I haven't talked publicly about this much, but my parents are at an age where it's time to move into independent living. It's NOT assisted living, but it is in a community that has care. Plus, both my sister and I are here in Virginia, and they are in Florida. Time for all 4 of us to live in the same state for the first time since the late 70s.
Detail of their best piece, a dining room sideboard/buffet
This past week, I was in Florida, partly to start them a-purging, but also to try to sell most of their antiques. Even though both my sister and I are dealers, we aren't in venues to sell this kind of antiques—nor do we have the space in our teeny tiny homes to keep them. We're holding on to a few, but not all. And it's costly to move them north.
Same piece, in full view
First order of business was to call my dear junking friend Shelley (of Sweet Pea Home), who sweetly and readily agreed to help. As a dealer in the Orlando area, I knew she'd have the contacts! She quickly introduced me to an awesome fellow dealer and all is going according to plan—I'm happy to "pay it forward" to another sista dealer (who's coincidentally expanding to a new venue!). Plus, I got to spend a day hanging with Shelley, gabbing about junking, exploring a great new venue, catching up, and dreaming about Marburger. AND talk shop with a new junk sista!
China cabinet, with original curvy glass
In the interests of expediency, our family interest is to move them quickly. I knew that meant contacting a dealer who would appreciate a good deal when she saw one.
Secretary/desk bought for my sister's room in the 60s
It pains me to sell them at bargain prices, but Mom bought all of these in the 1960s, so we've had them for a good 50 years. To hear her tell it, back then everyone was buying Scandanavian pieces, and she got most of these for—she claims—$4 apiece at Goodwill.
Others she bought in the 70s when we lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Betcha didn't know that I lived in Brazil for 3 years, huh? Well, this is a HEAVY rosewood antique buffet. The more I look at it, the more I think it would be great either as a store counter or in a restaurant. It's 6' long and a beaut. This piece is still available, if anyone in the Orlando area is interested!
I've got to admit that it's harder than I thought to do this all so quickly, and at bargain prices, but I do believe in paying it forward, as I mentioned. And, sometimes you do what you have to do. We have to move quickly—and we've enjoyed these fabulous pieces for 50 years. We're hoping others will enjoy them as well.
But you can bet I'm keeping this faboo barrister bookcase I've had my eye on for my entire life.