Sunday, July 20, 2008


I stopped at a wonderful estate sale yesterday and left feeling like I had struck gold. It was a lovely old house in town that had sat vacant for six years. The estate planner told me that had removed 10 - 30yd. dumpsters of junk. I wish I had been there for that!!! I spent one hour digging through all kinds of things to come up with some amazing pieces of china, 29 in all. I needed a flashlight and some pieces actually looked like they had been buried they were so dirty! But ... It was obvious that the woman who had lived there had spent years collecting all of these beautiful things. Some have been well loved and are a little chipped but they are still beautiful and I couldn't bear to think they too would end up in a dumpster. A fellow MMP member was talking about the microwave, throw away generation. I have to say I was so happy to see so many people at this sale, all of us side by side, digging through boxes of stuff to find our wonderful treasures. I purchased the tables in the photos as well which I will repaint to give them a new life and home for someone else. In the way back of the house I found a fabulous vanity with a matching chair. The drawers are full of mouse do-do, the top is warped and it is covered with mold but it has wonderful lines so I took that as well and sent it off to see if the top can be repaired; one last attempt before it ends up in the dumpster. We live in a historic town by the water with lovely old homes that really helps us appreciate all that came before us.
As you can see, all of my finds need a good bath ... I will be listing some of the better pieces (some I can't part with) tomorrow on my site. Thanks for visiting.


7 comments:

Dianne - Mama's Pocketbook said...

Hi Jennifer! Oh my goodness, you did get a nice lot of things at the Estate Sale. I loved Lilli's post about the microwave generation and how those of us who reuse, refurbish, and resell these kinds of items, really are preserving history and tradition. That's a good feeling! I'm enjoying your blog .. love the pics of the kids at the beach! I'm heading over to your site to see what kinds of goodies you have!

Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Wow Jennifer! I wish I could have been there too! Such beautiful pieces! I love the little side table, and have to admit, I'm so curious to see the vanity.... lol! Awesome finds~

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Great finds Jennifer! Have fun redoing them. I love doing the same. Some of my favorite pieces in my home have come from the curb!

Lilli Blue said...

You have touched my heart. Thank You. You are a true historian. I always wonder about the meals that have been enjoyed on old china when I buy it. Wish I was a clarvoient sp? and could see her face on the day she bought it new.
your treasures are wonderful. Lilli

Cathy said...

Jennifer, I so wish I was there with you. We could have been dumpster divas together. Can you just imagine how many beautiful things ended up thrown away. Oh my heart just sinks.

You did get absolutely amazing treasures. What a boat-load of gorgeous treasures.

xo Cath

Joy said...

Wow, you struck gold! I love pitchers! And this dishes and furniture look great too.

Lisa said...

Jennifer

It does look like you hit the jack pot at the estate sale. I love the china. Your home is beautiful the windown boxes are just gorgeous and I love the seating area in your yard. I looks very inviting.

Lisa
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