Style Spots: Thrifting & Down 'n Dirty Estate Sales

Last week I really got to stretch my thrifty muscles. Monday found me at the local Out of the Closet again, where I got two pillows for my no-sew pillow cover project. I also found an old leather purse that is reminiscent of a briefcase, too. There were no labels inside it, but the zipper had the word Lang on it. And the little metal piece right under the handles is in the shape of a rooster. I did some Googling to see what its story was, but to no avail. Anyone come across other purses like this?

Tuesday I went to the Goodwill on La Tijera to help a friend find some clothes to, in her words, "update her wardrobe." It's quite possibly one of my favorite things to do. I love, love, love picking clothes out for people and showing them how much they can get compared to shopping new. I tried on a couple things, but only ended up with a super cute vintage summer dress that will be going on Etsy next week when I do a store makeover.

Then Friday came two estate sales in Westchester. The same lady ran both of them, and both were fairly unorganized and didn't have much for sale. The second you had to literally dig around in the dust and dirt, which I didn't mind, but major hand-washing ensued when we got home.

In the end, I was able to come back with...

A set of three glass magnets with illustrated flowers on them.

A salt & pepper set made by George S. Thompson (or Olde Thompson). They need a little cleaning, but I love the shape and the wood grain.

A really large vintage frame (about five feet long and two feet wide) to add to my growing collection. I took a deep breath when I brought it home, waiting for the hubs to ask why on earth I bought it when we're packing up to move this week; but quite the opposite happened, to my relief. :)

Lastly, I found a binder of type styles from the Los Angeles Times. This came from the second estate sale, where the man who had just passed certainly had some interesting jobs, one I guess in the production department for this newspaper. Each page has the font name and character examples, and I thought it would be neat to frame them as wall art.

Want to read about more unearthed treasures? Check out Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday post to see what fellow thrifters found!


  1. I love the name of your blog and the subject, of course. I don't post my thrift finds to ATG's monday shares very often, but I read them religiously! My husband calls it "thrift porn." Ha. I'll be checking out your shop.
    ---Kate (thehooligansmother.blogspot.com)

  2. Ha! That is so true! I definitely lust after some of the things other thrifters tote home. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Beautiful finds. That bag is so unique and practical and the type styles are full of history. I need to hunt at some Estate Sales :)

    Happy to see confirmation from Kate that even some potential Thrift nonbelievers call our blogs "Thrift Porn"!

  4. Thrift love!! The S&P perfection! The frame, OF COURSE you had to get it!


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