June 26, 2014

Estate sale heaven and rehabbing vintage board games!

Last weekend, Chris and I attended two amazing estate sales. 
The kind that Magpie Ethel (Laurie) seems to find on a regular basis. 
 I promise to share the rest of my amazing stash in a later post. 
 A stack of vintage board games came home with me for .50 cents a game.
They were in the basement and covered in dust.  With a bit of cleaning and repair, they are like new again. Aren't the graphics wonderful?

Chris had commented that the colorful bingo box top reminded him of his mother who faithfully found bingo halls no matter where they traveled on vacation.  I decided that in her memory, I would do something special and so I color copied the bingo box top before adding it to a vintage picture frame.

My framed bingo art is now temporarily on my living room mantle.

Another board game is also framed and two of my favorite Magpie Ethel patriotic figurines are joining the party.

Eventually, my framed board games will end up on the wall in the downstairs of the cottage where there is a family room.

 The board games triggered the rest of the mantle being made over in time to celebrate the 4th of July.

With everything focused on rehabbing and moving into the cottage, I wasn't going to bother this year decorating the mantle, but I'm glad I did.

By the way, Chris and Josie will be spending the day at the cottage on Friday with the electrician.

I can't wait to visit with cleaning supplies in hand first thing Monday morning!

Happy "almost" weekend!
    

38 comments:

Lutka And Co. said...

What a great idea for a frame. And what fun decorating your cottage!

A Little Creation said...

You are going to have the coolest, funnest (yes, it's a word) cottage ever.
Chris =]

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The game boxes make beautiful pictures, love the BBQ scrabble tiles too! Can't wait to see that plastic Christmas tree!!! Happy Weekend Kim-have fun:@)

vivian said...

Oh I'm liking your mantle! I really have to make an effort to start hitting up some estate sales and yard sales to find me some good treasures!
have a delightful weekend my friend!
xoxo
vivian

Margaret said...

I love what you created with the bbq tiles! So bright and fun! I have never ever hit a sale like Magpie Ethel hits--ever. You are a lucky girl. I'm beginning to believe they don't exist on Long Island so my hunt for something good here and there is what I'm used to. I would truly collapse if I found even one sale as good as this! You are going to have a blast with all your fun finds and rehabbing and decorating! I'm so looking forward to those posts! Now go start your weekend and have some fun! Maggie

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

SO JEALOUS! I swear, I NEVER find estate sales around here. That's it. I'm moving!

Jodee said...

What a blast! I love, love, love the holiday items!

Hope you have a great weekend! T.G.I.F.

Jboo said...

You find the best treasures at your estate sales! Love the vintage games and the Bingo -- so right -- the graphics on those older games are outstanding! Have a fun weekend!

LBP said...

Wow! Looks like you hit the jackpot at that sale! I love the framed bingo box copy with the cards around it! You mantle looks great. I didn't do mine this year and regret it. Oh well..

Blessings

Linda

Jill said...

Fifty cents a game - what a steal!! They're great!!

Donna said...

What, what a great haul you found, Kim! You have such a knack for finding awesome treasures. I love the framed copy of the bingo box. You are going to have so much fun decorating your cottage!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kim,
OMG!! What a haul and what a super great idea for those board games!!! Love them!! And the mantle is fantastic!!

Thanks so much for all your visits and kind comments!! i am playing catch up again....the story of my life!!

Hugs,
Deb

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a neat Polyanna game...all of the games are so much fun! You're going to have such fun decorating your lake house! Happy weekend my friend! Hugs, Diane

Lynne said...

Perfectly wonderful estate sale "finds" . . .
Love the Bingo Parlor family story, the game, your capture!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Soon as I seen your headline, I got excited and couldn't wait to read your post!!! Such fun and happy pictures! I love your mantel!! And what a great idea to frame those vintage games...so fun and clever! Thanks for inspiration always!! :) Hope you have a great day and weekend!! xo Holly

Blessed Serendipity said...

Oh my gosh you hit the motherlode! I love all the wonderful goodies you've found! I am happy it was there for you to find. More cute stuff for the A-frame.

xo Danielle

Nellie said...

You find the very best things, Kim! I don't know how you search out all those good estate sales! xo Nellie

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Even with all you have going on it is nice to get the Fourth of July goodies out. Love the vintage game boards..the new ones pale in comparison!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a great sale...the board games are amazing, such great graphics. You really found a super stash. Have a great weekend!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Now that's a fab estate sale. Love the bingo game display and the story of your MIL that goes with it. Have fun at your cottage!

Debby said...

You sure find the goodies. I went back to see what your cottage was all about. How do I miss some of these posts. How exciting. We had a cottage and I miss it so much. It was so nice to get away. It was teeny tiny and we did the same about furnishing it with repurposed items. It was such a fun retreat. We had a great boat as well. Miss that too. Oh well, things change and you move on. Thanks for all the good wishes. HUGS

Laura Adams said...

Hi Kim!
I love your finds! Those graphics are amazing! The mantle looks great as always! I also love that little plate with the boy on the horse it is adorable!

Pam Kessler said...

You hid a "Magpie sale"! I tell you, she's making me want to move to Oregon. I'm sure your cleaning day at the cabin will be the best cleaning day ever. Enjoy!

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