Monday, October 26, 2009

Yep, $3.00, that's all I spent and got Coach & Ferragamo

On Saturday, August 17th, I came across 2 architects that were having a sale and they had amazing prices. They didn't have prices on stuff so I didn't know how much they were asking for stuff, so I picked up the three pair of shoes below, yep, a gorgeous pair of red kitten toe Coach pumps and 2 pair of Salvatore Ferragamos for...drumroll....$1.00 a pair!

I also got this cute package of vintage wrapping paper lately, it was only $1.75. There was some real cute stuff in here. I got it from the estate sale company that I follow religiously, if they're open, I'm in line at 7:00 it. Know what I really love, $1.00 for Coach Pumps!

Wow, bet you've just been dying to see what I got...took me long enough!

Some people call me crazy, but not you, because you understand, you know that this is my "hobby" and that I love to get up before the crack of dawn to drive 2 hours to another state to an estate sale. Yep, all by myself, that's why the picture is so out of focus as I was driving in the middle of nowhere trying to shoot and click. You get the idea though, right? I'm on my way and I'm excited. The sale was in Albany, GA and that's a little over 2 hours from my house: Distance? No problem!
So, I made it and this is what I saw as my little GPS navigator took me right to the front door; I got a little worried knowing that it started on Friday that they may not have much "stuff" left, but really, you'll see...that wasn't an issue. This place was gorgeous and the house sat on this gorgeous piece of land with 100 year old oak trees. The house was over 4000 square feet and was originally built in the 1920's; then, a man and his wife, who never had any children and who also owned a large Chevrolet dealership in Albany, bought it and moved in.
Here's a little history that I learned about the house while I was waiting in line and then as I was checking out, I met Maxine, the last owner who was selling and downsizing. She was amazing and I could have talked to her all day. She was 82, could see and hear better than me, loved to play golf and went and saw Tiger Woods play several times in the last couple of years and helped me carry my plum lady glasses to the car - Thanks Ms. Maxine for sharing all your treasures with me and everyone else who showed up. They'll enjoy their new home in my 50s ranch!
They had a friend, the first woman attorney (in the 50s...)who lived alone, that they asked to be their personal attorney and representative. They asked her to come and live with them in their huge home and she did. She brought all of her things with her and lived there and was also their caretaker as they both got older and eventually passed away. When they died, the attorney got lonely and asked her friend Maxine to move in. When the couple died, they left all the property, including all of the contents, to the attorney which resulted in a house full of awesome stuff from some pillars of the community who loved to entertain and have fabulous parties throughout the 1950s and 60s. Wait 'til you see the "rompus room" and all the liquor decanters; I've truly never seen anything like it. The picture below is the front of the house and I stood there and waited about an hour for it to open and was thrilled that I was first! It was worth the early (4:30 a.m. wake up call....seriously folks!) The attorney asked her friend Maxine to move in as she was lonely in this huge house full of stuff. Maxine inherited the house and all three of the previous residents' stuff; lucky for us Maxine didn't have much sentimental attachment to it and let us buy it all.
Okay, so let's show you some of the stuff I got; got this tablecloth for $4.00..had a few spots but I soaked it and got them all out with Retro Clean. If you haven't heard of it, it's an amazing product that I love to tell anyone about that loves old linens as much as I do. Go to and see for yourself. (No, I don't get anything for telling people I'm just glad to share info when I get it)The awesome little amoeba fish shot glasses below were a set of
8 for $4.00; love them!
Okay, can you hardly stand it... I mean, check out these high ball glasses of the plump "round bottom gal". They are truly fantastic! I loved them so much that I bought 2 sets of them, one for me and one for my dear friend who has an awesome beach house that they will be quite at home at. They are hilarious and make me feel that even us plump gals no how to have a good time! They were only $4.00 for a set of six too, awesome prices so I just shopped away!
I found this beautiful unused kitchen towel for only $2.00...
I also found this gorgeous fruit tablecloth below with all the stains on it; I guess that's why it was still there on the 2nd day, Saturday when I was there, but never fear as I soaked it in RetroClean too and they all came out, it makes me happy just to look at it...I know, I know...I recognize the could be worse though.
Isn't it pretty?
This awesome gravel art picture below, with the musicians was
only $2.00; love it!
Check out this awesome sofa that I saw when I first got there, it was in the garage and had sold the day before, it was only $45.00 and was a vinyl arched one that I would have loved to have brought home even though
I had no where to put it. Hasn't stopped me before...
The picture below was in the "rompus room" where many an awesome parties must have occured; they collected liquor decanters and there were 100s of them. They couldn't hardly give them away, so, if you're a collector, I know you're hating that you missed this. This is the room where I found my shot glasses and my big bottom gals.
The fabulous, and I truly mean amazingly fabulous, green naugahyde sofa, with needlepoint teal and green cushions sold while I was there. It was a sofa, 2 end tables, lamp for $275.00. Absolutely worth every penny.
There was also a lemon yellow naugahyde club chair with ottomon
that the man got for like $75.00. He loaded it up before I could snap a picture for you to see.
The best part about this couch and sofa was the fact that if you spilled any liquor from all those decanters or high ball were safe; thank goodness for naugahyde. I miss it...
I loved the needlepoint/pettit point cushions. They were terrific.
And, as always, I try to find a sassy bag whenever I can and this sale didn't dissapoint; got the above fabric bag for $8.00. And, since I found so much stuff at the sale, and there's stuff I didn't have photos of here, I needed something to put my remaining few pennies in for the trip back to Florida.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day going to this sale and really enjoyed meeting Ms. Maxine; I hope that one day, if God willing, I live to be 82 and have to downsize my treasures, that someone will spend some time getting to know me and all the great stories behind my "treasures". Bye, bye awesome sale; you were definitely worth the trip. Thanks for sharing your history and treasures with me.