Sunday, April 18, 2010

Something to Sell About


My partner in crime (my Mom) and I hit up an estate sale in her neighborhood this weekend.


It was a doozy!


Apparently the story goes like this...


The owner was a huge collector for many years with the intention of one day having a shop.


Well, as you can see, that never happened and she ended up with a whole lot of stuff!


(This is hitting close to home)


Anyway, she's a fairly young woman who has decided to go in a completely different direction with her life and is "selling the farm" so to speak.


I wish I knew more details but I was intrigued by her ability to completely change the direction of her life and let go of years of accumulation, just like that!


The home was adorable and in great shape.  I think she was a decorator because everything was so "put together" and move in ready.


I also heard the house had already been sold.  I don't even recall seeing a For Sale Sign go up.


I don't know about you but I'm always curious about the people whose estate sales I attend.


This one was inspiring...


I felt a sense of excitement for this woman!


Life is short...


and it's never too late to change your path.


Here is my Mom sitting down for a spell with Richelle who together with her partner, Noah, have been running "Something to Sell About" for as long as I can remember.  In fact, I believe the first estate sale I ever attended was one of theirs.




As you can see, the home is truly lovely.


She had many amazing treasures...


but not a lot of bargains.


I actually got out of there with several rolls of leftover wallpaper for a total of $2.
Did you go to any interesting estate or garage sales over the weekend? 

23 comments:

Beach House Living said...

No metal flower items for you? It is much more organized then our dining table for sure!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

my goodness! i wouldn't have been able to CONTAIN myself. this woman has such lovely treasures! thanks for sharing (your mom is lovely as well!:)

Kathysue said...

Terri, I am impressed with your ablility to not buy. I don't think I could have been that disciplined. Her story is a bit timely isn't it? Life is interesting. It is amazing how things come to you my sweet friend, you know what I mean. Love you,Kathysue

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Now that is a pair of shoppers I would mind tagging along with....you and your mother would be too much fun. Did they have Christmas ornaments for your MOM? Those start-again-and over stories are so interesting, I would like to think I could do that and move to Paris.I
keep telling my husband that's the plan. XO

FrenchBlue said...

Terry,
WOW!! Tell me PLEASE about that peacock painting! Was it sold? It looks like there were so many great items to go through!
Janet

La Dolfina said...

Oh Janet~ That was a large framed piece of needlepoint. If you are interested I could call Richelle and find out if it's still available. I'm betting it is :)
I have a really cool painting of a peacock. If you'd like I can email you a photo of it.

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

Looks like a lot of fun!! I have never been to an estate sale but have been meaning to go.
Thanks for sharing :)

xoxo
Edyta

A Perfect Gray said...

I could only hope to run up on one as fabulous as that one....

The Zhush said...

There's your lovely Mom again! :) When we used to live in NYC, every once in a while we would stumble upon these amazing estate sales on the Upper East side, in town houses. I always wanted to know MORE, MORE, MORE about the owners! This lady's story sounds fascinating, her lovely home and sale, allude to this as well.

ashlina said...

I did, I did. Found some amazing things this weekend. nothing is better than great finds, no?
i LOVE that bar cart, and those panels...so much to see there, must have been a great day.
How adorable is your mom????
xoxo

Lumo said...

My fried's friend bought few years back two full size shipping containers without really knowing what they included. They had belonged to a Finnish woman. Nobody relly knew her story, but rumours were that she had been a mistress of an Arab sheik, returned to Finland after the affair and the containers had been stored for ten years.

When they opened the containers, they were full of carpets, clothes, home wares, art etc.

My friend bought a hand knotted oriental carpet for 50 EUR, sold it at an auction for 1000 EUR one month later, an atelier made never used fur coat for 20 EUR and resold it for 700 EUR etc, unused hand made clothes an dinteresting home wares etc.

I am still a bit furious that she didn't think of taking me with her to shop there...

joanny said...

Such sweet temptations ,,, amazing you could resist I spied some wonderful treasures.....
Your Mom is so young looking.

You have me thinking, maybe it is time for me to let go and get rid of many an estate sale - accumulated life style for a more sense of freedom - change and new beginnings..

Oh how your post has set me thinking...

It was a lovely looking home some one who knew her was waiting to snatch it up no doubt.

Joanny

Mariska Meijers said...

Looks so inviting. Definitely a genes thing :). I wish those peacocks were on my wall!

Privet and Holly said...

Good morning, Miz Dolfina! As a matter of fact, my daughter and I went to an estate sale bright and early Saturday. The house had belonged to a lady who really seemed to LOVE beautiful things. You could just tell. "Treasures" I bought included two botanical souffle dishes ~ one with lemons and currants (England) and one with various birds (France) at $8 per; an art deco style wind-up alarm clock for my bathroom at $18; a swarovski three strand choker for $6. My daughter bought several little things, too and caught the treasure-hunting bug! Think we'll be doing this quite a bit over the summer....
Have a wonderful week and THANK YOU for sharing your expedition with us! xx P&H

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh my gosh! Little lacquered boxes! Rattan bar cart! Wrought iron daybed! What a treasure trove! This woman is really brave for letting go of all of her stuff, I'm not sure I could do that. But there is something exciting about a clean slate, I agree. Great post, I loved it!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

hi terri...thanks for the comment on my blog about my french flea market book bundles. i only have one listed in the shop right now but have a few made up..just not listed yet! i can also do custom ones if you ever want me to or have a particular "theme" in mind! your sweet comments just made my day!

Patti's Artful Design said...

I don't think I would have gone away from that estate sale empty-handed either! What fun!

Splendid Willow said...

Nope, I am saving my money for when I am going treasure hunting with you in the near future! Mom can come along too!

Much fondness, Mon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh there really were some gorgeous treasures. I see several things that I would love. Can't wait to see your wallpaper. Hugs, Marty

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Wow, some beautiful treasures. I see several things I'd love to have. I always end up at the sales with utter junk....and then get discouraged!

The Brocantess said...

That looks like it was fun to browse through. I hope that you were inspired even if you didn't leave with all that much :) Thank you for the lovely images.

Marija said...

I am so intrigued by this woman, her collections and her career change. Though I have no idea why I would care other than genuine curiosity! I want to see your wallpaper score - $2 is terrific! Estate and Garage Sale season in Chicago begins in May - the weather is just too unpredictable in April. Can't wait!

Marija

Jenny said...

It looks so neat! Too bad the prices were so high.

I bought a tea cup a few weeks ago at a garage sale and I was getting ready to send it as a gift to a friend.

I decided to check the markings out on it.

It's worth over $100!

I paid $1.00.

I think I'm going to keep it...I really liked it, was just too lazy to go to the antique mall to find her teacup!