Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Rare Tuesday Estate Sale

Most estate sales around here start on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  Today there was one in a nearby town and I've had cabin fever, so I decided to go.  The pictures and ads were all about the primitives, Civil War stuff and things from the late 1800s, so I didn't expect to find much.

I was number 30 and as we 'extras' (they usually only let the first 20 in to start) waited in line, several of the poeple talked about how high this dealer's prices were.  So, I figured that not only wouldn't I find anything I wanted, but if I did it would be too expensive for me!

They were right -- it was ridiculously high.  Now, I'll be the first to admit that I don't know anything about Civil War memorabilia or primitives, but I know that a fairly common glass & zinc lidded mason jar shouldn't sell for $20.  There was so much stuff and there were so many people NOT buying much!  

Upstairs, though, was the sewing room and wadded up in a pile on a chair was a crazy quilt top made out of feedsack fabric and dated 1935.  It was so pretty and the colors were amazingly bright.  I cringed as I looked for the price on it...and was pleasantly surprised (AND did the happy dance with it all the way down the stairs.  
Isn't it beautiful?
Apparently the dealer doesn't know how to price linens or vintage handwork!  Tucked in a closet in the same room was a bag lot of feedsack hexagon pieces and blocks for a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt AND a bag lot of 13x13 feedsack crazy quilt blocks.  They were priced really low -- unbelievable!  
Crazy quilt blocks -- 24 of them!  Plus some darning cotton and a darning egg
Grandmother's Flower Garden pieces and blocks
Here are closeups of some of the blocks from the friendship quilt...
This little house is so sweet!
In case you can't read this, it says 'Ernie Rogers 1935'

I added in a few books and a few more things from the kitchen (largely ignored by the primitives folk) and I was on my way home with my treasures.
I especially like the Torte and Cake cookbook and the Edgemont tin.  The green bowl is a mid-century design that I usually see in plastic -- this one is enamelware!

I've never heard of this 'Bezique' game before, but it's quite old (looks like early 1900s or even late 1800s).  The little books are butterfly and flower field guides.  The bigger red one is all photos from the Spanish American War
Here's what the field guides look like
I've seen this print several times before in different sizes and colors.  This one is 8x10


Patti Ridlon said...

Great finds! I love those oddball,estate sales during the week!

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

Nice Catherineholm find. & the butterfly book looks sweet. Never heard of that game either, but yeah, definitely looks old!

CherryPicked said...

Catherineholm! Score! Nice work.

Melissa said...

that quilt is amazing!

Tammy's Vintage Finds said...

Nice finds! I am totally drooling over the quilt.

Mitzi said...

Hi Anne,
I love the quilt and quilt pieces.....nice finds!

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