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A Few Estate Sale Finds

I did almost no estate sale shopping over the winter. I saw nothing in the ad photos that motivated me to leave my house in the early AM, which is when you have to get there to get the good stuff. 

But just when I began to wonder if I had completely lost my estate sale mojo, the lure of interesting things and green/local shopping (not to mention free house tours) lured me back in, and the entryway got a new lamp courtesy of an estate sale last month.

I have a hard time finding lamps I like, but painted ceramic lamps like this one have caught my eye a time or two, so now I’m on the lookout for them.

At the same sale I picked up this large vintage oil painting. I loved the colors, the subject, and the heavy wooden frame. Since I brought it home it’s bounced back and forth between our master bath and the half bath downstairs, both of which were badly in need of some color and artwork. I like it in both places so time will tell where it ends up.

Estate sales usually have at least a few books for sale (often more) and I always take the time to glance through them. For $2 I knew I’d regret leaving this one behind.

Community cookbooks like these are always good ones, and I figured the fine ladies of the 1980 Junior League of Savannah probably knew their way around a recipe. 

When I got it home I discovered that each chapter started with a little info on a different aspect of Savannah life, which means this cookbook, like so many, is just as good for reading as it is cooking from.

Fun fact: I noticed on the acknowledgements page that the chair and assistant chair for the cookbook were named Cisty and Mimi. Those are about the most Savannah Junior League names ever, don’t you think?

P.S. Our Savannah trip in pictures


  1. That cookbook was a great find! You are right about the community ones…..good reading. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Love those community cookbooks, Devra.

  2. You are so right about getting to estate sales wee early hours to even have a chance at the worthwhile stuff. Seems the dealers in our area (Dallas) scoop up the goods at first glance. I love your latest finds, especially the framed oil. Lovely!! Cookbooks, especially the Junior League are always a can’t miss (for me). Those ladies seem to always be good cooks.
    By the way, I LOVE your curvy bombe chest in your entry. It’s beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing your finds.

    1. Thanks for your nice comment, Wrenda. So agree with you about the Junior League ladies and their recipes.

  3. Julie ,
    I always love your posts! Your lamp is so beautiful , love the red motif .
    The oil painting is lovely . Your really have a knack for finding treasures !
    Enjoy the rest of your week !

  4. Julie,
    I love all of your finds. I too am always on the lookout for a lamp. I especially like little ones I can tuck into the corner of a bookshelf. That painting is awesome! Good find. Finally, it’s good to know someone else out there likes community cookbooks. Some of my best recipes have come from them. Plus, they are just fun to read!
    Have a great week! We are enjoying spectacular weather. Hope you are too.

    1. It’s going to be 80 and sunny today, Janet. A lovely day. I’ve also go my eye out for a small lamp like yours. Enjoy your day!

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