Monday, January 31, 2011

Estate Sale Goodies

I took advantage of a slow Saturday morning and went to an estate sale a few miles from my house. It's always interesting to get a glimpse into someone's life, their hobbies, their quirks, their style.  Estate sales in my neck of the woods are usually the contents of a middle class home whose last resident has passed away.  It's often "granny style" items that family members are ready to let go.  That said, I've never failed to find something of use. This particular sale was a Friday/Saturday sale with everything going for half price on Saturday.  I wish I had thought to take some photos while at the sale. The last resident clearly had a thing for Marilyn Monroe, anyone searching for MM memorabilia totally hit the jackpot.  The basement was also full with a massive record collection and extensive "DJ equipment". I don't know the lingo but there were turntables and speakers galore.  Here are a couple of my finds from the sale:

This enamel ware refrigerator dish can suit a multitude of storage needs. Currently serving on the back porch as a sidewalk chalk container. Love the navy blue on the inner rim.

I'm still trying to research this hotel ware.  It's made by Wallace Silver Company and is marked "silver soldered", "The Alba". Apparently The Alba was a 1920s hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.  Was this used for room service or strictly in the kitchen? It looks like a miniature dutch oven pan and is only 3 or 4 inches in diameter.  Anyway, a fun find for $4. Not sure of it's purpose in our household yet...

I'll save the other treats for another day.


  1. That enamel ware is very cool. I have a couple of pans, but no lids. I'm thinking that pan would have been used for serving. Melted butter, chocolate sauce, individual peach cobbler? Whatever, it is, it's pretty neat.