Sunday, September 30, 2007
ESTATE SALE MANIA
Old silver, vintage china, antique furniture… estate sales are terrific. You never know what you will find.
Getting a house ready for a sale, on the other hand, is absolute torture. Especially if the person whose stuff is being sold is alive!
I just spent the week helping my Mom’s cousin organize just such a sale and not only was it very hard work, it was an emotional roller coaster.
Members of Bloglandia first “met” Renita on September 11th when she landed in the emergency room for back pain. While her back is much better, she still is in no shape to lift, pack and haul stuff around.
Having sold her house, that was what needed to be done, however. So she hired estate sale pros Dorothy and Peter to get the job done.
Alas, Renita couldn’t decide what to keep for her new apartment and what to sell. Renita is the first to admit that she hates to get rid of anything. In fact, nearly everything that ever came into the house in 50 years was still somewhere in it!
Barbara to the rescue! Unfortunately, I never got to meet Dorothy, but Peter was amazing. A retired Army officer, he’d lived all over the world and had mastered the art of diplomacy. He saved my life several times when Renita was about to kill me for insisting that she sell something she thought might come in handy one day in the future.
I came away with many treasures, which I promise to share with you. However, having shipped most of them back to Virginia, you will have to be patient.
I tucked this tiny cookbook titled Electric Refrigerator Recipes and Menus into my purse.
It was published in 1927.
*** BLOG DU JOUR ***
Mary Carroll admits that she shouldn't be let loose at an antiques sale. Go to her witty blog Little Red House and you will see why!