Its no secret that Brian and I love estate sales and we've spent many a weekend driving all around Atlanta, checking out unique homes, driving in places we've never been and, along the way, buying some cool stuff. Since we both worked full-time jobs, I fantasized about being one of those people that could get to the sale on Thursday morning (when they usually start) and be able to find all the great things that I've probably missed out on all these years!
When we decided that I was going to become a stay-at-home-mom after the baby, I was most excited to be able to hit the sales during the week. Of course we all know how that really goes with an infant. It took a few months before I made it to my first sale...and even now she is only awake long enough to hit one, maybe two (if its close by)...but let me tell you, Amelia loves it! She is a very observant and curious baby, so wacky estate sales with crazy items and weird people fits all-of-the-above criteria. I've only bought a handful of things - one being an 80's Candyland board game. Yes, I am aware they still sell Candyland, but did you know they've redesigned it? I know that plenty of games and toys get a refresher over time, but the toys of my youth have all become 'sexy'. My inner-feminist died a little when I saw the new version, so when I found the 80's original I was grew up with for three dollars, I couldn't resist! Anyway, here are some other treasures we discovered:
I actually went to this estate specifically for this piano...but alas, it was sooooo overpriced and one of the keys was broken:
Three words: W. T. F?
This was also pretty pricey (I think around 80+ dollars) but I loved it. How cute would it be in a little girl's room, painted a fun color?
I've seen so many dirt-cheap rockers that sometimes I kick myself for not buying one to reupholster for the nursery.
This headboard/footboard was gorgeous and would look amazing painted or even kept as the original wood.
I had a hope this might work for Brian's music room, since he wanted a mid-century vibe, but he vetoed it and it would have needed completely new cushions anyway.
I have no need for these doors in my life, but boy do I wish I did:
And last, but not least, my favorite find...but not for the obvious reasons.
Personally, I don't like this lamp at all, but the second I saw it I remembered this blog post from Emily Clark. It just goes to show that you'll never know what you might find at an estate sale and what kind of DIY project you can create!