11 Sep

I love how some estate sales are a window into another era.  The house I went to last Thursday in Franklin was built in 1906.  It seemed like nobody had actually lived there for some time and the family was finally clearing it out. At least I kind of hope so, because it would have been a little creepy to live in, although the kitchen wasn’t as bad as the rest of the house. It had very high–at least 12ft–ceilings and every room had a different wallpaper from the 1940s. I have seen pictures of houses with this wallpaper, but I’ve never spotted it “in the wild”.  When I was younger, wallpaper was okay. Remember wallpaper borders? I put up a few of those in a couple of places I lived in. I even stenciled a few. And then there was this anti-wallpaper backlash and everyone tore out their wallpaper and borders and declared it all hideous. Today, it seems like wallpaper is making a comeback and wallpapered “accent walls” are popular on Pinterest, although my friends aren’t hanging a lot of wallpaper.  Hanging wallpaper is not fun, by the way. Mother taught me how…I had Laura Ashley wallpaper in my childhood bedroom. It’s one of those things that it is worth it to hire someone to do, in my opinion. 

You can’t really tell how pretty this brown paper is, but it was lovely, even as torn and faded as it was.  That light fixture was also fabulous but it was about $300 and Family Tree estate sales doesn’t discount that much on the first day.  This house was incredibly run-down…I don’t know how you would even begin to renovate it because it had fallen in to pretty bad disrepair. Probably someone will buy it, scrape off the farmhouse and build a McMansion, Franklin-style. I really do not enjoy going to Franklin. I will pick Clarksville over Franklin, anyday.

Check this green paper in the dining room! I regret not getting close-up pictures so that you could see it better. The colors are so 1940’s.  The whole house was a time warp, in a way. It was something else! I got a two pieces of Pyrex, a white metal kitchen cart, a set of GlassBake nesting bowls, an oriental-style lamp from the 1950’s.  There were two Roseville vases that I considered, but one had a chip and the other was priced so high that a profit wasn’t going to work out for me, and it wasn’t a style or color that I prefer to collect. Speaking of Roseville, the Mister and I found three pieces of brown Pine Cone in Bell Buckle on Sunday, but all had been broken and re-glued (badly) and were still priced pretty high. Too bad!

Have a good Tuesday–xoxo, Lauren T



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