LIFETIME SOUTHERN ANTIQUE COLLECTION: JANUARY 23-26

This will be one of the most tremendous collections of southern antiques that we have seen in years!  The estate of well-known collector and dealer of antiques, Sara & Sam Garrett, offers a mass of fine Americana spanning over 200 years. Please note, due to the scope of this collection the contents of the estate will be moved away from the home to downtown Chattanooga for sale.

Blair’s Estate Sales are honored to have been chosen to sell their personal collection. This sale promises to be one of the finest in our history. As the photos indicate, Sam and Sara’s collection is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The collection includes rare and important Tennessee and Kentucky furniture including corner cupboards, Early American chests, Jackson Press, jelly cupboards, a sugar chest, farm tables, china cabinets and curio cabinets, a large collection of Majolica, flow-blue China and early Staffordshire platters and pitchers, fine hand-made quilts, maple and cherry beds, sterling silver flatware, antique dolls, spool cabinets, sponge-ware, salt glaze pottery and crocks, depression glass, lamps, fine samplers, lead toy soldier collection, general store memorabilia, antique toys, antique file cabinets, vintage jewelry, hundreds of glassware pieces including milk glass and Gaudy Welsh, fishing collectibles, tools... and so much more!

From the Family of Sam & Sara: "The Garrett’s were a fixture in the Chattanooga antiquing community for over 40 years. The community was saddened by their passing together in September and October of 2020, after celebrating 70 years of marriage. They began collecting in the late 60’s attending estate sales and local auctions, and their home on Grubb Road in Hixson became filled with treasures of Americana. Sara and Sam were both extremely talented and artistic and made the perfect team for creating unique and collective hand-made items. Sara was a gifted artist who could paint everything from decorative furniture to her signature whimsical gourds painted as Santa Claus. Sam was a talented craftsman and woodworker who could build anything from hanging cabinets to bird houses. Sam became known for his ability to repair antiques and developed a large customer base across Chattanooga. Their home on Grubb Road was known and loved by many for its authentic warmth and charm, and many loved to visit just to absorb the atmosphere and converse with Sam and Sara who always welcomed visitors. Sara and Sam were known for their hospitality and infectious personalities, they never met a stranger, and were loved by many. In order to continue their passion, Sam discovered two authentic 1860’s log cabins in East Chattanooga, and purchased them in the early 1980’s. He painstakingly labeled and disassembled them, transported to Grubb Road, and reassembled both in the woods behind their house. The cabins became known as ‘Garrett House Antiques’ and were the perfect setting to showcase their estate and auction finds. They began a yearly invitation only outdoor sale, where 100’s of folks would line up, eagerly awaiting Sara’s traditional blow of an antique brass horn, to signal the commencement of the sale. The frenzy would begin as folks scrambled for hand-made crafts, painted furniture, Sam’s birdhouses, and a plethora of unique Americana collectibles from quilts to cherry furniture and glassware. This long-standing tradition will be remembered by many and Sara and Sam’s legacy will live on, not only as antique dealers but as wonderful folks."

DATE/TIMES:

01/23/2021 9am to 4pm (Sat); 01/24/2021 12pm to 4pm (Sun); 01/25/2021 9am to 4pm (Mon); 01/26/2021 9am to 1pm (Tues)

DIRECTIONS:

From I-24 take exit to Hwy-27 North. Take the first exit (1A) then continue straight at the intersection onto W 13th St, then turn right onto Fort St.

ADDRESS:

1406 Fort St, Chattanooga, TN, 37402

Coronavirus Safety Announcement:

All customers must wear a facial covering to enter the building, as directed by the Hamilton County Health Department, unless otherwise exempt by Directive No. 1 of the Hamilton County health officer.

We want to address our response to Coronavirus safety for our customers as well as our staff.  We have been tracking guidelines established by the CDC, as well as state guidelines, and we will carefully be moving forward under these provisions.  What can you expect to ensure that we are moving forward with your safety in mind? 

·       We will limit the number of customers in the house based on the accommodating square footage of each home.  This may require some customers to orderly social distance outside the property with marked guides or stay in your car until we can accommodate more customers. 

·       The checkout will be strategically located so that traffic is not bottling up the front door or entry point as well as orderly social distancing at the checkout line.

·       We will offer a sanitization station for customers to utilize when they enter and exit the sale.

·       Periodic sanitization of high traffic surfaces will be performed to ensure safety.