South Fulton Estate Sale Finds

Earlier this month I mentioned that I had been to an incredible estate sale just the week before. As you probably know, December, January, and February are typically very slow months for yard sales and estate sales. While there may be a few estate sales each week, the yard sales don’t usually start up until spring. So you could probably imagine my excitement when I saw an ad on estatesales.net for an estate sale less than twenty minutes from my house. In addition, the ad stated that everything was 70 to 80 percent off.

I headed over there first thing that morning and found it to be an older home in a great old neighborhood. The man who had lived there had been an executive for Delta Airlines and he and his wife had collected many beautiful items over the years. The estate sale company had already held two estate sales at the house in prior months and this was to be third and final sale. According to other shoppers that I talked to, the prices had been sky high at the previous sales and they had not sold that much. I think they were right because the house was full. It was a two story house with a basement, a lot of territory to cover.

I ended up spending a couple of hours there and found lots of great treasures. The owner of the estate sale company has multiple booths at Roswell City Antiques, a very upscale, high-priced store north of Atlanta. While the home did have some really nice antiques, it just wasn’t in the right  location to support the high prices the owner of the estate sale company was used to. I think the homeowner was frustrated at the lack of sales and insisted on offering the huge discounts so that he could empty his house.

Here are some highlights from what I found. The couple had traveled all over the world and had collected some beautiful pictures depicting the places they had traveled. These first two are from London.

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And here is a close up.

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A very nice hand-carved Wood Sandpiper.

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A couple of vintage hand tools. These always sell well at my booth.

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Lots of small doilies.

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A collection of Ducks Unlimited hats from the nineties. These are very collectible. Ducks Unlimited is an organization for hunting and conservation enthusiasts.

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This beautiful fan-shaped piece of jewelry framed in a velvet-lined shadow box.

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A vintage metal platter/wall hanging.

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And so many books. I bought a total of sixty books at this sale. I picked out a few for myself and the rest will either be for sale in mybooth or I will sell them on ebay.

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There were several books on duck hunting.

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And birds in general.

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A nice Audubon book with an unusual feather pattern on the cover.

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The cover on this book on American Songbirds was in rough shape but the interior pages were fine. The bird prints in this book are perfect for framing. I haven’t decided whether I will sell the book as a whole or remove the pages and sell them separately.

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Wouldn’t this look amazing framed?

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I also found four books by Celestine Sibley. Sibley was a popular writer for the Atlanta Constitution many years ago and she wrote a number of books about life in the South. Her signature is in two of the books.

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The book below did not have a book jacket but it was the one I was most excited about. It is title ” Dear Store: An Affectionate Portrait of Rich’s”. For many years, Rich’s was was one of Atlanta’s favorite department stores. Her book shares many interesting stories about the store, its employees, and customers.

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I purchased quite a few coffee table books.

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The ones by Mary Emmerling are signed by the author.

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I also purchased books with a southern theme or southern authors. Those usually do well at my booth. I may read quite a few of them before I take them to the store though.

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One final find. I got this gorgeous art deco vase. It is green and gold and has a beautiful painting of two moose on the front. It has handles on either side and gold gilding on the handles and edges. This is a stunning piece and I haven’t decided what would be the best format for selling it yet. I am reluctant to put it in my booth because I am concerned that it might get broken. It does have a marking on the bottom but I have not been able to identify who made it yet. I will continue t0 research it and then decide how to sell it once I determine its actual value.

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Well that’s it for today. We have had snow and ice in Georgia this week so I haven’t been to any sales. Hopefully if the ice is melted by this weekend I can try to go to some sales on Saturday.

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Comments

  1. Kathy A says:

    Those aren’t moose on the the vase; they are elk or caribou–they have skinnier antlers; moose antlers are very “thick” in comparison. I woud recommend looking up pictures on-line. Although I have lived in Maine for almost 30 years now, you have to be born a “Mainer” but I can recognize a moose! I tell people, “I got here as soon as I could.” when they ask. I should think German or Austrian/Bavarian??? Glad no one has turned it into a lamp base! Your finds are lovely; I often read books before I put them in my booth, too! Good luck with the icy weather; a constant here but a novelty for you!

    • Thanks for the information Kathy. My husband just walked by and commented on my “elk” vase so I appreciate your (and his) expertise on the animal on the vase. I am always learning something new. Kathy

  2. Wonderful estate sale finds! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  3. anne rohr says:

    Love that elk vase.

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