Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Rusty Estate...If You Like American Pickers

Maybe I should update my tentanus shot if I am going to be traipsing through these kinds of places:

This was totally an American Pickers style estate sale complete with lots of dust and cobwebs. I was waiting for Mike and Frank to pop up at any moment!

Weathered, worn, rusty, shabby, chippy. If you like that kind of thing, this sale would have been right up your alley. It isn't quite my style, but I can surely appreciate it and who knows, there might be a piece of mid century goodness hidden in there for me?!

I was very curious about this estate because it is basically a farmhouse with several shack/barn outbuildings and a gravel drive stuck right smack dab in the middle of many city housing developments. I frequently visit the gas station across the street from this out-of-place home, and think to myself that the old people who live there are sitting on a mint!

It is right at a major intersection and I am sure developers have been clamoring for the property for years. A family of hold-outs, yes! My kind of people!

The people running the estate sale were very friendly and allowed me to photograph. The owner of the company also gave me the history of the owner. The property was a farm at one time, which I could have told you, but the people owned all of the property within a few mile circumference of the home. They had been selling it off piece by piece, and this was what was left. The woman who owned the house had passed 6 weeks ago and the man had passed quite some years back.

After the estate company guy sorted the tools from this building and he thought this shack had been a slaughter house for pigs.

To me, it looked like a haunted shed, creepy!

The house, no A/C only window units and it was hot as heck.

There was a set of mid century lawn furniture that I just loved. This made me think of my bloggy friend Nina and her recent retro lawn chair find.

How about a German headstone from the 1800's?

A toy for a little guy...

A toy for a big guy...

What a beautiful day!

I left the sale empty handed. The way cool stuff like the child sized rusty car and a few large jugs were too spendy. I just loved the patio set but we don't need one and the hubby would have definitely nixed the cushion design.

Have you been to any unique estates lately? Do tell and be sure to share your finds over on the Facebook page.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Yard Sale Haul...Why Did I Ever Shop Retail?

Shoulda, woulda, coulda...I try to look forward and not back on what I could have done differently. But jeez, I would have saved a heap of cash if I would have started shopping second hand earlier.

Oh well, wanna see my loot from some recent sales?

I have had some nice luck lately at the yard sales. On the same day as my near death experience (not kidding) and my holy grail Pyrex score, I also found some other really good stuff.

The Puma shoes have a great leather and suede thing going on. I have no idea what the Nine West light tan shoe style is called, my hubby said they look like old lady shoes, (leave in comments if you know the style) but they are comfy and will be perfect with straight leg jeans in the Autumn. Both were $4 and the nice man running the sale threw in this Patagonia (!) pullover for FREE :)

Patagonia items are so nice and well made but dang they are expensive, so FREE was awesome!

At another stop, a young couple was hosting a very small sale packed full of designer chic. I picked up this cute blue/gold/white necklace for a buck.

There were so many men's items with tags still on them at this sale too! The wife explained that she would buy an item for her husband every time she went shopping for herself so that she wouldn't feel guilty. This lead to many unworn items. I scooped a Banana Republic SILK CASHMERE men's XL sweater and an Armani Exchange XL ribbed polo. They won't fit my hubby, so I think I will post them here on the blog this week so my favorite thrifting peeps can have first crack at a deal before I post them to my ebay store. 

What is your best ever tag-on thrifted find? Leave a comment below or come share a picture over at the Facebook page!