Everything But the House – The Secret is Out

You know I love a good sale.  I especially love estate sales where I can find unique vintage (if not antique) furniture and accessories that really give a home personality and history (even if it’s someone else’s history!).

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keep reading to see how you can win $100!

To get the good stuff, it’s often necessary to get there early.  Sometimes standing in line in the front yard if there’s something you REALLY want.  I’m not a morning person, so I’m not usually one of those people in the “early bird” line!

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I’ve also attended a few live auctions in my time.  They’re a lot of fun, if you don’t mind sticking around for hours until they finally get to auctioning the specific item you’d like to bid on.

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And I’ve always been a fan of Ebay, where you can bid on practically anything.  But it’s not always practical for large, heavy items like furniture.  And sometimes I really want to see or hold the item in real life to make sure I want it.

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I’m about to let you in on a secret I’ve only known about for a short while:  there’s a better way!  Everything But the House (or EBTH, for short) is a new kind of online-auction-meets-estate-sale.  EBTH.com connects people to unique pieces from estate sales across the country. It’s an auction site, so it’s a great way to snag awesome vintage or modern pieces at a great price, with less hassle than searching flea markets or resale shops.  It began in Cincinnati and has now expanded into five other markets, including Nashville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Louisville and Columbus.

 

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Simply browse sales online, follow items you are interested in, and make bids within the week the sale is live.  You can even browse by category, if you are on the hunt for something specific. You can either pick up your winnings onsite or have EBTH ship your items. They asked if I would try it out for myself, which I was more than happy to do!  Would you like to see some of the cool things I scored on EBTH?

vintage childrens books

vintage children’s book collection 

I adore this set of vintage children’s books.  The stories inside are classic, and the colors are divine.

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I won this fabulous gold tray, which now hold my collection of amber glass:

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I won these crystal candleholders, beautiful and  blingy.
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And this fantastic console I’m currently using as a sofa table:
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I’m trying to decide if I’ll paint this piece or leave it as is.  I love the gold drawer pulls:
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On EBTH.com, you can either bid online and pick up any items you win at the sale site (or at their warehouse in each city) after the auction is complete, or you can have them ship items to you.  You can even attend a pre-auction viewing of the items for sale.  I recently attended a preview of one sale here in Nashville, which is where I snapped the first several photographs in this post.  Now, Everything But the House is offering one Decorologist reader a $100 credit, so you can try it out for yourself!  This is what you need to do:

 

  • “Like” EBTH on Facebook.
  • Visit EBTH.com and take a look around.  Return to this post and share a favorite item you discovered here.
If you want an extra chance at this giveaway, follow EBTH on Twitter and/or Pinterest (just make sure to let me know you did below). I’m so excited that EBTH.com is sponsoring this post, and we’ll announce the winner next week.  Isn’t this a fantastic way to shop???

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Nancy Dawson
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I have gotten SO many things from EBTH to furnish my new studio!
Here’s the blog post detailing the makeover and the pieces I got from EBTH.
http://brideface.blogspot.com/2014/08/before-after-our-otr-studio.html

LibbyP
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LibbyP

Nancy, your studio is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

Lisa
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Lisa

BENNER’S COMB-BACK WINDSOR WRITING CHAIR – I have a similar chair and was curious what it might be worth. It has been handed down through my family so of course would never sell it. I am definitely keeping a close eye on this website. Thanks for sharing.

Laura
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Laura

I was disappointed to see no sales right now in Columbus, where I live. But I like the cast iron patio set in Dayton. I just don’t have a place for it.

I also followed on Pinterest.
Thank you!
Laura

https://www.ebth.com/items/1628277-white-cast-iron-patio-set

Kemerie Foss
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Kemerie Foss

Wow!!!! I think I have found my new obsession – EBTH!!!

I am in love with the vintage Louis Vuitton luggage posted here: https://www.ebth.com/items/1635540-set-of-vintage-louis-vuitton-luggage

I can’t believe some of the winning bids!! Such deals!

julie
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Kristie!!!! I can’t believe you got those lamps! SO JEALOUS! I was the one bidding against you! Let me know if you ever want to sell them – don’t you think they’d look great in my family room?

Karin Hensley
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Karin Hensley

Love this site!! I bid on a couple of items including the red votives!! I followed EBTH on Twitter as well.

Thanks!

Sarah
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Sarah

I love this bench. https://www.ebth.com/items/1617999-antique-plank-seat-deacon-s-bench

This website is amazing! I’ve signed up…but if I buy, my husband will not be happy making the drive. 🙂

Dana Tucker
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What a great site!!! I want to win and would love to buy the Foo Dogs!!

Jennifer
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This looks like such a fun way to get cool home pieces! I love the set of french provincial twin beds. They would be so cute in my girls’ room! Crossing my fingers that I win! 🙂

Cindy
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Cindy

I love EBTH! I live in Cincinnati, so I’ve happily been following their auctions for some time now. I don’t have a specific item to mention from their current auctions, but I’m always checking, and have made several purchases in the past. I hope that counts. I “liked” them on Facebook. Thanks!

Peggy
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Peggy

Too many things to list! the Hobby Horse is a favorite.

Pam C
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Pam C

What a great site! Chest of Drawers With Carved Front is something I could use in my house.

Elayne
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Elayne

I had no idea about this site – thanks so much! 🙂 The lots are especially fun, as I am moving into decor mode, but the Irish drop leaf table is lovely and the silver attache is also very alluring.

Ellen Mallernee Barnes
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Thanks for telling us about this site! Hadn’t heard of it. I like the LATE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH CRYSTAL TIERED CHANDELIER for my office. I liked them on Facebook, too.

Ellen Mallernee Barnes
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I also just followed them on Twitter. My Twitter handle is BandWandLAO.

Cheryl P
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Cheryl P

Hi Kristie…I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Two Framed Fish Gyotaku Art by Sabin Robbins! I’ve been looking for some on eBay and haven’t found anything yet.
Thank you for sharing this site!! Super cool.
https://www.ebth.com/items/1651119-two-framed-fish-gyotaku-art-by-sabin-robbins

David
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David

Hi Cheryl-

I am the grandson of Sabin Robbins who made the Gyotaku fish prints sold on EBTH a while back. I have many of his prints (framed & unframed) and if interested please let me know

Kira
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Kira

I’m really into this site! I often like to decorate with vintage or more unique pieces. But I don’t have the dedication to really do it in a way that makes decorating with it feasible for me.

I’m digging the
bed frame https://www.ebth.com/items/1635066-victorian-style-brass-and-white-metal-bed
the baboon https://www.ebth.com/items/1618074-limited-edition-loet-vanderveen-bronze-baboon-statue

And I think I might bid on the elephant.
https://www.ebth.com/items/1651005-herend-blue-fishnet-porcelain-elephant

Kim
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Kim

I love this great double zinc tub – it reminds me of the tubs we used for my daughter’s wedding at The Hermitage last year – they were perfect for drinks at the reception. I really wanted to take them home with me after the wedding :-).

https://www.ebth.com/items/1628619-primitive-outdoor-portable-zinc-double-tub

Kay Kennedy
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Kay Kennedy

That phone booth is an example of a unique item. Love that. Lots to see here. Thanks, Kristie. I am on your email list now. Loved your last article on greens as I just painted with Prescott Green. First heard of that from you.

Connie K.
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Connie K.

I would love the pool table. No, I do not know how to play.
I liked EBTH on Facebook.
I am following them on Pinterest.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Love the concept, love the “1950s phone booth with phone” at EBTH, and I thank you for the chance to win the $100 giveaway credit! Have liked it on FB, followed on Twitter and pinterest!

Jacqueline

karen savage
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Thanks for the tip Kristie! How are they different than Chairish????

Barbara Morano
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Barbara Morano

Great sight… The piano was a bargain. Hope this comes closer to Florida. I also went on Pinterest and Facebook. Please enter me!

Janet
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Janet

Saw a couple of things I liked actually…. I’m fascinated by unusual…..I’ll call them bikes….but that’s really the wrong term if they have 3 or 4 wheels. There was a 4-wheeled, child-sized one in Cincinnati and a 3-wheeled, adult-sized one with a basket in the back for my dog to ride in in Dayton. And a $100 credit to go shopping….what’s not to love :)?

Janet
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Janet

Re-read my post and had to chuckle at the way I had worded something….the “bike” is in Dayton, but my dog won’t be riding around in it there :).

Janet
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Janet

Oh, and leave the sofa table alone. It’s beautiful just as it is and if you paint it you won’t be able to see that gorgeous wood grain on the top. And I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that it has antique value that you would negate if you painted it. It’s beautiful.

Michelle W.
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Michelle W.

Ok I loved this site, thanks for sharing! I liked them on FB and then followed them on twitter and Pinterest. My fave thing was a long plank deacon’s bench and just about every chair I saw. I have a slight chair-fetish. 😉

Pamela
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Pamela

Great site! So far my fav is the set of Audubon prints 🙂

jane-marie bloomberg
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Liked them on Facebook, followed them on Pinterest and then found the Hand-Crocheted Popcorn Star Bedspread – that would be so fun in a really modern space with a super simple bed frame!! Can’t wait till the site starts up in Minneapolis, hopefully soon??!! Thanks for the tip!

Carol Clark
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Carol Clark

Hey Kristie, that black rug in your post is my exact rug that I am taking out of our SC house before staging it. I couldn’t find it on the site, though. I’d love to know what it sold for!

Debra
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Debra

Thanks for scoping out such a great resource! There’s no way I could pick one thing. I got caught up in the linens – quilts, crocheted doilies, table cloths, all of it – but with more time, I’m sure I could furnish my whole house. Following them on Pinterest and I’ll be checking the site regularly!

Darby Miller
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Darby Miller

What a find! Thanks so much for sharing, and hopefully they will expand into Florida very soon. I particularly like a couple of the scales shown on the Indianapolis sale ending tonight – 10/27. Looking forward to browsing all the sales and those in the future as well. Liked on Facebook and will follow on Pinterest.

Daphne
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Daphne

I love the vintage chiffrobe with mirrors and the vintage bicycle! Lovely website!

LibbyP
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LibbyP

I found quite a bit and have even bid on a set of Mint Julep cups – I’ll know in about 45 minutes if I’ve won them!

Also followed on FB.

LibbyP
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LibbyP

I won the Mint Julep cups!! Five pewter cups for $19, plus shipping to Michigan. I’m so excited – and thanks, Kristie!

Paula Doelling-Lynn
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Paula Doelling-Lynn

Demonstrating that you genuinely care about sharing what you know and what others can benefit is a huge likable trait when you’re a decorating-pychological, staging genius. I absolutely benefit from your take-aways and how you simply convey advice without giving away your talent. Bravo!!

Jeannie
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Jeannie

Love the baby grand.

Kristin Fleck
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Kristin Fleck

I LOVE EBTH!! I like them on Facebook. I currently have several bids out. I don’t want to say what for fear that I’ll lose them 😉 I hope I win!

Ann
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Ann

The baby grand is fantastic! I also love the hand-made quilts. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!

Samantha
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I am officially in love with this site! They have everything… My favorite so far is this Antique Early 19th Century Drop-Leaf Irish Table: https://www.ebth.com/items/1646478-antique-early-19th-century-drop-leaf-irish-table. To win me some money so I can maybe get this piece, I have ‘liked’ EBTH on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!!

Kizzy
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Kizzy

Kristie,
Thanks so much for sharing this site. It’s AMAZING!
I’ve fallen in love with this bed. https://www.ebth.com/items/1635066-victorian-style-brass-and-white-metal-bed.

Cyndia
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Cyndia

Oh goodness! I love this site! Thank you for the suggestion! I’ll be “peeking in” on sales regularly now. Looks like Nashville is closest to me (Huntsville, AL). I found a lovely 18th century French chest on that one that I’m drooling over, and may be bidding on. But shhhh… Don’t tell my husband!

Jessica
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Jessica

I’m obsessed with that stair step cabinet on there! Not to mention I’ve also found a new place to troll for vintage jewelry. Also, I’ve found an all new time suck on Pinterest now that you showed they’re on there! LOVE THEM!

Lark Petty
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Lark Petty

I love the hand knotted Serapi rug!

Sarah M
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Sarah M

I love the Serapi rugs and would love any Persian/ oriental rug from EBTH.

Rory
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Rory

WOW!! Wish this were a wee bit closer to me! CHERRY TEMPUS FUGIT GRANDFATHER CLOCK at $81 – what a deal!

Kathryn
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Kathryn

Love the starburst wall sculptures! Very tempted by the 12 piece place settings of my Oneida stainless. Although I’m not sure that I need ANOTHER 12 settings!

michelle fleming
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michelle fleming

Love this little vintage marble/art glass lamp 🙂 can’t believe the bid is $13!
https://www.ebth.com/items/1631013-vintage-marble-and-art-glass-tabletop-lamp

LibbyP
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LibbyP

My mint juleps came today and I’m in love!! Thanks again for the connection! Did I miss the announcement of the winner?