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Monday, January 9, 2012

Make An Offer, An Aggressive Offer

The estate sale started with the agent saying "Make an offer, an aggressive offer." 
In a very southern drawl. 
He was a charming haggler.
Most items were fifty percent off the marked price.

At the turn of the century they had a china plate for every course and this is a large fish platter offered for one hundred and twenty five dollars. That is the reduced price. I would enjoy having it but not at that price. Maybe I should have aggressively offered twenty dollars? No that would have been tacky.

This sofa was in perfect condition.

I do not know what to say about that lamp except it is would work on the set of Downton Abbey.
The house was built in 1917.

There were many of these and candle holders too.

This cast metal clock is unique and not priced too badly at two hundred dollars.


Please scroll down to the last post for the initial post about this beautiful house in Athens, Georgia.

Linking with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.

may joy and peace surround you


  1. I liked the stack of plates in back of the fish platter. Can't wait for the dresses. Laura

  2. I cannot imagine buying a fish platter for that price. Probably because I rarely eat fish, but maybe it was a rare pattern or something. Wonder if the roast beef platter would have a large cow on it? Love the chairs in the photo of the "fancy" lamp.

  3. If I paid that for the platter, I'd only have money enough left to serve sardines on it...and maybe not even that!
    Love that!

  4. What fun...I bet it was grand! Love going to auctions and estates sales myself...looking forward to more!

  5. I just discovered your blog and love it! We have a lot in common, old houses, estate sales,thrift stores. My maiden name is Cooper and your husband resembles my Dad and brothers,they have the same hair do! We are researching ancestors so wonder if we may share ancestors?

  6. well, I am glad you posted pictures of the sale...funny that I have to read your blog to keep up with estate sales in my own town..LOL I guess I should read my newspaper more often..I used to always look for sales and then they became so scarce in Athens that I kinda gave up...looks like there have been a couple of good ones lately though according to your finds.. grin..thanks for posting these..looks like it was a good sale...Mona

  7. Oh I wish i could have been there and had some extra money. I love the empire furniture and those astral lamps are my favorite. What a sale. Can't wait for more. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  8. Looks like it was a gooood estate sale!!!


  9. Olive,
    The fish platter is beautiful. What lovely lines and details.
    The sofa is gorgeous. And the table under the lamp is, too.
    What great items they had for sale! Looking forward to seeing more! Great blog fodder.

    Don't you just LOVE that Southern accent, especially when they want you to be "aggressive"!!!! Ha!!!
    Great stuff but a bit too fancy for me, unless there's some rust on it!

  11. The fish platter is really cool - I also love the couch - reminds me a little of the one my parents have from my grandparents.

  12. Sounds like fun Olive!~ Pretty lamp, I love it.

  13. Olive,
    that platter is gorgeous but not for me at that price! Looks like there was a lot of wonderful things there, can't wait to see more!

  14. Looks like a nice, quiet chime to that clock though.

  15. I love Estate Sales but I have not been to one that grand. I'm sure if I did I would not be able to buy. Can't wait to see more of the Estate Sale.

  16. Wow, that clock is beautiful! I wonder how close to the prices they were looking for they actually got.

  17. I love finding unexpected Olives! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today so that I was able to find yours. I especially enjoyed your description of the sale manager. What a character. You are certainly gifted as a photographer. Lovely post!

  18. The fish platter is really pretty. Too bad it was pricy. OH, did you see the new episode of Downton Abbey last night? Love that series!

  19. I love that house the estate sale was in Olive! Pretty plush! I love estate sales. You never know what to expect and that what I love about them.
    The sofa is way cool!!!
    I want to wish you a late Happy New Year Olive. I hope you get in tons of estate sales in in 2012.
    hugs from here...

  20. I do love looking at other folk's antiques! :) I just think it is fascinating. Thanks for sharing your trip. :)

    Have a great week!

  21. Hi Olive,
    I just went to an estate sale on Friday. Came home with a red treasure, 60's bubble glass dishes. I am loving them. Can't wait to see the old toys. I collect tin toys and display them in my bonus room. This is the room where the grandies hang out. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  22. Wish I could have been there, estate sales are so fascinating! I always enjoy finding out about the people that owns such great treasures! Can't wait to see more!

  23. Wow! I love that fish platter too! What a fun estate! It's been ages since I've been out beating the bushes, but there's nothing like this estate in ABQ.


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