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Monday, April 15, 2013


Ya’ll know me better than some of my long-time friends!  I should be embarrassed, but instead I’m laughing about how well you know me.  I previously posted about an estate sale I had attended.  I think only one person, who commented on that post, asked if I had bought anything at the sale.  Everybody else, who commented on that post, asked what I had bought at the sale!  Of course, you were correct.  So without further chatter, I’ll show you what I bought.


Di at Cottage Wishes spotted this trophy right away and commented about it.  Di, I spotted it right away too.  As I said in that post, everything was way too expensive the first day of the sale.  I thought they would reduce the prices by 50% on the second day of the sale, because they weren’t moving much out of there on Saturday.  However, they only took 30% off on Sunday.  The trophy is the only thing I bought on Sunday.  Right now, it is living on top of the piano in the study, with a spray of faux flowers “growing” out of it.


It was difficult to photograph the engraving on the trophy, because of glare and reflection.  (I usually don’t have that problem with silver – maybe because all of my silver is tarnished!)  “AAA Dist. 4 Literary Sweepstakes, 1928”.  I can now brag about some brilliant relative in the family who won the 1928 Literary Sweepstakes (whatever that was).  I’m going to brag that my grandfather was a writer, and he won it!  I wanted to wait to see if it was marked down 50% on Monday, but I was afraid it would be gone.  So, I paid more than I would have liked for it.  My price was $30.00.


On Monday, some of the items were still only reduced 30% (items that people had left bids on).  Other items were between 50 and 60% off the original price.  Since this jardinière (is that what you’d call this?), filled with silk feathers and twigs, was 60% off, I bought it.


I had it on the floor in the sunroom, but I put it on this table in the study to photograph it.  I was surprised that I liked it on this table, and it may just stay there awhile.  Of course, the feathers are touching my chandelier, and I’m not sure if that is very attractive.  I paid $25.00 for this.


Sarah, Hyacinths for the Soul (in her comment on the previous post, she admired the blue and white pieces), I did get one piece of blue and white.  I loved all of it, but I selected this box, because it was the only one marked 60% off on Monday.  I paid $20.00 for it.

All three days of the sale, I admired this table, but it was too expensive at $180.00.

bare table

Okay, I know that you know me well enough to not believe that!  I wanted the topper and cloth that came with this table.  Besides being too expensive, I couldn’t figure out a place to put it in our home.

table cloth

On Saturday night and Sunday night, I wandered around our home looking for a place for the table.  Whew!  I couldn’t find a place.  So… no need to even think about buying it.


Since I couldn’t return to the sale until my lunch hour on Monday, I was sure the table would be gone.  My face fell when I saw it was still there, but it was only 50% off of the original price.  Good thing I didn’t have a place to put it!


I was walking out the door with my purchases when I jokingly said to the estate sale director, “I would have bought that table if it had been $50.00”.  I was shocked to hear him yell, “sold”!  So, that’s how the table ended up coming home with me.  And, as usual, I was able to cram it into a place in our home!

Thanks so much for stopping in to see what I bought.  laurie

While I was preparing this post, I was thinking I would be linking to Table Top Tuesday, but I had forgotten that Marty at A Stroll Thru Life had changed her party from TTT to Inspire Me Tuesday.  I’m not sure there is anything in this post to inspire, but I hope it’s okay for me to link to the party anyway.  I am also linking to Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family.


ellen b. said...

Yes, I'm sure we are better known by regular bloggers than many family members of ours... :)
Fun purchases!

Carol said...

You bought some beautiful pieces! I have never seen a table like that, love it! You are a true bargain hunter, Laurie!


Carol said...

You bought some beautiful pieces! I have never seen a table like that, love it! You are a true bargain hunter, Laurie!


Sarah said...

Laurie, I think you took home some fabulous buys and some real beauties. Of course the trophy was a great find. I look and look, but so far nothing. The big lemon jardiniere looks terrific on your table. I'd leave it there, but I'd remove the feathers and fill it with sunflowers. Love, love, love the blue and white piece. I would have picked the box too. It is so unusual and absolutely gorgeous. Super price! And that table......of course you could find a spot for that one. That table topper is most unusual, and you can probably more it about easily. Dinner on the sunporch, alfresco dining in the back garden.....I predict that you'll find this to be very versatile. '-)

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

I am inspired, you did an awesome job. At least you didn't buy the whole garage like I did at an estate sale last year. I thought I was only buying the redwood furniture. But now I can say, I bought a whole garage!! Love the table, the book and sweet picture. Thanks for the link back to me! Di

Dewena said...

You did great! I'm excited for you! Yes, love the 1928 trophy, how cool is that! And the jardiniere. I think it deserves to be up on a table, not on the floor. Those lemons on it would be so pretty too with your Quimper. Have fun, Laurie. I know you're going to come up with many uses for each thing you bought!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

You got some wonderful pieces. The table is really great. Happy Shopping - have a great week.


AntiqueChase said...

Ha! the table was meant to be!! Lucky you with that trophy and that is a GREAT price. you did good!

The French Hutch said...

WOW, l love what came home with you Laurie. The table with the topper is fabulous and the vase with the lemons, oh I love that. You chose some great items. Enjoy........

the French Hutch

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oooh, that is a nice table! Glad you got it...and we can always find room can't we, if we really want to!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

If it comes cheaply I bring it home and worry about a place later. If it's high priced I usually have time to think about a place (or not) to put it. You got some great stuff. I still have yet to come across a loving cup in silver.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did find some treasures!
I checked the estate sale listings here over the weekend, but nothing got my attention so went to a bead show instead. :-D
Have a great week.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I had to chuckle when you kept saying there wasn't any room in our house!
Ha Laurie, I just knew you would find a way!
I love everything but I think that large vase stole my heart..gorgeous!
This is a fun post and inspiring too.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I think all of this is totally inspiring and I am so thrilled you joined the party. You found some fabulous treasures, I love them all. How fun. Hugs, Marty

Marigene said...

That is one cool looking table, Laurie...aren't you glad you found a place for it!

Tricia said...

Laurie, you really know how to WORK an estate sale! Loved reading about your multi-day visits and your thought processes (okay, rationalizations)! That table is awesome, and I also love the jardiniere. said...

All smiles reading your post - I should have gone back Monday. I would have liked to have a set if the china and white napkins to embroidery.
Glad you found some treasures

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! You got some fabulous things. I can see why that table haunted you. It's so interesting.

- The Tablescaper

hidden art of homemaking said...

LOL I am inspired to go to an estate sale and see what I can find. thanks for a great post..

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love all the items you bought and I must admit that table and topper is really stunning! great finds!


AntiqueChase said...

You just left me the nicest comment on my blog and when I went to respond to you, I noticed your email reply turned off to "noreplyblogger".. thought you may want to know.
Marcy :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, Love all your treasures and that table is wonderful. We can always make if work and fit it somewhere. Especially at the right price. This one is stunning.
Have a great evening.

Debbie said...

I am so glad you bought that table! I love that topper and cloth too. You are the best "crammer of good things into good places" blogger out there so I don't know why you thought you wouldn't find a place. LOL

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That table really is incredible and I know you'll always be glad you got it! WOW! It's beautiful! Sweet hugs!

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

Oh wow! That table is gorgeous! Of course you had to find a place for it at that price! And your other finds are awesome, too!
I love thrifting...I just have a hard time with bargaining. lol
Saw you sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays
Debbie :)

Sue said...

No room? Those are some of my most favorite last words! LOL I don't heed them often enough. Love your new finds - you did good, Laurie. :-)