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!
Wow! what an amazing sale, love the Old Paris Vases. We never have this kind down here, it was nice seeing your mom.
So did your mother buy her mangle Terri - you left it dangling!
I once had an Elnapress and it was fabulous, I ironed everything in sight...
what a darling post... with your mom... nothing better! xx
Hello T, this was a lovely walk through with you..I would definitely have added some of those marriage vases to my basket-love the large white one to the back, and the white with gold pair- pairs in good condition is rare to find....
have a lovely weekend
I would have bought those cake molds immdly, they would mach in my collection perfectly!
You and mother had a great day together again!
Looked like a great estate sale and I love that religious statue but to rich for my blood too. I had no idea what an ironrite mangle was, sounds interesting and convenient. Thanks for sharing your day!
Wow, they really had some beautiful things. I love the Christmas decorations, and I spy some really nice art. But my favorite thing is the "mangler". I've never heard of one, but it does sound like a great way to iron sheets. Did your mom get this one? Kat
I want the green leather wingback chair!!!
looks like "our" kind of sale ...
I've GOT to quit spending ..... geesh!
awesome post, Terri. Loved those religious icons. They are my faves, too. I've never heard of an Ironrite, but it's soooo interesting. Yes, you need to post a photo of 'Mom' using one!
have a fun weekend! Donna
looks like quite the estate sale and I have to agree that some of the prices were a tad high. Your mom is so cute with her mangle! :)
More is More! Sometimes you just have to go for it.
the BIGGEST treasure at that sale that day, was your mom. Tell me you all took that Ironrite home? I have never heard of one of those so it would be fascinating to see more. My mom use to love (& I mean love) to iron. Never quite caught that gene. What a very fun day Terri. The Christmas ornaments would of been in my car trunk!
Happy Saturday lovely. xo xo
that table full of OLD PARIS just made me gasp.
and the opaline glass & Bristol vases also made me giddy. i wish i was at this one. even if just for the fun of looking.
OMG!!! this sale is so fabulous,i love the silver vintage dress...so much to look at!
Did you get anything fabulous for yourself?
Would you believe that I have never been to an estate sale?? My sister goes to them (in Atlanta) a lot, but I don't even know where to find them in the Bay Area . . . craigslist? Seems like you can have amazing deals, though this one you went to seems kinda pricey--$8 for a mason jar? Geez!
I've seen those knee ironing things but had no idea what they were called. Ironing while sitting? I would like that.
Oh my gosh, I would have had so much fun there!! Oh the treasures I would find. Next time, take me with!! ;-)
Happy Sunday Dear! xo
How fun, plus I just learned something, as I never have heard of one of these ironing contraptions before!xx
this is so cool... one of those great things of living in california... have a great sunday!
Loving all the photos from the sale and wish I had been there with you! Don't they sell those types of irons at Frontgate for thousands of dollars?! I need to see pix of your mum working that machine!
Thanks for stopping by. I just added you to my blog roll!
Don't ever knock a mangle iron Terri, I would be lost without my Elna heated mangle iron. ALL my sheets and all the t-shirts in the house go through that faster than an other way I know of getting perfectly pressed linen. I LOVE that machine - your mom and I are sister spirits!
oh la la....the beaded dress....
wow, I haven't known what it was- thanks for sharing :)
OK, now I want a mangle iron, and a little while ago I didn't even know what is was!!
what a great, fun estate sale, Terri!! I was doing the rummage sales and garage sales this side of the bay...:) but found none of the amazing religious art and artifacts you saw..love those too..
have a great week!
Hi! Your mom is darling - how lucky you are to have her as your shopping companion!
Call me soon, would love to have you show me around some of your haunts in the Bay Area...
You just brought back more wonderful memories. My mom loved her mangle and she would let me sit on her lap and hold the tablecloths and sheets as she fed them through the mangle. I was only about three years old but I remember it well.
Looks like you and your mom had a great time.
Hope all is well.
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