So yeah, I was sorta broke (not really BROKE broke, just no real cash on hand broke) but I wanted to hang out with my new estate sale buddy Illuminate and try to help her score a lamp she had set her little heart on.
The last couple sales we have attended have seen us waiting out in front of the homes in the dark
for hours...waiting...and waiting...for the next buyer to show up. We've always been surprised at how
late some of the buyers show up. While this has ensured us the coveted first spots in line, I think it
kinda made us a little complacent. At the estate sale yesterday we had decided to show up at 6am
instead of like 4:30 or 5am. I got there first at about 5:40am but alas, there were already two others
waiting in the dark.
OMG, I think there's a phone under that pile of dirt!
As it turns out, they had been there since about 3am so even if we HAD gotten there at a ridiculous
hour like 4:30am we still wouldn't have been first! Ya see, there was a freakin' killer Danish Modern
dining set as well as a few other vintage modern odds and ends available at the sale. The only item
we were after was a pole / tension rod lamp that had three swagged lamps hanging off of it in
shades of blue, orange and white. Unfortunately it was also on number two's list of must haves as
Not just vintage but useful as well! Haven't used it yet but I'm betting it'll be better
than my current staple gun.
The sellers had opened up the drapes and everybody had scoped out where their targets were so
when the door opened I headed toward the room with the lamp. Number two (just in front of me)
had somehow taken a slightly less direct route toward the room so I thought I was in the clear but
just as I moved in that direction number two gathered it up and made it to the room without further
hesitation, grabbing a cool orange shag rug as well as the lamp with amazing swiftness and
efficiency! All I could think was, "Wow! Good job!" I felt bad for Illuminate but what can you say?
They clearly wanted the goods more than we did. They paid the cost to be the boss!
The back of the phone and a $.50 roll of chair webbing. I'm sure I'll need it sooner or later.
So after the disappointment of missing the lamp we both just sorta milled about the rest of the
rooms which were full of run of the mill estate sale stuff. Nothing special as far as I was concerned.
Then I remembered The Basement! GAhhhh...how could I forget the basement? I got down there
to find a pair of Lane Acclaim coffee tables already snatched up by number six or seven, and at a
VERY reasonable price. They had their issues but both looked easily worth saving. I talked to the
buyer for a while and it turns out he's a reader of Mr. Modtomic! I hope he can save the tables and
enjoys them for a very long time. It's nice to actually meet a reader now and then. It makes me feel
sooooo famous! So anyway, all I could find (afford) was this dollar phone covered in filth, a five
dollar vintage staple gun kit (very nice!) and a fifty cent roll of chair webbing. Score? Fail? Retry?