A few weeks ago I attended an estate sale inbetween a long list of yard sales I wanted to attend. I thought I could zip through the estate sale since I arrived well after it had begun and assumed there wouldn't be much left to choose from.
You know what they say about assuming...(and if you don't, you can email me) :-)
Inside this modest house were thousands and thousands and thousands of pieces of silverplate flatware.
In boxes, bags, cases, on tables, under tables, in bins and coming out of the ears of everyone who had been through the house. Random pieces and patterns all jumbled together.
There was so much of it that I only managed to poke around in a couple of boxes before I decided to leave. I was unprepared to deal with it at that moment due to my pressing yard sale schedule. Ahem.
But... (and there's always a but)
Later that week after I had a chance to process the ginormity of the situation, I emailed the person who posted the original estate sale ad on craigslist to see if everything had been sold.
Turns out she was the daughter of the folks who had collected all of this and she was holding phase two of the sale herself so would I like to come early and start digging since it was now all half price?
I came home with 300 pieces and the story.
The daughter's parents, who were retired, had decided to collect/acquire silverplate flatware and then resell it to help fund their retirement. As it happens, they both became ill and passed away before they got much beyond the acquisition phase of their plan. Knowing this, I didn't feel right taking photos in the house but it was definitely something to see.
Please don't worry because after a little research in my big blue book of Silverplated Flatware, I've already started reselling what I bought so you won't (hopefully) come across a similar story about me somewhere down the road.
But if you do, I suspect 'silverplate' will have been substituted with 'vintage fabric.'