Last weekend I found I found a treasure trove of vintage clothing! I went to an estate sale that had close to 10 walk in closets. Just when I thought I was done I found more and more clothing. I found tons of graphic shirts from the 80’s, vintage denim and even swimsuits, coats and more. I’ve been going through it all week and have been thoroughly enjoying getting it all photographed and listed.
Thursday was a 12 hour sourcing marathon for me! I started out at a thrift store, went to an estate sale and spent all evening at my favorite weekly auction. I bought some of my favorite things to sell: 80’s clothing, mid century glassware and things from the 90’s that I remember being cool 20 years ago.
I found a great thrift store that had so many clothes from 20+ years ago. I was excited to find some fun printed and embroidered sweatshirts and these 90’s platforms that I would’ve totally rocked in middle school.
Speaking of things I rocked in middle school, I’ve been really looking for 90’s prom dresses lately. I see them fairly regularly and just started trying to sell them a few weeks ago. I love the long lean silhouettes and many shades of velvet.
One of my favorite things about selling vintage now is coming across things I have fond memories of from my childhood and being able to sell them as “vintage”. I can’t say I remember seeing Kazaam but remember hearing about it when it came out. Space Jam I was certainly in love with when it came out and I remember watching Pocahontas on VHS just about every day for a while.
Not to be distracted by more recent vintages I also had my eye out for mid century gems. I love finding Culver brand glasses or those of any other maker who liberally used gold print. I stayed late at my favorite auction to win this set and also found a few little crackle glass pieces.
I also bought 3 bags of these mostly 80’s vintage coal mining stickers. I love stickers and other ephemera and bought these to sell but also to enjoy looking through.
Here’s a look back at some of the best things I found in 2016 and decided to keep for myself. I spend so much time out sourcing that most of the things in my house came from yards sales and estate auctions. I’m constantly surprised by the unique and interesting things I’m able to buy because someone else no longer needed them.
1) This antique woven coverlet has to be the best find of 2016. I saw one sell at auction early in the year and knew just how much they were worth because of that. I never dreamed I’d find one in the wild. A few weeks later at a rummage sale I came across one thrown in with other linens and blankets! I thought for sure it was a reproduction when I bought it but only realized it was antique when I unfolded it at home and looked it over. It looks great on my bed and matches the bedroom but I’m afraid to really use it. Someday I’m going to find a good way to display it that also keeps it in good shape.
2) Another great blanket score happened over the summer when I went to an estate sale and found FOUR big fluffy chenille blankets. I kept this one for myself, sold two and still have one set aside. It makes my bed look like a birthday cake with ample icing and compliments my cat quite well.
3) This vintage Polaroid land camera was another great yard sale find. The people I bought it from didn’t know what it was and neither did I. All folded up it just looked like a chrome and leather box. I bought it out of curiosity and only after doing some research realized what it did. I wanted badly to get it up and going but ended up letting my SO sell it after I couldn’t get it to work.
4) This vintage Nagel print (featuring the kitschy vintage nursery wallpaper in my office) was an estate sale find. His aesthetic is so iconic and reminds me a lot of what was in style when I was growing up. I knew for sure I needed a print for my office to go with my other multi decade decor.
5) Two might be my limit for old CRT TVs, but I gladly reached that limit this year. I found one early in the year at an estate sale that was the same age as me. I took it home and hooked my NES emulator to it to play games. When I found the cute red portable one at a yard sale and realized it was the same age as my SO I had to buy it too. I haven’t quite found a use for the second one but it’s small and looks cool on my bookshelf.
It’s been a bit rainy so far this weekend but I managed to make it to a wonderful estate sale and a few yard sales.
The estate sale I went to had a whole room in the basement full of Christmas things (which I never would have found if my mom hadn’t pointed me in that direction). The few things I bought were quite well hidden, tucked under shelves in a dark corner. I bought a box of old Christmas lights, including a strand of bubble lights. I’ve always been interested in bubble lights but this is my first time finding them.
vintage Christmas lights
I also found an entire box of putz houses! That’s right, an entire village, complete with snow. Again, it was hiding in a box, in a dark corner. Some of the putz houses will need some fixing up before I can list them, but I should have plenty of time to get them listed before the holiday season is in full swing.