Last Wednesday I went to my first local estate sale of the season, and the preview photos online told me there were lots of things I'd be interested in: garden accessories, linens, china, glass, silver. I don't like to go when the initial rush of shoppers arrives at 9 a.m., so I waited 'til my lunch hour and headed out. Of course you take a risk that way, but sure enough some of the very items I'd been hoping for were still there!
My favorite item was this 3-inch tall ruffled glass vase. I'm trying to root African violets in the kitchen window, and I'd been meaning to get to the dollar store in search of a small glass vase to root the leaves in. This little number is even better, and the price was right!
The item I was most surprised to find still there was this Royal Winton dish in the Old Cottage Chintz pattern. The tiny handles are so fragile, I'm rather at a loss for what this piece actually is. A candy dish, maybe?
And yippee, lemon forks! (Well, I've learned they are really seafood forks but I'm using them as lemon forks because they're so pretty!) I'd been wanting some of these, and a hasty polish of one of them proved these will clean up right nicely. I plan to use these for serving lemon slices at my niece Cari's big Birthday Tea coming up this weekend. Can't wait!
Finally, I couldn't resist these old cookbooks. The green one is from the Montrose Garden Club in Montrose, Ala., and the well-loved one on the right is from a beloved downtown church. I recognized many of the family names I found in this one and enjoyed seeing ads from local businesses of yesteryear. Are estate sales popular where you live? If so, what's your advice for shopping at estate sales?