We've been to a lot of neat estate sales over the years, but never one where there was an old schoolhouse in their back yard. Do you see that iron crib in the foreground? I would have loved to have brought that home, but it wasn't in the budget and I wouldn't have a place for it if it was.
They also had the ends from half a dozen wooden cribs for a dollar each. Those would have made great props for photographing baby quilts, but I didn't think there was room in the SUV. (And after Hubby's purchase, there wasn't!)
They had a wishing well planter. When I was growing up, Mom had one of these in her kitchen and I thought it was the ugliest thing ever. We'd see them at every antique store and flea market, with high prices. I didn't even notice this one until Leif dragged me over to show me the neat wishing well. (Mom, you can leave yours to him instead of me -- he loved the thing!)
My father's mother had grapes like these in the middle of her kitchen table. What is it about those things that makes you need to click the glass balls together?
I resisted the temptation of the old schoolbooks, since I've already got a decent stash to use in craft projects.
What I don't have is a picture of the writing desk that Hubby bought. It has a fold down writing surface. And pigeonholes! I've always wanted a desk with pigeonholes. According to the seller, it's the original teacher's desk from the old schoolhouse. Which makes me wonder -- if you had the desk and the schoolhouse, wouldn't you keep the desk in the schoolhouse? I sure would!
I should have taken pictures of it standing in the barn instead of upside down and sideways in the back of the SUV, but buying it was a sudden decision ("Will you take $50 if we measure and it fits?) and I didn't get a chance.
Just look at those pigeon holes!
This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Thriftasaurus, Share Your Cup, Ivy and Elephants, We Call it Olde, Savvy Southern Style, Thrifter Maker Fixer.