Friday, April 2, 2010

Some Finds Before an Estate Sale

I am finally getting around to letting you know what I found from an estate sale before it happened.   That"s right, she let me to go in and pick whatever I wanted before the sale occurred for helping her out.  

In an earlier post I related that she gave me 39 pieces of Irish linen material and a whole box of other linens, silk scarves, doilies and such from the family room area.   What a treasure this box is.  Everything in this box was hand crocheted, embroidered or tatted.  And they are very old.  Here are a few pieces of the linen material and some items from "the treasure box" I colored.   Just the beginning of another project or two.

Another find was a set (29 volumes) of the Enclopedia Britannica, 1911, Eleventh Edition with soft leather covers.     Originally I was going to use it for artwork but I don't think I am going to do that now after doing some research on it.     It has a little wear on it but in pretty good condition.  They measure 11 x 8 1/2.

Don't have pictures but I visited the tool room and found two of the old folding rulers that are great to use in mixed media work, a jar of old washers, a ton of brown round resistors in various sizes and a whole board of keys (I am mad at myself for not taking a picture of this before I destroyed the board).   There were over 500 keys hanging on it.  

In the music room was some really old old sheet music.......and I was thrilled about this because I did not have any at all.   There was more than what is pictured here.   I have already used some of this and I absolutely love it.

In the office room,  I found this wonderful old photo album.   It is a hard case and just beautiful.....never seen anything like this before and had some wonderful pictures in it.   I don't know if I can bring myself to doing anything with it or not.   I was thinking about altering the inside.......will have to see about that.

Another item I found in the office room was this "Album" although it looks more like an autographed book  and is dated 1881.  The size is about 3 x 5.     It reminded me of some autograph books we found from my father when he was in the service where he had his shipmates write in it.

I am sure I am forgetting some things but this gives you an idea of the fun I had.


  1. Oh man, this treasure would be a dream come true. I found one of those old hard case photo albums at my grandfather's after he had passed, it was falling apart, but I'm not sure what to do with it either. All of this stuff is just absolutely great! And I'm sure you'll find creative ways to use it!

  2. What awesome treasures! My suggestion on the photos - before you do anything with the album, scan the photos and then you can use the images over and over again on different projects. I know what you mean about the old books . . .I have bought some thinking I could do this or that. Then I get them home and look at them and can't bring myself to do anything with them (and the ones I have are only from the 40s and 50s). LOL

    Have a fabulous Easter.

  3. What wonderful pieces, Nanc!
    I'm mostly jealous of the keys (one of my great obsessions) and the brown resistors (though I did score many of those online recently).
    That album....looks suspiciously like my autograph album from high school, except mine had a zipper around it. I still have that, my junior high and elementary school albums. I guess someday someone may find them and they'll wind up in an estate sale, LOL...though what I have hardly qualifies as an estate.
    Anyway, I'm rambling. Have a wonderful Easter!

  4. OMG!!! You scored a Victorian Cabinet card/CDV album!!!! And the autograph book...AND more folding rulers & the jar of washers & the fabric. WAAAAANNNNH --- We never have sales like this! You lucky duck!!!!
    Hugs, Julie


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