Sunday, March 9, 2014

 Estate Sale season is starting to pick up, after a long, long winter.  I found some great things for my Etsy shop over the past couple of weekends.

 A set of English silverplate fish forks and knives, J monogrammed.  

 A couple of decorative thimbles. 

 Art Deco jewelry.

 Brass Horse Head Key Hook.

 Just in time for Easter, a family of brass bunnies.

Brass sailboat door knocker, and beautiful old book.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Historic House Estate Sales

 One of my favorite things about estate sales is being able to see inside historical homes. 

Summit Ave in St. Paul, MN has some of the most beautiful homes in the area.  Many were built for lumber barons and other extremely wealthy people in the late 1800's.  

Last weekend an estate sale took place in the above house. The house is featured in the book Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District

 I took this photo on the streets below in St. Paul when I realized I could see the house.  The St. Paul Cathedral is on the far right of the photo.

 Closer view.

The above and next few pictures are from Zillow/Saint-Paul-MN/ (they had a nicer day to take pictures!)
This is the street view of the house.
It was built in 1894 for a local banker. 


Another view from the street - the front entrance faces the neighbors house.  The carriage house in the background.
It was designed by architects Charles A. Reed and Allen H. Stem, who also designed The St. Paul Hotel, and NYC's Grand Central Terminal. 

The Grand Foyer, where the main part of the sale was held.

 
There were several amazing fireplaces.  The fireplace screen was actually for sale.

Marble staircase leading to second floor.

Unfortunately, most of the rooms were closed off during the sale.  I think this is the third floor ballroom.

 
The carriage house - now garage - overlooks the city and the river.

Beautiful detail in the driveway - covered by snow when I was there. 
It was really fun to see into this beautiful house.  If walls could talk...
The sale was a little too expensive for me, but they had some lovely items. 

 I did find a few things for my Etsy shop, at other estate sales and antique shops.

 A handful of antique flatware.  

 Victorian engraved heart charm.  

A unique Eiffel Tower/Tape Measure souvenir, and a large toast rack.
Hopefully some more interesting estate sales will come up!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Estate Sales

 With the never ending Polar Vortex, estate sales are not very appealing right now.  Regardless, I have managed to make it to a few, and find some things.   Most of these items will end up on my Etsy shop. 

A stack of Fitzgerald books with cool art deco covers.

 Norwegian Salt Boat and Viking spoon.

 Dinner forks in one of my favorite patterns.

 Cute little bunny box and toothpick holder.

 1930's Peacock tin.

 A nursery rhyme aluminum baby cup, and a hotel silver mustard pot.

Fabulous Figural sugar tongs.

One of my favorite finds, sterling handle poultry shears. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Decorating


 Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is approaching extra fast.  
This is what is left of the pumpkin pie, with my new favorite pie knife.

 It has a large monogram on the serving area.  Found at the last Junk Bonanza.

 The beginning of Christmas decorating.

 A chorus of Gurley candles.

And my favorite find of the weekend for my Etsy shop, a Victorian Christmas napkin ring.  Engraved "Cynthia" and "Dec. 25th '82". 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New England

A few more photos of the New England trip.  Above is Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit, ME.  One of the best candy shops in the country, in my opinion, and in the cutest town. 

 The streets of Marblehead, MA. 

 The houses are all so old.

 Most of them have plaques with the house history.

 Little church in Marblehead. 

 Another candy shop, this one in Salem.

 Harbor Sweets, also a great little candy shop.

 A few recent things I've picked up at estate sales and antique shows.

 Antique door plates - I've been trying to find some old ones, to replace a few missing ones.  These are solid brass with a pretty design.

 Some old books.

Beautiful Homes pamphlet from 1886.  It shows house blue prints from the late 1800's.  I've notice some similar style houses in Minneapolis, particularly in the older neighborhoods. 

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