Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I'll be in the linen closet

I have been jonesing for junk for a long time now. The thrifts seemed to dry up sometime in October, the yard sales died out in November along with the flea market, and even cleaning out the closets has not yielded any great unexpected junk.

Out of sheer desperation, I decided we should go to a nearby estate sale Saturday morning. If you have, or have had, a 3 year old, you realize I was desperate. Estate sale + 3 year old = a recipe for disaster. Unlike the flea market with plenty of room to run free, or a thrift store with a cart to ride in, Jack could get in plenty of trouble. He didn't though. He was very well behaved. And I got a small junk fix.
These days I most often head for the linen closet at estate sales. Dave beat me to it, decided there was stuff worth having in there and stood his ground until I rounded the corner. (I could hear Jack yelling, "Where is mommy?" from around the corner. LOL)
Most estate sales are crazy over priced, and this was no exception. Thankfully it was the last day and getting late in the afternoon, so everything was half off or more. I would have never given them $5 for an apron otherwise. I am crazy about this pink one. The fabric has big dots on it in addition to the plaid.
I also picked up a pile of pillowcases. That one in front has a lily of the valley print, love, love, love it. There was a tablecloth or two in my pile as well, but I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet. The condition is pretty bad on one of them, but the print is nice.

Everything was filthy dirty, yellowed and stained, so I spent the afternoon boiling it all on the stove. Between the super warm weather, the open windows, Jack running around the backyard giggling, and a fresh pile of junk to boil, it was just like spring.

Glorious.

33 comments:

  1. They look lovely! I wouldn't mind hitting an estate sale, I've been getting the itch as well. Weather is crazy warm in New York too. We'd be outside if I wasn't worried that we'd get blown away.

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  2. How nice. I know how you feel, antique malls here are pitiful. I've seen all the stuff in them twice already! I'm so ready for some spring yard sales, and I usually avoid estate sales. But this gives me hope.. I may try again.

    The filing cabinet was on the side of the road. It's solid wood, but someone (in the 70's I'm guessing) painted it black and stuck tacky wall paper on the fronts of the drawers. Hubs and I hauled it home and stripped it down and painted it. It's the most exciting thing I've ever found on the side of the road! And as for hyacinths, Kroger usually sells forced ones in late Jan into February and March. That's how I got mine last year.

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  3. wow! what fabulous finds! does boiling them in water really take the stains out? just water or water with something else in it? i hadn't heard that but it sounds like a nice trick.

    i really want to go to our local flea market, but it's shut down (and i can't seem to wake up early enough when they're open)...lol

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  4. Love that pink apron. You are very brave to head to the estate sale with a toddler.

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  5. I almost get a physical craving for it. Right now I am wanting more, more, more old diner china.

    You have got to be the cutest family, all junking together.

    Love it. Congrats on your adorable finds (fix.) :)

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  6. Hi Sarah :-) You are so good at finding great stuff that I would not look at twice....I think I should learn from you and digg deeper ;-) Love the aprons, and that pillowcase with the lilly of the valley print looks adorable. Soon it will be fleamarket time here as well, soo looking forward to it!

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  7. That pink apron is a find! It's lovely. I have the itch myself. I can't wait to get out to the Elephant's Trunk once it gets a bit warmer up here!

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  8. Well at least you do have garage sales, thrift stores and all that. The only thing we have over here are flea markets during the dry season. And I haven't been to one last year - I didn't think of them as great sewing suppliers ... thanks for visiting my site and leaving such a lovely comment.

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  9. Sounds like a lovely day :)

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  10. All great finds - I am jealous! The thrifting around here has been fairly dull lately as well.

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  11. Those are some good finds! We never really have great estate sales over in my neck of the woods. Luckily for me my thrift store is always a treasure trove. I applaud you for taking Jack along. Isaiah would have made me paid for taking him along with me!

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  12. leslie1:05 PM

    beautiful stuff and the warm weather sounds nice!

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  13. I'm going to see if I can oil up some spring around here. You always have good eye for the good stuff. All that looks very worthwhile even with the California pricetags.

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  14. What a great idea Sarah! If you send me your adress on my email my_minime@yahoo.no I can send you a some of my Norwegian magazines!

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  15. You ALWAYS find the best stuff!

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  16. I love estate sales too...so many treasures. My dh is an auctioneer so we sometimes have a great time sorting through old items...what fun that is. Looks like you found some great treasures too. Dianntha

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  17. YAY! So glad you finally got your fix ;-) I love that Dave works it for ya'. Too cool!

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  18. Oh some great apron !!! Clarice

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  19. Loving the last apron!!! And you must start them young, Jack is the perfect age to go thrifting with mama(estate sale or otherwise). My 14 year son is my best bud to go junking with, not only does he enjoy it(started him young and tuned his eyes to spot what mommy likes) but now he is stronger than me so he can carry or guard(as he does at the annual Lions Club rummage sale).

    Tiff

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  20. I have been dying to go thrifting too and went to an estate sale on Saturday. I bought an apron too but that's about it. I can't even remember what I bought, just that I spent less than $5.. I love your polka dot apron too!

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  21. I always love coming here! You always make me want to scout out a thrift store, do a craft, or finally do something ablut my apron collection (as in display it!!).

    I dare not even think about Spring as the winter seems to be stretched put in front of me with a long way to go. I have vowed to enjoy it!

    Linda
    xoxo

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  22. We do not have estate sales in the UK, or at least not around me...sadly!!! You got some great stuff and your wee man was a poppet...it sounds like fun and as for the picture of warmth, just what I needed as the wind and rain lash against the windows here!!!
    Lovely post...Here's to spring and aprons:-)

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  23. I love estate sales (without my kids in tow)! So, I know how you feel when Jack was good. That's a bonus.

    Fun finds! I especially love the pillow cases. There's pretty much nothing here in my snowy, cold region! No estate sales, no garage sales. I miss garage sales during the winter!

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  24. Vicki@Hollyhocks.typepad.com10:16 AM

    Mmmm...I can just smell the OxyClean now. Hurry spring!

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  25. How do you clean old dirty linens by boiling them? What soap, etc.. This could be usefull. Thanks.

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  26. You always find the nicest things!

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  27. Hi Sarah :-) I have an award for you at my place (http://mandco.typepad.com/)to say how much I appreciate you :-)

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  28. Oooh- we are jealous! we could use a great junking fix right about now!! our sales usually don't pick up until about April! Wonderful finds (and the most adorable junking assistant, we are sure!!!)

    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  29. hehehe sounds very wonderful! Great finds and I am so impressed by little mr. jack!!! Yay! :)

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  30. You got some neat linens and I love that pink apron, too.

    Did I ever tell you that one of the first times my daughter's boyfriend came to our house, if not the first time, I was boiling linens? He still kids me about cooking towels. LOL

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  31. My current purse challenge is to make a bag out of vintage linens, so your tablecloth and/or pillowcases could be put to good use :)
    It's just for fun (no prize or swap or anything).
    http://iwannanewbag.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh those aprons are so pretty!

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  33. I go into thrifting/rummaging/scavenging withdrawals this time of year too. I can't wait till early Spring! Great aprons here. I too have been at the linen area first when I hit a rummage lately then jewelry, kitchen, bikes, and toys then books...

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