Monday, March 12, 2012

Thrift Share Monday- March 12

This week it appears I went way off the beaten path, as in I've made some thrifted purchases that are not my norm....and one well...I don't think is a frequent thrifted norm in general.

Last weekend at a monthly market I had seen an old vintage ironing table, wooden top with thin metal legs for $30.  I had debated about asking to lower the price, but even at a lowered price it wasn't something I really wanted to spend money on.  So I left with it on my mind.  :-/   Then my week starts and I run by my regular thrift shop.  I see a worker place down a small table top ironing board in a area I usually don't look at, so I go see what there is.  Then low and behold I see this.  A wooden ironing table for $4.  Yeah, I want it.  It would be a great/cute table/display for my markets, and it is very sturdy  Awesome!

The same day I see an other item at a very low price, but an extremely impractical purchase.  So I walk away.  However, I go back the next day, and it's still there.  Ugh!  It is soo inexpensive I know at one point down the line I'm gonna be kicking myself for not buying I did.  A  7' sled, for $5  (OMG! as I'm typing this I decide to look it up and it's worth $150)  This purchase is far from practical since I live in Austin, and we don't get snow, aside from the single flurry once every few years, but my kids grandparents have a house in Ruidoso, NM where they plan to retire (I think this year), and they get snow.  Yay!  I'm soo happy with this purchase.  :-)

Photo of sled at thrift shop before I made my purchase.
The rest of the week was quiet, until Friday.  I had been eying an Estate sale, the photos really didn't show much of anything I'd be interested in buying, but because it was in a high end neighborhood, 5,000+ square feet, and on the lake I just had to check it out.

Me and mom my got their early and waited in line, in the 40 degree weather (burrr!). 

Holy cow!  This house was ridiculous.   The estate photos doesn't do this sale justice.  This place was crammed packed with toys, dolls, knick knacks. Here are a few generic photos I took with my phone, plus a quick wobbly video of one of the rooms that was cased with dolls.  I know for one I would be scared to be in this house at night.  Who knows what all these dolls do after midnight.   

There were 6 shelves, in one room, on one wall just filled with little things.  Much more shelves throughout the house

1/10 of the Christmas room

Small section of a table covered in more toys. 

As usual I bee line to the kitchen  to see what I could find, and found two lovely lime green Pyrex bowls.

This place was overwhelming with dolls EVERY-WHERE. So it seemed like I roamed and roamed and roamed.  I keep thinking I was missing something.  Little baggies of grouped toys and knick knacks all over.  This was a little high priced, but it's seamed like Matryoshka dolls have done well for me, and it did appear that the tags at the bottom of these ornaments were Russian, so I bought them.  They really are pretty,  who knows I might just keep them for myself.  Can you pick out which one of these things doesn't belong here?
Don't know how that little old man got packed with these beautiful girls.
This one is my favorite.

This one I thought was different.  She has hair.  Is this common?  I haven't seen too many of these, but the ones I have seen don't have hair.

 They are all so pretty.

I'm getting ready to check out, and there is a long line (like 20 people deep).  I get in line then once again I feel like I am missing something.  So I start walking some more, and what did I miss?  The master bedroom, duh.  The floor plan to this house was really strange, and apparently I keep on missing the master bedroom since there were so many people in this house.  The bedroom wasn't huge, and it was filled with racks of clothes, but then I go into the bathroom.  Nothing too exciting at first, but then I start strolling the closet. Yes, I said strolling the closet.  It was a U shaped closet in the bathroom.  Picture the bathtub in the center of the room as you walk in.  To the right was a hall of closet, then it wrapped around and back up to the other side of the bathtub.  This bathroom/closet was as large as our living room, dining room, kitchen combined.  Ugh!

At the back of the closet was a table of scarves.  I usually don't look through clothing and stuff like this, but did just because.  I found a cute scarf that I though would look good as a hair wrap.

Chiffon, hand rolled, hand printed scarf. 
Then I bumped into scarf that I recognized it's mark, Vera.  I grabbed it and looked for some more.  I saw one other, but it had a hole.  So I strolled out of the closet, and back into the master bedroom (sheesh all this walking is making me tired). (Research on this scarf shows the signature is from the early 1950's, and looks to be in perfect condition.  Wow!  I saw another scarf similar to this listed on Ebay, but with different colors for $99.  Does anyone have any suggestions or experience in selling Vera scarves, and what should I list this for?)

Early 1950's Vera silk scarf

On, Esty, I see a lot of vintage purses, and it looks like they sell.  So while in the master bedroom I see this sleek purse (Bags by Nicholas Reich).  I'm not much of a purse person, but its simple, sleek lines make me want to get it.  If it sells it sells, if it doesn't then I'll have a nice dress up purse for that day I ever go out someplace nice.  Or you know what?  This purse would probably look fabulous if you're just dressing up your jeans.

There weren't any other purses in the master bedroom that caught my eye,  so I started hiked my hike to the other end of the house looking for the never ending checkout line, and did some more browsing along the way.  Then laying on the floor with some dolls were these super cute purses.  The wine colored one, unmarked, caught my eye since this is one of my favorite colors.  The purse if very simple, but unique.  A zippered pocket on one side, flip up the flap and you have your standard purse interior with a small zippered interior pocket, but as I had the flap up I noticed the flap it's self was also another opening.  This sold me.

Lift up flap to get access to an interior pocket.

Flap its self is a huge pocket. 

Then we have this gorgeous camel colored purse (Genuine Leather by Morris Moskowitz).  This purse would look so nice with jeans,  and like the other purses it is simple.  My thing with purses, and why I'm not a purse person is because what I always see at the store are purses with a dozen zippers, belt buckles, chains, loops, hooks, and whistles (ok...maybe not the whistles).  So these purses are the perfect purses, in my eyes.  What's even better?  They are like new.  This one, the camel colored one, does not look like it's ever been used.  It's in absolute perfect condition. 

You know, this estate sale and week was really fun.  I love my out of the norm purchases.


  1. Wow! You had a pretty great week of thrifting!

    All those dolls in the house would freak me out!

    I only made one thrifting stop on Saturday and that was to get a new blanket for Ringo (which he has already dragged out of his house an into the dirt) and some stuffed animals for the dogs to play with...nothing exciting.

  2. Wow, good shopping. I've never been to an estate like that one. Good that you bought those Russian Dolls, they are always great sellers.

  3. wow, that sled is a super score. and eeeek, really? does one REALLY NEED that many dolls? that's just creepy.

  4. That really was a "dollhouse" - that's a lot of dolls!!

    Love the Pyrex and the Vera - it's so exciting when you spot that little signature...

    I'm your newest follower - found you through Apron Thrift Girl