This year, my Mom and I have ventured into the realm of Estate Saling. It has become quite a favorite with us and it's rather addicting! Consequently I thought it would be fun to chronicle our finds from time-to-time on here. :-) An added bonus is that I'll be adding things to the Etsy shop as I find suitable items- so stay tuned for those!
One of the first sales of the season was, well, Amazing. The owner had been part of the local historical society and had a collection of antique clothing and accessories. Most of them were out of our price range or eras of interest, but we can home with quite a substantial haul none-the-less. ;-)
One of the funnest, most unique finds of the day were these 1930s collar/cuff sets! How cool are they?!?
Why yes, that is a feedsack print. And yes, that is an adorable little gingham-edged organdy. Complete with hem-stitching.
Polka dots. Be still my heart.
I'm going to have to work up the courage to use them though.... it's so tempting to hoard things I love so much! ;-)
Plaid isn't my favorite typically, but this cotton print caught my eye immediately! With accessorizing options of mustard, brown, cherry red, and aqua, this is so versatile!! When we came home, I found tucked inside the fabric these clippings from the 1950s....
How adorable is that? Now I know what the original seamstress was planning!
Sadly, there is not nearly enough fabric to make a dress like these (which might explain how it was never sewn), but I find it so fun that these clippings stayed with their inspiration fabric for over 60 years! It also makes a good impetus to not allow it to languish in the stash for 60 more years- it needs to finally fulfill all the expectations put upon it! ;-)
Another sale we went to was the home of a lawyer and his wife who became tour guides later in life and traveled the world. They had a fun, eclectic variety of items from all over the world- they seemed like they would have been such fun to know! Men's English driving caps, Scandinavian ski sweaters, Scottish kilted skirts, Oriental robes, TONS of trunks, and so much more! After this sale, we discovered that vintage robes are SUCH fun to wear- I was never a big robe-wearer, but when you can wear something this fabulous- you make lifestyle changes accordingly. ;-)
Such fabulous details! The collar, cuffs, and pockets of the brocade have chevron decorative stitching and the frog closure is made from tubes of the fabric. The black jacquard is embroidered throughout in a delicate pattern.
And.... just for fun- we couldn't resist the London Tube Map umbrella! Too, too perfect. ;-)
If I can keep my act together, I'd really like to document the highlights of our shopping trips occasionally- this post has made me remember little details that were almost forgotten, and it will be so nice to have documentation years down the road!
How about you? Do any of you go estate-saling? Have you found anything exciting at sales, antique stores, or online lately? :-)