Sunday, October 30, 2011

Estate Sales

I love going to estate sales, and last weekend I went to one at the above mansion.  It belonged to the granddaughter of James J. Hill (built a railroad empire in the 1800's).  It was not a house you would expect to find in Minnesota - it reminded me of something straight out of The Great Gatsby. 

These pictures are from a cell phone, so they don't really represent how amazing this house was.  Complete with servants quarters, multiple porches, and sitting on a lake, it was really cool to see.  Unfortunately, by the time I got there, the merchandise was picked over (not to mention expensive), so I did not buy anything.    They had tables and tables of monogrammed linens, maids outfits from the 1930's, lots of sterling silver - the kind of things you would expect to find in a mansion.
 At another estate sale, I found this cat and mouse weathervane.

 It sits in the garden along with the witch weathervane - I already had this one.

 A few antique books with great covers.

 And an old Halloween box.

 A set of pretty coin silver spoons, they have a sunflower pattern.

And a monogrammed butter knife.


  1. Love the monogram on that butter knife.

  2. The weather vane and the box are wonderful!

  3. Wow, you found some great stuff! Really live the silverware and the Halloween box.