Friday, August 31, 2018

Death by Estate Sale?






Florrie Fox

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Pen & Ink Mysteries

by Krista Davis




Dolly Cavanaugh suggested my sister Veronica and I go to an estate sale in Georgetown, Washington DC. It wasn't far from my house. It was sad to see the belongings of a former Ambassador arranged haphazardly on tables and being sold. After all, they were treasures to him and his wife. Now they were being discarded for next to nothing.

Dolly challenged us to select the most valuable item on a table of knickknacks. Boy, were we wrong! Veronica and I are going to go to more estate sales. We made a mint off a little item that Dolly pointed out. I would have ignored it entirely.

But that evening, Dolly's life came to an abrupt end and a rare book that she bought at the estate sale had disappeared. I can't help wondering if there's a connection.

What's the most amazing thing you ever found at an estate sale?

THE COLORING CROOK is coming on November 29th. Krista is giving away TWO books  today! The winners' choice of COLOR ME MURDER or an advance reader copy of THE COLORING CROOK. Leave a comment with your email address to enter!

Please note that due to a previous giveaway snafu, the following people have already been entered in this contest: Dianne Bahn; Mama Hen; Deb; Claudia; traveler; Not really; and ptclayton.


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58 comments:

  1. I have never been to an estate sale. I doubt I would recognize a valuable antique or rare book if I saw one! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. I went once and found an amazing book case and some great books.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I love estate sales! I always look for cookbooks, children's books, and mysteries!
    Don't know if I am the Deb that has been entered, but if not, please enter me for the giveaway!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  4. I honestly have never been to an estate sale. I like to browse in antique malls and once found an egg poacher exactly like the one my mother had. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. The most fascinating thing I've found at an estate sale has to be a Beulah cookie jar. Hubby loves Elsie the Cow old items and to find a cookie jar of not Elsie but her daughter Beulah in mint condition was awesome. Not only was this cookie jar in mint condition including the original little sound box in the lid that moos when you take the lid off, but I got it for a fraction of its value because no one seemed to know who she was. They just said cow jar on the label. Needless to say hubby was VERY happy when I got home. :)

    Thank you for the marvelous chance to win one of Krista's book. Love this author's books! I've read "COLOR ME MURDER" and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a great book to read. If I were fortunate enough to be selected, I would be beyond thrilled to get a copy of "THE COLORING CROOK".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  6. I've never been to an estate sale other than for members of my own family. I did take a lovely luncheon tea set from my grandmother's. Thank you for the chance to win. I cannot wait to read The Coloring Crook since I really enjoyed Color Me Murder. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  7. Estate sales are treasure troves. I found a lovely set of glasses which were a unique color. I display them and enjoy them everyday. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I haven't been to an estate sale although there are many here in town. I would enjoy this special giveaway. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I’ve only been to one estate sale. It was across the street and they gave us a couple of bird feeders and poles because it was near the end of the sale and they hadn’t sold.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  10. Oh oh, have to admit I've never been to an estate sale. Not sure why because I know it's not really like a yard sale,w which I don't enjoy.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I love going to estate sales! This series is so different and I loved the first installment! aiellorima@gmail.com

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  12. I have never been to an estate sale, but we used to have what we call down here a junk store near us. When I was about to turn 16 I found a fabulous art deco bedroom set, bed, wardrobe and makeup cabinet with stool. I got it for a fabulous price and kept that until I was bout 25 then gave it to my niece. I loved that thing. Cant wait for the new release. Already pre-ordered. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  13. Have not been to many sales. Nothing interesting found.
    judytucker1947atgmaildotcom

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  14. I have only been to a couple estate sales and haven't found anything I wanted (that I could afford!) I have been wanting the Pen & Ink Mystery books from Kristin Davis for some time. Just need funds to buy! Thank you for the chance to get Color Me Murder book!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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    1. Congratulations, Cheryl! You are winner #2!

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  15. I haven't been to an estate sale, but I go garage sale-ing with my friend on Saturdays and have scored some awesome stuff. I would love a copy of the Coloring Crook. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  16. I found my dining room table (which with the leaves will sit 12) at an estate sale. I would prefer a copy of the Coloring Crook. ma (underscore) ward (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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  17. I found a ring and a wonderful cake stand at an estate sale. Things that will remind of the people who are no longer here. Thanks for a chance to win and I choose blue! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  18. What a delightful series.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  19. I have never been to an estate sale. I've been to many, many garage sales but haven't made it to an estate sale yet. Thanks for the chance to win! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  20. Thank you for your generosity. I would love the coloring crook. lsum1258@aol.com

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  21. I used to be an estate and tag sale addict. I am somewhat reformed but I slip up and have binges. I love a bargain! I have never found a million dollar painting, so until I do I have to keep hunting. I have found some great Steiff stuffed animals very inexpensively. I found a very vintage tubed TV set for my son. LaurasReadingBlog@gmail.com I would enjoy either coloring book.

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  22. It's a long weekend, The Coloring Crook looks like it would be a good read to wile away the days.
    gmartin@telus.net

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  23. I’ve only been to one estate sale—it was an auction. There were several Fenton glass pieces that I loved. Unfortunately, I got out-bid. It was fun, though. I’d love the advanced reader copy. The first one was such a fun read! kchinetti at gmail dot com.

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  24. If I am lucky enough to win I would like The Coloring Crook. Thank you for this chance at your giveaway. pgenest57@aol.com

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  25. I would like The Coloring Crook. Thanks for the chance. sable677 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Congratulations, Susan. You are winner #1!

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  26. I've been to plenty garage/yard sales, but no estate sales. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to spot anything of substantial value if I saw it. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I haven't been to an estate sale in ages. But I would love to find some Bakelite jewelry! Not that I'd be able to tell it was real though! lol. I love finding vintage cookbooks.

    I would love to give my mom a copy of Color Me Murder, she (and I) love to color.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  28. I've found some great stuff at estate sales, but you have to know what's a good deal and what's not. It's still fun just going to look.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I love estate sales and antique stores. I love retro to. I have things that was my great grandmothers, grandmothers and mother. To me it makes that item all the more special. Scoobyspenny@gmail.com

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  30. I’d love Color Me Murder.
    theresa_c@msn.com

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  31. I've never been to an estate sale, although I love garage sales, thrift stores, etc. I've never found anything valuable, but have bought many things inexpensively that have brought me joy--primarily home goods, Christmas decor and books. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  32. As a child, I used to go to estate sales and auctions with my grandparents up in the Poconos in PA. I collected stamps and several times I bought boxes of stamps or letters to get the stamps. I remember how much I enjoyed going through everything trying to find a treasure. I would prefer The Coloring Crook because I already own Color Me Murder. Thank you for the chance. mackisa@gmail.com

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  33. I've never been to an estate sale, but I think it would be interesting. I'd love to win The Coloring Crook since I''e read the first book and loved it! mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  34. I've never been to an estate sale and doubt I would know what is valuable. However, I have a high school friend who is quite successful finding things at estate sales and trift shops. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  35. Old cookbooks with the owner's notes in them -- they used a lot of lard back then and didn't give oven temperatures except to say "slow oven" or "fast oven". They are really fascinating! Thanks so much for the giveaway ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  36. I love mysteries and I love coloring! Thank for the giveaway!

    Gail Woo,San Francisco

    gailwoo53@gmail.com

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  37. The Coloring Crook! servedoggmomATyahooDOTcom

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  38. I've never been to an estate sale😡

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  39. I love a good estate sale. Have purchased a variety of items including clocks, jewelry, and crystal. carters@columbusacademy.org

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  40. Have never found anything exciting at estate sales...used to enjoy little flea markets back home in the Midwest. Special cancellations on collectible stamps and little vases I enjoyed collecting. I would love to win The Coloring Crook! Thank you for the opportunity! Jeanie Dannheim, jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  41. Have never found anything exciting at estate sales...used to enjoy little flea markets back home in the Midwest. Special cancellations on collectible stamps and little vases I enjoyed collecting. I would love to win The Coloring Crook! Thank you for the opportunity! Jeanie Dannheim, jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  42. I have never been to an estate sale. Would love to go to one though.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  43. I haven't gone to many, but I am always on the lookout for white hobnail and Basset/coonhound items.
    browninggloria@hotmail.com

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  44. I love estate sales. I often find clocks, jewelry, and crystal to add to my collections. carters@columbusacademy.org

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  45. I have never been to Estate sale. I have been to a yard sale. I am not sure if I would know a thing about the price of certain items. If I buy anything it is because the item speaks to me.

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  46. I have been to a few estate sales but I haven't found anything good yet.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  47. Estate Sales are so interesting to see what someone else's life may have been back. One of many things I keep my eyes open for is jewelry. Even broken jewelry can be remade into something beautiful. robeader5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I don't believe I have ever found anything of real value, but I have picked a couple cool hatpins and vintage handbags. I feel weird about estate sales. There are so many neat things, but it's also the end of a generation...somebody loved ones. I leave a little depressed and a little renewed, Lol. It does remind me that I'm still alive. I derailed, sorry! The Coloring Crook looks like so much fun! Happy Labor Day. Stay cool and stay safe this weekend! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. I bought an upright piano for $25, even tho I couldn't play. LOL Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I look forward to another "coloring book" by Krista.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  51. This is the entry for Penny Poe Harper.

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  52. Been to a couple, got a great yarn stash once and a set of old western books for my dad once.Both books sound great. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  53. I have only been to a couple Estate Sales and the last one we went to we got our gorgeous Howard Miller Grandfather clock pretty cheap! Both books sound great! blessedfllady62@yahoo.com

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  54. I stopped going many years ago because I don't need to add to what I have. I did get a couple of nice comforters for $2 each and still use them. That was a pretty good deal.
    lkish77123 at gmil dot com

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  55. Hi, Marlene Ezell here. I would love to win a copy of THE COLORING CROOK. I haven't been to estate sale in a while, but I am always looking for past Hallmark ornaments at them.
    ezellmarlene@gmail.com

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  56. I've never been to an estate sale, but would love to go to one! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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