Monday, July 29, 2013

Thrifting Haul - Discount Day at the Estate Sales

There's nothing better than a good deal. Especially a "75% off everything" kind of deal. I absolutely love the last day of estate sales. Company-run ones are the best. They're so desperate to clear everything out before closing that the discounts are huge and they're practically shoving items into your arms. And I'm not one to complain!

My friend informed me of this particular estate sale after she saw a sign I had somehow missed. When I entered the house, I was kicking myself over not shopping on the first day of the sale. If the items I saw were the unwanted leftovers, the first choice items must have been amazing! Although they would have been full-price, and probably too expensive to make any sort of profit.

I did manage to uncover some great finds!

I loved these 2 plastic trays. The Mid-Century flowers are so cute, and I still can't believe no one snatched them up before I did. They have a couple little chips around the black edges, but are still in great shape.

These owl bookends were too adorable to pass up. They had a lot of surface scratches, but after rubbing walnuts all over them, they look great again. That's the best trick ever, by the way! My wood products all look amazing, but for some reason, my walnut bill is through the roof...

This retro yarn art is just awesome. It unfortunately doesn't go in my kitchen, but I'm going to be sad to see it go.

I loved these little Peter Rabbit dishes. Apparently my brother had a set 30 years ago as a baby. I didn't notice the thin crack on the edge of the bowl until I got home, but I can still use them for decoration.

This recipe box was hiding in a corner. It's the perfect size for recipe cards and I love the hand-painted design on the front.

But my favorite find was this cabinet. I couldn't believe people were passing it up. Could it have been the mud dauber's nest on the back? The brown stains spilling down the sides? Or the colony of spider egg sacs underneath?

I mean, really. It was disgusting looking. But after I got past that, I fell in love with the piece. It's really sturdy and the shutters on the front are so cute. It's a beautiful white with just enough natural distressing to give it some interest.

And sure, I've already worn through a Magic Eraser and my art hurts, but it's cleaning up great. You can see the nice, clean, white stripe in the middle of the dirty side above. It gave me hope that the entire thing will look that nice when I'm done. I'd probably make a nice profit on it, but I plan on keeping it for myself. I love it too much to let it go, and I really do need storage in my bedroom. Maybe if I keep saying that, I can convince myself!

My point is don't be afraid of dirt. There's nothing I love more than finding a diamond in the rough. Dirty items are usually priced really low, but everyone still passes them up. With a little elbow grease, you can uncover a treasure at an awesome price. My solid wood cabinet only set me back $3.75. Great deals out there, people! Don't pass them up!

If you're interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned about (except my cabinet. You can't take my cabinet.) send me an email. Or if you're in the DFW area, check out my booth at the Plano Antique Mall. I open August 1st. Just ask for vender 2459!

What are some of your recent finds? Be sure to share in the comments and link up at the sites below to discover more people's great hauls!


  1. I'm with you! A little elbow grease can uncover beautiful furniture! Congratulations on finding that sweet little cabinet!

    1. Thanks Jeanne! I had to use a lot of elbow grease on that cabinet, but it's finally clean and in my bedroom and I absolutely love it! Plus, every time I look at it I smile, remembering what a great deal I got on it!

  2. I, too, had those Peter Rabbit dishes as a child and am lucky now and then to find pieces from the set. My own kids now eat from them, and love them as much as I did!


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