Yesterday was the perfect day for a neighborhood garage sale and the stars must have been aligned in my favor because I came home with all of this.
We were in Highland Park, a neighborhood that runs along the side of the Mississippi River in St. Paul. It is full of gorgeous old houses, many with really lovely gardens. I should have brought my camera!
We filled up the truck before noon and then stopped off at Cecil’s Deli for lunch. A true Jewish kosher deli. It took me back to my days of living in Boca Raton, Florida which might have been the last time I enjoyed a legit east coast style Jewish deli. I’m not at all sure what makes them so fabulous. They always have the best pickles, and a fantastic selection of sandwich choices. I had the “Nosher”; turkey, roast beef and swiss on caraway rye. We took away some hamantaschen cookies to nosh on later. Yum!
But … back to the goods.
I found quite a few pieces of pottery.
And I love these old metal glasses. My grandpa used to make us root beer floats in these when I was a kid. I can still remember how cold that metal used to get!
At an estate sale I found not just one, but two fab vintage typewriters.
I’ll confess, I didn’t buy the pair of shutters at a garage sale. I bought them at a cute shop on Grand Avenue. I loved their crackled paint, and I thought they would be perfect for either side of the window in the photo cottage. And look, they are!
I’m debating painting on them like I did with this one last year.
What do you think? Would people rather I left them alone? Or added some fun wording?
I also brought home a couple of pieces of furniture that will eventually get a makeover. The little mid-century nightstand is already sanded and ready to be painted, but the former owner gave up before the finish line. I love getting these pieces where someone else has already done the hard part! Unfortunately she misplaced the hardware, so I’m going to have to come up with some great replacement knobs for this one.
So, there you have it. A productive day in Highland Park!