I have been trying to restrain myself from accumulating more vintage treasures. There is a serious hoard accumulating in the far section of my basement, and it stresses me out every time I see it. My key strategy to avoid the absolutely irresistable, black-hole-of-spending-doom temptation that estate sales hold for me has been to avoid even looking at the newspaper listings.
This has been working. Except on Thursday, my neighbor Allison sent me an email about a fantabulous estate sale at a true Stockbridge mansion — “the estate sale event of the season” — and gosh, how could I miss that?
I’ve been there twice, and I may go back again today. I did not buy the tall Chinese porcelain polychrome figurines in the first photo, but if they are still there on Sunday and are half price, I may have no choice — I’ve never seen any this tall before, and I have quite a nice collection of Chinese figurines coming together on my dining room built-in.
What did I buy? Vintage tiki torches — new old stock, made in Wisconsin… Two bargello needlepoint pillows…. A lovely, larged framed black-and-white photo of the Mrs. of the house…a silk kimono, crocheted poncho and black go-go boots (!) … lots of little ephemera from the hardware table to use for collages… and on day #2, a whole bunch of clear plastic shoe boxes to organize all my estate sale ephemera bits and bobbles.
On top of that, the house was spectacular — I took a lot of photos and in particular, can’t wait to show you the most excellent 1980s kitchen cabinets — yes, 1980s! It was a good sale, to be sure!
What vintage treasures have you been finding in your recent travels — estate sales or otherwise?
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