It’s been more than two months since I’ve shopped at an estate sale. My children and I are taking shelter-at-home requirements seriously and I have only been out once in the last six weeks. My husband is still working outside the home but thankfully we have all stayed healthy. I hope you all are doing well and staying healthy. I did have the opportunity to shop at an awesome estate sale the first week of February.
It was in Lawrenceville, Georgia and was at the home of a lady who used to own a sewing and quilting store. A lot of the sales I go to are to acquire antique items for myself or to resell in my antique and vintage etsy shop. I used to have several antique booths too but do not have any at this time. Sometimes though, I run across a sale that is related to a hobby of mine and that gets me just as excited as shopping at antique sales.
I enjoying sewing and have been making home decor items, costumes, and clothing for years. I buy a lot of my supplies at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s and much of my fabric from awesome outlets such as Fabric and Fringe and Fabric World. However, just like any other hobby, the accessories and specialty tools can be quite expensive. So when you see an estate sale that features items related to one of your hobbies, you definitely need to go and shop for bargains.
And this sale had the bargains. The lady’s basement was literally set up like a store with hanging store displays and many, many multiples of just about everything. To make it even better, everything was half price on the day that I went. The sale included branded new items as well as gently used ones. I bought just a few things to resell and the rest to keep and use.
Here are a few of the items that I purchased. Some of them I have already used. Several of the items are designed specifically for quilting and I have not decided yet if that is something that I want to try.
I bought quite a few quilting rulers and squares.
I am looking forward to trying out this zipper guide.
I bought several magnifying mirrors, because sometimes reading glasses just aren’t enough. LOL Actually these are also good for inspecting antique items. I also bought a small magnifier in a case that can be worn around the neck or will easily fit in my purse.
I didn’t realize how long Velcro has been around. These Velcro dots were marked 1978.
This extra-long (120 inches) extra wide tape measure will definitely come in handy.
While you’re exploring the estate sale websites, be sure and keep an eye out for sales that feature items related to your hobbies. It is a great way to find unique items as well as great deals.
In-person estate sales will be back in business this Friday in Georgia. I think I am going to wait a bit before I start shopping though. How about you? Are you going to start shopping estate sales and thrift stores when they re-open or will you be waiting a bit longer? Georgia’s state of emergency ends on May 13th. I may wait until then. Stay safe out there.
You got some great treasures; I love finding good stuff reasonably! Here in Maine, we are still “on lockdown” through May–our state started the virus late. I miss thrifting and clearance shopping SOO much! Thankfully, I have an AWFUL hoard of craft supplies and won’t run out of projects! Busy making stuff for church bazaar–assuming we will be back to quasi-normal by November!
My goodness, the end of May is a long wait. I am glad you have your craft projects to work on. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. Take care. Kathy