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.

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

Small Business Saturday

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This Saturday, Nov. 26th is designated as a special day to honor and shop local businesses in your community. We wanted to take a quick minute to share what we love about being a small business, and thank you, our customers and clients, for keeping us going!

The Michael Taylor company has been on the forefront of the estate and moving sale scene in Nashville since 2008, when Michael started the company with a handful of workers. Since then, Michael Taylor Estate and Moving sales has grown to become the area’s leading estate and moving sale company, with a 9,000 sq ft warehouse/retail space. We’ve conducted sales in tiny East Nashville cottages and huge Brentwood mansions, and everywhere in between.

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The company has created 15-20 (varying seasonally) jobs, both full and part-time, for local Nashville folks. While in recent years, we’ve seen national chains come in to town and establish franchised estate sale companies, we’ve been here all along–creating jobs, serving the estate sale needs of our neighbors and friends, making friends with our dear and loyal customers.

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You hear a lot about “green” businesses these days–businesses that are committed to keeping their environmental footprint small, or have a strong commitment to recycling. Without actually aspiring to trendy labels, the Michael Taylor Company is as “green” as they come. Through our estate sales, we re-introduce tons of diverse household items into our local community and marketplace. When you buy a pieces of antique furniture from our retail store rather than picking up a piece of new, imported furniture from a big box retailer, you are recycling this item by giving it new usefulness in your home. It may seem different to think of what we are doing as part of the “reduce, re-use, recycle” movement but we are making environmental impact on a local level–and you are, too, when you shop with us!

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Many small businesses (also local!) source their goods from us, creating a livelihood for countless local people in the vintage resale industry. Resellers shop our sales to stock antique stores, estate jewelry stores, flea market booths, Ebay stores, craft shows and more.

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This Nov. 26th, we hope you will consider shopping with us…we’ve got a great estate sale (see link to listing on our homepage) and Michael Taylor At Home will be offering 50% off of all glassware and 50% off jewelry. In addition to Saturday, we’re also open Weds., 10-5, Fri., 10-5 and Sun., 1-5.

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Small Business Saturday and THANK YOU for being our wonderful customers and clients. We think the world of you and love to see your smiling faces!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Co.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…Decorating with Mirrors!

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Mirrors are an interior design staple, and with good reason! A beautiful mirror is like a window you can move around your home.  They reflect light and brighten dark spaces. Their reflective properties visually expand small rooms, making them seem larger and more welcoming.

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We love mirrors at Michael Taylor At Home, and you can see from the photo above that we stock a wide variety of styles and sizes. Our selection varies from antique to contemporary.

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The way this mirror is framed elevates it into an art piece…but it’s as useful as it is beautiful. Isn’t it nice to have a mirror handy to make a final check of your appearance before you dash out the door? Entryways are the perfect location for mirrors because they are often small areas that lack natural light.

photo credit: rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com
photo credit: rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com

Here’s a fun idea…hang a collection of mirrors to accent a staircase wall. Painting the frames all white gives the grouping a purposeful and cohesive look.

photo credit: Miss Zeit
photo credit: Miss Zeit

Here a dramatic crystal-framed mirror dresses up a bathroom. If you want an instant upgrade in your bathroom, install a vintage or antique mirror. Who says you need to buy your bathroom mirror from a home improvement store, anyway?

photo credit: Dormify
photo credit: Dormify

Here smaller mirrors are added to a wall display of family photos and other framed art. The mirrors in this grouping reflect light into a small hallway space and add a little unexpected visual interest.IMG_3092

Tall mirrors that rest on the floor are dramatic and contemporary…the one in this photo is part of a set of three that are each 6 ft tall; available now at Michael Taylor At Home. Imagine creating a wall of mirrors with these three…so beautiful!

We love working with you to create the unique home interior of your dreams at a price you can afford. Whether it’s mirrors, or fine furniture, antiques, rugs, lighting, jewelry, vintage furs, china or home accessories, we’ve got it in stock at the best prices in town. Come see us this week!

P.S. Our deal of the week for Sept. 15-17 is 40% off of rugs, lighting and select art.

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company

Summer Tips for Successful Estate Sale Shopping

 

 

Ah, the great outdoors! Are you wearing your bug spray and sunscreen?
Ah, an estate sale in the great outdoors! Are you wearing your bug spray and sunscreen?

Is it hot enough for you? Summer is here for sure in Tennessee, and that’s great news for estate sale fans. This time of year boasts the largest number of estate sales, barn sales, tent sales…you name it! There’s lots of shopping fun to be had, but it’s also a time of year when you need to plan ahead and take a few precautions so that you don’t run into trouble when you’re on the hunt for discounted treasures.

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Warmer temps mean that sales are held outdoors as well as inside. When you’re picking through items that have been stored in barns or sheds, you might want to bring along a pair of gloves to protect your hands from dirt, rust, splinters…and the occasional spider. A little good planning helps make the experience safer and more fun.

Park smart and avoid trouble! It's worth the effort.
Park smart and avoid trouble! It’s worth the effort.

Estate sale parking can be challenging, especially with larger summertime crowds. Neighborhoods are rarely designed for the influx of vehicles that a sale can attract, and often times people are in a rush to park and get inside to shop. However, it’s important to remember that there’s not ANY deal that’s worth a scraped bumper. Take special care in older neighborhoods with narrow streets (Inglewood) or inside condominium complexes not to park on both sides of the street–there must always be a clear path for emergency vehicles. Summer often brings heavy rains; if an area looks muddy, be extra careful about parking your vehicle!

Yeah, that's how you roll your ankle on the uneven terrain or rickety basement stairs at an estate sale. Wear closed-toed shoes!
Yeah, that’s how you roll an ankle on the uneven lawn or rickety basement stairs at an estate sale.

Can we talk about flip flops? We love our flip flops in the summertime…but they are a hazard at estate sales. Often, older houses have uneven flooring, or steep/slippery/narrow basement and attic stairs. Navigating narrow hallways in a crowd of estate sale shoppers while wearing flip-flops can be dangerous to your toes! Please consider saving the flip flops for the beach, and wear your closed-toed shoes to the sales.

Hydrate, hydrate! We'll have the lemonade waiting for you at our summer sales.
Hydrate, hydrate! We’ll have the lemonade waiting for you at our summer sales.

Summer estate sales are often hot…especially outdoor barn and tent sales! Be sure to stay hydrated in warm weather. We offer complimentary lemonade, coffee and ice water at all of our sales, so please be sure to take advantage of this.

Keep bugs and sunburn at bay!
Keep bugs and sunburn at bay!

If you’re out at estate sales, it’s good to keep a bottle of sunscreen and bug spray handy. With the warmer weather, often times we will have items for sale outdoors; and y’all know that mosquitos are out in force this time of year. A little spray will help keep ’em away!

Join the fun and line up early!
Join the fun and line up early!

If you really want to beat the heat, arrive early. Our sales open at 8:00 a.m., and folks generally start lining up on the first day at about 7:00 a.m. It’s generally as cool outside as it’s going to be at that time, and there are lots of friendly people to chat with in line.  We really do have the best customers and we love seeing them each week!

Check our estate sale listings (link on our home page) for where we’ll be, and come join us for great deals and a glass of lemonade. See you there!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company