I should know better than to agree to go out on the town with the party legend Miss Cynthia. She has mastered the art of drinks and dancing and mingling, staying up too late and then planning to wake up super early to "estate sale" . When you stay up til 4:30 a.m. and plot to hit your first yard sale by 8:00 a.m., you're gonna need more than a coffee, maybe a hammer to the head.
We scored a few cheap goodies at the NICO/South Paradiso yard sale and a slice of pizza.
We ended up heading around the corner to crazy estate sale that boasted the remains of a 97 year old Clairvoyant psychic. She was supposedly a world traveler who ran a church and kept a vast array of clutter.
There were some rad pieces of Egyptian jewelry and crazy 60's things, but they had them priced way up there. So we had to let them go.
We then drove over to an amazing 1897 Victorian house filled with 55 yrs. of collectable stuff. The owner was a former designer of Stephen Crane & Associates and attributed to the Tiki restaraunt movement in L.A.
There was a decadent crumbling artist quality to the estate, rich in history. Cynthia actually left one of the rooms moved to tears. There were mantles adorned with animals horns and giant shells. Coral clusters layered in bowls, tiffany lamps and chandelier crystals dangling from everything. One of the rooms was reserved for books galore. Serious art books out of print and cupboards of magical china. I could almost imagine the woman that traveled around the world and selected these pieces.
I also could sense why Cynthia was brought to tears from seeing the collections of owls, taxidermy, sea creatures, craft books and her future. I too was mesmerized by the 1920's sacred heart pendants, and gilded floral cluster pixie hair wreathes. There were rows of handmade bamboo birdcages and tons of records. I scored a nice Egon Schiele art book, 70's California Craft book, and an art nouveau book.
If you wanna go and see what is left in there, you may have to wait in a line like we did. They are willing to negotiate prices.