Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Lure of Estate Sales

 One of my favorite things about going to estate sales is discovering neighborhoods I never knew existed.

Part of the fun is not knowing what to expect until you get there.

 Every so often you'll stumble upon a unique property like the one I went to last Friday that not only had spectacular views but an amazing garden as well!

There is my poor Mom who almost had a heart attack navigating the extremely narrow and treacherous roads leading up to the sale... I coaxed her into smiling for the camera as she was a bit of a nervous wreck!

While she waited in line I shopped the garage.

The house was on the small side so we had to wait in line a bit longer than usual so I took a tour of the garden...

Obviously these folks loved to garden!

Sometimes getting to see these homes, even in this chaotic state, is the treasure I leave with.

I must admit though I usually leave wondering what prompted the sale of the home and its contents...

 I develop an emotional connection to the people who lived a life there.

 I do love estate sales... it's always an adventure, and one I love to share with my mom!

Thankfully, she was rewarded for the hair raising trip and found a wonderful Asian-inspired cabinet to house her television.


Kathysue said...

I am like you Terri, it is kind of sad to see someones life all scattered about and people rummaging through it to find a treasure. Another way to look at it , is maybe the new owner of the treasure will cherish it and give it a good home. xo Kathysue
PS give your Mom a hug from me xo

Beach House Living said...

Those are serious gardeners that reside there.

Splenderosa said...

T...I don't know how you do it. This looks like a huge big mess and makes me want to RUN away as fast as possible. I could never navigate through all that. Yet, it makes me sad too. Sad that they let this home fall into rack & ruin and it sits in such a splendid location. Maybe they just got too old to take care of anything. I hope this doesn't offend you...we are all different animals...and now I'm going to clean out closets and cabinets !!!! xx's

Olive said...

I go to an estate sale nearly every Saturday. Sometimes they are sad especially if I know the owner is being placed in a nursing home. That is the worst for me. Sometimes there are sales due to division of property because of divorce as well. Perhaps we must look at it as we are helping the family or the home owners.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

The wisteria has taken my breath away! Truly beautiful.
Estate sales can be for a very sad reason but sometimes they are for happy reasons like the people were transferred to work somewhere wonderful and people just decide to make a fresh start.
I'm glad your mom found a cabinet she can use. Wow, I just keep going back to the beautiful wisteria. XO

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

I love your attitude and sense of adventure. The garden and wistaria in particular is one of the best showings I have seen.
Yes there is an air of sadness at such sales but such is life.
Thanks for sharing these spectacular images
Have a glorious weekend
Helen xx

Karena said...

Terri you are right it is always an adventure never knowing what you will find!Beautiful garden!

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jeanette from everton terrace said...

I wanted everything in that garage and then you went in the house and I wanted most of that, then I looked closer at the very cool mid century house and I of course wanted that too!
You know this is what I do as well and I love it, it's in the blood. My mother, daughter and I all have the bug - even my husband. I also like the auctions, less emotional.

I have some vintage baby clothes in the garage that I felt obligated to purchase. I have no use for them but it broke my heart that someone had saved them all these years and nobody wanted them.

Sometimes, when the person is going into a home, they really need the money to help pay for it so whatever you buy is really helping. I try to think of it that way sometimes.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Terri:
Estate Sales - totally unknown in the United Kingdom and, most likely for all we know, completely banned here in the People's Republic!! But what absolute joy. How we should love it even if, as you, there is the danger of becoming slightly emotionally disturbed by wondering what has been the cause of the break up of the home.

This all looks to have been enormous fun and we are pleased to know that your mother, after the rather alarming journey there, did not leave empty handed.

Kellemes hétvégét!

Janna McCalley said...

Wow, the architecture of that house was awesome! Thanks for the "tour"!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What a garden! I love estate sales too! Lucky you have your mom to go with you! Cheers!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What a garden! I love estate sales too! Lucky you have your mom to go with you! Cheers!