Friday, November 4, 2011
Last Weekend's Much Anticipated Big Broyhill Brasilia Estate Sale. Status: Fail (well...sorta).
There have been some REALLY good sales here in the St. Louis area lately for those of us into the vintage modern aesthetic! This one was listed on the net a few weeks ago with only a few pics of the Broyhill Brasilia collection that was to be available. Right away I shot a note to Illuminate to make plans to attend.
As the sale drew nearer the sellers put up many more pictures of most of the vintage
modern furnishing to be had at this sale. Just a few days before the sale I started getting
e-mails and texts from people who know I have a particular weakness for Brasilia about
the sale. It's nice that folks got my back! Illuminate and I had already been planning it
out for a while. I didn't really need anything (but if the prices were right...) but Illuminate
was hoping to score the china cabinet.
isn't Broyhill. It looks fine and does the job but she wants the real thing. I have a spare top
but it isn't wide enough at only 56". This sale had a LARGE buffet and china cabinet. We
were of the opinion that we Had To Have It!!! Turns out the set wasn't being sold by the
piece but as a complete set - dining table, chairs, china cab. and server. We worked the
math over and over after getting our line numbers and asking the sellers what the set was
priced at and just couldn't find a way that made any sense to buy it.
I myself would have been happy to bring home the server, dining table and chairs but again...
the numbers just wouldn't work for us. The sellers were just asking a bit too much for us.
But apparently they weren't too much for somebody. Notice the "Sold" markings on the
I came really close to buying this bedroom set. Real Close. I had the tag in my hand for
probably 5 full minutes before I thought better of it. This was priced pretty close to what I
would normally pay for a Broyhill Brasilia bedroom set...but this isn't Broyhill Brasilia. It's
Broyhill Brasilia II. Pardon me here for splitting hairs but look at it. Take a Good Long look
at it. The case pieces are sitting on Plinth bases instead of legs...like Normal Brasilia! I
know...I know...it seems such a small thing...not really. It totally changes the atmosphere of
the line. It looks SO much heavier. So much...less organic. Less...(sadly) beautiful. I just
couldn't pull the trigger on it. Sorry, I find it lacking. I'll probably end up eating these words
some day. I mean...I do already have a server just like the one in this set.
Ahhh...but I did snatch this set of tables up (as you already know if you looked at yesterday's
posting)! Sweet set but it too was kinda pricey. I was happy to fork over the cash though since
I'll likely be keeping this for my very own. Perfect timing and all that, since we were having a
party later that evening. I needed a different coffee table in the living room lounge as that is
where a lot of the drinking and socializing goes down and I don't like leaving a wood coffee
table in there under such circumstances. Experience shows that even very responsible friends
will likely stop using coasters when plied with enough alcohol. Glass tops = No need for
Other notable items available at the sale: couple of C. Jere (how is this pronounced? I always
say Jar-ay) metal sculptures. These were pretty reasonable but I wasn't after them. I had
bigger fish to fry...that didn't get fried...obviously. I've seen the brass wheat one before on
eBay and stuff but haven't ever seen the big tree thing. It was signed and stuff though! Neat
There was yet ANOTHER nice Vintage Modern bedroom set available at the sale! This is
of an American Of Martinsville line. What the line is called I cannot figure. Anybody know?
It's a cool set and was snatched up by the first person in line. Oh wait...right...Illuminate got
to the sale stupid early so as to be first in line for the Brasilia china cab. but not early enough.
Mere seconds earlier another buyer pulled into the street before her. Ouch. That had to
sting a little. Turns out I had...well, not really met the guy, but we were both at, and
disappointed by, the estate auction with the large C. Jere (there it is again...how do you say
it???) birds in flight. So we talked about what each of us had come for and we were all good.
He was there for the American Of Martinsville...we, for the Brasilia. It was all good. I think
he also picked up the brass C. Jere Wheat sculpture.
Other notable items at the sale? Pink bathroom! Turquoise Club cookware. Burlwood
panelling. Vintage danish style Lay-Z-Boy recliner. Pretty sweet sale. Too bad the Garage
was so full. I might have been more inclined to bring more home! Next time.