My Estate Sale Finds (AKA Hunting for Treasure)

I had never been to an estate sale before this past May when Paul and I stumbled across one while walking in the Elmwood Village. I left that sale with four beautiful wine glasses and a stack of white plates and bowls (all of my dishes are white).

After that success, I started searching online for other sales in my area (I usually check Craigslist and estatesales.net). I went to a lot of them over the summer – I didn’t always buy something, of course, but sometimes I would find multiple items at one house. Here’s a sampling of some of the stuff I’ve picked up:

A piggy bank:

Estate Sale 3

This cool Buffalo-related framed picture of the Pan American Exposition. I can’t wait to find a good place for it in my new house.

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Various crystal items: a bowl, a canister, and a tall vase.

Estate Sale 4

I love the shape of this mirror but I’d like to paint it before I hang it up.

Estate Sale 6

Moose and lion bookends (unfortunately, I only have one moose; his partner’s antlers were broken off so I left that one behind).

Estate Sale 2

I brought this airplane home because I thought it looked cool. It wasn’t until I was showing it to Paul that I realized it’s also a music box! The music plays when you spin the propeller.

Estate Sale 1

I’ve been using this wire thingie as storage for remote controls on my coffee table. It’s the perfect length.

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Lamps. Two of them are matching table lamps and the third is a heavy standing lamp; all of them are brass. I don’t love the brass, but they’re all heavy and well made. When I get into my new house and decide what I’m doing with furniture arrangement and décor, these will likely get painted as well.

Estate Sale 5

I found this stool in a basement, covered with a thick layer of dust. It’s in rough shape and obviously needs some TLC, but it’s sturdy and I thought it might come in handy one day.

Estate Sale 9

Do you shop at estate sales? If so, what have been your favorite finds?

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  • Reply Average Jane October 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    That’s a really good estate sale!

    One of my favorite estate sale/garage sale finds was the super old-school bread machine I bought for $5 that works perfectly. Another was a brand new, still shrink-wrapped, pig-shaped wooden cutting board from Williams-Sonoma that cost a dime.

    • Reply Zandria November 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Those were indeed good finds! I wish I could find a new cutting board — I need one.

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