A few times a year there is that one special Thrifting experience that stays with you forever. This happened to me last Friday when I waited in line to get into a "packed" house Estate Sale. The estate sale company never sends photos with their emails about the upcoming sale. I was expecting a sale with vintage clothing and goods. I was hoping for some older dishes to add to my Etsy store. What a surprise when I walked in and discovered the house was packed with relatively new designer everything!
This is the kind of sale where you truly want to have funds in your business account so that you don't have to hold back on your purchases.
Here's a small list of what I bought:
- 27 pairs of shoes ($3 each)
- Henckels Knife Set ($12)
- Villaware Panini Maker ($15)
- 5 Designer Sunglasses including Chanel ($ 3 each)
- Lots of stocking stuffers for the children
- Mikasa Dish Set (see below)
- Mikasa Flatware Set $12
- New with Tags Anthro dress priced $115 (paid $8)
This is about the only pair that I'm keeping. The shoes were just incredible. I wouldn't consider myself a shoe person but these shoes were amazing. When I researched some of them when I got home I could not believe the closed listing price for some of these. I think my top find was a pair of Chie Mihara's that sold on eBay in used condition for $239. I found 3 pairs of Fluevog Operetta Malibran shoes as well. The trouble is that they are ALL my size. Sigh.
The hardest thing about this sale though was the fact that so many of the items seemed to have been purchased from a younger woman. Or maybe an older woman with the most fabulous, expensive taste. I didn't ask but there was a heaviness in the house and quite a few people came in teary who knew the woman. At the end of the day the items were meant to be sold and purchased but I did have empathy and gratefulness throughout my time in the home. It is a very difficult thing about buying from estate sales.
Funny enough I really needed this sale. It was probably the last really good sale before January and these shoes are going to help fill the book inventory void that I have experienced lately. Of course it does mean that I have to deal with eBay, something I'm not looking forward to. at. all. But I did just make Power Seller (not sure how really with not listing lately) so maybe that will motivate me.
They were produced between 1999-2007 and were designed by Susan Steinberg.
I picked up a large set of dinner plates, salad plates, cups, saucers, S&P, creamer & sugar, a huge serving bowl, a medium serving bowl, coffee dispenser and large platter for $120. I had purchased it with full intentions to sell it but I must tell you that since arriving home I've fallen in love with it. The question is whether I need it, should I sell it or should I keep it. Or maybe it will be my Christmas present this year. I'd certainly prefer this than most things purchased new in the store. I swear "the keep or not to keep" is the hardest thing about being a ReSeller.
Saturday morning there was another fabulous sale, this time a house full of vintage and Mid Century Modern.
Ben Seibel Bowls - Swoon
My friend Jeanie just emailed me last week to tell me that she had found some Ben Seibel dishes. When I read it of course I felt a wee stab of jealousy. I adore Ben more than anything and realized that I haven't found any of his dishes since this fab find in 2009. Sometimes just thinking about finding something helps me find it within the week. These bowls will be added to my collection.
Shara, who recently moved to Arizona turned me on to Mercury Glass beads. These were in the garage with the other Christmas ornaments. The pink are my favorite. I may be hanging those up on my aluminum Christmas tree.
Did you thrift this weekend? The year is coming to a close and the sales are definitely winding up for the year in our area. I'm crossing my fingers that there will be at least a few sales next weekend.