They're called Estate Sales on the prairie -- Tag Sales in other parts of the country. Some truly are, Estate Sales that is, for the owner has either passed away or has been taken to a nursing home and their belongings need to be disposed of.
Others are called "Estate Sales" but I think they're often more "moving sales" or glorified "garage sales" but the seller, perhaps, feels that the traffic will be heavier if they're called an "Estate Sale".
There are several companies in the city that conduct true Estate Sales and we're on their email lists. We do have three favorites and are always excited when we get an email notification of one of their sales!
Friday last found us in the city on another errand. But since we were there, the list of Estate Sales came with us.
And treasure came back with us . . . .
A darling old mirror -- not sure how old but written on the back is a notification that it belonged to Grandmother _________________. It was the last day and the going price was half of what it was marked.
It fit in perfectly on this sliver of wall in the guest room. The darling picture at the top of the mirror is a famous one and the girl seems at home against the yellow background white rose wallpaper.
I love to do needlepoint but I also love to "rescue" needlepoint. Old hand sewn pillows at a inexpensive price seem to make their way home to Linderhof.
This, too, was half price. The colors of that dusty rose and blue were so 80's. The whole house was done in these colors! Rugs and curtains and furniture upholstery. Bedspreads and baths, too!
But it seems to fit in well on the chaise in the master bedroom and it also has the same oriental motif that the pillow on the chair has tying the two together even more.
A darling little watercolor. British in feel, I think. It sits on the table in the sunroom awaiting the perfect frame before it finds a place on a wall. It was amazingly inexpensive at $20 which was the full price for that was the first day of that sale.
My other treasure was the old blue and white cup and saucer bought at the same sale as the watercolor. It was a good "sale" day.
And we eagerly await another sale day in the city . . .