I don’t know why, but autumn always makes me crave chamomile tea and ginger cookies. It must be something about the warmth of the mug and the bite of the candied ginger, but it’s what I reach for each autumn when I come in from the cold after raking leaves or after a crisp morning spent at a particularly good estate sale – like the one we went to this past Sunday. We caught it on the last day (when everything was marked half off) and my husband scored some fabulous vintage National Geographic magazines from the 1960s, including the much coveted December 1969 – Apollo 11 issue …
for a dollar each!
How cool is that? In addition to the articles and photographs, we’re also enjoying the vintage advertisements. The following examples are all from the July 1960 issue focusing on Hawaii “Our 50th State” and NASA’s goal to launch a man into preorbital space via Project Mercury (with much interesting commentary regarding NASA’s late entry to the post-Sputnik era space race with the Soviets).
Aren’t these interesting? Although I grew up going to garage and sample sales with my mom, I had never been to an estate sale until a dear friend invited me to one on Chicago’s North Shore over ten years ago. I was instantly hooked and have been on the prowl ever since. Within the last several years, my husband started joining me and now he’s hooked as well. We love the thrill of the hunt, the unique wares and the incredible bargains. Since much of what’s sold today as “new” is of such poor quality (seemingly designed to be disposable), we’d rather buy vintage. I’ve found bargains on everything from stainless steel mixing bowls to furniture, garden tools to live houseplants, studio pottery to Persian rugs. And somehow, I always manage to get my treasures home in our little Jetta. As is often the case, there’s always one item that got away; this past weekend, it was a nicely framed piece of paper-cut art – priced less than fifteen dollars.
I’m curious, do you like estate sales? I’d love it if you’d tell me about your best find (as well as the one item that got away) in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading.