I had a group of errands to run the other day and was tempted to include a nearby estate sale listed as a “liquidation estate sale.” Curiously the ad photos showed a pristine house with neatly displayed items, so I was dubious about their “be prepared to dig.” But regardless I decided to swing by.
Well it WAS a disaster zone. Not a lot left and half of it on the floor! I was surprised to see all the family photo albums, personal papers and awards left behind. That was a bit sad. There was all the stuff of a long, well-lived life now being strewn about and ground into the carpet.
Here’s a peek at a few rooms…
But I dug around for 40 minutes and did find a few things.
Here’s what I bought…
There were a ton of books scattered throughout the house and I should have spent more time with them, but I did like this 1943 Bible with great illustrations and the Fireside Book of Folk Songs which charmed me with its pictures and zany songs. The covers are a bit rough, but the insides are good.
I bought this vintage barbershop chorus polo shirt for my eldest daughter thinking she might get a kick out of it. If nothing else it would make a great night shirt.
I love this 1955 “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” certificate from Canada. How fun is this? And look at that name! The frame is heavy (solid wood), so I may sell it without the frame. Current listings are all over the place so at this point I have no idea what I’ll list this for.
I wondered if this 1957 pencil/charcoal portrait was the wife. Such a sweet picture.
When I headed back into the upstairs office I spotted this 1957 “National Geographic” astronomy chart in a box of papers and threw it on my pile. Turns out these sell for $15+. Current listings are at $25-50.
Wow…this is cool!
I should have picked up more of the random Royal Worcester “Evesham” porcelain pieces, but in the end I only bought the flan/tart pan.
Now this 1985 receipt from the Long Bar in Singapore was rather serendipitous. Just the previous day I had watched a TV that featured a segment from this very bar! I was looking at this receipt thinking “No way!” Well, I had to get it. My husband wondered why they had bothered to have a receipt professionally framed. I’m guessing it was a special memory for them and for some reason that touches me.
I got eight numbered (unframed) prints of various views on Stanford campus dated 1982. They are simple, but charming. I need to do some research on these but I’m hoping they’ll be the sleeper in group! It would be wonderful if I could get at least $25-$40 for each print.
Total cost: $10!
So in the end I’m glad I went and am happy with all I bought. But I’m kicking myself for passing up some things. Here’s one that breaks my heart–a large (water-stained) certificate of baptism with a bevy of angels. It was dated 1914 for dear Oliver of the Mystic Shrine. I so wish I had taken it as I fear it is now in the dumpster as that is where all the remaining items were headed a few hours after I left.
Why, oh why, did I leave that behind? And the lightly pilled hand-knitted cream afghan? And the….
It’s funny because when I first walked in this house, I doubted that I would find much, but the longer I stayed the more I discovered. Which is amazing considering the house had been extensively picked already. And I did enjoy myself…immensely. It’s a good feeling knowing I saved a few things from the landfill as workers were already putting things in a dumpster while I was there!
Wishing you happy hunting!