lake of the isles.

Yesterday my Carriage House Sale co-host, Sue, and her sister Jan joined me for a neighborhood garage sale near Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.  It was in East Isles, an absolutely gorgeous neighborhood filled with beautiful older homes.  We could have just driven around and drooled over all of the gorgeous houses, but as an added bonus there were also garage sales!  About 40 of them.

lakes of the isles

I didn’t come home with a giant haul.  Sadly, there was no furniture to be found at all.  But I did find a few gems here and there.  A sweet little child sized vintage wicker chair, another fab suitcase.  It seemed to be the day for original artwork also.  I came home with three paintings.  The one above has that mid-century Spanish feel.  I plan to paint the frame and sell this one at my fall Carriage House Sale (taking place Oct 4, Saturday only, exact time to be determined, pencil it in!)

And something about this painting of a chair just appealed to me.  Perhaps it is my obsession with furniture.

chair painting

As for this modern geometric, nnK snatched it up as soon as I got it home. The colors in it are perfect for her house.


It was a picture perfect sunny morning with temps in the mid-60’s.  Blue sky as far as the eye could see.  Not even a hint of humidity.

And seriously, how cute is this little chair?

child wicker chair

 It’s a little sad to realize that garage sale season will be drawing to a close in about a month.  We are already seeing signs of fall here in Minnesota; cooler temps, earlier sunsets.  It definitely is right around the corner.

2 thoughts on “lake of the isles.

  1. You didn’t mention the fan! My husband and I were out yesterday and ran across a fan so similar, I couldn’t make up my mind and decided to skip it, now I am so mad at myself and the fan is 45 miles away………………………..


    1. Ah yes, the fan! I waffled back and forth myself, and I was actually walking away when the seller made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Like you though, I often walk away from something and later wonder why in the world I didn’t buy it! One of those ‘what was I thinking?’ moments. Oh well, hopefully there will be another fan in your future 😉


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