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We present to you a unique thrifting experience like no other: 10 thousand square feet of antiques and vintage hoarded by a family spanning 3 decades, now open to the public!
The latest items we uncovered from the basement include vintage stereo eqiupment, antique picture frames, records, lighting parts & globes, dishes/glass/china, an elaborate victorian dresser, a primitive chest with old red paint and iron eastlake bin pulls full to the brim with old tools.
There is so much stuff here you can't see it all in one trip. We get people who are so overwhelmed by the vast accumulation of collections here many people go home and think about what they've seen before coming back to complete a purchase. Be prepared to spend time here- you can't just come in and walk through. Serious shoppers will need 1-2 hours.
We are still digging things out at this property, as much of this stuff has been packed away in boxes and bags, warehouse style, going back to the late 70s/early 80s. There was not a single corner of this property that did not have some kind of hoarder's storage in it. A 3-bedroom house, 2x barns, and 6x out-buildings (sheds/garage type) jam-packed with stuff. We are so overloaded we don't even have enough space to set everything out.
I have uploaded a few thousand photos to Flickr as new items were discovered or uncovered to help give people an idea of just how vast this collection is, but in the confusion I may have accidentally duplicated some old pics. If anyone finds duplicate pictures on Flickr, please notify me by commenting on the picture on flickr so I know it's in there twice, and I will delete the extra. Thanks for your help! THE PURGE CONTINUES! PLEASE STOP BY!!
Photographic overview of contents can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/109439916@N07/
There are literally thousands of items here, and all of it vintage, collected by the family for over 3 decades.
Lehigh/Delaware Valley Estate Sale Gets National Attention
This unique estate sale features items from the 30-year collection of a NJ couple prominent in the arts and publishing, as well as items from the estates of the preceding generation and other family members whose items accumulated in the family storage of a renovated 18th century barn on the property.
THIS SALE IS INDOORS RAIN OR SHINE, EVERY WEEKEND UNTIL ENOUGH GETS SOLD TO LIST THE PROPERTY ITSELF WITH REAL ESTATE AGENTS. WE ARE PROHIBITED BY ZONING FROM HAVING AN AUCTION HERE. THE SALE IS STRICTLY THRIFT-STORE STYLE.
Major collectors and antique shoppers for 3 decades, collecting runs in the family.
The primary owners were a highly regarded magazine editor and author and a classical musician who also served the county on various arts and historical preservation organizations.
Other members of the family whose items were added to the estate include 2x other artists/writers with equally ecclectic tastes and carreers in the visual arts, performing arts and radio extending from the 1930s to the modern era. One of the younger children is highly regarded in the field of decorative arts working for interior decorators. Make no doubt, this family is the right mix of artistic and eclectic pursuits to amass an astonishing array of quality collectibles, vintage and antique items.
The family road-tripped their way to the area antique-shopping to fill the home as they traveled from a previous residence in Oklahoma where the father had been employed with a publishing house as managing editor.
The NJ property is a historic stone farmhouse from the 18th century colonial era, together with surrounding barns and outbuildings restored in the early 1980s. The owners took the property back to about 1910 in order to utilize some modern 20th century amenaties. As a result of this ambitious restoration project, antique furniture, decorative wares and architectural salvage items not put to use began to accumulate.
Once established in NJ, they continued their collecting endeavors by rennovating and restoring the massive stone and wood-frame 1750s 3-story barn which became the warehouse repository of antiques collecting and architectural salvage overflow from the restoration of the stone farmhouse. Collectibles and antiques became the family pasttime in the 1980s and continued up to recent times, when the father passed away and the mother retired. The result is a 3-story, 3-bedroom 2-bath house with finished attic and the accompanying 3-story high 6-thousand-square foot barn which is more gallery than farm. There is not a wall which remains bare in the house nor a spot on the rafters in the barn from which an interesting item of days gone by does not hang! It must be seen to be believed.
Although it has been listed on the market already, real estate agents have subsequently turned this property down for sale because it is so mired in a wealth of collectibles and antiques, seeing the house interior through the collection is difficult.
1. to reduce and liquidate at least 2/3 of this massive generational collection, so that the estate owner's widow can complete her retirement to more modest surroundings.
2. to utilize the funds raised from the sale of the collection to make much needed improvements and renovations in order to maintain the property in historical context and ready it for subsequent relisting with the real estate agent.
Highlights & overview of contents: (list subject to change without notice)
the family has worked tirelessly to set up a photographic overview on Flickr with over 2,000 (TWO THOUSAND) pictures of the estate:
vintage pink/salmon enamel cook stove "Sunshine" brand
Kerosene stove "New Perfection"
old tins, cans and pales
old bath sink wall mount "Standard"
pedestal sink top miniature salesman sample
2x vintage toilets from the 1920s through 50s (one pink, one white, Camden Potteries and Kohler)
wall-mount "Standard" baptismal from a cathedral 1950s
other vintage plumbing fixtures,
general early American/period style window frames, panels, glass sheets
glassware- depression, cranberry green pink ruby & other colored glass wares too numerous to list
crystal & other glassware too numerous to list
Tiffany & Co. glass ice bucket
2 dozen pieces French mid century Luminarc onyx stemware
fine china of all kinds & styles-
Spode, Wegewood, other English makers; Austria, RS Prussia, Limoges, American Limoges, Stangl, Fiesta, Popegosser, Halls, other misc. manufacturers, some unmarked, styles ranging from traditional floral to mid century modern, too numerous to list
restaurant china- Buffalo, Shenango, Mayer, Syracuse, Scammell, Homer Laughlin, Hall, more too numerous to list
art pottery, planters, flower pots, jardinieres,
McCoy, Haeger, Weller, Royal Copley, Delft, Deimler & Brummel, Roseville, & many others
hand-thrown art studio pottery both old & new, some marked & some unsigned
decorative iron/salvage from buildings, brackets & corbels, decorative scroll work pieces
art, posters, prints, paintings, many affordable good quality and also a few important listed artists
antique & vintage picture frames from all eras, too numerous to list
100s of vintage records 78s 45s and LPs, plus a couple of amber-roll cylinders
sheet music of all kinds
drum sets: two deluxe Micasonic plus one unknown, 2x antique wooden drums, several violins yet to be cataloged, a silver cornet (Holton, 1912), Harmony guitar, brass trumpet
several thousand books of all topics & eras, from the mid 19th century through recent times-
many non-fiction from the former estate-owner's library, outdoors subjects, hunting, fishing, firearms publications, medical texts, psychology, history, cooking; plus many other fiction, from classics to obscure, domestic & foreign, children's, general from other family sources & shopping over the years, too numerous to list.
brand new but vintage NOS books written by the estate's former owner who passed away- NOS but in some cases 30+ years old, still in factory shipping crates, the owner's own surplus stock, never in a store
vintage christmas items- lights, ornaments, stockings, etc.
vintage lighting- lamps and chandeliers, wall sconces, table lamps, hurricane lamps, oil lamps, floor lamps, complete fixtures plus spare parts & globes of all kinds, fixer-uppers and a handful of restored vintage fixtures with brand new wiring, ready to install,
glass lighting parts, prisms, crystals, gothic iron lighting fixtures, shop globes, deco pendent lights & globes, gilded era fixtures, brass pan fixtures. Full selection of parts, fixer-uppers, as well as complete light fixtures ready for use.
salvage wood doors, windows, glass sheets, architecture,
doorknobs, hinges, curtain rods, hardware
4x & 5x panel interior doors, batten doors, old furniture/cupboard doors, mirror oak 19th century closet door, Victorian decorative front doors
9-foot Ionic porch columns, other antique porch posts, railings, newel posts, spindles, banister parts
8-foot high arched pocket doors from an 1840s manor house which are out of this world OOAK
other monumental scale, impressive architectural elements & big scale furniture items, including 8-foot primitive kitchen cupboards, 7-foot eastlake armoires, empire hallway console table with marble top, empire 1837 7-foot tall armoire, a player piano, at least 3x depression and deco era full bedroom suites, more
mirrors, wall hanging, peer & overmantel
taxidermy animal mounts including a deer, an elk, a boar, & Canada Geese
several trunks of vintage clothes of all eras, mens & womens, dress & casual from the 1940s through the 1990s
hats, hatboxes, perfumes,
vintage perfumes including unused & full bottles from famous french makers such as Shalimar, Yves Saint Laurent, Lucien LeLong, Royal Crown, Avon, Cabochard, Caron, Lanvin, and many others. Some of the higher end bottles are made by Baccarat, but there are some inexpensive ones too.
trinket boxes, some porcelain some wood, glass dresser sets, hand mirrors & other beauty/vanity items
wood boxes & crates, Coca-Cola, RC cola, & some obscure local brands
shipping boxes/crates from tea and pasta, ammunition shipping boxes/crates
old bottles, various- many licquer bottles, some medicine bottles, soda fountain & apothecary items
mason jars & canning items, canning pots/stock pots enamel & agate wares
vintage toys- tonka, BuddyL, Nylint & other pressed steel toys; die cast including hotwheels, matchbox,
action figures- GIJoe, star wars, other sci-fi & combat types;
antique & vintage dolls- cabbage patch, vintage Barbie, Jem, Sweet Sue walking bride from the 50s, other Mattel dolls from the 60s and 70s, Ideal dolls & accessories including Little Chaps, Pepper, Tammy, Crissy, & others. 2x antique composition dolls including a black talking doll marked Madame Hendren
a collection of modern/contemporary era bisque & porcellain collectors dolls including Knowels, House of Lloyd
Vintage board games (contact for full catalog of over 65 pieces from the 1950s through 80s)
paper ephemera including cards, photos, pin-up & nudes, callenders, posters, food advertising paper items, dairy mostly
Tobacco collectibles- advertising banners, cigar wrappers, cigar boxes, tobacco pounches, pipe stand, Victorian smoking stand, a couple of pipes, several lighters (most for parts/resto)
industrial style bar/kitchen stools
electronics- old TVs, tube & transistor radios, old car speakers, boxes of old vacuum tubes
automotive parts- some windows & handles, aftermarket side/rearview mirrors,
antique vintage furniture- dressers, chests, buffets, chairs, desks, armoires, tables, bed frames, of many styles & eras, including Chippendale mahogany formal, art deco, French styles, mission arts & crafts, a couple of modern pieces. Jacobean, empire, tons of Victorian, Eastlake as well as rococo, a few pieces of rustic & primitive furniture, cupboards, a work bench,
Some makers & manufacturers include Trogdon Furniture Company, Reaser furniture Co, RJ Horner, Union Furniture Co, Brandt, Baker, Drexel, Thomasville, Van Skyver, Cushman, Atlas Furniture Co, Union Furniture Co, Gunlocke Chair Co, Hickory chair Company, Thonet, Sligh Furniture Company, berkey & Gaye, Tribond, Stickley bros, Haywood Wakefield and many more too numerous to list further or unmarked but quality pieces
antique farm sink with 3 legs
slate Victorian fireplace mantel
1950s chrome/bullet style floor-standing professional hair drier
giant Sears Craftsman store display sign in the shape of a hand saw
dollar store & dime store toys (some new in packages),
We are still cataloging & listing the thousands of vintage items the owners have hoarded over the years. We will update the list as things progress. More items are being added to the sale EVERY WEEK, as the house gets emptied or more boxes/bags are unpacked.
A sale like this is not to be missed and comes along once in a lifetime.
Items from the estate have had notable publication in major collectibles guidebooks, regional newspapers, and even a short television spot. Such notable auction houses as Sotheby's, Christies, Rago, Bonhams, and others have issued acceptances for some of the higher end items from the estate.
But don't let budget hold you back! there is an equally fascinating array of inexpensive, fun flea market type items and even some general housewares, such as pots, pans, kitchen utensils, towels, bedding, used toys, small appliances. Minimum price per item is $1.00. Please do not come here intending to spend pocket change. The property is to vast to be bothered with coin sales.
There is something for almost everyone. This estate is not to be surpassed in this area for shear bulk and abundance, or for the wide range of contents.
This is coming from the private stash of a very artistic family collection with eclectic taste leaning toward historical, decorative, educational, anthropological, and many of these items were collected 2 to 3 decades ago, before most of the mainstream caught on to them.
Much of it is hitting the secondary market for the first time in decades. Don't miss it! once it's gone, it's gone!
THIS IS AN OLD-FASHIONED ESTATE STYLE SALE
with open-house hours plus additional appointment viewing.
Open hours will be Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 11am, closing at dark, with no appointment necessary. Just drive in!
Appointments for other weekdays may be requested for any Mon-Thurs for those unable to attend the open hours or those wishing to only view individual, particular items outside of a crowd.
If you are a decorator, collector or creative person, this is THE place!
Have fun! great view! rain or shine, from 11 til dark on the weekend, or afternoon appointments Monday through Thurs.
from the east: (NY/CT/LI)
1 mi off I-78 exit 4 (from westbound lanes)
turn right off ramp, it's 1 mile up on the left-
look for homemade wood signs white paint & black marker
From the west: (PA)
I-78 east to exit 3 Phillipsburg/bloomsbury
turn left off the ramp, then right at the 2nd stoplight near Lowes/Home Depot/TD Bank
Right at the blinking stoplight bottom of hill, and the sale is 1/2 mile down on the right hand side
Sale is 500 feet set back from the road in the rear large barn. Cannot be seen from street.
Look for large stone house with divided driveway.
Keep to the LEFT of the fence next to the stone house. Do not pull in by the blue house. Stay to left of fence.
Drive all the way to the rear past the stone house and garage. Park in available space on grassy areas, and please do not block the drive.