Monday, May 9, 2011

Quirky house means great finds!

I forgot to show you all of my weekend finds! I went to an estate sale in Houston at a house that reminded me of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. It was a crazy old Victorian-style mansion in the middle of a normal looking neighborhood. The guy running the sale told me the owner suffered from severe manic depression and just kept building and building. The back addition to the house was never finished, it was just bare bones wood. There was a really nice staircase made of iron and wood back there, but they really had nowhere to go! I wish I had thought to take pictures of the inside of the place, but you know how it is when you get excited about an estate sale. All common sense flies out the window (or front door in this case). I did however take screenshots of the house off of Google maps streetview. Look at this amazing quirky home.

Love the ivy, turrets, and all the little windows! And look at the roof deck smack in the middle. Crazy isn't it? In the house itself, they were selling wonderful antique furniture, beautiful English China, old medical and history books, just about everything you can imagine. The owner was definitely a collector! Unfortunately, there were no deals to be had at this sale. I guess they're going to hold several estate sales over the next few months so there were no discounts this weekend, but I shall be returning in June and I will DEFINITELY take pictures to share with you all. Now on to the items I bought!

A 60's anatomy lab workbook. Look at the cool, sort of creepy, anatomy pictures in side. With handwritten notes and all!

A beautiful wood headboard with a little copper detail on each end.

And for me, I bought these 70's beige and black patent shoes. They have ribbon instead of laces to tie them up. So cute!

I can't wait to wear them. They just might go perfectly with the vintage dress I bought a few weeks ago. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of equally great finds!

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  1. What a fascinating old house. I love estate sales and would love this one for sure. have fun with it!

  2. I love going to estate sales just to look at the houses. When else would we get an invitation inside!?

  3. What a great house, I just love estate sales!

  4. The house is beautiful!!! But also made me think of a Willy Wonka home or something with all the different shapes! I am happy to be your newest follower through paisley passions! I hope you will stop by and visit!



  5. Your are going to look so cute in your shoes! I love the ribbon ties.
    This house is wild but charming too!
    Thanks for linking to THT.

  6. One of my favorite pastimes is touring and looking at old houses. Second is a great estate sale at an old house.......thanks for the tour.

    The French Hutch

  7. Wow, what an interesting place. You're right, it's a mini Winchester Mystery House. Love all your finds too.
    Thanks for visiting me before blogger lost my post in cyberspace:(

  8. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take pictures of the inside when you go back! I used to drive by it every day when I went to TMSL and always wondered what the inside looked like. Oh, Houston, I miss you. :)

  9. Wow, what a great place!!! I would love to see more pics. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mame - You've seen this house?!?! What a small world! Of course I will go back and take pictures of the inside. I didn't even know houses like this existed in Houston. Can't wait for you to see what it looks like, I think you'll fall in love...and also go cross-eyed!