My best friend and I hit a few estate sales today.
This was the most amazing and priciest thing we saw. The tag reads, $3,750.
My mom was in heaven, literally, as the house was full of religious items. The owner's sister was a nun.
I usually don't buy too much at these sales as they are a little too rich for my blood...
but I can't resist the challenge to find the rare bargain!
I was really tempted by this fabulous vintage parasol in perfect condition but I managed to leave it behind.
The bargains are usually hiding in the basement, garage and backyard.
Unfortunately they were still too pricey.
Have you ever seen a vintage Christmas tree stand like this one?
As we approached the backyard I heard my mom squeal with delight as she came upon her very favorite thing in the world!
An Ironrite Mangle.
Does anyone besides me know what that is?
It's an ironing machine with a big roller that you work with your knees. We had one growing up and I have many fond memories watching my mom sitting behind it happily ironing away.
She's gone through many an Ironrite over the years and still uses it today. In fact, I found out a couple of years ago when hers broke, that she can't live without it as she went into a depression until we found her a replacement! Whenever she sees one she wants to buy it and save it for the day when she's worn out her current one and needs to replace it again. She's had 3 and wanted to make this her 4th! Today was a first for us as we have never seen one housed in a wooden cabinet. They usually are very utilitarian looking. One of these days I'll take a picture of her working her mangle... it's pretty impressive! You should see how beautifully she irons the purifiers (altar cloths) for her beloved church!