Monday, April 09, 2012
Highland + Baldwin
This sale was nothing short of amazing.
I've been super off my game the past few weeks, getting there super late and all. I was AN HOUR late to this one and waited in the longest line at an Estate Sale ever to get in but good googly moogly it was like I was the first one in. This really nifty little 1920's house was packed to the gills with some seriously good stuff.
Books. Books books books. Huge shelves everywhere. There were even floating shelves around the door jambs with cutouts to accommodate the crown moulding.. I didn't buy a single one but it would have been fun to look HOWEVER it was a Cynthia sale and she's notoriously stingy on her book pricing and I didn't want the hassle. I like overwhelming the ladies with tons of little things that have no prices I usually get a better deal because they want me to get my tiny crap off their table.
And they had tiny crap, but it wasn't crap. Best pick? A hammered pewter bowl with two stag heads soldered to each side. Hunger Games Chic. I don't expect to be the owner for very long on that one.
The KITCHEN. There were enough bowls, plates, trays, tools, vases, and to fill 4 kitchens. I grabbed some odd looking whisks, a brass curry server from India, a hanging fork and spoon duo, some clay cookie decorators in a CUUUUTE vintage print drawstring bag
Can I just tell you about the furniture for a sec? The chairs, the drop leaf tables, the carved spindled side tables and some seriously amazing rugs and throw pillows (amazing fabric patterns). So. GORGEOUS. Tons of character. Great condition and boy did this couple have an eye. But there was one piece in particular that was just outrageous. It was a dark finish craftsman style corner bench that was slightly austere and rigid but just practically perfect in every way. My heart dropped and sang at the same time as I saw a couple cart it out. It had the coolest bench cushion too a really stripey red one. I wish it well.
The lines were so elegant. The husband made lots of little shelves and cabinets and odd cubbies, even his own rolling music stand.
You won't even buhLIEVE the handmade earrings I picked up at this joint. That's it's own post.
Mom and I decided to hit it again before going to lunch at our favorite Thai place in Pasadena (Saladang Song! Green curry! GO!). My mom is an estate sale noob but she did great, especially since everything was half price by the time we got there.
She got a doubled lapis bead bracelet for $5 (yes you totally read that right) which is hilarious because that was exactly what she was looking for last time we went to rocks and Runes in Burbank and she was ready to drop 10 times more for the same thing. Not only that but she snagged some Oaxacan clay beaded necklaces, one of which had these gorgeous mother-of-pearl round beads (HUGE!) and a couple other neato doodads for beans.
You wanna know how crazy this sale was here's the picture of the line. At 3 PM. Unheard of.
Still reeling. . .