Monday, February 23, 2009

ESTATE SALE or BUST

GORGEOUS LIMOGE PLATE
Now...don't you just hate it when you make all these grandiose plans for a day out of Estate Sale, Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Second Hand Shoppe shopping and it pretty much GOES BUST? Even though my Saturday excursion wasn't a total disaster, it certainly WASN'T the event I had hoped it would be. I was really wanting to purchase some small pieces of furniture! Anyway, this furthers my belief that sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose! More and more I believe it's the SALES you stumble upon while out doing something else, and NOT the ones you plan on visiting, that bring the most excitement!

Don't get me wrong, I did return home after five long hours of driving and shopping with some wonderful old finds. I just wanted more...I always want more! The prices at two of the Estate Sales were rediculously high and I left both places with only a handful of precious vintage linens. The local resale shops proved to be the best place to uncover hidden treasures this week!

To be honest with you, it is never upsetting to me when a sale is hosted by a family and the prices appear to be a bit higher than expected. Most generally they are trying desperately to settle the estate of a loved one who has passed away and cannot afford the services of a professional team...or the percentage of sales they require for hosting the sale. Still, it is discouraging to see prices set that are higher than those in Antique Stores. That makes it impossible for those of us in the decorative business to profit on a given item! So, it seems best to visit those sales on Sunday afternoon to see what's left and offered at half price...

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PLATE
I did manage to pick a few charming old finds though...the last stop salvaged the entire day! I found two sweet rose plates...my favorite being the one that says "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread". Even though it's faded, it was a must have. The second one is a hand painted beauty...my favorite, Limoge. I also dragged home a delightfully sweet metal Milk Jug w/lid, a fabulous crocheted coverlet ($10 bucks!) and two vintage wooden bread paddles for painting!

OLD SECURITY MILK JUG
VINTAGE BREAD PADDLES

All in all in was a wonderful day. Since I lovingly convinced my hubbs to join me on this particular outing (he doesn't always go!), we were able to lunch together at our favorite eatery in Norman, Oklahoma (go OU!)...
Promise to share more with you soon! Another HUGE SALE is coming up next weekend and I will certainly be there...
Blessings, Rebecca

9 comments:

English Cottage in Georgia said...

I am sorry that your "hunt bag" was emptier than expected after your "very much anticipated" excursion.
I have been reading all your posts but unable to leave comments with my Mac computer. I now have my gateway back and non posted comments which I remember.
I am so glad that you came out of the storms, and sorry for the losses within your state.
Your new room is beautiful. Your handyman husband and your creativity make for an impressive and inspiring team.
Your blog is such a joy to visit.
Lucy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I do love a good day of shopping estate sales but, you're right, it's often the unplanned sales where one finds the best bargains! Still, I agree, all too often the prices are higher than antique shops.

thecozyloft said...

What beautiful pieces Rebecca! I am certain it would be so much fun to estate sale shop with you!! I love your finds, too. The plates are so precious and I am absolutely positive that you will create some lovely artwork on the paddles and milk jug. Just beautiful - I am so happy I met you!
Rhonda

Tanza said...

Ooohhh my sweet ~r~,
You did soo well.. Wonderful little pieces.. I know you had a wonderful day with Mr.AGP.. You'll find bigger and better furniture soon..Something more fit for you, and better priced too.. I can feel it !!!! You have a wonderful, blessed, creative day my sweet friend.. I Love and adore you !!! To the moon ~tea~xo

Lee Laurie said...

I agree with you...sometimes my best 'finds' are when I'm not expecting them. Sometimes when I'm really excited about finding great deals...I don't find much of anything! Oh well...the hunt is so much fun to me! I love your new room...so beautiful! I love your hutch too.

TheMuffinMan said...

Go OU.... GO OU!??!??! Oh my I hope Dad doesn't read this... He would keel over...

GO HUSKERS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Whoops! Forgive the transgression! I FORGOT momentarily your FAW-THER is a born and bread NEBRASKA FAN! xo

Gossamer Creations said...

Even though your day was not what you had planned you got some very nice things. Treasure hunting is so much fun. Good luck next weekend.
~Sue~

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Oh, I can relate to you on this one. But with patience, I'm sure something is out there with your name on it. You did after all find some nice things.

I want to ask you is there anyway you can have those pictures of your home enlarged? I can't seem to see it very well and I'm dying here to see a better view. Most of the time you can click on photos to have them larger than want is posted. From what I can see I just adore your home..

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