Thursday, July 8, 2010

An amazing estate sale find!

One Sunday morning we were reading the paper and enjoying our first cup of coffee when we scanned the local estate sales and found a listing for the entire contents of the former home of a miniature collector.  I don't think I've ever gotten dressed so quickly or dashed off so fast in my life!

I was lucky enough to find this handcrafted 1/12th scale pastry shop at the sale.  The sign over the door was instantly recognizable to me -- it was handpainted by the late George Schlosser, an extraordinarily talented miniaturist whose paintings and painted signs fetch high prices at auctions and on the secondary market.  There's a second, much smaller sign inside the shop also painted by George which reads "Fresh Bread Daily".  :)

 Although I emptied the contents of the house as soon as I got home and replaced everything inside with items from my own collection -- from beautiful little cakes, cookies and breads and a table set for high tea to a tiny handcrafted cappuccino maker and a baker's rack made by former IGMA Fellow Al Masch -- I have plans to completely renovate the interior with wood flooring and fresh wallpaper and 'plant' my own miniature geraniums in the windowbox.  Hmmm.  Or maybe hydrangeas.

What a serendipitous and thrilling find!


  1. Amazing - those miniatures are beautifully crafted - what FUN!

  2. That has to be one of the very cutest things that I have ever seen in my life Bev. Besides you, of course!

  3. So cool! The inside looks like a proper actual little shop.

  4. Wow, this is an awesome find! What is it about miniatures? I have always loved them, the craftsmanship of something so tiny and so perfect when done well - this is exquisite!

  5. That is great Bev! I don't know anything about miniatures but can easily tell this is exquisite!