Anyway, I had to seriously restrain myself because there were SO many pretty things. This is what I walked out with:
1. Three lovely vintage brass necklaces ($3 apiece)--see the three necklaces on the left.
On the day that I went to the estate sale I was actually wearing a brass necklace that I had thrifted back in high school with my best friend (the one on the right). It's got a lovely patina to it and it goes with so many things, so I was happy to find more.
Two of the necklaces I got are quite short--they are almost like chokers and sit at the very base of your neck, so I'm going to see if I can find some matching brass chain to lengthen them just a couple inches.
2. Two old measuring cups (Pyrex and Fire King) for $1 (small) and $1.50 (large).
In my opinion, one can never have too many measuring cups! I can never find mine when I need them, so I was happy to get these for a steal (new ones will run you at least $5 - 8).
3. Nine vintage drinking glasses for $0.50 apiece (or $4.50 total). And yes, only 7 are shown in the picture--I'd shelved and others and couldn't reach them without a chair!
The estate sale had a LOT of glassware and porcelain, but it wasn't necessarily functional (ie: display-only ornate pitchers/vases/bowls that would not be able to stand up to any kind of normal kitchen abuse). However, I did manage to find these cute glasses hidden away in a back corner that I thought would make decent drinking glasses. As I was walking out with them, a guy stopped me and told me to look up "Dorothy Thorpe" when I got home, and sure enough, the glasses are a mirror image for the style that was popular back in the 1960's (or today's TV show Mad Men).
I was a little bummed out when some of the metallic color started to come off when I washed them, so maybe they aren't originals, but they are super cute to look at and luckily I didn't pay much for them anyway.
4. This tangled capiz shell wall hanging for $4.
This was actually so tangled that I just clipped all the shells off--I'll restring them later or use them in another project. Possibly for a light fixture over the kitchen sink? Overall, I consider this to be a pretty good deal because I seriously doubt that I'd be able to buy ~40 large shells for $4 anywhere else.
All-in-all, it was $20 spent, but I was so thrilled to come across some awesome things. PS: If you haven't checked out my tips for thrifting and garage sale-ing, click here. Then go out and find some of your own treasures!