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Photography: Amelia Earhart Luggage at the Red Caboose Motel

by Jamie Sanford on December 21, 2015

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Will really likes trains, so I try and take him to as many interesting train things as I can. This trip was a surprise, and included the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, a train ride, and a stay in the Red Caboose Motel! All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

I took some photos of one of my top 5 estate sale purchases while we were gone – meet the Amelia Earhart carry-on bag.


Here is the door to our room, cabin #1!

I really appreciated that the wheel there matched one of my all-time favorite estate sale purchases, and one of the best deals ever.

Look at how shiny the zipper is, and the general amazingness of the condition of the faux leather. I found this bag in what is called a “digger” – a house FULL of stuff that makes you work to find treasures. I saw this color peeking out in a pile of bags, and once I realized it was still tagged and unused, I knew I wanted it.

I also paid $2 for this bag. It was crazy. I later found out that this series of luggage branded with her name was produced in the 50s and 60s for the Baltimore Luggage Company. This bag held everything we needed for an overnight stay. (Here’s one in green on Etsy.)

I have another estate sale find that I will feature soon on the blog.

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Instagram Roundup #125

by Jamie Sanford on August 28, 2015

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I posted this collage of 15 years of William and I on our meet-a-versary.


The most beautiful day! We have had some insane heat, so this was very welcome.

Flowers at DeKorte Park.

Another instafortune. I am getting more into photographing these with more context.

David is back, and we celebrated with estate sailing!

I am a sucker for an old camera. If this one had been more reasonably priced, I would have bought it. Look at the manual controls!

Saw these light switches in one of the houses we went to. They are really lovely.

It looks like there was definitely some sort of Photoshop back in the 70s.

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Instagram Roundup #80

by Jamie Sanford on March 12, 2014

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I chose this blurry selfie with Karla as the first pick for my foray into the 100 Happy Days project. I LOVE THIS idea. Every day for 100 days, I have to post about something that makes me happy. Similar to the concept of the gratitude list, a daily reminder to tell yourself that there are good things to focus on.

Day 3 was dinner, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and podcasting with David.

Throwback Thursday was all about Dad and his cutoffs at the Jersey shore.

Our new couch arrived! I was almost equally excited that someone took our old couch that had been put out for pickup before it was picked up. I hope it has a new home. Other than pilled fabric and the droopiness that comes from 7 years of use, there was really nothing wrong with it. I really like our new couch though, the cushions are so springy.

Will stayed home to wait for the couch delivery and so David and I went out to explore and shop at some local estate sales. My favorite house was the home of a 103-year-old woman who had some lovely things, like these well-used glittery pumps. I ended up taking home a beautiful vintage black leather bag.

This copper tile backsplash was in the same house.

The room in another house we went to had the best closet and some beautiful light.

Day 7 is the handwritten pancake recipe from Nan that hangs on the fridge. It came along with a flat griddle pan that was immediately purchased for us after a tinge of horror that we were trying to make pancakes in a frying pan.

I am excited for the next 93 days in this challenge!

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Instagram Roundup #36

by Jamie Sanford on April 19, 2013

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The reason for the delay this week was much busyness at work, paired with a surgery I had on Wednesday of this week. I went back to the surgeon’s office for another visit to confirm my procedure.

This magnet is positioned at my desk. When I posted it, I said that I needed to get more creative.

I cooked for the 3rd time in a 2-week span, which is unheard of! We had started hoarding cheese so I decided to make Nadia G’s mac and cheese. I changed the recipe a bit but that was the basis.

This is the finished product. The end result was sprinkling panko on the top and baking it. It was very delicious.

I watched the How to destroy angels Coachella set online. Not caring at all that I’m spoiling the show for myself.

My favorite estate sale purchase is a vintage jewelry box that reminded me so much of ones I played with when I was little, filled with costume jewelry. I don’t know where the ones I played with when I was little are, but this purchase made me remember that fondly.

Time again for the NY Tabletop Show at 41 Madison. I have many pictures of the Flatiron Building, as I tend to do, but I had to walk a slightly different path one day from the car, and I got a different view! Note also the beautiful spring blossoms.

I cut my week short with an appointment to have my little surgery on Wednesday. As always, my darling husband was with me to make me laugh and hold my hand. Luckily, the waiting for the surgery took way longer than the actual procedure.

Surgery is a cruel mistress that doesn’t let you wear makeup or contact lenses. So on the way home, I had to don my favorite geriatric sunglasses to cover my regular glasses. Hot mess.

Recovering now, feeling much better today. Regular posting will be back next week.

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Instagram Roundup #32

by Jamie Sanford on March 20, 2013

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Been browsing books about design and such while waiting at the printer at the office. Naturally I photographed the J.

I received this ring from my Nana at Christmastime. It came from a friend of hers’ mother, and she knew it was right up my alley. I haven’t figured out what the stone is yet.

Coming soon to the blog will be a giant image of all of my walk-by Flatiron Building photos. I must have at least 25? This is from last week.

I hadn’t been to an estate sale in YEARS (at least 10) before last week. Naturally I took sneaky photos, and here is one of them.

60s kitchen decor.

I photographed lots of old packaging with my phone.

Went to St. Patrick’s Day Thanksgiving on Saturday night. Lots of drinking, eating, and merriment.

I am really looking forward to the How To Destroy Angels show next month.

Fortune, as always.

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