Thursday, November 14, 2019

Parting Can Be Played Hard... Or Played Easy... And Let Downs

So... I decided to put a Dozen larger furniture items up on my Private Facebook Page for Sale to reach only Trusted Industry Friends and Relatives, who I'd have complete comfort level coming to our Home to buy stuff.   Good-Byes to stuff can be Played Hard... or Played Easy.   This was the only Hard one for me, my Retro Table with Two Vintage Atomic Chairs and Three Vintage Chairs... all in sparkly Original Red Vinyl Upholstery circa The 50's.  I'd like to Keep it, so if it doesn't Sell, no harm, no foul... I'll see it as A Sign and find a damn place for it, right?!  *LOL*


Because I have a tendency to Hoard Vintage Tables and Chairs, I just have too many to spread out in The City House if that is The One.   And my Hoarding tendencies Need to be Cured once and for all, so this is part of my own Intervention to Self.  *Smiles*  Be Well Dawn... and get rid of "Extra" shit that is just absurd to own that much of any one thing of!   As my Grand-Daughter always tells me, "Gramma, you're SO "Extra"!  *Bwahahaha!*  That doesn't make me Hip, and it's not a Positive Label, since the Urban Dictionary states it's Slang definition being: Trying too hard, over the top, excessive, maybe a little Dramatic.  Often a little inappropriate.   Uh, Yeah, I'd have to say I'm a Poster Girl for being SO "Extra" then, coz that's mos def ME to a tee!  *LMAO*

This set was the only one I went Firm on the Pricing of, since I was into it for quite a bit, being I always intended to Keep it.  The Atomic Chair duo were hard to Source and spendy alone.  It's comfortable, functional and Nostalgic in a Good Way, but The City House Vibe isn't going to be Retro 50's Era Diner.   I've got an Antique Harvest Table with Fab Italian Cut Velvet Antique Chairs... plus an Ethan Allen larger Harvest Table with matching Chairs that will go with us and be more than enough seating for Meals and Guests.   The Harvest Table Urban Farmhouse Look is more appropriate for The City House's Vibe.

My Vintage beveled glass Antique Window Table conversion is something I Love but won't have placement for... so... it's gotta go.   The Son, a Glazier by Trade, was always going to make a protective Glass Cover for it and now he's no longer in that Trade, it won't ever happen either... so... Good-Bye.   It used to have a protective glass cover over the Window part.  That's 'til The Young Prince and I were moving it and didn't realize it wasn't permanently attached, so when we flipped it to the side, it fell out and shattered... we were Lucky we weren't injured by broken glass!   That Old Window set in to it is super heavy too, so it's a challenge for an Old Lady and Teen Manchild to move anyway, what were we thinking back then?!  {He was about 15 at the time.}

Most of my Architectural Salvage of Antique Doors, Hardware and Stained Glass Antique Windows is going with us even if I have to Invent placement for all of them!  *LOL*   The last big Sell Off of Architectural Salvage happened when we Sold Historic Bohemian Valhalla and I divested myself of about 36 Antique Doors and I don't even remember how many Antique Salvaged Windows.  Not to mention Victorian Fretwork, Columns and a Salvage Staircase Railing from a Victorian tear down.   At one time I must have been the Queen of Salvage in the Valley, since I'd been Hoarding it up since the 70's or so, squirreling it away when people thought it to be worthless and me a Nut Job for wanting any of it!  So I often hid it away in Storage so I didn't have the usual WTF comments all of the time to explain myself!  *LOL*


I only have one Antique 100+ Year Old Cabinet left and it has it's original wavy Glass and both Skeleton Keys for it's Locks.   Selling these Farmhouse pieces has been easy since it's Trendy right now and the White Sells again.   The Colorless Palette having made a big comeback with The Urban Farmhouse Movement... which might stick around longer than The Shabby Chic Movement did?   I had this since The Shabby Chic Movement when for a Minute I thought I'd Decorate with a lot of White... which was the antithesis of my Aesthetic really, being either more attracted to Jewel Tones or Black... so it didn't last.  But, some things I just never got rid of either and now they're coming back into Fashion, it's time to Let Go.

Yeah, when something Trends is when Yours Truly is MORE likely to detach from it and say Farewell, since... well... in a Word... Money!  *Winks*   Trending items are a Fast Turn and usually eliminate the Lowballers entirely, since you have a broader Audience vying for the pieces, so you blow off the annoying Customer... Move Along... it isn't for you!  *Winks*   That said, because I'm having a Moving Sale, the other Eleven pieces I'm hawking on my FB Page are at those First Cousin Deal Prices coz I want them GONE!   It's only the Vintage Red Retro Diner Set that I'm not doing a deep Discount on, tho' I felt I have it reasonably priced for anyone looking for one and appreciating it's Rarity of being a Real Deal set and not a repop Knock-Off.

Having the original Skeleton Keys for very Old Furniture is Rare too... the fact I've owned this so long and didn't lose either Key, even during Moves, is only because I kept them in the Locks!  *LOL*   Today I probably won't get as much packing and moving done as Yesterday, tho' I should try.  Yesterday was a very productive Day followed by a 10 Hour Sleep to sufficiently recuperate from doing so much in a single Day!  *LOL*   I only awoke relatively Early due to the sound of my Neighbor's Workmen who are hammering and using power tool saws to install new Flooring in his Home!   The Walls of New Build Homes, even Luxury Ones, is paper thin compared to Historic Homes.  I'll be Glad to be back in a Historic Home with outside noise buffered better!   Yeah, The City House being circa 1949 is built like a Brick Shit House... literally, since it's Brick... no shit they knew how to build a House to last back then!  *LOL*

So Princess T's little Retro Style Set isn't likely that Old... and one Chair has Issues, since a Corn Fed Built Friend of The Young Prince was too large to have the Chair handle his Muscular Large Frame adequately.   It happens, Young Men can be a challenge to Vintage Furnishings... Hell, Old Men can be... it's a Man Thing, they aren't that delicate with stuff no matter their size and strength, what can I say?!  *LOL*   But it's a Cute set being Sold On The Cheap to divest me of it since it's Upstairs and... we won't be Needing it anymore without a Guest House or Apartment attached to a Main House.

The G-Kid Force not only utilized it for Entertaining and Dining... but also as an Artistic Creation Station... and so any residual Art on the Table portion is Free!  *Winks*   Yep, no Extra Charge for that... and likely, with some Elbow Grease and good Cleaning Products, if you're not as Lazy as me, you can probably remove all or most of it anyway.   The Price reflects your Deep Discount for doing your own Restoration of said set... *LOL*   Yes, I am a Lazy Seller, most pieces you will ever Buy from me are Fresh From The Farm 'As Is' because I simply couldn't be bothered and frankly, most of my Customers like it better than way... who knew?   Yep, I used to clean up my Mantiques especially to try to get more for them... and they languished longer that way after all my wasted effort!

But if I just knocked the Living Spiders off them and brought the Mantiques in to the Antique Mall "As Is" and Fresh From The Pick... they Sold at such a Quick Turn that I discovered I was On to something!   *Smiles*  The Men seem to think it to be a fake if it looks too Good I guess?   The Real Deal shit has to look like it's had a Life and a History or the Male Customer won't give it a 2nd glance!   And I'm okay with that being I'm a Lazy Old Hippie and Domestic Goddess Duties are just not my Jam!   You'll never hear me saying on my Deathbed that I didn't do nearly enough housekeeping!  *Bwahahahaha!*   And so... any Dust, Cobwebs and normal wear and tear is going to be evident and I won't charge ya Extra for it either... Deal!  *Winks*

Another Vintage Ethan Allen piece that I've owned Forever and a Day, since way before any of my Kids were even Born, is this solid Maple Coffee Table.   Along the Years the Kids and then The G-Kid Force inherited it for their personal spaces and it was often used as an Art Creation Station as is evident by some of the light staining, which all should come off with a light refinish.   This Table has had a Marine Varnish on it since I've owned it and is practically indestructible, since that's how they made Furniture back in da Day!   Honestly Two Men and a Boy can STAND on this Table, or SIT on it with no problem... in fact, over the Years I can Testify that they HAVE with no ill effects!  It's still solid as a Rock and should last another 50+ Years and is priced at way less than Fifty Bucks!

I always Loved the Grain and Patina of that Coffee Table, so it's one piece I never Painted when I was in my Painting All Furniture Phase.  *LOL*   So you see, I've never been a Purist and I'll slap me some Paint on something to give it a New Life if I felt it Needed one over the Years.  *Gasp! say the Purists... Sorry... Not Sorry says Me... Smiles*   Granted, some Patinas shouldn't be destroyed so I'm not saying I've molested too many Real Deal Antiques with Hundreds of Years of Beauty bestowed upon them by Father Time.  You simply cannot replicate that with faux finishes no matter how Good you are at it!   So I am Mindful of that Fact too... but some Great Antique Pieces have excellent Bones yet are Sad, Outdated to an extreme or simply Neglected to an extreme and those pieces deserve a New Life and Resurrection.   Be Born Again!

This piece was a DIY Project I bought from another Vendor at our Mall a long time ago who was going out of Business and Selling Off her Displays.   But I really have no Need of it nor Space for it at any New Location... and it's an Easily Played Good-Bye.  No Attachments to certain things mean I might rotate them in and then out of my Life without any challenges in doing so.   For some strange reason larger items are like that for me, detachment from the Big Stuff is usually way Easier and not as Emotional for me as The Smalls can be!   I know that Downsizing my Cabinet Of Curiosities Collection is going to be rougher and a Hard Play.  I have to, since I Sold Off more than Half of my Barrister Cabinets that Housed them!


The Young Prince couldn't Believe I even did that... and only kept The One most coveted Antique Barrister Cabinet for my Curiosities Collection!!!   But I'm Serious as a Heart Attack about this Downsizing Project and going Balls to the Wall with it... I just HAVE to my Friends... the Time has come and is long Overdue!   Better to get it over with Emotionally in one fell swoop and culminate what I've been on a Quest for since The Great Edit And Purge began.  I've Culled a lot over the Years and my Curated Clutter is getting more Manageable.  A Fresh Start and Blank Slate of a New and considerably Downsized Property will make it so that I simply have to Finalize what I began too long ago!  Life Changes being kinda Exciting, I'm Okay with the Parting is such Sweet Sorrow Thing.

I held onto my Antique Dress Form Gals even tho' they're quite The Hoard now.  But... Two Vintage ones are going to be Sold Off... sans their Exotic garb they're now Modeling in the Meditation Room.   Anyone who Buys both gets a considerable Discount, I'd rather they be Sold as a Pair anyway since they're similar.   And... Bad News just arrived as I was hammering this Post out... The City House Offer was rejected.  They were Okay with what we Offered, but weren't comfortable with a Contingency of us Selling our Home before we could Buy theirs.  And there's no other way for us since we're rolling The Man's VA Loan over to a New Purchase and thus it has to be Owner Occupied and the VA Loan released on this Property... bummer!   I'm Processing my Deep Disappointment as I Write... since I was really LOVING that Home A LOT.

The Man is still Hopeful that Pueblo Boheme's Title Issues will be resolved and that us looking for alternatives might light a Fire under the Ass of the Seller to resolve it quickly, if they but can?   We have First Offer Of Refusal on that Property since we were deep into the Purchase of it when they realized they couldn't Sell it to us or anyone... double Disappointments back to back are hard... but such is the Game when you're Buying or Selling Real Property.  I'll see this as the Luxury of even more Time to detach, Sell Off shit, Live with a LOT LESS since we're practically Living out of Boxes now as it is... and Waiting Patiently for Divine Favor for The One we SHOULD Buy and won't be a Closed Door?   I cannot even try to Process remaining HERE... and having to Move back in... tho' it could be a Possibility too I suppose if it's just meant to be?

So, that last Update was always a Possibility... and I knew it... and I was iffy on whether or not we COULD be contenders from the Get Go... so I could Accept it when our Agent had to convey the unfortunate News.    I had told him I wasn't certain our Offer would Hold... given the Area and the Quality of that Home being high enough we'd have competition and limitations on what we could bring to the Table in the Negotiations.  I prefer to go into any Negotiation from a Position of Strength and with this Albatross to dispose of, that's not what I'm used to when Negotiating a Real Estate Deal.  I've always had Paid Off Properties I could Sell at my Leisure, move out of at my Leisure, Transition seamlessly from to whatever I Bought.  That will not be the case this time and it's New Territory for me.

So anyway, I Mourned for a Minute and now I'm Over It... Move Along, it wasn't for us apparently.   The Man wants me to keep looking, he knows I Master at The Thrill Of The Hunt, it's what I was Born to do!  *LOL*   If there is something worth having out there, I'll find it... and I'm picky enough when it comes to Real Estate, yet flexible enough on Aesthetic of a Property... to have a lot of Loves and yet be very specific in what I don't Want or Like.   Thus, my Agent doesn't do a lot of Looking FOR me since he knows how I am and we've worked together before.   He knows what part he will play in this Dance when I find something I wanna try to Buy.  *Smiles*   And since he'd bend the Earth for us, when it's supposed to happen, it will happen... Trusting God for that Outcome.  So... as you see, here's another Antique 100+ Year Old piece in the form of another Chest Of Drawers with Crystal Knobs.   And a Vintage Needlepoint Boudoir Bench, both for Sale.

The Dresser is a very Old Hand-made piece and I replaced the Wood Knobs with Expensive Crystal ones many Years ago.   I remember paying $80 for those Custom Knobs and I'm only Selling this piece for $99 so it's a Bargain.   I had a 'Thing' for Old Needlepoint but have Sold Off most pieces now of the Furnishings that had Amazing Old Needlepoint on them... my Phase now being Over.  This is a nice Bench tho' and comfy for the foot of a Bed to get Dressed while sitting upon.  When The Man was going thru his TBI Rehabilitation he Needed a lot of specific things to Help him to do Normal everyday Activities he was re-learning to do, like Dressing himself.   Now that he can do all that again without Aides, we're Good on getting rid of the Bench.

Here's a solid Maple Chest Of Drawers that is Vintage and I completely refinished Years ago.   It was when I was in my Furniture Restoration Period of Fanatical Projects.  *LOL*   Now I don't have the Time, Energy nor Inclination for such things, but at the time, it was Fun and I brought back to Life many a piece sadly Neglected or Abused, but which had Great Bones for a Restoration.  This one has the most Divine Wood Grain, Color and Patina... it now has a Marine Varnish finish because... we had a Family... and it holds up to ANYTHING!   *LOL*   Not to mention, at only Fifty Bucks, it's a Bargain, you can't buy a piece of shit Chest of Drawers at Wal-Mart for that!

The Room Divider and Kidney Shaped Antique Table, both in White, I've Loved but it's time to move them along.   Yeah, they're from way, way back in my briefly enamored experimentation with Shabby Chic, since Rachel Ashwell got even us Colorful Gals excited about something different.  *LOL*   But, this Family just can't do White... we just can't... we're too messy first of all... and Color always creeps back into our World.  I can J'Adore the Colorless Palette if done Well since it's soothing to the Soul and Clean looking... it just doesn't STAY that way with Mi Vida Loca so there's no point and it's just not me at my Core.  In fact, a Home with White Walls makes me think of an Institution... and not in any Good kinda way!  *Bwahahahahaha!*

I got this piece Years ago from a small Boutique owned by a Lovely Lady with a Vision for having unique merchandise in Old Town of where our Historic Home was.  Sadly, wrong Demographic for her Vision and she went out of Business quickly and it was a shame because her Shop totally ROCKED!   Sometimes the best Shops close down thru no fault of their Vision being Awesome... but hey, it's no real Surprise that places like McDonalds have thrived while Quality Restaurants have gone under.   Our disposable, fast paced Society being what it just is... you can serve crap and mass produced shit to make Millions doing so... while the Quality Vendors and terrific Indie Shops have to close up Shop for lack of demand... go figure!

It is hard to compete with Big Box Corporate America, no matter how fantastic a Vision the Small Business Owner has.  They can undercut your prices always and serve up an array of cheap crap that disposable America is Okay with Buying all Day long.  Mostly coz they'll tire of it in a Minute anyway and move on to the Next New Thing.   Look at Tech Gadgets, they're redundant almost the moment they begin Selling them and discontinue everything related to it quickly so you can't buy replacement parts and HAVE to Upgrade.  It's Addictive by Design and there are Billions of Addicts.   Just stroll by the Apple Store in the Mall to get a glimpse of the Tech Pushers and their hapless Victims... it's as sad as watching the Junkies on the Corner buying from the Drug Dealers really.  It's just not illegal for the Tech Gurus to Push their Addictive by Design Products and get filthy rich off the backs of who they have hooked.   

And Yes, new studies have proven that the Addictive Nature of Tech Gadgets rivals even the most Dangerous Drugs in Addictive endorphin release.  Especially damaging to Small Children... who now most are Babysat by their Gadgets so the Parents don't have to Parent!  The Body having Opiate Receptors responds and that's why people freak out when they are separated from their Gadgets once they're hooked.   And, the Manufacturers know this and exploit it... it's the next Epidemic that will be something Society will have to run damage control behind, you can count on it.   The number of Vehicular Homicides I processed at our DA's Office related to people distracted by their Phones and Gadgets was getting higher than most other DUI carnage!  In fact, Drunks and those driving High were probably at least trying to keep their Eyes on the Road and anyone Texting or Viewing their Phone isn't at all.  So the carnage can be so much more horrific as they careen down the Road without even giving it their full Attention like they should be!   Okay, stepping down off Soapbox now {winks} and Small Cabinet I'm hawking needs a small Knob on bottom Cabinet Door.

This is an English Monk's Bench I inherited from my Parents, they had it made by a Company in England called Undle I think or Oundle... they made a lot of Popular Gothic Style Furniture in the early 1970's.   It was all Hand Carved and Custom Made for Clients and my Parents had a house full of it.   It's been in Storage a very long time so the Dust is Free... Winks.   It isn't My Style but I held onto it all these Years because it did remind me of my Parents... but it's time to just Let Go of it to someone who digs Goth Furniture and has that whole Aesthetic going on at Home.   I believe it is solid Oak construction.


It has crouching Lion Arm Rest...

And the Seat opens up for a lot of Storage... which we've now used in the Mud Room for Princess T's assortment of Sports Gear so that I'm not tripping over Rollerblades, Skateboards and such in the Hallways!  *LOL*   Well... that's it for Today... I haven't been doing much Todaying for Today since getting the Sad News about The City House kind of deflated me.  To where I didn't feel much like going gangbusters on the packing and hauling shit to my already bursting at the seams offsite Storage now.  *Le Sigh*   Good thing I got so much done Yesterday then, while I still thought I had somewhere we might Move to!  *LOL*


Blessings, Love, Light and some Disappointing Let Down in the Arizona Desert again... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. I couldn't let go of that red table in chairs in the first photo without knowing for sure where I was moving to. I just couldn't. I love it! I take it you still haven't heard back on your offer on the City House?

    Your purging is moving along at a speed I wish I could do for my large furniture and artwork. I haven't even tried to sell them yet and won't until spring when I'll try the Facebook Market Place/garage sell route before sending them off to the auction house. I love following your process.

    1. The City House fell thru becoz they didn't want to Deal with a Contingency and we can't Sell this before we have a place to move to since rolling our VA Loan over requires Owner Occupancy. Don't want to be Homeless and nowhere to move TO or put our things and end up with 2 moves plus switching School Systems twice before a Purchase! Anyway, we found some Acreage with a nice Property on it, so will look at that one Tomorrow Morning and hopefully find one we can actually BUY?! *LOL* The Vintage Table and Chairs I might be able to keep if we get this property, since there would be ample placement for it.

  2. I'm sorry you didn't get the house. You have a lot of good stuff. Wish I was closer but I really don't need anything more. Sigh.

    1. Well, tho' The City Property fell thru we're looking at a Property with Acreage in a Location we really like and are familiar with Tomorrow Morning. Hopefully we can find something we can actually BUY?! *LOL* I'm still packing and purging, since downsizing possessions, regardless of where we move to, is high on my agenda of Goals.

  3. I know the location was perfect but i could just not picture your lovely things in that house.I hope something better than both comes along for all of you.You deserve it.

    1. Well, something might have... we're looking at an Urban Farmhouse Property with Acreage Tomorrow Morning and it is in a location we like and are familiar with. The Man liked the amount of Land, I liked the new remodel of an Older Home to be Urban Farmhouse Style and it has a HUGE RV Garage and also a converted Double Car Garage that is now an Office which would be nice as an Art Studio. It has the Pool my Grand-Daughter wanted... so it may be a better fit for all of us.

    2. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

    3. Thanks... I need all the Positive Vibes and Energy sent our way on this one... too much competition for it... so I don't want to become too enamored and have a big let down should the Seller choose another Offer. With so many Offers, it's good to be them tho', that would be what I Hope for on the Sale of Villa Boheme'... a Bidding War! *Winks*


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