The H & B Gallery passed out numbers to waiting buyers in early September, aiming to bring them through the doors as quickly as possible to see furniture for sale from the Pillsbury mansion.
Pieces ranging in price from $50-$35,000 included an English oak cradle dated 1666, a carousel rocking horse and a four-pedestal table with chairs that reportedly came from an Irish convent. None of the furnishings belonged to the original Pillsbury family, and instead belonged to the former owners who sold the property. The new owners demolished the mansion.
He said the former owners wanted everything that could be put to use taken out of the house.
H & B Gallery at 2730 Hennepin Ave. handles estate sales, appraisals and consignment services, reporting more than a million in sales each year.
“You never know what’s coming,” Scornavacco said. “…The shop itself is constantly changing.”