Three happy women, out for a good time on a Friday morning. Wearing three different hats, but all in shades of purple. (What are the odds…) Three - yes three! – January estate sales, woo hoo. And would you believe I bought three things and spent three dollars?
If three is an auspicious number then 2017 is off to a good start.
The sales were spread across Salem, in three different neighborhoods. In the summer we’re more likely to stick close to home since there are more sales than we can get to, but winter sales give us a chance to see neighborhoods we otherwise would never visit. At the first sale the vendor told us this was the second of three sales she is having to liquidate this estate. I would never have guessed she’d already sold a weekend’s worth last month, there was so much stuff. Must have been a daunting task when she first started. It was a rather odd conglomeration of items (lots of dishes, not much other stuff), and the only thing that appealed to me was this vintage Melmac sugar bowl.
It joins the other three on my bathroom counter (including its twin in turquoise) and is going to shelter the cotton balls. (So that threesome is now a quartet.)
Back to the car, drive drive drive, second sale. Found a pair of red earrings among the jewelry scattered on the coffee table in the living room.
I realized I didn’t have any in red, and really, everyone needs red earrings, right? After all, think how fun they will be with my red glasses. (I also have blue, green. brown, caramel, and mauve glasses. Yes, I went hogwild last year after I found these new-old-stock frames on Etsy. You should get some too.)
Then KK picked something up and turned to me with a smile. “Isn’t this cute?” she said, and handed me a small plate.
Exactly like my favorite dessert plate that I found at another estate sale last February. So now I have two. When will I find number three?
Back to the car, drive drive drive, over the river if not through the woods to the third sale. Where I struck out, but wasn’t surprised. It was stuff that had belonged to an antique mall owner and not your usual estate sale fodder. But two out of three isn’t bad, right?
Can't remember what all Judy found, but KK spotted something pretty darned good. I may have mentioned that she is a painter and adept at recognizing real art. I think it was the middle sale where she picked up a framed picture almost as soon as we walked in the house. I asked if it was original and she said, “Ohhhh, yes.” Four dollars later it was hers. Later in the day Judy & I received an email from her.
“You know the $4.00 painting I got from the one estate sale? It's an original oil on board by American artist S. Jerome Hoxie 1895 - 1981. He did most of his living in Mystic Connecticut. Ebay has one of his landscapes for $299.00. Wow! I don't want to sell it, I love it!”