Estate Sale Update

1 Nov

Earlier this week, the Mister alerted me to a few Enid Collins bags that he had seen in an estate sale listing for today. Of course, I had to spend several days alternately plotting how I would HAVE to be first in line and trying to tell myself that it would be FINE if I didn’t get them (I assure myself that things will be fine all the time…but I rarely believe me.) So, I got to the sale super-extra early this morning…and was 10th in line. At 6:30 a.m. Totally my fault for stopping at Starbucks for a low-fat egg white wrap sandwich (which was not that great–go for the regular egg one with bacon. You’re welcome.). Still, I was pretty close and some ladies in line were fun to talk to, and I had my coffee, so it was a pleasant wait. You would think that standing in line for an hour and a half in the dark in 39 degree weather would not be a good time, but I had high hopes of new Enid Collins bags to keep me warm. Plus I was pleased that I had gotten a good parking spot. Parking at estate sales causes me stress. Older residential neighborhoods are not really set up to accomodate a huge estate sale crowd, and I worry that I could end up having to haul something like a concrete planter three blocks to my car. Not that that has ever happened. Twice.

Well, today was a lucky day. These two cuties were just waiting for me on a stack of purses in the attic and I got there first. The prices weren’t super cheap, but they were less than a third of Ebay prices.  The bird on the Money Tree bag is missing a gem where the bird’s eye is supposed to be but otherwise all gems are intact. The acrylic shelf that they are sitting on in the picture is another purchase–it’s kidney-shaped and will be great for display in the booth.

I had been coveting the Love bag on Ebay for some time but was unwilling to pay Ebay prices. It is SUPER cute in person and definitely one I am very excited to have in my collection.

Because I had been so focused on being anxious over getting these bags (and parking), I didn’t have a plan for the rest of the sale. There was a ton of stuff packed into the house and a lot of people were there. I was happy to see Rae from Say It Ain’t So and also some other dealers who also have booths at GasLamp Too. A lot of the prices at the sale were really high, especially on furniture so I ended up with some things that are a little random.

Like lamp shades and glasses caddies. And a weird pumpkin on a stick.

Also some cute salt and peppers. The glass caddies seem like an odd thing to buy, but I frequently find sets of glasses at estate sales and auctions with great 1950’s designs that would be adorable in a caddy, but there is no caddy to be found…so I pass them by. I also find expensive sets of glasses WITH the caddy pretty frequently–but there is rarely a profit margin for me on a complete set. I never used to find just the caddies but I have been on a roll with these lately…4 caddies just waiting for me to find sets of glasses to match with them. So, now I can start hunting up sets of glasses. I think that I have mentioned here before that I enjoy putting sets of things together, and eventually these will sell well in the booth.  I also tend to find lamps that I can’t pass up but never with a shade…so three lampshades was a definite score.

My dogs will not stop staring at me today! They are looking at me like this right now so I took their picture. They really want to sit in my lap. Guys, I’m blogging. Cut it out.

I also went to a sale in East Nashville, where I got a granny-square crocheted afgan and found Lisa and Bab from My Pretty Baby Cried She Was a Bird going through some pictures on the second level of the house.  I always feel like a super big dork when I spot another local vintage blogger and go up and introduce myself, but I can never resist. Also, to anyone who sees me at an estate sale? (Or pretty much anywhere between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.) I apologize in advance for the fact that I’m never wearing makeup, my hair is always in some kind of lopsided bun and I’m wearing yoga pants. I’m always trying to fit in the sale before my class at Pure Barre or going to a sale AFTER the class and so I’m sure I look like a candidate for What Not To Wear. I promise that I’m totally capable of looking like a grown-up human being, even if you only see the scruffy pre or post-workout version at Kroger or wherever.

More sales tomorrow and this weekend my kids are with their dad so the Mister and I will be out and about…I wonder if there are any auctions? Hmm…xoxo, LaurenT


6 Responses to “Estate Sale Update”

  1. rae November 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    im so glad you got the purses! i really wanted the jaws game but someone beat me too it! i went to that second sale too and bought a bunch of pictures and a vintage photo album! i’m going back to the acklen sale in just a little while to see what is left.
    and thank you again for bringing me that tray! i’m going to hang it in my living room today.

    • apronstringsvintage November 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      It was great to see you–hope you found some discount Dream Pets at the Acklen sale. We got there just as they were closing early on Sunday…timed that one wrong, I guess! Oh well, there’s always next week.

  2. Lisa November 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    It was neat to meetcha! And I think it was worth the trouble of getting there first/standing in line/etc for those freakin’ enids. SCORE! I went back to the Taylor sale on Sunday (the only thing I managed to get was a Talking Heads record, but still), and the furniture was gone! The Adrian Pearsall stuff. Magnificent, $1,200 couch and someone had pulled the trigger on it! I hope it went to a good home.

    • apronstringsvintage November 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      Very cool to meet you and Bab as well! We went back to the Taylor sale on Sunday to but they were closing down early. What the heck? Oh well, I wasn’t going to end up with any of the killer furniture anyway. I would love to see the house it went to, though…bet that is something else!

  3. Liz November 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    I pick up caddies also whenever i see them thrifting. Stores don’t know what they are so I grab them for $1.00 usually. Love the lampshade!

    • apronstringsvintage November 10, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      I need to get on the $1 caddy bandwagon, Liz! I think I’m killing it when I pay $4…and thanks for commenting!

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