Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Estate Sale Finds - May 4

I am such a sucker for estate sales - I cannot pass one by.  You just never know what treasures you are going to find.  Here's last week ends haul.

I have always liked and wanted a vintage Coleman cooler.  We were in the basement at a sale and this one was shoved up on a shelf in a back room.  I made Louie pull it down.  I almost wanted to dance when I saw the excellent condition it was in and it had the original inner compartment pieces.  It didn't have a price tag on it and I practically held my breath when I asked if they would be interested in selling it.  We negotiated down to $ 8.00 and I was thrilled to get it.  No ecstatic is more like it!


Then, we walked into a church rummage sale where co-incidentally my kids had gone to pre-school.  Chablis was with us and asked if we could go up to the pre-school room so she could take a look around.  The pre-school area was filled with racks of clothes for sale, and on a corner table sat this stunning Coleman 2 quart thermos - also in excellent condition and red on top of it.  I snapped it up and since it was for the church, I didn't even try to dicker down from the asking price of $ 2.50.   What a fab set and we can use them at the lake and Chablis can also use them as props for photo shoots for her BeeAnn Designs items.  Score!!


Chablis picked up all 3 of these crates at the same sale.  We love the ones that have graphics and original text on them.  She has plans to turn one into a rolling storage box.  More to come on that in a later post.  Love the one that says Salted Peanuts.


And we picked up a bunch of small items as well.  A Farm Fresh spoon holder that I don't think had ever been used, and a beautiful yellow spatula, also brand new.  I picked up an assortment of wooden spoons, with plans to use my wood burning tool on them.  I also bought that ugly cutting board with the horrid graphic on it.  I'll be taking my sander to that really soon and repurposing it.  More to come on that later as well.  I also got a cool sewing machine tin that says Zig Zag on it.  Beautiful green color and do not make the same mistake I made and put it in the dishwasher to clean it up.  OMG - the color faded and I was so mad about that.  What the heck was I thinking??  I also got a nice set of Corning ware bake pans - one 8" square pan and one a loaf pan, both of which promptly went to the lake house.

Chablis picked up a brand new seat cushion for a chair she is re-doing, although it reeked of something so we threw it in the washing machine and set it outside to dry for 2 days and now it's fine. And check out the cool advertising coat hangers.  We found them in a box marked free and snatched them up.  Two of them are from Hilton Hotels and one is from the United Hotel chain. 



My mind is reeling with re-purposing projects, so I know I'll have lots to share with you soon. 

24 comments:

  1. You hit the Estate Sale jackpot Kim! Nice work. Can't wait to see what yo have in store.

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    1. Thanks Liz - it's always fun to sit and spin around ideas.

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  2. Fun finds. Love the crates! So useful too.

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    1. I don't know why I love crates so much but we are always buying them and I always end up keeping them.

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  3. Reminds me of my childhood. My mother was always dragging us to sales and auctions.

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    1. Do you still have any of the things she used to buy?

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    2. ROFLMAO Kim! Still wheeling and dealing? :D

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  4. My mouth is open! Wow what wonderful finds the two of you must have had a blast! Love the matching cooler thermos set! The wooden crates wonderful. I recently had a call from a relative of one of the chocolate makers from the 1700s that saw my wooden crate online and wanted to buy it. It is Chuck's and we just couldn't part with it...but they were extremely nice. We may have to get it to them one day. Love estate sales, they are the best!

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    1. Wow - that's really cool. I wonder what they wanted to do with it?

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  5. Great finds! You are ever the bargain hunter.

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  6. You have the best estate sales! I LOVE those wooden crates! Do you see much Christmas stuff! (I'll come back here to see your answer) HUGS!

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    1. Yes, we see tons of Christmas stuff all the time. Would you like me to look for something for you? xo

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    2. I might just write you an email! lol HUGS!

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  7. Wow you hit the jackpot Kim!! I keep thinking about my Dad's attic! Will start work soon and will definitely keep you and Chablis in mind!! xoxo

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    1. I would LOVE to go thru your dad's attic.

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  8. Wow great finds Kim! I love the coolers, I'm looking for some for my vintage trailer! I love the crates and the advertizing hangers too! :o)

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania. Mine are going on my boat. I wish I had a camper to put them in. The hangers would look cute in a camper too, wouldn't they?

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  9. I remember those olden clothes hangers! "Somehow" (lol) several came home with my parents in the 50's and 60's. I'm still kicking myself over the unexplained loss of one from the little cruise ship, Yarmouth Castle ... now resting at the bottom of the sea off Nassau. I can't wait to see what transformations are up your sleeves!

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    1. That sunk cruise ship sounds like an interesting story.

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  10. Great finds! My favorites are the boxes and advertising hangers.

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    1. Chablis grabbed those hangers and the crates. She has a good eye.

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  11. I LOVE estate sale... yard sales too. Both are my weaknesses, haha. I have a set of the coleman cooler and thermos too! Except mine are green. That was awesome you found matching coolers.

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    1. I still can't believe I found those. Off to hit some sales today. It's definitely a sickness for me. LOL

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