Friday, March 13, 2009

Estate Sale Friday

I thought I'd start a post called "Estate Sale Friday" and share some of my adventures of searching for antiques at estate sales.

Going to estate sales is not as glamorous as one may think. In fact, it's quite exhausting as many of you know. Getting up at the crack of dawn to stand in line, rain or shine. Some camp out overnight in their cars to be first in line in the morning. I don't know about other cities, but the antique dealers here in San Francisco (yes, you guys) can be pretty competitive, ie; pushing and shoving people out of the way, ripping up sign-up sheets that we added our names to hours earlier, and more horrific stories.

I have been doing this for many years and have some "whopper" estate sale stories. I look forward to sharing them on this blog!


Thanks heavens today was a mellow day with a 10:00 am sale in the pretty city of Burlingame, 20 miles south of San Francisco. My friend Renee and I showed up about 1/2 early to be pleasantly surprised that there were only about 30 of us in line. Is that a bad sign?

What's this in the backyard? A preview of what's inside? Eeks!

Can anyone tell me what this is?

Nothing much to speak of in the kitchen...

A nice pair of brass sconces, but not quite early enough for me...

Love the piano...no room for it in the van...

Renee is checking out a vintage clock...

Nice silver set, but I think I'll pass...

Lovely crystal chandelier, but unfortunately it stays with the house...


This vintage inlaid chair is nice, but not quite my style...

An inlaid box...

Aha! Love this pair of Victorian chairs near the piano. They have carved musical instruments on the back...unique...perfect for a music room...okay, they're mine!

So there it is. A total of 45 minutes spent to wait in line, peruse the house, and buy a pair of chairs. But, not so fast...they need to go to the upholsterer to be glued and tightened. That's just part of the business. There were no "pushers and shovers" today. Just a mellow day.

Stay tuned for future Friday estate sales and join me in my hunt for treasures! Hope you enjoyed the sale. Hopefully next sale will be more successful!

5 comments:

Paris Atelier said...

I'm lovin' Estate sale Friday! Great idea. I have my share of horror stories! :) I can't wait to hear yours! Great idea!
xoxo
Judith~

Di Overton said...

Oh, such fabulous chairs

parisapartment said...

Love going with you on Fridays! Thanks for the peek inside your world. Love the candelabras on the piano. And the chandelier was fab. How come what we always want is the one thing that's not for sale?

A "cheery" disposition said...

Estates sales are the best... so i hear. I have never actually been to one but I have been wanting to take the time to go to a few. Thanks for sharing the photos of some great things you can find at them. I will def be checking some out in my city.

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Thanks for Judith, Di and Claudia for your comments. I hope this "estate sale Friday" turns out with some good finds to share!

Cheery Disposition--you really need to check out an estate sale. Don't go early to avoid the lines. You'll have fun!