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:
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.
Various crystal items: a bowl, a canister, and a tall vase.
I love the shape of this mirror but I’d like to paint it before I hang it up.
Moose and lion bookends (unfortunately, I only have one moose; his partner’s antlers were broken off so I left that one behind).
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.
I’ve been using this wire thingie as storage for remote controls on my coffee table. It’s the perfect length.
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.
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.
Do you shop at estate sales? If so, what have been your favorite finds?