I don't go to many estate sales. From past experience in my town, I usually find them a waste of time. One must arrive at the crack of dawn to get a number, wait in a long line, and when finally inside, discover that most items are overpriced.
But every now and then, I'll happen upon a neighborhood sale that is already underway and stop in, like last Thursday when I entered an older home that was chock full of items that spoke to me. It was estate sale bliss! There was a dazzling array of kitsch along with some wonderful vintage textiles.
Here's what came home with me . . .
The lovely floral tablecloths I purchased, below, scared most people off because they were yellowed and dingy. All they needed was some TLC. A weekend spent soaking in my laundry sink brightened them right up.
I love these old paper fans.
And here's a trio of colorful vintage tea towels.
I found some of the prettiest handkerchiefs, don't you think?
These vintage booklets are lots of fun.
And even more floral tablecloths. They had a good long soak, too. For more information about how I launder vintage linens, click here for my T-Party tutorial.
Great stuff! Is there something that has caught your eye from my estate sale foray? If so, be sure to stop by my Etsy shop. When time permits, I'll be listing these vintage goodies over the coming weeks.