April 3, 2012

One Man's Trash...

First let me preface this by saying that I really try and edit myself when I go estate sales. I probably over-think things a bit too much, but I don't want to become some kind of crazy hoarder! That being said, I did go a little nutty this week with random stuff. In my defense, most of it was free (thanks to my office moving in two weeks), and the rest was realllly cheap.

You're probably wondering about that bar cart from the last post? No, I didn't get it. Even sadder? It was way cooler in person! I almost shed a tear. Seriously. When I walked into the estate sale, I immediately spotted it behind the payment desk and knew it had been claimed. The lady did not know how much the person had paid for it, so I keep pretending that it was some insane amount that I would never have paid. Just goes to show that sometimes you need to trust your gut and call ahead to put it aside. All was not lost though, I did turn the corner and spot this lovely little table:

Please ignore my scary-mess garage (and Brian's work boots). This table has a little bonus too:

It's a sewing table! Yes, I know I'm not exactly a seamstress, but Megan has let me borrow her sewing machine indefinitely and I thought this would be perfect. Now I have no excuse to put off making those curtains.
Last weekend I stopped by two very random estate sales, not expecting to find anything. So what happens? I come home with these guys:

Brian's not really a fan. I thought it seemed nautical-ish with the dark wood and brass. No? The jury is still out. I paid a whole $5.00 for it, so even if I have to take a can of spray to him, I won't feel bad. One things for sure - the shade has GOT to go. I tried out some drum shades I had laying around in the craft closet, but that pesky plastic piece is just way too long and makes the shade look like its sitting too high. 

Next up? The coolest thing I have found to-date. A 1942 Midwood High School yearbook!

Normally I am never drawn to things kinds of thing unless they have a personal family connection to me, but this book won me over. I googled the school on the spot and realized it was in Brooklyn. That sold me right there. Then I flipped through the pages and died over the girl's hairstyles!

Excited yet? I saved the best for last. Since 1942 was in the midst of WWII, the senior class of 1943 decided to write an unfriendly letter to Hitler:

Turns out Midwood High is rather famous for not only being an excellent school, but the graduation place of many well-known people (Woody Allen is one)! Check the Wikipedia page here.

The same estate sale had this super-cool prints just rolled up in a corner.

They are quite possibly the most colorful thing I have in my house. No idea where I will hang them - but I'm thinking the hallway outside the guest room.

The next random thing I found? This model ship. I know, I know, I already have a huge one, but it was $7 - I just couldn't pass that up.


You're probably wondering what I got that was actually free...

My office just relocated to a fancy high-rise in Atlanta, so we needed to purge almost thirteen years of crap before packing up. Needless to say, the dumpster was filled with some good stuff. I grabbed these three frames just for fun. You never know when you might need one!


One of the frames was ugly, but had a great burlap-ish matte.

I also snagged a large basket, but ended up giving to Megan to use as a laundry hamper.

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