Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DIY -The Hunt

As you may know I love to go on the junk hunt... I mean treasure hunt.  I went on the hunt this weekend and I had some major scores and I am very proud that I negotiated! and fiercely!  I also wanted to give some pointers on the best ways to treasure hunt.
  (Old Radio- turquoise with handle)

Tip #1.  Estate Sales
If you want old stuff which is what I love this is where you can get the best stuff and usually for the best price.  I used to love going to garage sales but estate sales is where people want to get rid of everything and if you go on Sunday it's usually 50% off.  The above radio I got for $5 bucks and look at that cute handle.  When you go to an estate sales- look in closets and boxes- sometimes random people accidentally close drawers and doors.  Also if you want to buy something look at it and look at it carefully- if it's damaged you can probably get a few bucks knocked off.  If it's a professionally run estate sale- usually you can haggle if you buy in bulk or a large item.  Also you should ask the main pirate (person in charge) usually the minions will say no.  I think that radio might find it's way into one of my paintings.
(Old Iron, Old Stapler and 1960's dictionary)

Craigslist is a great resource to find estate sales but be careful because sometimes someone will put estate sale in the listing just to get people to come.  You will know it's a good if they say how many years worth of stuff there is- like 30-40 years worth of stuff.  DING DING DING! good sale.  If your in Portland this website estate finder is kind of amazing and they post pictures. 
(Piggy Bank from US Bank that shows date, and old radio)

Tip #2 Estate Auctions
First of all do not be intimidated.  If you need newer stuff and at a good price like furniture, bikes, house stuff this is soo much better than Good Will and better priced.  Most estate auctions have pictures for the coming up auction and if you see something you like then go to the preview.  When you go to the preview decide what your limit is going to be for the item and stick to it. 
(Look how cute her bangs are, but the pants are questionable)

The trick I have noticed with estate auctions is that the later you stay the cheaper the stuff goes for because people leave.  At the estate auction I go to- you tell one of the worker bees to put an item up, but like I said wait until later on in the auction.   Also they do everything in lots- so some stuff comes in bulk but sometimes the auctioneer will separate the items.  Estates Unlimited is the one by me and it's every Friday.  It's always is packed full of stuff and it's packed with people and they have 75 cent popcorn :) 
(Isn't this dreamy? Look at her cute salt water sandals)

Tip #3 Luck
There is some luck involved to finding really really good stuff.  If you keep your eyes pealed while driving you will see sales coming out of the wood work.  If it's an estate sale I will stop.  If it's a garage sale I will do a slow drive by and see if it's worth getting out of the car.  It really depends on what your looking for.  Me? I love anything old.
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(Old Atlas and old teach yourself calculus book)

Lots of luck if you go treasure hunting. My friend Angela from Pickles on Pizza- loves the vintage hunt and has an adorable shop on etsy with all of her vintage finds.  

16 comments:

Ashley said...

What great finds!

I love finding things like this. Thrifting has always been a huge part of my life. Should add this into it. :]

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i have a SUPER old vontager camera - LOVE IT!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Mandy Crandell said...

Awesome stuff! I have yet to be to an estate sale. I usually just hunt through antique shops.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I just love auctions and yard sale finds! Very cool stuff!!!

The Pen Thief said...

This is such an appropriate post! I was just talking about seeking out Estate sales and auctions to go to this spring! Thanks for the tips!

Felicity said...

I love the stapler! Metal is so superior to plastic.

Michelle Brunner said...

I love treasure hunting! I love that radio and the black and white pictures. You should paint a picture of that radio, it would be so cool:)

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

what a sweet blog you have! I love all your treasures!

Mo Pie, Please said...

You sure do have salt water sandals on there! How funny! I love estate sales - I haven't been to one since I lived in Wichita! Such great finds, I might have to follow suit!

Angela said...

Great radio! I think it will make a nice subject for a painting! You really have some great tips - isn't treasure hunting just SO much fun?? Thanks for the link, my dear.

Diana Mieczan said...

Those are such a great finds..I love that radio:) Kisses, my dear

Ps: I’m hosting an adorable shoes GIVEAWAY today! Just in time for spring!

Live Love Life Now said...

We are treasure hunt soulmates! I am at this moment doing internet searches for any estate sales in my area this weekend :)

Over the last two years, I have gotten into vintage treasure hunting like crazy and I love all of your finds - especially the radio!

Have you heard of the HGTV show "Cash & Cari"? It's about a woman in Michigan who is commissioned to put on estate sales. She's what you would call the 'main pirate' and It's fascinating to watch the process and what treasures they unearth.

Tracey said...

Great tips! I love rummaging through secondhand goodies (love the radio you found by the way).

We don't seem to go much into 'estate sales' in Australia, so I'm very jealous of your experiences there.

I really need to find some secondhand furniture soon, I've put off buying a dresser for myself for too long.

teacup adventure said...

I've never been to an estate sale, but I'm dying to go to one! maybe in the spring!

El said...

I wish they did estate sales in the UK, you have some awesome finds..especially the radio, I love it x

Dave said...

I have a bunch of family photos that look just like the ones in your post. And I guess I'm showing my age when I look at what is considered "vintage" and think...wait a minute...I grew up with some of that stuff! Oh well...what goes around, comes around!!!