Vintage Finds: 9/26/11
Or, as an alternate title to this post: Lighting strikes twice in the same spot.
If you have ever talked to me in person about thifting and estate sales, you've no doubt heard me talk about "the estate sale to end all estate sales," the Novato Estate Sale of 2010. For $20, I got an insane mix of fabrics, patterns, buttons and zippers — stuff that I'm still using as part of my stash today.
Just last night I was lamenting the fact that I needed to replenish my zipper stash — too many of the zippers from the original haul had already been used or were just not the colors I worked with. That was my thought last night in my sewing room.
This morning, I checked Craigslist for any Friday estate sales. I haven't done this in quite a few weeks so the fact I looked could only be tied to my zipper thoughts from the previous night. Imagine my surprise when I saw the top listing for an estate sale in Novato. One that had a lot of "material," the word they had used last time. Oh, and it was the same address (I looked at it on Google Maps street view to be sure and it was the warehouse). Why yes, this was the same exact sale from last year. Apparently they were doing it again with the stuff that didn't sell.
Last year, they sold almost all the fabric: a woman had come by after me and bought everything and loaded it in a U-Haul. This was probably 30-40 boxes of fabric. Even with that fabric gone, I had to see if there was anything I had missed the first time around. So, at around 7:45, I headed 50 minutes north to check it all out.
My initial reaction was dissappointment. There were a few notions, but everything had been picked over last year. I sent a text to my husband:
"Lighting first strike twice in the same place. :( "
Which, now that I look at the text, doesn't make sense at all. I meant to say "Lighting doesn't strike twice in the same place."
I decided to keep on digging when I saw that there were about 10-15 boxes of fabric that were off in the corner. Amongst the boxes, under piles and in bags I found today's haul.
Zippers! Over 150, to be exact and a great proportion of ones in practical colors like navy, black and white. And, a suprisingly good number of invisible ones.
A ton of knitting/crochet magazines from the late 1940s and 1950s. I am making a pledge right here and now to learn how to knit and have made a sweater from one of these books by next year.
Bias tape and seam binding — that very practical stuff that I *never* have.
Some thread, a few of them are nice silk ones.
A big box of elastics and a few buckle kits and button snaps.
An adorable purse in great condition (it looks worse in the picture) and some gently used Bass saddle shoes that fit!
And some fabric. These are the highlights:
The entire haul:
The total cost?