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Antique Sale! Day 5: Old Soul

My friend Yolanda’s husband, David Foster, asked me once how I have such an array of interesting friends and how none of them are alike in the least. I told him that it’s because I always root for the underdog and I think that people’s flaws are the most interesting parts about them. This theory holds true with my antiques as well. My friends are quirky, imperfect, interesting, intriguing, compelling… And beautiful. Ditto for my antiques.

To me, total perfection is a big fat bore. I like a little patina, a little fading, a little asymmetry, something that tells a story, something that has a little history, possibly with some wounds. I think we learn the most from our flaws, our defeats, our tragedies. It’s what makes us stronger. And don’t be fooled, no matter how perfect you think something is, there is always a back story and that’s what makes everything interesting and charming.

And this brings me to today’s item up for sale…

A regal antique asymmetrical garden urn

First, let’s look at some inspirational antique garden urns…

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” could not be more true, non? Some people may see “damage and age” but all I see is “character.”

Without further ado, let’s take a look at today’s offering that I have for sale…

Regal Stone Garden Urn

Asymmetrical, yet unique garden urn.

Price: $550

Place of Origin: Paris, France

Materials: stone

Period: early 1900s  

Condition: good

Wear: Wear consistent with age and use. Missing one side arm

Height: 1’ 10 1/8 inch

Width: 1’ 8 1/8 inch

Number of Items: 1

Location of Item: Los Angeles, California USA

When my mother first saw this garden urn at a dealer’s booth in Paris the first thing she said was, “She’s beautiful.” Instantly, we knew this regal queen was coming home with us flaws and all. And now, in the vein of paying it forward, the urn can come home with a lucky one of you.
Fill her with plants or books or seashells… Whatever you would like, but just remember to respect her imperfections and display her proudly.

If you would like to see more inspiration, follow my Pinterest Have Some Decorum Garden Urns board HERE.

So, this beautiful garden urn is the fifth item for the sale. If you have any questions, just email me at If you would like to purchase the garden urn, just email me at the same email address,, and put the title of the piece in the subject line. This is a first come first serve basis and I promise I will not play favorites (unless it’s Princess Caroline of Monaco… Obviously). You can pay with either PayPal or Wells Fargo Bank deposit. You can pick it up or arrange transport for it. If you need to ship it long-distance, I use a company called Vintage Transport.

Voilà! Stay tuned for Day 6 of the sale. Hint: Monastic.


  1. For your friend with Lyme disease, I just read this. Can you pass it on.

  2. Another thing for that friend is Suzanne Somers newest book From Toxic to Not Sick. I adore you!

  3. LOVE URNS!One can NEVER have enough URNS!
    Off I go back to the show just had to check in!!!

  4. She's beautiful. Perfection is an illusion--we are constantly, instant by instant, changing---no time to be perfect. Thanks for the reminder. xoxo Mary

  5. Ellie, I love your thoughts on the uniqueness and individuality of both people and the things we love. This garden urn with its patina and imperfections will find the perfect home.

    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Brad Oliphant

  6. It is no secret that I am loving this series. I think you know that I am self-taught for antiques - so I am learning a lot that I thought that I knew but didn't really. Plus, I appreciate all of the gorgeous inspiration and context as well. One you could weave life smarts so seamlessly into the selling of a one-armed urn! And good lessons that they are too...message received.

    I hope that you are having great success with this sale. You most certainly deserve it!
    Sending Much Love,

    1. Hi Heather! My name is Samantha. I'm new here to Eleanor's blog. Nice to meet you!
      Now that we've been introduced formally, regarding this eight-piece offering of fine antique/vintage wares, can you even believe the email that Rachel person sent to our hostess with the most-ess? I'm asking you this, and replying to your comment, because what you said in your comment above is spot-on!
      Like you and others who are educated on antiques (self educated or formally educated), I, too, am "learning a lot that I thought I knew but didn't really." Would this Rachel person rather Eleanor post these items with just the prices, dimensions and payment info? I don't know about you, but THAT would leave me with an "icky" feeling. I mean, this isn't eBay or Craigslist!
      I hate people sometimes.

  7. I love this quote from Jane Austin, "Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked". All of the urns are lovely, but the white one that is broken apart speaks to me! Hope your beauty gets adopted by a good family.

  8. So mother just purchased an urn almost exactly like this at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago...she looks Iit..more then her kids I think haha ♡♡