Friday, May 31, 2013

Estate Auction and finds!

This past week I went to an antique auction at this wonderful Plantation home...


upon my arrival these two concrete lions sat proudly on their brick thrones overgrown with ivy, beckoning me to enter into their domain and warning me of the storm that was a brewing in the skies above...


these romantic little cherub/putti greeted me and assured me that it would be alright. The tables were full of lots of goodies all nestled under a tent ...


and the furniture was to be sold inside...


The house was just wonderful with beautiful rosettes and lighting...


and outside it was just as pretty. The home and 3 of the 17 acres ended up selling for the low price of $110,000.
I wish I could tell you I was the new owner but I cannot. I did express my interest in the home with hubby beforehand but you must remember, hubby is not a Victorian Wanna Be so it didn't work!


But I did end up buying a few things that had made my heart go pitter patter! I brought them home and displayed them on this little table for you to see...


First up is this milkglass chick, resting upon a hankie, peeking out of an egg riding a sleigh. The chick was $15 and the hankie I got an Goodwill the other day for 50 cents, I like the sweet little tatting on the edges. The book is a Queen Victoria book, I got it for $2.50 and not sure what I will do with it. I needed it for my Victoria Day post I did a few weeks ago.


Only a few pictures in the book, I liked this silhouette picture of "Her Majesty"...


and these photos of her as a young girl...
                                                                          


And here is a piece that caught my eye immediately! It is an Old Paris porcelain dresser tray (I think). Not sure what the little cups are, maybe for face cream? Would they have had lids, I don't know.


I totally fell in love with that bird on top! The piece has a few broken places (and the bird's tail has been glued back on), but not real noticeable and for $10, who could pass that up?! I believe there would have been a mirror where that flat part is. So I think I will get one cut to place there.


And I think I saved the best for last! (even though you saw a glimpse of them in one of the photos from above). I just loved these little guys with all the pinks and flowers and all. But I'm going to tell you a little secret, they have been decapitated at one time or another, but thank goodness someone had the sense to glue those puppies back on!! I have not cleaned any of this stuff up, so it is a little dirty looking and has dripped wax on them. On the bottom is a blue crossed swords looking mark, kind of like Meissen.  I paid $20 for these.


A view from behind...
 And if you look carefully you'll see what I've been up to!


I decided these guys were a little plain and needed some sparkle, so I got out my prisms! The smaller one's on the left are too squatty looking so I took some prisms off the luster and VOILA! I love that look!


So here we go! What to do now? Take the prisms off the lusters and not use the luster vases, or maybe just try and find extra prisms for the candlesticks too? And where to put the candlesticks, on the piano?


On the mantle? (sorry for the blurry picture!)


Or on the pier table next to the shell dome? The pink flowers on the candlesticks match the pink shell roses in the dome so that looks nice. But whatever I do I'll need to rearrange things or just add to the vignette.
Hmmm....what to do? What would you do?
                         

Thanks so much for visiting. Have a great week!

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28 comments:

  1. Hi Gina B Victorian,
    I just love your estate sale finds! The pink cherub candle holders are so very beautiful. I definitely would have been overjoyed to find them. That home for $110,000 is unbelieveable! Home like that where I live would be in the millions. The Queen Victoria Book is also a collectible. You really had a lucky day treasure hunting! Wow!
    Have a great weekend!
    Karen

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  2. Wow what a beautiful place!! The foyer reminds me of the house in Forrest Gump.

    Gorgeous finds, enjoy them!

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  3. Hi Gina! What beautiful finds! Love those little candlesticks. The home is gorgeous too. I'm sure it was a treat to get to go inside and peep around.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. You have too much fun doing this!
    I love reading your posts - - and what great treasures you found!
    Love it!

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  5. Wow what a house. I like the way the walkway is accented with plants and the pretty wrought iron chairs in the front lawn. I am going to have to get something like that for mine. Those gorgeous roses as a backdrop to the seating, so nice.
    I would love to live in a house like that with that wonderful staircase, how elegant it looks.
    I do enjoy going on these fun treasure hunts with you and wish I could have been there in person.
    betsy

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  6. What a beautiful old home! It must have been so fun to search for treasures there! I can't believe it sold for such a low sum. It looks glorious inside. What a treat it was to see all of your treasures. You sure found some beauties. I'm enamored with all things Queen Victoria, so I would love your book. And those ornate candlesticks are amazing! You always find the neatest things!

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  7. Wow Gina, what a beautiful home! I can't believe it sold for that price. Your new treasures are wonderful and the cherub candlesticks are amazing! Enjoy your weekend.

    Wanda

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  8. I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

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  9. Hi Gina,
    What lovely finds! Love those candlesticks ... so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful home with us!
    XO
    ~Wendy

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  10. Wow. I can't imagine how I'd feel pulling up to that estate sale. I probably would have trouble wit my composure and walking. UNBELIEVABLE. Here in California you can't even get a potting shed for $110,000. Amazing.Love the candle holders. Beautiful.
    Karen

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  11. Where do you live where everything is so reasonable? That house for $110,000! The dresser set is fabulous!

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  12. Oh my, the house sold for $110,000?!!! Such beautiful treasures you have there ... love the dresser tray with the bird, gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  13. Sounds like you had a fun day. I've never been to an auction but you won some fabulous items. That home went for an amazing price but the buyer probably has to spend quite a bit on annual upkeep. Thanks for sharing this event with us.

    Debra

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  14. What an amazing home! It is gorgeous and your finds are divine! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  15. What a great find. I like the prisms on or off the candle sticks, you can look for more long prisms so you will have extra s
    what a deal on that house how I wish you could have bought it I can just see you living in it
    I always had a dream for such a house

    I seen several things in the pictures I liked and glad you got a pile of some special items for yourself

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  16. Wow, the home is lovely. So many wonderful treasure too Gina. You have quite the eye for these things. Maybe someday, adding a water feature will be something you can add. So soothing. xo Linda

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  17. I'd have parked myself in that amazing home and refused to move until it was mine! Of course the next best thing is bring some of those treasures home with you.

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  18. Wow that's such an amazing price! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back. Nicole

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  19. What a fun sale that looked to be. I love that you got to see inside. Can't believe what a low price it fetched. Seems so full of character. Thanks for taking us along!
    Liz

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  20. What a beautiful home. I just can't believe the price. What a steal. I hope it went to good hands. Your finds are just lovely. Especially those amazing candle holders. Thank you for bringing us along. I could not walk away from that beautiful home.

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  21. That is an amazing home and property! I cannot believe it went for such a low price. It would go for much more around here. Thank you for taking us along with you. I'm so glad you found some goodies too.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  22. That place was gorgeous and I am surprised how reasonable the prices were. Beautiful picks how fun!

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  23. Hello Gina,
    Thank you for taking me to an impressive estate sale. I can't believe it went for $110,000. The light fixture with the iron work around is something I would want at the DV. You did good - lovely finds.
    Anyes
    xx

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