Saturday, February 21, 2009

Estate Sale Finds

Yesterday, my Friday Field Trip post was about Truro. Today, I actually went down there for an estate sale. The sale started at 9 am and I got there about 8. Usually this means I would be standing in line and not the first by any means. But a lot of dealers won't drive that far and it was windy and cold. So, I walked across the street and indulged in all this beauty!

The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.

Waves on the Bay.

The wind added spray to the waves.

I wish it was warm enough to go swimming.

Cottages in the sand, closed for the season.

The sale opened and there were some fun things:

A couple rolls of shelf paper with a 50's feel, a whole box of glitter tubes, dice and "scribbage" letter cubes and an amazing water color paintbox.

I have slowly been retro-fitting my bath & kitchen cabinets with glass knobs, so was delighted to find these. Karla did a tutorial on painting bird nests recently. When I saw this collection of wooden knobs I knew what could be done with them!

Next I went to the library to check out a book. They were having a book sale right next to the mystery section . . . How could I resist?

I bought books with great color prints, botanical drawings, covers I could use to make ephemera books, essentially books I planned to take apart. I love altered books and ephemera books like these made by Mary Green, and I really want to make some, but . . . . there's a certain irony. You see, I have a library degree and have worked for many years as a reference librarian. I wonder what the ALA thinks about altered books?

The photo is of Wellesley girls in 1945. The ledger and bill of sale pages are from the 1860's. The maps are from a book on Greece I purchased from the library.

Hope your day was as fun as mine!


Mary Green said...

Wow, Marilee, you found some great things! As soon as I saw your picture of the books, I wondered if you were ready to make an altered one yet...then I read underneath & had to laugh. Great minds think alike!

Kay said...

Oh, Marilee, I see that you had a very successful many treasures. I love the Devoe paint box. Be sure and post what you create from it, I can't wait to see. I haven't tried altering books yet, but it looks like you found some that would be perfect for that purpose. Maybe you could post an "Altered Books for Dummies" tutorial for people like me.


Kathy said...

Sounds like a wonderful day...and those photos are gorgeous!

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