Three Favorite Thrifty Finds - The Dainty Squid

Three Favorite Thrifty Finds

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

After an estate sale dry spell (there were NONE for such a long time!) Kevin and I have had some awesome luck lately. We stumbled upon four of them last Sunday, it was pretty amazing! Every estate sale I go to leads me to believe I like estate sales more than thrifting *gasp!* It's just so stinken' fun to legally be able to go to someone's home and rummage through all their things. I'm nosy, what can I say?

Here are three favorite recent thrifty finds, all of which are from estate sales!

This little wiener dog! When I found him he was in the dining room of the home with a pack of crackers in him. I had no idea what I'd do with him, seeing as we don't really eat crackers that often, nor do I really worry about where I'm going to put my package of crackers when I do eat them. But there was no way I could leave this little fella behind. Turns out he fits perfectly under my iMac and all my sticky notes look adorable inside of him. Two bucks well spent if you ask me!

I found this ring holder at an estate sale. It was just hours before it ended on closing day so I only paid a dollar for this and an few other awesome little goodies (vintage postcards, and a folding sewing basket.) I actually had no idea what it was but I overheard the woman who was running the sale trying to sell it to someone else and it clicked which items she was saying was a ring holder. It would have been awkward to walk over and be like "Yeah, just let me have that..." so I walked out of the room and finished the rest of the house before heading back to grab my little swan. Luckily it was still there!
The photo above is kind of a lie, well it's just to show off what the cute little swan looks like because this is what he really looks like right now...
Plus there are some rings that don't even fit! I didn't even realize I had so many.

Last but not least I bought two boxes of slides for 50 cents. I seriously hunt for slides everywhere we go but always come up empty handed. I can't even count the number of slide boxes I've excitedly opened to only be left broken hearted. So when I opened these and found slides I basically said "I don't care what they heck is on them, they're mine now!"
Turns out they are from Miss Helen Burke's vacation! She traveled to Milan, Rome, Zurich, Leningrad, and Moscow in July of 1962.
Here are a few of my favorites...
I was actually surprised at what nice colors the slides had, the blue skies just make the picture! I really can't pick a favorite from those five. They all have something that just draws me in.

I love how snazzy everyone is dressed too. I wonder if Helen is the female in the photos. I wish her closet still had some of those fabulous clothes, sadly they were packed to the brim with nightgowns instead. I didn't see a single item of clothing that wasn't meant to wear to bed.

What awesome thing(s) have you found lately?
xoxo

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  1. Those slides are amazing. I've been meaning to go second hand shopping for a while. Now that the weather here is so nice I should actually go!

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  2. Great finds, especially the slides since the aren't common anymore!

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  3. i totally love those slides!!!!

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  4. Wow - Those slides have stolen my breath away! What a lovely eye Ms Burke had. I like that her house items showed she led a fun and long life (I'm assuming having only nighties indicates she was rather elderly and had been a big fan of comfort and her bed).
    Luvluv,
    Sway xx
    Ps - Pup for Post Its - best ever!

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    1. Yep, that's what I was thinking! From what else I could gather she liked cats (tons of cat items - planters, knick knacks, bags, mugs, etc) and was multilingual (or just had a massive collection of books in other languages because they're neat) Seems like a pretty awesome lady to me.

      I'm so glad she kept the slides showing her international adventures.

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    2. Aww a cat lady too!!! What a legend! You are the perfect person to adopt her goodies :)

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  5. I really became a fan of yours...
    I discovered your blog a few days ago and i cant stop reading it. I like youre early morning posts, gogo bordello and mushroon ( but here we dont have much).....

    Oh , you could do a fixture with the slides.

    kisses from Brasil

    Diana

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  6. Triple score!!! I just may be in love with that little dachshund.....and goose.....oh and the photos. OK, I love it all! I guess your estate sale dry spell has brought you some extra good luck!

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  7. Those slides are amazing! I love finding old photos, so fascinating!

    I should see if they do any house sales here in the UK, sounds like bargains galore!

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  8. Oh wow those slides are adorable. I remember my Dad having a slide projector when we were younger and we spent a lot of time looking at old slides. I wonder what happened to it. You have inspired me to investigate!! xx

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  9. I would never have thought to take someone's old slides, but these are wonderful! The colors are so rich!

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  10. All of these are awesome scores! I especially love the weiner dog because he is so cute/quirky, but you were able to find a good practical use for him. I am bad to purge things that have no practical use and things that I may be able to repurpose one day but I know realistically that I never will. Sometimes I regret it, but mostly I appreciate the opportunity to make room for new things to love!

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  11. That wiener dog deserved a life better than cracker holdin' and I think you gave it to him. Very cute! And wow..those slides. Dream estate sale find right there. And I like estate sales better too - at least if you go there and don't find anything, you get to see inside of the house and how people decorate. Their little day-to-day stuff. A peek into their lives. Much better than a dirty thrift store.

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  12. I love the little dog with your post it notes in, that is such a great idea! Also the swan ring holder is amazing, I keep my rings on the antlers of a velvet purple stag I bought at Christmas one year, but it's so precarious that he falls over nearly every time I want to get a ring.

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  13. those slides are so much fun! how incredible to take a journey back into 1962 with Miss Helen Burke!

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  14. What beautiful finds!! I love the photos and that ring holder is lovely!! PS I LOVE all your pretty rings!!!

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  15. That swan is just lovely!! i could def use a ring holder. I found a vintage condiment tray at an antique mall, which I use to hold all my jewelry- you would never know it was once used to hold pickled and beets (okay, well maybe you would...)

    http://dangerdelux.blogspot.ca/

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  16. i like estate sales better than thrifting too. it seems like all the thrift stores near me have raised their prices so much lately. 6.99 for a cracked dog planters? please. I love your little weiner dog! I always look for 8 mm films at estate sales. One day we FINALLY found some, took them home, set up the project, and were treated to some 1970's porn. Hahah!
    here is a post with my latest estate sale loot:
    http://raesock.blogspot.com/2012/03/estate-sale-loot.html
    i've been trying to buy less, since my house is pretty much bursting at the seams already!

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  17. Slides are so much fun! My mother in law shot only slide film for the duration of my husbands childhood, and we have spent many a holiday looking at old slides projected up on the wall. Also I love ring holders, I only ever wear two rings but I use mine any time I have to take them off (there is one beside each sink in my house).

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  18. I want the cute dog ^^ I have a wooden Dachshund for pencils
    you are so lucky

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  19. Those slides are seriously unreal. I LOVE personal things like that so so much. It's the best treasure to find in my opinion! I found a wallet a bit ago with pictures of her family (I assume) in it. It also has a picture of who I hope is her, because she is AMAZING in September of '68. You can see the post here: http://amymorby.com/2011/10/06/5-thrifty-thursday-louises-wallet/

    Great finds! Don't ever stop blogging these. I love love love your finds. :)

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  20. I love the ring holder and was totally thinking I wouldn't have known what it was, glad I'm not alone there :) It looks awesome with your animal rings! Slides are super hard to find and you hit the jackpot with a European vacation! We always check the slide containers at the thrift store too and always empty.

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  21. Teresa (Little Goose)March 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Those slides are amazing. We did color-slide work in class one year and it was by far my favorite assignment! This makes me want to run out to photograph the colors of spring in the PNW :D

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  22. WOW! That last picture is beautiful!

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  23. Oh, beautiful Russia. The pictures remind me of the wonderful days I spent in St. Petersburg a few years ago.

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  24. You find the best stuff! Where do you suggest starting out for thrifting? Do you look anywhere in particular to find out about sales?

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  25. My great uncle has hundreds of those slides! Do you know how to view them larger? We've been unable to find anything to project them.

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  26. Ever heard of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players? They find other peoples slides at thrift shops, antique malls etc, and write songs about the people in them. I saw them open for They Might Be Giants yeeeears ago. The music is pretty awful, but I always appreciated the idea!

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  27. Those slides are gorgeous. There's just *something* so amazing about peeking into someone's life long ago! Like, just wow. I loooove imagining the lives of strangers. I don't know, it's just ... wow.

    I don't know if I commented this already, but my best recent thrift find (and possibly my best find EVER) was a vintage sailor's uniform!!! I adore thinking about who owned it. Makes me feel close to a stranger when I wear it. :)

    Blogged here, if you're interested: http://paperraindrops.blogspot.com/2012/03/sailors-uniform.html

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  28. What wonderful finds!

    One evening my friends and I put on Sigur Ros and flipped through 300 slides. It was one of the best evenings of my life. I highly recommend it!

    Anna

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  29. Great post! I would love an estate sale because I'm also curious about peoples' homes. Those vintage pictures you found are so cool.

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  30. You scored on all three items! The slides are really neat :)

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  31. I love that wiener dog! He looks adorable under the Mac and next to all your fun eos lip balms! I'm so jealous of how Ohio seems to run the estate sales. The ones in PA don't usually let you dig through the house, but put everything in auction form, which means acquiring a lot of stuff you don't actually want. Maybe I'll have to do some estate sale searching in Ohio this summer. :)

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  32. What awesome slides! This post totally makes me want to go to an estate sale...

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  33. That wiener dog is fantastic!

    ♥ sécia
    http://www.petiteinsanities.com/

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  34. Oh hey...I have found a lot lately. There are seasonal sales going on in our charity shops (yay for the £1 rail). I bagged a whole load of gorgeous hand knit cardigans (I am an addict of the cardigan), plus an amazing amount of vintage embroidered linens. Will post em up on the blog one day soon :)

    www.nicolareloved.blogspot.com if ya fancy stopping by x

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    1. I love seasonal thrift store sales! Sweaters and jackets galore!!!

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  35. i need a swan to hold all of my million and millions of rings!
    such a darling idea

    xo kaitlin
    kaitgirl

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  36. Great finds!! That swan ring holder is amazing! I've been hunting thrift stores for a good ring holder. Any chance that you'll put that in your etsy shop??? ;)

    xx Adrian

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    1. Sorry Adrian, but NO WAY. I love this little guy so much! But if for some reason I ever want to find him a new home I know where to send him. ;)

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  37. Great finds! That wiener dog is so cute. There is a similar one from UO I've been eyeing but I'm hoping to find a vintage one like this so I am SO jealous! And those slides! So gorgeous. What a great find, considering there could have been anything on them. You need to do something amazing with them!
    xoxo
    neonrattail.blogspot.com

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  38. Dang Ektachrome and Kodachrome making me think that the skies were actually so much more blue 60 years ago! When I was studying architectural history and preservation, I had an instructor who would only lecture from slides. He was good but the vibrancy and warmth of slides really made me fall in love with the subject.

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  39. Oh wow, those slides are amazing. I never even considered looking for slides or film before, but what a find!

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  40. I always feel super excited and then a bit sad when I find old slides and photo albums. I love looking through them and then I wonder about who they belonged to and if their family would have liked the memories, or if they weren't interested at all... And I console myself with the fact they have found a loving home! The ring holder truth and lie shots cracked me up... so true!

    Kitty x
    kittyandbuck.blogspot.com

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  41. I am completely in love with this post!! First off, I did not know EVO had a new flavor-strawberry sorbet!! EEK! My bf got me the other four you have for christmas last year and I love them!! And I love your bird ring on the swan!! I'm trying to find more 'accessories' buttons, rings, hair things, etc. and that is just so perfect! Finally, I will totally be on the lookout for slides from now on! You hit the jackpot with those, they're gorgeous!! Love your posts, I think I need to formulate a thrift store/estate sale roadtrip!

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  42. Hi Kaylah! Love your recent finds! I wish estate sales were a thing here in Australia but they have yet to catch on.
    Where'd you get the brown fox ring from? I want one!
    You need a kitty cat ring holder. I have several of them I've found really cheap at thrift stores and garage sales.

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    1. Manda, the ring is from Sea of Bees.
      http://www.seaofbeesjewelry.com/category/rings
      Isn't it gorgeous!? :D

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  43. I love the ringholder. I had a simiarl one that I used for a DIY project at a gift swap:
    http://jesseanneo.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-swan-of-different-color.html

    But now I keep looking for another one at the thrift so I can make one for myself because I realized I can actually use one.

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  44. What amazing finds I love them all, especially the ring hold and the slides. Beauties!

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  45. That little doxie tray is so stinkin' cute! And I love the slides, what a find!

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  46. Love the slides and that gorgeous swan jewellery holder!!!

    http://the-makingofthings.blogspot.com.au/

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  47. Oh my gosh! You have to tell me where you got that keypad cover for you iMac! Pleasee! It's just too beautiful!

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  48. I love how the puppy fits perfectly on the base of your iMac! It looks great!

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  49. Those slides are so cool..it kind of takes my breath away to see things like that.

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