Estate Sales

Pierre Funke Home Estate Sale

We are so excited to announce this Tagged Estate Sale! We have the honor of organizing and liquidating the family home for the Pierre and Funke estate. The Estate Sale is this weekend, Friday June 21 – Sunday June 23, 2019 8am-3pm all three days, on 802 W. Franklin Street in Evansville. This home is filled with antique furniture, local memorabilia, mid-century modern furniture, vintage quilts, and lots of advertising.

One of the things we always tell our prospective estates is to leave the estate intact and let us utilize our experience to determine what should be donated or recycled and what we can sell. This home was a perfect example of that. While cleaning out the home we uncovered several long Coca-Cola posters from the 1940’s. The posters were upside down and used to cover the attic insulation.  This helped preserve the images and made for a fantastic find.

Coca-Cola sign
Coca-Cola sign found in the attic

As we slowly uncovered three generations of memorabilia, we came across vintage Christmas, quilts, jewelry, and books. All of these items are making a huge comeback and we can’t wait to show you all these authentic pieces. The family home was built in 1924 and with their strong ties to the community, the family held onto many quality pieces. These pieces including lots of local advertising from Cook’s Brewery and Sterling Beer. Both of these were Evansville businesses. F. W. Cook Brewing Company built a large brewery in 1855 at the corner of Seventh and Sycamore, where the Civic Center is now located. The company sold several brands of beer throughout the Midwest and survived the prohibition era by selling near beer and Cook-Ola soda. Beer production stopped in 1955, but there continues to be an interest in Cook’s Brewery memorabilia, especially since the historic Cook Mansion is currently being renovated.  Check out the Henry E. Cook Mansion Restoration project by a New Harmony native, Lucas Neuffer. Sterling Beer has a similar story in Evansville, it’s brewery started in the early 1860’s on Fulton Avenue. It had a huge bottling plant on Indiana Street and Fifth Avenue, which is still standing. They also survived Prohibition by making soft drinks, near beer, and malt extracts. The company officially became Sterling Brewers Assocation in 1933 and it later bought other breweries including Cooks Brewery. After many changes, Sterling Brewery declared bankruptcy and closed on October 1st, 1997.

Local Breweries
Memorabilia from two Evansville Breweries

This home has something for everyone, it is perfect for the history buff looking for local items, the antique lover, the millennial looking for mid century modern furniture, or just the casual looker. There was a root cellar full of stoneware jugs, closets full of vintage clothing, tons of housewares, lots of small furniture pieces, bedroom sets and a 1950’s Formica table and chairs.


Come join us as we sell from a family home that held three generations of treasures.

We are not selling anything before the sale dates and you must come to the sale to buy an item. Everything must sell in three days so come early for the best selection. Join our Facebook Event or see more info and photos on my page.

Pay to Play Pool Table
Pay to Play Pool Table


Hey everyone! My name in Cindy Smotherman. I’m a beginner blogger. My husband Jeff and I live in small town America, the Town of New Harmony, Indiana. We have over 27 years of antique experience and we own and operate Firehouse Antiques. Check out our page and feel free to contact us!

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