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Estate Sale Finds

We went to some garage and estate sales on Saturday morning. The first few sales we hit were overpriced, lacked in selection, and some had funky smells. However, we did find two sales that were good. At the first sale, I found this lovely box with lid. It looks like milk glass. I’m not sure if this is vintage or not, but it certainly suits my tastes. It was only $3.



The other sale was awesome! It was a quad-level home that belonged to this guy’s mother. The family had taken what they wanted so he was just selling what was left. Nothing was priced, which normally irritates me but this guy just wanted the stuff gone!

I was so excited when I opened up the cupboard and found a Pyrex Pink Rainbow Stripes 1.5 pint mixing bowl. It’s in good shape and washed up well in the dishwasher.

Pyrex Pink Rainbow Stripes Bowl

On the third level, there was a long wall with built-in bookcases. There were all sorts of books but of course, I zeroed in on the cooking and gardening books. I bought six books.  My favorite from the bunch is this 1995 Martha Stewart Cookbook. It’s a hardcover book. The dust jacket is beat up but the interior pages are intact!

Martha Stewart Cookbook

While I was looking at books, Rob went off to investigate the rest of the third level and the basement. Rob came back and told me there were old magazines in the next room so off I went. I was thrilled to see vintage Art News magazines from the 1950’s and 1960’s. I know a reasonable amount about art and always enjoy exploring art museums when we travel. I bought all 15 they had. I took a picture of my four favorite ones. The October 1957 issue has an article written by Isamu Noguchi!!! I didn’t even realize that until we got home and I started reading them. The Noguchi Museum in Queens, NY is one place I haven’t been to but would love to visit.

Vintage Art News Magazines

I only spent $4 for the Pyrex bowl, 6 books, and 15 Art News Magazines. What a deal! Yippeeee!!!!

And for those of you intersted in green building and design items, you might want to check out the October 2006 issue of This Old House Magazine. It’s a really good issue and there is even an article about 15 green projects for under $500. As you might have expected, I bought a cheap subscription to TOH magazine on eBay 😀

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  • bazu September 25, 2006, 10:18 am

    Oh yippee, I’m zeroing in on those Art magazines! I would love to find a stash of vintage magazines like that, and the article by Noguchi is like an added surprise. Very cool finds. These estate sales always make me think about the people who owned this stuff- what interesting lives they must have had. It’s kind of romantic in a way. Well I’m glad their items found a loving and discerning home with you and Rob.

    By the way, you don’t like mustard?? Wow!

  • Jackie September 25, 2006, 10:48 am

    What wonderful Pyrex purchases you made. The modern Pyrex is very expensive here and so boring (plus it seems to break, crack or chip quicker that the old Pyrex did). Must have had a takeover where they are now relying on the name rather than quality to sell their goods, such a shame.

    Popular Mechanic mags are wonderful, its amazing the articles that they have. I pick them and National Geographic up whenever I can find them on charity stalls.

    Thanks for the visit.

  • Aurora's Mom September 25, 2006, 11:05 am

    Wow, great stuff! I really like the little box….really pretty!

  • vegandiva September 25, 2006, 11:09 am

    Bazu, we often wonder about the people who owned the items too. It’s really interesting when you find items stashed inside a book, like a postcard, or letter. It’s like an extra glimpse into who they were. I also often find ticket stubs to school performances or raffle tickets used at bookmarks. It’s so fascinating.

    And yep, I’m not a fan of mustard. I’ll use dry mustard powder in recipes, like uncheeze recipes, but as for just putting it on something and eating it, no way LOL Occasionally, I’ll eat something that contains Dijon mustard, if the flavor isn’t too prominent. Rob is totally different. He loves mustard and has several varieties of it in the fridge.

  • Nikki September 25, 2006, 11:26 am

    I really love that mixing bowl. 🙂

  • Vivacious Vegan September 25, 2006, 12:32 pm

    Looks like you found some really great items and at a great price too! The Pyrex is really pretty. I wonder what happened? Why did they stop making such fun patterns and designs?

  • mikaela September 25, 2006, 2:05 pm

    Excellent findings! 🙂

  • Midwest Vegan September 25, 2006, 8:09 pm

    Those are great items. I have a friend that used to own an antiques shop and she loved finding old family photos in the items she bought because she felt that it gave her insight into the former owner’s lives.

  • K September 25, 2006, 11:26 pm

    Emmy, what finds, again, as always! Those Art magazines are so super cool! The MS cookbook must be quite interesting. I never saw her show and probably am the only person in the world who doesn’t know a lot about her, but i’ll bet the book is informative!

    That’s a great box with the lid. Total retro.

    I totally know what you mean about odd smells… it’s one of those things that i remember from going to garage sales with my dad when i was a kid…

  • vicki September 25, 2006, 11:45 pm

    s*c*o*r*e on the 1995 Martha Stewart Cookbook! i’d be thrilled about that one — and of course grandmas’ gift…cute deer.

  • Jody September 25, 2006, 11:56 pm

    Nice finds!

    That bowl and the box both look so cute.

  • Candi September 26, 2006, 4:25 am

    Beautiful finds! I love that pink bowl!!!!