Snaps to reader Jackie who alerted us to this estate sale in Tonawanda, New York. Oh my, this is the kind of sale that we all DREAM of. I am having palpitations. Palpitations, I tell you! Enjoy this fantastic video!

  1. The Vintage Reader says:

    I lived in Buffalo for several years, and I’ve never scored at estate sales like I did there. Even the rip-off ones with the dealers who take their same ugly reproduction Victorian furniture to every sale aren’t too bad. But I’ve gotten stuff like wrapping paper from the 40s, still in the wrapper, for a quarter a package… a whole stack of bossa nova records for $5 (in the same room as a to-die-for rattan hide-a-bed from the 50s)… a working 1939 GE console radio for $35… actually, I’m looking around my family room right now and noting what came from Buffalo estate sales, and it’s pretty impressive.

    I don’t know why the sales are so great there. I think it might be because the old people who don’t move to Florida or North Carolina when they retire stay in their houses forever. Western New Yorkers tend to be sensible and thrifty (maybe from living in a place where historically, even union jobs get ripped out from under you with two days’ notice), so they don’t throw stuff away, although they do *give* it away. The thrift stores there are AWESOME, too. Just today I was wishing I could go to the ReTAP in North Tonawanda.

    Seriously, if you want a cheap, fun, mid-century-style vacation with some excellent thrifting (and FOOD! OMG, I miss the ethnic food!!), go to Niagara Falls and hit the thrift stores in the Buffalo area. Take in the architecture, and the history, and the amazing sunny 75-degree days in June. Sigh… now I might have to plan a visit myself. Too bad it can’t be in time for this estate sale. 🙂

  2. kate mckinnon says:

    I also feel for these people; where did they GO? Wonderful things, but a sad kind of way to find them.

    That sweepy curvy sectional sofa, man. Killer.

  3. Lynne says:

    OMG!!! OMG!!! WHY CAN”T I BE THERE????? WHAAAAAA!!!!!! I WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING!!!! IT’S A MIDCENTURY MODERN FANTASY!!!! AND I LIVE IN ILLINOIS!!!! OH DRAT!!!! WHY CAN’T ANYTHING COOL HAPPEN AROUND HERE????? NOT FAIR!!! NOT FAIR!!!!

  4. Deb LuvMidCen says:

    Wow, I sit here sipping a martini in my period correct glass drooling the whole way through this video. It would taste so much better on that curvy sofa. My hubby is from Niagara Falls and that whole area is like a trip through memory lane. As we watched the video he kept pointing out the items that his aunts Josephine, Florence, and Gertrude had (I am not making up those names!). Thanks for sharing!!

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