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May 21, 2012

Estate Sale Finds – Vintage Tile Trivets, Squirrel Pin, Georges Briard Bowl and Chemex Coffee Maker

By RetroRuth

Sometimes I could just kick myself. A house on the street behind us had an estate sale on Friday.  I knew they were having it. I wrote myself a note. It said: “Estate Sale Friday, Don’t Forget!”  I taped it to my bulletin board. I wrote a reminder to myself on my computer. Then, Friday rolled around and – guess what? – I got wrapped up in work and completely forgot about the estate sale. Nice job, me.


However, Tom and I were driving past on Saturday on the way home from a late breakfast and I saw the sign for the estate sale, and immediately I remembered! Of course, lots of screaming and hand gesturing ensued but Tom finally agreed to stop and park the car  if I promised to listen to his three minute lecture on how I do not need any more junk from other people.


Well, Tom only got about two sentences into his lecture once we got in the house before he just trailed off and started looking around.  It didn’t look very mid-century from the outside (it was vinyl-sided) but once we got inside the old bones were evident. It was beautiful. I mentally kicked myself for forgetting my camera even as I started to load up on goods.

The vintage tile trivets were the first thing I snatched up.  They are homemade and backed with pink felt, so Tom and I were having a furious conversation about whether we thought it used to be tile in the kitchen (remodeled in 1987) or in the bathrooms (which were locked!) and if I actually needed them (I did!) when I reached out my hand and grabbed something else. I said, “We are buying them, and buying this too.” And Tom took one look at what I put in his hands and immediately stopped talking.


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! The Chemex angels in heaven are singing! Tom LOVES his little Chemex coffee maker, and always talks about how he wants a bigger one. Well, bigger one found. Oh, and the best part?  It was half-price day, and this beauty was marked $2!

Ummm…yeah.  No arguments from Tom when I said it was coming home with us!


I also snagged this great Georges Briard plate, which is the most gorgeous pink and gold, and totally goes with the tile trivet. Tom made a token protest, but I redirected his attention to his coffee pot, which he was cradling in his arms like a baby, and it distracted him long enough for me to slip the bowl into my bag.

But the house was very distracting, too. It was really gorgeous; three bedroom, two bath home with a lot of built-ins and tons of mid-century details. There were huge mirrors everywhere, which I really liked. It was a really great house!


But I wasn’t too distracted to snag a few sparklies for myself.  That little squirrel pin made it to half-price day, can you believe it? The best part is he is hinged, and his little head moves back and forth. The turquoise accents and his tail are just the best. Soooo cute!

So, all in all, a pretty good score for me and Tom,  even though I didn’t make it there on Friday like I planned. But how about you guys, find anything great lately?  Let me know!

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11 Responses to Estate Sale Finds – Vintage Tile Trivets, Squirrel Pin, Georges Briard Bowl and Chemex Coffee Maker

  1. Sherree Reply

    May 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love those pink trivets and plate 🙂 Glad you were able to stop, even if it was the last day!

  2. Sharon Reply

    May 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I was ooohing and aaahing all the way through your post, but the little squirrel put me over the edge! What a great find.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Isn’t he the sweetest? I totally lucked out!

  3. Michele Reply

    May 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I got lucky this weekend at a couple of flea markets. I picked up a cheap Russel Wright platter and two pieces of McCoy Floraline. All together I spent less than $20!

    Congrats on your weekend finds!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Nice, Michele! What color is the Russel Wright? That stuff is so gorgeous! 🙂

  4. Tasha Reply

    May 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    No great finds lately, but I can quite easily live vicariously through you because wow! Can you imagine a bathroom with the tile from those trivets, and pink fixtures?! Ooh la la. Although I’m inclined to think it was in the kitchen originally because of the amazing match with that plate… though maybe they just liked pink, brown and gold!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      May 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hey Tasha – You can live vicariously all you want, because you KNOW I love all your projects and finds, too. We can do some mutual vicarious wishing…

      I totally think your right about the kitchen having the tile. Can you imagine how fantastic that place would have been? It boggles the mind…

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Ooohhhh, pink tile trivets….you know I’m all over that!!!! What a score on the Chemex though, $2 was a total steal!!! And that squirrel pin, totally adorable!

  6. Betty Crafter Reply

    May 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Squeee! The squirrel pin!! Love Love Love. And I’m a big fan of the Briard bowl too. Gorgeous!

  7. Andrea Reply

    May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Considering you got there on the last day, you still got some great finds! I am in love with the bowl. On Friday, my hubby pointed out an estate sale that he saw, that had been running for several days already! I couldn’t believe he did not point it out sooner.

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