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I have a couple of tips for budding, current , or undeclared Urban Archeologists this week. First, name another hobby (that isn't illegal) which affords one the opportunity to walk through an 1830's farm house poking and peering through every nook and cranny? If that sounds weird to you, then you'd pass the “normal” test, but you also might fail to see what your missing.
I have been to so many sales that it ultimately happens that I run into “repeats.” I will often skip them knowing what I am missing, but last weekend I came across one redux that I couldn't let pass. This first time I walked through this 1830's farm house (LINK) I felt that I had gone back in time. The Brookfield map from the same era helped, it was also the home itself, which hadn't been updated so as to hide the rustic simplicity and equally elegant features. The massive hearthstone fireplace was clearly the centerpiece of this home, and shared the room with dual opposing staircases leading to a five room 2nd floor.
The decision to stop at the second sale at this home was based on pure curiosity. What would I find that hadn't already been picked through? Some items were similar and some were new, the reason, I discovered was due to the consolidation of another relative's estate into this one. My first find was a magazine from 1933 (old ad gold!), but the second discovery was a large desk.
I will reveal this tip if readers promise to share any benefit they receive by payment of revealing what they found. Any desk, no matter the age, is always going to be a catch-all. In the melee of papers stuffed in a desk, some are apt to go “over the wall” and become crammed in between the drawer and the inside of the desk. As I looked at the desk and considered the other shoppers, I couldn't resist and pulled the top right hand drawer (pictured). As you can see, way back inside, were a few odd papers.
It was just a matter of time before I had gone through every drawer and freed every trapped paper to roam free on the top of the desk. Unfortunately, This should be the point where I reveal the great find, but alas, there was none. Unless, you consider $4.00 worth of .19 cent stamps and several legal documents from the disposition of an estate from the 1970's. Still, it was fun to dig through the desk and then hand the stamps over to the estate sale service.
Its always a good idea to stop at the sale, despite the fact one may have been held there 6 months or a year ago. It is not always advertised that new items have be added to the sale. If you come across a desk or dresser, take a few minutes to see if there is a wood shelf separating the drawers. If so, you amy find a note or an item long forgotten but full of mystery.
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