This Weekend’s Vintage Finds
This weekend’s big score came from a small estate sale not far from my own house. On Saturday morning I stopped by while my husband and daughter waited in the car (we were on our way to Niles for some antiquing — I have a very patient husband.) Since I basically just ran in and out, I ended up with the fabric pictured above, one McCall’s and the box of thread. The fabric was $2 (it’s polyester, but I like the print), the 1949 McCall’s was $2 and the box of notions & thread was $4. I stopped by to the same estate sale on Sunday afternoon to catch anything I missed and I found the rest of this loot. Since it was the last day of the sale, everything was 50% off. I got a shoebox of button cards and clip-on earrings for $5, another McCall’s for $1 and the canister of thread spools for $6. Quite a great haul for $20. I especially love the McCall’s and plan to post some scans from it fairly soon.
My daughter wanted to help me create this post so here are her little hands modeling some of the finds.
This bakelite-handled tracing wheel was at the bottom of the $4 thread box!
My daughter’s favorite button set (total of 8 buttons):
I’m actually running low on white buttons so this card is my favorite button find:
I also stopped by the Alemany Flea Market, a spot that can be very hit or miss. I met a really nice vendor who will be at her first Alameda Antique Fair next weekend — from her, I bought this fabric for $8 (it’s probably about 10-15 yards total).
So, yes, it was a very successful vintage-hunting weekend. As I mentioned above, my family and I went to Niles (in Freemont) to check out the antique stores. While there are some truly amazing stores out there, I didn’t really find anything to fit my sewing needs. If you’re in the Bay Area and are looking to spend an afternoon antiquing, that spot is quite a neat little find.