blog, it's loaded with fancy frivolous findings that I love !
From Left to Right. Tara Sutphen, Shay Johnson, Rory Brown, and Mrs.Lilien (Kelley)
blog, it's loaded with fancy frivolous findings that I love !
Posted by Shay at 9:19 PM
We are located in a wooded area filled with towering Fir trees, hence the name of our cedar clad rambling rambler "Tree House"It truly is an oasis in the heart of metropolis.
We purchased the home eight years ago, it is large, over 3000 sq.ft. and that was my challenge was, how was I going to fill the space ? The style of the home lends itself to a cozy, and warm, weathered, aged feel.
The home is similar to some of the homes in Europe where the feeling is a curated collection of decades of inherited furnishings and meaningful objects. Heart felt, soulful interior takes time.
99% of our interior is Estate Sale finds,thrift-ed, found, flea-ed. I call the style "European Farmhouse". The only problem I have is editing, I can't stop buying pieces, now that I am addicted to Estate Sale shopping.
Welcome to our Tree House....
Posted by Shay at 7:33 PM
This past Friday, I jumped out of bed at 4:30, grabbed a PBJ, can of diet7up. With eager anticipation I hit the road headed to an Estate Sale across town. Scheduled to open at 8am. From the description on the web site, I felt this might be a super spectacular sale. The home 5000 sq feet located in a very swanky established area. I pulled up at 6:15 am, there are a few people wandering around, I locate the sigh up sheet and I am shocked to see 24 names on it already. As I sit in my truck waiting, I make a list of the items I want.
1. 70's rad Floor Lamp
2. 60's pair bucket leather chairs
3. Knoll wire chair
Shouldn't be a problem, as nobody really buys mid century modern furnishings in Seattle.
As I weave my way inside the house, I ask the the door man "where is the floor lamp" he points to the left, "up those stairs". As I walk in another woman is in there I see her grab the tags off the pair of black chairs, I look to the other corner and I see the floor lamp and the wire chair. I actually leaped through the air, across the room to the wire chair in the split second it took me to read $900. the tag was ripped of the groovy floor lamp. My heart sank. The wire chair was way overpriced, no way I was going to buy it.
There I was a pro, beat at her own game I was devastated, tired and sad.
At the other end of the house in the master, I spied a beautiful Escada gray blazer. Marked at $15.00 I buy it as my consolation prize. It fits perfectly.
Posted by Shay at 10:58 AM
Following these simple steps will save you a lot time when deciphering the "Craigslist Monster".
When looking for the best sales on Craigslist I follow these steps.
How To Find The Best Sales
For this series of Estate Sale 101, I am focusing on Estate Sales, where you can find vintage and antiques. The best place to find Estate Sales in your area is to subscribe to this weekly email. These listings are conducted by reputable professional Estate Sale companies that focus on lifetime estates. And, some savvy independent sellers. These sales are a concentrated collection of a lifetime worth of home furnishings and assorted goods, held in the home where the people lived, most of the time at least 40 to 50 years of accumulation. The prices are generally very good, a lot of antique dealers attend these sales. Expect to pay sales tax, unless you have a resale certificate. Always carry cash, this is super important!! And arrive at least 90 minutes before opening.They will only let so many buyers in at one time depending on the size of the house and how many helpers they have. It is much better to wait before they open than after when the antique dealers have scooped up all the good stuff and you are still waiting to get in. Been there, done that and it kills me every time. Arrive early!!!!
I recommend Estate Sales.net over Craigslist, although I find plenty of sales on Craigslist, It's much more difficult to sift through 100's of listings to find "the right" sales to go to. In an upcoming blog post I will describe in detail what to look for and how to find the best sales on Craigslist. The reason I am not listing Craigslist as my first "go to" sale finder, is because I want to save you time ! And believe me, lots of aggravation !
Over the past 30 years of going to 1000's of fantastic sales and to some wrong (crappy) sales, and once to a spoof where I drove 50 miles in the early morning to discover it was a prank, A phoney listing on Craigslist. I'll tell you how to avoid those too. And, which key words in ads to avoid when looking for cool vintage and antiques.
When attending Estate Sales held by professional companies, make sure you sign their mailing list (email). Usually when they hold a special sale they will send out their own email to people on their mailing list, sometimes early preview before the general public.
Listings for sales in the Seattle area alone this weekend.
Estate Sale Shopping 101 series starts tomorrow. I will share the inside, best, and number one source to finding the best sales in your area. I am so excited to be writing this series, it will run for several weeks and I will include everything you ever wanted to know about the " fine art " of the thrill of the find.
This series will teach you the " HOW TO" save thousands of dollars, decorate and completely furnish your home like a professional designer.
The designers that use vintage and antiques, to make a home look UN-decorated the UN -formulated looks we all see on the trendy blogs and magazines.This way of design work is not easy, fast or slick. Curating a home filled with your unique style, your spin and your hard work will be so satisfying, it will be worth every penny spent !
Posted by Shay at 10:21 AM
Happy Friday! I always get excited towards the end of the week, because this means Garage and Estate Sale time !!
I am an expert in this field and take it for granted that so is everybody else. But, the more I talk to people about how I do all my junk finding the more I hear questions like these.
*Where do you find out about Estate sales?
*How do you know which ones to go to ?
*How do you know what to buy?
*How do you know how much to spend on a certain item ?
*You are so lucky, how do you do it ?
*Why do you shop at Estate Sales?
*What is the difference between a Garage Sale and an Estate Sale?
I've heard all kinds of really great questions. and I want to answer all of these, and a lot more. I want you to save time and money, so let's learn how to do it by shopping on the super cheap ! No compromising on style,value or quality.
I will give you all my tips and secrets upcoming in this blog, every Friday.( Or Thursday) because I'm usually out the door Friday mornings very early !
Can't wait to share !
Posted by Shay at 1:39 PM
Posted by Shay at 3:24 PM
Idle time, soaking up the raw beauty of the AZ. desert. I resonate and love the texture,colors and light in the desert.I snapped this easel of an artist work while visiting the Arizona Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.
(Side note: My GGG Grandfather, GG Grandfather,GF, and my father were all born in Mesa AZ. Dating back to the early 1880'sThey were one of the earliest
white settlers, and came in on horse and wagon.)
I am fifth generation Southwestern born ! )
Make it a meaningful day,
Posted by Shay at 8:00 AM
the fancy farm girl came and photographed us at our home in Washington State. This is our 24 foot 1966 Vintage Airstream that I restored five years ago.
Posted by Shay at 8:24 AM
Last year on our trip to California I snapped this gorgeous butterfly display,( This is not photo shop,although I did add a vignette frame around the image.)
Since I took this image I have been obsessed with royal blue.Why don't we see more of this color in decorating ? What do you think of royal blue ?
Posted by Shay at 8:52 PM
Saying goodbye to our outdoor dining room under the canopy.
Cutting huge hydrangea flowers and drying them.
Posted by Shay at 12:59 PM
Old brown dated sideboard updated with happy fresh yellow paint. Take advantage of the sturdy well built furniture found at garage sales for a fraction of the cost of new.
Found via Interior Styling Flickr group.
Posted by Shay at 9:48 AM