Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Weekend Treasure Hunt: Estate Sales!

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to scour the local estate sales and see if I can find any treasures before the collectors do. The usual chain of predator>prey in LA goes: Estate sale > collectors > vintage stores / flea markets > us. If you want to get a good price, the early bird gets the worm.

This particular estate was a film director's home in Eagle Rock. There was some fabulous stuff here and I got to peek into the house of someone who was obviously a fan of chinoiserie and laquered, bold colors. Recall in an earlier post I said that rich people love Asian stuff? Well, true here too.

The company running the sale promised a "mid-century pagoda in the sky..." and the pictures were promising!

A few of my fave highlights...

This amazing black and white Hollywood regency bathroom with nothing to buy, but what a gorgeous peek. Those striped marble floors!

This cool velvet flocked damask wallpaper that went all the way up on the slanted ceiling. Not my style, but fun to look at.

Lots of books to choose from in a very red library...

A pair of very pretty faux bamboo nightstands...

...A peek inside the drawer told me they were Drexel, a very respected mid-century brand.

And my favorite stuff, the waspy tchotchkes like these horse head book ends and this greyhound figurine.

I loved this vintage Italian brass letter opener, but couldn't bring myself to spend $55 on it when my fingers open letters for free.

Walked out of this one empty-handed, but the best part of the treasure is the hunt!