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a field trip

estate sale finds.jpg
We took a peek into the local estate sale and while I was looking to fall in love with a shelf,  I came home with these treasures instead.

vintage paper dolls.jpgThese paper dolls are about 8 inches (20 cm) tall and have a thick cardboard backing, very sturdy. Great baby name ideas, by the way.

vintage valentines.jpgWho can pass up vintage Valentine’s, especially one with a devil (I mean Imp) on it?

large vintage paper dolls.jpgThese large paper dolls are 17 inches (46 cm) tall and very flimsy. They have a equally flimsy cardboard prop-‘er-upper piece on the back, I’m going to have to do some repair work to get them to actually stand up. Once again, love the names.

bird needlework.jpgThis was an impulse buy, I walked by and snatched it up without thinking twice. I’m awfully thankful I did, it looks great in the kitchen.

vintage birds.jpgA few little birdies, after minor repairs have joined the Easter parade.

needlework on burlap.jpgAre these letters- V’s or unfinished A’s? Anyone got a clue? I don’t have any V’s or A’s in my troop, but I couldn’t help myself anyway. There are other uses, such as making them into pillows and confusing visitors or a close up picture for your blog header or both.

pedestal dishes.jpgAw… I’m such a sucker for pedestal dishes and bright colors.

Christmas paper train.jpgThe kids had a good time puzzling out the bag of paper Christmas train pieces with lots of ‘put tab A into tab B’ instructions.

vintage paper train.jpgLove the illustrations.


  1. Time To Be Inspired

    April 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Just the sort of fun “stuff” I would be attracted to!

  2. communicationsfactory

    April 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Those are way more fun than shelves… what a great haul. That’s the fun of such sales, you never know what you’ll come home with (that’s my excuse anyway).

    1. noelleodesigns

      April 4, 2012 at 4:10 am

      I guess I’ll have to just keep on shopping for shelves too. 😉

  3. heavenlyimaginings

    April 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    My goodness am drooling over some of those finds and thinking those paper dolls and such would make great scrapbooking embellishments. Sounds to me like you got an awesome haul

  4. enchantedhue

    April 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

    What great finds! I remember those paper dolls from when I was little – didn’t care about them in the least back then, but now I think they are absolutely charming!

    1. noelleodesigns

      April 4, 2012 at 4:09 am

      I know, I wonder back on toys and books from my childhood- even my first snowboard (20 years ago) and wish I’d been a better hoarder of those keepsakes. I’m even embarrassed to say I’ve given many clothes I made to the Goodwill in years past and really regret that too!

  5. Jamie Lee S.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I love those paper dolls. What a great find. You’ve got me inspired and excited for garage sale season to start!

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