2.07.2011

Style Spots: Estates Sales in South City & Webster

Well, I'm not sure if The Big Game interrupted your town's estate sales, but it sure did here. My mom and I only found two close by, but they ended up being fairly good, so not too much harm done.

The first one was right up the street from the house in which I grew up in Webster Groves. It had been occupied by an elderly woman who had just passed, and the house was full of almost exclusively vintage items. I did two laps into all the rooms to make sure I hadn't missed anything, and ended up with:


Some vintage boxes, one with Christmas ornaments and two empty of the cigars they once held. I'm always looking for unique storage options, and these fit the bill nicely.


An Eaton strawberry stationery set, which comes with a piece of paper that's sealed, and when you open it, put it in with the paper and envelopes, and close the box, it will make everything smell like strawberries. That would be a special treat for someone you're corresponding with. :)


A metal basket with a rose for your vanity where you can put perfume bottles and other items you'd like to keep tidy. I also picked up a random old key because it's pretty.


Usually, I don't go for ponchos, but this old knit one has such a beautiful color and pattern that, for $1, I thought was worth the chance.


And this old belted sweater originally from Venture. It's in really excellent condition and I'm trying to decide whether it goes to Etsy or to help keep me warm in my new wintry habitat.

After that we headed to South City, which is where my mom grew up and where I spent many summer days at my grandma's house. This second estate sale I came back with some more "rustic" items after pillaging around in the garage.


My first finds came from the kitchen, and they include this Italian cookbook from the 1950s...


Which has some beautiful, kitschy illustrations throughout.


A collection of old coffee cans, which I'm really excited about because I have a specific project in mind that I've been waiting to do until I found some. Most of these were being used in the garage to store nails or mysterious powders and liquids, so they'll need some cleaning.


Sitting in the corner of the garage was this grapes crate from my former state of residence. I had a moment of homesickness as I picked it up. :-/


I've also been on the lookout for some old glass carafes to use for drinks (and sometimes vases), and these two 1776 ones came with plastic lids (score). I picked up two glass shakers as well, and two cute & kitschy tea bag holders in a pretty avocado green.


And, lastly, in the basement I found this super old metal lunch box that has that beat-up look I just can't resist. I'm thinking about repainting it and putting some vintage contact paper on the inside...but that just might ruin its appeal.


What do you think?

And what goodies did you find this weekend? Do share!

I'm linking this post up with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday, the Penny Worthy Project & Flea Market Finds, so, as always, check out those sites to see what else has been unearthed! 

{Images by me}

5 comments:

  1. Love that lunchbox! My step dad has one just like it.

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  2. oh wow I have some of those coffee cans in my garage. Hehee. I love them, my husband keeps trying to get rid of them, and I keep keeping them. :) Thanks for coming by the Penny Worthy project!

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  3. Can't wait to see what you do with the coffee cans. Love the cogar boxes and lunch box as well!

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  4. Love the knitwear and the old trunk and the wood grape box are fantastic too! Brilliant finds-well done!

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  5. Yes, I'm curious about what you do with the coffee cans! I like the inside of the lunchbox as is!

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