Last Thursday, I saw an ad on Craigslist advertising an estate liquidation sale. The address was near the beach, so I thought, worst case scenario…if its not good… we go hang out looking for seashells on the beach.
So, we pull up to the sale…and I’m immediately disappointed. It’s not at a house, but at a business that looks like it used to be a gift/junk store. Hmph. But true to my word…I give it a chance.
Thank goodness I did.
Seriously, it was one of the best sales I have ever been to in my life. It was an entire warehouse FILLED with packed boxes of all kinds of wonderful,vintage treasures. The back story I got was that this woman was a hoarder and spent a good deal of time collecting TONS and TONS of things. Some okay. Some good. Some GREAT! And this warehouse was not all of it. In fact….it was a small portion after already having two huge auctions….and they were still unpacking a huge amount from another building. I was in awe of the amount of things. After about 2 hours of excavating, my son and I packed the car with some great things. I ended up going back on Saturday (by myself) and finding a ton of more great things.
Highlights from that fab sale include: 5 vintage purses, a little toy metal cottage, an IRMI lamp, an original vintage server tray from a drive in restaurant, vintage Tiki lights in their original box, a ton of vintage sewing patterns, collectible books, vintage material, 13 “University Barbies” still in the box, autographed pictures of celebrities, an old military scrapbook, vintage linens, vintage dolls, vintage Christmas ornaments, and a whole lot of this and that. Really cool stuff. And the best part? Only spent a total of $150.00 both days.
On Friday, there was another estate sale that advertised a TON of knitting and sewing items. And they were right. The woman had hoarded hundreds of knitting, crochet, and sewing magazines. There were boxes and boxes of them. And tables filled with material. And bins full of collectible sewing patterns. I was in heaven. And once again, the car was filled.
Both days, I had my four year old with me. And boy, was he a trooper. He behaves very well on his own…but the added bonus (aka “bribe”) of getting a coveted toy if he continued his behavior took the challenge out of the situation so I could “think clearly”.
I’m now, once again, in the process of finding homes for this vast amount of stuff. And like a lot of you, watching the “Hoarders” marathon yesterday helped light that fire quickly.
Those are my stories. Hope you had a nice holiday weekend and happy hunting this week!