If you like estate sales, and live close to or in Santa Barbara, the estate sale for the furnishings of my mom’s house is being held this weekend, July 9-10. I use the passive voice, against my writerly preferences, because it’s accurate. We are not holding the sale ourselves, we the children. We’ve hired a firm to do it.
As such, the firm will sell the house goods along with some other pieces they’ve collected from other sales. That’s how the living room looked, the last time everything was still in place.
That’s an upstairs guest room. The prints are illustrations from Alice in Wonderland.
My stepfather took a fair amount back to Sweden for himself and his family, we brought a few of my mother’s family pieces up here for Mom’s room in memory care, but if you’re in real need of a George III mahogany table that can seat 12 (with its extra leaves), or, maybe an antique chandelier, or a perhaps Tiffany table clock, this is your moment.
How about a mid-century Scandinavian “mushroom” lamp? Some vintage designer duds and a baleful of cashmere? Vintage iron pool furniture? I understand that stuff will most likely sell for a fraction of its appraised value.
A detail from the guest house.
If you’re interested, you can contact The Clearing House for information. Alternatively, send me an email at skyepeale dot yahoo dot com, and I’ll be happy to send you the address.
Oh, and should you be looking for a summer residence in Santa Barbara, one with a pool, a guest house, and a stunning view of the Pacific and a couple of islands, Vista del Mar – for so the builders named it back when – will be available for rental soon.
Mom was cheerful yesterday. We read nursery rhymes in the sun. And so life goes on.