There is nothing that gets my mouth watering quite like an Estate Sale and the anticipation of the whats inside the home. Its a time capsule waiting to be explored, the decor of the interior, where they traveled, what kind of treasures they collected and how they dressed, its all fascinating to me. I always say a little blessing for the former occupants when I enter a sale. I am lucky to live in Bel Air a fantastic neighborhood for Estate Sales, this spring there seems to be a lot of them….
Simply driving through the West Gate of Bel Air feels like you are leaving the city behind and entering a portal to a land of green enchantment.
Already I spy a bunch of cars parked at the curb….competition is always fierce at these sales. Its best to get there early and be one of the first in line if you want first dibs. If not that’s OK too not everyone is looking for the same things, often on the last day of the sale things are discounted 50%. Not every sale is a bargain so be sure to know your limits and the value of the item you are purchasing.
What a beautiful hand forged floral Iron gate with a lush tropical garden growing behind it….I get the feeling this is Estate Sale is going to be epic…
And I am right… every thing is gorgeous and there is a lot of it….. a life time of collecting.
This house is Spanish Colonial and has a flora and fauna decor theme…. look at this collection of glass mums.
Through the window the lush green grabs my eye… the story is the houses owner has a botanical obsession and spent years traveling the globe collecting plants to cultivate in his own garden.
A large collection of costume jewelry, hundreds of pieces were displayed in trays organized by color….
Estate Sailors inspecting the trays of jewels as the garden beckons just beyond the wall of french doors.
My eye escapes upwards from the overladen trays of jewels through the window outside into the garden. Buying Vintage is the greenest most sustainable way to decorate because all the resources and energy that went into making that item was used long ago and buying vintage protects our ecosystems. The continued use of the item is where the value now lies, this is what the term cradle to cradle means.
the whimiscal still life with its clear light color combination is not for sale, but I admire it anyway.
Life is for the birds….
If you were inspired by this post and would like to attend Estate Sales in your neck of the woods, you can find Estate Sales nation wide listed on EstateSales.Net .
These sales are usually cash only so be prepared and bring lots of it, they don’t allow big purses or bags so leave them in the car. Take your time scan through the entire house first and then go back to zone in on what you want. Check attics and basements or outside storage areas for hidden collections, paintings and treasures as these areas are often overlooked. If you are looking for furniture make sure to bring a tape measure. Don’t take it to seriously, enjoy yourself, vintage treasure hunting is fun! and there will always be another sale ……
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