Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Art-Tastic Estate Sale!

So I went to an Estate Sale this weekend run by my favorite Estate Sale company, that also runs the shop I frequent.  Anyways, this was an incredible sale.  Not a whole bunch of antiques or really any item that I particularly wanted, but the estate belonged to a local artist who created metal sculptures made of recycled materials.  His name was Jerry Hall and you can find more about him here.  In my humble opinion, I believe this house should have remained how it was without selling off the artwork to become a Tucson historical landmark.  It wasn't just the sculptures in the yard, the ENTIRE inside of the house was painted with murals and some parts were mosaic'ed.  This is the first estate sale I have been to that has really created so much emotion in me, it was hard to believe this whole collection of beautiful artwork was just being sold off one-by-one.  However, knowing the strong sense of community in Tucson, I know that probably a large amount of these sculptures went to wonderful homes.  These pictures cannot describe how awesome this was, but I will try to give you a little taste!

The side of the house, you can see how big the sculptures are!  You can also see the upstairs studio here. 

There were lots of people there, they had to rope off an area so people didn't just flood the street!

He used such a diversity of scrap metal!

Lots of character with all the rust!

This lady was one of my favorites, I think she is a waitress?

The animal ones were also my favorite.  There was an elephant planter for $60, I would have SO bought it even though it is out of my normal price range, but it was sold!

Me and some friends!

Just driving along!

The entry way to the house was so spectacular.

Mosaic walls inside the home, and mural on the left

He had a common theme of people, it said in his interview he loved to make people smile, and his work really shows that!  It really makes my heart smile!

Take a look at this room.  The whole room is an intricately designed art piece because he hated plain walls!

So as I said, I picked up a couple things I usually pass on.  Art.  I couldn't afford most everything there, but he made A LOT for himself, so he really filled every nook and cranny of his yard and home with his art.  In the back yard I found two very small, yet very detailed pieces that I decided to "save".  I am disappointed that I could not get a chime, there were a few, but most got taken quickly.  I am also disappointed I passed on a pair of separated butterfly wings.  These were on posts in medians throughout Jerry's neighborhood, usually painted, but this pair I found was unpainted and absolutely wonderful.  Why, why?!?!  Well I am very happy with what I picked up, one will be for me, the other will be for my sister, who's birthday is coming up!  She is an artist, and I know she will really enjoy this!

This one is for my sister, it looked like a simple truck until I picked it up and really started to appreciate all the details.

How do I rotate these?!?!  Showing a little more detail of the truck.

I am such an animal lover, so this guy will be for me!  He was originally outside (as was the truck), so he will go out and guard all my cacti and succulents in my potted garden!

Again, this needs to be rotated, but this looks like a signature with a "J" on the right and an "H" on the left. 

He even has a curious little tilted head and these cute bulgy eyeballs!
Well, that's all, I hope you enjoyed this picture-heavy post!  And I hope you enjoyed this art as much as I  did!!!

Linking up to some fantastic link parties:

Time Travel Thursday
Vintage Thingie Thursday
Thrifty Thursday
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Pearls and Lace Thursday
Potpourri Friday


  1. You are right that is a wonderful collection of metal art work. Not just everyone would appreciate it, so those buying definitely will.

  2. my girlfriend Candy would have gone nuts at this sale... anything metal and/or rusty... add it to the artsy pile and we'd have to bring the truck!

  3. Oh my goodness...what an experience that must have been! I've never seen anything like that! I agree...it should have been maintained as a folk art museum! Happy VTT!

  4. I love places like this, thanks for taking us along. You dog is perfect.

  5. Such fun, I love the whimsy!

    Happy VTT!

  6. A great share. I love the yard art. That guy is talented. Cute dog.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  7. Wow...I'm impressed with the magnitude of artwork done by that man! i really love the dog though...just gotta share with us how you used him! Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday! what great items to share!
    Blessings, Doni

  8. What an amazing collection from a very talented artist. I'm happy to hear that you were able to take a little part of his art home with you. Such fun treasures!!

  9. Hi Chelsea, wow, what an amazing collection and yes, it would have been more profitable and interesting to the general public if the home had remained as it was and opened up as a local museum. Good to hear that you were able to procure a few small items. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris