Tuesday, May 22, 2018
A simple wooden ladder, some branches and two strands of lights...boom! Awesome for a patio or sunporch.
We have these meat grinders at almost every sale! Love the shiny enamel paint!
These vintage teacups are very plentiful and the socket ends like this are available at the big box hardware stores. Use a porcelain bit to drill the holes and you can have as many lights as you want on your fixture.
If you need more inspiration, check out our pinterest page:
Some of the patterns I have are Amish Butterprint, Daisies, Golden Butterflies, Snowflakes, and lots of primary colors and pastel colors.
Do you have any rare pieces? What patterns and colors do you collect? I'd love to see your collection!
When I'm searching for info on Pyrex, two sources I use are Pyrexlove.com and the Corning Museum of Glass blog. Both are invaluable when looking up patterns and trying to find out if certain pieces were made in particular colors and patterns.
Our Pinterest page has a board for Pyrex lovers too, you can find it here: https://www.pinterest.com/southernestatesales/for-the-love-of-pyrex/
Just in case you're wondering what some of these pieces can sell for, this piece recently sold on ebay...Happy hunting!
The paint was in great shape and it still worked!
This Texaco truck was huge and had great decals and paint.
And these composition dolls that were well loved, Tinker Toys, marbles and paper dolls were all in one collection!
These are all great examples of vintage and antique toys that have appeal to collectors and to us baby boomers who remember simple toys like these. We love finding stuff like this, it's fun to look at, fun to display and to sell.
On a side note, these kinds of toys are not in the same category as Beanie Babies, Madame Alexander Dolls, and some Barbies and Disney toys. Generally, the Beanie Babies, etc. have been produced to sell as a "collectible" first and a toy second. The manufacturers make hundreds of thousands of them, package then beautifully, and sell them at a premium price. Many come with certificates of authenticity and have very official looking pedigrees. They are absolutely a treasure to the person who buys them and loves them for what they are...but they are not a treasure that usually increases in value* with age or because of their "official" status. Whereas toys from back in the day that were well preserved usually do increase in value due to rarity and/or condition. I hope this clarifies the subject somewhat, the question usually comes up every couple of years.
*As a general rule. However, there are always exceptions to every rule and some collectible dolls and Beanie Babies are very valuable. An experienced estate liquidator is more important than ever when things like this are part of the estate being sold.
Keeping these artistic endeavors alive is important if we
want to have pieces our grandchildren can cherish. If you'd like to start with some embroidery, there's a link to a Pinterest board filled with simple outline patterns at the bottom of this post. Just print on transfer paper and iron on your choice of linens...dishcloths, aprons, quilts, scarves, you name it!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
|Sad, ugly upholstery!|
1. Many of the chair styles that are sold at estate sales are out of production. I know the little rockers I have are no longer available. They have a similar chair but it is not as feminine as the ones I have, it is more sleek and modern. So if you are looking for certain styles, estate sales may be the only place to find them.
2. A new chair, similar style, in a solid color fabric retails for $759. Add the tax and delivery fee and you are well over $800. Buy a chair at an estate sale for $100, spend $200 on fabric and $400 on labor and you are $100 ahead. AND you have a custom chair! You don’t have to pick from the limited fabric choices the manufacturer has available, you can shop and find exactly what you want. And I quoted $40 to $50 per yard and 4 to 5 yards per chair. If you find some on sale, you could save even more.
3. Pieces you find at estate sales are perfect to practice on if you want to learn to upholster your own furniture. You can also learn to sew slipcovers for these pieces. You Tube and Instructables both have lots of video tutorials. While you’re at the estate sale looking for a chair or sofa to cover, pick up some vintage sheets and use them to practice with. That way, you don’t ruin expensive fabric while learning.
4. Buying a chair at an estate sale for as little as $40 sometimes, then buying the fabric when it’s on sale and finally taking it to the upholstery shop allows you to pay as you go. You don’t have to come up with one big payment all at once, nor do you have to finance something that you might wind up paying for long after its useful life. This brings up my next point…
5. Some furniture today is not made as well as older furniture. When you find solid wood pieces and heavy duty springs and rockers that is almost always a sign of quality. These pieces will generally last much longer than a piece with particle board construction and/or aluminum mechanisms.
6. Finally, you get a totally custom piece of furniture when you go this route. Fabric choices are practically unlimited, you can find fabric to match paint or carpet or dishes or your eyes! You don’t have to take brown, tan or blue. So what if the furniture stores are all full of heavy velours and tweeds in dark fall colors, you’re free to go find some hot pink linen or bright orange canvas if that is what you want!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
I have a sale coming up that includes an amazing collection of Nippon Porcelain. The pieces are all museum quality and I doubt you’ll see a collection this extensive outside of a museum! I’m doing lots of research because I want to make sure I know as much as possible about these rare beauties and I thought some of you might be as interested as I am to learn more about them.
When we use the general term “Nippon porcelain” it refers to vases, bowls, plates, etc. that have the word Nippon stamped on them. Nippon is the English spelling of a Japanese word that means Japan. In 1891, the McKinley Tariff Act said that all goods imported into the United States had to be marked “plainly in English” with their country of origin. Then in 1921, U.S. Customs declared the word Nippon was actually a Japanese word so goods were then marked Japan. So, that means these vases are over or near 100 years old. And that is the least amazing thing about them!
At that period in time, Japanese taste was very different from American and even English preferences. The Japanese preferred a very minimal, spartan look while Americans were heavily influenced by Victorian trends and loved ornate, over the top decorations. So the Japanese painted these objects for export and used several different techniques to achieve the sought after finish Americans loved. One of these techniques is called Coralene. This is an extremely labor intensive process. First the object is painted with a thick enamel paint, then tiny glass beads are pressed into the paint and the object is fired again to make them a permanent part of the piece. The beads were often gold, white, opalescent or clear and would sometimes melt into the decoration. Some think because this process resembles natural coral that the name comes from that. Wares produced after 1921 would imitate the Coralene process by using paint instead of glass beads to build up a design. Another process they used is called moriage. They used clay slip instead of glass beads to achieve a similar look.
I think these pieces are works of art and hope you enjoyed learning about them as much as I did! If you are in or near Lake Charles, Louisiana the 31st of July, please come see these incredible objects. We’d love to have you! Here are a few more pictures and you can see all of the collection next week on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southernestatesales