Friday, June 6, 2014

The Estate of Starkey Flythe

We attended an estate sale of a local icon today. It was the estate of Starkey Flythe who was an author, poet, magazine editor (The Saturday Evening Post), and collector. I was expecting good things and I found good things. I was hoping for a lot more good junk to dig through than they actually had but I managed to find some really cool stuff.
One funny thing, I picked up a Richard Avedon Book called Observations and carried it around with me until I got ready to check out. The lady asked me how much the book was marked and I said I didn't know so she flipped the book open (I had not bothered to do this - ha ha) and said "Oh here it is, $200", I told her to put it back. While I am sure that it is very collectible, I just couldn't make myself pay that kind of money for it. I do love Richard Avedon's photography though.

I did make some big purchases today, I bought an old store counter (marked on the bottom March 31, 1938) and an old artist easel.
Here are some pic's of both (please ignore the high grass - hope my yard guy comes soon!). They are in really good condition. The counter is oak and it's really beautiful. I normally don't purchase big things like this and neither does Mom but we sure did today. I won't even go into the horrifying ordeal of us trying to get these items home.

The rest of my haul was mostly smalls, but very interesting smalls, here is a sample:

An Art Deco Chrome and Bakelite Cigarette Box (needs to be polished)

A framed Vintage Child's Costume

An Electric Cocktail Shaker

Some Cherubs and Small Vintage Books

A Beautiful Soap Dish

I'm dying over this lamp, also got the suitcase/briefcase (not sure which)

A lovely piece of art and an old photograph (I love that it has a horse in it and he is looking right at the camera)

We had to make two trips over there to get all of our stuff, when I got home I was exhausted! It was fun though and I think I got some really interesting stuff and Mom did too, now to clean it all!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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  1. love the lamp and cigarette box

  2. Oh you found so many neat things! I love that lamp and those little cherubs!
    So cute. What fun you must have had.
    Erica :)

  3. The old photo is fascinating. I love looking at it.

  4. Small vintage books are really cool!

  5. wonderful finds! especially that store counter!

  6. Great finds! I love the cherubs!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  7. I can't imagine how hard it was to get the store counter home. Love the old books. I think I would have had to pass on the Avedon too.

  8. Very cool stuff. I like that cigarette box a lot!

    I have to restrain myself on the big stuff. I have a tendency to buy now and figure out how to haul it later.....

  9. Wow, great store counter! Sounds like you had a really great time. Still can't believe you passed up a book for only $200. lol! thanks for sharing with SYC.