Friday began with an estate sale that looked interesting but not over the top fabulous. I was so glad to be completely wrong. It was incredible. I was there for three solid hours working but enjoying every minute that I was in the house. You know quite quickly when you walk into an estate sale if you have a connection with the previous owners. The woman who had lived there previously was a crafter and a part of me wishes that I had known her. She was into everything. Spinning, painting, weaving, jewelry making, stained glass, sewing and of course collecting.
I loved this piece of art immediately when I saw it. I researched it later only to discover that the painter Bernard Gantner is rather collectible. This painting reminds me something straight out of the early part of last century. The kind of art that usually included a faery or two. It is a signed limited edition lithograph.
The garage was packed and you could really get into boxes and dig. This sale hit all the key points I love about thrifting. Prices were relatively reasonable, the items for sale were interesting and you could dig through cabinets, boxes and closets in search of items.
I wandered down to San Rafael early Saturday morning. When I arrived I was 5th on the sign in sheet. A half hour before the sale was to begin the skies opened up and it poured. Despite it raining and the fact that there was a list, people were lining up. I was so annoyed to have to leave my dry car but I threw my hood up and got in line. There were at least 20 of us in a tiny, tiny porch all squeezed far too close together. It was sort of awful but at least I got in the sale in the first batch.
There were so many owls this weekend.
Today we went together as a family to the town of Sonoma. I found this binder full of newsletters about Antiques for $1.95 at Church Mouse Thrift Store. I have hours of educational reading during the next month.
I thrifted all three days and my office is literally overflowing with inventory. I can barely get through between the bags and boxes to go from one side to the other. It's a good thing despite the fact that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. The children are off of school this week so I get to do some serious juggling to balance everything.
Here are some items available for you in my Little Shop.
Little Shop Prices are based on price I paid, the shipping cost and work involved to take photos, list the item and ship. I do try to keep Little Shop prices low. If prices are higher than others, it's usually because of the price I paid for an item was higher than usual. I hope that you enjoy this weeks selections.
Vera Watermelon Napkins available here.
Vera Daisy napkins available here.
Russian Dolls can be found here.
Vintage Paper Coaster are here.
Mushroom Towels can be found here.
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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