Sunday, May 23, 2010

Parties All Around

Hi girls! The end of the school year seems to bring party fever on! My sister and I have birthdays a week apart so that's 2 right away. A dear friend of mine is celebrating her birthday next week. My niece and nephew have birthdays a day apart right at the start of June. Those are parties that occur every year! I had a baby shower yesterday and my niece is graduating this weekend so that's another party. And the other day I started wandering in blogland; was so lost I have no idea how I ended up where I was! I found a Garage Salen' Party and thought I'd share what I found at an estate sale yesterday.

Estate sales always make me a little sad - the items that a family passes over when their loved ones are gone. Several weeks ago I cruised through one and there was a 50th anniversary plate left. 50 years. A lifetime of joy and sorrow. Successes and failures. I just can't imagine leaving behind my parents 50th anniversary plate. I hope for the chance to have my own 50th anniversary plate. But I digress.

Here's the treasures I manages to snag. I always try to go to estate sales at the end when they have reduced prices. Makes my dollar stretch further!

I've been wanting a nice lace tablecloth for my dining room table; most I've seen have stains or rips. But this one is in perfect condition. I don't know how old it is - it could quite possible by fairly new. But either way, I love it. It's already been laundered and will be on my table soon!

I always look for the books first. I am a bit of a bookworm. I L.O.V.E. to read. And I can read just about anything. This house had the largest library I've ever seen. And buried in the master bedroom (all the rooms had books) were several children's books. The one above almost got passed over; but I picked it up again and looked inside!

Do you see it? It's a counting book about all these brown animals that live on a farm! I love to create with  brown and I really think that I might have glanced around furtively to make sure no one else was lurking behind me to snatch it away! LOL!! Pictured here are some very adorable paper/cloth books. Ratted and wrinkled and frayed but the illustrations are unbelievable!
Got these too. See that one on the bottom: Manners to Grow On. It was published in 1955 and while I'm not certain I'm completely sold on the idea of homeschooling my child, this will definitely be a course of study in our home. I'm not sure when it became okay to not have manners. And I know that I certainly am not a perfectionist when it comes to all manners, but I certainly try. And by golly so will my kids.

I also grabbed these. Mostly for cutting up and such. I'll read The Hour Awaits first. I'm not sure what it's about. I picked it up because of the title. Do you do that? And the top one is Mental Arithmetic. We'll work that one too although not for several years admittedly. Am I corny for loving that it's called arithmetic and not math?

I also found some vintage silver Christmas ornaments but they've already been put up with the Christmas stuff.

Finally, I remembered how I found this Garage Salen' Party - by clicking on a link for a giveaway! You should go have a look-see as it's for a designer purse!


Debbie said...

I think like you do, so sad family disgards things of others...I have so much that means something to me, I let my boys know now...they better keep it all:) Love those books you scored. Thanks for linking up to my party. Do you mind adding my link so others will know about the party as well. And it would be great to visit a few other gals as well, great way to meet some new friends too:) I know they will do the same in return. Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Debbie said...

P.s Just saw it sorry I did not realize that was my own party...ha ha time to go to bed:

The Thrifty Designer said...

What a pretty tablecloth! I too love old books -their is something so charming about them (and they are usually written better than current books). Visiting from Debbiedoos

Aimee said...

The kids and I hit the library sales for great vintage books. There's one coming up in June. I've also found some great tablecloths and hardanger pieces at the thrifts. I'll probably put some out for the party this weekend. :)

Joseline said...

Wow!! Great finds!!

Charlotte said...

Great finds, especially the books! I posted about an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. It was creepy because I knew the lady who had died.