Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Don't Ya Just LOVE a Good Estate Sale?

My sister gave me a heads up on a local estate sale today. I couldn't resist a chance to be an "early shopper". An elderly lady's entire household was being sold. The prices were very reasonable. To make it even better, SHE WAS A KINDRED SPIRIT! This lady sewed, crocheted and quilted. You have never seen so many beautiful pieces of crochet in your life. There was only one quilt top, non-quilted. It is an applique from 30's solids on muslin. I bought 50 ladies handkerchief, YES fifty (handkerchief quilt?). I also had the thought that it would be fun to wash and iron them and take them to the next retreat as give-a-way gifts to all my quilting friends. Wouldn't that be fun! The sellers had bagged everything into small quantities and priced the bags for $2.00 to $4.00. I bought bags that contained needle packets, a new (old) needle threader still in the box. A couple of envelopes with oval metal disks that were scissors sharpeners. I had never seen these before. There were bags and bags of buttons, lace, and threads. The story does not end there. There was a sewing chest. It has two flip tops on the ends and 3 drawers in front. The ladies told me that it is from the 30's, the top flip tops are there so that you can flip them up and stash your project inside, out of sight. I had to have it. I also bought a Husqvarna sewing machine (probably the 6os). It works beautifully, but I don't care. The cabinet it is in has a lift. I have been wanting a cabinet with a lift, but not wanting to pay the money to get one. This one works with my embroidery machine making it simple to raise my machine for embroidery and lower again for regular sewing. This little machine has every foot that the more modern machines. It is a fancy little thing. The only other thing that I bought was a beveled glass oval mirror and a antique chair. Yes, I went a little crazy----Oh yea, one more thing, an antique chair that has a bottom where a needlepoint or other handwork bottom can be inserted. I plan to make it a quilted bottom and put it in my sewing room. What a fun time--I love going through other people's stuff! lol


Melzie said...

You did excellent! I bet it made her happy also to see it go to a good home ;) xoxo melzie

Sweet P said...

What a lot of great treasures. That sewing table is awesome.

Kathy or Kathryn or Dana or .......... said...

Molly, I'm trying this again! I posted but then I don't think it went thru! Dang dial-up!

Anyway, I'm so excited for your "finds". I'm glad you got to go to the estate sale. I read about it in the paper, but was unable to go.

I can't wait to see the goodies in person.

I have a pattern for hankie quilts if you want to use it. I have a lot of my dear Aunt's hankies and then I've been collecting them for a while with the hopes of making a hankie quilt. Perhaps we can get one made one day with our hankies!

good finds, girlfriend!

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