Estate Sale Goodies

September 4, 2011 in Wonderful Finds

I’ve been slowly stockpiling up on vintage sewing patterns as I’ve been gradually returning to sewing, purchasing them from Ebay and Etsy. However, I wondered if there might be another avenue of finding them slightly cheaper. I haven’t had much luck with the thrift stores around my area – they rarely have patterns and if they do, they are usual of rather hideous garments from the 80s or early 90s that no one wants.

After hunting around on Google, I saw Sew, Mama, Sew mention on her blog about going to estate sales. Gosh! Why didn’t I think of that earlier? Following her advice, I fired up Craigslist and did a search using the keywords she mentioned. What luck! There was an estate sale nearby with vintage patterns and sewing notions. The only problem…I did this search on Saturday night, the sale had already been going on for a day.

Arian and I decided we’d give it a go anyhow and woke up early Sunday morning to arrive when it opened. As I suspected (and had explained to Arian on the drive over) – the vintage patterns were already snapped up the day before – but there were still many vintage notions left. Nothing terribly exciting – bindings, elastics, etc – but these are always very useful to have on hand.

As I walked out of the sewing room into the bedroom – I immediately noticed a large pile of vintage hand embroidered linens on the bed. They were absolutely beautiful – this lady was truly talented. There were a number of them with bird motifs – which I absolutely adore. I had to have them. The two pillow cases on the bottom row – I have plans to turn into a Spring/Summer dress for Lily for next year.

Right before I left – I noticed a bag of vintage beaded jewelry along with some lovely scarves. You can never have too much jewellery or scarves in my opinion! Some of the necklaces I like as is, others I’m going to use the beads for new necklaces.

So while I didn’t score any vintage patterns, I did walk away very happy with what I did find. I also learnt an important lesson. Hunt for estate sales on Craigslist on Friday night rather than Saturday!


P.S. I should mention that my husband was rather chuffed to walk out with a framed portrait of Chuck Norris for all of $1! One Buck Chuck! While we certainly don’t agree with Mr. Norris’s political and religious views, we’re always amused by the Chuck memes around….and it was just rather bizarre to find it in the house of a little old lady who collected cows and thimbles and did such wonderful embroidery!