I can't believe we've already gone through half of 2012! Wow. How quickly time passes you by...
I've been a busy bumble bee in my neck of the woods, or at least it feels that way! The shop did well this month and it has only invigorated me to keep chugging along. The hours put in and the money earned still aren't close to being comparable to my previous day job but I am confident that it can get there. I also believe that it's good to diversify your sources of income anyway, especially for young architects like myself (the field is still highly unstable).
The finds I'm sharing this week are a combination of this week's and last week's estate sales. Last week I decided to venture out to Orange County for an estate sale that had a lot of Abraham Palatnik items in one of their preview pictures. I didn't find anything else of interest in the pictures and so all of my eggs were riding on the Palatnik.
Since I am my mother's daughter, I get serious anxiety over silly things like Estate Sales. I went to bed and woke up at an ungodly hour due to my nerves. I tried to go back to sleep but I knew I was only kidding myself. I decided to drag myself out of bed and figured that waking up really early and heading out early would secure me a top spot in the estate sale list. The sale was set to start at 8am. I arrived sometime between 5 and 5:30 only to find I was #2! The other good reason for leaving early was to avoid the bad commuter traffic. So what was I going to do with that time? I decided to call my mom who conveniently lives on the East Coast. I started chatting with some of the other folks that started trickling in only because I felt obligated to apologize for my car alarm going off at 6am! I struck a conversation with the lady who was #1 on the list and it turned out she was an LA dealer with a shop in Hollywood. Whoa! We chatted about her beginnings as a seller, she gave some advice, we shared some fun stories and then before we knew it we were 15 minutes away from the start of the sale.
Well folks, she almost snagged ALL of the Palatnik pieces. I joked with her that if she had more hands she would've succeeded. She did manage to get the ones that were in the best shape. I managed to get the camel with quite a bit of damage but I was not going to go home empty handed. I also found the Festivo candlestick and the teak snack trays there as well.
Since I had done quite a bit of driving to get to that sale I didn't
want to drive that much more out of the way. I had planned a thrift loop
that worked well for my trip back home. However, there was an estate
sale that was advertised as having been the home of a Landscape
Architect and Sculptor. The sale sounded amazing and there weren't any
preview pictures so I'm sure everyone's imagination was running wild
because mine surely was. I arrived at the sale hours after they had
started and there was still a line to get in. They were limiting the
number of people who could enter because of the amount of items in the
home. Everyone walking out of the sale would comment on how amazing it
was yet they were only walking out with one or two things. Curious don't
My number was finally called to enter the home and boy was I amazed at the amount of artwork. Both framed and unframed, all signed. I didn't recognize the names and the prices were definitely out of my price range to pull the trigger. It was looking like I was going to be one of those people walking out with one item but saying that it was an amazing sale. Everything changed when I walked into the kitchen. I saw one canister with the familiar black script and red dot. My perspective broadened and I saw all of the canisters above. Gadzooks! I panicked momentarily because I didn't have a box or bag to carry all of them. I quickly looked around and luckily there was a dish strainer nearby and I positioned them all safely in there. For those of you wondering, these are all Freeman Lederman canisters that were designed by LaGardo Tackett. If all of these were there, I can only imagine that some of the biomorphic pieces must have been there too. I received several funny looks and I know people must have been wondering why the heck I was trying to get all of these canisters. I was giddy and that was all that mattered. At the same estate I found the copper printing block in the back. It has a lovely art deco graphic that I'll have to share with you when I ink it.
Phew. I hope I haven't lost any of you. This is pretty long-winded for my posts.
This picture brings me to a local estate sale this weekend. I saw a blurred picture of this lamp from afar in a room with some retro wood paneling and that was my reason for going to the sale. I slacked off and arrived 30 minutes prior to them opening and was about #30-40 in line. I saw a couple of hipsterish fellas and started kicking myself for not getting there earlier. I had to wait to get in because they were limiting the number of people they were allowing in. Ayayay. When I was finally allowed in I walked to the room with the paneling and the lamp was still there! Without hesitation I walked toward it and turned it over. It was a Design-Line lamp (not Laurel like I originally thought) but still fantastic. I placed it in my bag and turned around only to find the green Design-Line Jack on the coffee table! I don't know the story about the lady whose estate it was but I felt she was a kindred spirit. She had a lot of craft supplies and pieces that were hard for me to say no to. As an example is the little wire critter standing in the back.
You can learn more about it here and if you want to see it in action ( i highly recommend watching it with the sound on)....
Lastly, I found these fantastic 3.5 pt Hudson Bay blankets that I'd been coveting. They are both in pretty good condition and are my first Hudson Bay finds to date. I will be listing one in the shop tomorrow.
Since I started reselling, I find that I am more willing to bring items home. Of course I wouldn't have said no to the items in this post even if I wasn't reselling but I definitely don't feel as guilty. That being said, I am getting overwhelmed by the inventory that needs to be listed. If you've ever been interested in some of my finds, stay tuned to my shop because I will be listing up a storm this month!
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I hope you had a great week this week! I'll be hopping around to take a look at your finds. I'll be linking up with Sophie and Selena.