Berkeley Estate Sale: Hoarder’s Paradise?


To be honest, I don’t know if the owners of this Berkeley apartment building were technically hoarders. But I do know this: When Rick Hudson of Hudson’s Antiques & Estate Liquidation says you have to see an estate sale to believe it, you better take notice. This man doesn’t exaggerate.



On sale are the worldly goods of a Berkeley couple who collected stuff—apothocary bottles, toys, electronics, just to name a few categories—and eventually they filled their five-unit apartment building and its basement completely with their finds. Shoppers will discover, literally, thousands of antique and vintage apothocary jars.



Apparently the couple must have appreciated old school-related goods, because there are many antique desks and industrial-style clocks. The more you look at these photos, the more you see. Note the large (machine shop?) wheel and the old wall-hung telephone boxes (complete with the bells, but minus the ear and mouthpiece) below.



There are a ton of industrial goods that could be refurbished into home accessories. I think this is a large mangle. I’m not sure how I’d use it, but I like the look of it.



I feel the same way about the wicker baby buggies (there are at least two) and a collection of model and electronic airplanes.



Whether you are a maker, a decorator or a closet hoarder yourself, you’ll find something to love, such as this huge can light:



Or this group of Native American rugs:



Or even these metal sculptures:



The sale is on today at 1624 Josephine Street in Berkeley until 4 p.m., tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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