Antique Refinisher & Artist Wife Sell Berkeley Lake House to Travel the World!

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Aug 7
9am to 5:30pm
Aug 8
9am to 5:30pm
Aug 9
10am to 4pm


We accept cash, credit & debit cards as payment, with a 3% credit card fee - nothing's free, someone has to pay for those sky miles.
We have a few boxes available, but if you feel moved to do so, please bring boxes and packing material - you'll need them! Always bear in mind that we're an estate sale company, not Nieman's.
Please make an effort to bring your own muscle (gardner/house boy) to load heavy furniture.

Save the date! This wonderful couple is selling their Berkeley Lake house, after 18 years of casual luxury, so that they can enjoy their retirement in style!

Bill is a (happily retired) antique furniture restoration expert and Marilyn Suriani a well-known artist (

They have worked diligently their entire lives and are now ready to move into a small condo, walk out the door and explore the world.

Do you enjoy estate sales? How about scrunging at yard/garage/thrift stores? Please realize that there is a huge difference between authentic estate sales and the other venues to get your fix. I personally love to dig through any type of sale (hence my Ph.D in shopping) to find a hidden treasure that just "speaks" to me.

Just a word to let you know that estate sales are a real business. Surprising, huh? Please realize that we are a contracted company, whose job is to sell the contents of someones home. We do not personally own any of the items available at a sale. When tempted to ask "Can you do better on the price?" - Sure, we can double it!  ;-)

Seriously, we do a lot of behind the scenes work to prepare a property for a sale. We price, clean, stage, move, hang, repeat, so that your shopping experience can be fun and rewarding. All we ask in return is that you have fun, find some goodies and tell others about our sales.

Aretha Franklin first sang about our company in 1967 - all we're asking for is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T!


What you will find at our sale:

  • Antiques
  • Kitchen goodies - sets of china, sets of glassware, cooking utensils, pots & pans 
  • China sets, Waterford crystal, sterling silver, silver plate holloware and serving pieces, porcelain, Roseville, crystal stemware
  • A 20 4-Piece (Place Size) set of Gorham Chantilly sterling flatware, 109 pieces + mahogany chest
  • Collection of vintage cast iron goodies
  • 1940's mahogany china cabinet, game table, side tables
  • Office furniture, including a leather-topped Hekman desk
  • Sofas, love seats, trundle bed, upholstered chairs, armchairs
  • Outdoor deck furniture, side tables, etageres, storage containers, etc.
  • Art, signed originals and framed prints
  • Rugs - hand made Persian rugs, Chinese rugs, area rugs, room size and runners
  • Mirrors, a couple of really cool antiques
  • 1962 Vintage Aluminum "Alice in Wonderland" Chess Set, by Austin E. Cox, 1 of ony 200 produced
  • Washer, dryer, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, dorm fridge
  • Tools - 5 garage bays full! Yard tools, lawnmowers, hand tools
  • Assorted concrete yard jewelry, outdoor pots 
  • Lot's more smalls!

What you won't find at our sale:

  • The perfect recipe for chocolate chip cookies that will make your children love you 
  • A Swami sitting behind a folding table with a crystal ball to finally reveal the mystery of life   
  • The reasons why the Atlanta City Council keeps raising our property taxes, without explanation 
  • Menopausal women browbeating you into a sale
  • Crazy "first day" pricing - if you like it, buy it as it likely won't be there for day 3, 50% off day   

We LOVE what we do and most of our customers. Please realize that we don't tolerate theft of any kind at our sales.  

If you want to steal from estate sales, please realize that you need to visit another sale, not ours. We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, no questions. 


Cash & Checks accepted with proper ID. NSF Checks will be charged a $35 fee. For purchases over $50, Credit/Debit cards are accepted. All purchases made AS IS WHERE IS with NO WARRANTY, NO GUARANTEE, NO REFUNDS & NO EXCHANGES.

Please do not block neighbors when you park. A Southern Spirit Estate Sales & the owners ARE NOT responsible for any accident or injury while on property. 

We have limited loading assistance available, so please try bring your own moving help.  Professional moving arrangements can be made for a fee, call Nelyo @  404-281-8389.  


The largest house built on Berkeley Lake, in 1971. The five car garage was considered The Garaj Mahal!Gorgeous view from the back of the house, to Berkeley Lake. The house is already sold, so don't get crazy.The Zen walkway from the main house to the Garaj Mahal.Bay 2-5 of formerly described structure.The perfect setting for an afternoon tea party.Ahh, city living at it's finestThis is a view of the sunken living room, showcasing the Antique Serapi, walls that look like a NY apartment, huge Galle bowl, upholstered armchairs, MCM round wooden table, with 1" thick glass top and a very dated, but comfy leather recliner. The pair of wingback chairs feature down cushions, the taupe leather armchair is from the Grizzel & Mann showroom in ADAC. That Gawd awful coffee table was found in South Atlanta, on the curb, so we dragged it to Berkeley Lake to give it a good home...   ;-)Cool mid-century, glass-topped round wooden table, w/original artwork by California artist, Yül Ülü, entitled "Broken Earth".10' x 14' antique Persian Serapi, 100% woolGrab a book, cup o' joe and enjoy this Clayton Marcus chair. It even has a matching ottoman empire! Framed and signed Atlanta National Golf picture, fugly Asian lamp (with a shade only its Mother could love) and pedestrian bamboo side table.                   Another shot of the STUNNING Persian Serapi rug, 10' x 14'Hand carved Asian chest, with decent porcelain lamp and all original artwork on wall. Teal green leather La-Z-Boy recliner, early 19th century religious right oil painting, pair of wooden framed embroidery.                                                                                I had to include another shot of that gorgene Serapi.1940's mahogany game table, with a distant relative mahogany chair, original photography by Marilyn Suriani - Orchids - antique brass putti holding a shell, on white marble base; funky monkey lamp.Approximately 10' x13' hand woven Persian Tabriz, topped by an amazingly heavy glass-topped dining table. The bases are a pair of concrete, not the usual terra cotta and the glass is 1" thick. One of a pair of solid concrete gryphon dining room table basesAntique silver plated French epergne, with frosted, fluted bowl.Here's a close-up of one of the pair of Jean Pouyat cobalt vases. Make certain you pronunce it correctly: VAAAAAHHZZZ.Italian clock set, by the Imperial clock company, a pair of antique, French, Jean Pouyat cobalt blue vases, 1940's gold mirror, freshly polished (by yours truly) silver plated 4 piece tea service, by Wilcox, Du Barry Floral Pattern; silver plated tray, by Wilcox, New Beverly Manor pattern.Here ya go! The purrrrfekt accessory for the lake: a vintage lobster trap, made into a coffee table. Vintage French showcase, with bronze mounts; girly girl fringe inside.An original Marilyn Suriani artwork, a ships model "America", a perfect, chippy side table with heart pine top, a front drawer and Martian green legs. A vintage 8-drawer Stickley "Cherry Valley" chest, with a pair of 1973 vintage Chapman L/R facing brass greyhound table lamps.                                                               The real find is the Petit Choses blackamoor, with three glass vases. I think he uses Crest, since 4 put of 5 dentists recommend it. Close-up of one of the pair of vintage 1973 Chapman lamps, with original shades & finials.I think this rug was rescued from the garbage disposal, BUT it's perfect for lake laissez faire; rainbow hued wooden bench.Original watercolor of a nameless angel and Madonna, overlording a repro mahogany shelf, with drawers. There's also a pair of very good antique silver plated putti candlesticks, with black marble bases. Antique slant-topped desk, atop a well-aged persian Bidjar. Music poster from a Russian singer at a 1973 Tel Aviv concert. When will you ever see THAT again?                     + Three original watercolors from fellow Berkeley Lake artist, D.B. Love; tooled leather-topped bench, by Ital Art Design, Santo Domingo, CA1970's louvered stereo cabinet repurposed as a storage cabinet for whatever your passions may be. Fancy wine bottle opener to impress your Lake buddies, silverplated tray, w/3 Leaded Glass decanters and a cute monkey planter.Great sofa by Clayton Marcus, + matching love seat, pair of Asian panels above.Here's the matching love seat, perfect for movie night!Designer 3-lobed coffee table, with limestone inlay and antiqued wooden legs - great hand woven Persian Rug!Not Chinese reproductions..Matching pair of Roseville "Pinecone" vases.R. S. Prussia platesLord at the work on these antique English Chelsea porcelain figurines!Ugly desk, but, hey, concentrate on your work! Swively chair, in case you get bored while working at the desk.Wavy glass-topped wrought iron table, w/4 matching chairs. Swiss Bucherer wall clock, with very pleasant chimes. Pigeon Forge Pottery double-neck vase. Pair upholstered wingback chairs, by Hickory Chair Co., nesting bamboo tables (set of 3),  4' square naughty pine coffee table. I know, I know, it should be spelled knotty, but I had to remove the porn from the table before taking this pic; original artwork by Marilyn Suriyani, and a one-of-a-kind camel toe footstool; floor lamp by Wildwood.Collector plates, Wedgwood plates, French Limoges Haviland, Waterford + an 80-Piece set of china, by Austrian Imperial PSL Schlackenwerth China, Empire IISterling silver, silver plate, American Brilliant Cut Glass, Noritake china, serving pieces, two cool items from Tommaso Barbi, rare Italian porcelain.                                    It doesn't matter if you marry a man who doesn't know the difference between silver plate and sterling, or a shrimp fork and a pickle fork; you can always teach him. Just make sure he can afford to buy you both.Here's pious view of the Austrian china, looking down your nose at it.The Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver Flatware set consists of (Includes Mahogany Chest):                                                                                    12 - Hollow Handle Butter Spreaders + Master Butter      32 - Teaspooons                                                                              20 - Place Size Knives, Modern Blade                                                20 - Place Size Forks,  7 1/2"                                                        20 - Dessert Forks                                                                                  3   - Serving Spoons                                                                     1   - Olive Fork                                                                                     Southern Belles with Chantilly tend to be a bit prissy. They do best with men whose mothers also have Chantilly.  Never put a Chantilly girl with a man whose mother has Francis I or Grand Baroque. They will always be uClose-up view of the flatware + 8 Place Size knives12 of the Place size knivesTop view of the mahogany silver chestOriginal oil painting in wooden frame, antique mahogany side table, cute Asian lamp, Mama Quail + 2 quail-ettes on a driftwood branch, wooden humidor below, and a framed pic of something boring. oops, almost forgot the enameled metal tray on plate stand.Glass Panels of Marilyn Suriyani's work - 8 to choose fromSet of 4 wrought iron and velvet barstools, made in the PhillipinesVery cool MCM table w/4 chairs. Made by the Showers Brothers company in Bloomington, IN (1884-1958). This table has two leaves, all in excellent ribbon mahogany wood. They produced furniture and coffins.                    Seriously, Google away if you're in doubt...Two of the four chairs - love the MCM design and use of ribbon mahogany. Detail of the underside of the Showers Brothers table. The perfect accessories for your MCM dining table: A celadon green, lazy susan serving dish, a levitating chip/dip dish and a coconut monkey!Persian rug in the den - love the riot of colors!Another Marilyn Suriani original artwork above the stone mantel, deer antlers, wooden fish, two sets of fireplace tools, an antique cast iron door from a wood stove and an antique fire fender...Here's a close-up of the antique fire fender. It is nickle-plated, featuring amazing relief, with two, square black marble bases. there's a contemporary black candle holder rising from behind...A collection of German beer steins, a heavy French oil lamp and a vintage cast iron Boston Terrier - aww, so cuuuute!LARGE French armoire, measuring 4'9" wide x 7'6" tall x 106" diagonally. Doublemint twins arched mirrors framing the French armoir. One is antique and the other is a poser. Bookshelves crammed with books, well, what did you expect?!? Oh and there's some vintage cast iron goodies, R.S. Prussia plates, bowls and trays, Roseville, vintage barware, etc.                                                                    Don't miss the Persian Heriz runner!9' x 11' handwoven Persian rug, 100% wool. Queen size sleeper sofa by La-Z-Boy, featuring an air mattress that self inflates - very cool when that unexpected family member arrives, after having escaped from prison - again; brass Esther table, with beveled glass. Comfy Tommy Bahama-esque bentwood mahogany chair, w/matching ottoman. UGH! Boring office shelves - come take them away, please!Kidney shaped desk, with storage unit trying to hide underneath, but we can still see it.Another boring office shelf, made from sawdust and magic spit. Leather-topped (with protective glass cover) by Hekman.Sale PictureTop of Hekman desk, w/o glass, so you can see the Corinthian leather top. Decent lamp, and a rather decent wooden vertical file cabinet. Very large, vintage 1945 Coca-Cola advertising piece, measures 4' 6" long x 2' 3" wide.Outdoor wrought iron dining table, w/4 chairsWrought iron etagere, several small outdoor occasional tables 1940's mahogany etagere, w/drawersPiano stool from a concert grand piano. Don't ask where the piano can be found, we lost it.This is where you can view the lake, take a chew and pop open that can of cold PBRBarbie and her Sugar Daddy tooling around the cheatin' side of town....But wait, it gets bigger! Italian Calligaris extendable table, w/6 chairs has two leaves that spring up and open at each end. See? That engineering degree from GA Tech DID work for someone!No man is an island, but you can buy this one. Two stool samples not included with island paradise.This bench was removed from the local Church of the Poison Mind, because you had to listen to every word, without falling asleep.1940's mahogany Drexel china cabinet, with lot's o' sparkly vases-n-thangs insideSee? Things I love always sparkle, like your personality!6' x 9' handwoven Aubusson rug, 100% wool10' x 13' handwoven 100% wool Persian rug8' x 12' handwoven Persian Rug, great colors!10' x 13' Persian TabrizAnother shot of the TabrizHere's the signatureMarilyn is seen here demonstrating her Barbara Streisand hand modeling technique. Oh and there are three wrought iron barstools + a zillion bar glasses and accoutrement, some MCM.Accoutrement, as mentioned1970's glam-moor: wooden chevron side table from Bills bachelor days. Aren't you glad that Marilyn stepped into his life?1960's MCM Italian tole 3-light chandalabra.Lovely day bed, with jaunty pillows atop a crispy, white matelasse spread.                                                              You can create your very own beach cottage vignette, with all your children dressed in white shirts and khakis - very J. Crew!Retro torchiere lamp1930's dresser, painted white - just because. It seems that current furniture trends favor anything other than brown furniture.                                                            Prepare for the upcoming trend of brown furniture by learning to restore furniture that has ben defiled by Chalk Paint Mammas. Asian-y mahogany console table.OK, I'm stumped none of us knows what to call this thing. Ideas? Anyone, anyone?Metal bathroom etagere for soft and pretty things - towels, TP, pics of relatives in white shirts and khakis, People magazines, gentleman's magazines - just in case.Here's she is! Miss Berkeley Lake 2015, Marilyn Suriani, beautifully reflected in a black/gold beveled mirror.          She thanks each and every one of you for all of your votes, support and long-stemmed red roses!More outdoor furniture. There are three decks on this house, all full of seating, etageres, tables, storage units, wall art, etc.Sorta newish washer/dryerNice side-by-side fridge/freezerA gecko that's just hangin' around, before being discovered by Geico - now he's a multi-millionaire!His buddy, wearing a Joseph's CoatSale PictureSale PictureLawn equipment that makes you tingle with excitement. Who doesn't want to get out in 95' temperatures, with 99% humidity and perform yard miracles?Tools I can't even spellOh Lawd, not more tools!4' x 4' custom made tables for restoration purposesRolly tables for household surgeryWall o' treasure that you can find that certain, elusive piece you've been searching for your entire life. One of the bays of the 5-car Garaj Mahal - lawn mowers, yard tools, tool boxes, man stuffBill restored antiques for a living, so there are plenty of hand tools for just about any type of repair.Vertical plat file cabinet, measures 4' 2" x 3' 2" - Front ViewSide view of plat file - Side ViewRyobi latheDeWalt 12" Compound Miter SawCraftsman Table Saw18" Craftsman Chain Saw, only used by Granny on SundaysHonda Harmony II Lawn MowerCraftsman Pressure WasherAh, now here's something you won't see very often. The owner's Dad was a big muckity muck in the metals biz and received unique gifts from metals companies. THIS  is a vintage, 1962 "Alice in Wonderland" cast aluminum chess set, manufactured by Alcoa Aluminum (designed by Austin E. Cox) in a VERY limited series of 200 sets.                                                                                          This set includes the original felt playing board, original wooden storage box with a blue plexiglass cover, which is wall mountable for display. Aluminum/Extruded Aluminum BoardOriginal documentation explaining the entire set, by Austin E. CoxSale Picture

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