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19 August 2006 @ 04:43 pm
Estate Sale Finds  
I love estate sales in homes that are older and the owners had been there for decades. It is like going on a twentieth century archaeological dig. Yes, I tend to dwell on the past.

A couple of years ago we went estate sale and secondhand store crazy. But now our house is pretty full so we confine ourselves to looking and buying small things like books, linens or hand tools (Jim has started collecting saws).

One thing I noticed about today's house is the woman must have loved to cook and entertain. There was a large dining room with a wet bar. She also had lots of cookbooks. The single most fun thing in the house was the dark turquoise 1950's refrigerator. I wish I had had a camera.

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French Dressing pamphlet by Kraft Foods 1957. I counted 38 different french dressing recipes. I guess french dressing was the rage in the late 50s.

Ladies Home Journal Cookbook, first edition 1960

The book with the green cover is a personal collection of recipes. It looks like it is 4 decades of handwritten, types and clipped recipes. I love this kind of personal archive stuff.

Life of Pi cd from the used book store downtown.
redhawknflightredhawknflight on August 20th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
I totally love these kinds of finds. I especially love getting a well-loved book with margin notes, it enhance the experiance so much for me, almost like sharing the book with a friend. wen we move into the farmhouse I will so send you pis of the vinatge suff the previous owners have left there. It's AWESOME...including three stoves dating from the 20's- to the 50's....I'm going to restore all 3 and sell 2 of them to other people who love them the way I do :) Yay Estate Sales!!!! I'll check the shed for old saws for you.
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on August 20th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Where are you located? I might be interested in one of those stoves. :) I seriously want a 1930s-50s gas stove for our kitchen but having one redone is so expensive. It seems as if in CA (is that where you are?) they are a dime a dozen in old apartments (I had a Wedgewood in Berkeley) but not so easy to find out here (especially not gas).
redhawknflightredhawknflight on August 20th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm in Va of all places so shipping might be a bit prohibitive to the west coast.
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on August 20th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Oooh, that's wonderful! I'm in NC! :) Tell me about the farmhouse you want to move into? We are living in a 1930's mill house, double shotgun (6 rooms, no hallways), and hoping to restore it when we actually get around to buying it from my fiance's dad.
redhawknflightredhawknflight on August 20th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
The farmhouse was built in two sections, between 1850 (the old side) and 1915 (the new wing) It has a toal of 4 rooms upstairs in 2 room "suites" accessible by seperate stairways. Downstairs are the original Parlor, the living room, a small connecting room (used as a bedroom) a family parlor, a kitchen, and a huge bathroom w/a HUGE clawfoot tub :) It's awesome! It has a metal roof, and comes with two outbuildings...one of which I intend to use as a chicken coop. I'll write more about it once I have pictures to put on here.
A Piece of My ♥: CAMERA ~ B&Wprettyedy on August 20th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see the pictures. There are probably LJ communities that would love to see it too.
redhawknflightredhawknflight on August 20th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Farmhouse
As soon as I get my s/o to buy me a digital camera, I promise I'll share loads more photos than you'd ever imagine you'd want to see. especially as he and I will be doing the restoration of the house mostly by ourselves (yay s/o who used to be a contractor)
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on August 23rd, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Re: Farmhouse
He used to be a contractor, eh? Any chance that he could give me some advice on how to find/choose a contractor for the renovation of our house? I'm really nervous about possibly being cheated or not being able to find someone who believes it's worth fixing old things rather than tearing them out. I know there are honest, restoration-minded contractors out there, but I have no idea how to go about finding them...
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on August 23rd, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
It sounds WONDERFUL! Are you guys buying it or renting it?
A Piece of My ♥: LE JOIRprettyedy on August 20th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
What happened with that old house you disassembled? I can't remember your plans for that.
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on August 20th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
We are saving the wood to hopefully have replaned so that we can use it for the floor in the attic and to repair the downstairs floor in several rooms. We are waiting to get the house loan before hiring a contractor, and then we'll know if it can be used, if it's feasible or not...
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on August 20th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Awesome! I have some of those old binders, too, I love them! I probably wouldn't ever make anything from them, but they are such a great snapshot of mid-century domesticity. And all the time spent on them...wow! Personally, I would have wrangled that frig out of the house by hook or crook, though!!! *grin*