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On-line estate sales can be addictive, fun and lucrative if you are into vintage stuff! Because of them, my garage and workshop filled up to the point where I needed an intervention! This intervention came in the form of Autumn and the approach of Winter. And my promise to Mr. Nice that he would be able to park in the garage before snow came. BTW, I’ve already cleared his half of the garage. I am still checking the estate sales …. but with caution and control.

The main company I follow is It originated out of Kingston, Ontario but operates all over Ontario and the north east United States.

Back in October, I checked out an auction taking place in Toronto. A few items caught my eye. But knowing I already had numerous pieces to work on, I just put in low bids and waited to see what happened. Well, NOTHING happened. As in, no one bid or if they did, my measly bid won!


Wait until you see what I got for $35.

$13.50 got me these 2 vintage side tables.
They weighed a ton and I had to solicit the aid of a nice gentlemen in return for helping him with his haul!

I think these two have potential!
AND I’m open to suggestions!




For the grand total of $10, I also scored the matching coffee table.



Nice wood. Beveled glass. Perhaps a dark stain and painted pillars?


I think this may have a spot in my living room!
Right now everything in my loving room is so square and rectangular… a circular table could be nice!


The next item, I had been looking for.
A friend of mine wants me to make her a Tufted Bench for her front entrance.
Not only did I score the perfect table / bench,
I got TWO step side tables
Drum roll please!




TWO of these little lovelies.



Now there are bargains and there are near freebies!

I got the following THREE items for


MaxSold often combines items and oft times you just don’t want the other items.
OR in my case end up with NO ROOM!

I loved this mid-century side table! It had seen better days but for 50  cents, could I go wrong?


Look at her! she is gorgeous!


Tongue and groove construction


Okay not perfect!

She was grouped with these two side tables


I liked this solid wood night stand.


But did not want this one.

When you win an auction, you MUST remove ALL the items at the allotted time or you are charged for disposal.

Sadly, my surprisingly spacious Rav4 just did not have any room left!

Sadly, my surprisingly spacious Rav4 just did not have any room left!

However, John, the nice man who helped me had a trailer and he took the last two items.
John owns a wonderful thrift / antique shop in a lovely historical town of Shelburne, a ninety minute drive north of Toronto.
I plan to visit to Yesterday’s Home Furnishings soon. Based on his website he has some great finds!

How’s that for $35 and a Sunday morning drive across the city?

Share your great finds and stay tuned to see how the bench and the 2 drawer side table turn out!


  24 Responses to “Could I be an Estate Sale Addict?”

  1. What fabulous finds! I am so glad we do not have a site like this one or I would stay broke and live in a house packed to the ceiling! Oh, wait, I already do! A garage is for cars?

  2. I am so jealous. I have been looking for furniture I can fix up for my son’s new place and haven’t found anything. I live in a small town and finds are far and between.

  3. Oooh love the little midcentury side table!! So cute! I too would probably find it hard to pass up pieces like this and would cart them home (packed to the gills in my car of course!!) to give them a little TLC. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow, you got some loot, good job!

  5. Hi Joan! Yep, I love estate sales and auctions too though I rarely find bargains like you got. Great finds and I am happy to be following your blog now.

  6. I don’t even allow myself to go anymore. I have gotten almost everything I have been hoarding for the last year painted and I just can’t let myself bring anything else back in the house. It would make me too sad to pass something up so I don’t even look.

    But I had a tremendous amount of fun looking at what you scored! Can’t beat those prices.

  7. You cleaned up!! Nice scores!

  8. You got some really good deals. I wish I had a good estate sale company like that around me, the only one here is very high priced. Everything is priced at retail every time ๐Ÿ™ Yay for you though! Your car loaded down like that cracked me up. -Dawn @ We Call It

    • Yes, we too have other sites that sell closer to retail. I have snapped up some real bargains but on the other hand, I sometimes feel a bit of sympathy for the sellers. They are not getting the value I believe they hoped for. Regardless, it’s fun and I’ve met some other nice bidders.

  9. Oh yes – I have a Rav4 as well and it has seen its share of stuff loaded everywhere! The garage is now half available for my little Rav4 but the upstairs craft room is now loaded to the gills! Hah! You are a woman after my own heart. Enjoy your finds, and maybe some day MaxSold will head to Texas. That would mean real trouble for me and my car ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I agree with Donna above… I too am glad we don’t have a site like that. If we do, I dont want to know… I’d be in more trouble that I already am! Truly great deals you got!!

  11. Love all your finds and I can relate to hauling home the treasures I have done that 25 years and now trying to sell it all LOL decluttering I am

  12. Oh wow, they are all fabulous. I love them, so pretty. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me and I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  13. Such great scores. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  14. Holy Haul! Wow! You’ve got some amazing pieces to work on now. You are one of the fan favorites from the Make it Pretty Monday party and will be in the spotlight tomorrow at the Sunday Showcase. Pop on in tomorrow to see your feature. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash on Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. You win! I think you’ve done WELL!! Best wishes, Linda

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