An Estate Sale In The Country Yields Changes In The Dining Room

So I asked my friend, “have you ever been to Youngsville?” “No”, she replied.

It’s a beautiful evening, so why not spend it at a beautiful farm

and you get to shop as a bonus! She gladly agreed.

So off we went on a 55 mile drive through the countryside,

leaving the house at 3:30pm to secure a great  place in line.

Now what could be a better view while standing  in line than this:

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A beautiful farm with beautiful gardens and horses galloping. Worth the drive.

Estate sales typically start on a Friday, but with Mother’s Day being Sunday,

the auction company ran the sale Thursday through Saturday.

So do you want to see some of the goodies I brought home?

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I walked through the main house and picked up a few things

and then went out to the guest house to see what was there.

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It was a very cute guest house filled with beautiful classic furnishings.

When I entered the living room, I found these:

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A pair of chairs that I suspected were Ethan Allen Martha Washington Chairs.

I quickly turned the chairs over.

Yes !!!


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My suspicions were correct . . . they indeed were Ethan Allen

and in mint condition.



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I thought the price was right. The fabric is a bit dated,

however, I know I can get them reupholstered and the total price for the chair

would be about the same as purchasing a chair at HomeGoods.

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I sat on these chairs for a while, thinking where can I use these?

Contemplating the want versus need scenario?

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I was sitting on the chairs contemplating, contemplating . . . should I?

I then got up and walked over to another fabulous piece of furniture

and decided to buy that instead of the chairs. It was a great piece.

Stay tuned for where that piece landed.

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When I got home, I told my hubby about the chairs and how much I loved them.

He asked why I did not get them . . . I truly did not have an answer.

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All night, those chairs haunted me.

When I got up the next morning, I made a decision . . . I was going back.

I was hoping that they would still be there.

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I was about the 4th person in line  at the auction.

I asked the auctioneer if the chairs were still there . . . she smiled.

The doors opened and I made a bee line to them.

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I was a happy camper.

One thing though, my hubby had a tournament and he had to use our van.

So I loaded up the convertible with the theme song of the Beverly Hillbillies in my head.

And the chairs are living happily ever after in my dining room sitting area.

One more thing:

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It is truly a good thing to have a great friend along when shopping . . . not only for the great company,

but also for help in carrying your loot! 🙂 . . . and hers too!

Lots of changes went on in this house in the past few days . . . so stay tuned!

Have a great day . . . and hope you moms out there had a most wonderful Mother’s Day.

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  1. You always find the best deals. What a beautiful location for the sale. I think you were a bit classier in your car than the Beverly hillbillies were. 🙂

  2. The chairs are absolutely wonderful Shirley. I do indeed like your method of delivery.:-)

  3. Those chairs were just meant to be Shirley and they look perfect in that spot. Can’t wait to see your other finds : ) Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and have a great week!

  4. Gorgeous chairs Shirley! and so perfect where you’ve placed them. And that first photo is beautiful…

    Have a wonderful week xoxo

  5. What great finds Shirley!! And EA is SO much better than Home Goods too! Love those!

  6. Love the chairs but I am an old Ethan Allen fan from way back. When I see something I like, I too will think about it.. If after cogitation I will go back & purchase it. If it is still there, I will purchase it, if not, it was not for me at that time. Our family calls it finding it’s home. Through the years, I have let a few things slip by, a red silk dress, a Foo Dog sculpture & a bright red couch.
    I know now, it wasn’t for us at that time. This next time around, I will recognize that piece of art or furniture, it’s found a home with us! I know the first Mother’s Day was the hardest when I realized in Publix, a grocery store, that I would never buy another Mother’s Day card again, I wept in the grocery aisle. I know people probably wondered what was going on but I didn’t care. We as Daughter’s of Mom’s still mourn them but know they are in such a wonderful place, Heaven! It sounds like you had a great Mother’s Day!!As always, I simply adore your lovely skills & talents!!

  7. Love the new chairs!!! They are perfect in that spot…such a great find and well worth the second trip! Can’t wait to see what else you came home with……

  8. Those beautiful chairs look perfect in your dining room…love them in the window area!
    Mary Alice

  9. Those chairs are fabulous!

  10. Love your photos, and you MUST live right! You were meant to have those chairs.

  11. Love your choices!!

  12. Those chairs would have haunted me too. Looking forward to seeing your other treasures.
    fondly ~lynne~

  13. So glad to see where they landed–they are indeed in perfect condition. And you are so right–what a beautiful spot to wait in line! Hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day!

  14. linda ramsey says

    Great finds Shirley, the chairs and table are beautiful! I absolutely love, love, love estate sale. I go to one at least once every other week, somtimes more, I confess. They have some really good ones here in Texas. I’ve gotten some awesome gems from them for my new house. I am so glad to know that I’m not the only one that will go back, after fixating on something I really want. I’m so bad I can’t sleep thinking about something I should have gotten. Lesson learn, If you think you want it, save gas and time, bring it home the first time. Hope you had a great Mother’s day.

  15. Great finds Shirley and what a beautiful place for the sale! I’m glad you were able to get them in your car. I drive a big vehicle, an extended SUV, and you would not believe how many times men helping me load something tell me it’s not going to fit! Apparently they don’t know that where there’s a will there’s a way!

  16. Linda Kemp says

    Love those chairs. You have a good eye.

  17. What a fabulous find in a beautiful setting! They look so nice where you placed them. Can’t wait to see what else you found!

  18. You got a great purchase. Love the chairs and they look so good in your dining room. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your treasures.
    Have a great week.

  19. Great chairs! I loved the picture on instagram of them in your car with the top down. Oh what we do for good deals. I love it!

  20. What fun you had Shirley. I can’t wait to see the domino effect. The chairs are perfect. Jo

  21. The chairs are meant to be yours!! I am babysitting so will come back when I get home and can write from my computer. You find the best stuff!!!!

  22. I love the new chairs. I even really love their fabric, and the colors in them. They look nice with that light blue pitcher sitting beside them. They look perfect to me.

  23. Love this post and the piece you purchased. What great looking chairs, those can be used forever. What a fun time

  24. What a great story. So happy they were still there. I’ll interested to see them with new fabric. We know Ethan and Allen chairs last forever


  25. Donnamae says

    How fun! So glad the chairs were still there for you! Sounds like a good time was had by two friends. So, when are you going to tell us what else you bought? The only thing I’ve been buying are flowers for all my pots! 😉

  26. The chairs are YOU! Can’t wait to see what fabric you choose! I also noticed how you embellished your orchid. I did a very similiar arrangement a few years ago with 3 pieces of bamboo lying horizontally and the arrangement built around them Love the pussy willow in there too! It reminds me of Ikebana. XO

  27. I am so glad you went back and got those chairs. I had rather have Ethan Allen than Homegoods. They look good where you placed them and I like the fabric. Can’t wait to see what else you bought. And… did I miss this sale….I live near Youngsville. I wish I had known and I could have met a blogger.

  28. Great photos Shirley and I love the chairs. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  29. Shirley, your chairs are wonderful! I would much rather have them reupholstered than buy a chair from Home Goods. The quality is so much better! Estate sales are a wonderful place to find treasures and you really found two great ones! Looks like a fun trip and well worth the ride!

  30. Shirley,
    Those chairs are fabulous. So glad you went back to get them. They are just lovely. I cannot wait to see more changes.
    Glad your Mother’s Day was good too. Have a fabulous week.

  31. You are too funny Shirley for the hillbilly comment. Love your new chairs!

  32. Fabulous chairs Shirley…they look great in front of the bayed window!! What a pretty location for an estate sale!

  33. Love those chairs, Shirley. I’ve had that happen to me, too, and did get lucky that when I went back the item (my mirror in the dining room) was still there. It was also the last day of the estate sale so it was 40% off, so it was a win-win!

  34. Those chairs are gorgeous Shirley! I was recently browsing some Charles Faudree Fabric online that would look so incredibly fabulous on those chairs:D Can’t wait to see them when your done!

  35. Your chairs are gorgeous! I do the same thing. Love something, don’t buy it, get home, and can’t get it out of my mind! Many are the times I’ve backtracked like you did! Can’t wait to see all your changes!

  36. I truly enjoyed this post Shirley. I felt like I was right there with you.

    Lucky for you I wasn’t though, or I might have snatched those up first ;).

  37. SCORE!!!!!! You my friend surely have a good eye for style and purpose. Hugs!P.S. I hope you will stop by and share at the Thursday favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up tonight through Sat at midnight)

  38. Shirley, Now I can’t get the Beverly Hillbillies theme song out of my head…of course your convertible is a tad more sleek than the Clampett’s truck 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your new upholstery!

  39. I love this!! What a gorgeous place for the sale! How much fun you must had with your friend and how lucky you were that the chairs were still waiting for you! they were meant to be!! And they look perfect in your dining room siting area!! Oh and I love your method of transportation!!! 🙂

  40. What great chairs! That had to be a great sale—I’d love to find one like that in my area. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Lovely piece and such a great find…

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