In Store: Unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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February is almost here and that means one thing…finding that perfect gift for the special someone in your life. If your sweetheart is tired of the same old candy and flowers, why not try something unique and different? We’ve got a huge assortment of gift items throughout our gallery at Michael Taylor At Home for men and women…drop by and see!

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We’ve got name-brand men’s watches from Yema and Invicta, and ladies estate jewelry…all at sale prices. Our estate jewelry collection of fine and costume jewelry has something for everyone–whether your taste is contemporary or vintage, casual or dressy.  Look for men’s cufflinks and pocket knives, as well.

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Men are notoriously hard to buy for…how about a cool metal sign or piece of western-themed art? Or for that truly special gift, we’ve got this amazing vintage pool table, red tag priced at $1,350!

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For the ladies…we have unique pottery and porcelain pieces, a fun mixed-media mirror or this beautiful wicker breakfast tray…just to name a few things.

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Roses are a tradition on Valentine’s day, but why not interpret this gift in a new way with a gorgeous decor piece that will last forever? This original oil painting by local artist Tim Liddle is sure to please your sweetheart.

Still not sure what to get? Feel free to ask gallery manager Jerry for ideas and suggestions! We’re open Thurs-Sat., 10-5 each week and are happy to help. We’ve got new midcentury decor pieces in store this week, as well as the best/most unique assortment of vintage and contemporary lighting fixtures we’ve had in awhile. AND…we’re still featuring fine furniture pieces from the downsizing sale of local Nashville broadcaster, Charlie Chase–gorgeous stuff, you really have to see it in person!

My best,

Michael Taylor & Co.

Spring Decor and More!

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Well…the calendar may say January, it’s true. But we’re looking ahead to warmer months instead of dwelling on the short days and cold temps.  This time of year, we’re drawn to romantic, shabby chic decor…Valentine’s Day is on the way, and we’re romantics at heart, aren’t you? And we’re definitely thinking about what we’d like to plant in our gardens/on the patio once the last frost is over. So, we’re sharing a few items that might spark early spring decorating ideas or help you make plans to perk up your outdoor decor.

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Bring the outdoors inside with dried or silk florals, or a gorgeous vintage floral-themed lamp (available now at Michael Taylor At Home, $95).

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A vintage dress in a pretty pastel, whitewashed antique furniture, a beautiful wicker plant stand and 1950’s era McCoy planters help fill a home with romantic charm and are PERFECT with the gray wall paint that’s so popular right now. (Seems like everyone’s painting their interior walls gray, am I right?)

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Planters and outdoor garden statuary are a fabulous accent to a patio or entryway, and we have some truly incredible pieces at rock-bottom red tag prices right now…plan ahead and pick one of these up to make a new focal point for your favorite outdoor space. Prices start at just $130…well below retail; these will go fast!OMOP9274

We have vintage Valentine’s day cards and romantic accents starting at $3.00…come see what’s new at Michael Taylor At Home this week! Open Thurs-Sat., 10-5. Our Charlie Chase downsizing sale continues this week, so please drop by and check out the items from the home of this country music broadcasting legend. Plus, we’ve got a HUGE Lebanon estate sale and another great 2-day sale in the metro Nashville area.

Don’t let the cold weather get you down…come plan for spring with us at the Michael Taylor Company!

My best,

Michael Taylor & Co.

 

 

 

Charlie Chase Downsizing Sale!

Oh, we’ve got exciting news for you at Michael Taylor At Home this week! We are thrilled to host a downsizing sale in-store for a special person…Nashville country music radio and broadcasting legend, Mr. Charlie Chase! crook and chase

Who hasn’t enjoyed the “Crook and Chase Show” over the years? Charlie and co-host Lorianne Crook have informed and entertained the public since 1983. They were inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2013 for their longstanding and successful career contributions to the industry. If you’d like learn more about their current radio and television shows or find out how to tune in, go to www.crookandchase.com. Great talent and great folks!

We feel very fortunate to have been selected by Charlie Chase to help him do a little downsizing. Yes, even country music industry legends sometimes like to pare down and simplify a bit…and this is a GREAT opportunity for our customers to own a little piece of country music history at a fantastic price! We’re offering more than 60 fabulous pieces in this sale–everything from fine furniture from names like Bernhardt, to beautiful antiques, paintings, mirrors, home accessories and more.

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Isn’t this unique antique settee with velvet upholstery just gorgeous? Mr. Chase has great taste in antiques…this is one of many nice examples we will offer in the sale…charlie chase 3

The hand-carving on this buffet really makes it special, doesn’t it?charlie chase 4

Mr. Chase is an art fan and we are, too! Beautiful painting…one of several included in the sale.charlie chase 5

We’ll also have smaller, accent pieces like this antique, marble-topped bedside table. Something for everyone!

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These photos are just a small sample…for more pictures of this fabulous sale, please go to: Charlie Chase Estate Sale

We know you won’t want to miss this fabulous shopping event…it’s opening this Thurs., Jan. 18 from 10-5, and you can also shop on Friday and Saturday (10-5).  Of course, our 9,000 sq. ft. gallery is full of great deals on antiques, fine furniture and more…and we’ve got red tag discounts throughout.

Thanks for shopping with us…2017 off to a tremendous start and it’s just the beginning! We’re going to make this year our BEST year yet for sales, deals and discounts…see you soon!

My best,

Michael Taylor & Company

 

Winter Estate Sale Shopping Tips

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While some estate sale companies slow down or take a break during the winter, at the Michael Taylor Company, we are proud to offer year-round shopping opportunities, both at Michael Taylor At Home and at on-site sales.  This season of occasionally snowy roads and freezing temperatures can bring with it a few challenges, so we wanted to share a few tips to help you make the most of your time at the sales.

  1. Dress warmly! This might be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many folks underestimate how cold it is, standing in a line outside to wait for an estate sale to open.  Arriving early to get the best deals is a good strategy, but be sure to bundle up! Some folks also take a bag or basket and use it to mark their place in line while they retreat to the warmth of their cars to wait…pretty smart, we say. Also, inexpensive hand-warmers from stores like Wal-Mart can help fingers and toes stay warm while you wait in line.
  2. Coffee. We always have coffee at our sales, but make sure to bring a travel mug or thermos so you can fuel up while you wait for the sale to open. IMG_5933
  3. Wear flat, closed-toed shoes. Again, this one seems like a no-brainer, but we can’t count the folks who wear flip flops or high heels to our sales. We do our best to carefully mark uneven patio steps or steep/slippery basement stairs, but in older homes, sometimes the footing can be challenging. We strongly encourage you to wear shoes that will help you stay steady on your feet, especially in the winter when ice and snow can be found on entrances and pathways.
  4. Park smart! Parking is always a challenge at estate sales. Residential neighborhoods aren’t always suited for a crowd of cars. We do the best we can to manage traffic, but the best strategy is to be a good neighbor wherever you are and to err on the side of caution. Be especially careful when parking in yards; winter weather often makes the ground soft and muddy, and it’s easy to get stuck.
  5. Follow us on Facebook.  We post snow day sale updates, info about discounts and time changes on our Michael Taylor Estate and Moving Sales Facebook page…be our “friend” at: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelTaylorEstateandMovingSales/

Come rain or shine, snow or ice…you just can’t stop us from holding great estate and moving sales! With a little extra planning/care, you can get some fantastic deals, so plan on coming out and seeing us soon. We’ve got two great sales in Nashville this week, lots of discounts and deals at Michael Taylor At Home and more awesome sales coming up this month!

My best,

Michael Taylor And Company

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

IMG_5795It’s been a spectacular holiday season at the Michael Taylor Company, and we wanted to take a moment to thank our wonderful customers, clients and friends for your business in 2016! We couldn’t do it without you, and wish you all the very best for a happy holiday and time with friends and family.

We’ve got a special surprise coming up next week, so watch our Facebook pages and/or your email for more information…shh, details are still a secret, but I will let you know now that it’s a HUGE sale with the biggest and best giveaways and deals we’ve ever offered. And if you’ve been shopping with us for awhile, you know that’s saying something! You simply won’t want to miss it, so be sure to follow us there in the upcoming week. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this one!

In the spirit of the season,

Michael Taylor and Company

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Decor & More!

IMG_5633 (1)Holiday season is here and it’s time to deck the halls! We’ve got some fun ideas for getting into the spirit of the season, even if you’re short on time and budget.

  1. Set a festive table! Get out the Christmas china, festive glassware and crystal. It’s time to enjoy using your “special” dinnerware…why not even for simple family meals? ‘Tis the season! We frequently feature holiday-themed dinnerware at our estate sales, so if you’re lacking that special Santa mug, check our weekly listings…we might have just what you’re looking for! WIJT6994
  2. Indulge in nostalgia and special memories. Everyone has a few vintage holiday ornaments or decorative items that bring back the past…share the story behind the vintage Santa with a new generation. LIMI3505
  3. Get out those fun seasonal collections and holiday displays! It’s a lot of work to set up the Christmas village or to decorate the tree, but isn’t it worth it? It’s the time of year for over-the-top decorating…enjoy every minute! We love this village set up in an old china cabinet…don’t the lights make it special?
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    photo credit: cindysfracturedfairytales.blogspot.com

    4. Wear a festive outfit…it doesn’t have to be a Christmas sweater! (Although we think those are pretty fun!) If you haven’t been to the “Vintage Boutique” at Michael Taylor at home, you can find this retro ladies suit and lots more fun holiday garb at great prices…what are you waiting for?IMG_5565

And if you’re looking for food and friends, we’ve got a special holiday event coming up on Dec. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Michael Taylor At Home…it’s our holiday open house, and we’d love to see you there! We’ve got prize drawings, refreshments and special deals…bring a friend and come say hello. IMG_5547

It’s a busy month, but we hope to see you at our sales and our open house…our customers are very special to us and we truly appreciate your business!

My best this holiday season,

Michael Taylor & Co.

Here’s Your Sign! Funny signs you definitely won’t see at our sales…

At Michael Taylor Estate and Moving Sales, we pride ourselves in our best-in-business practices, including our printed signage.

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Keeping it classy!

As a professional operation, we hold ourselves to the highest standards but we aren’t above having a laugh with (not at, we respect everyone!) the do-it-yourself-ers who take a lighter approach. Hey, we know better than anyone that putting on a sale is a hard job, and we see the funny side, too. Here are a few signs that we definitely won’t be using, but made us laugh anyway:

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Photo credit: neverclassy.com

It’ll be huuuuuge! Well, we can’t get political, but it looks like they’ve got some hair-raising deals at this sale…

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Hey, it’s Lionel Ritchie…he actually lived here in Nashville when he was recording his country album and we know he’s a fan of local culture, so maybe he’d appreciate a sign like this? Funny stuff, but I think we’ll stick to our standard signs.

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Simpsons fans will appreciate this one. We’ve all had that “take all my money” moment when we see something great at a sale!

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Sometimes the truth is…too much?

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This one’s for you, Star Wars fans! May the force be with you and help you find amazing treasures at low, low prices!

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Just trying to help good ol’ mom out of her hoarder situation! Hope she has a good sense of humor…

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We couldn’t agree more with the sentiment behind this one. You deserve it! And we’ve got 5 great sales this week just FULL of amazing stuff…check the listings on our home page for locations, dates and photos. Of special note is our Red Carpet Sale in Manchester, TN–just a short hour’s drive from the Metro area. That sale has a really unusual assortment of chinoiserie, clocks, antiques, glassware, patio furniture and much more.

We can’t wait to see you there….just follow the (informative and professionally printed) signs!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company

 

Behind the Scenes: Setting the Sale!

Believe it or not, this closet will be clean, organized and ready to shop in a few short days!
Where’s Waldo?? Believe it or not, this closet will be clean, organized and ready to shop in a few short days!

It’s no secret that we host some of Nashville’s largest estate and moving sales. While many local firms also handle single family homes, our area of specialization–and we really shine here!–is in liquidating the contents of larger properties. We have the experience, staff volume and knowledge to set even the largest of sales in 3-4 days. One of the most frequently asked questions we get from estate sale clients is, “Will you be ready to go on time?” because they can’t believe that we can clean, organize and set up large and complicated sales in such a short time frame. But, we get it done!

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Supplies are key, and we bring them to each sale. Cleaning supplies, trash bags, light bulbs, extra lighting, air fresheners…we bring it all in and get right to work!

Sometimes treasure, sometimes trash. We sort it out!
Sometimes treasure, sometimes trash. We sort it out!

Every sale has some items that need to be thrown out to ensure that the property is clean and the areas in the home are shopable. Some homes will have larger items in need of disposal; in these cases, we call in a dumpster to make clean-up easier.

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And then once the cleaning is done, we start setting the sale. All furniture, accessories, etc. are arranged and priced for easy shopping.

This guy! (Hey, we've got to have a little fun...)
This guy! (Hey, we’ve got to have a little fun…)

And once the sale is all set, we try out the bathtubs! Ha ha…no, we totally do NOT do that; our fearless leader, Michael Taylor, is just joking around in there.

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Tool guy/gal alert!

This particular sale (located in Brentwood, TN, starting Friday, 7/1 and running through Monday 7/4) has something for everyone–from antiques to Craftsmen tools and cabinets.

Need glassware, crystal or barware? We've gotcha covered!
Need glassware, crystal or barware? We’ve gotcha covered!

We’ll have tons of glassware, crystal and bar accessories. The homeowner was a former antique dealer, as well, so we have some really great antiques.

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Lighting, candlesticks and crystal pieces are a special feature of this sale.

You are definitely going to need a ladder to reach the top shelf!
You are definitely going to need a ladder to reach the top shelf, Michael!

Not to mention, these 12-foot tall cabinets (set of 2). Michael is in the photo to provide scale; he’s well over 6 ft tall. These are huge cabinets!

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More china, glassware and lighting! This really is a huge sale. Antique dealers, take note!

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Plus, we’re selling a boat. Boats, cars, jet skis…if the seller has a clear title, we’re always happy to add it to the sale! These items usually move VERY fast, so be there early if you’re looking for a vehicle or watercraft.

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Ready…set…go!

Our last step before opening a sale is to get out our signage…after that, we’re open for business and ready to go!

Information and more photos about this Brentwood-area sale are available under the “Estate Sale Listings” tab on the home page of our website. It’s truly a don’t-miss sale and we look forward to seeing you there!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company