During the last week I have been working part-time for my friend Richard Hornaday, a realtor who runs an estate sale business here in the Lansing area. I have interviewed Richard before about the estate sale biz, and you might find this blog post from 2012 informative. Now I'm seeing for myself what it's like to prepare a home for a sale, and I have a new-found respect for anyone that runs estate sales! They are a lot of work, both physically and emotionally, although I realize each sale is different in terms of the amount of effort required. If you are curious about the sale I'm "prepping," you can view the details here.
An assortment of depression glass from the upcoming sale:
Some folks might think it would be great to work for an estate sale company because you could pick off all the best stuff before the sale starts. We aren't allowed to do that, and I think that's a good rule that benefits the estate and keeps the estate sale company's reputation in good standing. Just being able to see the treasures beforehand is fun for me, and once the sale starts I can shop just like a regular customer. This sale is so packed there's plenty of goodies for everyone.
A two-stack barrister bookcase that will be included in the sale:
Yesterday I hit a different estate sale prior to going to work, and scooped up some wonderful old product tins that I'll be selling in my antique mall booths. Here are some of them, still in the back of my van:
And some more. I love the red and white stripe Crispo Crackers tin:
The Ginger Wafers tin is a reproduction. I love the mini document box:
I usually don't buy cardboard product boxes, but I couldn't resist the "Rub No More" box and I'll bet you can figure out why:
The hand shaped sign is also a reproduction, but I like it. Anyway, Cheswick would like you to see the Flour tin:
This Kitchen Klenzer can has a charming graphic:
I love the detail in these tin toy buildings:
.....because I thought my little vintage Christmas tree might look good in it. I think it does! Now it needs some vintage ornaments.
We still have three more days of prep work and pricing at the estate sale, so that's what I'll be doing the next couple days. I'll see you at the sale on Thursday!