Amazing Estate Sale Finds

We love going to estate sales, we try to find one each weekend. Sometime they are a complete bust but sometimes you really find some gems (sometimes literally). I’ve found beautiful silk scarves, vintage hats and brooches and even a fur coat. Each time we attend an estate sale it’s a strange feeling knowing that someone has recently passed away and we are perusing through their possessions. We don’t know these people, however I’m content in the knowledge that we are breathing new life into the things that they had loved during their lifetime.

This weekend we attended an estate sale in Alexandria, VA and it was a surreal experience. You can usually get a sense of the people whose things are you browsing through, simply by their style of furniture, paintings on the wall, their clothes and books. This time it was a different feeling for us. We felt an instant connection with the people who owned these items. Their taste in furniture, books, music, decor and such were so similar to our own, that it was quite eerie. There were at least 8 large bookcases FULL of books in the living room. So many of the titles were in our own collection of books and most were of interest to us. There were books about each state that we’ve lived and most of the countries that we’ve visited. We got the distinct feeling that we would really have liked these people.

Here are some of the amazing finds we found at this fantastic estate sale.

We picked up this wonderful Time Life Series called "This Fabulous Century" It starts with 1870-1900 then each volume is a 10 year span. Sadly 1940-1950 & 1950-1960 were missing, but a quick search on eBay and they are now on their way to me.

We picked up this wonderful Time Life Series called “This Fabulous Century” It starts with 1870-1900 then each volume is a 10 year span. Sadly 1940-1950 & 1950-1960 were missing, but a quick search on eBay and they are now on their way to me.

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I could write (and just might) a blog post for each and every volume, they are truly amazing and I can’t wait to have the full set.

I picked up this book simply because it was about Mont St. Michel. We spent a night on the Mont a few years ago and it was magical.

I picked up this book simply because it was about Mont St. Michel. We spent a night on the Mont a few years ago and it was magical.

I’ve been searching for a coro duette brooch (that I can afford) for quite sometime. There are a few stones missing, but I got this beauty for $10!!! A Coro Duette is a separable brooch that has a uniquely shaped Duette frame made specifically to hold the two pin clips (or fur clips) in a fixed position so that together they could be worn as a brooch. When separated they can be clipped onto your collar or other parts of clothing to add a bit of sparkle.

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These two beautiful scarves were $2 each!!!IMG_0176 IMG_0177

We picked up this bag of 77 vintage postcards for $4….for the whole bag. There are postcards from so many of the places we’ve traveled including ~ Tijuana, Mexcio; Dinan, France; Vienna, Austria; San Francisco, CA; Paris, France; Monaco, Mont St. Michel, Brittany, France and so many more.

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3 thoughts on “Amazing Estate Sale Finds

  1. NEIL C MARTINEZ says:

    My father, John R. Martinez, was one of the graphic designers on this series of books and designed the fabric book jackets used for several of these books. In fact, the arch design he painted large onto the wall in my parent’s bedroom as a “headboard.” Our home library was filled with all of the various Time & Life book series. I highly recommend the series on Photography, and the Nature and Science series, as well. I grew up looking through these books for hours on end.

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