|Cat pillow + 70's couch + yellow linoleum floor + huge Stein Mart bag as storage = probably a pretty good sale.|
In going through the preview photos this week, I recognized some tell-tale "it's gonna be a good one" signs. Do you know your estate sales? The photos above and below have some markers that indicate "actual to-settle-an-estate sale, not a bunch of children's clothes and ugly furniture that's-really-a-yard-sale". Regardez.
This scene has a lot of things going on. If you can see beyond the household cleaning goods and Lil Bratz valentines, we have a neat 60's stuffed bear, a yellow pitcher that may or may not be a 50's/60's gem but it certainly the right color to be one, a cake platter, and a bunch of pens. Why the bunch of pens? There could be swizzle sticks in there! Or old hat pins! Or any kind of thing. Possibly a good sale, possibly one of those horribly awkward hodge podges where the salespeople go "Oh, just pick out what you want and we'll give you a good price when you get to the checkout." Which is when I inevitably accidentally pick up the "Steiff bear that they couldn't possibly let go of for less than $50", when I was thinking more like $5. Le sigh. Refer back to horrible spider + pillbox hat episode of my last Weekend Finds post. It's hard out here for a magpie of a girl! I can't help the things that attract my eye!
This scene didn't have much going for it (ugh, 90's comforter; ugh, Godey's-esque prints in overkill frames, someone else's style but not mine....) until I spotted the little ceramic hound dog sitting next to the cordless phone! Hello, cute! It probably won't be there more than five minutes after the sale opens, but it still gives you hope that if they saved that little piece of 50's kitsch, maybe there's more gold in them thar hills!
No need to point out what's neat in this picture. Who are you? What kind of stamps do you give?
Want to live in haunted metal dollhouse Tara? Here's your chance. Don't tell anyone how crazy I am about this dollhouse; maybe it'll be heavily discounted on the last day because other buyers' were warded off by the spirits.
What is not to love about this picture?! There's a lot of cool stuff going on, but the African woman in the black and jade green panel painting, the whipstitch lampshade at left, and the planter with the donkey base are my favorites. I have enough sock monkeys or the gent at the back would be a candidate.
Any kind of framed needlework is exciting, but I really like the precious little children at the bottom of the picture on the right.
This whole couch! It looks a little dog-eaten/cat-scratched at the bottom of the frame, but it also looks like it might be a pull-out sleeper. Also, the mens' shirts still in the package? Also, the shocking salmon color of the couch. I'll take the whole thing, thanks!
If I can't have a secretary, I can at least have "Miss Friday the Typist" sitting at my desk. Even if she can't really take dictation, that doesn't mean I can't dictate letters to her and feel important in my own right! I also love the little girl in black tights plié-ing on the dance-shoes box.
The kids on the Lincoln Log box, the Indian scene and the magician on the sides of those party favor toys, the Halloween bowl, and a Dick Tracy esque toy car. CHILDREN'S TOYS FROM THE FIFTIES' ARE THE BEST. Why don't we do package design and marketing like this anymore, as opposed to the earlier mentioned Bratz?
Last but not least, Miss Swagger herself, a 60's bubble cut Barbie photographed amongst all her trappings. Is that leopard trimmed coat killing you or is it K-I-L-L-I-N-G you? One really neat thing about 50's/60's doll clothes or paper doll clothes is imagining your own grown up self, even now, in the same outfits, and I'm a little heartsick over the green dress on the left. Even the Lincoln Log kid approves!
See you tomorrow for Photo Friday!