Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I was going through one of my folders and looking at photos that I have been saving and ran across pictures of this wonderful Music Conservatory I was lucky enough to purchase at a dream estate sale! The woman who owned this had passed away and her two adult children were selling off all of her craft items and collections. I lucked out because no one that came to the private sale were interested in any of the miniature items and the prices for the items were at giveaway levels!. I was left alone in the back of the house in a room full of the most wonderful items. This building is one of the things I purchased and it came completely full of wonderful musical instruments. All of the pieces are artisan made and signed. The building also has a wonderful set of stone steps that lead to the front door. I have them in the roof at the moment because there wasn't room for them on the small table this is sitting on. The roof of this building is lifted off and then you can remove the front wall for access.The instruments are a harp,flute in a leather case,piano and also hand carved music stand and stool. The little round table is hand carved too. There was also an overstuffed velvet covered wing back and a brass telescope that was included. I still daydream about that sale! I have so much more that I should photograph and share with you too. I  also ended up with 7 sleighs made by Carol Hardy.....also a popcorn making cart and a wonderful circus car/cage made by Carol too.  I didn't know who she was at first and the pieces are signed C. Hardy. I had shown one of them to a miniature shop keeper and she flipped out and told me who Carol was......LOL....still a novice at that point. The list is endless. My Mother,sister and I went back three days in a row to purchase things!!


  1. Una fantastica compra, con unas preciosas piezas, enhorabuena.
    besitos ascension

  2. En effet de belles pièces de collection mais je pense que tu vas décorer le conservatoire il est un peu triste non ?

  3. Oh my, that was lucky! A great purchase. I love that grand piano, beautiful wood!

  4. Good Heavens! i cannot imagine running across such a 'dream sale'!!! What an incredible opportunity! It is a beautiful room filled with gorgeous pieces. I would have been thrilled with the building alone. Congratulations!

  5. You've got real little treasures.

  6. Que minis tan lindas, felicidades.
    Mil besos...Julia.

  7. Great purchase. I like the furniture. The piano and harp are wonderful.
    Bye Faby

  8. Arghh Patty , when I read stories like this, I go green with jealousy! I will of course pretend to be happy for you but what I really want to do, is to snatch all these wonderful pieces away from you :):):):):).

    Seriously, they are stunning pieces. I love the furniture (that table!!! stool!! OMG, everything!! and that piano, WOW! Please, please please post everything so I can just DIE from envy :).

  9. Oh, how wonderful ... Not only could you bring home a fantastic and rare treasure, but the most moving thing is that the passions of this woman in this way will be preserved with loving care (lucky for you, the sons of this woman were insensitive enough to give away all!).
    I hope to soon see things the same collection :-)
    I take this opportunity to send a warm hug from Italy

  10. You have incredible luck. I can just imagine the excitement you felt. These are gorgeous pieces.

  11. ¡Wooow!! Que compras mas bonitas has hecho Patty!!! ¡ Felicidades!!!
    Un gran abrazo

  12. Thank you for all of the comments. Sans, I will take more photo's of the items and share them. It really is a good idea. I realized that I haven't done this and it would be very good for insurance purposes too. I still get excited when I think about the experience of this estate sale. It was a once in a lifetime chance and so thrilling!

  13. Those were beautiful! Could never believe one can find such treasures in an estate sale. Wonderful!

  14. Wonderful pieces of Art! Lucky girl..!

  15. I love your story!!! You've experienced a magical moment and you've been chosen (by faith? the gods?) to be favored with these little gems. What a thrill!

    The sleds were signed, you said. Are some of these pieces too? They are delightfully delicate.

    1. Debora, Almost all of the pieces that she had are signed. I have tied to look some of them up. I have a Ralph Patek(?) Steinway that is stunning! I will take more photos soon.