Estate Sales: The Thrill of the Hunt
Do any of you frequent Estate Sales, or is it just me? I’ve been to a handful or so in the last year, and I have to confess that I can’t get enough of them. In fact, this may be a new addiction – uh oh!
For me part of the fun of an Estate Sale is the hunt. Not knowing what I might find – peeking and peering around in search of things that I consider treasure. Treasure, for me, includes vintage photos, buttons & notions, and linens. I look for inexpensive crafting supplies for my at-risk art journaling students. I’m now looking for more jewelry and findings that I can make necklaces with, and have also been known to pick up a vintage mini tart mold or two.
Do I need any of this stuff? No – these items are purely recreational, and are intended to appear in some of my creative projects. That said, collecting and creating keep me out of trouble, and it’s a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment all things considered.*
Example: on a recent Saturday morning I visited two Estate Sales, and had a few hours of fun looking around. My purchases for the day totaled $10, and I ended up getting four vintage photos (including one in a frame), one handkerchief, a knitted baby sock, two doilies, a thread spool holder, metallic thread, a vintage star cookie cutter, and two clipboards. The next bit of fun is figuring out what I’ll make some of these items into. :]
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to shopping Estate Sales? I’m curious about whether or not folks like to go on Friday when the sale first opens (for the best selection), or if they prefer to go on Saturday when prices are often half off. I’d love to hear about your Estate Sale tips and tricks, and what you like to look for when shopping, so please post a comment if you can.
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