Very awesome estate sale in Manitou today through Sunday

717 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO.

June 16-19

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-7, Sunday 10-6

Go to this sale. I know, I never go to things people tell me to go to if they don’t have any pictures or at least a compelling description of it.

But this thing defies description and pictures could not do it justice. Here’s just a little bit of info about it, you really do have to go to get the full effect of what I’m talking about.

First of all it is in a really beautiful old Victorian building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Just being in the building, it’s like time has stopped. Original wallpaper, original everything. Like a museum.

The sale is in the top floor apartment- it’s two stories with access to the roof. It’s huge and is in original condition. Like for real original condition. The bathrooms even have original wooden toilets with push button flushers. The ceilings are a million feet high and the woodwork is ornate.

From the flyer: This sale is enormous and everything in it is from generations of one family only. It will take place on four floors of the 1888 Historic Wheeler Building in the heart of Manitou Springs. Included are the contents from the Grand Apartment, formerly the private residence of Charles and Katherine Barsotti, purveyors of Fine Antiques & Furnishings, Rare Books, jewelry and art. Additionally, family heirlooms from the distinguished NYC Barsotti Great Grandparents will be offered.

The stuff that’s for sale is also very old, some Victorian and up to probably 1930. That kind of stuff is not necessarily my style (altho we are getting more into it since we bought the old house) but you can really appreciate the kind of work that went into these unique pieces. Definitely not IKEA.

There’s tons of Colorado ephemera– maps, pamphlets, postcards, and even photographs- some of which I’ve only seen online. Plus many many really old books, artwork and other accessories. There’s also vintage clothing, linens, and jewelry.

If you like old things you have to go to this sale- just to look, even if you aren’t in the market to buy anything. Be sure to look around at the building, the photos on the walls, and all the STUFF. It’s really incredible.

And, even if you aren’t into old things and wonder why people are, you should go. To see all this stuff in its original context is really a dazzling experience– and not one you come across very often anymore. You might be able to get why we’re so nuts about historic preservation.