Thursday, July 1, 2010

Estate Sale

This past weekend I was asked to help a friend of mine at an Estate Sale. Peggy Lockwood has been one of my closest friends for more than 15 years. The reason we were brought together is a funny one and yet would never have happened if my husband had not been married before - I'll save that story for later! She has been an Antique dealer and appraiser for a long time and is very knowledgeable (she's the one who helped me identify my Master Salt Cellar!). Twice a year she goes on buying trips to England and participates in various antique shows throughout the year. It was nice to be out of the house and use my brain for more than 3rd grade homework, plus the kids enjoyed being home with Daddy for two entire days!!!

Times being what they are, unfortunately a lot of the furniture didn't sell. There were a lot of beautiful pieces but I heard the same comment over and over again; "We just don't have the money". People are struggling right now and are being very frugal with their purchases.

I however splurged and bought a few pieces with my paycheck.

1820-30s Southern Pine Blanket Chest
(please pay NO attention to the rug in my bedroom, hopefully that will be going soon!)

White wicker rocking chair for Louisa's room

Beautiful wicker laundry basket
I'm using it to hold our pool towels

On the last day as I was saying goodbye to the family they handed me a grocery bag and told me they wanted me to have it. When I looked inside it was a set of doilies and a pair of vases I had admired earlier in the day! It truly was a nice weekend; I got some lovely antiques, spent 2 days with a friend and met a wonderful family.

Three of the doilies I was given (there were 40 total!)

One of the pair of Victorian vases given to me

My husband and I learned an important lesson this weekend. Neither of us wants the other ones job! It's hard being home with two little kids everyday but I wouldn't want it any other way!!!

I'm trying to view every experience as a learning opportunity, I may not always see it or understand it but everything happens for a reason.

1 comment:

  1. Kathy,

    I know with your children home and the summer heat you are not posting as often. I saw the comment you left on Victoria's blog about the giveaway being better because it's edible. You made me laugh out loud!
    It's good to shake up your world once in a while and do something out of the ordinary (for both you and your husband!) So, are you telling us you got your husband through an antique dealer?! I knew he was older than you, but not that old! Sounds like you had a good time with Peggy. Wish the larger pieces would have moved for the family. I like your bed and the chest you got compliments it wonderfully! Sweet of the family to give you the doilies and antique vases. Cherish them.
    Your Friend,


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