I have an estate sale problem. I love them. I love to go through the treasures of a household, peek in all the rooms, and assess a persons life by their possessions. I love to find treasures and take home goodies. I also have an antique store problem. I know you know this because I have mentioned both of these problems before in my posts about the couch and light fixture, among others. It can’t be helped. I don’t want help. I just want to find more treasures!
On the trip with my mother where we found the cool light fixture mentioned above, I also found this rug. It was only $30, and was perfect for my kitchen. A good kitchen rug is hard to find, and this one was the right size and colors. (please ignore the tennis ball left there by my dog.) It turns out it is washable, which is a great thing in a kitchen. And it adds so much color and character to the room, not to mention a nice place to stand while washing dishes.
A recent estate sale scored me a couple of fun things. First, I got this box fan for only $5. What? This fan is a cool thing! I love how it has Minihan written on the handle, and the green color is a classic! I have already used it many times! Another impressive score was this chair. I am addicted to chairs. Lamps and chairs. I almost always come home with one or the other! This chair was also $30 and fits in great in the living room. It has become one of my favorite spots to sit.
The last estate sale I went to was down the street. A neighbor passed, one that I will always remember because he gave me a drilling when I first moved in. “What is your name? Are you married? Do you live here alone? What do you do for a living?” He finished up the interview with, “I have to go report your information to my wife now.” I will also remember that he was wearing a one piece Dickies jumpsuit and walking a dog he explained was not his but found down the street. It makes me smile every time. Regardless, it turns out this man had a passion for restoring light fixtures. Lamps in particular. Have I mentioned I like lamps? His dear wife decided it was time to move after his passing, and had a sale of all his lamps, light fixtures, and tools. I scored the two rough looking lamps for $5 each, and the light fixtures for $15 each. I was so excited about the light fixtures because I needed one for Chet’s office, and because they were so cheap. In case you don’t remember, I purchased one similar at an antique store for my office that was $25, plus another $20 for the base. I scored with these because they came with the bases too! And the chains! I couldn’t pass them up so I am now hoarding them in my attic.
I can’t wait until the next estate sale!