This weekend was rather busy for us, so I only had a chance to stop by one sale on Saturday morning. It was close to our place, and seemed to have a lot of vintage goodies listed, so I thought it was worth a shot. Turns out — and I don't know if this has ever happened to you — the house had belonged to one of my grandma's close friends who recently passed.
I had no idea was the case until afterward when I showed my family some old issues of Better Homes & Gardens I'd purchased. They looked at the name on the address label and immediately recognized it. That made things a bit bittersweet for me. When I go to these homes, I often think about the people who once owned these things we're all pawing through, trying to figure out what kind of guy or gal they were and in a sense paying them their due respects for letting us rummage through their personal belongings. So when one comes up where there's a personal connection, it intensifies this process for me.
So, after making my way through the house, I went down to the basement, which is where all the things I eventually bought were waiting. One metal shelf was full of old issues of Popular Science, Better Homes and Gardens, Better Living and Family Circle, all from the '50s and '60s.
I am a bit obsessed with vintage magazines (they combine my two loves), so I took a big stack that included all those titles (save the first). I've been reading some of the articles and looking at the ads, and it's just so interesting how different things are today (sociologically speaking). The hubs even flipped through one and said (somewhat exasperated), "These stories are crazy!"
Then the left by the back door I spotted a beautiful teal metal locker. I had no idea what I would use it for, but it was in such great shape (and only $7), that I decided I would find a home for it somewhere (much to my ever-patient husband's dismay).
And, lastly, tucked away among a pile of linens was a brand new (but vintage) red tweed wallet that was just screaming for a purse to nestle in. Perhaps mine? Or perhaps yours? Still deciding if it's going to make it to the shop or not.
Oh, and I almost forgot. Last Sunday my friend and I were driving home from breakfast when I yelled, "Stop! Look at all that furniture in the alley!" So she immediately slammed on the brakes and proceeded to back up for almost a whole block (God love her) and we pulled in front of a garage, where we spotted this neat little buffet.
I've been wanting to practice stripping furniture and repainting it, and I figured what better than something like this, that's free? The outside is in really good condition; it just needs a little hinge work and the shelf on the inside needs to be leveled and tightened, but I think it'll look real cute once all is said and done (especially the little towel rack on the side!).
What thrifted finds did you bring home this weekend?
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