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King’s living estate sale a legacy of a hardcore collector |

King’s living estate sale a legacy of a hardcore collector

Preparing for her “living estate sale” that starts Friday, former State Rep. Susan King jokes that it’s probably “easier if you’re dead” to have such a purge.


“I’m living in this house as the sale is being staged, and that’s very difficult,” said King, who it seems can point at, name, and tell a story about each item with practiced ease.

“It’s been an interesting experience, but it’s been a lot of closure because it’s taken almost three months to get it to this stage,” she said. “So I’m not sad about the things going away, I’m happy to part with them. It’s been 41 years of accumulation and several generations before that.”

King’s home at 702 Sayles Drive is overflowing with her collection of furnishings, decorative items, artwork, clothing and more.

She says she plans to move to a house about a third of her home’s current size – she’s not sure where, she admits.

But the stuff has to go so that the house can sell.

“The only way to show it is to empty it,” she said.

King said she caught the second-hand sale bug from her sister, who at one point was married to the general director/manager of the Houston Grand Opera.

“She always had to always look ready for the paper and like a rock star,” King said. “But the money was not there to accomplish that, so she began shopping second-market for clothes. And she was really quite brilliant about it because you’d never have known that. So that just sort of morphed into estate sales, flea markets, garage sales.”

Walking around the home, it’s impossible to take it all in, even if you only see a portion of it.

Dinnerware, knickknacks, vintage items, jewelry, and antiques are everywhere, with even more things waiting on floors above. The sale is 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Some are branded, such as a conglomeration of Coca-Cola collectibles, some are singular, such as a tribal mask or church communion set.

The stuff cascades out into a back porch and even into the home’s guest house.

King said “repurposing things that have a history” is fun to her, and she’ll always more willingly choose secondhand rather than a regular store.

“Plus you save money,” she said. “The only problem is because you save money you buy more things than you need. So that’s not always good.”

King jokes that she’s been working on her “problem,” though going through the massive collection has more than helped.

“I like to go to sales and not buy anything to see how disciplined I am,” she said. “Sometimes it works out.”

 

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