This Weekend’s Vintage Finds: 4/12/2010

I was preoccupied last week and never got to post my finds from Alameda. Usually an awesome experience, last Sunday’s fair was pretty disappointing because it happened to fall on Easter Sunday (a freezing cold day, I will add). I, as a heathen, was willing to make the journey if only for a couple hours of shopping. Only a handful of the sellers were there and they were all spread out — making walking to each table a bit of a trek. I did find a few patterns to make the overall lackluster fair worth the drive.


Then, on Friday, Krissy and I headed to an estate sale in Pacifica. I have to say that the rude older men who flock to estate sales are really making me hate the experience. Despite the fact that I’m usually holding my daughter, they have no problem pushing, ignoring or stepping on me to get to things that they like. They’re a lot nicer when they’re vendors, but when were all in the trenches together it’s kill or be killed. When these first-world antiquing hardships are one of my biggest problems, I shouldn’t complain.

I bought all of the above for about $15  (at both Alameda and the estate sale) so I really shouldn’t be complaining.


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. I love the patterns you found! I especially love the one with the flowered & grey dresses in the back…any chance that will be making it to your etsy store?

  2. Now I don’t go to estate sales, although I wish I could, but they’re not big here in the UK (of if they are no one has told me!) but I have had plenty of experience of rude older men in crowded situations recently, you have my sympathy, it must be a global phenomenon.

  3. Estate sales don’t seem to be big in Canada either, so I have to live vicariously through others’ fantastic finds and stories…how unfortunate that you had to deal with such rudeness to get your lovely finds!

  4. Wow, all of your finds are in such good condition. Those patterns are so pretty too. What are to two matching do-hickies at the top? I cannot figure them out. On my blog I told about my estate auction experience where people were stealing my purchases before I could get them. One purchase I went to the guy’s van and asked for it back and the other guy claimed he had made the purchase. But it was on my bill so I know better–lost $5.00 and 3 boxes of goodies. Darn!