I admit it. I love “Antiques Roadshow.” I love learning about the wonderful vintage and antique artifacts—even though sometimes it makes me feel old when someone wants to know about a toy I played with as a child. Ouch.
Values are interesting, but it’s the stories that draw me to the show. “We were driving down the road, and there was all this stuff out by the trash …” or “I bought it at a garage sale because I loved it … but I’m not quite sure how old it is. I just want to know more about it.” That kind of thing.
Do you love estate sales, tag sales, garage sales, & auctions? I always have. “The bug” may be contagious, but I don’t think it’s genetic, because only two of my four children “caught it.” A couple of weeks ago my daughter sent me a phone photo of a very old book of hymns that she’d found at an estate sale. I ended up driving over to the sale, where I had a great time admiring the built in oak book shelves with leaded glass doors and so much more about the old house. It was one of those “if these walls could talk” houses that had been well loved and well lived in—a house that deserved a bit of updating and a lot more years of love from a family.
About an hour and a half and less than forty dollars after stepping in the front door, I had acquired an antique oak chair, a box of books, several pieces of etched stemware, two brand new pillow forms, an elegant gentleman’s cashmere and wool dress coat, and this. So here’s the fun: can you tell from these two close-ups of part of it, what I was most excited about bringing home from this particular estate sale?
After you guess, scroll to the end of this post and you can see what it is. My two best buddies dropped by today and helped me set it up. Now I can have a party. And think about a story inspired by this hand-made artifact. A connection to the past and another woman I never met. The woman my “new/old” artifact was made for. We undoubtedly would have been friends.
What’s your favorite vintage find from an estate/tag/garage sale?