Last Friday my friend Jacki texted me while she stood in line for an estate sale to start in Washington. I didn't go out on Friday because the two estate sales in our area sounded rather dull and I wanted to work on the ReSellers Listing Challenge. I did get distracted as I found the estate sale online that Jacki was going to attend and then of course I got sucked into looking at the photos. Have you ever vicariously experienced an estate sale that someone else is planning to attend? It was so much fun to look at the photos, text her and later hear the story of the sale by phone. She picked up the most fabulous orange Mid Century Modern lamps for $1 a piece. By the end of the day I was really craving a good sale on Saturday.
One of my favorite Estate Sale companies had a sale planned in Petaluma. I was there very early, arriving around 5:30. I had my breakfast in the car as well as coffee. I read the paper, researched items on the iPad and eventually stood in line and visited with the other dealers. The sale wasn't as good as I had liked but I did get some good inventory to sell. This made my effort to be there early worth it.
I headed south to Novato to try some garage sales there. I hit 5 sales and bought nothing. Not a thing. I had one sale left in my GPS which advertised 1960's and 1970's items. I completely read the time wrong and thought it started at noon. Instead it had started at 10 a.m. and was ending at noon which is just about when I was arriving. In the end it was the perfect time because I could negotiate better on the pair of lamps that I bought.
The house was nearly empty and I later discovered they have had the sale for the last three weeks. Oops. For some reason this lamp and the teak lamp above hadn't sold. I made an offer for both of them. I paid $100 for the arc lamp. The teak lamp is going to be listed on eBay.
I have a large goal this year in regards to building our savings. Lamp purchases don't typically fit into this, especially at that price. I don't know if you recall the amazing estate sale that I went to on Dave's birthday in July. I fondly call it the Crafter's Estate Sale. I filled the van for $400 and bought at least $4000.00 in inventory if not more. I'm still selling items from that sale. Last fall I finally pulled out the sterling silver belt buckles and belts. I realized that one had a zippered pocket on the inside. I opened it and discovered that previous owner had place two very crisp $100 bills inside! The neighbors could probably here my woots that morning. I placed the bills in my wallet and told myself that I would keep them there for an emergency purchase. I finally used one of them on Saturday to buy the lamp. So in a strange-thrift-math sort of way, the lamp was free.
Sunday I told Dave that I would be enjoying lunch in the living room with my lamp. He gave me a strange look but understood. I can't tell you how much I adore it. The shade and curved pole are aluminum and the base weighs over a hundred pounds.
My vintage lamp was copied from this: the original Achille Castiglioni lamp. My base is certainly not marble and everything else is a little different. I'm hoping to eventually discover who made and sold this lamp.
While I didn't bring a lot home this weekend, I did find the faux arc lamp which is probably going to be on my list of top ten finds of 2012. The thrifted life is good.
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