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50% and MORE OFF! MID-CENTURY MARVELOUS & FoMoCo, COINS, STAMPS, RECORDS, CLOTHING, PAPER,
Two Sisters Estate Sales
Phone: (734) 658-8741
Directions to Sale:
EASY ACCESS! Home is on second block of Fairwood Drive, which is off of Ford Road between Beech-Daly and Inkster Roads (just a block East of Inkster). Lots of good shopping/eating in the area, so why not make a day of it!?
Sale Dates and Times:
9/28/2012 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Friday)
9/29/2012 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Saturday)
9/30/2012 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Sunday)
Terms and Conditions:
NO EARLY SALES! This is a fairly small home, so we will have to limit the number of customers permitted in at a time. Coin buyers will be called in separately and will have a separate pre-check-out. Customers may start their own sign up list(s), but we are not responsible for errors or omissions. Cash and local checks only. All sales are final.
Also, please note that most large items purchased will have to be removed from the home during non-sale hours, preferably after the sale ends on Sunday. Please make arrangements before leaving the sale!l
Sale Description:SEE YOU IN THE MORNING!
LAST DAY!!! 50% and more off on Sunday, and there's plenty left! Come empty this place out! Thank you to all the great customers that have made this sale such a good one (you hear me, Mick?).Wow! When we agreed to help out our friends with their family's estate sale, we had NO idea of the treasures to be found! The Ehrbers married and set up housekeeping in their brand-new dream house about 60 years ago, and its wonderful vintage character still remains, not only in the style and design of the house (including fab turquoise kitchen appliances, atomic shelf-paper, solid walnut Danish-type furniture and lighting, and so much more), but also in so many of the items they accumulated and saved, covering every aspect of their lives, their ancestors, and their offspring! This creative pair not only collected art, but also produced their own, and the basement is filled with their works and supplies. The woman was a genius at handcrafts, such as sewing, crochet, tatting, knitting, etc., and she kept not only her own prolific collection of recipes and cookbooks, but her mother's as well. The man was a true collector, of everything from stamps, coins, plates, and magazines to Avon, Norman Rockwell, music, and more. Memorabilia from both World Wars (his father, himself and his brother) adds to the interest, as well as the fact that two of them were musicians in the military, and all were music lovers—there is an outstanding collection of music in all its forms, with the emphasis on early jazz, blues, big bands, and more. Both generations also worked at the Ford Motor Company, one retiring as an electrician and the other as an executive in Marketing. Lots and lots of little treasures everywhere, including plenty that is in mint (untouched) condition. Here are some of the highlights:
Other highlights include a lovely Lladro piece, Gorham, tons of various Norman Rockwell items, from art to commemoratives, tools, old maps and other ephemera, an old 7-up Cooler (very, very clean!), Orientalia, Cookbooks and Recipes galore, thousands of Greeting Cards (mostly vintage), collection of Pewter Airplanes, Tobacco "Silks", Cameras, a few Boblo items, and a bit of "naughty" novelties, and ... TA DA! Two full cartons of unopened boxes of Niagara starch marked at 45 cents a box!
- APPLIANCES - Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator.
- ART – the Ehrbers dabbled in many different media, so you'll find finished and partial sketches, painting, oils, pastels, etc., along with a great variety of supplies (both untouched and used) and some really wonderful Paint-It-Yourself sets produced decades ago that include a print by a famous master, information about him/her and the subject piece, AND a chromatic copy of the print with instructions to re-create the master yourself! VERY cool! Various framed prints and originals by others including a signed limited edition "Celebration" by Rockwell (discoloration from improper storage), Matisse, Soyer, Leo Kuschel, and many others. An awesome (heavy!) alabaster statue of a panther on a rock by JL Boulton, and a unique bronze? head sculpture, and more. Many pieces had never been taken from their packaging until now, so they are mint, mint, mint!
- AVON – (I can hear you asking, “who cares?”) A huge variety of older and newer Avon products of ALL kinds, many items mint and unused in the box. Besides all their health and beauty products, don't forget they had a huge Christmas line, as well as many novelties, decorative items, steins, etc.
- CHINA & DISHES – Gorgeous Lenox service for 8, Retro Santa Anita-ware (Vreni), Fiesta-type (Bauer?) vibrant colored service for 4 (and matching minty colorful striped glasses), vintage Platinum Starburst MIOB, and more. Thermoware, Bamboo-ware, Tupperware, etc. Many cups/saucer sets, including a bunch of desireable Imari pieces, and more!
- CLOTHING – Women's, Men's, Children's, and Dolls: there's a plethora of fantastic vintage clothing to suit so many tastes and purposes! A few Victorian items, and many vintage 1940's thru 1970's items! There are some quality coats (an awesome Kelsey Trail 'Eskimo' coat from Canada, a vintage wool/mohair Andrew Stewart coat woven in Scotland) two minty vintage Hawaiian dresses with matching boleros (Hale and Linn's), 1940's designer clothing (Robert Leonard, Marie Phillips, etc), a 1960's Guatamalan Indian handwomen jacket by Pelux, and more! Dresses, suits, kimonos, lingerie, a gorgeous 1940's satin and lace wedding gown with underslip and veil, furs, scarves, purses, shoes, hats, etc. For the men, a wonderful Stetson fedora, an Indiana Jones fedora, several NRA hats; suits, ties, shirts, etc. Oh ... and more hankies (MINT!) than you're likely to see at one time anywhere, many with original tags (even those marked with 5 cent and 10 cent tags!) … you name it, it's here!
- COINS – Many proof and uncirculated sets from the U.S. Mint as well as various sets either in cases or frames; various commemorative coins, older U.S. Coins such as Walking Liberty, Franklins, Mercury Dimes, Indian Head Pennies, etc. We won't have pictures of these until just before the sale, as they have been removed from the site for safekeeping. ***PLEASE NOTE***Coins will have a separate pre-check-out and will be limited to only a few shoppers at a time brought in by numbers we will distribute just before the sale begins. Thank you for your cooperation!
- DOLLS & TOYS, GAMES & BANKS, ETC. – A beautiful walker doll, Storybook dolls, hard plastics, and dozens of doll clothes; wonderful old children's tea sets, Amsco/Evenflo bottle sterilizer, other cooking and vintage make-believe items; Vacu-form, MINTY Cooties games, old Tuco puzzles, paper dolls, etc. A MIOB Sears Swing, a vintage unopened Ideal Disney swimming pool, playing cards, ... Variety of coin banks, including a composition Mickey Mouse bank. MINT (never removed till now) TRAINS from AHM, Lifelike, and LIONEL (the Lionels are fantastic display pieces, MIOB!).
- EPHEMERA - There are boxes and boxes of paper and ephemera, some of it dating back to the late 1800's, the majority dating from about 1918 or so to the 1980's. Besides all the postcards, greeting cards, letters, and other personal items, there is a plethora of advertising items, maps and travel information, invoices, bills, etc. Old Detroit Tigers schedules, a 1968 World Series ticket, fraternal organization and clubs ephemera, and more. There is an entire box of material from 1928-1931 or so from a mail order nursery that John Ehrber worked for, and there are lots of beautiful flowers, trees, and more to be found either in single sheets or small catalogs. Very sweet! Plenty more for paper lovers!
- FLATWARE – Never seen so many flatware sets in my life! Beautiful old Silverplate Sets from the 1800's and 1900's, including a very early Wm. Rogers set (Pat. Appl'd. For) which was later picked up by International Silver, whose set we also have (circa 1920's). Besides several silverplate sets, we have stainless MIOB, and multi-colored Bakelite, also MIOB. In addition, there are many pieces of cutlery including stag handle, Sheffield, and Case XX. No sterling flatware, but we do have several Sterling Salt and Pepper Sets and several other unique S&P sets as well.
- FORD MOTOR COMPANY – Lots of unique and interesting items, including training and advertising, promos (wait till you see the awesome promo car!) and awards, photos, pins, prints, merchandise, Rotunda ephemera, club literature, etc. If you're into FoMoCo, you won't want to miss the opportunity to pick up some unique and rarely seen items. Nothing expensive and nothing to make you rich, just lots and lots of unique items! How about a vintage pair of Trico wipers or a vintage pair of red rubber floor mats? Good stuff!
- GLASSWARE & POTTERY– Wonderful Tiffin Glass, elegant Fostoria stemware, Depression glass, pressed and etched glass, vases and novelties, oodles of drinking glasses including MIOB Apollo glasses, and more... A couple of beautiful ROSEVILLE pieces, Hull, McCoy, etc. Vintage ceramics, including Ceramicraft and Freeman McFarlin pieces, a couple of Pewabic Pottery pieces, a couple of scarce Borman statues, various jars (attn canners!), bottles (soda, dairy, apothecary type, liquors, etc.), decanters and other misc...
- HOLIDAY – My favs! Vintage Christmas, Halloween, and other holidays, with some fantastic and highly sought after earlier pieces such as a papier mache Jack O-Lantern, Gurley and Tavern Candles, ornaments and ceramics, paper and cardboard, honeycomb pieces, wrapping and ribbons and more!
- HOUSEHOLD - Sofa and Loveseat from SELIG, Solid Walnut Dining Room table with Hibriton Chairs, Solid Walnut Sideboard with China Hutch, and a super-long coffee table that matches in solid walnut and cane; nice mid-century double bed with double dresser and mirror; vintage Game Table, 3 nice 4-drawer metal file cabinets, vintage file/safe combo, MANY security and file boxes, the majority in mint condition! Of course there's the usual pots and pans, utensils, lamps (some cool ones!), and even some vintage ALUMINUM trash cans! Some fab finds among Health and Beauty include a MINT condition Rolls Razor in its case WITH ALL original paperwork, including the sales slip! Also some vintage men's shaving items, among them collectible Old Spice, and more. Besides a variety of small tools, there is a wonderful old handmade wooden toolbox, a vintage Craftsman reel mower, and misc.
- JEWELRY - Not a ton of it, but what's there is very nice! Lovely vintage costume jewelry by Boucher, Coro, Trifari, Kramer, etc. Several Sterling pieces, most notably a wonderful Georg Jensen pin with his hallmark from 1933-1944. Earrings, pins and brooches, bracelets, necklaces, bolo ties and more. Also an unusual large-size military locket presumably from WWI.
- LINENS, SEWING, HANDCRAFTS – A bountiful and spectacular array of mostly handmade linens of every kind: crocheted, embroidered, knitted, tatted, sewn, etc. Fabric remnants and scraps, tablecloths, pillowcases, doilies, patterns, books, buttons, supplies, notions, partial projects, etc. Some of these are just fantastic! And, of course, a Singer FashionMate Sewing Machine with attachments and even the original paperwork. Also a vintage woolen trade blanket, a couple Indian blankets, and more.
- MAGAZINES & BOOKS – HOLY SMOKES! We actually had to throw away a ton of these and many newspapers :( to be able to get through some of the rooms! H U G E PLAYBOY collection (sorry, none of the first issues!) including elusive ashtrays, puzzle, etc.; Classic 1924 Pictorial Review w/Nell Hott cover, Time, Life, Reader's Digest, much more. Also, a variety of Calendars, old and new.
- MILITARY - Mostly photos and postcards (many RPPC and many from WWI), but a little bit of lots more! Correspondence, trombone, souvenirs, rations, buttons/pins, patches, news, a couple of hats, a 48-star flag, Red Arrow Division items, other ephemera and misc., both World Wars!
- MUSIC – A roomful of music in all its glory, with a heavy emphasis on early blues and jazz, brand new portable record player, old stereo WITH 8-track player, stereo stands, transistor radios, a vintage GE tube radio, so much more! Besides a ton of cassettes and 8-tracks (!), there are LP's and 78's galore, sheet music, hand-written music, and even a fantastic old slide trombone in its case that I'm told was the one played by John Ehrber during WWI.
- PLATES – OMG, do we have plates! Hundreds of Collector Plates covering the spectrum of subjects, artists, and manufacturers, almost all MINT and complete with COA's. Cars, Children, Wildlife, History, Movie Stars, the Beatles--so many different subjects! A big selection of Rockwells, including the Four Freedoms, Rediscovering Women, the touring collection, etc. Take a peek at the photos to get an idea of this extensive collection – and be kind when looking at them in person to make sure they remain complete!
- STAMPS – USPS Stamps, old and new, loose and packaged, many MINT and never opened; Postal Commemorative Society Collectibles, First Day Covers, Duck Folios, collecting books, supplies, BLACK PENNY STAMP, Golden Replicas, and other unique items.
I will try to update this page as we get closer to the sale, but some pictures will not be available until the sale begins since they have been removed from the home for safekeeping.Be sure to bookmark us and check back closer to the sale. Hope to see you there!
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