Morgan’s Estate Sale Shop-athon!

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By Morgan McVeagh

Over the past year, I’ve spent nearly every Saturday morning waking up to the sound of my mom’s voice. “You have 15 minutes”, my mom warns, “it’s time for estate sales.” This weekend was no different. 7:30 came, and like clockwork, my parents were at the front door. Our plan was mapped out and off we were to 5 of our favorite Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

Read more about this weekend’s adventure.


Our first stop was an old row house in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville where I found a set of 4 vintage Pittsburgh Pirates patches ($3). I’m kind of a fair weather fan, so as soon as our baseball team starts playing well, I’ll probably sew one of these patches on to a jean jacket or a pair of pants.

The next stop was just up the street in Friendship. This sale was a bit too modern for my taste, but I’ve found that this type of sale can be a great source for the essentials: cassette tapes, kitchen items, and gardening supplies are all available at great prices. I picked up two flower pots for 2 bucks and the leather business purse below for $1.

Next up were the two best sales of the day. Lucky for us they were both located within walking distance of our house!


Definitely my absolute favorite finds to date, these vintage rompers were hidden under a giant pile of linens. It definitely pays to dig through the unknown. The blue patterned romper is in mint condition, and the floral romper is just incredibly unique. Unfortunately it’s going to take a bit of altering for these beauties to fit, but I can definitely see myself lounging in a pool, sipping cherry soda Lolita-style by the end of summer. And at $2 each, there is no way I could pass them up!

The faux fur collar ($2) is just the touch I needed to make warm weather outfits uniquely mine. I have been known to wear extremely warm layers in the middle of summer, so this piece will definitely get some use before it gets cold again.


I nearly passed up these amazing gypsy paintings for just 4 dollars! My boyfriend was kind enough to go back for them when I realized what I was missing out on. They don’t exactly match my interior design aesthetic, but the young girl’s style will definitely inspire me to pair a poofy blouse with a denim vest at least once this spring!

My style tends to border on antique, so every once in a while I try to pick up a more modern piece. Originally priced at $15, I decided to walk away from this ceramic umbrella holder. After a few hours I decided to head back to the sale for half off (Tip: Estate sales sometimes go 1/2 off after 1:00). Luckily it was still there, and I’m glad it was, because it fits perfectly on my 60s-themed porch!

We dropped my dad off and snuck in two more stops. I picked up the lovely hatbox above (which I plan to use as a purse) and red kisslock purse. After a hard days work, my mom treated my boyfriend and I to brunch. All in all, I’d say this trip was definitely a success!

8 Responses to Morgan’s Estate Sale Shop-athon!

  1. Maggie 05/26/2009 at 6:21 am #

    Great post, Morgan! Looks like you found some really great stuff.

  2. Dan 05/26/2009 at 6:48 am #

    Looks like you got some sweet finds!

  3. Lindsay 05/26/2009 at 6:52 am #

    Ahh, i really need to start going to estate sales. those rompers are perfect!

  4. cassandra 05/26/2009 at 7:42 am #

    how do you find estate sales???

  5. Susan 05/26/2009 at 10:18 am #

    LOVE those rompers. What a great find!

  6. EmilyKennedy 05/26/2009 at 11:26 am #

    Hey Morgan,

    Only two pictures are showing. I want to see the gypsy girl, the umbrella holder, and the hatbox, but I don’t see them.

    Your finds all sound awesome!

  7. Silvana 05/26/2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Are estate sales the same as garage sales?

  8. Morgan 05/27/2009 at 9:40 am #

    Thanks everyone!

    @ Cassandra – check your local Pennysaver or the classifieds in your local newspaper! Estate sales are usually published toward the end of the work week.

    @ Silvana – Garage sales are typically just a few items that someone wants to get rid of. Estate sales include all of the contents of a person’s estate – the items a person has accumulated over their life. This includes all of their clothing, art, furniture, and decor.

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