Work around. The ripple in the pond.

We have an ongoing moving sale. The contents inside this beautiful colonial house is filled with three plus floors of furniture, collectables, audio components, home office furniture, top of the line pool table, Wedgwood, Lenox, Waterford, runners, Sphynx Weavers rug, Bombay Company pedestal end table, area rugs and so much more.

To make our lives a little more exciting we have to keep updating the website Domani.Estate Upcoming Estate Sales with pictures of the inventory that gets added and removing the inventory that is sold.

The ripple in the pond.

Houses are opening up for the season on the shore and people need to furnish their summer homes and rentals. All the furniture stores are closed. Unless you want to shop on-line. Graduates are finishing their thesis at home and the home office/work space needs to be outfitted. A lot of parents are working from home, desks, chairs, office lamps are in high demand. Entertainment is also a must have in this time of self- isolation. Gloves, masks, six feet a must. Let the good health and healing thoughts ripple us through to the other side.

Music, Meals and Memories

Businesses are closed. Supermarket personnel are on the front lines. Our hospitals are near capacity. Those that sew are making masks. Children are being home schooled or zoom schooled. Most of us are home wondering when is the best time to shop for groceries. It feels like the rug lying beneath our lives has been pulled out from under us, rolled up and put away. Our world will be redefined when we emerge from this war against an invisible enemy that is taking lives, devastating our economy and truly dividing us in ways we could not have imagined and yet bringing us together in ways we have only read about from the bygone WWII era.

What will our lives look like when we reemerge and find a vaccine for this nasty hijacking RNA molecule? Many families have rediscovered the joys of dining together. Will the dining room table regain a place in our homes or will we jump back to eating on the run? Will families that have rediscovered the joy of doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles go back to finding value in having a game table setup with puzzle pieces anxiously awaiting placement?

Will gardening take on new meaning, not only providing nourishment and exercise but a way to get out and feel the beauty of the soil beneath your feet. When you are standing barefoot in the soil, no rug can be pulled out from under your feet.

Baking has regained its popularity. Flour and yeast are hard to find. Will that stay with us? The children that are now home will have memories of baking with Mom and Dad. Something that few families had the time to do just six weeks ago. Music is filling the emptiness of our rooms. CD’s I haven’t listened to in years are being dusted off and rediscovered. Books I haven’t finished are waiting for me.

I fear that restaurants, theaters, sport venues, travel, cruises, and demonstrations will take a long time to get back to where they were pre- Covid 19. Businesses that have retreated and adopted to a work from home policy may discover that they function more efficiently that way and continue to allow the majority of their employees to work from home. Will the home office become a necessity? Desks and file cabinets may become popular again.

What about the children, what memories will they carry into their future? Will this experience make it easier for the next generation to work from home or at a socially acceptable distance? Will the stay at home children who watched Mom and Dad make new and exciting meals decide that cooking is as much fun as video games? Will they learn to be self-reliant and disciplined? Chalk and paint have become very effective communication tools as you can witness from the message stones found everywhere and sidewalks filled with colorful messages. Walks in the woods, and on the beach and hiking trails have become routine. Will new fashion trends come from this relationship with nature accented with colors and messages brought to life from memories of rocks and sidewalks?

So much to think about and so much time to think. It’s raining. Our business is closed. Our fears are outweighed by our belief not only will we get through this, we will, for a time, be a kinder, gentler, more caring society. We are definitely all in this together and we will all get out of this together… changed.

Health Crisis. How do we respond? A direct reflection of who we are.

Life for all of us is changing. Facts -2,100 cases of Coronavirus in the U.S. Today. No one is to blame. No need to point fingers. My mom always told me you point one finger at someone and you are pointing three fingers back to yourself. Try it.

It is shocking at how effective this little virus is at bringing us to our knees. (Us) being every human being on the planet. How do we respond? How do we respond if we are infected? How do we respond if our loved ones are infected? How do we respond if we are told our schools are closed , or our sporting events are postponed or cancelled? How do we respond if we have to social distance and our jobs are dependent on having large groups of people come to our events?

How we respond is a direct reflection on who we are and how we have lived our lives up to this point. Are we selfless? Then we offer help and assistance to the less fortunate. Are we caring? Then we reach out to the most vulnerable. Make sure they are safe and heathy. Pick up groceries and medicine so they can stay safe. Reach out on social media and offer assistance to those in need. Are we leaders? Do we take initiative and make the unpopular tough decisions. Or do we throw caution to the wind and continue to shake hands with everyone we meet. Do we complain and get mad and blame others for overreacting, ruining our lives, tanking our 401Ks? Do we act crazy because the grocery store has an empty toilet paper shelf?

Domani Estate Sales and Management Services will do what we can to help our clients, friends and neighbors. We are in the process of developing a plan for how to handle future estate and moving sales. We are hopeful that we can come together and help each other get through this challenge. Please stay safe and let us know if there is anything we can do to help you with downsizing, liquidating your treasures, cleaning out your clutter or giving you advice on the best way to proceed in this very challenging time.

“Shah Mat” The King is dead. Emerald Chess Board

The king is dead. The history of chess goes back almost 1500 years. Starting in India and soon spread to Persia. As nations fought and conquered each other they spread destruction, death, and a love of chess.

The early pieces evolved from elephants to horses. The firzan (adviser) became the queen and the chariot became the castle. The two pieces that passed unchanged were the foot soldiers and the king. Some positions in war and peace remained unchanged. Around 600 the name became Chatrang and the Persian influence evolve Shah (king) Mat (finished) the king is dead. Checkmate.

Every estate sale, moving sale, downsizing sale has many treasures looking for new homes. It is so interesting to see the collection of chess games we have sold for our clients through out the years. This featured set now available as we prepare for the next Domani Moving Sale. It is very elegant with a light ethereal feeling. The mixture of wire and glass gives the game a feel of elegance. We look forward to finding a new home for this lovely set.

Dining Kittinger Style

Quality is paramount. The Kittinger Furniture Company was established in 1866 and from the beginning this company focused on making beautiful hand crafted furniture. All great companies have growing pains and how they navigate through the changing tastes of the marketplace says a lot about the company. The Kittinger Furniture company was sold in 1966. From the beginning The Kittinger Furniture Company has set an unparalleled standard among manufacturers of fine furniture. The Kittinger Family sold the company to General Interiors Inc.

​Although the company changed hands many times over the years until being delivered into the hands of the current owners. One thing remained consistent. Quality.

According to the website, “In 1996, Ray (a Master Cabinetmaker at Kittinger) and Karen Bialkowski purchased the Kittinger Furniture Company and all of its intellectual property. They quickly re-established the company and settled in a new factory in North Buffalo. Many of the original craftsman returned to work for the re-opened company.”

Domani Estate Sales and Management company has been contracted to sell a beautiful English Renaissance Antique Dining Set for a family that will be moving and will not be able to take this beautiful piece with them. The Table and 8 chairs are available for immediate delivery. The original price paid for this set was well over the asking price. We can work with you on delivery and we welcome your inquiries.

What we collect.

I love collecting sunrises and signage. There are many similarities between both mediums. Beer signs, street signs, license plates, gas station signs, eggs stands, everything we buy, sell, trade or collect has been advertised on a sign, somewhere, at sometime. My favorite sign of all times is the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square in Boston, MA.

Historically figural signs were used to advertise barbershops and drugstores, pawn shops and post offices. Collectors Weekly explains, ” in 17th and 18th -century Europe and early America, most of the population was illiterate, so shopkeepers often used figural signs outside their businesses to attract customers:Barbers used a pole painted with red, white and blue stripes in a corkscrew pattern, pharmacists used “show globes” filled with colored liquid, pawn shops displayed three golden balls and tobacco shops placed wooden statues of Native Americans outside their doors.”

Soon the square wood signs emerged. These were signs with the shape, size and material dictating simplistic graphics. “Fresh eggs”, “Gas”, “Motel” . They were mostly hand painted and very hard to keep up in the harsh weather.

The emergence of the billboard, murals, lettering on glass storefronts and tin signs began in earnest in the 1800’s. According to Frontsigns, “The first gas illuminated sign was made in 1840 in Chicago, Illinois for P.T. Barnum Museum. The sign was able to work 5 hours straight.” So began the age of illuminated signage eventually leading to the digital billboard.

Darryl Tilden, Vintage Advertising signs 1800’s//2000’s, writes,”…Lithography in the early 1800’s changed the advertising signs forever.”

Great graphics, logos, colorful backgrounds, neon brilliance, all began emerging in the 1900’s as industrial know how and art merged. Tin, porcelain, glass, vinyl, plastic, all began competing for the sign of choice for the advertiser. Good signage is key to delivering buyers to sellers.

Finding these fun, colorful messages in yard sales, estate sales and moving sales is similar to stumbling across and capturing an outstanding sunrise. It is always a delight and surprise when you stumble across a beauty.