Monday, October 24, 2011
Yep, Frank Got To Play Pack Mule Saturday! Whee! Actually Sunday Too As I Just Got This Unloaded This Afternoon. Status: Crazy Busy Weekend.
We decided to catch the Keils estate sale in Belleville Il. first Saturday morning. It was a tough call between this sale and the Accent sale I featured yesterday, but we really did clean up here! We didn't even get up at a ridiculous hour and WEREN'T first in line (5th / 6th actually!).
I know! What a beautiful morning for an estate sale! It was a little chilly at first but the Sun
was out and the wind was calm so it was very comfortable with layers. By the time I was
loading up I was down to a T-shirt (and jeans...dirty mind).
But before all the "for sale" goodies let's take a quick look at this mid twentieth century gem
that has a date with a wrecking ball, or so was the rumor going through the line while waiting
for the sale to begin. Seems the funeral home behind this property has purchased it
presumably to level and either expand or pave over. Sad. this is an amazing vintage / retro
home with great bones and beautiful brick. I should have taken a closeup of the brick. The
St. Louis area is renown for it's excellent brick and this house was no exception. Check out
the beautiful birch kitchen cabinets, right up there with vintage steel cabinets in my humble
opinion. The wall paper in the kitchen is subtle but has these excellent gold flecks in it (like
Goldschlager!) and on top of that...wait for it...Alligator texture. The hallway was done up
in a very pretty fall print Masonite. Even the seam fillers were in a matching print! It might
not be the most expensive or luxurious wall treatment but attentions Was paid to the details
and it looked great!
This is hands down the coolest bathroom I've seen at an estate sale. Hands Down! The
blue and yellow tile was actually plastic. You'd think it being plastic that it would be all
dinged up but the home owners kept this place nice. It will be such a shame when this is
gone. I can't imagine a way to rescue this kind of tile work before the place comes down.
Such a shame. I have seen other plastic tile work before but this bathroom is just
amazing. The color and the size of tile is so unusual. And did you notice that even The
Ceiling is tiled? Uhm...WOW! But carpet? In the bathroom? No thanks. Oh, and the
Skylark Boomerang? That's contact paper!
This was pretty much "it" for the interesting items upstairs. I (obviously) bagged the sofa and
chair...then had to figure out how to get them home. Rare is it that I drive home from an
estate sale with the back hatch open but it does happen now and then. Even rarer is the
event of Mr. Mod tying a large item on TOP of Frank! Frank looked like he was wearing
a big orange hat.
Everybody knows all the Good Stuff is in the basement! Check it out. Not one but TWO
vintage dryers! Weird. They were so cheap too. Oh man, even looking at the pictures now
it hurts. It was SOOooo hard to leave these behind. So hard. The one on the right appears
to be a 1957 Kenmore but I'm not sure about the other. If this had been a matched set of
WASHER and Dryer I would have loaded them up and brought them home. I left them
behind because I know how I'd be about trying to find a mate for each and I'm busy
enough already plus I just don't have the room and don't really want to have to make the
room for a pair of dryers in the garage!
Of course there are always the vintage fridges and freezers down here too. They seem to
run forever and these folks didn't throw away anything that was still in working order no
matter how out of fashion it might be. Of course, just cuz it's in the basement doesn't mean
it works...I mean, once it's down there, working or not...who wants to lug it back out?
There were some smalls in the basement that I didn't snatch up like this little blue fan, this
aluminum Christmas tree and these aluminum ice trays. They all had issues. The Blue fan
had a dent in one of the upper corners. The Christmas tree was missing a branch, a post
for the center and the stand. The ice trays were very intriguing but I couldn't figure out how
one would extract the ice except by hand. No thanks! I did buy plenty of other smalls here
but you'll just have to wait to see them. 'Til next time...