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Estate Sale Finds: Some Recent Favorites

Over the summer, I spent a lot of time (some might say too much) at estate and tag sales searching for inventory for my Etsy shop. Truth be told, I enjoy browsing and would go to these sales even if I didn’t have a vintage shop. However, I can’t justify accumulating so much stuff in my own home.

My natural tastes lean towards eclectic with a mix of vintage and modern. For example, my living room has a modern looking white leather sectional and glass and chrome shelving mixed with  early-to-mid century pieces, including a 1920s reupholstered armchair, an antique clock, and midcentury marble-topped side table (one of my summer finds).

I love finding interesting pieces that become conversation pieces in a room or eye-catching fashion accents. And I relish the search. The best part of browsing is not knowing what you might find next.

Here are a few of my favorite recent finds.

Midcentury Decor

Midcentury canister set
I spotted this canister set at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA, just before summer started. I especially love the pink color and the retro font used on the labels. They now sit on my kitchen counter where we use them everyday.
vintage vase
A vintage handblown glass vase, made in Poland. Made by Alicja, this is an exceptionally stunning piece. I thought about it for my living room but it is a bit too large for my shelf space. So it’s now listed in my Etsy shop.













Vintage Leather Bags


Leather messenger bag
This beautiful vintage leather satchel by El Campero was hidden in the back of a closet at an estate sale–and it seems to have been barely used. I love the weathered, genuine leather. I took it to the beach one day for a photo shoot because it just seemed to belong in a natural setting!
Rodo vintage bag
This is another vintage leather bag that immediately caught my eye. Made in Italy by Rodo in the 1980s, this dark brown beauty seems like a perfect everyday bag. Fashionable yet plenty of carry room.

Paris Art

Yvon Paris Etching
I wasn’t familiar with the French artist Yvon before I found these etchings at an estate sale. I decided to buy all 10 of them because I couldn’t decide on which I liked best. This one is a favorite: a bookseller, or “bouquiniste,” tending his stall along the streets of Paris in the 1940s.
Yvon Art Prints
Yvon, whose given name was Antoine Monay, exhibited his art in Paris, Lausanne and elsewhere from 1944 until his death in 1954. Several of the etchings I purchased are of views over the River Seine.











Rustic Decor

Marble stone rustic coasters
I’m loving rustic decor lately so my eye was immediately drawn to these textured marble stone coasters that were on display at an estate sale. Vintage Set of Studio Vertu marble coasters with weathered metal stand. I later found out they were hand made by Studio Vertu in the 1990s in Cincinnati, Ohio. (click photo to see listing)
Stan Langtwait clay and ash owl wall plaque
I have an obsession with owls and I seriously considered keeping this wall plaque for myself. But I am trying to restrain myself from accumulating (hoarding?) too much stuff so it is now listed in my shop. This piece also has an interesting history as it was made with clay mixed with volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helen’s in Washington State, and signed by the artist Stan Langtwait.

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