LaCheryl B. Cillie
Over the last thirteen years of collecting antiques, I have developed an enormous passion for auctions and estate sales. There is an excitement that bubbles from deep within for such events. My entrance into these alternative sales arenas began in 1984. I was a poor college student, graduating from the historic Tuskegee Institute and eager to attend the School of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. It was decided that I would live in an apartment off campus definitely needed a bedroom suite. Furnishing my apartment presented a rude discovery.
I was frustrated after visiting one furniture store after another. Most of the quality bedroom suites I liked priced between six and ten thousands dollars.
Needless to say, this was out of my price range! In desperation, I combed the newspaper for garage and estate sales. After attending a few, I found the bedroom suite of my dreams! A four-piece cherry, Queen Anne poster bedroom suite for
the unbelievable price of $900 (mattress included)! Today our master bedroom is still adorned with this special suite. From that point, I began to frequent auctions and estate sales. My interest in antiques and collectibles would come much later.
Fortunately, my husband, Wendell grew up with an appreciation for antiques. During our courtship, I would visit his home and wonder why his mom filled their big, beautiful house with such old furniture? As time passed, these items grew on me.During a summer school stay at Tuskegee Institute, I used one of my future mother-in-law's antique beds. I believe a small spark of appreciation began at that time.
It appears that many circumstances like these, have been It recapture an appreciation for my great grandmother's things. I feel fortunate for that! Inside From Darkness to Light you will become familiar with simple terms that describe the auction world and the estate sale process.
I have found that anything known to man can be bought and sold in these non- traditional shopping arenas.You, too, will learn how thrift stores and flea markets can be the best places to shop for the most unique items at minimal cost!
You will also gain helpful techniques used to find those diamonds in the rough.
Together, we will explore the world of antiques- unveiling the "inside scoop" on how to gracefully maneuver in these circles. Also included are photographs of amazing things-we have purchased for just pennies! In the end, you will have a good idea of where to turn for information in these markets.
Furthermore, in the event that you are left with an estate dispose of, its content will have new meaning. You will begin to understand value and recognize the tools to assess any items worth. This is extremely important! Because there are antique dealers and collectors who would like to keep this information a secret.
I have been personally saddened by the pilferage that happens in communities of color (both urban and rural) by collectors who often flash a $20 bill for "historical riches" that are later sold for $2,000. It happens all too often.
You will be surprised that many things that appear worthless actually have great value! As the light shines, you will behold many rare and beautiful treasures. Begin your search today! Recapture the historical riches that are all around you. Happy Hunting!
Contact :LaCheryl B. Cillie 205-529-4441. www.thriftstyleliving.com. LCillie@aol.com
-LaCheryl B. Cillie
"Nobody buys pebbles which can be picked up on the beach, but diamonds sell high."