11 Apr

004 Here’s a portion of yesterday’s estate sale haul; I went to a Family Tree sale in my new ‘hood and it was a pretty good one. I know everyone loves Family Tree, but can I just say…there is a darned good reason for it, because they are just the nicest folks. Not to mention their prices are almost always extremely fair and they run a neat, organized sale. I’ve never seen Sue, Melissa or Earl be anything but friendly, patient and gracious. And they let me bring my beloved monogrammed red basket inside to shop (y’all know that’s the way to my heart). The only problem with the handful of excellent estate sale companies in Nashville is that they spoil me rotten and when I go to a sale run by a less experienced or smaller company…I hate it. I don’t like having to pay cash, for one thing. And crazy prices make me mad. A few weeks ago I went to a sale in 12 South run by an individual who must run the occasional sale or two as a hobby. I took several (unpriced…y’all, you’ve got to price stuff. That’s the job.) things up to the cashier and was quoted a price of $25 for a tiny knee-hugger Christmas elf ornament. “Those are real collectable and valuable!” the hipster cashier said, brightly. I said thanks-but-no-thanks (actually I said, “Wow. WOW.”) and walked out, empty-handed and out the cost of gas.

Anyway, I bring this up because there are several sales by lesser-known estate sale companies coming up tomorrow and I’m not at all excited about getting up early and hitting them.
Spoiled Brat

P.S. If you braved the rain today, I hope you had great estate sale luck…you earned it! xoxo, LaurenT


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  1. Shirley Turcotte April 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi Lauren….I have a set of the chrome flour, sugar, coffee and tea stored away. Also, the Bread Box, that Mark asked me to rescue from one of my garage sales.
    He said he wanted it; a memory thing!!!!!!! Shirley

  2. Lisa April 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    $25 for an elf? I thought I was pushing it when I priced a pair at $18.

    I know what you mean. Been to quite a few sales that left me wondering WTH? There are a couple of liquidators here that are geared towards the collectors. Which is fine. I go in knowing that or wait until day 2 to shop those sales. But wanna be liquidators that have no clue make me mad for wasting my time.

  3. wacky tacky April 12, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    I am so over the crazy prices!!!! That “rare” and “valuable” thing just drives me crazy. Fortunately, I have put myself on kind of a spending fast…but I would change my mind if I saw all of that jadite!

  4. Lisa April 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I went to that sale! And it was weird. NOTHING WAS PRICED. I fared pretty well with the cashier though and got a compact and a purse, a mailholder and some little lace headcoverings for I think $10. It seemed like “not a deal” to me, but not so much that I wouldn’t get the items. Now, $25 for an elf, and I would have probably keeled over on the spot. WHAT!

    I also love Family Tree…but it does spoil you, like you said! 🙂 I expect tags and things laid out and no weird, last minute price hikes!

    Still, about that 12S sale, did you see the ladder in the kitchen that went up to the second-story crawlspace? It wasn’t accessible for the sale or anything; it just looked like an entrance out of a boardgame. I’m still wondering about it! Who built it there, and why!

    • apronstringsvintage April 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

      YES. That kitchen was so creepy that I just wanted to hang out there and wonder how it all got that way. That ladder was crazy.

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