Two Week Estate Sale Finds

Last week I attended an estate sale of a retired Eastern Airline pilot (not to be confused with my previous post about an estate sale at the home of a retired Delta airline executive). The home was set back on a beautiful wooded piece of property and was a mid-century contemporary design with five different levels.

I didn’t buy a lot at the sale but I was able to find some cool stuff to both keep and sell. As I was getting ready to check out, the owner of the estate sale company told me that they would be continuing the sale the following week and the sale would be expanded to include the garage/barn and the basement. Woohoo! I went back the following Friday and the prices were even better.

Here’s what I found. This corner shelf will make a great display piece. I am thinking of painting it white.


I found a couple of really old books that I have listed on ebay.  I also found about a dozen newer books (and by newer I mean from the sixties and seventies).

An oval Syroco mirror.


I also found some cool pilot gear, flight record logs from the fifties, an instrument pilot exam guide, and a flight manual.



Vintage training manuals.



Some great Eastern Airline promotional material. This is a flight attendant recruitment brochure. Lots of opportunities for learning and leisure (according to the brochure).




Aeronautical maps from all over the country.

This couple did a lot of traveling and I got a big storage container full of vintage road maps with great graphics.



I got this fun vintage aluminum cake cover and plate with a wooden acorn on top.


This was a neat scrapbook from the fifties. It was filled with a collection of leaves.



This was a nice collection of blue and white planters and vases.


I purchased three wigs with mannequin heads and their original floral boxes. I’m not quite sure what to do with these yet.


This vintage Sears scale also came with its original box.


Some of my favorite finds came from the basement. I got some nice retro sewing patterns.




And several pieces of colorful fabric.


A nice metal typewriter desk. They had a typewriter too but it was too expensive for me, even on the last day of the sale. It’s funny how they price things sometimes and in most cases it usually isn’t worth haggling over something if they think it is worth a lot (even if it isn’t).


This was another good sale and it was only a mile from my house. I’m looking forward to warmer days and more sales this Spring.

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  1. Oooo…lots of nice things! I’m in love with the patterns. We had that same acorn-lidded cake saver growing up. I think I have the top, but I’m not sure if I still have the bottom!

  2. I would like to have been at that sale

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