Summer seems to be winding down; I have no idea how that happened. There is the usual flurry of back to school sales, and for the first time in 13 years, I don’t have to go out and buy pencils. I sort of miss it. The Summer Intern has decided to defer for a year, so who knows what this season will bring. He finally got his driver’s license (at 18, mind you) so no matter what, I no longer have to drive him somewhere every morning. I will not know what to do with myself. Oh yeah, more time for garage sales!
We will travel just about anywhere for a thrill. Well, maybe not that far, but heck, we have been known to go all the way to Las Vegas just to find a Savers! OK, there might have been a doll convention there as well, but it makes a better story if we say it the other way. So, when we got the email for an estate sale in Windsor (about 16 miles away) it seemed like a fun thing to do. Bonus, another estate sale company was having one over there the same day, and they turned out to be only a couple miles apart.
We like glass, but found out that we were rank amateurs compared to these folks. We were first greeted by this long table of glass:
Now for most sales this would be a pretty fair turnout for ALL the glass at a sale, but, oh no, there was case after case of it:
I think we counted at least six of these cases; each one was more stuffed than the last. Not all of the glass was in a case by any stretch, either. They were real fans of Murano glass from Italy, and the bulk of the collection was made up of that, although we also saw collections of glass shoes, light houses, bells, old advertising, tools, silhouettes, lighters, and he apparently made walking sticks, as there were dozens of those, too.
We didn’t even come close to showing you the scope of the collection. I think I would have liked to talk to them about it, as talking to any enthusiast about their collection is a real kick. Here are a couple of pieces that caught our eye, more for the weirdness than anything:
This mirror was decorated within an inch of its life and it was all in glass. I have seen older versions of these that were prettier, and this one was marked at $60.00. I just have visions of what would happen when old fumble fingers me dropped it.
If you don’t want to have to look at your shining face in glass, you could go for this cornucopia of weirdness:
It had some of the same frills and ruffles. Here is the price tag, in case this floats your boat:
Yes, those were the prices we were seeing on all this stuff. Most of the glass was priced in the $30 to $60 range for bowls and vases. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of collectors of this type of thing, and even on the half price day there sure was a LOT left. We might have picked up a piece for each of us, in a pretty color we liked, but not at that price. Wonder what they ended up doing with all the leftovers, and I am sure there were lots. I know on the last day the cabinet with all the glass shoes was gone, but all those shoes were still sitting in the corner waiting for their own Cinderella to come get them.
The most amazing thing I noticed on the second day was that all of these were gone:
Yes, there were multiple glass clowns, some even bigger than this and they were ALL gone. I want to know where that sicko lives so I can send them some mental help, because they surely need it.
Now this bowl-0-glass-fruit was still there, unsurprisingly:
They had priced the fruit individually, so you could just have your lemon if that is what you wanted. Why, we just don’t know.
There was one piece of glass we BOTH coveted:
This piece was over 18 inches across and strongly reminded us of a Dale Chihuly piece. We would both kill for one of those. Needless to say this was out of our price range, and gone the half price day, when it still would have been out of our price range!
We also got a kick out of this old radio:
There were a couple of them at the sale, but we really like the strong late Deco feel of this one.
Deb and I did each buy something. I bought these for my MIL:
Only because she has started to collect little glass animals for some odd reason, and how often do you see lobsters? They tried to charge me $3.00 for EACH one, so I decided to put the two babies back that were only about 3/4″ long, and they relented and came down to $5.00 for the set realizing that the others were unsaleable alone.
Deb did buy one really cute little silhouette, and would have purchased another one, but the other one was priced about double what she paid for the first, and was the same size. Must have been different folks pricing, but it sure would have been nice if they had a clue.
We stopped up the road for the other sale on our way out of town. It was not nearly as outrageous, but we did get a kick out of their apparent obsession with golden retrievers. They showed up on numerous items like these wine glasses:
We were not sure what the connection was between the dogs and a teeny tiny hummingbird, but hey, we’ve heard of all sorts of weird animal friendships, and this one is now commemorated in glass.
This also made us laugh. He is just daring you to touch that ice:
I wouldn’t. I like my fingers and he looks pretty snarly to me.
After all that excitement, there really wasn’t much more to do, so we headed north to F.C. and went to lunch. What a day!