Estate Sales also known as Tag Sales are a great places to find high-end designer pieces. These days most pieces of furniture, accessories, paintings, etc..are all being reproduced by new manufacturers. If you think about it, antique items were just made better. If you go into any furniture store your bound to find a reproduction of an antique or vintage item. Same holds true for accessories.
If your patient, you can find beautiful high-end items at Estate Sales. A decorator who has frequented our estate sales for quite some time invited me to her townhouse in Colonia Encantada (built by Geoffrey Edmunds). This is an absolutely stunning community! I had to pick my mouth up off the floor the minute she opened the door. Aside of having impeccable taste, I was amazed at all the beautiful pieces she has picked-up not only from estate sales, but she's stopped off at garage sales and picked-up pieces through her travels. But she said she has one rule..."Nothing New". She wants her pieces to come from the past. She loves the fact that her items have history. She had a stunning Chinoiserie Regency round table that seated 10 with a massive chandelier above it. She picked-up this table for $350 and recovered the seats in a vintage leopard barkcloth fabric found at a garage sale for $10. The upholstery bolt had 21 yards on it. She used it on antique footstools, and pillows for outdoor garden benches. Everywhere I looked I was in ahhhhh.
Although it has taken her 12 years to collect, they are unbelievable pieces.
I've followed her advice and have collected some fine pieces as well. We have all kinds of Louis XVI pieces we've been offered good money on. Plus, these are pieces that you cannot replace. My obsession is french antique chandeliers, and girandoles (table chandeliers). In fact, my girandoles would make Liberace jealous! They are the homes jewelry. But, I'm too embarrassed to say how many I have.
So, take your time and buy what you love. Estate Sales are the best place in the world to pick-up great pieces at great deals.
For more questions, feel free to call us at (602) 518-7721. Southwest Estate Sales, LLC