1 This is the historic Merwin house, which sits atop Kellogg Hill in Weston, Connecticut. The original wing was built in 1760.
2 When it was on the market, the house and its fascinating history was featured in the Westport News.
3 To advertise the sale, Jim placed a large ad in the newspapers.
4 This is Jim preparing for the sale, hanging two very beautiful gold-leafed Chippendale mirrors.
5 The living room was nicely staged, which is very important for eye appeal.
6 A Winkler mahogany baby grand was priced at $1,200.
7 Jim was asking $800 for this 1930's era, one of a kind King Tut screen painted on canvas.
8 The ebony and multiple wood inlay Biedarmeier secretaire was tagged at $4,000.
9 A rare Murano bird lamp was priced at $1,500.
10 Jim filled the bright sun room with unusual objects including a primitive roulette wheel priced at $350.
11 There were many lovely rugs for sale throughout the home.
12 The cozy den reflected some of the owner's special collections. The old farm bench sold quickly.
13 Jim was holding these two fig trees for me.
14 This is the original 18th-century part of the house with its exposed beams.
15 At the other end of the rambling residence was another den with a vaulted ceiling filled with wicker and leather furniture.
16 The entrance boasted a magnificent mirrored chest with complementary wall mirror. There was a lot of art glass in the house.
17 The formal dining room
18 A lovely oil painting by E. Ponthier was tagged at $3,000.
19 Some things were not for sale.
20 More art glass
21 Even copies of my books can be found at estate sales!
22 One section of the house was devoted to designer clothing and shoes.
23 Leon MacNamara, a well-known appraiser, helps Jim price merchandise.
24 For sale was clothing, handbags, belts, and shoes by Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Brioni, Coach, Louis Vitton, Balenciaga, Chanel, and more.
25 Jim asked his friend and neighbor, writer Elizabeth Fuller, to help with the clothing sales.
26 The morning of the estate sale, customers lined up early.
27 A well-run estate sale will hand out numbers to keep the crowd organized and orderly.
28 Before the 10am opening, early birds peeked in the windows.
29 Jim Capella comes to all of Jim's sales.
30 At exactly 10:00, numbers one through twenty-five were let in the door.
31 This was a very good sale and people took a long time perusing each room.
32 Layton Thomas, Jim's partner, was in charge of the cash.
33 There were many treasures to be had.
34 Jim was very happy to see Laila, a friend and regular customer in his store.