Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Lone Sunday Estate Sale

My weekend junking adventures were saved by one estate sale that was held on Sunday.  A Sunday only sale is pretty unusual around here and I usually don't bother with them unless my favorite buzz words are part of the ad.  Antiques and collectibles.  OK, I'll go.

Yippee! I was the first one there and I was only fifteen minutes early.  Don't you love it when that happens?  I scanned the merchandise in the driveway while keeping one eye on the street.  Not one car pulled up during the time I was there. Double love it.

Group hug.

I just adore this little desk with its chippy old paint.  I keep trying to direct myself away from furniture, but this desk kept calling me back.  It's as sturdy as a brick and was such a great deal.  The top has a thick piece of glass that slides out from the back.  It's hard to tell from this picture, but there's an old piece of stained paper under the glass, so I'll have to do something about that before I sell it.  I thought embossed wallpaper would look nice, but there's just no wiggle room under the glass. 

What a cute little compartment.  Too bad someone painted over the glass front.

This old shell art shadow box really caught my eye.  Even though this isn't exactly my style, I love shells and I can really appreciate this for its uniqueness and amazing detail.

Who doesn't need another picnic basket?  The large mallet and those rusty tractor gas caps are the only two items that came from a garage sale on Saturday.  I think Mike and Frank from American Pickers would approve at .50 cents each?

How did I go from rusty tractor gas caps to these pretty little bunches of vintage glass flowers?

This vintage "pancake phone" is such a yummy shade of yellow.  It still works!

This 1906 Webster's International Dictionary is my favorite.  It's 5 1/2" thick, 2400 pages, and it weighs 15 pounds.  I could really get lost in this huge collection of information overload.  Pictorial illustrations, history of the world, quotations and proverbs, flags, maps, chronological history of all nations from 6000 B.C. - 1906. 
It goes on and on.

There's also a 25,000 word, 236 page supplement in the back.

The first entry in Events in American History is when Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

The last entry is the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

I'm linking up my estate sale finds with:
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
Blue Creek Home for Treasure Hunt Thursday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday, and
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday,


  1. I love your finds Lady Betsy!
    That is definitely not a pocket dictionary. lol
    I just bought a pretty thick one myself, I'm using it to make paper roses. I just posted a pic, come on over and visit! Love all your finds and, I too, can appreciate the seahorse art :o)


  2. Great finds. That little desk would be hard to pass up. I bet the paint will scrape right off the glass front on the drawer and how about some of those dictionary pages under the glass top. Hard to resist gussying it up!

  3. You had the sale to yourself at the start?!? How lucky can you be?
    Those are some nice finds. I wish I had room for another desk. Maybe an old map under glass?

    I have to wonder what anyone will do with the gas caps.

  4. Oh, WOW, LOVE that desk, Betsy!!!!!

    Maybe you can slip some sheet music under the glass?

    I'm so glad you went on Sunday!!!


  5. THE PHONE STILL WORKS??? (yeah, I actually am shouting!) That's so freakin' cool! I think it actually looks amazing on the little desk, which, by the way, couldn't have gone to a better home than yours. Altogether a wonderful loot, I envy you a little!

  6. What an awesome sale! I have never seen a pancake I hope I find one!!! Love all your finds!!!

  7. I almost went to an estate sale Sun., but decided against it, and glad I did as ended with with bad weather. I read your post, the phone rang and over an hour later I am just now getting back.

  8. What great finds! Green with envy over the dictionary... me want!

  9. What great finds. Love the picnic basket and those old gas caps are cool. Love the shell picture and that phone...never seen one like that and I love it!!

  10. The bead flowers made me yelp. What a gorgeous find! And I LOVE the phone, what will you do with it? Can't wait to see stuff undergo betsyfication!

  11. Hello Betsy! I love the 1906 Webster Dictionary too. It's a priceless piece despite the ease of online dictionaries. The little desk is a classic piece too. Some restorations will make it another treasurable piece.

  12. Wow ~ I love your finds ~ great job ~ wish I was there with you ;-)

  13. Adoring your finds! That table is perfect as is that telephone (the shape is so unique) xoox, tracie

  14. Great finds, Betsy! That desk is great and I'm sure you'll come up with something for the top!

    Visiting from Time Travel Thursday! : )

  15. Wow! Great finds:-)
    Greetings from Biljana

  16. You had a private showing at a yard sale!!!! What fun. I love the desk.
    You really did find some lovely things and I appreciate you sharing them at Treasure Hunt Thursday.

  17. Oh my everything looks great. You really found some great stuff! Love the desk and the dictionary so much.

  18. Love your finds, specially that beautiful desk!
    XXX Ido

  19. You win treasure hunting! And I feel like I won finding your blog (via Common Grounds). Am a new follower now.

  20. I don't think I've ever seen a phone like this before. Cool stuff!

  21. Hi Betsy,

    My what great finds!

    The desk is to die for.

    And I adore the old dictionary.




  22. What beautiful treasures you found - I'm in love with the seashell art piece of the Seahorse.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend :O)


  23. Betsy, you found some wonderful treasures at that estate sale. That desk is fantastic. The shell artwork is so unique and that book is amazing! Thank you for sharing at TTF. I hope you have a great Memorial Weekend!

  24. Great sale. I don't think I've ever been to a Sunday one before. The pancake phone is pretty cool!

  25. What a great table!! and that phone, OK, I've never seen a pancake phone??? Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
    xo Debra

  26. You covered it all, furniture, farm, frames, books, phones....oh, oh, where is the jewelry? ha!
    Wonderful finds!

  27. Great finds, Betsy! I love the sweet little flowers and the desk is so unique! Have fun with all your goodies!

    Hugs, Julie

  28. LOve it.. want to have that seahorse creation!!!!

  29. Wow, what great finds! Loving the sweet chippy desk! Oh the possibilities!!

  30. I want that dictionary!!!!!!!!

  31. Ooh, what a wonderful sale! I am an old dictionary junkie and have a large collection of them. I love the one you found! And, the seahorse shell art? LOVE IT!

  32. I too would love that dictionary. How awesome of a read and what great conversation piece. You did a great job on your "picking".

  33. I'm trying to get away from large pieces like furniture too, Betsy. But beauty will reel us in every time, won't it? And that desk is beautiful!

    Love all your thrifty finds. Thanks for linking them to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  34. We loved your inspiring sea horse idea so much that we posted your link on our blog.
    Thank you


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