Old house in Shadyside that had been almost completely modernized inside. The owner was there - apparently she was downsizing. She'd apparently lived in central Europe (Prague?) for a while, and had bought many of the things on her travels. She was really funny. This house contained a truly impressive collection of beautiful antiques and vintage objects, and I enjoyed looking at everything very much. Sometimes taking photographs is enough for me. I don't want all of this stuff! I just like looking at it.
Yet another gorgeous day. There were two sales side-by-side on Main St. in Carnegie, and both of them were full of beautiful and interesting things. The first one contained the contents of several estates, and was wonderful and overwhelming. From Carnegie I drove to Mt. Lebanon, where a sale was being held on Bower Hill Rd, which is a very busy street without any parking. So people had to park across the street in the church parking lot. The Mt. Lebanon police department set up a crosswalk with a police officer, a vehicle with flashing lights, and traffic cones set up to force traffic to slow down, which I really appreciated. Thanks, Officer!
It was a another gorgeous day and I went to a couple more estate sales just to get out of the house. I didn't buy a thing, but I especially enjoyed seeing the intact, original kitchin in this house in Carrick very much! When I walked into the kitchen, several people were standing around admiring the workmanship in the cabinets and the original stove, and wondering where the refrigerator was. I said, "Oh, the ice box? Probably out on the back porch." They laughed and said I was probably right. I think there was a frig in the basement...
It was a gorgeous day and I had a lot of run driving around to several estate sales. I'm getting pickier as I fill up my available space, and my purchases are getting smaller and smaller but they still make me happy. The one sale where I bought anything had apparently been the home of Russians, and was filled with beautiful and unusual things. I didn't buy a lot, but I love what I bought.
Golden Treasures in Braddock is one of my favorite estate and consignment shops, and sometimes they're open on Sundays. My Dad worked at Anheuser Busch in St. Louis MO for most of his career, and I grew up with the Budweiser logo. I also love neon signs. So I swooned when I saw this. And of course, who doesn't need more irridescent glass bead jewelry? Plus, everything was half-off!
I only went to one sale, which was located in a big house in Point Breeze, the neighborhood that borders Squirrel Hill to the east. The owner had been involved in the arts, and the house was full of books. As a reader and a former librarian, I tend to collect books like pound puppies, and have to be careful not to overdo it. But I found several real treasures, including the big "Georgia O'Keefe" book, and "Fifty from the Trail", which is a rare, beautiful book of cowboy recipes published by Marlboro.
The sale was crowded and the books were very heavy, and at one point I walked off and left behind a glass ashtray, which I'd set down while looking at something else. Another lady picked up the ashtray when I'd left the room, but when I returned she gave it back to me, even though I said it wasn't necessary - fair's fair and I'd lost my chance. But she was a civilized human being and insisted, which I really appreciated. I hope a better treasure came her way to make up for it.
Observatory Hill is up north, across the Allegheny R. It's an interesting neighborhood I've only been through a couple of times. It was a beautiful day and I had fun driving around and looking at the houses (check out the gargoyles in front of the house that was across the street!). The house was filled with antiques and beautiful things, including a stunning collection of costume jewelry, and I picked up some unusual pieces.
Total Google Maps fail trying to get to an estate sale in Port Vue, high above the Youghiougheny River, across from McKeesport. Maps literally took me to a cliff. Fortunately a couple of guys gave me directions and I found where I was going. And after all that, there was nothing at the sale to buy, so I went Golden Treasures in Braddock, PA, which is one of my favorite places to shop.
Mt. Lebanon, after Noon and everything was half off
All of these things came from the same house, which was located out in Thornburg. It was a Sunday, and the second day of a two-day sale, and everything was half off. The house was still PACKED, even though it was the second day. The basement was filled with floor-to-ceiling shelves with thousands of candle holders, all organized by color.
Click on the link to open the PDF file with the original articles I wrote about going to estate sales with Jan, which are dated from 8/11/2011 - 3/9/2013: Old Estate Sale Posts
Jan and I spent a lot of Saturday mornings running around to estate sales all over the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Over time we developed a basic set of rules based on experience, to help make sure we didn't waste time or money. Here are a few: