I had such a great weekend. A dear friend was in town visiting, and we spent Saturday doing something we used to do together when she lived in Nashville: went yard saling! It’s been a long time since I’ve spent a dedicated morning trolling for sales – I usually just hit a random estate sale if I am driving through a neighborhood on the way to a decorating job. I had to take a quick photo of this gorgeous interior door we saw at one of the estate sales we attended.
I am always more interested in accessories with a history than I am with new items from a chain store. These are the treasures I found on our hunt:
I have collected vintage children’s books for many years. I was excited to find a few vintage mysteries for my daughters, as well as this blast-from-the-past, “White Gloves and Party Manners.” As a child, I remember my older sister taking a manners class at a local Castner-Knott store. This was the book that went with the class, and I remembering pouring over this circa-1965 tome about proper table settings and lovely manners for proper young ladies. The young lady that owned this particular copy must have had perfect manners, because it is in perfect condition!
Vintage Children’s Books – $1 each
Yard sales and estate sales are great places to find seasonal decorations. I was excited to find these Williams-Sonoma Easter cookie cutters. Bunnies, butterflies, chicks, and butterflies – so cute! I also found this vintage hatching chick candle.
Cookie Cutters – All for $2, Vintage Candle – $1
Vintage Fairies – 50 cents for the pair!
This woodcutter’s cottage is just the right kind of enchanted to fit into my Christmas decor:
Vintage Woodcutter’s Cottage – $1
This set of reproduction Parisian postcards were a real find! I love using postcards as interesting elements in my decor – I tuck them in mirrors and under glass-topped tables.
Parisian Postcards – set of 18 for $2
I collect vintage jewelry, especially brooches and pins. This little silver butterfly was too pretty to pass up.
Butterfly Brooch – $1
This vintage faux bois metal box appealed to me both decoratively and functionally. I love the avocado color, the retro office vibe, and the fact that I can use it to stash paint color swatches! And I also grabbed up this little wooden ruler.
Vintage Metal File Box – $3, Wood Ruler – 50 cents
I’ve never seen these kind of candles – they drip different colors when burned. They have never been used and look to be from about 30 years ago. I love the graphics on the box!
Vintage Candles – 50 cents
I grabbed this cute bed tray as soon as I saw it! It was only $6. It’s got huge potential – what color should I paint it????
Yard Sale Booty
My friend found some fun treasures, as well. We finished off the day with a group of mutual friends and good Mexican food.
Day Spent with a Dear Friend: Priceless