Estate Sale Update

10 Sep

This 12-piece lawn bowling set and the concrete planter sold at the booth this weekend! I will miss that bowling set; it was a true find but I never did find a way to really make it look awesome in my last house. Hopefully someone is thrilled as could be to have found such a cute, chippy little bowling set and will enjoy the heck out of it. I mean, what is more retro than bowling? And I hauled that planter out of an estate sale where they had so many planters that they were practically giving this particular one away. I see them a lot but not at the price of this one; only because the homeowner had so many was it priced so low.

This Saturday, I hit a weird estate sale in Clarksville. The hours were from 7-2:00 p.m., and it was Saturday only. But the pictures showed vintage McCoy and kitchenware…I figured that if I got a couple of pieces of what was pictured at a decent price, it would be worth it. But I got all that and more, even arriving at 7:20 or so. The rain and the remote location thankfully kept most of the usual estate sale crowd away, because this was the most epic estate sale I had ever been to, even though I got soaked and almost lost my car in the mud. I spent way more than my usual, but the picking was so great that I really could not resist. Tons of McCoy and USA pottery, mid-century kitchenware, two wall shelves, a framed panoramic photo from the 1920’s, 2 napkin holders and linens. And this guy (below)…isn’t he cute? So, definitely enough stuff to update and re-work my booth this week.  It was a weird sale because there was enough stuff for two days, easily, but the hours were compressed and the person running the sale was willing to give me deals on everything even though I was there very early.  Most estate sale companies don’t discount on the first day, or offer a first-day discount code for email list subscribers. I was buying a lot, and decent stuff, and I was friendly and polite, but it was unusual to be given a discount for my courtesy at that stage of an estate sale. Also, I will say…all of my best picks have been in Clarksville. I think that Nashville people get so much good stuff locally that they are reluctant to travel, because I never see the usual crowd at the Clarksville sales. If this sale had been in Franklin, it would have been mobbed and picked out before I had a chance at it. As it is, the Dread Scary Basement is now once again full of treasures, awaiting booth time. And spiders. Lots and lots of spiders. xoxo–Lauren T.

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2 Responses to “Estate Sale Update”

  1. rae September 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    aw man, i wanted to go to that sale but I worked saturday morning. i find the same thing at any sale that is ever a little bit far from town. i’m totally willing to drive 30 minutes or more to a sale!

    • apronstringsvintage September 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Rae, sorry you missed it but honestly, by the time I left, cars were getting stuck in the mud and it was pretty dangerous getting in and out of there. I lucked out with a parking spot on the tiny bit of concrete driveway that they had, but the house was on a hill with winding, narrow, ungraded driveway up to it..not good! Did you go to the estate sale at the farmhouse in Franklin? That 1940’s wallpaper in the house was worth the trip!

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