DIY Sarah

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Estate Sale Finds

Last weekend we swung by a George Estate Sale.  It was in Chelmsford which is a little bit of a ways but it was a great sale.  I wish we had gotten there earlier.

I had to wrestle with some ladies upstairs for vintage Christmas ornaments but I managed one pack:


And a great little purse:


I also got 2 great baskets.  One picnic basket and one laundry basket.


I’ve been looking for a picnic basket so I can make this cute end table:

And I bought books! I have a serious love of etiquette books. I have a large collection and I hit the etiquette book jackpot at this sale.

This one is my favorite:

But I got a whole ton!

I even got this awesome small book on men’s etiquette.


You can still buy it on Amazon.

The copyright date is 1897 but I’m pretty sure that it’s not a first edition. It’s in too good of shape though I suppose it is possible. I need to do some more research to accurately date it.

It’s also free on Project Guttenburg  Here.  If you’ve never heard of Project Guttenburg, I recommend you check it out.  It’s how I read most of my favorite books.  It’s books that are out of copyright available online.  It’s a great resource.

I also got this great little book from GE.


There’s also a memo inside from the president saying that this book was for all of the employees. It’s very cute. I’m thinking it needs to be framed ASAP. I love it.

If that wasn’t enough junk, I also got a handful of national geographic magazines from the 30s and 40s for the back cover ads. Some great coke ads. I figure I’ll cut out all the ads and toss the rest. Those books are a dime a dozen.

This one’s my favorite but thee christmas ones will be cute framed for Christmas.

There were also a bunch of national geographic maps. Only a few really cool ones but I figure I’ll photograph and add them to the sell on etsy pile. I’d really like to get back into that especially for “envelope” items that are easy to pack and mail.  I’ve got a neat 40s era southwestern US, a neat greater NYC region, a beautiful DC Metro one and a really cool UK one.  Let me know if you’re interested.  I can send more pics!


It was a fun sale. George is the best. I try to go to all his sales. We’re buddies. In fact, just the other day we were walking to get dinner in Arlington Center when we hear a “HEY” as George makes a right hand turn. He must have been in the area and recognized us on the street. You may think, well yeah, he probably doesn’t have many regulars but let me tell you, that’s not the case at all. Everyone who’s anyone in the re-sale estate sale community north of Boston raves about George. Except maybe black haired lady who is a competing estate sale lady but she’s mean.

Here’s his website: If you’re in the greater Boston area and looking for someone to do an estate sale, you can’t do better than George. He’s honest to a fault and the sales are a family endeavor with both his wife and daughter working the registers. He even hires his teenage daughter’s friends to help be car loaders and general security. Definitely the kind of operation I’d support and not just cause I want to buy your cool stuff 🙂

P.S.  George, I want you to get the estate sale for this house:50 Wendell Rd, Newton MA


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