Showing posts with label ESTATE SALE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ESTATE SALE. Show all posts

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I love estate sales in the Spring.  It’s not too hot nor too cold to comfortably check out the goodies.  Recently, we had one in an historical home in our town.  You know I went (all three days).  Would you like to check it out with me?

Taylor front


The first day of the sale, everything was marked way too high for my budget.  There were so few people shopping that day that I knew they’d have to really start lowering the prices the next day.

taylor dr

I was really glad there weren’t many people there when they allowed me to take pictures.  Look at the pretty molding in the dining room.

taylor dr sideboard

taylor dr bay wndow

taylor chandy

taylor piano

taylor mus rm fp

There is a fireplace in almost every room of this house.

taylor lr

taylor lr fp

taylor kit fp

This little fireplace is in the kitchen.taylor trvlng bar

taylor giant bed

taylor drsr in giant b

taylor twin bds

taylor canopy bd

taylor bdrm blu white

taylor b w bdrm fp

taylor backyrd

Another advantage of Springtime estate sales – doesn’t the backyard look pretty after a Spring shower of petals?

I’m glad you came with me to tour this home.  laurie

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Monday, October 26, 2009


I went to another estate sale in Memphis this weekend. Although I couldn't afford to buy anything, I had so much fun just seeing this house and furnishings. So, I thought I'd take you along for a look.

Annesdale (c.1855)

This Italian Villa mansion was built by a Dr. Samuel Mansfield, a wholesale druggist, probably as a wedding present for the wife he married in 1855. In 1869 Robert Brinkley bought it as a wedding gift for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, who married Col. Robert Bogardus Snowden. The two-hundred-acre estate was named Annesdale, pronounced "Annie's Dale," in her honor.

Architecturally, the house, with its square tower, bracketed cornice, round-arched porch, and asymmetrical plan, was absolutely up-to-date for the mid-1850's. Although the name of its designer is unknown, details of the exterior and elements of the plan quite possibly were derived from a "Norman Villa" designed by the Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloane and published in his book, The Model Architect, in 1852. Sloane designed one of the South's great houses, the Arabian-Nights fantasy of Longwood, at Natchez, in 1859, which was based on "An Oriental Villa" in The Model Architect.

There were gorgeous, ginormous bookcases everywhere,

Amazing painted ceilings,

Chandeliers with lots of bling,

Incredible architecture,

Gorgeous furnishings,

And ornate fireplaces in every room.

Now I'll leave you alone and let you look around and take in all of the beauty.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this house as much as I did.

I have to show you one more thing. I WON A PRIZE! Isn't Blogville a wonderful place? I was so excited when I found out that Martha at Mid Atlantic Martha had drawn my name to win this lighted wine bottle and tassel.

Isn't that cool? I have some bottles with Halloween labels on them displayed in our bar, so my bottle light has found a place with them for now.

I was so excited when the package arrived, and I couldn't wait to get it out and plug it in. When I started opening the package, I found even more goodies inside! Just look at all of the surprises Martha sent me, and isn't her little notecard just the cutest?

Martha has apparently read my blog enough to know that I love anything Mary Engelbreit! Aren't those cute? And did you see those cute Halloween tissues and the candle (cider web-isn't that a cute fragrance name?). I know Martha thought I didn't have enough Halloween decor at my house! Thank you so much Martha. If you don't know Martha, you need to go meet her at Mid-Atlantic Martha. You'll love what you find on her blog.

As always, I so appreciate you coming to visit my blog, and I love reading your comments. laurie

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I am so excited to be linking to Rhoda's "Today's Thrifty Treasures" for the first time and to Diane's "Second Time Around"! To see thrifty treasures all over Blogville, go get the links at Southern Hospitality and to see second time around treasures go to A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words. Thank you, Rhoda and Diane, for hosting these events.

This week, I went to the "grandaddy of estate sales"! The on-line advertisement:

"Multi-Million Dollar Residence- Over 12,000 square feet full"!

I had to email for an appointment to go to the estate sale! I later learned that was because it is a gated community, and the guard had to have my information before I could get through the gate. Each person admitted was allotted 2 hours (I don't think they enforced that). It took me MORE than 2 hours to shop through this mansion AND take photographs!

The owner's children had grown up and left home, and they were down-sizing. (The White House would probably be down sizing for them!)

I have never been to a professionally hosted estate sale when there wasn't an estate sale employee in every room of the house. After going through the whole house, I went to my car and got my camera, since I knew there wasn't anybody in the rooms to tell me I couldn't take photographs. Sorry, I didn't make it back upstairs to photograph the media room, the play room, and the children's bedrooms. When I was checking out, I overheard one of the employees tell someone that there is a built in security camera in every room, and someone was viewing the monitors! (Of course they would have security in every room, but I never once thought about that!)

After shopping for more than two hours, these are my few little purchases! I paid $11.00 for the cupcake stand; $8.00 for the little "Flanders" plate; $1.00 for a strainer that I thought might be for tea bags (is it?); and $15.00 for the mirrored cake stand. I paid $10.00 for the rusted looking stand that I used on my table Thursday. There's something that goes on top of it, but I'm not sharing that yet.

I've never been to an estate sale this snazzy (heck, I've never been ANYWHERE this snazzy, and I've been to the White House!), so I just thought I'd share it with my friends. I hope you enjoyed going with me to this "grandaddy" of an estate sale! Be sure to go over to Southern Hospitality and to A Picture is Worth 1000 Words. Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality, posted about going to the "Endless Yardsale"! I've always wanted to do that. It looks like so much fun. Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog. laurie