As I was running out the door to get the camera out of my car the other night, I was startled by my neighbor who was facing me as I opened the door. She had just finished taping a copy of the annual town wide yard sale flyer on the door window. People around here call her Cricket. I gingerly don't call her anything. Now mind you, I have nothing against the name Cricket. On the contrary, to me the name adds a tone of familiarity. You know sort of a nickname, or an endearing name. I don't know Cricket. Yes, I did speak with her over the phone once. (yes I have a land-line too:) I've driven past her house a few times only because every once in a while I like to take a ride around the block to see how my garden looks from different angles. (yes, I know, weird:) She has the house that is usually quite done up for any kind of occasion. If I were a bit more brazen, I'd take a picture to share. I'm talking done up BIG time, all the time!
Anyway, I thanked Cricket for the flyer and explained to her that once again, I would not be able to make the annual town wide yard sale. Do you have town wide yard sales where you live? Do any of you even go to yard sales? I know a few of you do. IMHO, town wides are thee best as long as you go garage "sailing" in a town where you don't live. Just my opinion. Yard sales in Pennsylvania are not like the ones I 'm use to being from Long Island. I don't know how to explain it so I'll put it in Marion's words. "All they sell around here are clothes and kids toys!" Not good picken's for a woman who is always on the prowl for yarn, I'm afraid.
If you live in the US, you must have heard of the 450 mile yard sale. It's been a while since I went so maybe the miles have increased since then:) It was wonderful. If I remember correctly, it begins up north in maybe, Illinois, but don't quote me on that, and heads right on down to Tennessee, but don't quote me on that either. Oh wait a minute, let me run get a link. How's this?
There, that was easy. Touted as the World's Longest Yard Sale, it is now 690 miles and begins 5 Miles North of Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama! In case you're wondering, or want to mark your calendars, in 2012, the sale will be from August 2-August 5th. I took a camper and my two nieces when I went and let me tell you, we had a blast! We left the house full fledged scavengers and returned, 7 days later full fledged educated scavengers. What a way to see the USA! (well some of it anyway:) The kids, who are no longer kids, still talk about the best apples they ate in Kentucky. Yes, that's their memory of the World's Longest Yard Sale. Although I too remember those crisp, refreshing newly picked apples that the kind old farmer shared with us on that blistery day. Thankfully, I brought memories back with me in the way of goods. Tangible that is:)
I chatted with Cricket for a while after explaining to her that I couldn't make the yard sale this year because I would be out in Idaho visiting my daughter and her family. It's recital time again, and I'mma goin'. Now don't fret, I'm not leaving until May 1st and I'll only be gone a couple of weeks. And, don't worry about Marion either, her son is coming to stay with her and just before she said good night tonight, I could hear her telling him over the phone that he had better bring walking shoes! (yes, Marion has a landline too:)
So, are you ready to see a few of the treasures I picked up at The World's Largest Yard Sale?
I'm not much of a seamstress, so why oh why do I collect buttons? (the ones in the jar are my least favorite:) This jar is 21 inches tall and very wide:) (I don't do circumferences:) It also weighs a ton.
Look closely at this Owl. Isn't he the coolest thing ever! He's a clock and his eyes are the clock face. To be quite honest, I haven't fiddled with him to get him to work. He doesn't seem to give a hoot either. He just stares the time away.
Time for Tea?
Salt & Pepper Shakers are always a sore spot for me. You might remember the pair I shared on Spill The Salt Day. Quite different than this Piano Salt & Pepper Set, don't you think?
We won't even discuss all the cookbooks I unearthed at the sale, however, when I found this Pillsbury die-cut tucked inside a Betty Crocker Picture book I literally jumped for joy! Die-cut cookbooks are very difficult to find and the fact that it was snuggled up with Betty made it a die-cut with a past:)
Just one more shake...
Perhaps one of the most unusual treasures I bought at the sale was this...I have no idea what to call it or what it is. It struck my eye even though it was filthy when I bought it. A good scrubbing and wah la, I wish I could make out the name of the artist which is on the bottom but, these ol' eyes just "ain't" what they use to be:)
It's probably a good time to tell you the camper was stuffed with "stuff." What you've just seen is a slim portion of what we rustled up:)
Before I go, I wanted to remind you all that Thursday, April 19th is National Garlic Day! I'm really going to try to post a garlic inspired recipe by Wednesday to enter in Heather's National Garlic Event, 2012! I have a very busy business schedule this week so I am not sure I will make it. I do suggest though that you "guys" try to play if you can muster up the time.
Just in case I don't make it, I leave you with this recipe that I found in the Cooking with Garlic cookbook. Notice how it too is shaped like a die-cut but this one is from 2005, cardboard and not nearly as nice as some of the die-cuts I've shared with you on this blog:)
Have a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing your Sunday morning with me:) Louise