Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

The weather is staying consistently nice in our neck of the woods. Temperatures are what they should be and the rain has been choosing the best times to fall for those who work Monday through Friday...either at night or during the week. The weekends have been great and outdoor activities are definitely an option now. There are more and more garage sale signs appearing though the height of that season is not yet upon us. With a forecast of great weather and two days off to enjoy it, we had so many things that we wanted to do. The first, of course, was Saturday saling. We had a list of eight potential sales originally but finalized the list to five. With fingers crossed, off we went.

 We arrived at the sign for the first sale on our list...

...but it be a few minutes before we actually arrived at the sale. This is the driveway leading up to the house. It was a long uphill walk! 

We finally made it to the house and encountered a small line that dissipated within ten minutes and we were soon inside.

It was an old house and there were plenty of great rooms. Monica searched behind the bar on the main floor.

 There were some great older appliances like this built-in oven

In the garage, there was a mounted pencil sharpener. USUALLY, a good sign but not today. As it turned out, there were only a couple of items of interest to us and they were overpriced. The ad for this sale looked very promising to Rob but we think that he was distracted by the picture of the Lost In Space lunch box that he really wanted and that made the sale look better than it actually was. The lunch box was gone when we arrived. It was a fun house to walk through but we did not bring home a single thing. Oh well! We took a break for breakfast and made our way to our second target, hoping for better results

Stop #2 was 20 minutes away and boasted having 50 years of accumulation. It was a quick stop. Aside from having a few things for sale in the driveway and a few things for sale in the living room, there was not much to see...and there was nothing 50 years old to see at all. We left with a few cocktail stirrers and a pretty empty car. The last three stops on our list were all in the same town so we headed westward for the 25 minute drive and hoped for the best.

Our third stop was an outdoor church sale that had many tables. It wasn't a great stop but it wound up being the most productive up until that point. We picked up a couple of records and a ceramic pig. There was still lots of room in our car!

Stop #4 was another outdoor sale. It was a garage sale that hinted at older items but the only older things we found were a few records. We bought two of them and a newer Easter Pez dispenser. Four sales so far. Pretty disappointing results.

We arrived at our fifth and final stop hoping for better results. We got them!

There was a downstairs bar that Rob thoroughly searched. There was not much behind it but the house, at least, had some worthwhile items!

Take a look at this cool stove and the cabinet beside it! 

The house had three floors and little treasures were to be found and Monica made sure to leave no stone unturned and no cabinet unopened. We brought home records, salt and pepper shakers, a few holiday items and some other things. It was a fun day and would have been even if we did not find much...but we were happy that it did! 

Here are some of the things that kept us company on our way home:
Some Hawaiian records

Some more records. The record on the top right is "The Stripper and other fun songs for the family". Hmmm...really? 

Some Christmas records

Cocktail stirrers. We have a lot of playboy bunny stirrers but, up until last week, they were all either black or white. Two weeks in a row, we have come home with colorful ones.

An old Brownie handkerchief

Lots of old salt and pepper shakers

Some Christmas items. 

A leprechaun pin, a ceramic pig, a plastic elf, a squeak toy, a baby rattle and a can opener

A small honeycomb turkey, an Easter Pez dispenser and several Fisher Price people

It took some perseverance but, in the end, we had a productive day at the sales. The rest of the weekend was beautiful and we found the time to do some of those things we like doing when the weather gets warmer. We found some time Saturday evening to walk around town and get some ice cream. We got all of our errands and housework done on Sunday and barbecued for the first time this year.

Even though the temperatures drop into the lower 50's at night, the weather is not too cold to enjoy the evening...not too cold for us...not too cold for the fake palm tree in town....and we always have each other to stay warm.

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