Antiques Treasure Trove Found At Leisure World Rummage Sale

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From Rummage to Room

From Rummage to Room.

Shh…don’t tell anybody, but, I just discovered the most wonderful antiquing place in the world…Leisure World! Yep. My wonderful Auntie Mim (or, as I call her, “Mimmie-Mouse”), emailed me the other day to let me in on the insider’s sneak preview of her Leisure World community’s bi-yearly bizarre. She had mentioned this event some months before, but it had slipped my mind. “Oh, goodie!” I exclaimed to myself (yeah, hmm…have I mentioned I’m a total decor nerd?).

So, that following Thursday, I trucked it over to Seal Beach and braced myself for what I hoped would be an amazing treasure trove of authentic early and mid-century furniture, accessories, glassware, etc. Sure enough, as I rolled up to park, I spotted in the distance towers of antique China cabinets, rows of neatly organized upholstered chairs, and a walkway lined with vintage dressers waiting like cattle to be wrestled into pick-ups to be taken home.

The “OMGoodness”-factor? The prices! I was in decor heaven as I spied the more than reasonable hand-printed dollar amounts, tagged with blue painters tape onto each piece as a true blue, down home rummage sale should do.

The day before the giant rummage sale!

The day before the giant rummage sale!

What are you waiting for? Strap on your comfy, virtual walking sneakers and come along with me as I lead you though some of the gems I found, thanks to Mim! As you can see in the image above, I did end up buying the mid-century modern end table for $12 and a vintage washboard to don the wall of my newly redone laundry room for an outrageous .50. Needless to say, on this day, all was right in the (Leisure) world.

1948 China cabinet

1948 China cabinet.

China cabinet info. stamped on its back

China cabinet info. stamped on its back.

$70 1948 China cabinet

$70 1948 China cabinet.

Antique China cabinet key knob detail

Antique China cabinet key knob detail.

Vintage side tables. Any guess as to what decade?

Vintage side tables. Any guess as to what decade?

Mid century dresser

Mid century dresser.

All kinds of amazing glassware

All kinds of amazing glassware…love the $10 cake stand.

Assortment of chairs

Assortment of chairs. Can you imagine them refurbished?

Antique high boy

Antique high boy.

Antique high boy hardware

Antique high boy hardware.

Decoupage?

Decoupage?

Fold down desk and dresser

Fold down desk and dresser…imagine this in a beautiful milk paint…!

$2 retro coffee pot

$2 retro coffee pot-great kitchen decor.

Vintage Keystone Electric Eye movie camera. Guess how much?

Vintage Keystone Electric Eye movie camera. Guess how much?

Vintage Keystone Electric Eye movie camera case…and yes, for just $10 bucks!

Vintage Keystone Electric Eye movie camera case…and yes, for just $10 bucks! I’m still kicking myself for not snagging this gem.

Green cabinet on casters…and the price?

Green cabinet on casters…and the price?

$75 smackers!

$75 smackers!

My Aunt Mim

My Aunt Mim and hostess.

Hard to find round and oval picture frames

Hard to find round and oval picture frames.

Lamps galore

Lamps galore.

$30 antique desk

$30 antique desk.

Antique desk hardware

Antique desk hardware.

Globe and tall stand

Globe and tall stand.

$25 red milk can

$25 red milk can.

If you’d like some information on identifying antiques, check out ebay’s guide for a quick reference.

Which one of these items would you like to purchase and refurbish? Tell us below!

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, brand ambassador, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.

  • http://www.porch.com Asha Sharma

    A bunch of great finds in this entry. Thanks for sharing! I’m particularly a fan of the tall stand on that globe.