Saturday, July 18, 2009

A cartload of fun and family dysfunction!

While driving yesterday afternoon, I saw a sign for a yard sale and instinctively started to slow down. Emma was with me and she saw the sign too. "Please Mom, no! Anything but a yard sale!" My response: "I promise, I'll only stay 5 minutes." Here's what I grabbed: The white chippy flower cart, of course,

Handknit bunnies and tiny vintage Easter chicks (who will join the rest of the collection on our mantel next spring),

Handknit chickens and a shell night light for the hut,

A bunch of resin flowers (for repurposing),

Gurley candles for Easter (the one on the left combines the religious with the pagan ~ a cross, an angel and a bunny ~ in a really tasteful way, dontcha think?),

and more vintage gems: The Santa and the pink umbrella dogs are old celluloid. I've never seen the Gurley church candle before. These will all be in my Etsy shop at Christmas.

Star reflectors for Christmas lights (also for repurposing),

and a church made out of wood by the (now adult) brother of the gal running the sale. As I added it to my pile of purchases, she says to me, "Make sure Craig doesn't see you taking this out of the party room!" Apparently, Craig ~ who at the time was slurping his Big Gulp in the garage ~ made the church when he was a kid and will be furious when he realizes that his sister put a 25 cent price tag on it. I'm all like, "Oh no, I am not going to be the cause of a family feud on NE Shaver Street!" But then, I couldn't help it. I had to know. "You actually called it 'the party room'? I wish I grew up in a house like this!" Sadly, she didn't have much of a sense of humor.

Anywho, I was very careful to not make eye contact with Craig. He must have given her the stinkeye, because while I was busy maniacally looking for more stuff, I heard her snap at him, "I'm selling it for a quarter; no one else wants it!" So, if you ever run into Craig, tell him his church will be on our mantel, every Christmas, until doomsday.

He even decorated the cut out windows with Christmas cards!

And finally, a pig cutting board that I can actually use. It was also a quarter.

Not bad for 5 minutes! What's the fastest time you have ever clocked at a sale?


AngelMc said...

girl, i gotta hand it to you -- you have taken it to another level. you are good.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Love the dogs with their umbrella. Love the ornament reflectors and love the resin flowers. Had to laugh at the knitted bunnies and other animals.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

You made a haul!! And at a good time to boot.


Kate Spike and Her KatS said...

My husband knows better than to go anywhere with me during the day on the weekend. It's like we're robots: See yard sale. Must stop. Muuuussssst stop.

trash talk said...

I'll let you double your money and take Craig's church off your hands. I know the guilt must be eating you alive! Actually, I love handmade stuff like that and I think you got a steal of a deal.
Someone wanted to make sure they had all their bases covered with the cross, bunny and angel, didn't they?

GeorgiaPeachez said...

That was a good use of 5 minutes! xo, suzy

Halo Hill said...

OH MY GOSH! I would have fainted to see and buy this church! You have GREAT garage sales in your neck of the woods! Holy cow!


Carole said...

I could not have grabbed and paid as fast as you did. I take too long to think about things.....

However, I would have grabbed those star reflectors in a heart beat. I used to have several vintage ones given to me by my inlaws. No idea what happened to them.

The cutting board reminds me of one my dad made years ago, though slightly different in shape.

icandy... said...

PAM!!!! :) First of all, great treasures...don't you just love running across goodies for so cheap? Second...You are not going to believe this!! I have the exact same little candle with the pink cross! I took a pic of it at some point, I'll try to find it and post it on my blog for you to see! We really DO have the same taste!!! That's really cool! :)

Christina :)

EverydayMe said...

Ya know I use to have some of those resin flowers... how funny is that... Love to see what you're going to do with them... {{HUGS}} Michelle