I don't always find treasures
But when I do, YAHOO!
One of my favorite places to hit estate sales is in Grosse Pointe, MI.
There are old money folks, or the swells as some might call them,
and there are the nouveau riche and there are the waves (somewhere between the swells and the not so swells) all living in this beautiful community.
Sometimes we go to the estate sales just to see the homes.
You know nothing is going to be a bargain, or even affordable
but it's worth going to see an estate you'd otherwise never get to see.
At least, I'd never get to see it since that's not typically the crowd I socialize with.
Perhaps you would get to see them.
I shouldn't have lumped us all together.
Anyway, this is a home that was built in 1927 for the founder of Pewabic pottery, Mary Chase Perry Stratton, by her architect husband. It is located at 938 Three Mile Road in Grosse Pointe.
The estate sale was ridiculous but Sheila and I went just to see the house.
There was tile everywhere - even on the ceilings.
Here are a few pics….
Pewabic address tiles, a Pewabic porch light with the address,
a secret garden gate just to the left of the main house.
The radiator grate cover and a view to the front entry area from just inside the front door.
A Pewabic tiled ceiling and tiled stairs.
The outdoor details were just as beautiful.
This house was huge inside and had a very deep backyard. A lot of the house was blocked off so we couldn't see the entire thing but it was a fun tour.
I was much luckier at another sale, at a more modest home in Grosse Pointe!
The woman that lived in this house was a lover of books, baskets and Shaker boxes.
I bought a couple of boxes the first day and Sheila and I were third in line on Saturday morning to take advantage of the 1/2 off sale!
There are lots of pictures.
A lovely, hanging candle stand with the glass globe and candle holder (and mostly burnt candle).
Shaker boxes, Shaker napkin rings and Shaker candle lids with heavy glass.
Look at the teeny, tiny divided Shaker box. It's holding a dime.
How about the tiny one with the lighthouse on it?
And the black one that says Chocolate on it! Swoon…..
How sweet is this little strainer?
How about these cute baskets?
Love the tin pin box.
I thought the napkin rings might make pretty pin balls.
The square box is just calling out to have something pretty put on its top.
The pin box speaks for itself!
This looks like a puzzle purchased in a museum but I thought
the cute puzzle pieces might make fun thread winders or floss tags.
What do you think?
I've already started rearranging my samplers so that my mom and dad can put things
in their spaces that will be meaningful to them.
As you can see, I didn't waste any time getting my new treasures on the wall and on the mantle!
I found this sweet carpenters trunk in the basement. It's had some new hardware put on it
but for the price, I couldn't leave it.
How about these sweet tins? There are about 8-10 in each stack.
Pin cushions, maybe?
Clutter? For sure!
At another estate sale, also in GP, I found four of these pretty Hancock chairs for $25 a piece.
They look great with the four I found last year and look pretty around my table,
alternating the two, slightly different styles.
Seems like there may have been a few other things but for now, I can't remember what
they might be so I will close for this week.
I am off to Florida on Wednesday to spend about a week with my folks.
I'll try to give my dad a break and will help organize things for the big move.
Wish us all luck.
We had a very busy weekend…
A Donate for Life fund raiser on Friday which was a lot of fun and quite elegant.
Last night we went to Ann Arbor (A2) for a Chieftan's concert and a
wonderful dinner prior to the show.
Have you ever heard the Chieftan's?
Fantastic traditional Irish musicians, they've been together
(at least the part of the group that still remain) since
either 1962 or '63.
Last weekend was The Who.
Tonight is the final show of DOWNTON ABBEY.
So sad to see this series end….
Thank you so very much for all the comments on my last post!
Each and every one makes me glad I hopped back into blogging.
Without you, it wouldn't be much fun!