Braving the Madness for Estate Sale Finds

A few weekends ago I hit an estate sale, lured in by pictures on a FB post. I am not a huge estate sale goer as the vendors usually get in there first, fast and furious and the things I love are usually snatched up before I even get in through the door, but this sale …. a light rain, a long line for a 10 am entry time and I was in.

Gorgeous hand stitched vintage quilt $45  



I also picked up a second quilt for $15 well it was marked $15 – a cutter quilt but when I got to the check out, the crush of the crowd, the exhilaration and overload of massive antique finds, we couldn’t find the tag so I said “I think it was $35” “ok” the checker said, “no problem $35” … I later realized the $35 went with another I was considering and later found the $15 tag and thought ….. well you know what I thought 🙂

Two NeedleCraft Mags ~ 1932 & 1929 




If anyone is looking for a new old recipe for their upcoming Thanksgiving Feast how about trying the White Corn Pudding this year


I also picked up an old wooden ironing board and this fabulous phone below for $25 (I was a GTE operator in the late 70’s)


The crowning glory of my weekend of estate sale madness was returning on the 3rd and last day @ half off prices to see if something I really, really, really wanted was still there.

Now I must tell you this estate sale was in one of the older historic neighborhoods, the streets are very narrow, ‘no parking’ signs line one side, yet people ignored the signs reducing a section of road to only one way passing. Massive older tree’s canopied both sides of the curved and wavy roadway, there was a light rain and my husband did not take me on this return trip (waiting patiently for me while I was inside) so I had to brave the madness and parking nightmare on my own as well as wait in line to get in again

But there she was, in all her beauty

Little Red Riding Hood by Hull 


16 thoughts on “Braving the Madness for Estate Sale Finds

  1. claire93 October 23, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    grogreous finds ^^
    and I take it you were a GTE operator in 1970 and and never actually used one of those ancient phone things?

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady October 23, 2019 / 5:48 pm

      lol – yes I was, but its funny compared to the phones of today – they were ancient phones in the 70’s too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. KerryCan October 24, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Oh! That tumbling block quilt is fabulous!! What a find! I love estate sales–really such a treasure hunt. You did great. The Red Riding Hood is adorable but I know nothing about that line of ceramics. Is she rare?

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady October 24, 2019 / 12:45 pm

      She was made by the Hull Pottery Company started in 1905 Ohio – height of production 1940’s. rare? yes and no can be found – one of the more sought after in their line. Because this line runs way into the hundreds with the wolf in the $1000 price range (a grease jar) if I can find one under $100 I am in heaven 🙂


        • nwpaintedlady October 25, 2019 / 12:26 pm

          Yes she is 🙂 just a tad bit more, my quilting mentor collected this Hull pottery; I learned my love of hand quilting and collecting Hull at the same time (70’s)


  3. Deb October 24, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    Oh I love that quilt! Lucky you,😁 those magazines looking like it has lots of interesting reads,and little riding hood is so cute! Have a ideas how your going to display the old phone?

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady October 24, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      Hi Deb – I actually hung the phone on a wall in the kitchen 🙂 I love it ! The magazines are really fun to read too. It was a great fun score ~ Sharon

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Texas Quilter October 26, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    Sharon! You really purchased some beauties! The little Red Riding Hood is a valuable buy! So pretty and looks like it is in immaculate condition! Sorry about the quilt! But an interesting one to have! You did well! Hugs

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady October 26, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      Little Red even has the original seal on it too and boy did I get a deal with a seal ~ lol ~


  5. dezertsuz October 27, 2019 / 4:23 am

    It was definitely worth all you went through to find the beauties that you did. How hard to leave any quilts behind, at any price. =) I haven’t been to an estate sale in years, but the last one I went to did yield a sofa I loved on day 2 for a wonderful price. It was worth it, too.


I would love to hear from you

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.