Jenny was going to be out of town, but she sent me the listing for the Derek Erdman Estate Sale saying that Cathy and I should go. I will not go into my thoughts on calling your sale an estate sale if no one has died.
Derek first came to my attention when he posted a fake show at the Than Brothers Pho Restaurant that seemed to have every Seattle band in existence.
It was very obviously a joke, but that didnâ€™t stop folks on Facebook (and friends of the band Candlebox) from getting really upset about an imaginary show in a soup joint. Here is more details about Seattle Megafest #3 and its sequel Megafest #4.
I wasnâ€™t even sure about going, I mean maybe itâ€™s not even a sale and we are all going to get pranked in line?! Cathyâ€™s enthusiasm that it would be interesting won out. He does use some of our favorite yard sale catch phrases:
EXCELLENT FURNITURE! A MASSIVE COLLECTION OF ART! THINGS LEFT AT MY HOUSE DURING PARTIES! DISHES! OFFICE SUPPLIES! BOOKS! MUSIC! MISC ITEMS! MUCH MORE! BRIC-A-BRAC! Come and say goodbye to my house and hello to my belongings, as they will then be yours.
The signs were great as soon as you entered the house. I made a comment about the â€œcarry it yourselfâ€ at the very bottom of the free metal desk sign, and all I heard back was â€œWell, Iâ€™m not going to carry it.â€
There was tons of his and others’ art for sale, but I had zero plans to buy any art, since I can barely get the stuff that I do own up on the walls in our house.
Cathy picked up a few things right away while I popped into the back bedroom finding this gem in a pile. I sort of hemmed and hawed about if I should buy this, I mean when do you wear a â€œNO HAND JOBS IN THE HOT TUBâ€ T-shirt?!?! And the person paid extra to have the fingers nails screened in green.
I was going to buy this amazing sign, but itâ€™s not that often that I need to let folks know about my Identidy theft.
Here are few more gems from the sale.
I did hear the story about the woman who made the T-shirts. She had just gotten a divorce and she purchased a hot tub and then made these shirts for her friends.
Just in keeping with the theme, I had lunch plans with my friend Tim who is an insane collector of Derekâ€™s paintings. As we drove to lunch I spotted a moose head and a Spiderman in the front yard of this house.
Here’s a closer look at that very tall wooden paint brush man in the back.
We pulled over to see what else they had. As soon as we walked up I saw two guys walking out with about 10 LPs. That usually means if anything is good they have picked it up. And itâ€™s 1:30 in the afternoon, well past when I usually hit a sale.
Once inside I saw a few large boxes of records, almost all of them Beatles LPs. I was quickly told that they wouldnâ€™t be selling any Beatles LPs … hmmmm, OK.
The house was packed and I couldnâ€™t work out how must of the stuff was still there. It seemed like most of it should have been grabbed in the first few hours.
I donâ€™t need a black velvet painting, but someone does.
Once downstairs I found the records. Sadly many of them had been stored badly, though some were fine. It took awhile digging, but we both pulled some stuff out for $1 each.
Tim found a few framed posters, all of them really good. Then I picked up probably one of the best things I have seen at a sale in years. Itâ€™s a 1960s Batgirl Hairstyle poster.
I am sort of speechless about it, but itâ€™s in my office now.