You can’t always get what you want…

13 Nov

Did y’all see this at the Inglewood estate sale this weekend? This beauty was one of the gems for sale. I’m going to be honest, I love me a wacky-tacky 1950’s lady head vase as much as the next girl but holy $400, yo! Now, I don’t have an expert opinion about what lady head vases, especially large, mint-condition vases, go for. I know that there is a good market for them, but is it $400 good? I dunno.

I’ve been to one-too-many estate sales in the past few weeks with crazy high prices. It’s frustrating. I know that there are a lot of factors at play when estate sale companies set their prices, including the wishes of the homeowner. But holy waste of my time, y’all. If your best customers are resellers, then don’t alienate ’em. Just a thought!

This sale also happened to be in my dream house. Literally the house I dream of living in. Brick, with a rounded door and a high roofline. A late ’30s-early ’40’s charmer. Hiya gorgeous!

Look at this charmer. She needs a little (okay, a lot) of work, but that is fine with me.

The inside is even better. This precious half-door goes between the dining room and the kitchen. The amazing, unrestored, precious kitchen. The doors throughout the house are a dark wood with glass knobs. The house had so many pretty details, like this built-in telephone station in the hallway.

I know it looks bad here, but cleaned up, it would be amazing. I found myself wishing that other vintage bloggers with better cameras would come to this sale so that they could capture it. Because, wowee. Want to see the cutest barkcloth drapes in the whole, wide world? I assure you, you do.

They weren’t for sale. I asked. There were two huge sets on the dining room and living room windows. The whole house was just a dreamboat. I texted the Mister and demanded that we buy it but it’s not even for sale, that I know of.  Oh, I hope a vintage-loving person ends up with it…because it is such a little time-capsule gem, it deserves someone who will fix everything up carefully and not destroy the little old details that make it special.

Happy Monday and I hope you have a great week! xoxo, LaurenT

 

 

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4 Responses to “You can’t always get what you want…”

  1. Lisa November 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Four….HUNDRED…dollars? I usually see those at antique stores between $50-$75, but maybe there’s something really special about it (it used to belong to Rosalind Russell, has secret magical properties, is filled with $350, etc, etc)? That house was a trip– it’s within walking distance of my house and I’d always wondered what the inside looked like! I somehow missed those barkcloth drapes, but they are beautiful!

    • apronstringsvintage November 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      I know, right?? It took all my personal restraint to NOT demand who was smoking crack while pricing that vase. Because, what with the what? That house. It is SO my dream house. If it comes on the market, I’m going to be asking you a lot of questions about the ‘hood, because I will be seriously trying to persuade the Mister that we should buy it if the price is right. I like Inglewood!

  2. raesock November 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    wow! i had to work every estate sale day last week so i didn’t even look at the listings. i’m so sad i didn’t get to see that house! those drapes! and yeah, that vase price is bananas. i’ve been to so many weirdly priced sales lately too (probably all the same ones you went to, haha!)

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