Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Estate Sale Jackpot (Part 1)

This past weekend my mom was visiting so I was lucky enough to be able to hit up some estate sales - sans Phoebe.  I don't really do much thrifting with her, because well, she's a toddler - enough said.

Anyway, I happened to come across an estate sale taking place in a house where two antique dealers used to live.  I found all kinds of goodies, and while I was waiting in line to pay I spotted this little gem of a couch hidden and lost in the shuffle.


It is in just about perfect condition, and even better was the amazingly too-good-to-be-true price of only $145. 


Thankfully I was the next person up in line and after hearing it was still available, I wasted no time in snatching it up. 


I know absolutely nothing about furniture styles/periods/eras, but I do know that I just love the design of this couch and it has some pretty amazing lines.  Even though the upholstery is in great condition, I'm just not digging the green velvet with gold trim.  So once it's in our budget (waaaay down the road), this lovely lady will be getting a makeover a la Anna Maria Horner.  Ohhhh, what scrumptious fabric will I cover her in....?


So it's currently hanging out here in our dining room until we eventually get a dining room table (most likely another hand-me-down), but it's final home is going to be in my studio.


  1. this is a really amazing find!!!

  2. I am dying a small death for the absolute perfection of that sofa. Soooo beautiful, Em! What a find!

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, I'm so jealous but soooooo happy for you!!! Gorgeous!

  4. O wow that is just beautiful i love the green its so rich and expensive looking, stunning design and the wood is gorgeous to, what a find i would have loved a look in that house. dee x

  5. That is gorgeous! Great score!

  6. O. MY. GOD. emily, this is easily worth $1,000 at the very least since it's in such good condition. i'd go higher but i'm not sure if that velvet is original or not.

    it's called an empire sofa. the empire/federal revival style was popularized by the furniture maker duncan phyfe in america during the 1800's. i'm not 100% that it's duncan phyfe (a bit heavy woodwork for his studio) but that's def the time period/style.

    you are one lucky girl. seriously.

  7. Wow what a find! I'm not really into antique furniture but it has great lines and is in such good condition for what you paid. Congrats!

  8. What a great find. I need to look for these kind of shops in NW Ohio....I've kind of made a commitment to trying to find 2nds bvefore new.