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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy Dishtowels for $1.00 and Other Estate Sale Finds

Many of you could not get over the bathroom makeover I did for less than $530.00. It’s true. I’m a great bargain shopper. Look at my latest fun finds:

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As many of you know Phoenix is a mecca for the retired elderly. On a weekly basis I receive a few emails that list estate sales. Some look interesting enough for me to get in my car. At one such sale I found three circa 1960’s pure linen dishtowels that had never been used. Check out the price.

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I knew the Fashionista would love the funky print of this vintage gem. I just sewed on a row of bright yellow pom poms.

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The two sunflowers towels got the same treatment. I kept them for myself.

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The thing about estate sales is that you never know what you are going to find. I often carry a list of things I am looking for, as well as their measurements, but you have to keep an open mind.

For example, on a recent hot August day was I looking for a vintage Yves St. Laurent Rive Gauche velvet blazer lined in silk in perfect condition? Not at all. It’s not even something I was personally interested in. But I did know a certain daughter who had recently house sat for me who would love it. The price? $3.00. Let me write that again. Three dollars. Now go to ebay and check out what these gems are going for…I’ll wait.

Did you find anything less than $200. I bet not.

At the next sale I found a vintage cognac leather Coach purse. I hesitated over the $20 price tag but again I knew that daughter of mine would LOVE it and she had house sat for me for 2 weeks. So I bought it, then cleaned it up with a bit of shoe cream and it looked like a million bucks. Or at least $200

Because that is what the same exact clutch is going for on ebay right now.

Of course she loved both things.

Now, who wants to go shopping with me? I’m on the hunt for an end table.

Laura

20 comments :

Rita C. said...

I do! I do! Love estate sales! And I come with a VERY open mind...and often leave with a very full trunk! ;)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I would love to hit some estate sales!! Are they out in Sun City?? I need to find out how you got on their email list, I would love to sign up too!!!

Blackberry Lane said...

I do, too! Love those towels so much and the blazer and purse are terrific buys.

Vicki said...

I get those same emails like clockwork every Wednesday! We love to go to Estate Sales and I'm always amazed by how many there are - even in the hottest part of Summer. Your ES finds are fantastic, thanks for sharing! Maybe I'll run into you one of these days...

Debra Ganas said...

I would have bought all of those items too. I have my own 21 year old fasionista at my house. She loves most of the treasures I bring home for her. And yes, that included a vintage COACH purse for her too. FOR $1.00.

Debra

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You definitely have an eye for the amazing. I love your find and I am sure your daughter loved everything. How fun. Hugs, Marty

ImagiMeri said...

What kind of end table are you looking for???? I have a possibility for you.......should I send piccy's?

I can bring it to the B-day party.

Love ya'
Meri

Kit said...

Oh how I love yard,rummage, and estate sales. I use fire king bowls for my cat. Go to an antique store and they want $5.00 a bowl. Found three for 50 cents each! Score! :) Kit

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Those towels are so cute! You do really well with your thrifting!! I gave my daughter my 'vintage' Coach bag and she loves it!

Lorrie said...

I'd LOVE to go with you. What great finds.

Louise said...

Thursdays are usually good days for me:):):)

Karen Albert said...

Dear Laura yes the fun of it is never knowing what you will find! That jacket wow, and the tea towels with your special pom poms!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Design Series

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Hand waving wildly in the air! I want to go shopping with you! I love estate sales - I need to start finding some around here, haven't been to one for awhile.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What wonderful treasure you found, Laura. I missed your royal birth post now off to find it and read!!!!!

Jen said...

Look at you! Talk about finding great deals and gorgeous things.. you lucky girl! I absolutely adore those vintage towels and the pom fringe ... Perfect! I have got to get out more!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What great deals and great info about the estate sales in Phoenix. I am coming back to Phoenix in the fall so I'll be on the lookout for estate sales! I know the Fashionista loved her treasures!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Call me the next time you need someone to house sit!!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

just plain jealous of everything you bought

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Fantastic to hear of your great finds. I bet your daughter is "over the moon" with your purchases. Warm regards.

Auntie Em said...

She is going to start making you go out of town more often so you will go out and find her more awesome gifts! Love the purse and I am hoping you will show us what she does with the jacket. Great buys! :)