My First Estate Sale

7.19.2011

I went early Friday morning to my first estate sale. I shop and consign some of my stuff at a local consignment shop called The Perfect Piece. It is an upscale consignment shop and the owner also runs estate sales. I received an email about this estate sale and since it was only a few minutes from my house and in a very upscale neighborhood I thought I would check it out. I really didn't expect to find anything that I was willing to pay for and most things were a bit over priced. I lucked up on a couple of things in the library which was the first room I ventured in.


The first thing I spied when I stepped in the library was this lamp. I have always loved this style of lamp. At first  when I saw it I thought it would probably be priced too high so I walked out and looked in the other rooms. After not finding anything else I came back to the lamp and thank goodness it was still there. Ignore the foil on the back of the sofa. That is to keep Bailey from ruining the back cushions and I forgot to move it before the photos were taken.








I love all the details of this lamp and did not even know who the maker was until I got home and looked. I lifted the lampshade here to show who it is by.

Not sure of the original price of this, but I got it for $60. I thought that was a fair price. It is perfect for my sitting room/library. I do love my horse lamp that I had here, but ready for a change.

On the same table as the lamp was this little stack of vintage leather bound French books. At least I think most of them are French.

One of them is the history of France, but it is in French so I won't be reading it. I did take two years of French in high school a gazillion years ago.


The books were only six dollars each. One of them inside said $20 in it that I guess the homeowner paid for it when she or he purchased it.

Here is the room at night. This is when I like this room the best. It has such a warm glow.


So do you think I got a good deal?

What good deals have you found lately at an estate sale or antique stores?

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76 comments:

  1. I think you got a great deal! That is a fabulous lamp! And it looks great in your room.

    Pam

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  2. I think it was a great deal! That lamp looks perfect in there and love those pretty old books. Your room does have a gorgeous glow at night! So cozy!!

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  3. I was just thinking about Stiffel lamps today and here you went and got yourself one and for a better than fair price too. It looks fabulous in your room.

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  4. Your Stiffel lamp is perfect for your sitting room. The books are a great find, too!

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  5. Kim love the old book, And the light is perfect in that room...

    Pattie

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  6. OOOOOH! I love your finds, Kim! I'll say...you got a great deal! That style of lamp is a bouillotte lamp. Here's a link Ito a post I did on their history. they can be hundreds of dollars...up to thousands for teh really old ones!
    http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-new-lovemy-bouillotte-lamp.html
    The books are all French...fabulous finds! You've got the history of France, Balzac's novel "Old (or Father) Goriot," Malherbe's works of poetry and some sort of book about philosophy! It's a good thing I wasn't there! I would have fought you for all of them! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie
    PS...Baby Kitty is having a kitty cat birthday party on Friday. I hope Rusty will join us...and if Baily puts on some kitty cat ears, I bet he will be able to slip in, too!

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  7. The room looks so cozy. A perfect after supper spot. I too have foil sprinkled here and there, but more for my kitty who has taken to sharpening her claws on a few of my pieces (or eating my dried hydrangeas, bad kitty!)

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  8. Loving the lamp Kim! What a great style. It looks wonderful in your home.

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  9. Hi Kim,
    you got a great deal on your lamp. That particular brand name would probably be about $300. new.

    It looks perfect in your room.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  10. Kim, I think you got a great deal on both the books and on that beautiful lamp! It looks like it was made for your room. And I also love the changes you made to the bar stools in your kitchen!

    Kat :)

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  11. Love the lamp and I have been looking for one also. Such a classic style.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  12. You did real good Kim! My mom has all Stiffel lamps in her living room that are probably 40 years old and she remembers paying over $100 for one of her larger ones that she purchased in Ethan Allen. They still look brand new the only thing she changes out are the lamp shades. Martina

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  13. That was a fair price. Especially if it was day one of the sale. By the way you are now doomed {but in the best way} if you keep going to estate sales. I recently bought a wormy maple hand carved bowl, a handmade tile German trivet, and a Japanese box at an estate sale for a total of $19.00. It was day two of the sale and all items were half off. At that sale there was some gorgeous oil paintings and pencil etchings but I behaved. hugs♥O

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  14. PS-- Love the night shots of your sitting room, it looks so cozy! Martina

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  15. Your room looks so warm and inviting in the night light.

    I just found an awesome vintage rocking chair that I'll post about tomorrow. It came from the beach cottage of the next door neighbor to Katharine Hepburn in Fenwick, Old Saybrook. I am madly in love with it.

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  16. Kim what wonderful finds!!

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  17. A GREAT deal! The lamp looks beautiful in there! Love the French books too. Im just love that room, it IS so warm and cozy. XO, Pinky

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  18. This is a very pretty classic lamp! Love the black shade. Score! We do love the antique books don't we? I love that they're French!

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  19. Kim, The lamp is perfect for this room. You got a great deal on the Stiffel lamp and the books are wonderful!
    xo,
    Sherry

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  20. I love that style of lamp too. I think you got a good deal. I love your blog too. Kathi

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  21. Love the lamp. Looks wonderful in your sitting room.

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  22. Hi Kim!

    The lamp is very pretty and the books are fantastic. I LOVE your magnifying glass.

    If you haven't already, try going to an estate auction. You can get some phenomenal buys.

    Have a great week! La

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  23. Hi Kimmie! It's a beautiful lamp and it sounds like a good deal to me!
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  24. Your room looks gorgeous,and i love the lamp.It looks perfect where you have it.

    Kathy

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  25. Kim~
    Your room looks so cozy and comfortable. I adore old weathered looking books, how charming and I like the way you have them arranged! The lamp is gorgeous, I've been looking for one just like that...you SCORED!!=) ~Liz

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  26. Great looking lamp! MyHero has a similar one in his office...and I am going to redo that whole mess yet this summer. I haven't been to an estate sale in years but they can reel you in and you get hooked! I like the room at night too~ Were you able to sneak that past Mr.Savvy...I can see a whole lotta eye rolling going on when you start hitting estate sales! xo Diana

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  27. Oh, the room at night looks so warm and inviting! Beautiful lamp!

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  28. I haven't been to an auction for some time - used to go often in the early days of our marriage. There are no estate sales up here - just no tradition of that sort of thing. People consign things to auction houses. I like an estate sale!

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  29. I recognized that lamp right off, as being a Stiffel!! And what a deal you got!! ;)

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  30. You definitely got a good deal on that lamp. I have Mr. Country's grandma's very similar Stiffel lamp sitting on my foyer chest. It's such a beautiful piece and looks great in your sitting room!
    Marianne :)

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  31. Absolutely. You have such great instincts.

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  32. You sure did get a deal..That is a beautiful lamp..And I agree with you the room is beautiful at night..
    Janet

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  33. You got a fabulous deal on the lamp AND the books!! I love seeing the room lit up at night....so warm and cozy looking :o)Love it!!!
    ~Des

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  34. Great finds. Great room.

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  35. What a classic piece you found and the detail is amazing. I've never been to an estate sale but I think you got a good price on the lamp and the books. The room looks great.

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  36. Always love this room. I'm really into cozy. You DID get a deal on that stunning lamp!
    Blessings,
    Haven

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  37. Love the lamp. It looks like it was made for that room!

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  38. Beautiful lamp, Kim...it's perfect in the room and I think you got a great deal for it, too!

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  39. Hi Kim-

    I have not been to an Estate sale in a long time. They are lots of fun -like an upscale yard sale. I think you did great. I love the detailing on the lamp. Very nice.

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  40. I love your lamp! That's a great deal! The books are fabulous too! Love it all in your beautiful living room.

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  41. Although I think the lamp is beautiful I am in love with the beautiful leather bound books!

    Looks like a great sale!

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  42. The lamp is lovely and the books are awesome. I think you got a great deal.

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  43. Great lamp Kim and the books are beautiful! I would think that is a great price for your new lamp.

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  44. LOVE YOUR LAMP and your room. The colors, the ottoman, the french door. ummmm such ambiance!

    I purchased a lamp today at goodwill for 12.00. Haven't even had time to check it out & clean it up, but it was too beautiful to pass up! Will post soon.

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  45. You sure got a great deal on the lamp and also the books...great finds! Your room does look cozy at night!

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  46. Oh yes! I do love those lamps, how fortunate you were to discover such a find! The room does beckon with its glow...enjoy!

    Hugs~

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  47. Great deal! A good estate sale is like finding buried treasure!!

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  48. Considering that is a Stiffel, YES, you got a great deal! Love how it ties in with your floor lamp. I want those books!

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  49. You did good on that one. Where in the world could you get a Stiffel for that price? An estate sale I guess. Looks great in the room.

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  50. I gasped when I saw the price of your books. I think that is a great deal! I am taking French class again in prep for our bicycle ride across France in September.

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  51. Yes! I think you got a great deal on both the lamp and the books. Your room exudes warmth!

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  52. Brand New....they probably paid about $200. It looks like it is in mint condition. So enjoy!

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  53. That lamp is perfect in its new home!

    I figured you'd be an estate sale champ ... who knew that you weren't. The Husband and I have gone to estate sales and auctions since we were newlyweds. Most of the furniture in our house, except the upholstered pieces, once belonged to other people and most of these came from estate sales.

    Here's a tip ... don't rely on the appearance of the neighborhood to decide whether a sale is a good one or not. I have found some of my best stuff in older houses in modest neighborhoods. Many times, these families have family stuff that they have held onto, and the heirs don't want that 'old stuff'. One person's cast off is another person's treasure.

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  54. Don't you love a deal like that!!! It looks beautiful in your room....which by the way is styled to perfection!

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  55. Without a doubt, you found a treasure and a very good price. It looks as though it was made for your room.
    Best,
    Susan

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  56. Hi Kim, it's the perfect find for the perfect room. I love the hunt style decor you have in that space... very cozy indeed.

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  57. Good eye, Kim and great buys!
    Yvonne

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  58. Kim that is perfect! Way to go. I love how classic the lamp is and the glow in the room. The books are amazing!

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  59. Your first Estate Sale! Oh my! When we lived in the Atlanta Area I would get the paper - find all the Estate Sales, map them out and my husband and I would have a marvelous time! He would first go to libraries to find old Bibles - I'd go to the kitchen and gardens - so much fun and amazing treasures! Love your lamp and absolutely love the books!
    Great deals,
    Kathy

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  60. Kim,
    As far as estate sales go those are pretty darn good prices, so great scores!!!

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  61. love the lamp...good deal...the room is very warm and interesting...love it so much
    KAT

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  62. Your find is a great lamp. I love how it looks in your library. I'm sure the original price would knock your socks off so you treasure is a great deal. I haven't been to any sales lately and missed one last weekend I'm sure was great. I've been avoiding them because I always find great things I don't need. I have a new rule I have a hard time sticking to, If something comes home with me, something goes to goodwill. Its a tough rule but I have no more storage.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  63. That lamp was a great buy! It looks perfect in your room too. Those books are great looking, I would have liked them myself.

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  64. I am an estate sale junky! Are you hooked now?
    It's the best when you find a sale where there the person was a collector or a sale in the country is always great too.
    Looks like you got some great finds!!

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  65. Kim, that light is perfecto for that cozy room. I have never been to an estate sale myself.

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  66. Kim, I'd say you found some great buys. Love the lamp. I've been looking for a bouillotte lamp for some time, but no luck as yet. I think $60 is a terrific price.
    My most recent thrift find was a set of enamel ware - 21 plates, a sugar bowl, a small bowl, a coffee pot, and a large tray. Now I need to plan an outdoor dinner! ;-)

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  67. What great finds Kim! I love that lamp. It looks perfect in your sitting room. I'm glad you kept that arrangement over your sofa in there - it's my favorite!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  68. What a great addition to your room! It is definitely hunt inspired and Stiffel is a high quality lamp mfg. - I think you got a fabulous deal. I also love the fact that you have foil on the back of your sofa - I do the same thing (and it works!). -Jane

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  69. My favorite kind of lamp in the whole world. It is beautiful and when I first saw it, I thought $75 would be an awesome price. You got a heck of a deal..and I love your little books.

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  70. It is perfect Kim...love it all, that spy glass is awesome. I have been to expensive Estates sales and I have been at ones where the kids just basically want everything out and are giving stuff away..you never know what your going to get, but worth the effort!

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  71. how wonderful and upscale that lamp looks!...the room is warm and cozy, and upscale!....are you an upscale neighborhood estate sale junkie now??

    imagine the things you can collect and then resell in the upscale consignment store!

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  72. I came to catch up with some Savvy Style! The lamp is gorgeous, as are the books...the French ones are hard to find that look that amazing! Love the chair makeovers below, too! Ticking...so sharp!! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  73. I think you got a good buy on your lamp. It looks great in your room. The books are quite a find. I took 2 years of French in high school and 2 more years when I went back to college in the 90's. I still wouldn't be able to read them!

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  74. I think you got a great deal! I've always wanted to go to one of those estate sales.

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  75. Very nice lamp, and it looks perfect in your room.

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  76. Kim,
    Your lamp is very nice, it was a good deal. But, my heart skipped a beat when I saw those French books. They are beautiful! Lovely in your sitting room for sure. Thanks for linking to HSH!
    Sherry

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