Jul 232010
 

I probably won’t go as far as to call it Estate Sale by Ashley just yet, but I am working on putting together a sale. A couple weeks ago my aunt called me and told me about her hairdresser’s dilemma of liquidating her mother’s estate. Ends up she had contacted one of the local estate sale professionals and they didn’t see eye-to-eye when it came to the terms of the contract she was to sign.

While speaking with my aunt, I figured out I might have an opportunity to put an estate sale together. This is something I’ve been interested in, but haven’t pursued because I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy all the work that goes into getting items ready to sell…and there’s already not enough time in the day to do the things I want to do!! I think this will be a cool “behind the scenes” look to what goes into an estate sale at least. I don’t expect to pursue this full time.. I just don’t have the time to search for clients.. but heck, if they fall into my lap like this one, I’ll probably take it on! 🙂

So far I’ve spent the last two Fridays from 8AM to 2:30PM straight digging through two storage buildings in the back yard of an adorable house in Hillcrest… and I’ve had a blast. It’s an adventure to dig through storage buildings unearthing awesome things from the past!

The bad thing is the reason why my client didn’t want to agree to the estate sale agent’s contract: She wants to be there and pick out the things she wants to keep. Some of the amazing items that would make this sale stand out from the others are now being kept by the client as she has second thoughts. This has led me on an emotional roller coaster, but I’m past it now.  Another typical professional estate sale rule that is broken is that the client actually lives in her mother’s home, which brings on further challenges. I will say the cool thing about her being there is she knows what goes together and where other parts that go with sets are. I also get to hear really cool stories about the stuff I’m cleaning up. We’ve gotten along really well, so this project has been enjoyable.

I’m hoping to have this sale ready in 2-3 weeks. I took some photos of things today while I was cleaning and thought I would share why I didn’t give up on putting this sale together. Keep in mind this is just a few things from the storage buildings — I haven’t even started inside the house, which is full of cool old furniture and collectibles.

I keep unearthing Staffordshire Windsong dishes here and there. Of course you know I think they’re cool because of the yellow pattern. 🙂

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This bowl and pitcher piqued my interest from the beginning. The top of the pitcher is chipped, but it’s still a gorgeous set!

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I have found lots of copper pots, etc as I dig. Much more than what’s in this photo:

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This frame is amazing. One side is damaged, but I’m sure a crafty person can repurpose the carved wood pieces if they can’t repair it:

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Yes, that is a humongous Persian rug in the background above. I can’t wait to get it out and measure it.

I think (hope) four of these leather-back chairs will get to stay in the sale. They are gorgeous.  I’m also hoping 2-4 chairs like the one in the left corner will get to stay in the sale, but I’m starting to have my doubts. Notice the Persian rug just keeps going on and on!

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My client’s grandfather was a surgeon, so these Pyrex “B-P Sterilizer” containers are things you don’t see every day.  There are also test tube holders and other surgery miscellanea.

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Last but not least, I found this awesome artwork. Beautiful! It’s a nice large piece of art.

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I’ll keep you posted as I unearth more cool stuff. Next week I should start working on stuff inside the house, where the real goodies are! I can’t wait! 🙂

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