...there is no denying it...
if you are patient,
are willing to overlook/withstand the crazy people (that run you down to get to the merchandise),
put up with the (sometimes) unfriendly sellers,
the once-in-a-while musty smells of old 'stuff'
and a few other minor inconveniences...
estate sales are IT for finding fun and unique items and crafting supplies at very reasonable prices. If you are very VERY lucky, you can find true gems overlooked by everyone during the 2-day sale and go home with armfuls of "stuff" for dirt cheap.
I NEVER arrive super early (I don't do numbers or waiting lines), hardly ever attend sales on their first day, but rather wait for the 2nd or 3rd days when items are marked way down.
I have a couple of favorite local estate sales companies that I follow... I know that they are friendly, their sales usually have tons of the good junk, and their prices are right.
Also, I try to stay near home. There is nothing that is so precious that I'm willing to drive more than 15 miles to obtain. I am lucky enough to have a nice supply of sales each weekend that are fairly close to home.
My favorite things to hunt for at these sales?
#1. Vintage linens
(on this day, I found several hand-embroidered vintage pillowcases for 50 cents apiece... not in perfect shape due to stains, small tears, but I didn't care... the value for me lays in the embroidery itself.)
#2. Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons!
#3. vintage hats and millinery
#4. oh, baby!
( gowns, shoes, accessories)
#5. floral china (Limoges, Bavarian are my favorites)
There you are - my favorite things to "hunt" for!
Wishing you a lovely weekend...
I'm off to my studio to finish up some Valentines projects and a few custom order rosettes, as I look out the window at the freshly fallen snow; my idea of a perfect day!
p.s. linking up to the party over at Pink Saturday!