since the weekends are about finds and treasure hunting - at least i always think of the weekends as a time to explore - i wanted to share our best silver find, i think ever..
we hit an estate sale about 5 years ago - it was professionally run and most all of the furniture and nice china and glassware was priced a the high end of ebay prices - with the feeling that there is always something for you, wherever you go - rod began to look in the many jewelry and silver cases - we had spent some recent spare moments researching and learning about different silversmiths - one of the people we learned about was william spratling ..
so rod is looking in the cases and notices an odd little duck bill shaped object and asks to view it - it is priced $5 - as he turns it over, he notices an unmistakable william spratling mark - the object is a duck bill shaped bottle opener - taking a chance that it might be an actual william spratling piece and not one faked - there are fakes out there -
we bought the item - did not ask for a discount, just paid the price marked and thanked the professional estate sales person and left - we got it home and did more research and discovered it was in fact a william spratling piece - at the time we were listing quite heavily on ebay - however, we could not find any items like this odd little piece .. so we listed it and started it at 99 cents with no reserve ..
it ended at $657.00 ..
sometimes, i wish we had kept it .. but times being what they were, the money came in very handy - i like to think of it as a time when 'god winked at us' ..
be sure and check out all of the silver sunday blog posts and also a big thanks to beth @ gypsy fish journal for hosting silver sunday ..
off to sew at the warehouse ..
wanted to add pics of the 4 slipcovers all done - i know you are probably tired of seeing the slipcovers - but i am real pleased with them - it has been awhile since i sewed and honestly, i wasn't sure if i still 'had it' - so i was a little scared about getting back to sewing, but i guess it's like most things - you don't really forget - not really - anyway, the chairs will all be painted an off white and they will be around a small white round table - if you were at canton last month you may have seen the table - it was missing a small section on one edge - but it didn't sell, so they brought it back to the warehouse and rod made the repair and honestly you can't really tell it was ever missing ..
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