I have been attending quite a few estate sales lately
and been having great luck.
Oh sometimes it can be truly a bust, but recently I have done well.
Take for example this treasured find:
I spotted this piece in the gallery of photos of the estate sale promotion.
It looked like an ironstone piece, but could not tell for sure from this photo on-line.
As I entered the home, I could see many wonderful antique pieces including step back cupboards,
tall desks, many antique chairs . . . . a truly incredible collection of the former owners.
Then I found that piece that I was spying in the estate gallery of photos.
It was in the exact place of the photo.
I quickly got on my knees!
I carefully turned over this rather heavy piece and bingo!!
It was a J & G Meakin stamped piece.
The piece was rather soiled and there was a large hairline crack on the bottom.
I do think that many of the pieces were stored in the former owner’s barn.
The price on this piece was $50 . . . I was not sure if I wanted to pay $50 for a piece that
had a crack on the bottom . . . however, there is not a chip on this piece!
I placed it back under the desk.
Yes, that’s right . . . I walked away.
I picked up a couple little pieces of ironstone and a small double candlestick lamp.
Yes, you read that right . . . I walked away.
When I was ready to finalized my purchases I spoke to the auctioneer about the ironstone piece.
She confirmed it was a foot bath. An old piece . . . and the cracks were in the glazing
and did not compromise the piece.
I asked if they discounted. (I always do) . . . She said only after 12 Noon the next day
and only 30% (where most estate sales discount 50% on the last day).
I returned the next day, bright and early. The foot bath was there as I left it!
My hubby helped me closely inspect the hairline cracks on the bottom,
brushing away the layers of dust and dirt.
He said that the cracks were in the glazing and the piece looked and sounded pretty stable.
My hubby carried it to the checkout desk and the auctioneer gave me another 10% off.
So grand total for the Ironstone Foot Bath was $30.00 ~ Score!
I gave it a good cleaning with soap and bleach and the crack actually lightened!
And now this piece is living happily ever after.
I toted that piece around the house and it landed on the buffet as I can see it more often!
I debated and experimented with many things to place in the foot bath
and I remembered I had purchased a preserved boxwood wreath from Decor Steals.
I carefully secured it in the foot bath and love it as a sort of topiary. LOVE topiaries!
It is a bit different and out of the box.
So what do you think?
Hope you had a most wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!
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From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
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