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Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Sunday State of Mind

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.

Jar

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

56 comments:

  1. Wow what a whole lot of stuff. We don't have yard sale in this part of the world although we have what we call 'Flea Market' but the things they sell in flea market are mostly new things. It's fun reading your post, Louise. It's like not only getting to know you but your neighborhood as well which is very interesting with many characters..lol

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, What's Baking. We have flea markets here too. Some sell new things, some old and some both! Now, I know if I ever visit Malaysia, I can look for the nearest Flea Market!

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  2. Another thing about yard sales as recreation: what if you are at the stage when you need to get rid of stuff? These wonderful discoveries just make that worse.

    Is your mystery object supposed to be pre-columbian/central American?

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    1. Oh I'm always having yard sales too, Mae. I'll probably have one when I get back from Idaho. Cricket wants me to "warn" her when I do:) That's what so great about them, I feel. I can always have a yard sale to get rid of stuff to buy more stuff all in the name of recycling of course. Then there is the gem of course, like this guy. I have no idea what he is supposed to be! I was thinking pre-columbian too. One day I will need to see if I can track his origin down.

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  3. Fun post, Louise. Yes, I have had yard sales, not recently though. You can find real gems. The last one I had, some things were stolen. :( Kind of discouraged me from having any more. I laughed at your buttons....my sewing box kind of looks like that at the bottom!!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I too have had things stolen at yard sales. It's just a shame. I mean when you're selling most things for nickels and dimes and someone comes along and still feels the need to simply take. I haven't gotten discouraged though because I've met some really nice people garage sailing and by having them!

      The buttons are such a wonder around here because seriously, I can't sew! Marion on the other hand sews everything! She sometimes raids my hidden stash of buttons. (hands off the rhinestone buttons though:)

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  4. I've never heard of that longest yard sale. Bet it was awesome. Happy Sunday!

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    1. It was Yummy. I will do it again one day!

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  5. I've never been to a yard sale, because what I've seen when I've passed is indeed, just kids toys and clothes... but you've found some great things!!

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    1. Every now and again, Channon, you find a yard sale that offers so much more. If you get the slightest inkling to stop, don't hesitate, just do it! Once, at least:)

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  6. Yard sale and garage sale are just not my thing. But they are popular around here. I have enough of my "Stuff" at this stage; what i don't use anymore I donate it to my kids and to the our local Charity center. I am always a bit nervous bring someone else's stuff in our house; crazy I guess.
    Rita

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    1. Not at all crazy, Rita. There are certain things I will not buy at a yard sale, no matter what!

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  7. look absolutely nice! I love this post and the pictures and Alice and the bunny!!;)

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    1. Alice is charming, Gloria, isn't she. I'll be saving her for my granddaughter:)

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  9. I had never heard of a garage sale like this either. Huh. I was stopping by to tell you about national garlic day...should have known you were on top of it!

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    1. Tina, your comment dittoed! I am such a bad blogger, I didn't make it in time for Heather's Garlic Day but, I'm still working on it:)

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  10. I'd never heard of the World's Longest Yard Sale before - I'd need a couple of carts ;) I do love yard sailin'...and I don't really care whose town it's in. I love all of your finds - fabulous! Such awesome s&p collection finds!

    Thanks for sharing about National Garlic Day - but I wanted to clarify that any submissions are to actually be posted ON National Garlic Day which is Thursday the 19th. Any older posts are welcome to be linked up in the actual post (via linky), though!! Any of your previous year's can be linked up any time until then! =)

    I hope you have a safe trip!

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    1. Thanks for the clarification, Heather. I still plan on trying to make your event. I'm sure I will "see" you again before my trip, I'm not leaving until May 1st:)

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  11. Oh wow! Loving the things you found. I love yard sales, but hate going alone. I would totally love the longest yard sale. Have fun in Idaho! Curious to what part you are going to because I grew up there and only moved from there four years ago. Enjoy!!

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    1. I'm leaving for Idaho Falls, on May 1, Tiffanee. Where did you live???

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  12. I have a relative who would just love a giant, multi-mile yard sale! That TV salt and pepper shaker is just amazing, Louise! I was out biking today and spotted a number of those classic Long Island yard sales. I suppose if I ever got my act together ...

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    1. I really think everyone should do the longest yard sale at least once, T.W. It's a wonderful way to see "real" people doing what they do best, talk about the things they love/loved:) Urban yard sales lack that "country" feel, I'm afraid. I've been at yard sales where chatting as lead to tea and cookies!

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  13. So...we also still have a land line. On May 5th not only will our town have a yard sale, but the adjacent town will also have a yard sale. Now the decision is to buy or to sell. I would have grabbed the Alice and White Rabbit in a heart beat...wonderful find. You need to take that other find to the Antiques Road Show where they will tell you that it is ancient and worth a fortune. Yard Sale-ing is my sport of choice ;)
    ♥, Susan

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    1. Oh my, Susan. That's a tough one. I'd say BUY!!! You can always sell at a different time but I've found town wides bring the best stuff out because the people who are selling really would rather be buying which means they are going to make it their while!!! Have fun no matter which way:)

      Antique Road Show, oh that's funny:) II tell ya though, I sure wish I could make out the signature or the time period. One day...

      BTW, sounds like you have a bumper sticker there; Yard_Sale-ing is My Sport of Choice!

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  14. hi louise, nice to know abt these yard sales cos we dont hv this kind of 'shopping' over here. Do they sell new or used stuffs? that owl clock is so cute..i'm still trying to figure out how to read the time from its face! ha!

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    1. No yard sales by you, Lena? I'm sure you haven open markets by. Yard sales are like open markets in a way. People sell both old things, new items or a combination of both! They say, one person's "junk" is another ones' treasure:)

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  15. I never make it out to yard sales because I know the earlier the better, and well, I'm lazy about getting up early on weekends. My mom and aunt on the other hand, would love traveling along to the world's longest yard sale sites!

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    1. I use to think the earlier the better too, Lisa but it's not always the case. It sometimes takes the sellers to display their wares all day! And, for serious bargain hunters, the later the bestter especially on the last day where things are marked down or free! You should go with your mom and aunt at least once:) I have a sneaky feeling you might like it! (I've gotten many many, many GREAT cookbooks in excellent condition at yard sales:)

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  16. Oddly enough I have become addicted to garage sales. I recently found inspiration from a blog to redo a lamp shade. I made it and it looked pretty good. Since then I have gone every weekend to garage sales looking for cheap lamps/shades to redo. I am addicted and often come home with other fun goods as well. What I wouldn't give to THE BIGGEST yard sale. You found some amazing things. Please have fun in Idaho with your fam. They are lucky to have you for sure!

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    1. I don't find that odd at all, Kasha. You're the perfect candidate for yard sale-ing. A target customer if you will:) I'm delighted to learn you have found a new hobby. Who knows, perhaps one day you will be selling your newly created artistic lampshades at a, yard sale!!!

      I can't WAIT to go to Idaho. Only a little over a week to go:)

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  17. What an interesting post! We do not have yard sale over here, but I would love to go to one if I could! Interesting things you got from the yard sale! Have a lovely day,Louise!

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    1. Thanks Joyce. You can always start something new in your neck of the woods!!!

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  18. Hi There,
    This is looking Awesome. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

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    1. Hi there Sonia! Your Blood Orange Cupcakes look pretty awesome too!

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  19. What tremendous fun! I love that little die cut gravy cookbook. I wish I could have been with you, I'm drooling over these fantastic finds!

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    1. Anytime, Pattie! We can go sale-ing anytime!

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  20. Great post! I love garage sales…it’s so much fun searching for that perfect find!!

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  21. We don't have these in my town! I would love to go to the longest yard sale though - what fun. I think that statue might be worth something! Have a great trip if I don't talk to you again!

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    1. I think its high time you start a garage sale craze in your neck of the woods, Reeni!

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  22. Going to yardsales is so fun! I love your jar of buttons! My button jar is an empty peanut butter jar, only half full.

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    1. I love my button jar too, Connie. It too started life as an empty peanut butter jar!

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  23. I wish we had yard sales here! I love buying second hand stuff.... At least, we have thift stores in Geneva.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  24. The dog I grew up with was named Cricket :) I must admit, I adore yard sales. What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh that's funny, Emily. So glad you enjoyed your visit. That Barbecue Pizza of yours sounds mighty tempting!!!

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  25. the owl doesn't give a hoot--ha! looks like some terrific finds, louise!

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    1. Good thing too because he has now been returned to his perch, Grace:)

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  26. Around here the church rummage sales are the best. Now that I'm blogging, I have a good excuse to check out cooking things. Have fun in Idaho!

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    1. I adore church rummage sales too, Inger but not as much as Marion does! I'll be leaving for Idaho next week and I can't wait!!!

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  27. I've always wanted to do this.. well maybe not the full 450 miles, but being a flea market junkie, I can't imagine a better heaven.

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  28. Looks like you had an utterly awesome time - I love yard sales and flea markets :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  29. Worlds largest yard sale? wow. I've never been to a yard sale before. You've picked up some lovely gems. Have fun in Idaho!

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  30. Wow! this is AMAZING! I love yard sales or what we French called it Brocante or Braderie! It's really wonderful how many amazing vintage things we can find! Most of my vintage china & porcelain are from Brocante! And the biggest Braderie in France is Braderie De Lille which was held the first weekend of September. Never been there but would love to some day. :)

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  31. These are indeed amazing items that you got from the 2010 World's Longest Yard Sale! Yard sale enthusiasts are surely in awe just to see the photos of these unique stuff. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience.

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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