We are Betsy and Sarah
Welcome to The Estate of Things. Here is a little background about TEOT.
We are Betsy & Sarah, the co-founders, authors, friends behind the business.
It’s safe to say that we love everything about the home, from the people inside to curb appeal. We have been friends since college. Our alma mater is University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where we were roommates.
We connected quickly over TLC’s Trading Spaces, scouring Ebay for great deals and hitting up the thrift store scene in Greensboro together for our shared homes and our own fashionable collections of vintage T-shirts. We rented wonderful examples of Craftsman architecture near campus, and we loved to host a party! We’d cruise over to Design Archives, one of our favorite shops in town and shared our dreams for having a shop of our own one day.
In 2008, many years after college, we started blogging on TheEstateofThings.com as a way to stay connected. Betsy had moved across the country from NC to Los Angeles, California. These were the days before Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram. We used WordPress to carve out our very own little niche on the internet on which to share our ideas and projects. And we continued to dream about launching our own brick and mortar shop one day.
Back in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Sarah and her husband Dan set down roots, made some beautiful curly headed daughters and Sarah got to work on a number of historic renovations. She carefully weighed out each design decision here on the blog, and often collected feedback from our readers. If this is your first time here, get to know: The Indiana House, The Grout Cottage, Bungalow 404 & The Bennett Kitchen.
Meanwhile, Betsy spent some time in California working for a number of web development agencies and media organizations, and honed some website design and digital marketing skills.
After years of moonlighting as bloggers, we both found ourselves between career moves and realized that THIS IS THE TIME! So we launched ShopTEOT.com and got to work on our plan for opening up shop!
These days, the brick and mortar is open for biz in downtown Southern Pines. Betsy and Sarah both contribute to product development and selection and continue to share their vision for what TEOT and The Estate of Things will grow into.
Sarah now has her real estate license and is a valuable member of Keller Williams Pinehurst.
The Estate of Things will soon launch the Home Staging arm of the Design & Development department. We continue to take on design clients as special cases.
The Estate of Things is a home decor, historic renovation and lifestyle brand with a keen bi-coastal design sensibility — inspired by Southlands of the East and West Coasts. We were established on a set of barstools in Southern Pines, NC in 2007, by founders Sarah Farrell & Betsy Moyer.
The Estate of Things started as a blog about stylized living, home decor and renovation. It was conceived as way to keep the two long time friends and former college roommates connected over their shared passion for design, despite the 3000 miles of distance between California and North Carolina.
The two had dreamed up the idea for a home decor and E-commerce website on a set of barstools in Southern Pines, NC in the dead of winter. It was Christmas Break, 2007. And it was the same night that Betsy traded a pair of knit gloves right off her hands to a persistent admirer for a twenty dollar bill. She had purchased them earlier that day for 75 cents and cut the fingers off.
We all sat around and laughed and talked about our dreams for the future. Sarah and Betsy always came back to a shared love for home decor and aspirations to open up a brick and mortar store. It was Sarah’s wordsmith of a husband, Dan, who came up with the best names as we all tossed ideas around. The Estate of Things (a spin off from local NC public radio program, the State of Things) that stuck. We immediately took to referring to the project as TEOT, and soon after a blog was born.
The two had no idea that we were embarking on something so special at the perfect time. We only knew a blog was a great place to share inspirations, organize Sarah’s renovation work and share their most recent inspirations and obsessions with one another.
TEOT quickly grew a following. Sarah’s impressive renovations projects were snatched by publications like Domaine Home, Southern Living, House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping and The Huffington Post
Today, TEOT is a hustling bustling online shop full of the products we love for their own homes as well as the online home to all home decor and renovations efforts made by Sarah and Betsy.
ABOUT SHOP TEOT
Sarah and Betsy have been picking and thrifting and slinging vintage and one of a kind items on ETSY for years.
SHOP TEOT officially opened its doors in May, 2016. Since that time Sarah and Betsy have been working tirelessly to drum up fun new product ideas, as well as keeping up with the steady influx of orders for the much in demand Indigo and African Mud Cloth pillows we launched with.
Our first brick and mortar shop opened its doors in downtown Southern Pines in September, 2016. Have a look around below, or come visit us online at SHOPTEOT.com.