Get ready to have the most fun you have ever had at an estate sale! We’re hosting an April 28-29 Silver Spring estate sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that is eye-popping, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and spell-binding. It is huge with two extra scoops of humongous. It’s huge-mongous! (Address is 14011 Crest Hill Lane, Silver Spring MD 20905.) No early birds. Numbers handed out to early arrivers Saturday morning, and we only recognize our numbering system.)
Not convinced? Feeling skeptical? Scroll down to the end of this article and check out an astonishing 1,400 photos and counting — plus a more comprehensive list of what’s up for grabs. We’ll keep adding more all the way up through the sale.
This Silver Spring estate sale is like an antiques and collectibles fantasyland. Junk paradise. Collectors’ nirvanna. The husband-and-wife duo spent decades collecting an fascinating array of seemingly everything under the sun. Start with the vintage advertising. The family owned an Esso gas station so the place is packed with Esso and Exxon memorabilia and all kinds of other advertising. Where did they find room for so much stuff? Check out the two-story garage with fully furnished upstairs bar! It’s like “Cheers” on industrial-strength steroids. It’s not a man cave; it’s a man castle! This sale is so much fun that we’re even abandoning our policy of refraining from the heavy use of exclamation points!
Play some pinball while you’re in the bar on the vintage Nip It pinball machine. It needs some work to make it perfect but submerge yourself into the dings and pings and flashing lights and churning scoreboard. If you’re mechanically inclined, make us an offer on the Spider Man pinball machine next to it. The bar is also home to most of the advertising plus the other coin operated machines, advertising and the fabulous McGaskey Register Co receipt recorder and cash register. Bathe in the soothing glow of neon signs for A&W Root Beer, Coca-Cola and beer. Say hello to the vintage Santas rub-a-dub-dubbing the bar’s porcelain bathtub with iron ball and claw feet.
Head down to the main floor of the garage and start up into the rafters to find hundreds of caps advertising all kinds of companies. Check out shelf after shelf of vintage and modern tools and old-time country store finds.
Love big hunks of metal and conversation pieces for your home or garage? We planted a “metal farm” next to the driveway with all of the ranch home’s big crowd pleasers … the big red McCormick Farmall tractor, Pecotee Petroleum Engineering Co diesel gas pump, Gilbarco Air Meter Tireflator gas/oil service station tire pump, fire hydrant and more.
Got a penchant for pachyaderms? Go on safari in a garage sideroom to get up close and personal to more than 150 elephant figurines. If you need a minute of tranquility amid the frenzy, a collection of Buddha figurines are right next to the elphants. Mickey Mouse and Snoopy are there, too.
This sale is so big that we’re filling a village of giant tents so that you can saunter through all the treasures with enough room to see it all. You’ll find oil on canvas paintings, all kinds of antiques, an outstanding collection of approximately 1,000 vinyl records and vintage audio equipment to play them on.
If bling is your thing, check out another tent with thousands of pieces of vintage costume jewelry for men and women. Coming down with a touch of “Field of Dreams” fever? If the antique pharmaseutical tins and boxes don’t contain a remedy, the sports memorabilia section does. Bring some Cracker Jack and pull up a seat in a pair of Washington Senators stadium chairs from old Griffin Stadium. Might as well take home some of our more than 10,000 baseball cards, too.
Working up a healthy buying sweat? Cool off in front of the antique fan collection. All but one of them work!
Worrying that it might be hard to find a place to park? No problem. Home features a football-sized field at the front of the property. Follow the signs and staff members point you to your spot in the field.
We have been working on this home for months and have been “junk drunk” the whole time. Join us on April 28-29 Silver Spring estate sale you will never forget. Can’t wait to see you!
Check out the comprehensive but still not complete listing below, followed by some 1,400 photos — with more still to come!
ADVERTISING – ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO: Anheuser Budweiser Clydesdales regulator clock, beer mugs and steins, Black and White scotch whiskey mirror, Burley and Bright Half and Half Tobacco Tin unopened, Bud neon sign, Budweiser foil sign, Budweiser Girl Victorian woman art prints, Budweiser surfboard, Budweiser wood cased display cabinet, Busch mirror, Camel 80th anniversary playing cards and chips in tin, Coors Light neon lighted sign, Coors America’s Light Beer framed sign, Coors mirror, Crown Royal clock mirror, framed cigar box cover labels, Gettleman Milwaukee Beer lighted sign, Grizzly Beer lighted sign, Gunther Premier Beer wood crate, Jack Daniels chip and dip platter, Jack Daniels coat hanger hat rack, Jack Daniels decanter in case, Jack Daniels poker set in tin, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey wood sign, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey mud coffee pot and mugs, Jim Beam whiskey decanters, Jasper 77 tin sign, Killian’s Red lighted sign, LA Anheuser Busch lighted sign, Messrs Renton and Coy mirror, Michelob lighted clock, Michelob mirror, Miller Lite large beer can advertising display, Natural Light crabs lighted sign, Pabst Blue Ribbon mirror, Pabst Blue Ribbon Twenty One or Skidoo wood sign, Red Dog beer tin sign, Rolling Rock beer buckets, Schlitz on Draught 3D barrel keg with lighted glass sign, shot glass collection with display shelf, Stroh’s sign, Tuborg beer lighted sign, vintage beer cans, Wolfschmidt Vodka mirror, Yukon Jack Canadian Liqueur shipping crate.
ADVERTISING – AUTOMOTIVE ESSO EXXON: Atlas Power-Drive Belts Display Rack, Bendix Brakes four-door storage chest, Esso cigarette lighter, Esso gasoline pump globe, Esso gear oil barrel with hand truck, Esso huge double-sided porcelain sign, Esso mechanic shirt, Esso pitcher and mug set, Esso Santa Claus mailbox, Esso tank anti rust, Exxon mechanic tool apron, Exxon paper ads, Exxon Rely on the Tigger banner, Exxon tiger posters, Exxon Cross pen set, Exxon tiger tails – new in pack 11 each, Exxon Save The Tiger Fund limited edition pogs, huge Exxon stuffed animal tiger with Exxon mechanic shirt and pants, GP Auto Parts cabinet, Happy Motor Travel Center 1950s Lighted Metal Map Display Cabinet with Esso maps, Jeepers Creeper shop mechanics rest, Harley Davidson 95 Years playing cards, Kendall Gear Lube can, massive baseball-style cap collection featuring 100 or more hats representing all kinds of companies, NAPA assurance of quality clock, NAPA thermometer, Walker exhaust system thermometer, PowerPath storage chest.
AUTOMOTIVE – GENERAL: Coat rack with gas pumps as hooks, Gilbarco Air Meter Tireflator Gas/Oil Service Station Tire Pump, Jasper storage chest, old car shop manuals – Ford, Exxon, others, Pecotee Petroleum Engineering Co diesel gas pump, vintage license plates, automotive tools.
ADVERTISING – GENERAL: A&W Root Beer neon clock, All detergent bucket, Arnum’s Animals National Biscuit Company porcelain sign, Atlas cool drink flax water bag, barmaid mirror sign, Blockbuster Parking Only sign, Campbell’s Soup large can, Coca-Cola neon sign; Coca-Cola can airplanes, cars, trucks and helicopters; Coca-Cola lawn chair, multiple radios including
Coolbox Cooler AM/FM Radio and CD player, Coca-Cola cookie jars, vintage Coke bottles, Coca-Cola pocket knife, snow globe, Emmett Kelly clown figurine, Coca-Cola toys including Matchbox cars, Coca-Cola tin lithograph menu girl serving tray 1950s, Coca-Cola tin lithograph woman with hat serving tray 1972, Coca-Cola wood crates, Coca-Cola Westinghouse large ice cooler chest (motor appears to run but needs tune-up), Conkey’s Roup Remedy cannisters, James D Mason Co Celebrated Biscuits wood shipping crate, Jumbo folding knives by John Deere and others, Lionel tin sign, Mo-Pac Screaming Eagle Railroad porcelain sign, No Parking metal sign, Pepsi wood crates, Pepsi Skywriter sign, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey vintage poster, Ruff Stuff sandpaper magazine/display rack, Three Stooges Curly Got Milk ad, Sultans of Slapstick sign, Union Pacific Railroad Season’s Greetings 1869-1969 Calendar, vintage tins and containers from Quaker Oats, Morton, Prince Albert tobacco, Morton Salt and more; Street signs: No Parking; Stop; Slow Old Children at Play.
ANTIQUES: Atlas EZ Seal jar, Black Hawk corn sheller grinder, Brown/Honeywell Vintage Chart Recorder, butcher’s block table, butter churn, child’s roll top desk, cigarette machine (currently filled with golf balls – we will try to get them out by the sale), coffee grinder, cookie cutter/butter presses, cow milking stool, croquet set in box, croquet set in stand, Deteco baby scale,
Deteco physician’s stand-up balancing scale, Edison Phonograph Model C (Pat.1905), phonograph cylinder horn, Fee and Stemwedel barometer, fire extinguisher on wheels No. 87613, flame mahogany cabinet, flower sifter, gesso framed mirror, green painted wood wagon, grinder, Griswold Film Splicer Junior Model 8 mm and 16mm, Hoosier cabinet, horse drawn buggy seat, hand carved cabinet, large flat top steamer trunk, McGaskey Register Co receipt recorder and cash register, medieval mace, metal matchbox holder, miniature sewing machine/salesman sample with hand crank, National Washboard Co No. 824, oak breakfast table and matching chairs, oak drying rack, O.N.T. thread spool cabinet, pair of Herlag wood folding chairs, painted milk jug with American eagle decal, pair of folding theater chairs, pine bench/church pew, porcelain bathtub with cast iron ball and claw feet, porcelain sink, primitive large tool or farm caddy, primitive small tool or farm caddy, red and cream stained glass window pane with stove tube cut-out, rug beaters, rustic wood block wine rack, shaving razors and accessories, Specialty Mfg Co Unique Dozen Points egg scale, type tray, Universal meat grinder, Wehrle Co Ironside 121 cast iron stove, wood ironing board, collection of antique school desks.
ART: American flag in vintage window pane, folk art dragon by Scott Hunter and other animals, Fred Folsom Last Call at Shepherd Park Go-Go Bar framed print, Gary Qian signed abstract print of naked woman and child, Gloria
Pelkey oil on canvas, Joyce Sigmon oil on canvas painting of a pig, Seiss oil on canvas still life painting of fruit, vegetables and Southwestern pottery, oil on canvas painting of drunk man in Paris, oil on canvas painting of French cityscape by Mario Marinelli (1 of 2), oil on canvas painting of French cityscape by Mario Marinelli (2 of 2), oil on canvas of Swiss Alps mountain scene, oil on canvas impressionist still life painting of vibrant flowers in vase, pair of Rolf Armstrong pinup girl, Pilobolus poster, Ronald Reagan in Rambo t-shirt, St. Louis Riverfront etching by Richard Long; United States wall map (1964) national parks and monuments, forests, refuges; wildlife photographs by Billy Dodson including elephant, zebra, toucan.
BARWARE: Austin Nichols Wild Turkey and Falcon decanter, brass cased liquor decanter set, Jack Daniels 750 ml bottle and glasses set, Jack Daniels whiskey and playing card set, Jack Daniels rocks glasses; Jim Beam Ponderosa Ranch decanter, North Brothers Mfg ice breaker, shelves stuffed full of other glasses, mugs, steins.
BOAT: Fiberglass boat and boat trailer. Boat has sat for a long time but it’s ready for some TLC and a new life. Will not sell the trailer without selling the boat as both must go.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES: Dickens Works Illustrated 15-volume set (Worthington, 1884); The Complete Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning (1895); Louisa M. Alcott novels from the 1880s; 1880s editions of Robinson Crusoe, Arabian Nights, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Les Miserables, Up The Rhine, Waverly Novels, The Young Folks’ Treasury in 12 Volumes (1917) and more; Currier & Ives Chronicles of America, books about television, books on artists including Grandma Moses, Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Co Washington Address Telephone Directory 1966, Life magazines from 1968 and 1969, more vintage and antique books including children’s literature and adult literature, Popular Science magazines from the 1960s.
BOTTLES: vintage Coca-Cola soda water bottles and a few dozen other antique and vintage bottles.
CAMERAS: Canon Canonet QL 19 camera with 44mm f 1.9 lens and several other cameras.
COINS: United States Proof Sets 1960s-1970s; United States Mint Set 10 coins 1964 Denver/Philadelphia; United States Mint Set 5 Coins Denver; National Bicentennial Medal
COLLECTIBLES – CAST IRON: Cast iron Hubley Puppo bank 1930s, cast iron Hubley Native American chief bank, cast iron Mutt and Jeff still bank, cast iron ram door stop, cast iron ship bookends, cast iron Lion’s Club Award of Merit 1946.
COLLECTIBLES: Automatic Recording Safe Co Key to Success Bank Central Savings Bank Baltimore, Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association car bank, Ball jars, Banthrico’s Antique Autos Coin Bank 1954 Cadillac, Buddha figurines, Carousel gumball machine on cast iron legs; Carousel table top machine; Chesapeake and Potomac Airways playing cards, elephant figurine collection with more than 150 pieces, equestrian ribbons (collection of more than 75), folk art bird houses, glass insulators, Hummel figurines, Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Hunting Eggs with Basket, Lenox figurines, Lilliput Lane figurines, Mid Century Modern hammered aluminum sailboat, music boxes, Madden deluxe safety razor kit, Pfaltzraff cobalt blue painted croc, Roseville dog feeder, Shirley Temple pitcher and glass set, Sebastian figurines, Snoopy toy chests and Snoopy figurines, Stoneware 2 gallon moonshine jug, Times Tower 2000 SE, Tom Clark gnomes including signed pieces; vintage Christmas decorations including old Santa dolls, ornaments, lights, Department 56 villages, Byer’s Choice carolers, Santa’s Crystal Valley Christmas set; Steinbach nutcrackers including Chief Red Cloud, Millennium Taron, Tchaikovsky with Piano, Incense Smoker (Cantus Fan), Christian Ulbricht Good Luck – signed, 2 Holzjunst nutcrackers
COMIC BOOKS: Smattering of comic books including but not limited to Archie’s Joke Books 1970s, Archie Mad House, Fightin’ Marines, Grimm’s Ghost Stories, Hotrods and Racing Cars, Star Trek, The Hardy Boys, Timmy The Timid Ghost, War-Stories Combat, Weird War Tales, Marvel Secret Wars Spider-Man Iron Man Captain America lunchbox.
DECORATIVE GLASS: Antique CF Monroe Wave Crest collection – Biscuit jar, vase, dresser box, letter holder, and pickle castor; Carlo Moretti Italy Murano blue white cased goblets; enamel bristol glass, Fenton blue glass hand-painted elephant, Fenton hand-painted glass flag, Fenton hobnail glass, other decorative glass pieces
ELECTRONICS: flat screen televisions, Laminating Machine (RPA-5954), Sony Digimatic clock radio, Sylvania 9-Inch 2-in-1 Portable DVD Player, Thomas Museum Series record player/radio.
FANS: Vintage metal fan collection with working fans by G.E., Kenmore cast iron tall fan on pedestal base (blue), Polar Cub, Sprague, Sterling, Westinghouse and more.
FARMING AND LAWN MACHINES: McCormick Farmall Cub tractor, Craftsman riding lawn mower 8400 pro series, DR field and brush mower, multiple push lawn mowers.
FURNITURE: Baker’s rack, Child’s recliner, children’s tea table set, folding wood director’s chair, Mid Century Modern bookshelves, octagonal folding poker table, outdoor canopy chairs, restaurant striped table with wood benches
GUNS: Crossman 22; Savage 24V Series D; Leman Cap and Ball; J Stevens Little Scout 22; Stevens Marksman 12; Daisy BB Gun.
HOME DÉCOR: Horse collar mirror, Lanshire blue stone clock, mirrors, oil lamps, stained glass Merry Christmas hanging lamp, Westminster clock, Thomas Pacconi Classics lighted globe in stand, wood carved Zebra bookends from Kenya and much more.
HOME/GARDEN/PATIO: Multiple patio tables, chairs; wood benches with iron legs, Buddha garden statue, Asian/Chinese dragon; Pagoda; wrought iron framed Admiral Nelson cement plate/fireback sign (RARE!), fire hydrant, wrought iron fencing, metal wagon wheels, other fun metal pieces (Check out the “metal farm” section of the sale when you arrive.)
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Dolly Madison home ice cream freezer, ice cream maker, Royal Travelier suitcase, Star Wars 1977 bed sheets and pillow cases for double bed and a zillion other things.
JEWELRY: A truly massive, eye-popping, diverse and fun collection of vintage women’s and men’s costume jewelry, fine jewelry (gold and sterling silver) and fashion jewelry. Thousands of pieces including many signed pieces and sterling silver. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cufflinks, rings, Southwestern pieces, pins, pendants, brooches, scrimshaw brooch, pearls, watches, belt buckles, accessories.
KITCHEN AND COOKWARE: Bangkok Jewels brass flatware set in box Thailand; China — mountains of it — Spode, Fire King, Wedgwood and more; Roseville Spongeware bowl from Workshops of Gerald E Henn, Detecto Junior Scale; Round Oak Stove Range with Doe-Wah-Jack Native American by Beckwith Co 1930s, True Test household scale, Fitz & Floyd “Fat Cat” cat and mouse cookie jar.
MANNEQUINS: Female mannequin with dress on stand; Female mannequin with cracked face and broken fingers
MILITARY/POLICE: U.S. Army wood foot lockers, PASGT Kevlar helmet, WWII Civil Defense helmet, U.S. Army gear bag, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Navy prints.
PINBALL MACHINES/COIN OPERATED MACHINES: D Gottlieb Co Amazing Spider Man pinball machine (most of it lights up except scores – not presently working); Bally Nip It pinball machine (playable but needs work – score sometimes keeps running forward after a ball has already been missed; also just had new key made for it); Japanese Pachinko Skill Stop Slot Machine Mog Mog (works perfectly); 1c cigarette gumball trade simulator Fatima Lucky Strike cigarettes (untested)
RECORDS AND CDs: Fantastic vinyl record collection with approximately 1,000 records including some that are still factory sealed. Most of the rest are in excellent condition. Rock, jazz, country and much more; approximately 400 or more CDs. DVD collection, too.
ROCKS: Huge rock collection including many uncut rocks for jewelry making.
SPORTS EQUIPMENT – GENERAL: Best Fishing Reels No. 165, Burton snowboard, camouflage sleeping bag, camping tent, golf caddy, mounds of golf balls, HealthRider exercise bike, kids’ scooters, men’s wet suit and fins, Original Ready Rider bike trainer, Ski boots, vintage two-hole bowling ball, University of Maryland folding bleacher cushion seat, World of Golf Electric Putting Partner.
SPORTS EQUIPMENT – BICYCLES: Men’s, women’s and children’s vintage bicycles including: Fuji Ace, Harley Davidson Blackhawk kids bicycle, Magna Ripclaw kids bike, Schwinn Spitfire kids bike, Sears Sportcrest bicycle with badge, Vintage metal grid bike station rack for 20-plus bikes.
SPORTS MEMORABILIA: Baltimore Colts vintage leather gym bag, Baltimore Orioles vintage canvas folding chair, Exxon racing jacket, Epitaph for Golfer 1889 wood sign, Griff Amen Thirteen limited edition print, Leroy Nieman Westchester Classic framed print, NASCAR Legends jacket (2),
NASCAR Michael Waltrip BBQ grill, Night Baseball Marjorie Phillips framed print, Pair of Washington Senators old Griffith Stadium seats, Pine Shore Golf Course 9th hole tee wood sign, Ryder Cup Valderrama commemorative golf balls, Washington Redskins jackets, t-shirts and game programs, Wheaties boxes with Babe Ruth, Washington Redskins, Cal Ripken, more. Collection of an estimated 10,000-plus baseball cards, football cards, hockey cards and some NBA cards.
TOOLS – MODERN: This is only a partial list … adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, air tools, impact wrenches, utility hammer; battery charger, Black and Decker power tools, Coinmaster 6000di metal detector, Drillmaster cordless drill and flashlight kit, drills, socket sets, staple guns, double flair tubing tool, locks, steering wheel puller, large metal snippers, mechanics wrenches, mallets, axes, rotary tool, reciprocating saw, Lincoln two-ton car jack, lug wrench, mound of other tool boxes and tool chests, Penco Products three-door metal gym locker, Rubbermaid Action Packer, Ryobi 1 gallon power paint tool system, Ryobi Super Combo with Torque IV Drill, Skilsaw blades, Taylor Lock Company Model KD5 key maker, Tool chests – Craftsman, Waterloo and others; wheelbarrows.
TOOLS – VINTAGE: Again, only a partial list … Blow Torches by Clayton and Lambert, vintage galvanized metal two quart oil can spout, woodworking tools and much more.
TOYS: Fun and nostalgia-inducing vintage toys including but not limited to: Analee doll football player mouse, Aztec marble and onyx chess pieces, Bar M Ranch tin litho by Louis Marx, Back to Basics Toys letterblock cart, Basketball backstop, Buddy L Army transport truck, Buddy L pressed steel hydraulic dump truck made in Japan, Buzz Lightyear figurine, cast iron JM Irono Art Mack gasoline tanker, Cowboys and Indians plastic figures, Exxon race car transporter, Exxon toy tanker truck, Flexible Flyer wagon, foldable ladder ball game, Geppeddo Dolls of the World Cowboy Clint and Jenny Cowgirl, group of Barr Rubber Products Co Sandusky plastic tractors; Guillow’s Beechcraft Musketeer balsa wood plane kit, Gund teddy bears, Hess Gasoline Truck (Amerada) 1970s with box, J Chein Walt Disney spinning top, J Chein and Co tin windup drummer, Lincoln Logs by Conestoga Homes and PlaySkool, Matchbox Across America 50th Birthday Series 25 cars NIB, Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars, Mickey Mouse telephone: Model Trains and Accessories — Marx metal steam engine, Atlas HO Scale Barn and Shed, Atlas HO Scale Pier Set, Plasticville Split Level Home, Revell 4 Trackside Buildings, Twin Power HO transformer, model train cars; Paddington bears and other stuffed animals; pair of Pinewood Derby Boy Scouts of America cars, plastic dinosaurs, lizards and other animal figurines, PlaySkool Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase, poker chips, playing cards; ping pong table, puzzles — Undersea Glow shark, dinosaurs, other kids puzzles; rodeo horseshoes game set, Renegade Air Hogs air pressure plane; Route Wix Richard Petty’s 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, Sears Honor Bilt Farm, Sesame Street puzzles 1970s, Thomas Pacconi Classics jack in the box, Through the Trees Gary Patterson dartboard, Tin lithograph Fire Chief truck 409 ME battery operated made in China, tin windup zoo animal train made in Japan, Tonka trucks including pressed steel Mighty Tonka XMB-975, Viewmaster.
TYPEWRITERS: Smith-Corona Classic 12 portable typewriter in case, Smith Corona electric typewriter, others.
VINTAGE AUDIO EQUIPMENT/VIDEO EQUIPMENT: Lafayette Turntable Player T-2000, Acoustic Research AR-2Ax (1969), BIC Model 44, Cerwin-Vega AT, Speaker Craft; other vintage stereos and speakers.
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