Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Best.Estate Sale.Ever!

Do you know Rhonda of Kattywhompus Primitives?
She has two lovely Etsy shops and is an artist on Early Work Mercantile.
She also is a writer for Mercantile Gatherings Magazine and last winter wrote an incredible article about our favorite shop, Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda at Boxwood & Berries at Country Sampler two year ago and it was a joy!
This past fall, I received an email from Rhonda. She wanted to let me know about an incredible estate sale that she had heard about and thought was near my home. It was about 40 minutes away and it was an incredibly busy weekend, but after I saw the photos I knew that I had to get there some way, some how! Between commitments, I figured out that I could go to the Estate sale on the final day, but could only stay for about 40 minutes and would have to run. I took my small budget, hopped in the car with my gps and headed out.
There was a line of about 12 people ahead of me and time was ticking. Seeing the treasures they were coming out with I started hyperventilating! All the good stuff was going out! The house was teeny and tiny and as one person left, one could go in. I waited as patiently as I could...

The woman that had lived there was an incredible collector of primitives - no junk here. She didn't have just one of anything, each type of item was an entire collection!  Her home was bursting to the brim and each and every item was the best quality available - no reproductions.

I can't imagine how long it took her to amass her collections.

But just looking at everything brought me such joy!

Time was ticking and I had to make some decisions.
(Those that know me know that I am not good at making spur of the moment decisions :) I must ponder and agonize over every purchase LOL! So my 30 minutes flew by in the blink of an eye!

 If only my budget had a few extra zeros after it!
The prices were fair retail antique shop prices, but
I was fortunate enough to be there on the final day, so everything was half off!
Even so a bigger budget would definitely have helped with the decisions!

 This was the room I spent the most time in... agonizing!
I have always wanted a punched tin lantern, but oh my stars! How do you make a decision with card tables stacked on top of each other filled with punched tin lanterns??!
I have always been mesmerized by toy Noah's Arks, I had a plastic one as a child that I adored and treasured. I had never seen an antique one in real life, just online or in books and here was an entire fleet. This was the only decision that I was able to make in a snap!
After my half hour was over and I was heading home, I had to call my parents on the phone to tell them all about it. I think it took a few minutes before they could understand what I was saying, I was babbling so!
Don't you love all these antique painted baskets piled up in the bathtub!
Thank you ever so much Rhonda for taking the time to tell me about this incredible sale!
(I told  her so with a little treasure that I found for her there :) 

It was a half hour that I will never ever forget!
In my next post I will share my purchases.
And if I can get myself together I will have a little giveaway of some sort...
Blessings, Patti


Peggy Lee said...

Oh wow!!
The suspense is killing me. Can't wait to see what came home with you.

Phyllis said...

Looking forward to seeing what you brought home!

marly said...

My goodness. That many fabulous collection pieces were left on the last day?? I can't believe how many lanterns there were! Anxious to see your finds.

Orange Sink said...

Wow! Patti! I can tell you were more than a little bit excited! LOL! What fun!!
Hurry and show us what you bought!
Cathy G

paulette said...

OMGosh!! Incredible...the suspense is killing me!! Can't wait to see the loot!!

old crow said...

Oh my goodness Patti, what an amazing estate sale!! I have never seen such collections!! WOW!

Nancy in MT said...

Wow is right, would have to buy one of the arks.

Nanct in Mt

BumbleBeeLane said...

Oh my just drool worthy! I would of been wanting one of everything.can't bealive that was all left on day 3. Can't wait to see your treasures. Warm Blessings! -Amy

Three Sheep Studio said...

How very fortunate you were to be alerted by a friend of this amazing opportunity !
Can hardly see what you came home with. ;)

denise said...

wow! my kind of sale! love the pillow om your header! where can i get the pattern? denise[cheermom1954@aol.com]

moosecraft said...

Another WOWIE! That is the best estate sale I've ever seen too! I would have at least grabbed a small painted basket... and one punched tin lantern (they all looked pretty good)... half off on those pantry boxes I bet were still priced over the moon... ahhhhh... you have a very good friend to let you in on stuff like that! :-)

kelley said...

best sale ever is an understatement...just getting to see her collection must have been a treat...oh those pantry boxes!!!

looking forward to seeing the treasures you brought home...

Primitive Stars said...

OMG!!!!! That is so amazing all her collections, I would have been going crazy too......Can't wait to see what you bought, Francine.

Jeanne said...

Unbelievable !! Can't wait to see what you purchased. I would have gone nuts for all those baskets.

Deb said...

Oh my goodness, what an incredible sale. I would hav been beside myself. Can't wait to see what you bought.

annie said...

wow! it all looks fabulous!
would love to have been there!
hope to see your upcoming photos!

bayrayschild said...

OMG Patti! You must have thought you died and gone to Prim Heaven!
Can't wait to see your treasures!
What fun! Wish I had been there!


Jean Bee said...

Oh goodness, I think I'd be frozen with all that fabulousness!! Glad you were able to get there! I met Rhonda at the B & B also. Are you going to te one in the Fall? I'll be there and also at Grand Olde Flag in June.
Can't wait to see what you picked out!

prims by olde lady morgan said...

OMG!!! I am drooling, hyperventilating and more... that is a collection to end all collections! WOW! OLM

Rugs and Pugs said...

That is the sale of a lifetime!!! What wonderful treasures. And that was the last day???
Hugs :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What an awesome estate sale. I would have been broke before I left, I'm sure. I see so many things I couldn't have left without (budget permitting). How fun, I can't wait to see what you got.

Linda said...

unbelievable !!!!! OMG, it is hard to imagine all those things in one house, no reproductions.... when I started looking at your pictures, my jaw just dropped, I think I might have fainted, lol, amazing, you lucky girl!!!!

sandy said...

Oh my goodness, what a lot of "treasures". I look forward to seeing what you came home with.