My sister, (I can see a pattern emerging here) rang me excitedly on Friday to tell me of some exciting garage sale ads she had seen for the next day. One street was in a nice neighbourhood with 11 houses, another street with 4 houses and a few others here and there.
It was a fun morning out and the street with 11 houses was a LOT of fun. A bit like trick or treating but with trash and treasure! There was a nice atmosphere amongst the sellers and buyers.
These pics of my vintage "treasures" are in random order and not necessarily bought together.
First up, 3 rather shabby vintage editions. Two have lots of lovely illustrations which will hopefully star in some future crafty creation. Behind are 4 excellent condition pillowcases. And everything here was .20c each.
Another two books included an old Wide Range Reader that was the same as one I learned to read with 43 years ago or thereabouts. This particular one has stories that I will always remember fondly. Alongside it is an old diet book from the late 1940s. That should be an interesting read. To find the clues of what we have lost or perhaps where we started going wrong with our modern diet. A 20c read too!
Probably my favourite find was this busy bee basket with black and yellow stripes. There's something about baskets like this that remind me of fairy stories and my childhood. This was made by the grandmother of the family holding one of the garage sales. I spotted it under a table of rather mundane stuff and my heart skipped a beat. If my Grandma had made it, I wouldn't be selling it! Inside is a lovely textured vintage table cloth, a mens tweed hat (whaaaat!? my boys love silly hats, you never know when you need one for dressup or a play) and a .50c sheet with pretty blue flowers. It's funny about the sheet because as I was leaving with it, the seller picks up another random sheet from the tub and insists I take it too! It wasn't a lovely vintage pattern, but I wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth so accepted it with thanks.
This cute little portable record player is just waiting a new lease on life. I love the textured case and interior. Sadly it's not working but again, the sellers told me their price, and then halved it! How could I resist for only $5. Lucky my sister's husband is a sparky. I'd love to get it up and running again.