Art Journaling, DIY and crafts, Thrifting
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Art Supplies from Estate Sales.



Oftentimes I will get books from sales to draw in or print on the pages. I like to use old books or their pages in my journals or as a sketchbook.

The giant,out of date ‘Britannica Atlas’ is going to be a big art journal. The map pages have such beautiful colours and even the print pages are great, full of columns of text.

The blue book is a ’20th Century Typewriting Complete Course’ which I may use as a sketchbook or I might use the individual pages to print on or draw on and add to my art journal. The previous owner has added lots of their own notes to the pages, so that is pretty cool.

I don’t often see specific supplies at yard or estate sales, so I was very pleased to spot the canvases and the masonite board at an estate sale less than a mile from my house.  I have to say that I have no clue what to do with masonite, but I heard Ali Cavanagh talk about it on her podcast with The Jealous Curator and I wanted to have a go, so when I saw a $2.00 masonite canvas at the sale, I snatched it up. I can’t wait to play with it!

The white dinner plates will be ideal to use as paint palettes and cost $1.oo for all three. They are the perfect size for sloshing paints about!

I found the nib pen in a box of all kinds of office supplies in among staples and push pins.  I was drawn to it’s beautiful handle shape which is lovely to hold and draw with.


It is great to give new life to old pieces I think and I can’t wait to get my paints in this atlas!

I will be sure to write a post and take some photos when I start to use these ‘supplies’.

Do you like a sale?  What draws you in?

Happy Wednesday x


  1. I don’t think we have such things here in England…occasionally you see a garage sale but I don’t think it’s the same, enjoy your treasure it looks fab!

    • That is true, I don’t think I ever saw an estate sale in England, they are sales inside someone’s house. A bit odd when you think about it, wandering around someones house picking things up to buy! Similar to a garage sale or yard sale. I used to love a jumble sale, they don’t have those there.

  2. Those are some wonderful finds, and exactly the kind of things I would look for at an estate sale. You’re right about not often finding typical art supplies at estate sales. But, I do like finding those things that wouldn’t be typical anyway! Thanks for sharing your scores!

    • I am so pleased I am not the only one. I picked up some vintage National Geographic’s this weekend and the woman thought I was a bit mad when she asked what I would do with them and I told her I would chop them up for collage!

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