Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stairwell with Magnificent Stain Glass Window, April 2015

Half the fun of estate sale shopping is seeing the inside of some very amazing homes.

Back in April of this year we attended a super nice estate sale at 257 S. Belvedere by T.Fortner Estate Sale Co.  I don't recall buying anything but the trip was worth it just to see this magnificent stain glass window that graces the stairwell.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stelton Stainless Steel Saucepan, ca 1960's-Nov. 21 2015

Today we made a stop at a Robison-Finch Estate Sale.  We usually try to shop on the discount days but todays items were still selling at "full-price."   We were walking toward the house and saw that almost every person coming away from the sale had purchased something.  It looked promising.  A woman said "The house is small.  But it's deceptive."  And she was right! The house on the outside appeared small, not like it's neighboring two story homes that are typical in this neighborhood.  It had been added to through the years so it was much larger than it appeared at first.

I fell in love with several things right off the bat.  I even carried a couple of items around while I looked through the house but I eventually put them down because we try to purchase "non-essential" items on discount days.  Instead I focused on the kitchen and came away with a wonderful bundt pan for $2.00.

However, my pride and joy from today was a small wooden handled pan with two pouring spouts.  I didn't know what it's true purpose was but I envisioned heating up milk for hot chocolate and at $1.00, what did I have to lose?  I really liked the wooden handle, it even has finger indents to help with pouring and the two spouts mean it's perfect for left or right handed folks.  The makers mark looked like it said "Felton Stainless 18 Denmark."

When I came home and did some quick research, I discovered that the maker was actually a Danish company known as Stelton and that this particular pan was made during the 1960's.  I found two sellers on Etsy who had sold the very same pan.  Kaaren of Scandianderson was kind enough to tell me that she sold her pan for 22.85 €.  That's $24.33 in U.S. money.  

This definitely deserves my Estate Sale Bargain of the Day award!    

Monday, November 2, 2015

Quimper Sauciere

A friend introduced me to Quimper Faience back in the 1980's.  I don't have a vast collection and most of it dates from the late 1980's to mid 1990's.  In the past few years I've picked up a few pieces at estate sales and antique malls in the Memphis area.

I found my latest acquisition at an estate sale by A1 Appraisals & Estate Sales. 

It's a very lovely and well used sauciere. One handle is missing, a few chips can be seen and there is a very fine crack which is all but invisible to the naked eye but the colors and artwork are striking!  I had never seen a Quimper Sauciere before. I fell in love with it, imperfections and all. And who could beat the price?  $2.00!  

A quick google search came up with other sauciere's by Quimper but none that look like this one. Because of the pre-existing damage I've re-purposed it into a very lovely planter for my kitchen window.

P.S. That sweet little bluebird in the picture came from the estate sale along with some other items. More about those later.