Estate Sale – And Learning a Lesson
This fabulous basement is from the estate sale that Hubs and I went to on Friday. He took the afternoon off, so we decided to do a little driving around Bay City.
The house we went to was built in the 50’s, and all of the upstairs was updated. The only part that was still in its original glory was the basement. Apparently they had a soda-fountain set-up down there, but that was mostly purchased by the time we arrived. The stools are fabulous, by the way, but they were only taking bids on those. Sigh.
Which brings me to my lesson learned. I guess I didn’t really know how estates sales worked before, but I do now. Apparently, at least here in Michigan, you get there as early as you can on the first day and you get a number. People are let into the house in number order, and they are allowed to buy whatever they can get their hands on. When the numbers are all gone, it is a free-for-all. Most of the good stuff is scooped up in that first hour or so, so you had better come early. We got there around noon for an estate sale that had been running since 10:00 a.m. Almost ALL of the 50’s stuff was snatched up. Gah! I hate it when I decide something is cool, and then all of a sudden it becomes a trend!
Oh well. Hubs and I still got a few cute things. The first one was this adorable vintage candy tin with a little duck on it. I thought it was a sweet addition to my Easter decorations. I especially like that he is reading a little book that says, “Flying Manual”.
Another thing I picked up was a bunch of linens and fabric. They were all scrunched into a box in the basement, and they gave them all to me for $4, which was really nice. And I am glad I got them, because the basement was having a real water problem while we were there, and these needed a rescue!
I got two Easter dish towels (I must have Easter on the brain), two tablecloths (one pastel stripe and the other the green fish), and about a yard of vintage fabric, which is the piece on the far right. So a pretty good haul for $5.