My heart keeps over-riding my mind and telling me to give a good home to estate sale finds.
I think my heart will always win this debate, drat the luck.
My association with Dixie's has plugged me into their estate sale activities and I've hit more estate sales in the past year than I have in the rest of my life put together. I've made some really good buys and I've made some really baaaaad impulse buys, but I always console myself with the idea that if I decide I blew it by buying something I absolutely do not need in my life, I can always (hopefully) re-sell it in the booth. And, furthermore, even if I sell it for the price I bought it, I'm breaking even and coming out ahead. That policy has mostly proven successful. I'm sitting on an item right now that I'm probably going to have to take a loss on, but the total fiasco I made when I purchased it has taught me a valuable lesson and that in itself is a good thing in the long run. Right?
A few weeks back I went to an estate sale that soured me a bit on the whole concept. The sale itself was fine and I bought a few very nice things, but the location took me way into the deep woods in an area where I'm not so comfortable being in the first place. Add to that, the way from the main road to the house was a very long one-lane drive bordered with woody undergrowth and there was no way you were going to make it in or out without having to squeak past someone headed the opposite direction, which meant scraping past God knows what. I still haven't had the intestinal fortitude to examine my car too closely for scratches.
After that I skipped a few - mostly for location reasons, partly because the preview photos didn't show anything that I couldn't resist. But this week's sale was in Smithville at the home of a woman I've known since our very early days living in Bastrop. She is now in her late 80's or early 90's and headed into nursing care, had been living in this house for decades, and was interested in genealogy and history, so I figured this was a sale that I must check into. Thursday morning I was one of the first in line and it was exactly what I expected to see - rooms full of almost too much to take in. In addition, the back yard was full, the drive way was full, the porch was full and the crowd was big. I made several circuits throughout and ended up with just a few things: a couple of antique books, a couple of commemorative plates for local historical buildings, an old metal license plate frame advertising Bastrop State Park, and a piece of milk glass. My day was made when I snagged a rare, autographed book for $10. The book, a study of the paintings of Porfirio Salinas, is routinely offered online anywhere from $75-$225. I already owned a copy that I managed to find awhile back at Half Price Books marked down to $50 that was in less than stellar condition and now I have a much better copy for a fraction of its value. That kind of unexpected treasure is an example of why I so love estate sales.
|Commemorative plates for the First Methodist Churches of|
Smithville and Bastrop
|A 1901 book on the life of Queen Victoria|
& an autographed book on Porfirio Salinas
|Antique métal license plate frame advertising|
Bastrop State Park
So this morning I checked the photos for what was still around on the last day and some of those items of interest were available, so I stumbled out of bed and drove back to Smithville for a second round of scavenging. I did much more damage to my checkbook today.
I found a large collection of dishes by Steubenville in the Woodfield pattern. There is a variety of plates, saucers, a sugar bowl and creamer, tea/snack plates, bread plates, cups and a large platter. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it but at the bargain basement price of $22.50 for the entire lot, I couldn't resist.
|Two china head dolls|
|Pitcher and tumblers in blue carnival glass|
Once home, I took it out in the bright sunlight to study it and I'm fairly sure it's a print on canvas, but it's an old print and even prints of Porfirio Salinas paintings are mostly out of my price range, so I figure I'm ahead in any regard. Porfirio Salinas, if you don't know, specialized in paintings of bluebonnets and has an association with the Bastrop area. I've long wanted to have a Salinas print and even though this one is a bit grimy, I'm happy to have it. I just have to figure out where to put it.
This was a nice wrap up to a difficult week. Between an onslaught of work and a nagging, persistent allergy headache, it's been one of those weeks that I'm better off hibernating at home away from polite society. I found myself in such an irritable state yesterday at one point that I took a break and wound yarn for a new project - just to get myself in a more tranquil place and less likely to throw things at the cats, who seemed determined all week to find my last nerve and jump on it.
|A pasture of bluebonnets by Porfirio Salinas|
The remainder of the weekend I plan to wash all these dishes I've acquired and work on that new yarn project and maybe indulge myself in watching a sappy rom-com or two.
Things are looking up.