Yup, it's a crummy pic...I know. But a Curtis Jere looks great just about anywhere, right?
Especially an $8 Curtis Jere! With the Tags Still On! I know, you're thinking "of
course Mr. Modtomic gets this, he probably sat outside in the cold ALL night
again!". Not this time. I did get up early though, 8:30 am. Wait wait, that's like the
middle of the night to me. I generally get to bed between 2:30 and 3:30 am. So
yeah, some sleep was lost. Plus there was this great program on PBS last night as
I crawled into bed about a super computer on Jeopardy which kept me up another
half hour until I dozed off.
So I managed to get to the estate sale this morning at about 9:30 am. Nobody was
waiting at the door so I was ostensibly "first" in line. After about 10 minutes the 20
or 30 people who had been waiting in their nice warm cars shuffled over to claim
their "place" in line. There were no Numbers for this estate sale mind you. They
just decided amongst themselves to distribute imaginary Numbers and keep the
order in their heads. They were none too happy that I didn't care to play along.
About five of them decided to make sure they got in before me and stood between
me and the door.
Cool Mural On Wall!
::Sigh:: This Home Is Being Taken Down. These Beautiful Vintage Bathrooms Will Soon Be Gone.
Whateve' ::shakes head:: There wasn't anything at this sale to get worked up
about. I was only there because there were some Salterini Tempestini patio chairs
in the pics on the ad. I've already got a set of these so if I missed out on these, I
wasn't going to cry. If it had been something important, things might have gotten
ugly and there would have been a number of pretty disappointed buyers...behind
me. You know, you're not first in line...if you're not in line. "Line tickets (Numbers)"
is a totally different animal though. I have no problem with line tickets. No line
tickets??? Be prepared to wait by the door, because I am.
It didn't matter though. I got into the house pretty quick and then realized that the
patio furniture would likely be outside ON THE PATIO! Did I mention that this was
Morning...and I don't DO mornings. So I turned right back around and headed to
the patio. They weren't there...or in the garage. Doh. So back to the line, which
was Still filtering into the house. I waited until everybody got in and then started
trying to figure out where they would have hid these chairs. Turns out they were in
the basement. When I found them one had a price tag on it (which I promptly
removed), but the other did not. I guess someone wanted just the one. ::sigh::
The Salterini Chairs And Patio Table W/Chairs Back At Home.
So I also removed the tag from the large matching (sorta) patio table (with 4
chairs) and turned my attention to the rest of the sale. I didn't see ANYTHING
upstairs but the basement is where I usually find the stuff I like. I poked around for
a few minutes when the C. Jere sculpture caught my eye. At first I thought it was
just another "knock off" or Jere inspired piece. Then I saw the Tag! Then I saw the
Signature! Sweet. But it didn't have a price tag on it. This usually means that
someone took it off and will be coming back for it. But that is usually reserved for
large items like furniture. So I decided to take it to the cashier / host and ask.
Turns out they just hadn't gotten around to putting a tag on it! She priced it right
there and I bought it right away. I took it out to the car and when I came back to
collect the chair and table from the basement I found that the Other Salterini chair
now had a price tag on it! So I took it off and trotted back upstairs to pay for it as
well. Of course by now there were about 30 people in line to pay so that took a
little while. It was OK though, the people I was next to were pretty fun and we had a
good time commenting on just about everything.
So I got both of the Salterini Tempestini chairs that I had come for, plus I got a
BONUS Curtis Jere sculpture and a large patio table and four chairs, having spent
only $78. That might be the BEST estate sale score I've ever gotten! It's at least
as good as the Franciscan Starburst dishware from two weeks ago. It's a toss up. I
guess it depends on what criteria I use to judge. Anyway, this just goes to show
that you don't have to be first in line to get the coolest stuff...just lucky (and know