ESTATE SALE 1
I find that I tend to go through estate sales in a certain order: garage/outside, basement, upstairs, main floor, checkout. I will alter my route to go where there is the least amount of traffic though. It's frustrating to be standing in a traffic jam while good stuff is going out the door. I found a couple neat little lights in the garage at the first estate sale.
The basement didn't yield any finds for me. I was tempted by some metal floral frogs, but they were overpriced (in my very "semi-professional" opinion). There was no upstairs, but I found some game items on the main floor...Tiddlywinks, a whole cupful of dice, one lone marble, and a box of dominoes.
As I moved to the checkout, which was located in an enclosed front porch, I noticed this dusty, musty light fixture hanging above the ladies working there.
It's special feature? Thirty 2" Swedish cut almond crystal prisms paired with 30 octagon crystal beads. Do I sound like a know what I'm talking about? Well, I don't really! I did a web search when I got home and found a site called chandelierparts.com. Now, I am an expert, right? Love the internet!
ESTATE SALE 2
Nada. Zip. Zilch. Moving on...
GARAGE SALE 1
This garage sale was more like a small antique store. Two ladies were cleaning out their collections, etc. They had a lot of cool stuff to be sure. Unfortunately, the prices were pretty high on a lot of it. Here are the items I couldn't do without...
What do you call this thing? I don't know. I thought it would be great to hold a photo. I picked it up for inspiration more than anything else.
This folding fabric basket is the cutest beach-inspired item. It fits into a color scheme I've been building with several items I found this summer and fall. Cool! Cool! Cool!
This brass bathroom fixture was screaming for a home. Anybody need this gorgeous item?
Last, but not least, another trash can! The style is vintage, but the trash can itself is only about 15-20 years old. The seller said she bought it from a catalog in early 1990-something. I've been looking for one like this for a long time. My mother grew up on a dairy farm and there is a wonderful vintage trash can there that is similar to the one below. It's been there since before I was born and I've always loved it. This one will likely get a coat of fresh white paint and be added to my cottage-inspired kitchen.
GARAGE SALE 2
Again...nada, zip, zilch. And weird. Very weird. I have never seen such an odd collection of things. Including a small pool filled with coy fish. Yes, you read that correctly. Quickly moving on...
My friend had gone with me all morning and I had just dropped her off. As I was heading home, I saw a "free" sign next to a double sink and the iron stand below. Well, I whipped a u-turn and pulled up next to the items. I put the stand in the back of the truck. The sink? Well, it wasn't going to budge unless I turned into Popeye instantly. And, darn it, I didn't have my spinach with me!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Here's that dusty, musty chandelier all cleaned up. Anyone have any idea which era this is from? I wonder if it would look better if I found a different globe/glass piece for the center. Replacing the odd yellow tassel with something a bit more elegant might help as well. Or should I take off the prisms and use them and the lamp parts for other projects? I certainly have ideas. What do you think? Keep it "as is", update a few features, or piece out the entire thing?