Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Whale of A Sale - Antiques on Main Estate Sale in Wisconsin Dells

 Early last Friday morning, Kathy and I headed up to Wisconsin Dells to attend the second weekend of an estate sale conducted by Antiques on Main in Reedsburg.  (Wish we'd been there for part one!)  Things left from the first weekend were 25% off, while items that were making their first appearance were full price on Friday.
The yard surrounding the old farmhouse was loaded with furniture in the rough, while inside the house, every room was literally packed.  Sarah & Dale, proprietors of Antiques on Main do an excellent job of organizing & setting up a sale. They & their staff spent eight weeks getting ready for this one.  
I walked through the house over and over, gathering items and putting them in a holding place. Each time I re-visited a room I'd find something I'd missed before.
 One room was filled with lamp shades, toys & fabrics.  Another had tables full of books.  A small bedroom upstairs was devoted to frames & framed prints while a small porch held tables laden with lamps.  There was a room full of pottery.
China cabinets and shelves were filled with small decorative objects. 
Small cases held the tiniest treasures.
These photos were all taken mid-day Friday, week two, after loads of items had been purchased. Does this give you an idea of the scope of this sale?  Outside, my heart was captured by this gnarly dental cabinet.  The possibilities for decking this piece out for a show are amazing.
 Fortunately, I came to my senses and realized that I have nowhere to store it; CG just wouldn't 'get it'.  Thankfully, Kathy then bought it so I will get to see it again anyway!   I have a hunch that you'll get a chance to see it at Junk Bonanza in September.   I'll show you a few of the items that I did buy.
Five schoolhouse lights.  Awesome!
Sweet ephemera.
A pair of watercolors on paper. (sold)
Irresistible birds - oil on board...
...and several other interesting paintings. 
This Viccy doll settee... the cherub! 

Other purchases are still being unpacked and put away.  

It's such a pleasure to attend a sale that has an abundance of wonderful items. When you drive a long way to attend a sale it's great to find that the quality and quantity of items has been honestly represented in the ads.  Thanks for a fun sale Dale & Sarah.  We had a blast!  See you at Elkhorn!


  1. I'd have been in serious debt had I attended this sale.

    It would have soo been worth it! :)


  2. ohhhhhhhh! Lucky girls, great great stuff! Love the photos and can't imagine what the first week was filled with if that was what was left :)

  3. Oh my, what a fun place to shop! You guys have so many of those everywhere in the US, here in Canada they are few and far between.
    You found some great little treasures, will you be reselling those items? The paintings are fabulous and I love the school house lights!

  4. The BiRd Oil Painting is just adorable!*!*! YOU go to The BeSt Sales!!! OMG!!!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  5. I would love to come up on a sale like that! I think I would have fainted!

  6. I adore the aqua cabinet!! Love all your fun finds, too!!!

  7. i am just in love with that cabinet! I dont even think we have estate sales over here! maybe i'll google it... :)

  8. I concur that the bird painting is charming.

  9. I am drooling over the blue pie cupboard!

  10. What a great sale ~ loving all those paintings you got!

  11. Oh Jan I so WISH we had sales like this down here....**sigh**....Thanks HEAVENS I can experience such a WONDERFUL thing through your blog....!!!

    It goes without saying that I LOVE the pieces you bought....!!

    Tamarah :o)


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