11 October 2014


This sale was at the home of my late cousin who died last Spring.

Walking up the driveway...

The sale was outside, in the carport and this driveway area.

There were numerous items lined up on the retaining wall.

Some of the wicker from the sunroom area

This was the second day of the sale.
We didn't know it would start yesterday.

Sweet Husband is perusing the goods

My cousin was a voracious reader.  There were always books books books everywhere!  She introduced me to many writers.

Today we went to an estate sale.  Nothing unusual about that.  We often do that on Saturday morning.  What was different was that this one was at the house of my late cousin.  I have shown you her pretty red and white kitchen before.  In fact, it was one of my most popular posts.

It was surreal to see the house like this, stripped of most of the things she had collected over her lifetime.  Her vibrant personality was reflected in every inch.  The sale was outside, because her son and his wife are going to renovate the house and live here.  They kept most of the antiques, etc., but of course they want to put their own stamp on the house now.  I had not been here to the house since she had gone into assisted living almost two years ago.  

In one corner of the living room...
where some of the furniture was kind of "stored" here and there

This little vintage French-style curio will be coming to live with me.  This is the piece she bought to keep her prized Lladro collection together.  My cousin and his wife didn't want it since they really only wanted to keep the antiques.  We will be going back for the cabinet as well as my mother's old Desert Rose Franciscan-ware dishes which he gave back to me.  I am planning to  use it to keep my silver (which has been stashed in my garage for seven years!).

A last look as we drove away

The end of an era.  It still seems so surreal.

On her 93rd Birthday, early last December 


  1. What an interesting post. Your cousin had lovely things. How sad most of them had to be sold to strangers. I can imagine how surreal it must have been for you. I had an aunt who never married, had no children. She worked in NYC and traveled to CA a lot. She bought something everywhere she went. Her apartment looked like an overstuffed gift shop. She had Lladros, Dept 56 Villages, Precious Moments and beanie babies. She also had some really good items like Gustavsberg figurines, Dansk dishes, and flatware. She also had a dresser with drawers full of jewelry. She had all these things but only had $27.00 in her bank account when she passed. It took days to pack everything and then we had a family meeting where items were distributed among various family members. It was then that I realized that "you can't take it with you when you go," and I made the conscious decision to downsize my stuff. Also, going to estate sales and seeing how people behave made me realize that I didn't want that happening to my stuff when I'm gone. So for our daughter's sake, we try to keep things simple, but comfortable. Before I sell or get rid of something, I ask her first if she thinks she'll want it someday. If she does, it gets packed away. If not, it gets sold, donated or given to someone who can use it. She, however, hangs on to her own possessions, so we have boxes and boxes of her toys and books in storage. Go figure.

    1. That's funny that your daughter has the "keep-it" gene! My father's family (me and this late cousin included) are all afflicted! I guess we are just a step or two shy of being hoarders. My husband's family on the other hand, throw out everything, and it just kills me. I hope you got some neat things when your aunt passed.

  2. Hi Ellen! Oh, I know this had to be sad for you and I do remember you posting about your little aunt's kitchen. Looks like she had some beautiful things and how nice her son will restore the home and live in it. Now...getting really serious here...did that Civil War hat sell? If it didn't my Mr. Precious would be very interested in it. He loves that stuff. Just let me know. That's a beautiful snap of you and your little aunt too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. I sent you an email, but I will put you in touch.

  3. Good Afternoon Ellen, Your cousin had many beautiful items in her home and like her, I love Lladros and have quite a few pieces myself. I wish I lived nearer as I would love to have bought the pair of beautiful needlepoint purses. I just know how much time goes into creating those beautiful purses.
    It is understandable that your cousin wants to put his own stamp on the house.... but the house will always be filled with the wonderful memories you have of your elderly cousin.
    Best Wishes

    1. There was quite a bit of vintage clothing although a lot had already sold. I am sorry you don't live closer, too. I actually did inspect those needlepoint bags, and they are beautifully made. I don't know if she did the needlepoint herself or not. She was quite a knitter, but I don't remember her doing this. Also, she was a career woman, and back when she would have used these things, I doubt she would have had the time. I am guessing that maybe one of her many friends did it. Thanks so much for visiting.

  4. It must have felt so strange, seeing things for sale that you saw when you visited. The white wicker was very pretty.

  5. Ellen, I image this was very emotional for you. It's difficult for me to go to estate sales and think of the person who once treasured the things now up for sale to strangers. The wicker is wonderful. Too bad you don't have a place for it. I read above about the needlepoint bags. They are gorgeous! It looks like a beautiful setting for a home. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for the sweet comment on my Facebook page. It's a very sad time.

  6. Well, it looks like your cousin may be having some haunting in his future, even though the Lladros weren't necessarily in a garage sale, they were being sold outside. The vitrine you took to remember your aunt by is wonderful. I collect vintage purses, mostly beaded and mesh (but those two needlepoints certainly drew my eye, esp. the one with the bird on black), and I love displaying my collection in cases like the one you bought. I also store my silver on one very similar to that. It will be fun for you to pull your silver out, and think about your aunt as you work up the display. It looks like she had a wonderfully collected life, and it's sad to see it reduced to a sale like this. The truth is, this is how it will likely be for all of us. I am saddened at most estate sales I go to - you see everything from the wedding (dress) to the senior potty chair, and all things in between that tell the tale of their lives. I'll probably haunt my kids if they dispose of my purse collection like your aunt with the Lladros, lol.

  7. Oh so sorry - it must have really been hard for you to see people picking over all her lovely items. She must have had a wonderful life and had many beautiful items. Isn't it nice to know that her son will be living there and will stay in the family.

  8. Bittersweet Ellen, I love the curio cabinet, a great piece~are you planning to paint it I wonder? How lovely to get the china back. The grounds of the home are gorgeous~ did the Lladros sell? I hope the son's not in for a haunting!

  9. I can only imagine. The feelings that are attached to everything you see when you walk up to the home of a person who is no longer with us...it can be almost too much to bear. Every book, every dish, every stick of furniture, every piece of paper...all of it a part of who that person was in this life. Surreal is definitely the best description.

    I'm glad that a little piece of your cousin's legacy is coming home with you. I know you loved her, and every time you look at that curio you will be able to think about her and smile...or cry...or just feel relief & joy that she lived a good long life.


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