Some of you might have realized at this point that I was on a stay-cation this week. What’s that, you ask? It’s a whole week off at the day job without traveling anywhere. In general, I’m kinda bad at the stay-cation thing. I could count on one hand the number of full weeks I’ve taken off work and not gone anywhere. Partially because I love to travel and over the years I’ve carefully guarded my vacation days and used them for travel, but also partially because I know myself. When I take time off work and stay home I tend to spend it working on a big project, not relaxing or doing fun things. So usually I just take a day or two here and there, not a full week.
But this summer I decided I would go ahead and plan a couple of stay-cations, even if all I do is get caught up on my to-do list. I can finally check “clean out closet” off the list.
Then my friend Meggan texted me and said she was looking to do something on Thursday since this was her last week of freedom before her 3 boys are out of school (well, I don’t think she quite put it like that). As though the universe was listening, just a little while later a customer of mine emailed me about the Roseville neighborhood garage sales. She mentioned that they started on Thursday. Eureka! A plan was formed for an unexpected diversion from cleaning closets.
I’ve never done the Roseville sales before, probably because they start on a Thursday and I normally have to work, so I didn’t know what to expect. Meggan picked me up and off we went. It ended up being a gloriously beautiful day. Sunny and upper 60’s. And we found ourselves in some charming well established neighborhoods with lovely yards and lots of large trees. We both found some awesome things at the sales too!
Like a huge haul of vintage Christmas ornaments to add to my collection.
These boxes of ornaments were 75 cents each! Seriously! How could I resist? And the ladies selling them were so lovely. They were happy as could be that the ornaments were going to someone who would cherish them and use them.
I couldn’t leave this tiny welsh cupboard behind at another sale.
I tried to walk away, really, I did. I even offered the seller less than the asking price thinking that if she said no, I would pass it by. But she said yes, and now it’s mine. It will need a paint job, the red isn’t really my color.
The charming bistro set was an awesome find as well. It will likely make its way into my fall Carriage House sale, or maybe to Reclaiming Beautiful.
By the way, that is my yard up to the hosta bed, behind that is Ken & Arlene’s yard. Not only does Ken fix stuff for me, but Arlene maintains some gorgeous gardens. No need for a privacy fence here folks!
I had a lot of fun taking photos of the bistro set staged with some of my peonies.
I wish I had a french chateau with a pea gravel patio area because this set would be perfect there, but I had to make do with my garden.
I love my handsome new concrete bunny too.
You probably can’t tell from the photo, but he is good sized, about a foot long. He’s quite heavy. And he cost a mere $8. The woman I bought him from was so thrilled to sell him. She said that her son had purchased some molds and just started making these. I feel like I got a great deal.
It was definitely a good day for vintage toolboxes. I found not just one …
not just two …
but three of them.
The black one and the brown one will both get a paint job for sure, but I think the reddish orange one would be perfect as is with some geraniums planted in it.
I picked up this book just because I loved the colors …
And I added to my growing list of garage sale perennials with a couple of salvia plants.
But I’ve saved my find of the day for last.
An old vintage metal toy truck in my favorite color! I’d been looking for one of these for a while. I saw one in a shop once for over $100, which was kind of nuts. There’s no way I’d ever pay that much. But I would pay $15!
Won’t it be cute at Christmas with a load of vintage ornaments in the back? It would be sweet with a crop of succulents too.
Or maybe I’ll just use it for photo shoots.
It’s quite photogenic, don’t you think?
Well, next week it’s back to the office for me. But I did accomplish a few other projects during my time off that I’ll be sharing with you throughout the week, so be sure to stay tuned!