Collection Dog Figurines

Collection Dog Figurines

IMG_3648Everyone has ‘their thing’.  Collections that is.   My collections are hard wired. I love sailboat/ ship models, dog figurines, and flying pigs.  Don’t judge.  Just ask my husband about my shoe collection.  When we first began dating — and he eventually peeked into my closet —-  I remember watching him as he opened the door and sort of stumbled back a bit.  His eyes opened wider and his mouth dropped to his chest.  I stood there blinking wondering what in the world he was gawking at.  Softly he muttered –  ‘I’ve never seen so many shoes in my life!’   I stood there blinking even faster as a pout emerged…….  Huh?  I stated gently –  ‘I’m a girl — I must have choices.’  Point made.  Ahem.

Back to my story here.  I adore dog figurines.   For me adding something to my collection isn’t about the label or brand – which isn’t the case for many.  For me it’s what strikes my fancy.  It can have a broken ear —  which makes me wrinkle my nose and think ‘ahhh — he just needs love and to be repaired’. No ryhme or reason here.  Which my husband will attest to readily.     It’s not that it’s a Royal Doulton or Made in Occupied Japan, or whatever…it’s just what makes me happy.  That’s what true collecting is about.  What floats your boat!  However, there’s also the element into identifying these collections that we take into our lives and homes (much to a spouses chagrin at times — hehehe).   Even a broken figurine (which I’ll tell you how to repair such) has character.  Perfect is quite boring sometimes.  I bond with my little fellas.

More commonly seen are Staffordshire Dogs .  Royal Doulton is another well known collectible for many things.  There are many more as you well know.

Identifying American Pottery Dogs

Doulton values at Replacements.com

Collectors Weekly is a WONDERFUL way to familiarize yourself with who made what

To REPAIR your treasures — here are a few helpful sites.  I use fingernail polish (it’s glazed and works much like cermaric paint.)

Collections are obtained to surround yourself with things that make you happy, inspire you.  Your home is like a nest.  Put in it things (and people) that bring pleasure.

Birmingham Estate Sales is in Trussville for 3 days! Join us!

Birmingham Estate Sales is in Trussville for 3 days! Join us!

happpy happy happyHappy Happy Happy are we! Pollen and all! (we’ve got tissues for those allergy sufferers!)

*Don’t miss us! Because we’ll miss you!  Make sure you follow us on our website at BhamEstateSales.com then on the right side of the page you’ll put in your email address then click follow us!  We’re not just about sales! We post articles too on some interesting finds at estate sales! Woot!

Join us for a 3 day sale in Trussville!  Make sure you grab lunch at the Three Eared Bunny! Darling little cafe and soda shop in downtown Trussville.  Great pimento cheese! Yum!

Thurs Fri Sat

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10-2pm Thursday

10-2pm Friday

9-3pm Saturday 

6432 Ziklag Circle

Birmingham AL 35235 

If you are new to attending a Birmingham Estate Sale, please read below ‘carefully’.  Woot!

#BhamEstateSales

You know the drill.

_____________________________________________________

Please READ BELOW:

** ALL SALES ARE FINAL!***  It’s up to YOU to plug something in, try it out, etc.  This is not kindergarten friends. (Although I really did love kindergarten.  Just sayin’)

NO PRESALES over the PHONE unless OTHERWISE STATED:

HOW TO SHOP THIS SALE:

*Keep our sales orderly! Do not ‘dump’ items out of things, if you move something put it back!

BE RESPECTFUL to one another — it’s just ‘stuff’.  No need to be ugly or rude to another customer. If we feel you continue to have aggressive behavior or don’t use your ‘MANNERS’ we will ask you to leave.

All LARGE items are priced, and smaller ones of significant monetary value.  All smaller items are priced in a ‘group’ pricing.  Make a stack of all items at check out and we will give you a price on your group of items.  Happy Treasure Hunting! Woot Woot!

**Parking — Can only park on ONE side of the street ONLY!  Park on side of street that house is located on.  Do not block driveways or mailboxes please.  Thanks!

ALL SALES FINAL

NO CHECKS ACCEPTED – CASH OR CREDIT/DEBIT ONLY (3% added for all cards)

*Because of the many people who attend our sales, questions re: individual items are very hard to answer —- just come to the sale!

We accept CASH/CREDIT – Debit run as credit (add 3% on all cards)

Come prepared to take your items home SAME DAY.

For insurance purposes, staff members are not able to carry heavy/large items for you.

You must arrange for your own people to carry/load/deliver your items.

We price ‘to sell’ first day and throughout the length of the sale.

We have the ‘right’ to go through any bags you bring into the sale.

Birmingham Estate Sales is not responsible for accidents nor is the home owner. You enter at your own risk, and in doing this, we have no liability for injury or damage to your or any items on you.

**Children must remain with parents at ALL times. We will tag those small people, give them a puppy a double esspresso and send them on their way!

Bring bags/totes/boxes/newspapers for wrapping —  to help with your items.  We do not provide these.

If we SELL OUT of items before end of sale time, we will close the sale down early.

We APPRECIATE our customers – and thank you for coming to our estate sales!
Please note – owners may remove items that were originally to be part of the sale for whatever reason.  We apologize if this happens.  We know you come for certain items.  We try our best to make sure we are as accurate as possible with our photos and advertising.

The term ‘Woot’ is a happy word.  And used frequently in our ads.  Because we can.

BIRMINGHAM ESTATE SALES is in CRESTWOOD for 2 days!

BIRMINGHAM ESTATE SALES is in CRESTWOOD for 2 days!

small sale little girlThis is a ‘small’ sale.   However, there are some cool things. Look at that cocktail sofa! Think Austin Powers and martinis!  Normal is boring and this sofa is not boring! Check out Urban Suburban Antiques while you’re in Crestwood too.  And THEN grab a bagel and coffee at Crestwood Coffee!  What a fun time for all!

2 days of a small sale!

Fri Sat

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10-12pm Fri April 1 (this is no joke mind you!)

9-11am – Sat April 2 (I’ll have a vanilla latte please!)

5724 9th Ave S

Birmingham AL 35212 

**added bonus — you get to see a really vintage house!  Already sold though…so….well..it’s still cool!

If you are new to attending a Birmingham Estate Sale, please read below ‘carefully’.  Woot!

#BhamEstateSales

You know the drill.

_____________________________________________________

Please READ BELOW:

** ALL SALES ARE FINAL!***  It’s up to YOU to plug something in, try it out, etc.  This is not kindergarten friends. (Although I really did love kindergarten.  Just sayin’)

NO PRESALES over the PHONE unless OTHERWISE STATED:

HOW TO SHOP THIS SALE:

*Keep our sales orderly! Do not ‘dump’ items out of things, if you move something put it back!

BE RESPECTFUL to one another — it’s just ‘stuff’.  No need to be ugly or rude to another customer. If we feel you continue to have aggressive behavior or don’t use your ‘MANNERS’ we will ask you to leave.

All LARGE items are priced, and smaller ones of significant monetary value.  All smaller items are priced in a ‘group’ pricing.  Make a stack of all items at check out and we will give you a price on your group of items.  Happy Treasure Hunting! Woot Woot!

**Parking — Can only park on ONE side of the street ONLY!  Park on side of street that house is located on.  Do not block driveways or mailboxes please.  Thanks!

ALL SALES FINAL

NO CHECKS ACCEPTED – CASH OR CREDIT/DEBIT ONLY (3% added for all cards)

*Because of the many people who attend our sales, questions re: individual items are very hard to answer —- just come to the sale!

We accept CASH/CREDIT – Debit run as credit (add 3% on all cards)

Come prepared to take your items home SAME DAY.

For insurance purposes, staff members are not able to carry heavy/large items for you.

You must arrange for your own people to carry/load/deliver your items.

We price ‘to sell’ first day and throughout the length of the sale.

We have the ‘right’ to go through any bags you bring into the sale.

Birmingham Estate Sales is not responsible for accidents nor is the home owner. You enter at your own risk, and in doing this, we have no liability for injury or damage to your or any items on you.

**Children must remain with parents at ALL times. We will tag those small people, give them a puppy a double esspresso and send them on their way!

Bring bags/totes/boxes/newspapers for wrapping —  to help with your items.  We do not provide these.

If we SELL OUT of items before end of sale time, we will close the sale down early.

We APPRECIATE our customers – and thank you for coming to our estate sales!
Please note – owners may remove items that were originally to be part of the sale for whatever reason.  We apologize if this happens.  We know you come for certain items.  We try our best to make sure we are as accurate as possible with our photos and advertising.

The term ‘Woot’ is a happy word.  And used frequently in our ads.  Because we can.

BIRMINGHAM ESTATE SALES is in BESSEMER for 3 days! Join us!

BIRMINGHAM ESTATE SALES is in BESSEMER for 3 days! Join us!

talking aboutOne uber cool thing about Bessemer — is The Bright Star —  I recommend you come to the sale and then go EAT THERE! Holy Smacks!

*Don’t miss us! Because we’ll miss you!  Make sure you follow us on our website at BhamEstateSales.com then on the right side of the page you’ll put in your email address then click follow us!  We’re not just about sales! We post articles too on some interesting finds at estate sales! Woot!

I love what I do – completely.  I enjoy meeting our clients and seeing our customers.  Of course many of our sales involves the death of a loved one — it’s also a discovery of a life lived well.  This sweet lady traveled the world!  Come join us in the home of Mary Elizabeth Knight.  What a cool lady.

In addition to the estate sale, the house is also for sale. Contact Realtor Jeff Davis at 205-587-7459 at ReMax Southern Homes.

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Thurs Fri Sat

10-2pm Thurs April 14

10-2pm Fri April 15

9-3pm Sat April 16 

1821 Brandon Way

Besssemer AL 35022

#BhamEstateSales

You know the drill.

_____________________________________________________

Please READ BELOW:

** ALL SALES ARE FINAL!***  It’s up to YOU to plug something in, try it out, etc.  This is not kindergarten friends. (Although I really did love kindergarten.  Just sayin’)

NO PRESALES over the PHONE unless OTHERWISE STATED:

HOW TO SHOP THIS SALE:

*Keep our sales orderly! Do not ‘dump’ items out of things, if you move something put it back!

BE RESPECTFUL to one another — it’s just ‘stuff’.  No need to be ugly or rude to another customer. If we feel you continue to have aggressive behavior or don’t use your ‘MANNERS’ we will ask you to leave.

All LARGE items are priced, and smaller ones of significant monetary value.  All smaller items are priced in a ‘group’ pricing.  Make a stack of all items at check out and we will give you a price on your group of items.  Happy Treasure Hunting! Woot Woot!

**Parking — Can only park on ONE side of the street ONLY!  Park on side of street that house is located on.  Do not block driveways or mailboxes please.  Thanks!

ALL SALES FINAL

NO CHECKS ACCEPTED – CASH OR CREDIT/DEBIT ONLY (3% added for all cards)

*Because of the many people who attend our sales, questions re: individual items are very hard to answer —- just come to the sale!

We accept CASH/CREDIT – Debit run as credit (add 3% on all cards)

Come prepared to take your items home SAME DAY.

For insurance purposes, staff members are not able to carry heavy/large items for you.

You must arrange for your own people to carry/load/deliver your items.

We price ‘to sell’ first day and throughout the length of the sale.

We have the ‘right’ to go through any bags you bring into the sale.

Birmingham Estate Sales is not responsible for accidents nor is the home owner. You enter at your own risk, and in doing this, we have no liability for injury or damage to your or any items on you.

**Children must remain with parents at ALL times. We will tag those small people, give them a puppy a double esspresso and send them on their way!

Bring bags/totes/boxes/newspapers for wrapping —  to help with your items.  We do not provide these.

If we SELL OUT of items before end of sale time, we will close the sale down early.

We APPRECIATE our customers – and thank you for coming to our estate sales!
Please note – owners may remove items that were originally to be part of the sale for whatever reason.  We apologize if this happens.  We know you come for certain items.  We try our best to make sure we are as accurate as possible with our photos and advertising.

How to tell a ‘first edition’ book

How to tell a ‘first edition’ book

787b0389d6bf9c7fc727fc0ef0c78d3aI’m a bibliophile — completely.  I’m a lover of books.  I have been from a very small child.  I’m also a YUGH (Donald Trumps way of saying HUGE — he he he) fan of Little Free Libraries...that’s another story for another article.  On to books and how to tell a first edition book.

It’s actually easier if I share links from other articles.  It’s not as easy as one might think to find and identify first edition books.  For those who collect these, it’s a treasure hunt and estate sales are a wonderful way to find your book treasures — either first edition or just a great book to add to your collection.

 

 

Here are the links:

How to identify first edition books by Empty Mirror Books

Quill & Brush – book collecting hints and first editions 

Book Libris – first edition books

Biblio – first edition tips 

Book Riot – identifying first edition books 

Travelin Librarian – How to identify first edition books 

Abe Books – Here’s a great video! 

 

Primitive Tobacco Baskets

Primitive Tobacco Baskets

4e42d932b3fd738b450168d8f596ef6cI’m using the word primitive here however….  you could also use antique… vintage really wouldn’t fit the bill.    These round or square type baskets are very shallow, not quite flat – they were used for drying tobacco leaves or herbs in some cases (large herbs because of the large open areas and loose weave obviously to let plant material begin to dry immediately).

Used in today’s world in the decorating arena, they make very handsome wall displays, perhaps on a hearth or statement piece above furniture.   They range in prices all over the chart.   I come across these quite a lot in my estate sales.

People who enjoy basket collecting have been seeking these fiercely –  so grab them if you see one at an estate sale or garage sale.  You can find them in rural areas hanging on a nail forgotten in a barn.

As you can see from the photos below, in the decorating scheme they can be used in rustic settings or more traditional themes.

 

BIRMINGHAM ESTATE SALES is in HOMEWOOD for 3 days! Join us!

BIRMINGHAM ESTATE SALES is in HOMEWOOD for 3 days! Join us!

girl talk sales

**Note check our site if we sale out early we will close! **

Make sure you follow our website – we don’t want to miss seeing you!  I’m ready for Spring — how about you?

We have a SWEET sale in Homewood — the house is also for sale.  Contact Michelle Burbank 205-222-7630 Remax.  Frozen in time is how I would describe what you’ll find.    —  This is the estate of Maurice ‘Max’ Baer.    What a wonderful life is in this cottage in Homewood.  Join us.

Thurs Fri Sat

March 17, 18, 19

>CLICK HERE<< for all PHOTOS for the sale! 

Thursday 10-2pm March 17

Friday 10-2pm March 18

Saturday 9-2pm  March 19 

2030 20th Ave S

Birmingham AL 35209 

If you are new to attending a Birmingham Estate Sale, please read below ‘carefully’.  Woot!

#BhamEstateSales

You know the drill.

_____________________________________________________

Please READ BELOW:

** ALL SALES ARE FINAL!***  It’s up to YOU to plug something in, try it out, etc.  This is not kindergarten friends. (Although I really did love kindergarten.  Just sayin’)

NO PRESALES over the PHONE unless OTHERWISE STATED:

HOW TO SHOP THIS SALE:

*Keep our sales orderly! Do not ‘dump’ items out of things, if you move something put it back!

BE RESPECTFUL to one another — it’s just ‘stuff’.  No need to be ugly or rude to another customer. If we feel you continue to have aggressive behavior or don’t use your ‘MANNERS’ we will ask you to leave.

All LARGE items are priced, and smaller ones of significant monetary value.  All smaller items are priced in a ‘group’ pricing.  Make a stack of all items at check out and we will give you a price on your group of items.  Happy Treasure Hunting! Woot Woot!

**Parking — Can only park on ONE side of the street ONLY!  Park on side of street that house is located on.  Do not block driveways or mailboxes please.  Thanks!

ALL SALES FINAL

NO CHECKS ACCEPTED – CASH OR CREDIT/DEBIT ONLY (3% added for all cards)

*Because of the many people who attend our sales, questions re: individual items are very hard to answer —- just come to the sale!

We accept CASH/CREDIT – Debit run as credit (add 3% on all cards)

Come prepared to take your items home SAME DAY.

For insurance purposes, staff members are not able to carry heavy/large items for you.

You must arrange for your own people to carry/load/deliver your items.

We price ‘to sell’ first day and throughout the length of the sale.

We have the ‘right’ to go through any bags you bring into the sale.

Birmingham Estate Sales is not responsible for accidents nor is the home owner. You enter at your own risk, and in doing this, we have no liability for injury or damage to your or any items on you.

**Children must remain with parents at ALL times. We will tag those small people, give them a puppy a double esspresso and send them on their way!

Bring bags/totes/boxes/newspapers for wrapping —  to help with your items.  We do not provide these.

If we SELL OUT of items before end of sale time, we will close the sale down early.

We APPRECIATE our customers – and thank you for coming to our estate sales!
Please note – owners may remove items that were originally to be part of the sale for whatever reason.  We apologize if this happens.  We know you come for certain items.  We try our best to make sure we are as accurate as possible with our photos and advertising.