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.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. *envies* Looks like you cleaned up with all those finds, Mena!!! :D I just love seeing what you unearth, and seeing this makes me resolve to be more consistent about yard/estate sales this spring. ;) Those white buttons are especially pretty! How come the white ones are usually the buttons that you run low on first? Even after years of collecting them, I still get low very often… lol.
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  2. Oh my word — you have fantastic fabric taste! I love all your dresses and am excited to follow your 2010 journey. (Just the other day I was thinking about cleaning out my daughter’s closet and filling it with handmade things instead … but oh the time.) Best of luck!

  3. wow! what a score! I love all the spools in their box- it almost looks like art.

  4. Whoa! That is an amazing haul! I love a good estate sale! And that bakelite handled beauty is worth it!
    BTW, I adore this new blog of yours just as much as I loved Nested!
    I can’t wait to see what goodies you find next!

  5. Such precious little hands…my oldest is headed off to college next year but I still remember those sweet little chubby hands. Thanks for the memory! I just found your site-I love, love, love all the pictures of the outfits that you’ve made.