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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Estate Sale Paydirt!!

Last Friday my friend Lynne and I hit an estate sale very close to my house. Then on Saturday my hubby and I went back again!! I couldn't believe how much was left and to make it even better it was all 50% off!!!
I got several bottles to play with. Some for wax bottles, one to use as a lovely vessel to hold German glass glitter, A couple of silver plated powder jars and several tiny perfume bottles I'll turn into pendants.

I also found some lovely linens. Tablecloths, doilies, and runners. Some I will use, and some will get re-purposed into art projects.

The front and back of this old photo album will be remade into a lovely fabric book. I also picked up some more jewelry pieces to be used in one of my own jewelry creations. ( A girl can never have too much bling!!)

I am going to paint the wood bottom of this snack server (It's a Lazy Susan) and use it in my studio to hold jewelry bits and beads etc... for when I'm working on a project.

This chair got a makeover....

Much better!!!  I have to admit, that I finally decided to break down and see what all the fuss was about, regarding Anne Sloan Chalk paint. There's a shop here in town called Audrey's that carries it, and Lynne talked me into to trying it. The color I chose was Robin's Egg Blue and I have to say... I really liked it!! The color went on very easily and I actually only needed one coat on this chair.
Distressing was as as easy as wiping off the areas I wanted to or using a fine grit sandpaper. Then I waxed it with Clear Bri Wax (It's what I had at home already) After several days everything has cured to a nice hard finish.

Well those are my finds for last week!! I hope if you are out treasure hunting this weekend, you have a very successful trip!!

40 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great finds, Karen! You definitely found some great things. Love the jewelry and that book cover is wonderful.

Janice Tutone said...

Great finds! I love going to estate sales. I think they have the best variety in finding vintage items. X

Cyn said...

Nice! I will have to check out Audreys I have never been.

Penny Phillips said...

You certainly did hit pay dirt! I would have bought everything but the chair...my husband has asked me "really nice" not to buy anymore chairs as we have way too many! LOL Hugs, Penny

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

My husband and I had a fun day last Friday estate saleing. It is so fun when you can actually get something and afford it!

RetroSandie said...

You got some cool goodies and what's even better, you know exactly what you are going to do with them! I love how your chair turned out. It looks very nice, and like it's supposed to be just like it turned out!

Linda K. said...

You scored! And for the Phoenix area that's wonderful! Nice chair, looks great..

Linda

Creative Wings Boutique said...

wow those are some AWESOME finds Karen!! wish i could find goodies like that here...hugs

Shirley said...

Hi Karen, I am trying to catch up with my friends with some me time this evening. It is very stressful with hubby in the nursing home and where I work is closing so there goes the job. Oh well, more cheerful things. I like your little bottles. I found some when I was going through Hubby's mother's things. They look like medicine bottles. I don't know for sure. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

Derrith said...

Karen: What a great haul! Gosh, so many treasures and you photograph them so beautifully! -Derrith S.

Sandra Kaye said...

Awesome finds Karen!!! I know you will do wonderful things with it all :):) Hugs

Kathy said...

Great finds - every.single.thing! I still haven't tried the chalk paint but I am seeing so many great results that I'm getting tempted. Thank you for sharing!

cindy craine said...

i wish I had been there with you! Great finds!-xoxo

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Attractive things must just have your name on them. You find more great treasures! Love the chair, the bottles and what a cleaver idea for the Lazy Susan. Happy weekend!

Romeo said...

WOW Karen! I guess you did hit paydirt!!!! Love a good estate sale! And when there are good things on the 50% off day - WAHOOOOOOO! Good for you! And thanks for the testimony on the chaulk paint. Have not used it yet, maybe it's time ;)

Have a great weekend! Romeo sends purrs!

Hugs,

"her"

bobbie said...

What a wonderful haul, you lucky duck!! I can't wait to see what you do with all your goodies ~

Marlynne said...

Will have to try out Anne Sloan's Chalk Paint! The chair looks beautiful1 And oh the buys at that Estate Sale wow!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh wow!! That was the best sale ever!! I love the bottles and the linen and all of the other goodies! I am often surprised by what is left on the last day too!

Carol

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

WoW...you hit it big in my book! Each photo makes my heart throb. I'm anxious to try Annie Sloan! I find the Behr works great also. Thanks for sharing I can't wait for sales to start up around this cold country.
Enjoy the weekend

The English Romantic said...

A glorious array of treasures Karen.
Love the chair and will be looking forward to seeing the things you create.
Hugs, Angela.x

Eva Agnes said...

Thank you for showing all this lovely goodies.
It is all very inspiring.
Love
Eva Agnes

morkaren said...

Tillykke Karen med dine dejlige fund, jeg kunne også ha brugt det hele, undtagen stolen (jeg har alt for mange stole, og for lidt plads) men linnede og bling bling er super fine fund. knus morkaren.

Rhonda said...

Amazing finds, Karen. Love the lazy susan idea, that is genius.

shabby.cry said...

Hy Karen! I really really love your finds. Hugs, Cristina

Kadee Willow said...

Good grief!! Pay dirt.. mother lode... no matter what you call it you did amazing well in finding everything that makes a girl's heart go pitty pat!!! I'm drooling over here! Job well done.

dodi said...

Cool stuff. $1.00 for the bottles, great prices ! What color did you use for the chair? I like it. I purchased a screen at an Estate Sale last weekend,I need to repurpose . Do you ever help with suggestions? Love your style!

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

I'm completely jealous over here! What great finds! And those prices! OMGosh! That's awesome. I love the lazy susan with all the clear glass dishes, perfect for studio creating. And the chair turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

Curtains in My Tree said...


I am drooling !!!!

Those were the kinds of items I dream of finding at estate sales, that I can afford, our only estate sale company has very high prices on everything, even 1/2 price is high

It is soooo fun to find things like that

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Isn't it a great feeling to get a bargain. I had a great week too. Blog post to follow soon.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Missy George said...

You really did well..Can't wait to see what you do with everything..Love the linens...Great finds..

Julie Ferguson said...

Hi Karen
This might sound like an daft question - but what is an estate sale ??
Julie

Pendra said...

Love all the bottles...seriously, $1.00 each! I've never been to an Estate Sale... I think I need to check into that in our area. Love the idea of the lazy susan for craft room, for all the little bits. I've been using salt and pepper shakers but have to empty constantly...that's genius! And your chair is gorgeous, I made homemade chalkpaint with plaster of paris and flat wall paint and did some frames for the first time. I have to say they came out great and I need to move up to a chair! Have a GREAT weekend!
Hugs,
~Pendra

Marrianna said...

As much as I adore estate sales and bargains, I'm glad I don't live in PV or even to know about that estate sale. I need nothing and am doing my best to shop more mindfully. Now that I'm not going to be a vendor at Art Unraveled, I don't look for things I can put up for sale in my booth. You definitely hit a mother lode and I want to congratulate you on your finds. My favorite piece? The old book covers. I covet vintage books for their covers. I have yet to create what i want with the ones I have. But I will one of these days.

Take care, Marrianna

lynn said...

oh, i love the linens and bottles, esp! beautiful new look for the chair, too:)

Katherine Wolak said...

I am SO jealous of your goodies, there is absolutely NOTHING like that here ever. -.- ugh! Im happy you found so many beloved treasures, all is fantastic! The chair alteration is stunning, just the right amount of shabby!

Hugs,

Betty Ann (aka Lady Lizzie) said...

Karen, That sale looks like it was fantastic! Wish I could go shopping with you. And that we had sales like that in my area. Do you happen to know of a vendor that sells shabby flea market finds and ships to customers?

Have a great weekend!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Great finds Karen! Love the lazy susan idea...and your chair came out fabulous. I purchased sample pots of ASCP but haven't embarked on any projects yet....will soon! :)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What a great estate sale, Karen! I love all your fabulous finds. The chair turned out beautiful.
Hugs,
Julia

Ava Gavloski said...

great finds at the sale. Truly vintage beauties, thanks for sharing the lovelyness...
ava g

Andrea Pirringer said...

Hello,

very professional blog and very interesting!

Best Regards from Bavaria,

Andrea

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